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NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia have nearly doubled their use of the sparingly used prosecutorial discretion to close deportation cases this year, a new study shows. The trend, which grants relief from deportation to a larger pool of undocumented immigrants, won praise from some local immigration lawyers, and concern that it could end abruptly if President Obama's executive actions on immigration are nullified in the hotly contested federal court challenge playing out in Texas.
SPORTS
March 26, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Kimmo Timonen was working out and trying to return to the lineup after being sidelined by blood clots, he dreamed of skating onto the Wells Fargo Center ice this spring and being in the thick of a playoff race. On Wednesday, the veteran defenseman will get that chance. Timonen had hoped to do it for the Flyers. Instead, he and his Chicago Blackhawks will be facing the Orange and Black. The Flyers dealt Timonen, now 40, to Chicago last month for a second-round draft pick in June and a conditional selection that could be a second-rounder in 2016.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CALGARY - Normally, the return of yet another defenseman to the Flyers' lineup would induce a quiet groan from the stall of Carlo Colaiacovo. Just about every time one has healed up enough to get back on the ice, Colaiacovo would receive a tap on the shoulder, letting him know he's the odd man out. But when Michael Del Zotto returned last night, Colaiacovo beat the numbers game for the first time all season. In fact, he has played so well over the past 2 weeks that he changed the numbers, with Craig Berube opting to go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards last night against the Flames rather than the usual six and 12. Vinny Lecavalier sat instead as a healthy scratch.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
At night, after John Gallagher prosecuted gang and drug violence, his sporadic search resumed. The assistant U.S. attorney, based in Philadelphia, scoured the Internet for hints of Val James, the first American-born black man to play in the NHL. There were no interviews, zero traces, and Gallagher suspected that James confronted cruel backlash in his attempt to crack a sport dominated by whites. A tip buried in the comments beneath video showing James in a hockey fight led Gallagher in 2012 to Great Wolf Lodge, a water park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
About half of Pennsylvania's 67 counties have stopped honoring federal demands to detain county jail inmates beyond their eligible release dates, ending the practice of holding them solely to accommodate Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations, according to "A Changing Landscape," the first comprehensive study of "ICE holds" in Pennsylvania. The 51-page study, released this week by the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, is based on a survey sent to county officials in August.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun will set at 7 p.m. Sunday, and astronomers are calling for a 100 percent chance of an equinox in a little over two weeks. So why is the atmosphere stuck in January? After the second ice-shellacking in two days Tuesday, the National Weather Service was warning of the possibility of several inches of snow from Wednesday night into Thursday. "I'm very confident Thursday is going to be a difficult day," said Walter Drag, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
NO ONE LANDED a knockout punch. No one stumbled badly. Thus, no one broke away from the pack. Instead, at last night's latest mayoral forum, six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor showed themselves to have quite similar views on a range of issues. Hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, which represents 130 community, faith, environmental, business and union organizations, the forum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the coalition's six key initiative areas: improving substandard housing, supporting small businesses, cleaning up public spaces, improving nutrition for children, creating more trails and bike lanes, and storm preparedness.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal agent assigned to drive deportees from Philadelphia to the York County Prison has been charged with theft and related offenses for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from the vulnerable immigrants he transported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin M. Ford, 32, of Stratford, was arrested Feb. 24 in an elaborate sting that involved marked bills, an undercover officer who posed as a non-English-speaking immigrant, cooperation from the prison's intake unit, and the takedown of Ford by a Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team.
SPORTS
February 24, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
TULSA, Okla. - Temple has zero margin for error concerning the NCAA tournament after a performance Sunday in which its shooting was even colder than the brisk Oklahoma weather. The Owls' lack of proficiency from the perimeter enabled Tulsa to defeat Temple, 55-39, in an American Athletic Conference game before 5,130 at the Reynolds Center. The Owls went 0-2 on this critical two-game road trip against the AAC's top two teams, starting with a 67-58 loss Thursday at Southern Methodist.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their coach calls them "Fire and Ice. " The Morton brothers don't think of themselves that way, except when each considers the other. "I guess in comparison to him, I'm like that," Kwame Morton said of his reputation for keeping cool as opposed to his more emotional brother, Kaleb. Kwame Morton is a 6-foot-8 senior with smooth moves and an unflappable demeanor on the court. He is "Ice," according to Delsea High School coach Tom Freeman. Kaleb Morton is a 6-5 junior with a creative knack for scoring and a raging competitive spirit.
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