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NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Perhaps you remember giggling at an educational film that featured a stentorian narrator's warning about the perils of, say, becoming unpopular in high school. Melodramatic message movies of this sort seemed ludicrous to classroom viewers, even in the pre-ironic 1960s and '70s. So imagine Richard T. Wilson's challenge in making educational films for the young, media-savvy, uber-skeptical audiences of 2014. "I used to be one of the people giggling," says Wilson, 50, the married father of a daughter who attends Eastern High School in Voorhees.
SPORTS
July 31, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - Mike McCoy pursued his dream for what must have seemed like forever. It took 36 years, but last year it finally happened for him. So maybe it's really true what they say about life and all those best things. "It was kind of the culmination of a long journey," he said Monday via speaker phone at Saucon Valley Country Club, where starting Sept. 6 he'll try to defend his U.S. Mid-Amateur title. "I've been trying to win a USGA championship since I tried to qualify for the U.S. junior at 14. " Nine months ago in the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.)
NEWS
July 30, 2014
MOST big cities change slowly. Most of us in Philadelphia would argue that ours is one of the slowest to change. Change is complicated, though - it's both physical and cultural. While our politics and values may keep us in another era, the city's physical changes over the last few decades have been both more dramatic and more mixed. We have more high-rises, more gentrified neighborhoods, more creative public spaces, but also more entrenched vacant lots and blight. A microcosm of that complicated change is the corner of Allegheny and Germantown, where three siblings were mowed down by two carjackers and killed last week; their mother is still in critical condition in the hospital.
SPORTS
July 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND ON the third day, Ryan Howard rested. Again. After Howard was held out of the Phillies lineup in each of the two previous games against the San Francisco Giants, manager Ryne Sandberg kept the former MVP in the dugout again last night against lefthander Wade Miley and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Howard appeared to be a little more than unhappy on Thursday afternoon. But yesterday, he was a bit more upbeat as he walked out of the clubhouse before batting practice. The length of his stay out of the lineup is unknown, as Sandberg continues to say he writes out his lineup "on a day-to-day" basis.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
IN THE SHADOW of the old Tastykake factory in Nicetown, there's a greenhouse with an organic vegetable garden and a 170,000 square-foot warehouse owned and operated by the SHARE Food Program. About noon yesterday, Jimmy Rollins and his wife, Johari, prepared a batch of fried green beans for a hungry group of fans and SHARE volunteers outside the greenhouse. "You can't have fries all the time," the Phillies shortstop said. He insisted you try his "green fries" instead. The recipe was simple enough - green beans, olive oil and a dash of salt - but the idea that Philadelphians don't have access to fresh, healthy foods is more complex, and an issue that the Rollins family is invested in. Rollins was outside the SHARE factory to pledge $10,000 from the Rollins Family Foundation and to put a familiar face behind SHARE's initiative to serve healthy and affordable foods to Philadelphians across the city.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Kevin R. Johnson, pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, told his congregation Sunday that he will leave the historic North Philadelphia church, formerly led by U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d, in October. Johnson made the announcement during Sunday services at the church at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Barbara Grant, a spokeswoman for Johnson, said Monday. He said he would leave the church Oct. 31. Johnson, who declined through Grant to be interviewed for this article, wrote in a letter to the congregation Monday that "it has become clear that there is a difference within the church around leadership and direction and, after careful reflection and meditation, my family and I feel it is time to move on. " Grant said Johnson had come under criticism within the church in recent months and had been questioned about church finances.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE REV. KEVIN R. Johnson, embattled pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, will leave the 103-year-old North Philadelphia church on Oct. 31. Several congregants said Johnson announced from the pulpit yesterday that it was "crystal clear" after a contentious meeting of church leadership Thursday that the time had come for him to depart. "I have enjoyed Philadelphia," Johnson reportedly told the congregation. "But the Lord has told me it is time to move on. " He said that because his wife is "gainfully employed" as a lawyer, he will take his time seeking another pulpit, congregants said.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Republicans are routing Democrats when it comes to raising money in the four most competitive House races in the Philadelphia region. The Republicans in those contests have more than three times as much cash on hand as the Democrats: $5.36 million to $1.64 million as of June 30, according to campaign filings released this week. In three of the four races, the Republican candidates raised at least twice as much in the latest reporting period as their Democratic rivals.
SPORTS
July 17, 2014 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
SCOTT LAUGHTON was stuck on the boards, scrambling and looking for a way out. The 2012 first-round draft pick was being defended in a one-on-one situation by 2013 first-rounder Sam Morin. The 6-7 bruiser had already smashed Radel Fazleev against the glass and checked Nick Cousins to the ice but he couldn't trap Laughton for the boom shot. Laughton twisted his skates and did a half-spin that left Morin sliding on the ice. He whipped a puck to the open man who slapped it for a goal past Merrick Madsen.
SPORTS
July 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - Maikel Franco and Domingo Santana were teammates for 11 days in 2011 at single-A Lakewood, and the two Dominicans born 21 days apart in August 1992 occupied a corner of the visitors' clubhouse Sunday afternoon at Target Field. They represent baseball's scarcest commodity - powerful, young position players - and laughed at the placement of their lockers. This reunion at Sunday's annual Futures Game was orchestrated. "I think so," Santana said. "Oh, yeah," Franco said.
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