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NEWS
September 22, 2011 | By Karen Zraick and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The developer of an Islamic cultural center that opened Wednesday evening near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start. People crowded into the center, where a small orchestra played traditional Middle Eastern instruments and a photo exhibit of New York children of different ethnicities lined the walls. The enthusiasm at the opening belied its troubled beginnings.
SPORTS
September 12, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Wilson Valdez had never experienced hamstring problems before. So that's why he attempted to stay in Saturday's game after injuring his left leg. "I was trying to," Valdez said. "But if I hit, I don't think I would have been able to run to first base. If I tried to run hard, I would pull it. " Valdez was ultimately removed and sat on the bench Sunday. It's notable only because Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were already out of the lineup. So Charlie Manuel fielded a double-play combo of Pete Orr and Michael Martinez in Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Jonathan Stray, Associated Press
NEW YORK - It was meant to be a strictly managed release, carefully censored to avoid putting innocents at risk and tailored for maximum media exposure. But by Thursday, WikiLeaks' release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables had turned into a massive online document dump. The full set of unredacted cables is now widely available online to anyone who wants it, even though it doesn't appear that WikiLeaks intended to release the documents this way. Instead, they became public through a complex series of events involving an encrypted archive and a password thought to be harmless.
NEWS
August 31, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - The New York Sports Club chain of fitness centers is offering a free shower and workout to people who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene. The club and its affiliates in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington will offer free services to Irene victims from Wednesday through Sept. 15. The offer applies to local residents 18 years and older with a valid photo ID. Hundreds of thousands of New York state residents were still without power Wednesday after Irene slammed the region on Sunday.
NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By David Lightman, Lesley Clark, and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - President Obama and congressional leaders worked furiously Wednesday to craft a compromise plan to cut federal spending dramatically while raising the nation's debt ceiling, with Obama saying he could accept a short-term deal if it's tied to a bigger agreement. With 13 days left before the government loses its authority to borrow - forcing an unprecedented default that could trigger an economic crisis - lawmakers were looking seriously at whether to include some elements of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six" proposal in a debt-ceiling hike.
NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
For Thomas Treusch, the relocated Washington Township library could not open soon enough. "I've been unemployed for several months, and I was always using the computers and the other resources to look for work," said Treusch, 54, who lives in the township. So when the expanded Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library in Gloucester County opened its doors Wednesday, after several weeks to complete the move, he was first in line. Fortunately for Treusch, the new library, on Delsea Drive, has 16 computers in a quiet area off the main room, twice as many as its predecessor about a block away on East Holly Avenue.
SPORTS
May 27, 2011 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti watched the number of Indianapolis 500 qualifying spots dwindle in the final minutes of Bump Day last weekend, and the Andretti Autosport teammates knew one of them could end up knocking the other out of the race. "We were talking about that this may come down to cannibalism," Hunter-Reay said. It didn't come down to cannibalism. It came down to politics. And money. Hunter-Reay's No. 28 Honda was indeed knocked out of the centennial anniversary of the 500 when Andretti snatched the last spot in the 33-car field just as qualifying ended.
NEWS
May 27, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lloyd Bankson Roach, 66, was just a boy when his grandmother told him about her connection with the Rose Tree Tavern. Widowed at 41 with six children, Alice Bankson Roach left the Brookline section of Delaware County and moved into the tavern with her brood. There she operated a teahouse for ladies from 1922 to 1926. "They had tea and muffins, that sort of thing," Roach said. "At the time, there was no safety net [for widows]. She had to do something to support the kids. " A broadcaster from Birmingham Township, Chester County, Roach was moved enough by family history to attend Thursday as the handsome fieldstone building in Upper Providence Township was dedicated.
NEWS
May 12, 2011 | By Rebecca Santana and Lara Jakes, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister offered his clearest opening yet Wednesday for the possibility of extending the U.S. troop deployment past the Dec. 31 departure date, saying he would do so if most of the country's political blocs support the decision. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's comments were just as significant for what he did not say. On many previous occasions, he has insisted American troops will not be needed beyond the end of the year. But this time, when asked by a reporter whether he personally supports keeping troops in Iraq, he declined to answer.
NEWS
March 24, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis and Joseph Tanfani, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Wednesday opened the door to imposing an impact fee on natural gas drillers, signaling that he may be easing up on his strong opposition to any levy on the industry. The governor said he would consider allowing municipalities to impose such fees on drillers as long as the money generated stayed in those communities. He was clear, however, that he would not discuss any proposal that included sending even a portion of the dollars collected to the state's coffers.
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