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April 3, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe now we know why, despite an offseason rife with speculation, the Phillies haven't yet traded Cole Hamels. After all, it took five Arizona State grad students using two computer models and countless statistical metrics more than 60 hours over five days to devise what a panel of baseball experts judged the best possible deal for the Phillies ace. Their winning proposal, selected from among all those formulated by 21 teams of collegians, had...
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 18 years performing at the tiny but storied Adrienne Theater on Sansom Street, InterAct Theatre Company will be picking up its props and sets and leading a group of four other theatrical organizations to a new, multistage home being carved out of the old Drake hotel ballroom behind the Kimmel Center. The move, scheduled to be announced Thursday, represents something of a sea change in the city's performing arts landscape, bringing smaller producing theater companies into closer proximity to the Avenue of the Arts.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shares of Citizens Financial Group , the $128 billion Rhode Island-based company that owns Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and naming rights to the Phillies' stadium, are up 13 percent since an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in September. That beats the KBW Index of big-bank stocks, which has been flat during the same period, as low interest rates have squeezed bank profits. Citizens sold more shares last week, raising more than $3 billion for its past owner, Royal Bank of Scotland , which plans to sell its remaining stock by next year.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a dispute over its right to host an Israeli-Palestinian program, Swarthmore College's Hillel has broken with the global Jewish-student organization and changed its name. The schism is symptomatic of increasing tensions between local chapters and Hillel, which has attempted to stop them from hosting events that involve speakers or groups deemed to be anti-Israel. Speakers who appeared Tuesday and Wednesday at the Delaware County school included Ira Grupper, Mark Levy, Larry Rubin, and Dorothy Zellner, veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee formed in 1960 during the civil rights movement who are now involved in Palestinian solidarity activities.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AN ONGOING BATTLE over a Philadelphia suburb's ordinance regulating guns in parks could wind up in court, after a pro-gun group last week filed a lawsuit against Lower Merion Township, calling its regulation an "egregious and direct violation" of state law. Firearm Owners Against Crime, a political-action committee; its president, Kim Stolfer; and Joseph Abramson, an FOAC member and gun owner who lives in Lower Merion, are plaintiffs in the suit,...
NEWS
March 24, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joel Greenberg once donated $1 million to a struggling after-school music program in West Philadelphia, having read about it in the newspaper. The Main Line financial trader didn't bother to return a reporter's call asking why he did so. Greenberg is like that, those who know him say - passionate in his desire to help others, particularly children, and uninterested in self-promotion. "He does not want to be front and center," said Ina B. Lipman, executive director of the Children's Scholarship Fund, another cause that has benefited from Greenberg's largesse.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haddonfield United, a grassroots group that marshaled opposition to a referendum that would have let the school district buy the Bancroft School property two years ago, has come out against the site's becoming a drug and alcohol treatment center. "Although detox and rehabilitation centers provide important services to those addicted to drugs and alcohol," said group founder Brian Kelly, "the location of the proposed complex is highly inappropriate and incongruous with its surroundings, as the site is immediately next to the high school, about 150 yards from Tatem Elementary School, and in the middle of a compact residential neighborhood.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six people, including a doctor, a lawyer, and the operators of an elder-care service, conspired to steal millions from senior citizens who had no relatives looking after them, New Jersey authorities alleged Tuesday in announcing indictments. The state Attorney General's Office announced the indictments of Jan Van Holt, 58, owner of A Better Choice, an Atlantic County business whose services included assisting the elderly with financial matters; her sister Sondra Steen, 59, who helped operate the business; an aide, Susan Hamlett, 56; Maria Teresa S. Daclan, 53, of Galloway Township, a doctor; and William Price, 57, of Linwood, a former caseworker for Atlantic County Adult Protective Services.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
They had the lead in the fourth quarter of the state championship game. Again. They missed some key free throws and rushed a couple of shots from the floor. Again. They lost to Newark Tech in the Group 2 final. Again. "Last year it was there and they stole it," Camden coach John Valore said. "This year it was there and they stole it. " History repeated itself in frustrating fashion Sunday for the Camden High School boys' basketball team in a 57-51 loss to Newark Tech in the Group 2 title game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
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