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February 20, 2011 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
In the February chill of 1975, a 15-year-old boy left his home in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, slipped illegally across the border at Yuma, Ariz., and boarded a plane for Philadelphia. Along with two older friends who joined him, Isidro Rodriguez was headed for snowbound Kennett Square. The promise of big money from working the mushroom farms there was the talk of their little city, Moroleón. "But it was a lie - and I didn't like it," recalls Rodriguez, who found hundreds of migrant workers from his town already toiling there in the dark, smelly, windowless cinder-block buildings for $1.85 an hour.
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January 14, 2012
Russell J. Roth Sr., 83, of Sellersville, who retired as an electronics manager in 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at Grand View Hospital. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Roth graduated from high school there. He served in the Navy from September 1945 to April 1949 and again from 1950 to 1952. His daughter, Cynthia Mannes, said he served in shipboard fire-control units in the Mediterranean, then was recalled to duty during the Korean War. Mr. Roth earned his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University after night classes in the late 1960s, while he was a quality-control manager for Philco-Ford in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
June 27, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - Davey Johnson was named manager of the Washington Nationals on Sunday, three days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning. Johnson will manage the rest of the season and his first game will be Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been a senior adviser with the team since 2009, though he hasn't managed in the big leagues since 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson also agreed to a three-year consulting contract through 2013 that will allow him to remain with the team and help select a successor for next season.
NEWS
October 4, 2011
By Paul Jablow It would be a nightmare Rotisserie league lineup: Tony La Russa and Ron Washington as the double-play combination, Terry Francona at first, Joe Girardi behind the plate, and Charlie Manuel, with his .198 big-league batting average, alongside Ron Roenicke in the outfield. These guys - all marginal major-league players at best - were heading six of the 10 teams in contention for the playoffs in the final days of the baseball season. Three other top teams were led by managers who never made the majors.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
Chris Stamp, 70, who as a cockney kid from East London aspired to make a documentary film about the rise of British rock in the 1960s and ended up helping discover and manage a raucous working-class quartet called The Who, died Nov. 24 in Manhattan. The cause was complications of colorectal cancer, his wife, Calixte, said. "I was knocked out," Mr. Stamp recalled in 1966 of the night he first saw The Who perform in 1964. "But the excitement I felt wasn't coming from the group. I couldn't get near enough.
SPORTS
January 7, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - There are more than a few Alabama folks who will tell you that junior AJ McCarron could be the best quarterback the Crimson Tide has had since, dare we say, Joe Namath. With apologies to Richard Todd (or was that Jay Barker?), that was nearly half a century ago. Yet when most people think about the defending national champions, the passing game probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe it's defense, even if this one isn't Nick Saban's strongest.
SPORTS
November 22, 2012
John Gibbons was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time Tuesday, returning to a team that just invigorated its roster after a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins. "I never would have guessed this could happen," he said at a news conference. Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004 to 2008 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history. He succeeds John Farrell, who spurned Toronto for his dream managing job in Boston.
NEWS
January 14, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Carol Ann Hurff Ritchie, 74, of Gloucester City, a former manager at Campbell Soup Co., died of cardiac disease Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly. Born in Camden, Mrs. Ritchie graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1957. She worked for Campbell Soup for 39 years, beginning as a stenographer in the year of her graduation, and retiring as senior manager in corporate licensing in 1996, niece Susan Hoffman said. In 1988, as a member of the Orangutan Foundation International, a wildlife preservation group, Mrs. Ritchie made the first of 14 trips to Borneo, Hoffman said.
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday, Cleveland manager Terry Francona let the world in on the secret he used to direct a 24-game turnaround to 92 wins and the AL Central flag for the Indians in his first year at the helm. "We stayed away from chicken and beer," a jovial Francona said of the Tribe's 10-0 run to end the regular season. "That helped. " Tito was alluding to the end of the 2011 season when the Red Sox collapsed with a 7-20 record in the last month. That was followed by accusations that Francona had allowed the Boston clubhouse to become an Animal House, with players drinking beer, eating chicken, and playing Donkey Kong during games.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than six hours of debate, the Lower Merion Township commissioners voted late Wednesday to approve a $275,000 pay package for township manager Douglas Cleland. A minority of Republicans led by commissioner Jenny Brown tried without success to amend the two-year pact, which would have caused it to be tabled under Roberts Rules of Order. The vote was 8 to 5, with one member of the 14-member panel absent. The yes votes all came from Democrats; the no votes came from three Republicans and two Democrats who broke with party lines.
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December 11, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Widger, the 1989 Pennsville graduate who was a catcher on the Chicago White Sox' 2005 World Series championship team, has been named the new manager of the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. Widger, who remains a Pennsville resident, served as the Riversharks pitching coach the previous two years. He replaced Ron Karkovice when the Riversharks decided to go in a different direction, according to a team official. "Managing is something I eventually wanted to do, and I feel so fortunate to be able to it 30 minutes from my home," Widger said Tuesday in a phone interview.
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December 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration has invoked a provision of the controversial DROP retirement program to delay the departures of a dozen city managers and top officials who had planned on retiring next year. The administration cited the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which includes a visit by Pope Francis, as a reason to extend the retirement dates for five managers, including the deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, Susan Slawson, and her chief of staff, Cynthia D. Douglas.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
When you lose or leave a job, it's important to know what to do about any money that's stashed for you in a former employer's 401(k) retirement plan. There are lots of options. Losing a job raises all sorts of questions in addition to immediate concerns for income. What becomes of the retirement money you and your former employer have put into your 401(k) account? Bankrate.com's Don Taylor notes some facts that may surprise you in a post titled, "I lost my job. What happens to my 401(k)
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
      Six months after instituting new work rules for union labor at the Convention Center, the facility's managers say there has been a dramatic increase in groups looking to gather in Philadelphia. Despite the continuing presence of some protesting union members outside the center, bookings are up, with numerous trade and business associations agreeing to return to Philadelphia after noticeable absences, or rebooking after a recent show. There has been a 20 percent increase in convention-related hotel bookings over last year, according to Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)
NEWS
November 25, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - This town has always had its bosses. Its political Nuckys, Haps, and Sonnys, its corporate Steves and Donalds, its gangster Nickys and Joeys. But is the Boardwalk Empire ready for a new emperor? One with unilateral power to sideline the city's Republican mayor and Democratic council, throw out municipal labor contracts, sell off assets, slash spending, and privatize city departments? Jon F. Hanson, powerful two-time author of how-to-save-Atlantic-City reports delivered to Gov. Christie, is proposing exactly that - an emergency manager with "extraordinary supervisory powers" to stabilize a cratering city where casinos have closed and debt and taxes have skyrocketed.
SPORTS
November 20, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was Saturday. The clock read approximately 6:30 p.m. The Penn Charter girls' soccer team had just won its second consecutive Independent Schools state title at Cabrini College when the prospect of a three-peat was first mentioned. Yes, a three-peat would be nice, coach Darci Borski thought, but she wanted to enjoy this championship first. The sentiment from Borski, who in two seasons at the Quakers helm has amassed an overall record of 35-6-4, was justified. It made sense that she wanted to savor this one a little bit longer considering all the obstacles Penn Charter overcame this season.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have been pursuing former Manchester United assistant and ex-Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen for the last half year and finally they have gotten their man. The team will announce at a Friday press conference that Meulensteen has been hired to the technical staff. A MLS source familiar with the details confirmed Thursday that Meulensteen is being hired as a consultant. According to the source, Meulensteen will work very closely with the team as it prepares for the franchise's sixth season.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Suzette Parmley, and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - With casinos folding like bad poker hands in this ailing Shore resort, Gov. Christie said Wednesday he would consider a proposal to create an emergency manager for the city - drawing a sharp dissent from its mayor. Don Guardian, who became mayor in January, called the emergency manager position unnecessary, because a state monitor was already assigned to review and report on Atlantic City's finances. "So the concept of a different title I'm kind of lost on. All of that exists right now," Guardian said in a phone interview Wednesday night.
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November 8, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael B. Eroh, 61, of Clementon, a senior home delivery manager for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in South Jersey, died of a heart attack Thursday, Nov. 7, at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. Mr. Eroh spent most of his professional career at Interstate General Media, the company that publishes both newspapers, and its predecessors. He began in 1977 as a district manager and worked his way to senior management. During an earlier stint as a district manager in Philadelphia, Mr. Eroh worked in gritty neighborhoods, going door-to-door to collect payment from subscribers, said Ed Delfin, vice president of circulation.
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October 31, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
JoAnn Hobbins, 69, of Blackwood, who retired in 2007 as warehouse manager for the Cherry Hill Board of Education, died Friday, Oct. 24, of brain cancer at home. A 1962 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Hobbins, known as Sis, worked first as a warehouse supervisor at the former Superior Record Co. in Runnemede, a niece, Denise Melvin, said. Her career at the Board of Education warehouse spanned 32 years, her niece said. "She was made supervisor and manager in 1984.
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