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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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March 6, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
BRADENTON, Fla. - For all we know, John Felske (1985-87) was somewhere in the ballpark, maybe working the corn-dog stand behind the first-base bleachers. The Phillies' least well-known manager of the last quarter-century may well have been at McKechnie Field on Friday. There, sitting with some other scouts, was Jim Fregosi (1991-96). And over there, wearing a bright yellow Pirates jersey and hitting fungoes, was Nick Leyva ('89-91). Behind the plate, sitting with the rest of the Phillies brass, was one Dallas Green ('79-81)
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.
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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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July 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Nichols, 55, longtime manager of the Roots, died Thursday, July 17, in Philadelphia of leukemia, the band announced. Mr. Nichols, a native of Philadelphia, "managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots' creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades," the band said in a statement. He had been hospitalized for several months and was taken off life support Wednesday night and died Thursday afternoon, according to the Roots-affiliated website Okayplayer.com and Billboard magazine.
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July 19, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maureen H. McMurdo-Chapman, 69, of Chalfont, Bucks County, died Thursday, July 10, at Abington Memorial Hospital of injuries she suffered in a car accident. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. McMurdo-Chapman was a resident of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, from 1974 to 1998. For four years ending in 1995, she served as a member of the Southeast Delco School Board. She and her husband, Lawrence, who was injured in the car accident, moved to the New Britain-Chalfont area 16 years ago. Mrs. McMurdo-Chapman graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in 1963.
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July 18, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
RICH NICHOLS, the longtime manager of the popular Philly hip-hop and neo-soul band the Roots, died yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55. Nichols, of Philadelphia, had managed the Roots since their start in 1992 and was "instrumental" in every part of the group's "creative, cultural and professional life," according to a statement released by the band. "He was a great dude. . . . He was, creatively, one of the most special men I've ever met," said Larry Gold, who ran the famed Studio on 7th Street near Callowhill, where the Roots and other artists recorded.
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July 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOHN PETTIT, the former manager of a Southwest Philadelphia strip club accused of killing a patron in the club's parking lot in 2009, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder yesterday. Pettit, 53, of Pennsauken, N.J., entered into a nonnegotiated guilty plea to third-degree murder and recklessly endangering another person for the Oct. 16, 2009, fatal beating of James Koons. Koons, 31, of Media, died from a fractured skull two weeks after Pettit punched and knocked him to the ground in the parking lot of the Oasis strip club, on Essington Avenue near 70th Street.
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July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers. The presidential emergency board, whose recommendations are not binding, said the rail workers should get the same 11.5 percent raises negotiated in a five-year contract in 2009 by bus drivers and subway operators. The railroad workers are not entitled to retroactive raises or an additional increase based on a pension boost received by the bus drivers' union, the board said.
SPORTS
June 27, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ONE HUNDRED seventy-two times from 2001 to 2009, a 6-4, mop-haired defender from suburban Philadelphia took the field for a regular-season MLS game. Almost 14,000 minutes were logged in that span, along with several more in various postseason appearances. Tomorrow, in a 7:30 p.m. match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Jim Curtin will man the sideline for the first time as a team manager in an MLS game. Seventeen days have passed since the Union fired manager John Hackworth and promoted Curtin in the interim, but the league's 3-week World Cup break has limited the Philly club's action to two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contests against clubs from lower-level leagues.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 76ers first hired Philadelphia development manager AthenianRazak to find a new place for the team to practice, "New Jersey wasn't on anybody's radar screen," says partner Alan Razak . Instead, the Sixers toured would-be practice sites near their Navy Yard offices, with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. "These weren't big enough for the offices, too," Razak said. "The Sixers had resigned themselves to split operations. " But then Gov. Christie signed New Jersey's 2013 business tax break program, granting fat incentives for moving jobs to his low-growth Garden State.
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June 18, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WHO SAID Pete Rose would never return to baseball? Last night, Rose managed the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish to a 2-0 win over the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers. Rose, 73, who was banned from baseball nearly 25 years ago, was able to manage because the Bluefish play in the independent Atlantic League and are not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The all-time hits leader, who helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series, was banned from the major leagues in August 1989 amid allegations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl Ortell gets the problem. He runs a big company: $1.6 billion in revenues, 2,800 employees, global, growing, never had a layoff. But his company, Automotive Resources International in Mount Laurel, isn't well-known and its business, fleet management, isn't well-understood. "The only threat to the vision we have to grow the business, to expand our business globally, is whether we could attract the talent that we needed as a family-owned business in an industry that's under the radar," said Ortell, 51, the company's president.
SPORTS
June 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Had the Phillies shown up on Father's Day and played like men intent on having some say in the National League East race, this would have been a good time to point out that they are about to begin a brutal sequence of games against a lot of good teams and some great pitchers. There is no reason to do that, however. None whatsoever, because it was obvious after the offense's latest disappearing act that this team has no chance to be anything but dead and buried by the end of the 35-game stretch that begins Monday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.
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