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February 16, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
For someone who still pulls his high school yearbook out of a desk drawer at least three times a week and can still recite the 1967 all-Catholic basketball team, Wednesday was a fairly typical day. I signed up for trivia nights at St. Pius and Cardinal O'Hara along with friends from St. Dorothy's and St. Laurence and St. Anastasia. Later, an acquaintance from Sacred Heart asked me to take part in O'Hara's career day. That afternoon, I drove to Neumann-Goretti for a story on the nation's top-ranked girls' team, one whose coach went to St. Gabriel's and Archbishop Carroll.
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February 15, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Conductor Valery Gergiev probably had one of the more civilized receptions of his winter U.S. tour at Thursday's Philadelphia Orchestra concert. Pro-Ukrainian protesters were outside the Kimmel Center, having their say in the ongoing debate about Gergiev's support of Russian president Vladimir Putin, and inside, the concert was business as usual - as much as Gergiev's concerts are ever typical. He has long been the master of spontaneous combustion. Although Gergiev's own Mariinsky Orchestra often plays with world-class inspiration, it's sonically compromised by the substandard quality of instruments.
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February 14, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Maybe it was the tactical hugs that decision-makers got from Rep. Bob Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman. Or the op-ed touting the city by a bipartisan pair of former governors, Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge. Or Mayor Nutter's assurances that the city would be ready and the swift response from donors. Or perhaps Philadelphia's exceptional attributes - good transit, fine hotels and dining, world-class museums and parks, and a starring role in the formation of modern democracy - did the trick.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Katz lost three times as a Republican candidate for mayor of Philadelphia but then found success producing documentary films about the history of his hometown. That history now has Katz talking up Rudolph Blankenburg as one of the city's best mayors in the 20th century. Rudolph who? Blankenburg, a Keystone-Democrat, stunned the Philadelphia political machine in 1911 by defeating Republican George H. Earle Jr. by just 4,495 votes. Blankenburg pushed for reforms in his single term that Katz calls "hugely impactful.
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February 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter signed mandatory paid sick leave into law Thursday, the same day City Council passed the legislation before a crowd of cheering workers. "The people who do not have paid sick leave are the people who need it the most," said Councilman William K. Greenlee, the bill's sponsor. "They're low-income workers, single mothers; they're college students or people just starting in the workforce. " In 90 days, businesses with 10 or more employees will be required to give workers at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
VICTORIA EMILY Smalls came to Philadelphia from her native South Carolina in 1964 to attend the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Boule. It was a fateful visit. She met a handsome man named Howard Wells, who escorted her to the sorority's ball. It was, as the saying goes, love at first sight. They were married on June 12, 1965. Victoria left a career as a teacher and activist in Charleston, S.C., where she taught home economics in two high schools and worked with migrant workers, who came to the state in large numbers every year to work in the fields and orchards.
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February 13, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. cofounder Ralph Roberts and his TV talk-show host wife of 72 years, Suzanne Roberts, will share the 2014 Philadelphia Award with the legendary music mahoff Kenny Gamble. Ralph Roberts, 94, is chairman emeritus of Comcast. Suzanne Roberts, 93, is a behavioral therapist and philanthropist in addition to her work on her show , Seeking Solutions With Suzanne . Gamble, the songwriter and music producer, has more recently turned his energies to economic development. All are being honored, according to Wednesday's announcement by the awards committee, for their "unwavering allegiance to Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 13, 2015
AMONG THOSE who took in the touring production of "Motown The Musical" when it played the Academy of Music last month was Kenny Gamble , who, along with Leon Huff and Thom Bell , made the Philadelphia International Records label a music powerhouse in the 1970s. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer to ask Gamble about a "Motown"-style musical based on PIR's prodigious catalog of soul and R&B hits, universally tagged "The Sound of Philadelphia. " We are happy to report that Gamble answered in the affirmative.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the afternoon of June 7, 1950, the story of African American golf was being played out silently but powerfully by two black men at a pair of Philadelphia-area courses. That story, with its themes of exclusion, prejudice, and resourcefulness, was sadly familiar in mid-20th century American sports. At the tony Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, where the 1950 U.S. Open would commence the following day, Howard Wheeler began his final practice round alone. None of his competitors, all of them white, would partner with the black entrant.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspected drunken driver sideswiped a Philadelphia police cruiser and crashed into a concrete pole Saturday morning, causing the driver's gold Toyota Camry to catch fire, police said. The incident was the third involving a suspected drunken driver and a Philadelphia police cruiser in three weeks. The latest accident occurred about 6:55 a.m. in the 3900 block of Whitaker Avenue, where the police cruiser was parked in the median with its emergency lights on. The driver, who was not immediately identified, continued traveling down Whitaker at a high rate of speed after striking the cruiser, police said.
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