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NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
With six months left until Democrats meet here to nominate their pick for president, the head of the Democratic National Convention Committee said planning was "on time, on task, and on budget. " "We are now in the final stretch," the Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the convention committee, said at a Thursday news conference at an Old City bar. The committee is in the process of registering local businesses in its vendor directory and recruiting volunteers to help with the convention, which will run July 25 to July 28. Given the difficulties some businesses faced during the papal visit in September, Mayor Kenney promised that the convention would be a "different event.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Like a video clip on replay, it has become a recurring scene in the media frenzy over Bill Cosby's sexual-assault case: Gloria Allred, in her signature crimson blazer, positioned before a bank of microphones and flanked by alleged Cosby victims. As they tell tearful stories Allred leans in, places a comforting arm around their shoulders, and nods sympathetically. But it's never long before Allred unleashes a slashing challenge. "We expect to take the deposition of Bill Cosby, not the friendly father figure of television's Dr. Huxtable," Allred says at one news conference.
SPORTS
January 22, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
If Chip Kelly had any revelations after he was fired in the final week of his third season with the Eagles, he didn't reveal them on Wednesday during his introduction as San Francisco 49ers head coach. Kelly sounded like the same fast-talking, quick-thinking, wise-cracking coach that made his news conferences appointment viewing at times in Philadelphia. He thanked Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during an opening statement, but he was very much in a different environment – pointing out a general manager who is a "football guy," with "synergy" in the building, and five Lombardi Trophies as the benchmark.
SPORTS
January 22, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
Which explanation was worse: Doug Pederson's for his play-calling during the Chiefs' snail-paced final drive against the Patriots ("We did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back. ") or Chip Kelly's for the delay between being hired by the 49ers and having his introductory news conference ("I had no clothes. ")? In terms of actual football, Pederson's was more egregious - if you believe that it was really him and not Andy Reid that was orchestrating that series. The new Eagles coach, the theory goes, fell on the sword for his mentor and biggest advocate in replacing Kelly.
SPORTS
January 22, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
At Tuesday's news conference to introduce Doug Pederson as the new head coach of the Eagles, Jim Schwartz stood off to the side in the shadow of the TV lights, casually dressed in slacks and a light jacket amid the sea of shiny suits bearing team lapel pins. He had completed the interview process for the position of defensive coordinator earlier in the day and had left the NovaCare Complex when the call came that he got the job. Schwartz was asked to hurry back and be on hand for the announcement.
SPORTS
January 21, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Doug Pederson stood in the front of the NovaCare Complex auditorium for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon. He thanked lots of people and answered question after question about the most high-profile job he has ever held. Sure, he once opened a season as an NFL starting quarterback right here in Philadelphia, but nothing he did or said mattered much, which was good because he never did or said much that mattered. Pederson was Andy Reid's chosen body and mind to bridge the gap to the start of Donovan McNabb's career.
SPORTS
January 21, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
HOWIE ROSEMAN acted far more professionally than I would have. Had a reporter suggested to my face that I had tried to duck him at a news conference, I would have told him to pucker up to my backside. In fact, if I were Roseman, I can think of a half-dozen times during Tuesday's Doug Pederson news conference when I would have gotten out of my seat and said the same thing to the assembled media - sternly adding, "All of you!!!" It was Pederson's day. The former Eagles quarterback and assistant coach returned to South Philadelphia to replace Chip Kelly as captain of the Eagles' ship.
NEWS
January 20, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
WHEN Edward Barksdale took a job at the Station House homeless shelter for men in North Philadelphia three years ago, he had no idea what to expect. "He didn't know what the job entailed, but a couple months later, you saw the joy in his face and the light in his heart," said Barksdale's cousin Nieema Giddens. "This job helped him grow. He was able to find himself at work, and he didn't have to change who he was to work there. " Barksdale, 43, had a rough childhood, which enabled him to relate to the men at the shelter, Giddens said.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
The Bucks County district attorney recommended Wednesday that Neshaminy High School basketball coach Jerry Devine be charged with harassment - a summary offense - for knocking a referee to the floor during a game last week. The offense carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days and a fine of $300. Efforts to reach Devine were unsuccessful. "There was aggressive physical contact," District Attorney David Heckler said at a news conference. A widely circulated video from the incident appeared to show Devine head-butting the referee after a charging call against a Neshaminy player in the final seconds of his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
The year is 2016. The scene: a street in West Philadelphia. A local physician is in his car, stopped at a traffic light, when a man with a gun rushes out and begins firing at the car. Miraculously, the doctor is not killed, but he does suffer serious bullet wounds to his left arm and leg. The assailant runs down the street, then tackled by an alert town watch member, who manages to subdue him and call the police. Later, at a news conference, police officials identify the physician at a staff member at a local nonprofit clinic that performs abortions.
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