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NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Admier Franklin recalls using so many drugs that he sometimes didn't know what they were. "I did a little bit of everything," said Franklin, 38, of Camden. That was before he entered the drug court program - for the second time - five years ago in Camden County. On Tuesday, upon graduating from the program with 20 others, he had a high school diploma, a wife, and a job at Atlantic Avenue Meats in Camden. And most of all, he said, he was clean from drugs. Stories of recovery such as Franklin's echoed through the packed sixth-floor courtroom in Superior Court in Camden, as each graduate accepted a plaque for fulfilling requirements.
SPORTS
June 25, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Garcia contends that less of him left more to be desired, particularly when it came to punching power. That's why Garcia said he's moving up and leaving one of his titles in the 140-pound weight class behind to make his welterweight debut on Aug. 1 against former two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "For the first time in a long time, I can worry about training to get better and not training to lose weight," Garcia, the super-lightweight champ who has struggled to make weight, said Tuesday during a teleconference.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norristown neighborhood is to be awash in music, splashing, cheers, and laughter Saturday as the historic George Washington Carver Community Center pool is resurrected. Once the party is over, however, organizers will resume the tough slog of rebranding, raising money, and proving to the community that the center can be self-sustaining for years to come. "We have to get through this season, and we have to validate whether or not the community really wants these types of programs," said the Rev. Byron Craig, who leads the new board of directors, installed in October.
SPORTS
June 19, 2015
SOUL AGENDA Who: Soul (10-2) at Los Angeles (2-9) When: Tomorrow, 11 p.m. Where: Honda Center (18,336). TV: ESPN2. On the web: soul.arenafootball.com/allaccess Line: Soul -11. About the Soul: Re-signed defensive end Teddy Jennings this week and will have him in the lineup. Jennings tied the franchise record last year with 11 sacks . . . Star linebacker Beau Bell is likely to miss his fourth consecutive game with a back injury. He spent last season with LA, where he registered 13 sacks and was first-team all-AFL.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
Somewhere in a remote part of Canada, antennae are likely picking up the signals of 100 shorebirds that just weeks ago were on the beaches of Delaware Bay, where they were caught with giant nets and fitted with tiny transmitters. The birds are robin-size creatures called red knots. After precipitous declines in their population on the bay - from about 100,000 birds in the 1990s to about 12,000 a few years ago - federal officials designated them as threatened in December. Researchers know that red knots have one of the longest migrations on the planet - from the tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
SPORTS
June 17, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - As Jill Ellis addressed reporters for the last time before the United States' World Cup group stage finale, there were signs that the sting from Friday's scoreless tie with Sweden hasn't fully subsided. "We've got to raise our performance, and I would say that whether we're sitting on six points or one point," Ellis said. "You sometimes think about taking the reins off a little bit, and just letting them out of the gate, letting them play free. " Ellis' team could do with that kind of outing tonight, when more than 51,000 fans are expected to pack BC Place to watch the United States women play Nigeria.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
ADULT-FILM actress Mary Carey will be in town for a double jubilee this weekend as she celebrates her birthday and the 11th anniversary of the Gold Club (1416 Chancellor St.) in Center City. Carey, famous for her flourishing career in porn, appearances on the VH1 reality-TV series "Celebrity Rehab" and for an unsuccessful bid for governor of California in 2003, has new aspirations, including a possible run for mayor of Philadelphia. During a phone interview yesterday, Carey told me that she's likely abandoned her plans to run for president of the United States - a job for which she becomes eligible when she turns 35 on Monday.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
BOONE, Iowa - First they rode hogs. Then, they ate them. Freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, drew seven presidential candidates and about 1,000 activists to her inaugural "Roast and Ride," the latest entrant in Iowa's long history of food-centric retail political events. "Live to ride and ride to live!" Ernst, stoked on a Monster energy drink, said. Revving her 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail, Ernst led Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 300 other riders from a dealership in Des Moines on a 39-mile cruise to the exposition grounds here, site of the August Iowa Straw Poll.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE NHL DRAFT is 22 days away, but there is little intrigue as to how Round 1 will begin on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. - not with two generational talents who have set themselves apart from the rest. Connor McDavid will go No. 1 to Edmonton. Jack Eichel will quickly follow at No. 2 to Buffalo. After that? Anyone's guess. But with a crop of talent that rivals the all-time deep draft class of 2003 - when the Flyers nabbed Jeff Carter at No. 11 and Mike Richards at No. 24 - the Flyers are in a solid position to pick at No. 7. "I think as a group, this might be as good as that group back in 2003," Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor said yesterday in a conference call from the draft combine in Buffalo.
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