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March 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer, medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
RABBI DENISE L. EGER has a long list of firsts in her 27 years of service. Eger was the first female and openly gay president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis. She was the founding president of the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Interfaith Clergy Association. She officiated at the first legal wedding in California for a lesbian couple. Another first will take place tomorrow morning at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Eger will be installed as the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Labor Department jobs reports are glowing - unemployment down to 5.5 percent last month and a robust 295,000 jobs added to the nation's payrolls. Even in the Philadelphia suburbs, the latest figures show the rate even lower, at 5 percent. But why, if everything is so good, are monthly sessions packed at My Career Transitions, a local networking group of volunteers who help people looking for work? "It's not as rosy as the numbers indicate," said Michael Hughes. "I see new faces every month.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been nearly two years since a group of Philadelphia-area investors led by insurance executive Manuel Stamatakis and Penn National Gaming Inc. applied for a slots license at a harness-racing track in western Pennsylvania. Yet Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board officials are still waiting for information needed to complete their investigation of Endeka Entertainment L.P., Gaming Board chairman William H. Ryan Jr. said Thursday at a budget hearing in Harrisburg. "I will also tell you that the board is hopeful that we can make a decision by the end of this calendar year," Ryan said in response to a question from Michael H. O'Brien (D., Phila.)
SPORTS
March 14, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The unmistakable feeling was that with just one more minute - perhaps even less than that - Timber Creek would be playing for a state championship on Sunday. The Chargers had Middletown South on the ropes Thursday night when the clock cut short a furious comeback attempt, ending Timber Creek's season with a 51-48 loss in the state Group 3 semifinals at Deptford. After the game, Brittany Martin, as she has been for the last four years, was the face of her team's effort. She bent over, hands on her knees - partly out of frustration, but mostly because she had just left every ounce of energy she had on the court.
SPORTS
March 12, 2015 | By Dwayne C. Nelson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawnee left no doubt Tuesday evening who the best team is in South Jersey Group 4 girls' basketball. The top-seeded Renegades wore down visiting, No. 2 Lenape, 49-38, to capture their second consecutive title. Nikola Williams paved the way for Shawnee by scoring 18 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Forward Karissa Mansure chipped in with 13 points. S.J. Group 1 Final Morgan Lenahan poured in 24 points to help carry No. 1 Haddon Township past visiting, No. 2 Gloucester, 42-34.
SPORTS
March 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Winslow Township basketball coach Norm Ingram said it began with one word. "Believe," Ingram said of his message to his team. By 9 o'clock on Tuesday night, Ingram didn't have to ask his players to make a leap of faith. They had the hardware to prove they were champions. "Group 3, baby," senior guard Juan Hemingway said, lifting the championship trophy after leading visiting Winslow Township to a 76-65 victory over Delsea in the South Jersey Group 3 title game. Hemingway scored 24 and junior guard Mike Cubbage added 15 points and played a strong floor game for second-seeded Winslow Township (16-10)
SPORTS
March 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Olin McClendon never expected to be in this position. When his Cherry Hill East teammate Jake Silpe fired a three-pointer to win the game, the ball hit nothing but backboard. McClendon, a 6-foot junior, was there to grab the rebound and lay it in, forcing overtime. After neither team scored in the first extra period, the Cougars took over. With Silpe providing another vintage performance, East defeated Cherokee, 48-39, in double overtime Monday in a wild South Jersey Group 4 final. It was the second consecutive sectional title for East, which also beat Cherokee in last year's championship game.
SPORTS
March 11, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's only technically true that Camden won the South Jersey Group 2 title game on Monday night by scoring 48 points. The Panthers really won another sectional crown by holding Haddonfield to 40. "Defense, defense, defense," Camden junior Brad Hawkins said of the key to the team's 48-40 victory before a capacity-plus crowd in Haddonfield's gymnasium. Hawkins scored 14 points and junior forward Jamal Holloway collected 10 points and 18 rebounds for third-seeded Camden (24-6)
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Term limits and taxes, pension reform and development projects, school funding and "low-wage workers" - these are the issues of interest to a new political nonprofit that hopes to shape Philadelphia City Council in this year's election and for years to come. The group wants answers from Council candidates. Just don't ask where the money is coming from. Philadelphia 3.0 went live Wednesday with a website featuring a questionnaire for candidates seeking support. Alison Perelman, the nonprofit's executive director, said the group will not disclose the names of donors seeking to influence the election.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Maybe the French were too busy being charming, refined and picturesque to write down their music with great specificity during the glory years of the 18th century. Yet Tempesta di Mare, a baroque orchestra used to making educated musical guesses, is putting that music at the center of a multi-year, multi-disc project titled Comedie et Tragedie . It fills a void where many hesitate to tread. "If you look at the programming around the country, you see German and Italian, and no French," said Gwyn Roberts, Tempesta co-founder.
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