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ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT MAY NOT be archeologically accurate to say this, but dinosaurs still rule the Earth. With $102 million, "Jurassic World" kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while "Inside Out" nearly matched it with a $91.1 million debut, well above expectations. "Jurassic World" became only the second release to break $100 million in its second week. "The Avengers" took in $103.1 million in its second week. "Inside Out" became the first Pixar release not to open in first place, following 14 straight No. 1s, but it's the largest opening for a wholly original movie (one not based on source material or a sequel)
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Nolan Jr., 89, of Haddonfield, a former office worker for a Philadelphia tube manufacturer, died of complications from respiratory failure Sunday, June 14, at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Mr. Nolan grew up in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle College High School, a nephew, James P. Nolan III, said. An Army infantryman in northern Europe in the last months of World War II, Mr. Nolan then served in the Army of Occupation in West Germany.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - As Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane waits to hear whether she will face criminal charges, she is presiding over an office awash in backbiting, anxiety, and fear. Current and former staffers say it's a workplace where supervisors go through office phone records to see who is calling whom - and talking for how long. It is a place where Kane's chief of staff officially complained that someone pawed through his briefcase while he had stepped away. And last week, detectives from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office searched the place, looking for evidence of wrongdoing by Kane.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine years ago, New York-based investment-fund promoter CanAm Enterprises used money from overseas investors seeking U.S. visas to lend money to a hospice business in a sprawling Northeast Philadelphia office and warehouse complex. Six years later, CanAm took over the property while Home Care Hospice's operator fought Medicare-fraud charges that eventually got him a 14-year prison term. Now, CanAm, which has joined with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. on at least two dozen loans for job-creating businesses - may be closing the book on the troubled transaction.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Investigators served a search warrant on the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday as part of an inquiry into allegations that she illegally leaked confidential documents to embarrass a foe. The move was a sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is pushing hard in an investigation that sources say has gained significant momentum in recent weeks. Since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for Ferman to pursue the case in March, she has deployed her detectives to gather fresh evidence to buttress a grand jury's recommendation that she arrest Kane, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
SPORTS
June 18, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
From his office at Southern Methodist or from the road during a recruiting trip, Larry Brown still finds time to pick up the phone and make another plea on Allen Iverson's behalf, too blinded by loyalty and ego to understand what a laughable idea he's peddling. Through the team's part-owner David Blitzer and Iverson's longtime manager Gary Moore, Brown has spent months lobbying the 76ers to hire Iverson as an assistant general manager. It would be a terrible move, treating an NBA franchise as if it were a halfway house where Iverson could put the broken pieces of his life together again.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the minutes after the fatal crash, Philadelphia Police Sgt. Thomas Winkis told investigators that he was going from 35 to 40 m.p.h. when the other driver pulled out in front of him. Police at the scene said the sergeant seemed sober that night in 2013. On Monday, Winkis, a 21-year police veteran, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving after a prosecutor said the evidence proved he was legally intoxicated and his vehicle hit David Farries' car at 101 m.p.h.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
HOLLYWOOD spends so much time and money on box-office predictions the big studios are usually as accurate as Nate Silver was on national elections. Then along comes "Jurassic World," a fourquel, 14 years from its last installment and directed by a man making his summer tentpole debut. Expectations are for a "World"-ly $125 million. But no. "Jurassic" is the Hollywood version of The Raptor, with all the world's true believers heading to the multiplexes. With nearly $205 million domestic (estimated)
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph F. Tomasello, 61, of Cape May Court House, an Atlantic County sheriff's officer from 1980 to 2005, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, June 9, at home. Born in Hammonton, Mr. Tomasello graduated from Pleasantville High School and served in the Army in West Germany in the 1970s. He returned to duty in the New Jersey Army National Guard, where he was a supply sergeant in charge of weapons at the National Guard armory in Atlantic City, said his wife, Irene. Mr. Tomasello joined the National Guard in the late 1970s, his wife said, and retired in 2005, at the same time that he retired from the sheriff's office.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two brothers charged with killing Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III during a March 5 robbery were formally arraigned Wednesday in Common Pleas Court. The arraignment, a formality for which neither defendant was present, was an acknowledgment of the charges and the official passing of discovery, or evidence, from prosecution to defense. The case against brothers Carlton Hipps, 29, and Ramone Williams, 25, now moves to what will likely be months of pretrial conferences and motions hearings before Judge Benjamin Lerner.
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