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April 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
They said she unleashed profane rants on longtime friends. Persuaded an artist to fabricate a six-figure invoice. And made sure a "rat bastard" insurance adjuster she suspected had talked to state investigators knew that "snitches get stitches. " For years, Claire Risoldi has been known in Bucks County political circles as a gracious host of lavish fund-raisers for local Republicans. But in a Doylestown courtroom last week, witnesses sketched a portrait of the 67-year-old that sharply contrasted with the image she cultivated while mingling with the county elite.
SPORTS
April 2, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers center Sean Couturier knows he can help teammate Jake Voracek by shutting down Sidney Crosby when he's matched against the Penguins superstar Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Entering Tuesday, Voracek was third in the NHL scoring race with 76 points, trailing Crosby (79) and the Islanders' John Tavares (77). "I just try to do my job and do whatever I can do to help the team win," said Couturier, a defensive specialist who is frequently matched against Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Thursday is scheduled to hear City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's last-ditch effort to remain on the ballot in her bid for a second term on the board that oversees Philadelphia elections. Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson is expected to take up Singer's requests to reconsider rulings from a four-day hearing last week that culminated Monday with his order to remove her from the May 19 Democratic primary election ballot. Charles Goodwin, Singer's lawyer, and Richard Hoy, the lawyer for the three voters who challenged Singer's nomination petitions, declined to comment Tuesday.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years of protest by Concord Township residents wasn't enough to save one of the final undeveloped tracts of open space in the community last week. So now they are turning to their next best option: Buying back the land. On Friday, it became clear that even that plan may be longer - and more uncertain - than they originally thought. Pennsylvania Rep. Steve Barrar (R., Delaware) hosted a meeting Friday with preservation groups, local and state politicians, and several residents to discuss how to save the Beaver Valley, a tract of land along the Delaware border.
SPORTS
March 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - So the last piece of Louis Vuitton luggage has been carefully trundled out of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore hotel lobby into the last chauffeured Bentley; the 2015 NFL meetings are over, and for Eagles fans, the highlight was that both Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly spoke. What did we learn? Nothing earth-shattering. Both the team chairman's Tuesday session and the coach's hourlong appearance at the NFC coaches' breakfast yesterday yielded valuable nuggets of new information, they filled in some blanks and buttressed some notions.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Feeling optimistic? You've got company. More than two-thirds of Philadelphians recently surveyed said they expect the city to improve over the next five years, while fewer than one in five see worse times ahead. More young people say they plan to stay. In fact, the historically cantankerous denizens of the nation's fifth-most-populous city now report feeling more positive than at any time in the last six years, according to a poll by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which has asked the same question about residents' outlook since 2009.
SPORTS
March 26, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Thomas Robinson says he doesn't know why things didn't work out with the Sacramento Kings. Nor does he care. The reserve power forward is focused on his role as a high-energy rebounding and scoring machine with the 76ers, one he wouldn't mind having for the foreseeable future. "I want this to be the place," Robinson said of remaining with the Sixers. "I'm tired of moving. " The 6-foot-10, 240-pounder has been a member of five organizations over his three-year career.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Democratic mayoral hopefuls agree on one thing: City schools badly need fixing. On Tuesday night, they offered up ideas - and occasional sharp words - at a forum focused on education issues, the dominant issue in the campaign. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, viewed as the strongest supporter of charter schools, said he was "exhausted" by the debate of charter vs. traditional public schools. "We need to stop beating up on one type," said Williams, who has the backing and the financing of three wealthy charter-school proponents, the founders of the trading firm Susquehanna International Group.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Evan Mathis remains on the trade market. Although teams may be reluctant to give up anything for a player the Eagles could eventually release, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday that he hoped to help facilitate a deal this week during the NFL meeting. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said two weeks ago that there wasn't a player on the roster he hadn't discussed trading this offseason. Running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles have already been dealt. But this is the second straight offseason in which Mathis has been on the trading block.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Yesterday was it. If you are like most people, a part of you wonders about this Phillies' team's upside, refuses to abandon all hope that this season will end in something other than a dumpster fire of losses. If X happens and Y happens and Z happens, couldn't they be all right? Well, yesterday was it. The If. The X and the Y and the Z. The ceiling. David Buchanan pitched five scoreless innings, then turned things over to a bullpen that held the Twins to three hits and one walk over the final four frames.
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