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SPORTS
June 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A coach who played an integral role in the development of Phillies first-round draft choice Aaron Nola gave the righthanded pitcher and No. 7 overall selection from LSU the highest of praise. "They really got a special pitcher," Alan Dunn, the pitching coach for LSU, said Friday in a phone interview. "Not only a special pitcher but tremendous young man. So when you combine the two, you really have what a first-round pitcher is all about. " Dunn has worked extensively at the professional level, including a stint from 2007-10 as the Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach.
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 28 months in custody waiting for her murder trial, Padge Victoria Windslowe - the sometime hip-hop performer "Black Madam" and accused purveyor of illegal silicone injections - says she is ready to plead guilty. The Philadelphia Daily News reported Friday that it had received letters from Windslowe, 42, saying she was sorry for the Feb. 11, 2011, death of 20-year-old exotic dancer Claudia Aderotimi, allegedly after a silicone injection, and wanted to plead guilty. Just not to third-degree murder - the offer she said was made by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - but to involuntary manslaughter.
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police-procedural maestro Steven Bochco's latest offering, Murder in the First , which premieres 10 p.m. Monday on TNT, does away with some of the usual conventions. Like Bochco's brilliant 1990s experiment, Murder One , it avoids the murder-a-week format, opting instead to cover a single homicide investigation through the course of its 10-episode first season. Starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as San Francisco homicide detectives Hildy Mulligan and Terry English, the story also spends an unusual amount of time exploring the cops' personal lives.
SPORTS
June 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have much at stake during Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Selecting No. 7, the Phillies will have their highest pick since choosing current Atlanta Braves righthander Gavin Floyd No. 4 in 2001. Thursday will feature the first and second rounds along with competitive balance rounds A (after the first round) and B (after the second), which awards extra picks to teams thought to need the most assistance.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
DELAWARE COUNTY Workshops offered for parents ASTON The Chester Upland School District and Neumann University are working together to send parents back to school. The university will offer a series of free workshops this summer to parents of students in the school district. The program allows parents to earn a free college credit for completing the workshops. The content of the workshops will "vary from academic readiness for higher education to financial aid to technological fluency for returning to college," said Stephen Bell, a spokesman for Neumann.
SPORTS
June 2, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
When it comes to Mark Sanchez and the five years before he became an Eagle - that is, the five years he spent with the New York Jets - there's no single moment that could define his career. You just stick your hand in the vat and pull something up, and the scenes and anecdotes and circumstances are all endless and interesting and revealing. So where do you start? With the "butt-fumble," that unforgettable sight of Sanchez's crashing headfirst into teammate Brandon Moore's derriere, dropping the football, and having the New England Patriots' Steve Gregory return it for a touchdown - all while we were still digesting our dinners on Thanksgiving night 2012?
NEWS
June 2, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
We asked readers if they could improve upon the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau slogan "PHL: Here for the Making," which lost us at PHL. And they could. They did. Contrary to perception, suggestions swelled with love, pride, and more love. Readers submitted drawings, photos, poems, jingles, a veritable coffeehouse of regional cheer. The enterprise was notable for its altruism. We offered no prizes, not even beer. And no one asked. (OK, a couple of people asked.) The lack of remuneration was intentional: To show the PHLCVB (which needs help with that acronym)
BUSINESS
May 25, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A politically connected unsuccessful bidder for Philadelphia Gas Works is positioning itself to move into the breach if Mayor Nutter's embattled plan to sell the utility collapses. Liberty Energy Trust, a year-old firm started by Russia-born, Harvard-trained former Enron executive Boris Brevnov, last month hired a lobbying firm, S.R. Wojdak & Associates, to "coordinate discussions" about energy-development opportunities. City officials say Liberty is quietly promoting alternatives to Nutter's plan to sell PGW to UIL Holdings Corp.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
J EANNE CHANG, 37, of West Philadelphia, is chef and co-owner of Lil' Pop Shop, which makes and sells gourmet Popsicles on 44th Street above Spruce in West Philly. A California native and pastry chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, she opened the shop in 2012, and soon Food & Wine magazine listed it in "Best Popsicles in the U.S. " Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Lil' Pop Shop? A: I was living in Durham, N.C., and we went to a place called Locopops and it was healthy.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Hatboro man who allegedly sent a ricin-laced birthday card to the man dating his ex-girlfriend tentatively agreed Thursday to a plea deal with prosecutors that would allow him to avoid a rarely used weapons of mass destruction charge. Antonetta Stancu, a Bucks County deputy district attorney, said Thursday that her office would file the additional count, among others, against Nicholas Todd Helman if he failed to plead guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault, risking a catastrophe, stalking, and other charges.
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