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SPORTS
June 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is viewed as the best NHL draft since the epic 2003 class, which means the Flyers picked a good time to have a bad season. They will draft seventh and 29th in the first round Friday in Sunrise, Fla., and those picks, from all accounts, should produce high-quality players in time. The last time the Flyers had two first-round picks was in 2003, when they selected Jeff Carter 11th and Mike Richards 24th. Yes, the Flyers, owners of seven picks in the first four rounds, would gladly settle for draft choices who develop into those type of players.
SPORTS
June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Honduras World Cup midfielder Wilson Palacios finished his week-long trial with the Union and now the team will decide on whether to make him an offer during Major League Soccer's transfer window, which begins July 8. "Wilson's trial is done with the team," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "We will evaluate things further and have talks with ownership and see what makes the most sense for the club and his agent and make a decision that is best for the team. " While the team would likely want to bring on somebody who has appeared in the last two World Cups for Honduras, it isn't that easy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
How many times have you looked at news reports from Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, or Syria and thought, "How come they can't keep it together?" How is it the elite in Arab countries can't move beyond repressive regimes? How come they haven't discovered democracy yet? How many of us have fantasized, "If only I were king, I'd figure it all out"? With FX's political soap opera Tyrant , created by Gideon Raff, the Israeli TV wunderkind responsible for Prisoners of War and its American remake, Homeland , we got a chance to do just that: take a struggling, oil- and mineral-rich desert dictatorship and guide her to freedom.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The view from Beverley Gill's Island Beach Gear in Ocean City has changed over the nine years since she opened the shop. In the summer, she can still see packed cars of vacationers coming over the Route 52 bridge, from Somers Point onto Ninth Street - Ocean City's main entryway. But she also sees the remains of three former gas stations: metal bolts sticking up from concrete where gas pumps once stood, towering signs with white sheets where gas prices used to be. The scene is incongruous with the image and reputation of the family-oriented Shore resort that lures thousands each summer to its bustling boardwalk, pristine beaches, and neatly kept motels.
REAL_ESTATE
June 15, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The corner of 15th and Chestnut Streets is among Center City's busiest, but on the last Friday in May, the activity inside 1515 Chestnut St. could be ranked a close second. Workers scrambled to complete everything from the 15th Street lobby to the 17th-floor amenities before Monday's grand opening of the Avenir - French for "future" - tower of 180 rental apartments in what was once the 150,000-square-foot Class B office building. Just inside the lobby entrance sat a security guard, providing 24/7 duty for the seven residents who had already moved in. "Those residents got to put on hard hats and get the first pick," said Jessica M. Scully of Scully Co., who is overseeing every detail of Avenir's debut on the apartment scene.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WHAT'S THE BEST way to cut down on the school-to-prison pipeline? Keep kids in school, according to District Attorney Seth Williams. The city's top prosecutor routinely recites the frightening statistics: High school dropouts in Philly are eight times more likely to go to state prison than their counterparts. They are also more likely to be murder victims. To tackle the issue, Williams wants to get tougher on truancy by sending letters to families of students who rack up 10 or more unexcused absences - with the threat of criminal charges if the kids don't straighten up. "I want the D.A.'s office to be the hammer for [Superintendent William]
BUSINESS
June 12, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
What Apple doesn't invent, it polishes. That's the strategy with the new Apple Music and Apple News, plus the upgraded Apple Pay, WatchOS, and iOS9 operating system. All were highlighted at the tech giant's Worldwide Developers Conference presentation Monday. Apple Music - given the "one more thing" closing slot on the program, reserved for the most important news - is the company's second swing at a subscription service. Such services are one of the only growth areas in the prerecorded music business.
REAL_ESTATE
June 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
If you plan to sell your house and your wood floors look worn out, listing agents offer this advice, almost universally: Have them refinished. "Having those gleaming hardwood floors is almost always a plus when presenting a house for sale," said Gary Segal, of Keller Williams Realty in Blue Bell. Floors probably have "the single most powerful impact on the look and feel of a home," said Chris Somers, of Re/Max Access in Northern Liberties. "Hands down, hardwood floors is what the majority of people want," Somers said.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Thursday announced a $10,000 reward for information on a man police believe attacked two women in their homes, in Point Breeze and South Philadelphia. And thanks to surveillance footage recovered near the scene of the second attack, investigators have put together a more complete timeline of that incident - one that speaks to the suspect's brazenness, Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit said. The most recent incident took place around 5:30 a.m. Monday on the 1800 block of South Rosewood Street.
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