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March 27, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia's population grew for the eighth year in a row in 2014, and surrounding counties were mostly stable, according to new census data, but the picture was not quite as rosy at it may have seemed in the nation's fifth-largest city. Philadelphia's population rose an estimated 4,245 to 1,560,297, the census found, aiding a trend that has helped reverse decades of declines. By the end of 2014, there were 34,291 more people in Philadelphia than when census takers knocked on doors in 2010.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
NOVELLA WILLIAMS had a clear memory of the time when she was a child living in North Carolina and the men in the "funny clothes" came to take her father away. He was wrongly accused of setting a barn on fire, and the family had to flee the outraged townspeople who came to the house. Her father, known as "Old Black Charlie," was taken to the jailhouse in Raleigh. It was only when the true culprit confessed to carelessly tossing a lit cigarette into the barn that her father was released.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Though the Philadelphia Singers were never about to depart quietly in this, their final season, their East Coast premiere of the Jake Heggie choral opera The Radio Hour has turned out to be far more than anybody bargained for. "It is an opera," notes Heggie, even though the main character - a woman on the verge of suicide - never speaks. The chorus is split in two, one exploring the contents of the protagonist's head and the other depicting the advice she's getting from . . . could it really be the radio?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
"PHILLY, y'all really in here?" About halfway through his May 28 concert last year, Jeff Bradshaw asked the Kimmel Center crew to turn the house lights up. The trombonist had no idea if the 2,500-seat Verizon Hall was sold out or not. He had been busy coordinating the schedules of a slew of artists - including the Roots' Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Take 6 and Trombone Shorty - to perform on the live album he'd record that night, "Home. " When the lights came on, Bradshaw scanned the theater upwards until his eyes reached the highest balcony.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush met with some of the region's top Republican donors in Philadelphia on Tuesday as he continued a national fund-raising blitz ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Bush had a luncheon fund-raiser for his political action committee with backers at the Union League in Center City, and two smaller meetings later in the day with potential supporters. "I'm certainly listening and learning about all the candidates at this stage of the game, but at the same time, I've been a fan of Jeb Bush for a long time," said William R. Sasso, chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon, who has worked with the former governor on the board of the National Constitution Center.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE ELDERLY woman was eager to convey her gratitude to the pharmacist who had given her the advice she needed for continued health. "Tell Doc I'm drinking my water," she said. Doc was Joseph Allen Wynn, a revered figure in Southwest Philadelphia, where he had served for so many years and where he was known for his deep concern for his neighbors. "He did so much for the Southwest Philadelphia community," said his wife, Yvonne. "He was very concerned for the quality of life for the people, especially the elderly.
SPORTS
March 24, 2015
FT. MYERS, Fla. - Mario Hollands' attempt to make the opening-day roster for a second straight season took a serious hit Sunday when results of his MRI exam showed a similar injury to the one that cut short his rookie year. Hollands has a strain of the common flexor tendon in his left arm, the Phillies said. The lefthander said the pain felt the same as it did in September when he missed the final month of the season. Surgery was not an option last year, Hollands said. He said he hopes it is not this time, either.
NEWS
March 24, 2015
ANYONE WHO grew up in the Philadelphia area, no matter when you happened to be born, knows about "the hit. " If you need additional explanation, you must be a newcomer (either that, or you watch the "Godfather" trilogy on a loop). "The hit," the only one truly worth talking about in mythic terms, is the one that Chuck Bednarik put on Frank Gifford in the game between the Eagles and the Giants at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 20, 1960. I was born a year and two weeks later. Yet although biology insists that I wasn't even conceived at the time when Gifford was impersonating a log, I feel that moment as if I'd watched it in real time.
NEWS
March 24, 2015
MARY C. TRACY, executive director of Scenic Philadelphia and president of Scenic America, is a thorn in the side of the billboard industry. Her activism started 25 years ago, when, as a stay-at-home mother, the former public-school teacher rallied her neighbors to fight an illegal billboard in Overbrook Farms. "I really believe that residents and visitors should be treated as citizens, and not as consumers," she said yesterday afternoon, before going up to her Washington Square roof deck to take in a view of the city she loves.
NEWS
March 24, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
During five days of testimony in a federal civil rights case, jurors heard testimony about the fear of leaks that permeated Philadelphia School District headquarters when Arlene C. Ackerman was superintendent. Current and former administrators lamented that almost as soon as they left cabinet meetings, reporters would call with questions about what was discussed. The campaign to plug the leaks intensified after The Inquirer published a Nov. 28, 2010, article reporting that Ackerman had steered a $7.5 million no-bid contract for surveillance cameras to a small minority firm that had not been approved for emergency work.
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