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February 21, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group led by former Philadelphia Managing Director Joe Certaine has called on the city to suspend imminent renovations to Weccacoe Playground because of potential threats to the historic Mother Bethel burial ground beneath the Queen Village site. "Because the [burial ground] is public property, the executive, the mayor's office, is the one that has control of this right now," Certaine said. "The goal here is to stabilize" the site. "That shouldn't be a problem. " Concerned about documented sinkholes and cave-ins, as well as the presence of a 180-year-old water main that runs beneath Queen Street past the cemetery at Lawrence Street, the group met with Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, Everett Gillison, on Tuesday and asked that construction preparations be halted.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scan the book reviews and you'd think The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America was the latest manifesto from the Klu Klux Klan. A follow-up to her best-selling 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , Amy Chua's new book is a sociological study - complete with plenty of statistics, academic references and endnotes - that tries to pinpoint why certain cultural and ethnic groups have had more economic and social success in America than others.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Education funding should be the Philadelphia business community's main priority if it wants to have a competitive workforce in the next decade, Mayor Nutter told the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday during his annual address. Nutter used a quarter of his time to argue for state school funding. "Quality education remains the greatest challenge Philadelphia faces in the 21st century," he said. Nutter called for a state funding formula based on the number of students in each district and their needs, such as learning disabilities and poverty.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearview wrestling won its first state championship in school history Sunday, beating Brick Memorial, 34-25, in the Group 3 final at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, N.J. Zack Firestone (2 minutes, 36 seconds at 113 pounds), Mike VanBrill (2:21 at 132), and Kyle McMahon (0:18 at 170) each earned a pin en route to the championship. Mike's brother, John, improved to 29-0 this season with a 12-4 major decision at 145 pounds. Combined, the VanBrills are 57-0 this season. Firestone is also unbeaten at 29-0, and 152-pound Edward Lenkowski improved to 26-0 with a 4-0 win in the final.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Army 307th Military Police Company pulled up to a police station in the Shinwar district of Afghanistan in October 2011, a little white-and-brown spotted dog appeared. The soldiers, especially Sgt. T.J. Homan, began caring for the stray. The soldiers named her "Lil B," short for Little Beethoven because she looked like a Saint Bernard. Lil B eventually bonded with the 27-year-old Homan. The pup slept in his cot, snuggling with Homan and sometimes stealing a boot during the night.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not only poor Philadelphia children who are going without high quality child-care and preschool programs - suburban communities have severe shortages of slots, and in many cases costs are prohibitive. Those findings are from a report released today by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a Philadelphia-based advocacy group that has issued similar studies on education, health, poverty, and nutrition in recent months. Characteristics of high-quality care include having trained teachers who understand child development and can teach social and emotional skills along with letters and numbers, said Shawn Towey, the organization's child-care policy coordinator.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Papaneri took 1 minute, 27 seconds to pin his opponent at 152 pounds and second-seeded Cherry Hill West earned a 32-25 win Monday against Absegami, the seventh seed in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals. John Gibson (132 pounds) and Connor Rogovich (138 pounds) each earned major decisions, 14-2 and 13-0, respectively. Elsewhere in Group 4 quarterfinals action, 220-pound Obi Kali earned an 11-2 major decision for fourth-seeded Millville, which beat the fifth seed, Shawnee, 37-29.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
In August, the Competitor Group, which puts on the Rock 'n' Roll race series, made a stunning announcement: Right before the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon, one of its premiere races that was to feature Edna Kiplagat, a two-time world championship marathon winner, the organization cut its elite funding program down to the bone, effective immediately. Competitor agreed to honor travel agreements and pay out winners' prizes, but everything else was gone, including appearance fees and the $75,000 purse promised for the winner of the half-marathon grand prix.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Etched into the chipping paint on the cinder-block walls in the Gloucester County Jail are the thoughts and drawings and expletives of prisoners who have come and gone. Words like Freedom. As it stands, the recently closed jail in Woodbury - used now for storage and office space - doesn't have much of an afterlife. But some think its former occupants might. A Salem County paranormal research group spent the weekend testing that theory with 13 night-vision cameras, audio recorders, and a slew of other specialized equipment familiar to viewers of shows like Ghost Hunters.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
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