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November 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The 22-year-old Germantown woman who survived a violent abduction returned home to her family Thursday, the same day her alleged kidnapper was charged in federal court with abducting her and spiriting her across state lines. And new details emerged on how authorities in three states hunted Delvin Barnes, 37, as he fled from Philadelphia with Carlesha Freeland-Gaither bound in the backseat of a used Ford Taurus whose side windows she kicked out in her struggle to escape. Federal prosecutors charged Barnes with kidnapping Freeland-Gaither and taking her to Maryland, where both were found Wednesday night in a parking lot in Jessup.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden basketball legend Dajuan Wagner will begin his comeback with the Philadelphia Spirit of the American Basketball Association. Wagner signed with the Spirit on Thursday night before a practice at the team's home court at Life Center Academy in Burlington Township. "I need to get some good up-and-down going," Wagner said. "I've got to get my feet wet and see where I'm at. " Wagner, 31, last played in the NBA in November 2006. He has been engaged in an intensive workout program for about a year to determine if he can resurrect his professional career.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
NOT MANY people can say part of their life story wound up in a chocolate bar. But Frank Carey had an imaginative daughter. When he reached the age of 85, his daughter Frances, wrote a blurb about him and inserted it in Hershey chocolate bars. You opened the wrapper and there was a photograph of a smiling Frank Carey with some little known facts about him, like the time he grew a beard and nobody noticed, that his favorite foods were salmon and asparagus and cake with orange icing, and his favorite movie was "Gone With the Wind.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
YEAH, YEAH, we know. The governor's race is over with a historic outcome, Democrat Tom Wolf becoming the first candidate to unseat an incumbent, sending Gov. Corbett home after one term. Let's talk about what's really important: Today is the first day of the 2015 race for mayor, the first open-seat race since 2007. There are just 6 1/2 months until the May 19 Democratic and Republican primary elections. Here's a rundown of the declared and potential candidates.   DEMOCRATS The big names *  State Sen. Anthony  Hardy Williams Status: Could declare any day, since he doesn't have to resign his Senate seat to run for mayor (a big advantage)
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia voters will consider three ballot questions Tuesday that would make permanent the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, shift oversight of city prisons, and allow the city to borrow $137.3 million for various capital projects. Two of the questions - those dealing with the Office of Sustainability and prison oversight - call for amending the Home Rule Charter, the city's governing document. The first asks if the charter should be amended "to establish and define the functions of the Office of Sustainability headed by a director of sustainability.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
SEVEN YEARS after Officer Chuck Cassidy was gunned down in the line of duty, his wife, Judy, last night received a small piece of her husband, her high-school sweetheart. The memento just surfaced, unexpectedly, inside the Northwest Philadelphia police district where he spent the last 11 years of his 25-year career. It was on a shelf in 35th Police District locker No. 156, which now stands as a memorial to the fallen officer inside district headquarters at Broad and Champlost.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love of literature. Lust for food. The history of the Israeli Air Force. These are just some of the themes that will come together in the 34th annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which will screen 16 feature films and seven shorts at area venues, including the Gershman Y and the National Museum of American Jewish History, from Saturday through Nov. 16. This year, there is a notable profusion of "personal stories about individuals who...
BUSINESS
October 31, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uber executive David Plouffe, former campaign manager and White House adviser to President Obama, said Wednesday new ride-share legislation in Washington was a model for Philadelphia and other cities. Meanwhile, Uber's defiant entry into Philadelphia continued to create drama on the city streets, as another Uber driver was nabbed by Philadelphia Parking Authority enforcement officers Tuesday night for providing rides in defiance of the PPA's ban on ride-share services. The car was impounded and the driver and Uber were each fined $1,000.
SPORTS
October 30, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nate Allen continued to receive staunch support from the Eagles' coaching staff on Tuesday, when defensive coordinator Bill Davis said he is "absolutely confident" in the safety. The trade deadline passed without the Eagles acquiring a safety. It was further evidence that the Eagles are behind Allen, who was at fault for a 75-yard touchdown pass that helped decide the Eagles' loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. "I watch every play Nate had. Nate had a very good game. He had one bad play," Davis said.
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