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March 9, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
People cheered the man who was 50 years sober, but they stood and screamed wildly for the guy who hadn't had a drink in a day. "That's for you, Mr. One Day," someone yelled at the stunned young man who stood before a group of about 1,500 members of Alcoholics Anonymous gathered at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Saturday. They were there to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the AA's Philadelphia branch. But, more than a few attendees acknowledged, what people were really celebrating was their still being on the planet after the pain and wreckage the bottle had delivered.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Coming to a choice parcel on Chestnut Street just west of Broad: neither a chic new condominium nor another drugstore. The Prince Music Theater isn't going anywhere. The defunct theater in the center of town was sold Thursday to the Philadelphia Film Society - a transaction that not only gives the film group a new home, but also preserves the hall's role for arts groups that cannot afford pricier venues like the Kimmel Center. The theater has already reopened for business. Its first show under new ownership - The Last Jimmy , a hip-hop musical - is slated to open March 18. It will still be known as the Prince Theater for the time being.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
For all of its reputed fabulousness, the Philadelphia Orchestra is also known for its winter contingency concerts. Most famously, Wolfgang Sawallisch once played Wagner on piano while weather-delayed orchestra musicians trickled in. On Thursday, music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin could not muster enough musicians for Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4 , so he substituted Ravel's Mother Goose Suite on four-hand piano with himself and none...
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Is there a more gorgeously depicted transformation in all of Western music than the last seven or eight minutes of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos ? With the emotional intelligence of Mozart, the score moves from mystery and tension, through elation and serenity, into the bright radiance of human love. Strauss traverses a great distance so magically that Ariadne herself wonders out loud: Are we on the other side already? The beauty of that stretch stopped the opera's characters in their tracks Wednesday night in the Curtis Institute of Music's production, a welcome moment of introspection after all the silliness.
SPORTS
March 7, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
From Duce Staley to Brian Westbrook to LeSean McCoy, the Eagles went 17 seasons with a top running back who was drafted and developed by the team. Westbrook was ready to replace Staley, and McCoy apprenticed behind Westbrook before taking the job. Now the Eagles must replace McCoy. With McCoy's Eagles career coming to a close when a pending trade to Buffalo is processed Tuesday, the Eagles will likely look to free agency or the draft to fill his sizable void. The Eagles have three running backs under contract for 2015: Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, and Matthew Tucker.
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles officially released linebacker Trent Cole on Wednesday, one day after reports surfaced that his time with the organization would end after 10 seasons. Cole, 32, is free to sign with any team even before free agency opens on Tuesday. The decision was made after the Eagles and Cole could not agree on a restructured contract. "We spoke with Trent and his agent and expressed a desire to have him back," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. "We have been talking for a couple of weeks.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
LAST WEEK I followed a moving truck stuffed with donated furniture around the city. The men inside weren't white-haired or portly or dressed in red suits, but they might as well have been shouting "Merry Christmas!" as they pulled up to a small rowhouse on a cramped North Philly street. Even before the truck came to a stop, a woman and her little-man of a 12-year-old son were out the door, ready to help unload a few new mattresses and some secondhand furniture. The mother, whose identity I'm withholding for obvious reasons, fled an abusive relationship last year when the man she was living with pointed a loaded handgun at her. She ran in the middle of the night with her children and whatever belongings she could stuff into two garbage bags.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patrick T. Harker, the former Wharton School dean who is president of the University of Delaware, will leave that job July 1 to serve as the next president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The move will give Harker a voice, on a rotating basis with other regional Fed presidents, in interest-rate decisions in Washington. Currently, a Philly Fed board member, Harker will be in charge of taking the economic pulse of the Third Federal Reserve District - eastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware - and reporting it to Fed Chair Janet Yellen and other officials.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was 6, Julia Rae Schlucter was assigned a child-life specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was being treated for a lung condition. Schlucter, 22, of Wayne, the newly crowned Miss Philadelphia, was diagnosed before birth with cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that can be fatal. The specialist, Christina Brown, made sure Schlucter's needs as a child, and not just as a patient, were met, including having sufficient play and creative time. On Saturday, Brown, 59, was in the audience at the Kurtz Center for Performing Arts as Schlucter won the title.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
After singing her heart out, Julia Rae Schlucter of Wayne was crowned Miss Philadelphia late Saturday to mark the pageant's 94th anniversary. Schlucter, 22, a senior at Fordham University, will graduate in about three months. Her platform at Saturday's pageant at the city's Kurtz Center for Performing Arts at the William Penn Charter School was singing at the "Top of My Lungs. " She beat out 13 other contestants from Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.
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