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March 23, 2012
It's settled. President Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. But some opponents who can't find stronger arguments to make against Obama's presidency still resort to claiming he's not really an American. They not only question his citizenship, but also insist he's a Muslim despite Obama's professed Christianity. The red herring of Obama's birthplace recently cropped up locally when the Commonwealth Court turned down a request to keep him off the April 24 Pennsylvania primary ballot.
SPORTS
March 12, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It all started with Raul Ibanez. After winning the 2008 World Series, the Phillies decided to let their 31-year-old leftfielder, Pat Burrell, walk as a free agent. With his nagging injuries, Burrell seemed to be beyond his best years. That perception turned out to be accurate. Burrell hit .235 with 41 homers over the last three years and retired. But who did the Phillies sign to replace their fading outfielder? Ibanez, who was 36 at the time. It was a sound baseball move - Ibanez hit .264 with 70 homers for three division winning teams - but it also made the Phillies five years older at that position.
SPORTS
March 8, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Singleton leaned over the railing on the visitors dugout at Bright House Field and stared. The Phillies were taking batting practice in the stadium where Singleton began his promising 2011 season as a Clearwater Thresher. "Hey, J!" John Mayberry Jr. yelled as he ran past. "How you doing?" Singleton said. By September, Singleton had turned 20, and he was a member of the Houston Astros organization. The former Phillies top prospect, traded for Hunter Pence last July, is enjoying life in an organization emphasizing youth.
NEWS
March 3, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the first congressional candidates to emerge from the Occupy Wall Street movement withdrew from the Democratic primary ballot Friday but pledged to run a write-in campaign. Facing a legal challenge to his nominating petitions, Nate Kleinman said he would rather spend the next two months building support at the polls than battling over signatures in court. "There's about seven weeks left until this election," he said. "It makes absolutely no sense for me to be going back and forth with them over signatures.
NEWS
February 23, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A breakaway group from the Occupy Wall Street movement is organizing a national assembly in Philadelphia around the Fourth of July to draft a petition for "redress of grievances. " The assembly would not be an Occupy-style event, Michael S. Pollok, a New York lawyer and organizer, said Wednesday. The group would meet in a "state of the art" facility near Independence Hall as opposed to occupying a public space, he said. Also, the delegates who attend must be elected, a major shift from how Occupy Wall Street or Philadelphia operated.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
I APPRECIATE Stu Bykofsky's anger and frustration at the apparent hypocrisy of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israeli interests. One must seriously question whether this group and its aims are in anyone's best interests. Still, his argument is flawed at a number of levels. First, the fact that there have been a few Arab citizens like Miss Israel Rana Raslan, of Haifa, who have risen above their second-class status does not belie the fact that the Arab citizens of Israel do not enjoy "full rights" equal to those of their fellow Jews as he suggests.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie apologized Tuesday night for his highly criticized comment about the civil rights movement. "To those folks out there who were somehow offended or concerned about the ambiguity in my statement, I apologize," Christie said during his monthly appearance on the 101.5 FM segment Ask the Governor. It was a rare moment of contrition for a popular politician known for his colorful, candid use of language and tendency to stand by everything he says. Last week, the Republican governor announced after a town-hall meeting in Bridgewater that he would veto a gay-marriage bill if the Democrats who control the Legislature succeeded in sending it to his desk.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Christmas came a little early for Robert Cassell and the rest of Pennsylvania's nascent craft distilling industry. And their gift, by extension, is going to be shared by all spirits-loving Pennsylvanians who like to drink local. It came in the form of House Bill 242, which Gov. Corbett signed at his residence Dec. 22. As a whole, this omnibus legislation is a steaming mash tun of unrelated and seemingly picayune adjustments to the state's liquor code, from extending happy hours to rules for golf course bars.
SPORTS
December 18, 2011 | By Kevin Long, For The Inquirer
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes always thought Big East creator Dave Gavitt was one of those rare individuals who could see the writing on the wall before anyone else could even see the wall. "He is certainly one of the great people that I have had the opportunity to meet in my life," said Barnes, who coached at Providence from 1988 to 1994 and regarded Gavitt, who died in September, as such a strong mentor he never made a major decision in his career without checking with Gavitt.
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