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August 21, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was a matter of inches or less, police said - the distance between a minor wound and an officer killed in the line of duty. That's how police described an early morning exchange of gunfire at a Tacony intersection Tuesday that left a veteran officer with a deep graze wound to his head, and his assailant dead. "We are just very, very fortunate," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "Another quarter-inch and we'd be talking a different story. " The incident began around 12:45 a.m. when Officer Stephen Korpalski, a 14-year veteran of the force, responded with his partner to a radio call of a person with a gun on the 6400 block of Ditman Street.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insists it is not an official announcement, Pope Francis stated flatly Monday that he expected to visit Philadelphia in September 2015. Francis told a news conference that he was considering a three-city U.S. tour next year that would include at trip to New York City to address the United Nations, to Washington to address Congress, and to the international World Meeting of Families gathering in Philadelphia. "Next year I'd like to go to Philadelphia for the family meeting," he said when asked about his travel plans for next year.
NEWS
August 17, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An iconic part of the Philadelphia skyline since the 1950s, the "PNB" letters on top of the One South Broad building will be removed by helicopter Sunday, city officials confirmed Friday. The building recently changed hands, and the new owners requested and received approval from the Philadelphia Historical Commission last month, said Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Nutter. The 16-foot-high letters spell out "PNB" on all four sides of the high-rise built by the Wanamaker family in 1932.
SPORTS
August 15, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WITH A keen sense of appreciation cloaked in self-deprecating humor, Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos recently took stock of what he's come to appreciate most about his NFL career, which is entering its 12th season. "I never thought I'd play more than a year," Dorenbos said recently at training camp, inside the NovaCare Complex. "This is year 12, which is sick, it's just sick. "I look at it as there's 53 guys on the team, but I really look at it as there's 52 and then me, because these guys are unbelievable athletes and I'm kind of the short, pudgy, white guy that's not very fast and is just hanging on, you know?
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
In Philadelphia, any time is the right time for a cheesesteak - which is why, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, members of the committee deciding whether the city will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention found themselves at Pat's King of Steaks, eating wit or wit'out under the glare of television cameras. It's a political ritual usually reserved for candidates, but in this case, Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat's, ponied up the sandwiches for the greater good. "I think it's amazing for Philadelphia," said Olivieri, who believes the city will reap economic benefits if the Democrats choose it over rivals Birmingham, Ala.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Ariz.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there   In November 2008, Tim tagged along with a friend meeting her friends at Philadelphia Irish Pub. Michele was one of them. "We were going back and forth at each other, with little sarcastic digs," Michele said. Tim said her coat looked like his grandmother's couch. Michele said Tim's ratty wallet must have been his 10th birthday present. "I wasn't sure what I wanted to come of it, but I knew I had a good time," she said. A few days later, Michele asked their mutual friend for Tim's e-mail address.
SPORTS
August 13, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
IN THE HEART of South Philadelphia, winding through the Italian Market and convening at the intersection of 8th and Christian, sat Dewey LaRosa wearing a white-and-blue golf shirt that simply read "Taney. " While Center City's Taney Dragons, the newly crowned Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League champions, were riding from Bristol, Conn., to Williamsport yesterday afternoon, there was still work to be done. LaRosa and a co-worker at Triple-Play Embroidery - which he co-owns with his father - were hanging giant banners for the world to see. They said: "Home of the Taney Dragons," with congratulatory words in between and the names of every player on the ends of the white, red and blue posters.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the army of 18 Democratic National Committee representatives arrive in Philadelphia Wednesday, they will be greeted with plenty of Philadelphia swag and treated to a tour of the city's most treasured sites. As the 2016 Democratic National Convention site-selection committee arrived to a red carpet in New York City Monday, Philadelphia operatives were putting final touches to their plan to woo the committee later this week. Members of the selection committee will receive their own Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, and Union jerseys with their last names printed on the back, according to Kevin Washo, who is involved in the planning.
SPORTS
August 10, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, CONN. - The stage is set. The Taney Dragons, the upstarts from Center City who have advanced further than any other Little League team ever from Philadelphia, will play Newark National (Del.) - a power that appeared in the Little League World Series in 2013 - in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League final Sunday at 6 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2. Both teams won their regional semifinals Friday. Taney rallied to defeat Colonie (N.Y.), 6-5, in the morning, and Newark National sent Toms River home, 4-3, in the afternoon.
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