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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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January 21, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writerrussv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
Reuben Amaro expects to file for unemployment by the end of next month - or in early March. That's when the Saladworks in the Gallery will close for renovations at the Center City mall. Amaro, 48, has twice been manager of the restaurant, for a total of seven years. "I'm looking at unemployment for now," said the man with almost the same name as the Phillies' general manager. (The baseball Amaro spells his first name Ruben.) Amaro found out when he returned to work Dec. 16 - three days after his wedding - that the restaurant was shutting down for as long as two years.
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January 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov.-elect Tom Wolf continued to round out his cabinet Thursday, going outside the Pennsylvania State Police ranks for a new commissioner. Wolf tapped Marcus L. Brown, the current superintendent of the Maryland State Police, to lead the agency of more than 6,000 workers, at an annual salary of $145,025. In doing so, Wolf singled out Brown's commitment to diversity, noting that in Maryland he recruited in areas with high minority populations and at historically black colleges.
SPORTS
January 14, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Now that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been safely packed away in bubble wrap until the NFL draft - assuming his decision-making skills include knowing when to come out - it's time to pay attention again to the NFL team that certainly needs him, but almost certainly won't get him. The Eagles have been quiet since their New Year's Week celebration of organizational dysfunction, and they figure to remain quiet as long as possible. Any team that can release a star player and not say a peep for weeks will have little trouble avoiding comment on something small like the cafeteria food fight that upended Jeffrey Lurie's carefully balanced management flow chart.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Other than for college and work purposes, Chris Widger has always remained tied to his hometown of Pennsville. A 1989 Pennsville graduate, Widger spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues with six teams and was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team as a reserve catcher. He would always return to Pennsville during the offseason, and now his newest venture will continue to allow him to stay close to home while being heavily involved in baseball. Widger said that one of the reasons he accepted the position of manager of the Camden Riversharks last month was because of the team's proximity to Pennsville.
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December 18, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IN THE MANY years that John Bucci Jr. has been serving up his famous pork sandwiches at John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia, he's made up many an order "to go. " But not this far. Last week, a customer came in with an unusual order. His father was a devoted fan of John's roast pork sandwiches, and he wanted to take one with him. Where John C. "Butch" Gleason was going was a place where you wouldn't expect roast pork sandwiches to dwell - but who knows? Butch, a longtime salesman, teacher, basketball coach and broadcaster, died Dec. 8. He had told his family, "The day I die, promise me you'll put one of his sandwiches in my casket.
SPORTS
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)
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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)
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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.
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