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January 26, 2016 | By Kristen Graham, STAFF WRITER
All Philadelphia School District schools, early childhood centers and offices will be closed Monday, spokesman Fernando Gallard said. Officials made the call Sunday afternoon after consulting with city officials. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced all Catholic high schools and elementary schools in the city would also be closed because of "ongoing travel difficulties. " Though it's the first inclement-weather day of the term for Philadelphia students, the day must be made up. Because of a higher-than-usual number of days off earlier in the year due to the Pope's September visit, there were no snow days built into the calendar.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, CULTURE WRITER
There were few things the seemingly indefatigable Richard Allen was unable to do. Born into slavery in Delaware in 1760, he worked tirelessly, purchased his freedom and came to Philadelphia, founded a civil organization, founded a church, and then an entire religious denomination. He ran a successful chimney-sweep business (working on President Washington's chimneys, among others). He sought to end slavery, provided refuge for those escaping its chains, and organized black conventions.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | Staff Report
CLICK HERE for updates on storm recovery efforts. The Philadelphia region got to work Sunday, digging itself out of the fourth-largest snowstorm in city history. The powerful winter storm battered the area from Friday evening into early Sunday morning, dumping more than 20 inches of snow in many places. At Philadelphia International Airport, the official measurement was 22.4 inches. The region was slowly getting moving again Sunday, clearing the roads, rail lines and cars buried by snow.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | Staff Report
Canceled or Postponed Several college and professional sports teams postponed Saturday games until Sunday: - Celtics at 76ers : Sunday at 7 p.m. - SMU at Temple : Sunday at noon. - UNC Wilmington at Drexel : Sunday at noon. - Providence at Villanova : Sunday at 1 p.m. - St. Joseph's at La Salle : Sunday at 5 p.m. - Flyers vs. Islanders: Postponed, and no specific makeup date set. The Jennifer Nettles show Friday night at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby has been postponed.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines has reduced its flight schedule Friday evening and is canceling all flights on Saturday at Philadelphia International Airport due to the impending winter storm. American and merger partner US Airways operate 76 percent of the flights in Philadelphia. Flights here will resume on Sunday morning, the airline said. American said the storm will impact travel at 42 airports. lloyd@phillynews.com 215-854-2831@LoydLinda  
SPORTS
January 22, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
If Chip Kelly had any revelations after he was fired in the final week of his third season with the Eagles, he didn't reveal them on Wednesday during his introduction as San Francisco 49ers head coach. Kelly sounded like the same fast-talking, quick-thinking, wise-cracking coach that made his news conferences appointment viewing at times in Philadelphia. He thanked Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during an opening statement, but he was very much in a different environment – pointing out a general manager who is a "football guy," with "synergy" in the building, and five Lombardi Trophies as the benchmark.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, CULTURE WRITER
At an April 8 grand opening, a ball of fire will rise from Penn's Landing. A massive South Broad Street fair will follow on April 23, featuring art, music, performance, and a trick or two. Bookended by these attractions, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return to the city for its third run, a bit smaller this go-round, more concentrated, but with dozens of events and a decidedly international flavor. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, organizer of the festival, will release details of many events Thursday.
NEWS
January 21, 2016
At least one person was injured in a two-alarm blaze that erupted Tuesday night in North Philadelphia, authorities said. The fire was reported around 9:20 p.m. at a three-story rowhouse in the 1600 block of West Lehigh Avenue and was declared under control just before 10 p.m. One person was transported to Temple University Hospital in unknown condition. A second person was being evaluated at the scene for injuries. It was the day's second multi-alarm fire. A four-alarm blaze hit an apartment building in Center City earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, MUSIC CRITIC
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced its 2016-17 subscription season Tuesday at the Kimmel Center. Usual classical music suspects like Brahms, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff will be joined by 21st-century electronics by Mason Bates, a new organ concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Christopher Rouse, and a screening of the movie E.T. with a live performance of the John Williams score. Among performers in the orchestra's 117th season, past visitors such as Simon Rattle and conductor laureate Charles Dutoit will return, and celebrated 22-year-old Canadian cellist Stephen Tetreault will make his debut.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
For decades, the Academy of Music's annual concert and ball was the high point of the Philadelphia social scene, where the well-connected - the Annenbergs, Elkins, Dilworths, and Snellenbergs - mingled with sitting presidents and Nobel Prize winners. Men donned white ties and top hats. Women opted for pavement-sweeping ball gowns in soft white and winter pastels by the day's chicest designers: Elizabeth Arden, Christian Dior, and even James Galanos. After the concert, high-society couples embarked on a stylish promenade.
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