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NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
In her own words - at least according to an aide - LeAnna Washington was "the f--ing senator" who could do whatever she wanted. Even after she was charged this year with ordering state Senate staff to plan her birthday party fund-raiser, the longtime Democrat representing Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties showed little remorse. She skipped some hearings, and when she did attend she seemed stoic - if defiant - shaking her head as a former staffer described her office as toxic. On Thursday, Washington finally spoke.
SPORTS
October 24, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Soslow lined up for a kickoff late in Haverford School's win on Saturday afternoon. The ball had been placed 15 yards ahead of its usual spot because of a penalty on Springside Chestnut Hill. "Field goal, field goal, field goal," the Haverford School student section chanted. Booming it into the end zone, which Soslow had already done a few times, was no longer enough. The fans were prodding the senior, who is one of the area's best kickers, to send the ball through the goalposts - it wound up wide left.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Roger Moore, McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Good People is the cinematic equivalent of a page turner, a thriller that leaves no thriller trope unused, no melodramatic stone unturned, no foreshadowing unshadowed. Heck, it's even got bad guys driving a Jaguar - just as the TV commercials promise. But a good cast, some solid if gruesome action beats and a short running time mean we'll stick with it, turning those predictable pages right up to the grand predictable finale. James Franco and Kate Hudson are an American couple trying for a "fresh start" in London.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who is Nicholas Brody? Is the antihero at the heart of Showtime's espionage thriller Homeland an American hero or an Islamist terrorist? Portrayed by British thesp Damian Lewis ( Life , The Forsyte Saga ) with a reserved intensity that can be disquieting to watch, Brody was a U.S. Marine sergeant held prisoner for eight years by al-Qaeda who came home in the pilot episode a hero. In Season 1, we found the military man had converted to Islam - and the Islamist cause - while in captivity.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have identified a person of interest in the killings of two women shot to death in a house in Holmesburg on Saturday afternoon. Just before 6 p.m., police responded to the sound of gunshots in a house on the 4700 block of Vista Street and found Dollie Evans, 67, and Ruby Thomas, 59, shot once each in the head. Thomas, who had been living in Evans' home for the last few months, was on the living room couch. Police said they found Evans on the floor of a second-floor bedroom.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN THE END, it just might've been Dollie Evans' big heart that got the 67-year-old woman - nicknamed "Grandma" by her neighbors in Holmesburg - and her friend, Ruby Thomas, 59, shot to death. Police confirmed last night that detectives were questioning - as a person of interest in the women's slayings - a 25-year-old man who had been staying with Evans and Thomas, who were found shot execution-style Saturday in the house on Vista Street near Torresdale Avenue. In the wake of the killings, Evans' neighbors and relatives remembered her as a woman who, by and large, had an open-door policy at the rowhouse where she'd lived for at least a decade.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eliza Pentz picked up her first field hockey stick about the time that most children are learning to count by twos. The Radnor teenager was 6, and her mother had played the game before her. But not all potential youth athletes have field hockey in their DNA, so the sport's governing body is taking its own steps toward early recruitment. USA Field Hockey has started a national summer-camp program aimed at growing a sport that is played in the United States mostly by females - and that competes with overseas programs that train athletes who start swinging sticks at age 3. The organization hosted the inaugural sessions of the four-day camps at five sites on the East Coast this week, including Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Montgomery County.
SPORTS
July 30, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly want Thaddeus Young to become Kevin Love's replacement at power forward. Minnesota is exploring trade options to acquire the 76ers veteran if it parts ways with the disgruntled Love, according to ESPN.com. The Timberwolves standout has expressed his desire to be traded to the Cavaliers. Love also has been linked to potential trades with the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors. It is unknown if the Sixers are willing to trade Young.
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
  By day, Gerard Breland has spent the last 23 years prosecuting criminals. Among the 60 cases he tried was a particularly heinous matter involving murder and jury intimidation in Jersey City. But in his free time, the Burlington Township resident turns his attention to the less seedy side of life. He and his wife, Tonya, have recorded 17 original and traditional gospel songs on YouTube, earning as many as 15,368 views on one of them: "I Want to Say Thank You. " He also directs the music and worship team at Destiny Church in Moorestown.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Nine-year-old Israel's range of interests is nearly as wide as his smile. He loves cars, trucks, and for that matter, any moving machinery. His favorite pastimes include playing with Legos, watching action movies and cartoons on TV, wrestling, playing football, singing, listening to jokes and telling them (he has a very good memory). Cheerful and articulate, he is enrolled in special education at school, and benefits from the small class size and individual attention. As a result, he is steadily making academic strides.
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