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May 2, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
SUSAN GLASSMAN, executive director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, went to work at the museum two decades ago and met a man who recalled visiting it in the late 1930s or early 1940s, when the technology on display was a tube for a new invention: the television. The Wagner institute has been housed in its Classical Revival-style building on Montgomery Avenue near 17th Street in North Philadelphia for 151 years. But the institute is older. Its founder, William Wagner, a merchant who traveled the world collecting fossils and other specimens, incorporated it in 1855.
SPORTS
May 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Carson Wentz checked his cellphone after an afternoon workout on April 20 and saw a text message that would change his life, determine the future home of his brother and sister-in-law, and alter the course of Eagles history. Wentz's agent messaged him that the Eagles had traded for the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. The former North Dakota State quarterback had an inkling that could mean he would play for the Eagles, but he was not positive. He still believed he might land with the Los Angeles Rams, who held the No. 1 pick and had just met with him hours earlier.
SPORTS
May 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Wendell Smallwood grew up an Eagles fan 30 minutes away from the stadium, in Wilmington, idolizing Duce Staley. But on the day Smallwood, a running back from West Virginia, was drafted by his favorite team to be coached by his favorite player, the Eagles also needed to answer for concerns about Smallwood's character. Before Howie Roseman gushed about the Big 12's reigning rushing leader, he first explained that the Eagles "feel this is a good kid" whom they are "very comfortable bringing in here.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Perhaps it was the perfect spring weather, or maybe the high-profile presidential races. Whatever it was, Philadelphians came out to vote Tuesday in higher numbers than in recent years. An unofficial count of machine voting showed that at least 402,834 of the city's slightly more than one million registered voters made a choice inside the booth. The 39 percent turnout is the third best in the city since 1988, when 48 percent of registered voters came out, according to data compiled by City Commissioner Al Schmidt.
SPORTS
April 30, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - At 8:22 p.m. Philadelphia time, Carson Wentz went onto the stage at the Auditorium Theater with an Eagles cap on his head and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell waiting with a green Eagles jersey in his hands. After a week of speculation and public debate, the Eagles landed the coveted North Dakota State quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. "Happy to be an Eagle," he said on the stage. Unlike the last time the Eagles picked a quarterback in that spot, there was no booing from the Eagles fans in the crowd.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Jazz Appreciation Month culminates Saturday, on International Jazz Day, with a citywide buffet of sounds for every appetite, from swinging to avant-garde. The fifth annual Center City Jazz Festival, founded by trombonist Ernest Stuart, packs 20 acts into five Center City venues over the course of six hours. But that's not all: Smack dab in the middle of the Center City Jazz Festival is the All-City Jazz Festival, featuring some of the city's best young players. In the twilight hours, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma hosts his second Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival, with 10 rapid-fire sets lasting late into the night (and early morning)
SPORTS
April 30, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, STAFF WRITER
This was love at first sight for the Eagles, and it evolved into a burning passion to land the little-known quarterback from the far-away place. That mission was finally accomplished Thursday night when the Eagles used the second overall pick on North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. Howie Roseman, the team's executive vice president of football operations, and Doug Pederson, the team's rookie head coach, said the Eagles would have made the trade with the Cleveland Browns to get the second pick even if Cal's Jared Goff had been the prize at the end. But they also admitted that Wentz was always the object of their desire.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Want to visit a public park in China? It'll cost you. Many parks in China charge admission , usually a fraction of a yuan. That's small change if you happen to be a tourist, as I was two years ago. But if you're a service worker looking for a green spot to spend your lunch break, or to carve out some solitude during your daily routine, the fees can add up. In America, we have a tradition of treating public space differently. Urban parks are the physical embodiment of our democratic system, maybe the only place in our increasingly lopsided society where rich and poor can come together as equals.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Science Festival closes with its traditional carnival, moved from the Parkway to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. It will feature more than 150 exhibitions, hands-on experiments, and performances, including live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, wrestling robots, and more. (There will be exploding stuff, we think.) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. Admission is free. Information: philasciencefestival.org Catch a falling 'Star' Kids ask questions, many with no answers (many)
SPORTS
April 29, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
On the Monday after Easter, Ron Wingenbach welcomed Eagles scout Anthony Patch to Century High School in Bismarck, N.D. Patch's trek to the center of the Great Plains state wasn't part of some quest to visit all 50 capitals. He was here for one reason - Carson Wentz. The Eagles had finished their on-field evaluation of the North Dakota State quarterback, but they sent Patch to meet with Wentz's high school coach to cross off any final concerns they may have had about character.
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