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NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Narberth is a town best known for its idyllic downtown, July Fourth fireworks, and friendly neighborhoods. Recently, though, problems have intruded upon the placidity. Borough Manager William J. Martin, 65, was charged last week with DUI after a Lower Merion Township police officer noticed the car Martin was driving moving erratically along City Avenue. The arrest came just weeks after the reinstatement of a veteran officer on the six-member Narberth police force who had been fired by borough officials for exposing himself at a local bar and who acknowledged a drinking problem.
SPORTS
August 1, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE UNION have a tall task ahead of them if they want to make the playoffs. They sit at 5-8-8, just three points back of being tied for a playoff spot. As interim manager Jim Curtin says, they are treating each of their last 13 Major League Soccer matches like playoff games. Their first test comes tonight against the best team in the Eastern Conference as the Union visits Sporting Kansas City (11-5-5). "We are realistic when we look at the table," Curtin said. "We have to go on a run. Kansas City, for me, is a top team in the MLS right now. Kansas City has a great model of having a ton of players they can just plug in, and no matter who is missing, they are able to plug guys in. " Philadelphia has had past success against Kansas City, which has been among the best in the MLS for the past 2 years.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Franklin Hohl, 95, of Pottstown, father of the musician Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, died Friday, July 25, at Pottstown Memorial Hospital. Word of Mr. Hohl's death came Monday from Jonathan Wolfson, Hall's manager in California. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Mr. Hohl had been hospitalized with pneumonia. Hall's given name was Daryl Hohl. He changed it for professional reasons. His father attended North Coventry High School and spent two years at the University of Chattanooga as part of his cadet training in the Army Air Forces.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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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