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SPORTS
June 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some of the NHL's top draft prospects headed a clinic for players from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation on Thursday, supervising drills and giving tips to the youngsters at the refurbished Scanlon Rink in Kensington. "It was like, 'Wow,' " defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who is expected to be selected No. 1 overall by Florida, said of the young players' ability. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, proudly watched the clinic from the other side of the boards.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2014 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Even lifelong Philadelphians who enjoy games will find these questions challenging: How many signers of the Declaration of Independence had the first name John? Which signer has a name that implies he would have been a good doctor? Your mission is to find the answers somewhere in Center City without the help of a Google search. Be quick about it - other teams are on your heels, competing with you for prizes ranging from a cash payout to bragging rights. "The region's parks, museums, and even old buildings make up an incredible field for scavenger hunts," said Meryl Levitz, president and chief executive officer of tourism booster Visit Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The celebrated architect Frank Gehry, who at 85 is just one year younger than the Philadelphia Museum of Art, visited the city Thursday to kick off a special exhibition detailing his plans for expanding the iconic museum building. While he has worked on the project for a decade, the museum is only now unveiling the design, which involves carving out a block-size space under the east terrace to create a new wing of galleries. Most of the improvements will be out of public view, except for two controversial proposals.
NEWS
June 27, 2014
A FEW years ago, I pitched what I thought was a great idea for the city: A beer garden at LOVE Park. I could just imagine the lunchtime crowds, the evening diners with their families, the skateboarders and foodies, people just hanging out - all of them coming together and enjoying the city's finest, freshest beer at one of its most scenic locations. The reception from city reps who oversee the popular but underutilized park was colder than an ice-filled keg bucket. Beer? Forget it, they sniffed.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
THERE MAY BE some grumbling in the ranks of the Philadelphia Orchestra tonight, Ben Folds anticipates, when the sophisticated singer-songwriter/pianist, professorial talent judge ("The Sing-Off") and fledgling concerto composer meets up with our legendary symphony. "The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience" at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will feature excerpts from Folds' new (first!) concerto, a big bunch of his pop gems - and one of the best and most serious backup bands in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
  From the history of Muslim Moors first coming to Philadelphia in 1684, to architectural influences and and now the long Muslim-style "Philly beard," the impact of Islam in Philadelphia transcends style, infrastructure, and cultural background. Documentaries by nine Muslim community groups, produced through Scribe Video Center's Muslim Voices project and to be screened Tuesday at International House, offer intimate perspectives of Muslim life. "We wanted a project that reflected the broad diversity of Muslim communities in Philadelphia in terms of practice of faith, ethnicity, longevity, or geography," said Louis Massiah, director of the project and founder of Scribe Video Center, which works with community groups to tell their authentic stories.
SPORTS
June 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles used to hand out T-shirts to their players that had a message for the next season. Two years ago there was the "It's Time" shirt that wound up having more to do with the end of Andy Reid's tenure than it did with finally winning a title. Chip Kelly ended that ritual, but if he was to have shirts emblazoned with a unifying message in the post-DeSean Jackson era, it probably would have the word "Drama" in a red circle and under a slash. The Kelly Eagles in Year 2 are devoid of divalike receivers, controversial quarterbacks, contract holdouts, and the sort of off-the-field drama that seemed to plague the Reid Eagles after their 2005 Super Bowl appearance.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
More than a month later, the horror of Zachary Woods' death still sends a chill down a pedestrian's spine. The 27-year-old Wharton student was walking along Walnut Street toward the Penn campus on a bright Tuesday morning when an out-of-control motorist slammed into another car at the 30th Street intersection. Spinning like a top, the car jumped the sidewalk on the south side and sent Woods plunging over the railing into Penn Park, 38 feet below. While news reports called it a "freak accident," you can't help wondering if it was entirely unpredictable.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Immigrants in the suburbs appear "less skeptical of Philadelphia's assets" than their native-born neighbors, a new report on the region's foreign-born finds. These immigrants are "more bullish on the city than might be expected," given that they reside outside it, said Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, a principal author of "Choosing Philadelphia: Attracting and Retaining Immigrant Newcomers," released Wednesday by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. The Philadelphia-based nonprofit, founded in 2003, is rooted in the belief that a steady influx of immigrants can do for the local economy what it has already done for the population - grow it. The center provides training and employment services for immigrants who are here legally.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Partnership announced Wednesday nearly $3 million in grants to help three high-performing city charter schools expand. The nonprofit's Great Schools Fund awarded First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School $2.1 million to help support the addition of a second elementary school campus and a new high school in the Frankford area. The grant will support adding 905 seats at First Philadelphia over the next three years. The expansion, which began last September, was approved by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission in 2013.
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