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June 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mychal Kendricks is still on the Eagles and still practices with the first-team defense, two realities that had been in question at times this offseason. The questions came after Kendricks endured almost two months of trade rumors, during a spring when the Eagles have not revealed how they will sort out their logjam at inside linebacker. For now, nothing has changed for Kendricks. But he enters the last year of his contract with more uncertainty about his role and his future than any of his previous three seasons in Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixt Rent A Car has purchased a building near Philadelphia International Airport for what will be the German company's first Philadelphia location, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which brokered the sale. The Munich-based car-rental firm bought the 84,471-square-foot industrial building at 3601 Island Ave. for $3.4 million from Pennock Co., NGKF said Tuesday in a release. NGKF also brokered the purchase of a nearby 104,000-square-foot warehouse by a company called Powers Court Partners for $3.48 million, it said in the release.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Community College of Philadelphia has had "mixed success" educating its students, even though its tuition was far above the median price of similar institutions - and higher than all community colleges in the region, according to a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew found that the school's graduation rate was no better than about average - and in some cases was below its peers. The college also falls short in employee training programs, serves a smaller percentage of city residents than peer schools and has failed to meet some standards set by the agency that accredits colleges and Pennsylvania's Board of Nursing, Pew researchers said in the 56-page report released Wednesday.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
When scientists announced their discovery of a prehistoric fishlike creature with muscled fins that looked a bit like legs, the media trumpeted it as a "missing link. " Cartoonists drew images of fish marching onto land. One person who was a bit uneasy amid all the acclaim in 2006 was the codiscoverer of the fossil, Edward B. "Ted" Daeschler of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences. After years of additional study, however, and multiple return visits to the site of the discovery in the Canadian Arctic, Daeschler has edged closer to all the hype.
SPORTS
June 1, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Throughout Philadelphia's sports history, soccer has popped up sporadically, an invading virus that the city's natural indifference to the game typically manages to resist. Sometimes, as now with the Union, the outbreak is more severe. But mostly, like the rest of America, we've been immune to the sport that so infects the world. So it was jarring last week when news of a soccer-related scandal was stripped across The Inquirer's front page, even if this story's appeal was amorality and not athletics.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seventy years after the end of World War II, military aircraft from the era live on to connect people with the nation's - and in many cases, their family's - history. The Commemorative Air Force, devoted to U.S. military aviation history, has brought four planes to the Northeast Philadelphia Airport for a five-day AirPower History Tour, on display through Sunday. Visitors may enter the aircraft where they are parked or take 30-minute flights, though those can cost more than $1,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once a year for the last decade, the city's designers and architects have come together for a weeklong festival of films, tours, open studios, talks, exhibitions, and art installations called DesignPhiladelphia. More or less synonymous with that festival is Hilary Jay, who cofounded it while running the Design Center at Philadelphia University and who managed it through moves to the University of the Arts and the AIA Philadelphia's Center for Architecture, where it's now based. Recently, Jay, of Washington Square, left her job as director of the Center for Architecture and of DesignPhiladelphia.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
RESISTANCE IS futile. The crew of the starship Enterprise in "Star Trek" learned this well. And so, too, did Mayor Nutter and former Mayors Ed Rendell and Wilson Goode Sr. - at least when it came to Marciene Mattleman. When Mattleman, the feisty and unrelenting advocate for Philadelphia's children, called the Mayor's Office to ask for the city's assistance with one of her many new educational ideas, some of which came to her in the middle of the night, resistance was, well, "impossible.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SCOTT FLANDER, then a Daily News police reporter, wanted to know what it was like to be a cop. So nearly every night for six months in the early 1990s, Scott rode on patrol with the officers of the 18th District at 55th and Pine. Among them was a sergeant named Joe Escher. For Scott, Joe Escher became the personification of the ideal police officer. He was, as the saying went in the department, "real police," meaning that he was born to be a cop. "I was struck by his character," Flander said.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Edwards dialed her great-aunt's number Wednesday morning, and then put the phone down in puzzlement. The line was busy. Voleta McNair-Wiley, 91, almost always picked up. She lived alone in a three-story rowhouse in North Philadelphia. She didn't get out much on her own anymore, depending on calls and visits from friends and family. Later that day, Edwards got a call from her sister. There had been a fire, she said. Firefighters were dispatched to McNair-Wiley's house at 2625 W. Thompson St. at 6:50 a.m. and arrived two minutes later to find the home near the end of the block engulfed in heavy smoke, said Fire Chief Clifford Gilliam.
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