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June 23, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cars, cars, parked everywhere in South Philadelphia. On expansive lots below the Walt Whitman Bridge, on parcels at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On Norfolk Southern Corp. rail land, and along the old Mustin military airfield now part of 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Since August 2010, when Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. moved their vehicle-import business from Baltimore and Newark, N.J., ports to Philadelphia's waterfront, the number of shiny Hyundai Sonatas and Kia Sorentos rolling off ships has risen from 127,406 in 2011 to 143,258 in 2012 and 151,296 last year.
SPORTS
June 22, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Before the pair of renaissances that yielded the Phillies their only two World Series titles and salvaged some pride for a franchise paralyzed by humiliation, Bucks County-born author James Michener was asked how he endured the ups and downs of being a baseball fan. "Ups?" Michener replied. "What ups? I'm from Philadelphia. " The Philadelphia Michener knew as a boy was a robust industrial hub, a city frequently referred to as "The Nation's Workshop. " But by the time the prolific writer died in 1997, most of the factories that had cranked out everything from locomotives to hats were shuttered.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there It was early January 2008, and Megan joined seemingly most of her South Philadelphia neighbors at Serenade Night - an annual celebration for that year's Mummer's Parade Fancy Brigade winner. She and a girlfriend hit the Shamrock Pub, and - darn it! - a guy she was trying to avoid was at the bar. She was so glad to spot Jason. She knew him only as a friend's friend's brother, but word around Two Street was he was one of the nice guys, and talking to him might keep that other guy away.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is in the middle of its biggest hotel-building binge since the late 1990s, as developers rush to accommodate an expected burst of business travelers, tourists, and conventioneers. Eight hotel projects now in the planning stage or under construction in and around Center City would bump up the number of rooms by more than 2,000, or almost 20 percent, from current levels - the sharpest increase since the surge that surrounded the Republican National Convention in 2000. The new hotels range from a Four Seasons atop the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, which when completed will be one of the country's tallest buildings, to boutique projects such as the planned transformation of a historic court building just off Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a Kimpton Hotel.
SPORTS
June 22, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Berman had played with and against Michael Davis enough to know that his longtime friend and rival from their Inter-Ac days would keep fighting after Berman rolled to an early lead in the final of the 115th BMW Philadelphia Amateur. However, every time Davis tried to rally Saturday, Berman would drain another clutch putt. The last putt that fell, a 25-foot birdie, clinched the Georgetown player's 6-and-4 victory at Llanerch Country Club. The win for Berman, 19, of Philadelphia Cricket Club, was his second straight in a Golf Association of Philadelphia major for which he was eligible.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday, 10 "Community Fathers" will be recognized for their commitment and dedication to bettering Philadelphia. Each Philadelphian will receive a BMe Leader Award, which includes a $10,000 grant for the winners to increase their community outreach efforts. BMe Community is a national network for around 12,000 men - predominantly African American, though open to people of all races and genders - who uplift the community, defying negative stereotypes. "They care about the community," said Jeff Jones, community manager at BMe. "They are doing the work that helps people be better, and grow economically and socially.
SPORTS
June 19, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might have seemed strange to see so many spectators on the golf course for a second-round match in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, but this was no ordinary duel that was contested Wednesday at Llanerch Country Club. The Golf Association of Philadelphia's equivalent of a heavyweight bout involved two former Llanerch members - two-time champion and five-time GAP player of the year Michael McDermott against defending champ Jeff Osberg, the medalist during Tuesday qualifying.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
LIZ LOPEZ went to her prom last month. She wore a dress. She brought a date, a guy. And then she mostly stood around. She didn't feel totally comfortable, the 17-year-old told me. Not at the prom. Not in the dress. Tonight, Lopez, who is bisexual, is headed to the alternative prom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens hosted by GALAEI, a queer Latino social-justice organization in Norris Square. When we talked Wednesday, Lopez still wasn't sure what she'd wear; maybe a dress, she said.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 22-year-old man was found shot to death on a Harrowgate roadway in northeast Philadelphia early Sunday morning minutes after he had called 911 for help, police said. Officers found the man face down on the 1800 block of Thayer Street, after responding to his call for help. He had been shot multiple times. Police had not released the man's identity as of Sunday afternoon, pending notification of his family.  
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beverly Jordan, 70, vividly remembers how upset she was about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, one of the most notorious hate crimes against gays in American history. "Any kind of injustice, I have to fight," the West Philadelphia resident said Sunday. Jordan helped hold a banner for PFLAG Philadelphia at Philadelphia's 27th PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival. It was her second year attending the event, as an ally and friend of LGBT people. An uncontainable energy swelled around the parade's starting location at 13th and Locust Streets in an area of the city known as "the Gayborhood.
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