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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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April 5, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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April 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON DAY 1 OF CAMP, when all his pitchers, catchers, infielders, outfielders, coaches and other staff members were in the same room for the first time, Ryne Sandberg spoke. He was anxious, not unlike a new kid on his first day of school, but he was excited, too. A believer in team unity - when he took over for Charlie Manuel late last summer, Sandberg implemented a rule that everyone in uniform had to stand outside the dugout during the pregame national anthem - Sandberg had all of the new players in camp introduce themselves in the middle of the room.
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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.
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April 5, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
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April 4, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Constance G. Beresin, 78, of Swarthmore, a manager of nonprofit organizations, died Wednesday, March 19, of respiratory failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Beresin lived in Swarthmore before moving in 2010 to the Quadrangle, in Haverford Township. Even in retirement, she was known for packing her days with activity. "Mom was one of those people who you can't imagine when they slept," her family said in a tribute. Ms. Beresin graduated in 1974 from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in sociology, and three years later earned a master's degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
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April 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON DAY 1 OF CAMP, when all his pitchers, catchers, infielders, outfielders, coaches and other staff members were in the same room for the first time, Ryne Sandberg spoke. He was anxious, not unlike a new kid on his first day of school, but he was excited, too. A believer in team unity - when he took over for Charlie Manuel late last summer, Sandberg implemented a rule that everyone in uniform had to stand outside the dugout during the pregame national anthem - Sandberg had all of the new players in camp introduce themselves in the middle of the room.
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April 1, 2014
B RENDAN McCorkle, 33, of North Philadelphia, is CEO and co-founder of CloudMine, a Midtown Village startup with a software platform that mobile-app developers use to build back-end solutions. CloudMine lets developers focus on the front end of apps, features that users touch. Q: Where did you get the startup money? A: We got $20,000 from Dreamit Ventures to launch, which was seed money. We've raised $2 million to date from mostly local investors. Q: What's the biz do?
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March 31, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Equipped with a two-inch-thick binder full of notes and handouts, city fleet maintenance supervisor Thomas Hall drew charts and summaries in blue and green marker on a big whiteboard in a classroom at Philadelphia University. Hall, a 23-year city employee, is usually busy making sure trucks in the city's aging fleet can tackle the latest snowstorm. But on Tuesday, he was explaining business innovation theories to city managers he normally wouldn't have worked with - perhaps not even met - had he not been selected to participate in the class.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul R. Tierney Sr., 84, of Bryn Mawr, former general manager of the Melrose Diner in South Philadelphia, died Saturday, March 22, of cardiopulmonary arrest at Sunrise of Haverford. The son of an Irish coal miner from Scranton, Mr. Tierney made his home in Narberth and Havertown before moving to Bryn Mawr. He grew up during the Great Depression and watched as his three older brothers went off to fight in World War II. He was too young to go. But he did serve in the Army Second Infantry Division during the Korean War, and fought in the Battle of Bloody Ridge and the battles at Heartbreak Ridge that followed.
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March 27, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
OF THE four general managers of Philadelphia professional sports teams, Ruben Amaro Jr. is perhaps best qualified to speak of the job's perks and perils. Celebrated for trades that made baseball in these parts extremely fun over his first three seasons as Pat Gillick's successor, he may be at an all-time ebb in popularity after a winter of free-agent signings that made his team older and even more suspect. As he did last spring, Amaro yesterday graciously agreed to sit down and discuss this and other topics in a wide-ranging interview.
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March 27, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Carol R. Collier, who retired earlier this month after 15 years as executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, will continue to work on the myriad issues that face watershed management in the region. On Tuesday, the Upper Dublin Township resident was named senior adviser for watershed management and policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. As such, she will be doing one of the things she likes best - bringing people together to solve problems.
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March 26, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WASN'T unusual to see the attractive, stylishly dressed and coiffed redhead in the corridors of a Center City apartment building with a wrench in her hand. Marguerite Tina Stefani had mastered the techniques of maintenance and repair by following the custodians into the boiler rooms, up on the roof or wherever work needed to be done at the 288-unit Casa Fermi at 13th and Lombard streets, where she was manager. Coming from Mussolini's Italy before World War II and the Allied conquest during the war, and having also lived in France and Egypt, Marguerite had a world view of history and culture.
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March 23, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
At West Chester's darkest hour, morale was low, streets were deserted by nightfall, and all four corners of the borough's main intersection were vacant. Today, the county seat is a bustling example of redevelopment achieved, with filled storefronts, ample dining and a walkable downtown. Borough Manager Ernie McNeely, who said Wednesday that he would leave the post after 27 years to be the manager in Lower Merion Township, was not only there for the transformation, but also, many say, was a pillar of the process, bringing his unmatched institutional knowledge and always-expanding insight on municipal government to every project.
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