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May 31, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Tropical Storm Girard unleashed a torrent of water on West Philadelphia in March. Missed that news? It was not a real storm, but it might as well have been. Philadelphia Water Department employees turned on a fire hydrant on West Girard Avenue for three hours, enough to fill up two longish ditches with 35,000 gallons of water - an experimental simulation of 3.5 inches of rain. Then they watched it disappear. The ditches are rain gardens, brimming with grasses, flowers, and monitoring equipment, and they are part of an underground revolution.
NEWS
May 31, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
A wrong turn on the way home from Taco Bell changed Adam Thiel's life. It was 24 years ago when the then-19-year-old student at American University got lost returning to campus and passed a firehouse advertising free EMT lessons. Thiel, impressed by the emergency responders who rushed his father to the hospital when he was dying of cancer, signed up and never looked back. "Once I got hooked, I was all in," said Thiel, Philadelphia's new fire commissioner. Thiel, 43, is the first non-Philadelphian to lead the city's fire department.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
On May 18, Philadelphia Futures, along with event host Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and his teammates, presented the annual Philadelphia Futures Get in the Game event. Philadelphia Futures provides low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college with access to resources and opportunities necessary for admission and success. Participants came together for the bowling tournament and to support the cause. Guests enjoyed buffet finger food, drinks, bidding on silent-auction items of sports memorabilia and on live-auction items.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS
The two Philadelphia lawyers whose investigation led to the ouster of former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as president of Baylor University are former veteran sex-crimes prosecutors who have built a practice helping institutions respond to allegations of sexual abuse. After a 10-month probe and 65 interviews, Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez produced a damning report that said the university did not take seriously the complaints of women who had been assaulted by university football players - and even actively discouraged victims from filing complaints.
NEWS
May 29, 2016
A 57-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition after getting stabbed in the chest during a robbery Friday night in North Philadelphia, police said. The robbery occurred just before 7:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Venango Street, police said. The victim, who was stabbed in the right side of his chest, was taken by medics to Temple University Hospital. Police recovered a weapon at the scene but reported no arrest. - Robert Moran
NEWS
May 29, 2016
Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance By Angela Duckworth Scribner. 352 pp. $16.80 Reviewed by Tommy Rowan Imagine that: a Philadelphia psychology professor setting the education world on fire with a one-syllable noun that just happens to define the city she currently calls home. Angela Duckworth deserves all credit for her recent rise to Gladwellian heights - but we do hope the punks who still view Philadelphians only as Santa-pelting-snowball-throwers can order this book for next-day delivery.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In the year in which he turned 45, John D. Lewis Jr. at last became a doctor of podiatry. He had walked a few paths to get there. Using the GI Bill after his Army service during World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology at what is now Hampton (Va.) University in 1951. But later in the 1950s, daughter-in-law Lisa Lewis said, he had to work the night shift "as a tow-motor operator at the Reading Terminal Market," taking trash to incinerators. Still, during those years, she said, he commuted to Manhattan, and earned a certificate in physical therapy at Columbia University in 1961.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If anyone doubts how trendy podcasting has become, note the recent Season Five finale of HBO's Girls . While Lena Dunham's character, Hannah, waits in line for her slot at a storyteller's event, another monologuist tells her, "I have a podcast - I care," to prove both his universal concern and utter hipness. During its decade of existence, podcasting has gone from rudimentary, nerdy chatterboxing and being an arm of public broadcasting to gorgeously produced, often live, geek culture audiobooks.
SPORTS
May 26, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Watch Jim Schwartz coach from the sideline, then listen to him afterward, and it is easy to come to this conclusion: Praise is not passed around to his defensive players as if its turkey and mashed potatoes at a Thanksgiving dinner table. If a player gets a compliment from the Eagles defensive coordinator, it is because he has earned it. Not many of the players on the field at the NovaCare Complex for Tuesday's padless practice session achieved that status. In fact, after being asked about quarterback Carson Wentz, Schwartz voluntarily mentioned his disdain for what he saw from his defense.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
When he was diagnosed with stage-4 prostate cancer in December 2010, Philadelphia Police Officer James Henninger was told he had between six months and two years to live. But that didn't stop the veteran officer from reporting to work every day in Center City's Ninth District, while he received radiation treatment on his lunch break. On Saturday, May 21 - more than five years after his diagnosis - Mr. Henninger, 71, lost his battle with cancer at Crossroads Hospice in Plymouth Meeting, one week before his 50th wedding anniversary.
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