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April 7, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the coincidence of Easter, Passover, and a rare blood moon were reason enough for celebration, the addition of free parking in Philadelphia on Sunday seemed to heighten the harmonic convergence. An admittedly unscientific survey of tourists, Philadelphia residents, and business owners found most people had no idea metered street parking is free on major public holidays, as it was on Easter Sunday. The Philadelphia Parking Authority lists free parking holidays on every meter.
NEWS
April 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
President Obama's proposal to make community college free for most students may never get through Congress. But for freshly graduated high school students from Philadelphia's low-income families, that might not matter. Community College of Philadelphia has decided to help pay their way. The school is doing away with tuition for all seniors graduating from a city high school this spring who have low-enough family incomes to qualify for federal Pell grants and who meet certain other requirements.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Shaun Bradley, For The Inquirer
Jazz Appreciation Month, a national observance, has special resonance for Philadelphia, where more than 40 jazz-related events are planned for April. To kick it off, the Philly JAM honored Philadelphia-born jazz great McCoy Tyner on Wednesday. Tyner's life in jazz began in the humble environs of his mother's West Philly beauty shop, the only place the family could fit his piano. Returning home Wednesday morning, Tyner found himself in the far more formal setting of the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, where Mayor Nutter presented him with the city's Liberty Bell Award.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
As eternal as Bach's St. Matthew Passion seems, it changes significantly over time, accommodating each new generation's artistic relationship with the music - and then some. What unfolded at Verizon Hall on Wednesday bore surface resemblance to the St. Matthew Passion Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted with the Philadelphia Orchestra two years ago, with some of the same soloists and a similar stage setup, a cruciform platform creating a runway that divided the orchestra. Yet the experience was much more evolved, building on 2013 and perhaps emboldened by the trend toward externalizing Bach's drama with physical action.
SPORTS
April 4, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Jake Hoyle, 15th place just wouldn't do. "It was a huge disappointment," said the Philadelphia native and Columbia University junior, reflecting on his finish at the 2014 NCAA individual fencing championships. "It was one of those results that you put up in your locker to make you work harder during the year. " That hard work – mostly mental, according to Hoyle, 20 – paid off. Last month at the NCAA championships in Columbus, Ohio, Hoyle went 19-5 in his 24 bouts to win the men's epée title.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal civil jury in Philadelphia on Thursday awarded a University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate $80,000 for his 2011 arrest by city police while observing an Occupy Philadelphia protest for his dissertation. The U.S. District Court jury deliberated for about three hours before returning the verdict in favor of Gregory Harris and awarding him compensatory damages. The jury did not award punitive damages, said Lloyd Long 3d, who represented Harris with Elizabeth A. Hoffman in the 11/2-day trial before District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Vinny Vella, Daily News Staff Writer
A teenage boy is recovering after getting shot in his left buttocks during an argument on a South Philly corner, police said. Just before 1 p.m., the victim, 14, was at the intersection of Christian and 13th streets when he got into an altercation with three other teens, a police source said. It's unclear what the fight was about, but it escalated into gunfire. Ultimately, the teen was struck in his left buttocks and was taken by police to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the source said.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Main Line prep-school assistant basketball coach told a federal jury Tuesday that Philadelphia narcotics officers robbed him blind during a 2007 search of his City Avenue apartment. Their purported haul? A safe stuffed with $80,000 in drug proceeds, clothes, a pair of flashy sunglasses, and a DVD he had rented from Blockbuster. What Robert Kushner appeared less eager to discuss, as he testified at those same officers' federal corruption trial, was what brought the police to his apartment in the first place.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Thursday is scheduled to hear City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's last-ditch effort to remain on the ballot in her bid for a second term on the board that oversees Philadelphia elections. Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson is expected to take up Singer's requests to reconsider rulings from a four-day hearing last week that culminated Monday with his order to remove her from the May 19 Democratic primary election ballot. Charles Goodwin, Singer's lawyer, and Richard Hoy, the lawyer for the three voters who challenged Singer's nomination petitions, declined to comment Tuesday.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
  A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday awarded more than $38.5 million in punitive damages to the families of two women shot dead in 2010 by a suspended co-worker at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Last month, another jury delivered a verdict against Georgia-based U.S. Security Associates Inc., which provided security at the plant, for compensatory damages in excess of $8 million. That earlier jury, however, deadlocked on the punitive damages. The combined Common Pleas Court verdicts now set the total award for the victims' families at more than $46.5 million.
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