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October 10, 2014
LATELY, I'VE been thinking a lot about getting older. I'm not yet old, at least not by the standards of a society that has been so profoundly influenced by the Boomers, my generation. We have refused to succumb to the biological certainty of decay and decline, and have pulled pop culture along with us. My 52 is still considered "youthful," not just by other 52-year-olds but by a population that views the world through Botox-colored glasses. But the truth is, I'm not young. I am a woman who will not much longer have the awesome power to create life, whose bones are disrespectfully noisy when she bends, who sees the filigree of age traced delicately around her eyes.
SPORTS
October 9, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BRIAN HARVEY sat in a weight room inside Ben Franklin High, his voice soft, his tone measured. Gone were the ever-present ferocity, passion and spunk that earned him the nickname "Hit Stick" on the football field. Instead, the 5-8, 160-pound junior linebacker sat politely, hands together, fingers interlocked, fielding questions about this and that. Interview jitters could have explained some of his reticence, but perhaps something else was at play. In any event, one question required little forethought before an answer gushed out. "My favorite part about football is winning," Harvey said, smiling, "but when you get that big hit, it just feels so good, so that's my favorite part about football.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just hours after Philadelphia police asked locals to help find a stolen dog that had been missing since July, a couple in South Philadelphia called the department. They had taken in a stray a few weeks back which looked just like the missing dog - a 4-year-old Pomeranian named Chispa taken during a burglary at a house on the 1900 block of West Girard Avenue on July 30. The couple had seen a television report about Chispa and, though they had grown fond of their new pet, told police they believed they might have found the tiny tan-and-white dog, said Capt.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - This down-on-its-luck stepsister town to neighboring Atlantic City has struggled economically for decades, languishing without a redevelopment plan or the ability to attract private investment. But a $38 million project that includes two apartment buildings and retail space on a vacant Main Street block is expected to set the cornerstone for economic growth and expanded development in the Atlantic County city, according to Jacqueline Amado-Belton, economic development director for the City of Pleasantville.
SPORTS
October 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New general manager Ron Hextall says that the Flyers are "right under" the handful of NHL elite teams, and that if things break right and they "get the momentum going," anything can happen in the postseason. You have to admire Hextall for his optimism, especially after a quiet offseason for a team that made an early playoff exit last spring. Short on cap space, long on multiyear contracts, they didn't make a big splash in the free-agent market and didn't trade for any game-changing players.
SPORTS
October 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff had Frank Gore in his line of vision. There was a blown coverage and the Eagles safety was the last line of defense between the 49ers running back and the end zone. Wolff had so much ground to cover that he had time to think about how he would tackle Gore. For a second-year safety who has tried to think less and play more instinctively, it was a recipe for disaster. Wolff took a bad angle, went too high, lost his balance and was stiff armed to the ground. Gore scored in the 49ers' eventual victory.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union had to settle for a disappointing tie Thursday against a team that is known for its ability to force a draw. After taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Amobi Okugo in the 88th minute, the Union couldn't hold on as Chicago's Robert Earnshaw scored in stoppage time during a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw before 14,838 at PPL Park. The Union are 9-10-12 for 39 points. They are in seventh place but two points behind the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with three games remaining.
SPORTS
October 3, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PENN HAS BEEN in this spot before. That's what can happen when you open up at least 2 weeks after everyone else each year and Villanova is your annual second obstacle. So the Quakers have good reason why they haven't started 2-0 since 2003, when they put together their third unbeaten season under Al Bagnoli. It's not an excuse, merely reality. Now, for the third time in 4 years and sixth in the last 8, they are 0-2. Even though they did lead by 12 points in the fourth quarter in their opener at Jacksonville, which had already played twice.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I FINALLY FIND myself in a peaceful relationship, but now my ex-boyfriends are all coming out of the woodwork. I want to get rid of them but can't because I'm not sure if I might need them again.   Mia: I'm a big believer that every single woman should have a stable of men who she dates - not just one. That way, if she gets dumped or stood up by one, she has one - or two or three - on standby. Also, if the guys she's dating are seeing other women, it's not as big a problem because she's also dating other people.
SPORTS
October 2, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
IF JASON RICHARDSON had not injured his knee during the 2012-13 NBA season, I likely would not be writing about him. Of all the players on the Sixers' roster when general manager Sam Hinkie was hired with the task of rebuilding this franchise, Richardson would have been near the top of the list of players to be shipped out of town. It wouldn't have been anything personal. Richardson is a high-character veteran who has performed with class and quality during his long career. Richardson, however, was the poster child for the thing Hinkie did not want to begin his tenure with - an aging veteran with big, guaranteed money who was going to be a part of rebuilding, but still had enough game left to gum up the plan for tanking.
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