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NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sincere Fullerton, a 12-year-old from West Philadelphia, likes to spend his free time with pixelated characters in science fiction-inspired video games. But Sunday, the sixth grader spent the afternoon surrounded by real-life robots and electronics experiments - most of which were made by hand. At a technology warehouse in Point Breeze, Sincere watched the snapping tail of a scorpion-shaped plastic robot. He plugged wires into dough to see whether it conducted current.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
SPORTS
April 22, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Luc Mbah a Moute's tenure with the 76ers could be far from over. The forward, whose contract expires in June, wants to remain with the team. He gets the impression that the interest is mutual. "Ever since I came here, I didn't get the sense that it was a one-year kind of deal," said Mbah a Moute, who was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade in August. "I always thought they viewed me as part of what they were doing here," he added. "And they embraced me, and I embraced that.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
HUDSON, N.H. - Ejected brass shell casings, glittering as the light caught them, flew as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emptied a Sig Sauer P238 pistol at a human silhouette target at the Granite State Indoor Range & Gun Shop. Saturday was a great day to test the compact weapon for his wife, Janet, who wants something less bulky to carry, and to pay homage to the Second Amendment as a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate in the first primary state. At the tail-end of mud season and after the sugar maple trees had been tapped for syrup, ambitions were rising in New Hampshire last week as Huckabee and 18 other Republican candidates or potential candidates for president trooped through the state and gathered for a two-day forum hosted by the state party in Nashua.
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
NASHUA, N.H. - Car-rental agencies likely were cleared out of Chevrolet Suburbans as almost every Republican presidential hopeful, major and minor, flocked to New Hampshire on Friday for the state's first candidate forum, a chance to jostle for some political oxygen in a crowded field. In all, 17 declared or potential GOP candidates were scheduled to participate in the First in the Nation Leadership Summit. The two-day fund-raiser for the state party and unofficial start of the primary season resumes Saturday.
SPORTS
April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fourteen teams will be in the NHL draft lottery Saturday night, and one will emerge with the chance to select a center viewed as a franchise-changing player, Connor McDavid. McDavid, a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound scoring machine who has 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games for Erie in the Ontario Hockey League, is called the next Crosby by scouts. He is expected to step into an NHL lineup and make an immediate impact. The Flyers, one of the 14 non-playoff teams in the lottery, have a 6.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
SPORTS
April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
THE NEW YANKEE STADIUM is The House That Derek Jeter Built, not David Villa, and though it might be the temporary or permanent home for New York City FC, it might not be best suited for the playing style of the MLS expansion franchise. Yankee Stadium is an iconic baseball stadium, but for NYC, it actually presents a challenge, because it pushes the limits for a regulation-size soccer pitch, which MLS and FIFA set at a minimum of 110 yards by 70 yards. "They have a mandate for the exact size," said Union manager Jim Curtin, whose squad will play at 7 o'clock tonight against NYC. "They have minimums and maximums.
SPORTS
April 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE EXPRESSIONS of discontent crescendoed throughout the afternoon. After the first strikeout, the sound was little more than a murmur. After the fourth, it was a full-blown chorus of boos. If you are a human being, you entered the season hoping it would play out differently than this. A hot start. That's what Ryan Howard needed. You didn't have to hope that he would return to his halcyon days of MVP numbers and tape-measure shots. Just a couple of weeks of good at-bats to help release some of the pressure that has surrounded him through the offseason.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keith Braxton believes he's a Division I college basketball player. He's going to take another year to prove it. Braxton, a Delsea senior and first-team all-South Jersey selection, plans to spend next year at the Lawrenceville School as a post-graduate. He hopes the experience will lead to a Division I scholarship offer. "I didn't want to give up on my dream of playing at the Division I level," Braxton said on Thursday night. Braxton led Delsea to a 24-6 record and the South Jersey Group 3 title game.
FOOD
April 10, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2008, the economic crisis that crashed down on Wall Street and rippled around the globe eventually washed over the impoverished Kisii region of Kenya, where Sara Holby, then 21, was volunteering for a nonprofit that provided food and medicine to HIV/AIDS patients. It swept away the organization's funding almost overnight. "When people came to the office looking for help every day, we basically had nothing to offer them," recalled Holby, who is from Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.
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