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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE HEARING for Bart Blatstein's Provence Casino and Hotel started out routinely enough: tedious testimony on traffic studies, parking and public-transit ridership. At one point, a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board commissioner asked: "Just how likely is someone going to get on a bus with a lot of money to go to a casino?" And then, it was precisely that issue at yesterday's meeting - the reliability of traffic studies that Blatstein's Tower Entertainment submitted in its application for the city's remaining casino license - that led to a rabbit being pulled out of a hat. Larry Spector, the lawyer representing Congregation Rodeph Shalom and two schools that don't want the casino in the area, pulled out the rabbit - a stuffed rabbit - to imply that that's how Tower got the numbers it used.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ten education advocacy groups have formed a coalition to push for more funds for early education in Pennsylvania, which currently helps less than 20 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds access high-quality programs, according to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC). The coalition wants to "elevate the discussion about high-quality pre-K and how to make it more accessible to kids," said Mike Race, a PPC spokesman. In the spring, it plans to release a report on models for pre-K funding that have been successful in other states, he said.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The U.S. Attorney's Office has issued subpoenas to Gov. Christie's reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee as part of its review of September lane closures at the foot of the George Washington Bridge, an attorney for the two organizations said Thursday. A legislative committee issued subpoenas to the campaign - and to 19 other individuals and organizations - last week as part of the lawmakers' own inquiry into the matter. Federal prosecutors have also issued subpoenas to some of those same individuals and groups, the New York Times reported.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association on Thursday became the first medical professional group in the commonwealth to publicly support a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The group, representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, said it was backing Senate Bill 1182, which would protect patients who want to use medicinal marijuana and the health-care professionals who recommend it, from prosecution. "We have been hearing a lot from our patients and their families about it, especially from those with seizure disorders, where traditional medical treatments are not effective," said Betsy Snook, the association's CEO and a nurse.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A coalition of neighborhood groups operating near the proposed Provence casino project on North Broad Street has signed a pact with developer Bart Blatstein that spells out his commitments, improvement plans, and financial contributions to the community. The North Broad Community Coalition, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, West Poplar Community Development Corp., and Callowhill Neighborhood Association, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints signed the agreement Thursday.
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