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February 15, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norfolk Southern Corp. train bound for the Philadelphia area and carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday, the company confirmed. Twenty-one tank cars came off the track and at least three tank cars leaked crude oil onto the ground, said a Norfolk Southern spokesman. There were no injuries or fire. The thick, heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands is not as explosive as the light, volatile North Dakota crude that has been involved in several recent rail accidents that caused explosions.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terry Adkins, 60, a University of Pennsylvania art professor whose works have been exhibited at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere, died of heart failure Friday, Feb. 7, at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Adkins lived there with his wife and two children, and also kept an apartment in Philadelphia, where he taught at Penn's School of Design. A native of Washington and the oldest of five children, Mr. Adkins was exposed to the arts early. His father, Robert, was a singer and organist, and his mother, Doris, played piano and clarinet.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you summarize 50 years of performance in 105 minutes? Pennsylvania Ballet, celebrating its half-century this year, did it Thursday night with a mini-tour of its repertory as it opened a four-day run at the Merriam Theater. The program began with "Serenade," one of the company's signature ballets. Founder Barbara Weisberger was a child in 1935 when she sat under a piano at the newly formed School of American Ballet and watched George Balanchine create it. The choreographer later gave "Serenade," along with a number of his other masterpieces, to Weisberger to get her young troupe on its feet.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The White House on Thursday made the obvious official: The region's epochal ice storm that darkened entire communities, shut down businesses, and turned schools into emergency shelters was, indeed, a certified disaster. With the presidential declaration, Philadelphia and the four suburban Pennsylvania counties became eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. York and Lancaster Counties also were included. In all, 715,000 Peco Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm - the second-highest total for any one event, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writers
Nine area players were tabbed Tuesday to play for the Pennsylvania squad in the 57th annual Big 33 Football Classic. The selections were Coatesville fullback-linebacker Tyler Burke, Cardinal O'Hara wide receiver Thaddius Smith, Episcopal Academy tight end Evan Butts, Council Rock South offensive lineman Eric Gallo, Neshaminy defensive end Luke Carrezola, La Salle linebacker Zaire Franklin, Imhotep Charter defensive back Deandre Scott, Downingtown East...
NEWS
January 24, 2014
WHETHER it's craft-brewery cans or longnecks of Yuengling, beer has long dominated the barroom conversation in Philadelphia, leading to one of the most sophisticated draft-tower environments in the country. Cocktails, too, have found a permanent foothold in the sipping landscape, with a small but smart roster of savvy drink-crafters earning attention for their efforts. So, where does that leave wine? Unfairly relegated to the bottom of the list, at least in terms of how often the topic leaps off the nuanced tongues of local drinkers.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the six months since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, a flood of lawsuits and legislation has pushed the United States to a tipping point - and Pennsylvania this year could be the state that shifts the balance. In 2013, the number of states (along with the District of Columbia) allowing same-sex marriage doubled, to 18. In the last month, judges struck down same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. If those two rulings are upheld, nearly 46 percent of the U.S. population would live in places that allow same-sex marriage or civil unions.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
MAJOR LEAGUE Soccer will hold its SuperDraft at noon today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The first two rounds of the draft of college players will be today. Rounds 3 and 4 will be on Tuesday. The Union has eight picks in the draft, including the second overall. Other Union picks are: 6, 25, 27, 44, 46, 52, 63. A live stream of the draft will be on WatchESPN. The Union's supporters group, Sons of Ben, is holding a predraft event at Field House Sports & Beer Hall at the Convention Center from 8 to 11 a.m. On Tuesday, the Union traded Jeff Parke to D.C. United for Ethan White.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin sat at the podium Saturday in the Beaver Stadium interview room splitting his attention between his two daughters - Ava and Addison, one on either side of him - and talked about family, including the "95 sons" he just adopted as the new head football coach at Penn State. Calling himself "a Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart," Franklin, a native of Langhorne in Bucks County, officially was introduced as the successor to Bill O'Brien as the 16th head coach in the history of Nittany Lions football.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
  NEW YORK The annual migration of the commonwealth's wealthiest and most powerful - otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Society gathering - roared into Manhattan this weekend. This year's event was supposed to be about the governor's race - and the question of whether Gov. Corbett will be able to overcome sagging public approval ratings to earn another term in office. Most of the Democratic candidates vying for his job made the trek to hold fund-raisers and rub elbows with potential supporters and influential advocacy groups.
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