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NEWS
September 4, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS TEACHERS prepare to return to Philadelphia schools with fewer resources and still without a contract, union leaders already have an eye toward November. That's when Democrat Tom Wolf looks to defeat Republican Gov. Corbett, who trails by 30 points in a Robert Morris University poll released yesterday. The union's hope is that Wolf, a businessman who publicly supports a tax on natural-gas drillers to help fund education, would restore some of the money cut under Corbett. "It's very big," Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said yesterday of the upcoming election, standing outside Girls High School in Olney, where the union held its first general membership meeting since last school year.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hoping to stabilize the dilapidated West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua, the city wants to entice police officers and firefighters to move into the struggling area - with cash to help buy homes and pay taxes on them. Officials think having police and firefighters living in Mantua and interacting as neighbors with residents would improve the quality of life in the area. But even with the cash incentives, the initial $200,000 program could be a hard sell. "It's a good idea," said Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. "However, our guys are still going to be reluctant to move into transient neighborhoods if they have kids and families.
SPORTS
September 3, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Akron coach Terry Bowden sounded like a guy whose team is going to have its hands full Saturday against Penn State and quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Seemingly, all he has is hope. "You've just got to hope you can slow [Hackenberg] down," Bowden said Monday on the Mid-American Conference coaches' call. "You hope he doesn't make the really big plays. You hope that you can get a little [bit] of pressure at times. You hope that you can make him go the length of the field by not turning the ball over.
SPORTS
September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a month later, 35 words spoken on July 23 by Ryne Sandberg have gained significance. They now offer insight into the strategy of a desperate front office and the dynamics of an unusual relationship between a team's executives and its manager. That day, Sandberg benched Ryan Howard for Darin Ruf, and explained his plan. "I know what he can do," Sandberg said of Howard. "I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - As his city faced the first of casino layoffs expected to number in the thousands in the next few weeks, Mayor Don Guardian put the best spin he could Friday on the dire circumstances. "We've been down before, but we've always come back up," said Guardian, standing out among tourists in a beige suit, a blue shirt, and his signature bow tie. Just like a salesman hawking his wares - in this case, his city - Guardian took to the Boardwalk outside the Landshark Bar & Grill, part of the year-old Margaritaville dining and entertainment complex owned by Resorts.
SPORTS
August 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE NUMBERS don't compute, and Brandon Graham knows it. The Eagles linebacker was the 13th player taken in the 2010 draft. Yet, in four NFL seasons, he has made only 12 starts, has played only 1,403 snaps, has registered a grand total of 11 1/2 sacks. The 14th player taken in that draft, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, has been to three Pro Bowls and twice been selected a first-team All-Pro. The 15th player taken, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, has been to two Pro Bowls and put up 16 1/2 sacks in his second season.
SPORTS
August 29, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
FOR PREP CHARTER'S second-year coach David Hand, coaching football was sort of addition by subtraction. When the former St. Joseph's Prep quarterback (1993-97) was a sophomore defensive back at La Salle University, a torn anterior cruciate ligament - the second tear in his right leg - signaled the end of his playing days. In an instant, the game he loved was taken away, and letting go wouldn't be easy. After all, when Hand tore his ACL and medial collateral ligament as a senior at the Prep, three doctors told him not not to play, before a fourth eventually gave him the OK after a 6-week rehab program.
SPORTS
August 28, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson is the Colonial Athletic Association preseason offensive player of the year. He says such distinctions mean more to his parents than they do to him. Even preseason rankings don't mean much, Robertson said, although the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally this year after starting last season ranked No. 9. "Last year, we kind of got our heads in the clouds a little bit," Robertson said. Robertson had a big year. He ran for 1,405 yards in 2013 while setting a school record by completing 68.4 percent of his passes.
SPORTS
August 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS HAS BEEN Alex Henery's best NFL training camp, Henery said this week, except for the part about missing two of three field goals he has tried in preseason games. "That's probably the most frustrating part, is that I'm hitting good balls in practice. It's just those two that popped up in the games. Those aren't the ones I'm happy about," Henery said. So it is, despite strong work in practice, Henery fights for his job this week, against just-acquired rookie Cody Parkey, and any other kicker who might get cut. "My first training camp here [2011]
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Tuono's new girlfriend came with a warning. Dating Tiffany Galati, daughter of an auto mechanic with long-held ties to the Philadelphia mob, would one day get him killed, friends advised. That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut - and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit. Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of Ronald Galati's deepening legal morass.
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