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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.
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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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July 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
UPDATE: The Phillies on Tuesday afternoon named Mackanin interim manager for the rest of the season. The Phillies travel to Atlanta on Thursday night to open a three-game series. They know what downtown hotel they are staying in. They know what flight they will board. And they know who will pitch. But the Phillies are not fully certain who their manager will be against the Braves. President Pat Gillick said Monday that interim manager Pete Mackanin will manage the remainder of this week's four-game series against Milwaukee.
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February 5, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A position in the Camden County Jail that has faced high turnover will be filled on an interim level this month, making that person who fills it the sixth jail population manager since 2011. The move comes amid a vacancy in the position and a letter from U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle, who told county officials on Jan. 26 that he was "very concerned" about the turnover. The jail population manager focuses on how inmates are processed, from arrest to court date, and makes recommendations on how to improve their movement in the system.
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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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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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July 25, 2015
Q: Years ago, before kids, I had no issues wrangling my husband's and my cell phones. But our three kids have their own tablets and will soon start to get phones. I have a separate phone for work, too, and we are running out of room on the hall table. I don't allow phones in the kids' bedrooms, but I'm not sure where else makes sense to keep all those chargers. Please help! - Holly A: Multiple devices are such a big part of our lives, and it is hard to find a place to charge them all. My husband and I have several devices that need charging every day - but each of us has an office in our house, and that's how we solve that problem.
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July 23, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
REGGIE GASKIN found his life's calling in a cemetery. What Reggie found in his 44 years as a manager of area cemeteries was a way of helping people, people enduring one of the most difficult times of their lives. "He helped countless families through the process of laying their own loved ones to rest, and he always did it with a smile," his family said in a tribute. "Reggie understood that death is a part of life, but that this part of the journey brings pain to those who loved the deceased.
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July 15, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Betty Lingo Dickens, 72, of Bridgeton, N.J., who retired in 2004 as the North Camden district office manager for the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, died of lung cancer Sunday, July 5, at home. In 2004, Mrs. Dickens was inducted into the Cumberland County Black Hall of Fame, said a son, the Rev. Keith D. Dickens, associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Chester. Mrs. Dickens, whose mother's maiden name was Mazzie Lowe, was a founding member in 1981 of the National Lowe Family Reunion, which has held its annual gatherings in, among other cities, Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
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July 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't Ralph who was Rotten at Rotten Ralph's, a popular bar and eatery in Old City. Instead, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was Rotten Ralph's general manager, Sharwin Coates, who fired a Muslim server in July 2013 for wearing a hair covering, saying employees couldn't wear "hoodies" at work. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Rotten Ralph's parent company, Half Shell Inn Inc., in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Tuesday, claiming that the company violated federal laws barring religious discrimination when it fired server Tia Rollins.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WOODY JOHNSTON made it in the music-management business at a time when very few African-Americans were in the field. Woody set out to do something about that. While he was handling concert tours for some of the biggest stars in the music business, he also took the time to find jobs for blacks interested in the field, helping them make contacts and giving them the encouragement they needed. "He was a very caring, loving, outgoing guy," said his brother, Kenneth Johnston. "He was an extrovert.
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July 10, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SALT LAKE CITY - It has been a busy summer for 76ers president/general manager Sam Hinkie, much like the other two since he arrived in Philadelphia. A combined 37-127 record during his first two seasons didn't make this offseason any different than the others. "The Process" is still to accumulate the best players possible and to eventually become championship contenders for a long time. During a sit-down before the Sixers' summer-league game last night, Hinkie talked about much of what has been on fans' minds.
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July 9, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The Pine Barrens surrounding Stockton University were choked with brush and a mix of trees - from white oaks and red maples to Virginia, pitch, and shortleaf pines. The conditions made for a sickly forest, vulnerable to wildfires and insect infestation, including the destructive southern pine beetle. But last week - following earlier prescribed burns to clear undergrowth - the woods along Vera King Farris Road began feeling more airy. The first of hundreds of trees came down, and sunlight again bathed the ground, making it possible for a healthier forest to take root next to the Atlantic County school.
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July 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PETE MACKANIN will finish out the season as the Phillies interim manager, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday afternoon. The managing vacancy was in a holding pattern after Ryne Sandberg's sudden departure on Friday. In Amaro's words, it left the front office "scrambling," and Mackanin was asked to hold down the job for the homestand until a final decision was reached. Amaro met early Tuesday with current team president Pat Gillick and team president-in-waiting Andy MacPhail, and a final decision was reached.
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July 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
UPDATE: The Phillies on Tuesday afternoon named Mackanin interim manager for the rest of the season. The Phillies travel to Atlanta on Thursday night to open a three-game series. They know what downtown hotel they are staying in. They know what flight they will board. And they know who will pitch. But the Phillies are not fully certain who their manager will be against the Braves. President Pat Gillick said Monday that interim manager Pete Mackanin will manage the remainder of this week's four-game series against Milwaukee.
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June 29, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Chicago Cubs bypassed Ryne Sandberg for a managerial vacancy immediately after Sandberg had been voted the triple-A Pacific Coast League's manager of the year for that organization in 2010, the back-channel reason given was that the Cubs didn't want to be in the position of having to fire a franchise legend. What general manager Jim Hendry, a protege of former team president Andy MacPhail, didn't explain, however, was why the Cubs were so sure they would have to. Sandberg never got the opportunity to be a franchise legend with the Phillies, the team that drafted him in 1978, but it is where he did get his chance to manage a major-league team, such as it was. That tenure ended Friday, when Sandberg resigned his position 22 months after replacing Charlie Manuel.
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