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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.
NEWS
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
February 11, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was a dark day for Pete Mackanin. The Phillies had just finished a disappointing season with a .500 record, ending a run of five straight National League East titles. The misguided initial blame for the fantastic fall was placed on hitting coach Greg Gross, first base coach Sam Perlozzo and Mackanin, who was Charlie Manuel's bench coach that season. All three were immediately fired after the final game of the 2012 season in Washington. "It was disappointing, but I had been fired before for what I felt like was no good reason," Mackanin said last month during a Phillies winter banquet stop in Lakewood, N.J. Stick around baseball for 48 years and you are bound to be fired a time or two for no good reason.
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.
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October 15, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
W. Raymond Hellings, 87, of Cinnaminson, a former aircraft quality control manager, died of complications from heart problems Friday, Oct. 9, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mr. Hellings retired at age 65 after a career of more than a decade at the Boeing Co. plant in Ridley Township, his daughter, Beth Albasi, said. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the Cinnaminson Township school board in the 1980s. He moved to the township in 1978, she said. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Hellings grew up in the Tacony section, graduated in 1946 from Northeast High School, and studied electrical engineering in night classes at Temple University.
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.
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.
SPORTS
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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July 8, 2016
By Jordan Lofthouse and Randy Simmons Despite the centennial celebrations of the National Park Service, all is not well in our national parks. Just this year in Yellowstone, popular media covered stories of a bison calf that was euthanized after tourists put it in their car and a tourist who died when he fell in an acidic hot spring. The number of visitors and the list of accidents in our national parks grow each year. As a result, some people are calling for more restrictions on how many people can enter national parks and what parts of them we can access.
SPORTS
July 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - Dusty Wathan was entering the ninth grade when his father became manager of the Kansas City Royals. John Wathan had retired just 16 months earlier. He made an almost seamless transition from Royals player to manager. It was no surprise, Dusty Wathan thought. His father had been working at Royals Stadium for almost Dusty Wathan's entire life. And now his dad was the manager. And Wathan, who is chasing his own major-league coaching dreams, would soon find out that his father's quick path was far from the norm.
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July 2, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Almost nine years after James Koons was left unconscious and bleeding in the parking lot of the Oasis Gentlemen's Club in Southwest Philadelphia, a jury found club manager John Pettit guilty Thursday of third-degree murder in Koons' death after a punch to the head. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women worked about two hours after getting the case late Wednesday before reaching a verdict. Gasps burst from Koons' family in the packed courtroom as the forewoman said Pettit was guilty of third-degree murder, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Breaking News: Verdict coming soon in strip club manager's fatal punch case Previous story is below: Prosecution and defense lawyers agreed that a single punch by Oasis Gentlemen's Club manager John Pettit resulted in the 2009 death of patron James Koons. What a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury must now decide is whether that punch was murder or an unlucky act of self-defense. The jury of six women and six men began reviewing evidence late Wednesday after lawyers' closing arguments and legal instructions from Judge Steven R. Geroff.
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June 29, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers told a Common Pleas Court jury Monday that the owner of the Oasis strip club and his manager quickly went from purported victims to suspects in the beating of one patron and death of another. Officer Alexander Montes, the first to arrive at the Southwest Philadelphia gentlemen's club on Oct. 16, 2009, testified that club owner Robert Laflar said two men had "jumped him, started fighting, and tried to rob him of his Rolex watch. " Laflar, however, did not look like he had been in a fight, Montes said.
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June 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Pennsauken man charged with killing a rowdy inebriated patron at a Southwest Philadelphia club went on trial Wednesday before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. John Pettit, a manager at Oasis Gentlemen's Club, led a "muscle-bound team of bouncers who did whatever they wanted," Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg told the jury in his opening statement. Levenberg said the evidence would show that Pettit knew he had a free hand to go after patron James Koons and his friend George Foreacre III on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2009, because he knew there was bad blood between Koons and club owner Robert Laflar.
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
C HRIS BROWN seems intent on sabotaging his own career. According to E! News, he's being sued for assault, among other charges, by his own manager. Michael Guirguis (a/k/a Mike G of Nitevision Management), filed suit against Brown for assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and probably anything else that a guy can be sued for. Guirguis said Brown "brutally" attacked him in May during a "drug-fueled" rage.
SPORTS
June 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
'HE'LL BE gone by the Fourth of July," the snowy-haired owner of the local hardware store said when I stopped in over the weekend. "They just said they're not going to cut Howard," I said. "Not Howard," he said. "The manager. Mackanin. They've got to get rid of him. " Just a little over a month ago the Phillies were seven games over .500, a half game out of first place, and Pete Mackanin was everyone's runaway choice for manager of the year. But this is Philadelphia, the birthplace of knee-jerk.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2016
Penn Community Bank , a Doylestown mutual financial organization, has hired Stephanie A. Austin as its chief financial officer. She had been CFO and treasurer for Continental Bank Holdings Inc., Plymouth Meeting. JetPay Corp., a Berwyn provider of debit- and credit-card processing, payroll/HR/TLM, and prepaid card services, has elected Diane Faro CEO. Faro has been a member of the board since 2014 and most recently served as president of National Benefit Programs L.L.C. She succeeds Bipin C. Shah, who will remain chairman of the company's board.
SPORTS
May 31, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Ryan Howard's frustrating season took another bad turn Sunday when the struggling first baseman was left off the lineup card. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin instead started Tommy Joseph in the team's 7-2 loss to the Cubs and pledged to give the rookie more chances in the starting lineup, which would point to Howard's assuming a lesser role. "I haven't heard anything about sitting more against righties. I haven't been called into the office," Howard said. "You guys [in the media]
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