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December 14, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo felt he needed to be honest with his players about his interest in the head coaching job at Brigham Young, even if it could have been a distraction in preparations for the Midshipmen's huge rivalry game against Army. The decision by Niumatalolo, who will be interviewed Monday by BYU officials, was criticized by athletic director Chet Gladchuk and others connected with Navy. But the players, regardless of their feelings, made sure it wasn't a hindrance Saturday in their 21-17 victory over the Black Knights at Lincoln Financial Field.
NEWS
December 11, 2015
H ERE WE ARE again, fretting about a possible increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve and what a bump would mean for our personal finances. When it comes to your money, you have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. There is no use worrying about what the Fed is going to do because it's out of your control. I know you are probably busy shopping and planning for the holiday and don't need the extra anxiety of a potential interest-rate increase. So here are just two steps you'll need to take when a hike finally does come: *  Set a savings goal . Americans' savings rate is improving but it's still too low. The average personal savings rate as a percentage of disposable income was 5.6 percent in October, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2015
To paraphrase a line from The Hunger Games , may the odds be in our favor that the Federal Reserve raises interest rates this month. Savers want the Fed to make the move. The measly interest on savings accounts and yields on Treasury bonds needs to normalize, particularly for retirees who live on fixed incomes and pensions. For bond investors, a rate hike is more complicated. Though the Fed's long-anticipated reversal signals that the economy is improving, higher rates can roil bond prices.
NEWS
December 6, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ALL RYAN KELLY wanted was a late-night snack at Wawa. So, despite his mom's protests, he walked less than a mile to the convenience store on Aramingo Avenue from his Port Richmond home. It was about 5 a.m., not long before the sun would rise on an unseasonably warm Thanksgiving Day. As time passed, his mother, worried, called the 21-year-old's cellphone. He told her he was fine, that he was walking down the street toward their front door on Almond Street near Venango, according to police sources.
SPORTS
December 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule wasn't thrilled with the question, but he had to know it was coming. A day after talking to Missouri officials about their vacant head coaching job, Rhule was asked if this would lead to any distraction heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday at Houston. "Only if people keep asking it," Rhule said Monday during a conference call with reporters. The Owls (10-2) earned the berth in the game Saturday with a 27-3 win over visiting Connecticut that clinched the AAC East Division.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Jah'vion dreams of becoming a professional wrestler when he grows up. For now, however, the 13-year-old keeps busy with a wide variety of interests, among them swimming, video games, basketball, football, magic cards, and wrestling action figures. He is passionate about Legos, so he was thrilled to visit the Franklin Institute's "Art of the Brick" exhibit. On view were more than 100 works made from Lego bricks. His favorite was the 20-foot-long T-rex. Although a bit shy when meeting new people, he quickly opens up when the talk turns to his interests.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine companies have submitted bids to enter Pennsylvania's Medicaid market, which has grown substantially this year since Gov. Wolf expanded access to coverage. But only one of the new applicants seeking to offer managed care to lower-income Pennsylvanians beginning in 2017 is a national player. "Pennsylvania should be more attractive, in theory, to Medicaid-focused insurers, since it has an established statewide mandatory managed Medicaid program coupled with the recent eligibility expansion," said Mark Cherry, principal analyst for Florida and Pennsylvania at Decision Resources Group, a health-care data firm.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Choosing from the array of Mummers finery on display, Betsy Carpenter dons a fancifully feathered headdress and smiles for a friend's camera. John Kraus grins from ear to ear as he tries on a Vegas version of a cowboy vest "that feels like it was made for me. " And nothing less than the entire "Magic of the Lamp" costume - an extravaganza of fuchsia feathers and royal blue - will do for Richard Pattanite. "This is really a treat," the Delran resident says, doing an impromptu yet skillful strut across the floor of the Burlington County church hall where 30 people are gathered to experience "The Secret Life of Mummers.
SPORTS
November 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Matt Klentak is only in his third week as Phillies general manager and already he has said at least a couple of times that he tries "not to operate in absolutes. " That was the philosophy he reverted to Tuesday when asked if the Phillies were open to trading closer Ken Giles, who is garnering interest from other teams as a potential trade chip. Dealing Giles is "not a goal," Klentak said, in a time when the front office is attempting to stockpile as many talented, young and controllable players as possible.
SPORTS
November 11, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeAndre' Bembry - the star of the St. Joseph's basketball team - was asked last month if he pays attention to other players and teams "around the league. " The junior offered a quick analysis of the NBA. He was happy to see Kobe Bryant return from injury. A good season was in the mix for Oklahoma City, Bembry predicted. The answer was sufficient. The only problem was that the question was about his league now, the Atlantic Ten, and not the league Bembry could find himself in as soon as next year.
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