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April 25, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
WHEN LAST we met Devin Bullock, the senior point guard from New Media Charter wore a wide smile as he was besieged by teammates after sinking the game-winning free throw against Paul Robeson High back on Feb. 11. But on Wednesday, melancholy was the mood as teammates and coaches again flocked to his side, this time after word spread that Bullock had been shot shortly after 5 p.m. on 25th Street near Thompson in North Philadelphia. He was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital in extremely critical condition but since was upgraded to critical but stable, said New Media basketball coach Michael Greene.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Blair E. Neide, 52, of Audubon, president of the Audubon Little League, died of cancer Tuesday, April 15, at Vitas Hospice of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. Mr. Blair was elected for the 2013 season and reelected for this season to oversee 24 teams in the league, from T-ball for 4- and 5-year-olds to Senior Little League for 15- and 16-year-olds. Steve Hart, an Audubon Little League board member, recalled the conversation when Mr. Neide told him last year he would run for president.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
WITH ITS ORNATE halls, fine dining and strict dress code, the Union League isn't the type of place you'd associate with Pope Francis and his humble vision for Catholicism. But it's exactly the type of place needed to lure deep-pocketed supporters for the not-so-humble endeavor of hosting Francis - and an estimated crowd of more than 1 million people - in Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families. Three weeks after returning from the Vatican to pitch Francis on Philadelphia, organizers of the event pitched 170 wealthy Philadelphians on Francis over breakfast yesterday at the private club, at Broad and Sansom streets.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BONNER-Prendergast junior Nick Bralczyk sure isn't the new kid anymore. Truth be told, the 6-4, 195-pound transfer from Upper Darby hasn't felt like a newbie since the Friars' mid-March trip to Florida. However, when the righthander started in yesterday's Catholic League Blue battle of unbeatens at Archbishop Carroll, he was unproven. And when he threw a wild pitch that allowed Carroll to tie the game at 1-all in the fifth inning, the pressure was on. "As a pitcher, I'm thinking it's kind of my fault," Bralczyk said.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union League is weighing a bold expansion, from its Broad Street temple to the Civil War's victors - where generations of successful Philadelphians have joined to meet, talk, eat, and drink - with a plan to take over the historic but membership-challenged Torresdale-Frankford Country Club on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. It has also bought a Shore place, in Stone Harbor. League leaders have called a Wednesday membership meeting to ratify the proposal to take over the 118-year-old golf course and its clubhouse, on 150 acres 14 miles from Center City via I-95 and State Road.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While the Phillies played their final spring game in Florida, a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field on Thursday, Cole Hamels was next door at the minor-league complex beginning his journey back to the rotation. Recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, Hamels made his first start this spring in a game against Pittsburgh Pirates minor-leaguers. Hamels pitched two innings, although traditional rules did not hold. He wanted to face more batters, so he recorded four outs in the first inning and five outs in the second.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
THE NFL HAS spent the last several years trying to make its game safer. For its next trick, it will attempt to make it more civil. "We have an element of respect that we have to bring back to the game," Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a longtime member of the league's competition committee, said last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "It starts in the locker room and continues over onto the practice field and carries over onto the field on Sundays. "We have to take a hard look at taunting.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Jesse Biddle prepared for another day with the rest of the Phillies' minor-league players in a crowded clubhouse that contained prospects of all levels. The team's first-round draft choice out of Germantown Friends in 2010, Biddle said he enjoyed his brief time in the major-league camp this year. Even though he did not achieve the results he wanted in his two outings, Biddle feels he will be better for the experience. Biddle, 22, was sent down to the minor-league camp on March 8. He was not disappointed because he knows the landscape.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - Ken Giles wasn't on the bus headed for Pirate City yesterday morning. Instead, his locker in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field had been cleared of any personal possessions. When his spring training resumes, Giles will be in the cramped, less attractive confines of the minor league clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. Giles, the relief pitching prospect with the 100-mph arm, was among the half-dozen Phillies players who saw their time in major league camp come to an end yesterday.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles S. Kress, 92, a native Philadelphian who went on to play major league baseball, died Tuesday, March 4, of heart failure at a nursing home in Colville, Wash. Mr. Kress made his debut on April 16, 1947, with the Cincinnati Reds. His final game was played in July 1954 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He told his family he was thrilled to be "batting in Yankee Stadium at the same plate as baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. " Mr. Kress graduated from Frankford High with honors.
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