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SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - It is one thing to lose exhibition games and downplay them as practice, which is the purpose of the Grapefruit League. But the way the Phillies - using all but two of their regulars - played in the third inning of a 15-4 loss Friday to Baltimore showed a certain brand of ineptitude. They committed mental mistakes, physical gaffes, and pitching blunders. The Orioles scored four runs and sent 10 batters to the plate. It was poor baseball, no matter the month or setting.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
An attorney for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager disclosed in a court filing Monday that federal authorities are investigating his client as part of a probe into September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Bill Stepien "is undeniably a subject, if not a target" of the U.S. Attorney's Office's investigation into the traffic jams, attorney Kevin Marino wrote in a brief filed with Superior Court in Trenton. The brief says a subpoena issued by a special legislative committee investigating the traffic jams - which were carried out by Christie allies, allegedly for political payback - violates Stepien's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph "Pop" Barth, 92, of Brooklawn, a South Jersey baseball legend, died Saturday night at home. He had been suffering from a variety of physical ailments in recent years, according to his son, Rutgers-Camden baseball coach Dennis Barth. Mr. Barth died about six weeks after the death of his wife, Helen, who was 91. They were married for 66 years and were the parents of five children. Mr. Barth lost count of how many baseball games he coached and he was a numbers guy - an Ivy League-trained accountant.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
How can it be that, even in the middle of winter, an underground concourse near SEPTA's Market East regional station smells like urine? Because that's not SEPTA's space to maintain, replied Joseph M. Casey, 57, general manager of the transit agency. "People say SEPTA stations smell like pee, and I say, 'Tell me where.' That has always irritated me," he said. "SEPTA's stations are clean. " SEPTA will soon take over concourse maintenance from the city, Casey said. The nation's sixth-largest transit agency celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Romances, always tricky, can turn difficult when couples face financial issues. After Valentine's Day, we look at the hard facts of life and love and mingled wallets. Advice that couples "may not want to hear," outlined at About.com, includes a way for married couples to avoid some financial disagreements by maintaining separate accounts - along with a joint acccount. Writers Sheri and Bob Stritof say: "Having your own money that you can spend however you want can lessen arguments about money.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Fregosi, 71, a baseball lifer who guided an eccentric Phillies team from last place to National League champions in 1993 and parlayed an all-star playing career into four managerial jobs and an influential scouting position, died Friday morning. Mr. Fregosi suffered multiple strokes last week during a Major League Baseball alumni cruise and was airlifted from the Cayman Islands to a Miami hospital, where he was taken off life support Thursday. "He had that special gift as a manager that made you want to get to the field and play your [butt]
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In 1992, Jim Fregosi's second year as manager, the Phillies lost 92 games. Only two teams in baseball had more losses. Expectations, of course, were not high in 1993. No one outside the Phillies clubhouse believed the team would be any different from how they were in 1992. Consider the forecast in Sports Illustrated's "Baseball Preview" issue that spring. That last two words are still etched in the brain of least one teenage baseball fan-turned-sports writer more than 2 decades later: "Philadelphia's offseason acquisitions - pitcher Danny Jackson, rightfielder Pete Incaviglia- were not only insufficient; they were also infinitesimal.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Update: Former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi died Friday morning after being removed from life support Thursday, according to MLB.com. Fregosi, who led the team to the National League pennant in 1993, suffered a severe stroke earlier this week during a Caribbean cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," his son, Jim Fregosi Jr., told the site. "Went in peace with no pain. " CLEARWATER, Fla. - The news, no matter who you asked Thursday at Bright House Field, was not good.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coatesville's former top administrator is suing the city, claiming it gave his predecessor, a white man, termination pay but refused to give him the same benefit because he is black. In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Harry G. Walker III, who became city manager in 2006, said his contract stated he would receive six months of termination pay if he was fired without cause. Walker said he was. The city has said Walker was fired in 2010 for mismanagement and breach of duties.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City law firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. said Friday that it had named Barry F. Levin, a partner in its Baltimore office, managing partner of the firm. Levin has chaired the firm's business and finance department for three years. He replaces David Antzis, who is returning to the full-time practice of law, as the firm's chief executive. Revenues from Saul Ewing's business and finance practice grew 17 percent during the time Levin chaired the group, the firm said in a statement. "Barry is a strong and proven leader with a vision to grow Saul Ewing to meet the needs of our clients at the pace they are evolving," Antzis said.
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