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June 3, 2015 | Will Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
NEVER underestimate the power of a journalist's instinct. In 2001, Philadelphia Inquirer business reporter Bob Fernandez was sent out to Hershey to get the "local angle" on a big, global story - the use of slave labor in the cocoa fields of West Africa that benefitted big chocolate makers, like the Pennsylvania-based Hershey Co. On that assignment, he recalled, he was surprised to learn that a controlling interest in the chocolate business...
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August 24, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / GERALD S. WILLIAMS
LaToya Rogers, 15, prepares to make her move during a game of checkers at William Penn High School. It was part of National Empowerment Zone Youth Week activities. From left are Tamika Green, 14; Horace Rooney Jr., Dawn Newcomb, 16; David Medina, 15, and Rossana Lau, 16. (The Philadelphia Inquirer / GERALD S. WILLIAMS)
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May 19, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A railroad worker was killed today when he was crushed by an 1,800-pound roll of newsprint at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News Schuylkill Printing Plant in Upper Merion. Mark Block, a spokesman for Philadelphia Media Network, the newspapers' parent company, said the roll apparently had shifted in its boxcar during shipment and fell out about 9:30 a.m. when the train's engineer opened the door. Jefferson L. Troester, 43, of Claymont, Del., was employed by the Brandywine Valley Railroad Co. Block said PMN officials were saddened to learn of Troester's death at the plant on River Road.
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April 11, 2004
On Saturday, May 29, the National World War II Memorial will be dedicated in Washington to honor the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Did you or a close relative serve overseas during World War II? What is your most vivid memory of that experience, or of what it was like during the war here at home? Send your responses to World War II Voices, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia 19101.
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June 27, 2010
Did a travel experience move you, change you, give you a new take on life or just great memories? Tell us how, in 500 words or fewer. And send us a photo with caption information. Include a daytime phone number. If we publish your piece, we'll pay you $25. ( Response volume prohibits our returning or acknowledging your manuscripts or photos. ) By e-mail, to: inquirer. travel@phillynews.com . By mail, to: Travel Section - Personal Journey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130.
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March 25, 1996 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
William F. Collins, a prize-winning newspaperman and former food editor and critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, died of respiratory failure yesterday. He was 62 and lived in Center City. Collins worked for the Inquirer from about 1970 to the mid-1980s. In 1979, he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear emergency. He had a career that spanned more than three decades on three continents, and throughout he was regarded as a superb writer.
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December 20, 1987 | The Philadelpha Inquirer / ED HILLE The Philadelphia Inquirer / GERALD S. WILLIAMS
Early last week, President Reagan's request for new contra aid had been buoyed by reports of a planned massive military buildup by Nicaragua. But yesterday, Congress still had questions on aid to the contras, delaying a huge spending bill. Above, U.S.-supplied helicopters ferry in and out of San Andres De Bocay, a series of contra camps along the muddy banks of the Coco River in Honduras. (The Philadelphia Inquirer / ED HILLE) At left, Augusto Vega Gonzales, mayor of San Pedro de Lovago in Nicaragua, leans on his desk, the only article surviving after his municipal building was burned by contras in October.
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February 22, 2012
The Philadelphia Inquirer has been honored for having one of the nation's top daily sports sections among newspapers in the largest circulation category. The judging was done by a national group of sports editors known as Associated Press Sports Editors. The top 10, in alphabetical order: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, Newark Star-Ledger, New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today.
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June 4, 2007
What qualities are important for a new Philadelphia schools chief? We'd like to hear from Philadelphia residents in 150 words or less. E-mail us at suburbanletters@phillynews.com or write us at Regional Commentary Page, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 800 River Rd., Conshohocken, Pa., 19428. All letters must include a full name, home address, and day and evening phone numbers.
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December 25, 2003
What does the closing of the Medical College of Pennsylvania mean to you? What memories does the hospital evoke for you and your family? Please send letters of no more than 200 words to: MCP, c/o Metro Commentary Page, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101. Fax: 215-854-5884. E-mail: metroletters@phillynews.com. Letters must include a home address, day and evening phone numbers for verification.
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June 3, 2015 | Will Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
NEVER underestimate the power of a journalist's instinct. In 2001, Philadelphia Inquirer business reporter Bob Fernandez was sent out to Hershey to get the "local angle" on a big, global story - the use of slave labor in the cocoa fields of West Africa that benefitted big chocolate makers, like the Pennsylvania-based Hershey Co. On that assignment, he recalled, he was surprised to learn that a controlling interest in the chocolate business...
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March 20, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The same school system that apparently lacks the means to sort through piles of unused textbooks in its basement has spent more than a million dollars defending its indefensible punishment of an employee who spoke to reporters. But despite the Philadelphia School District's herculean effort to dignify its assault on government transparency, a federal jury found that school officials wrongly recommended firing an employee and violated his First Amendment rights. The verdict is a vindication of a public servant as well as of free-speech protections.
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January 14, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The special prosecutor investigating Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane subpoenaed two Inquirer reporters Monday in a bid to learn their sources for a story that said a grand jury had recommended criminal charges against her. The newspaper's editor said the reporters would invoke the state Shield Law, which offers legal protection against the compelled identification of confidential sources. "The confidential sources who provided guidance to The Inquirer in these stories about public officials in their official duties are precisely those whom the Pennsylvania Shield Law was designed to protect from disclosure," editor William K. Marimow said.
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June 4, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
FORMER Philadelphia newspapers CEO Brian Tierney is coming back to advise the new ownership of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com on gaining more advertising - one of a flurry of personnel moves announced yesterday in the wake of the private-jet crash that took the life of co-owner Lewis Katz. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner and interim publisher, announced Tierney's return in an email to staffers, saying that Tierney will work directly with him in an effort to woo advertisers.
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June 4, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Tierney, former part-owner and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, has agreed to help advise the company's interim publisher, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, on advertising strategy, Lenfest said Monday. Tierney led the company, then known as Philadelphia Media Holdings L.L.C., from 2006 to 2010. He currently is chief executive officer of Brian Communications, a public relations and advertising agency with offices in Conshohocken. Lenfest said Tierney was not leaving his firm, but would devote time as a consultant to The Inquirer's company, now named Interstate General Media.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2014
AFTER Tim Whitaker got canned from his job as editor of Philadelphia Weekly in 2009, he took inventory of his journalistic options and came up with pretty much zilch. But instead of resigning himself to penning the occasional freelance article, the way many unemployed newspaper people do, Whitaker decided to share his passion for writing by starting a nonprofit called Mighty Writers. He set it up inside donated space at 15th and Christian streets and invited local kids to free after-school programs, writing workshops and SAT prep courses.
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March 4, 2014
P HILADELPHIA Magazine got its butt kicked last March after publishing the infamous cover story, "Being White in Philly: Whites, race, class, and the things that never get said. " Mayor Nutter blasted the story, which relied on anonymous interviews with white residents from Fairmount about their run-ins with blacks and the residents' perceptions about race. Not a single African-American was quoted by writer Robert Huber, who began the poorly conceived story by discussing the safety of his son, a Temple University student.
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December 5, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THERE IS "simply no evidence" that the Inquirer is harmed by the recent return of editor Bill Marimow, two of the newspaper's owners told the state Superior Court yesterday. Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest were responding to a request last week for an expedited appeal by George Norcross III and three other investors in the company that owns the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. That appeal claimed that the "editorial and journalistic independence" of the paper is at stake.
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October 28, 2013 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Katie Grinnan's interactive sculpture For Your Information , the putative star of her show at the Print Center, "Katie Grinnan: Three Headed Lady," is still developing - and you can be part of its evolution by browsing on its computer (recipes, You-Tube videos, selfies, whatever), printing your contribution (yes, there's a printer, too), then clipping your papers together and filing them (real, old-fashioned folders hang on hinged compartments next to the seats). Grinnan's growing knowledge center has the best of intentions: She wants it to reveal "the nuances that are missed through computer interactions" and to "slow people down and focus on the way thought patterns emerge.
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July 2, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  They were anxious for news that Friday as they awaited the enemy's next move. Hunkered down on the sprawling Gettysburg battlefield where tens of thousands had fallen over two days of fierce fighting, Union soldiers wondered how their army was faring. Across the field from them, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was preparing a final all-out attack on July 3, 1863, when Cullen "Doc" Aubrey showed up with copies of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He couldn't sell them fast enough.
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