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August 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
When the season started, Tommy Joseph was a converted catcher hanging onto a roster spot at triple A and Ryan Howard an aging slugger playing to the end of his massive contract. They are an imperfect combination. But, for the last six weeks, they have formed the most productive first baseman in baseball. It is a small sample size, although it is one that could at least provide a road map for 2017. Since July 1, Joseph and Howard have crushed 16 homers, which is more than seven teams have received from their first basemen all season.
SPORTS
August 22, 2016
J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford returned to the lineup Thursday night after missing eight games with a strained abdominal muscle. The 21-year-old will likely not join the Phillies in 2016 but instead finish out the season with the IronPigs, who are expected to reach the postseason.    AB   H   BA   2B   3B   HR   BB   SO   RBI   SB    Last week   5   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0    Season   405   104   .257   17   1   6   66   66   38   12    Nick Williams OF, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
TANISHA Pratt-Thomas is a Kingsessing mother who works in a hospital call center. Jacqueline Bailey-Davis is a Philadelphia police captain tasked with getting the 6,300-officer department to implement dozens of federally recommended reforms. They had no reason to know one another. But last month, a few days after Pratt-Thomas' son, 15-year-old Tyhir Barnes, was shot dead after watching a Southwest Philadelphia basketball game, Bailey-Davis and another officer showed up at Pratt-Thomas' rowhouse - unannounced - with a picture frame and mugs.
NEWS
August 22, 2016
ISSUE | ETHICS D.A.'s office disgraced It is important that Seth Williams resigns as Philadelphia district attorney ("Williams belatedly reports receiving $160,050 in gifts," Tuesday). He has dishonored and disgraced the office. |Anthony Johnson, Philadelphia, johnsonanthony99@hotmail.com Is District Attorney Seth Williams a hypocrite who talks about ethics while using his office to feather his own nest, or simply a glutton who lives beyond the means of a mere public servant ("DA guilty of hypocrisy," Thursday)
SPORTS
August 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Friday's 4-3 Phillies loss to St. Louis at Citizens Bank Park proved to be a night of opportunity. Some of it was wasted, while some of it was seized. It was an opportunity for Adam Morgan to prove his worth on the day that the Phillies shut down their second young starter in three days. The lefthander used a crafty change-up to turn in his best start since May. It also was an opportunity for the Phillies to grab a series-opening win against a team hunting for a playoff berth. They instead collapsed in the ninth and fell in the 11th.
SPORTS
August 21, 2016
The Phillies will almost certainly need another IronPigs pitcher to fit into the rotation before the season is over and that pitcher could be Phil Klein. The righthander - who made a spot start for the Phillies on Aug. 3 - struck out 11 batters last Sunday over eight shutout innings. It was Klein's second straight start with 10 or more strikeouts. He has a 1.69 ERA in his five starts at triple A. The Phillies claimed him off waivers in June. . . . Brock Stassi entered Friday batting .262 with a .365 on-base percentage.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Richard Donnelly is bullish on print. Running counter to publishing trends, the owner of Philadelphia Weekly and the South Philly Review announced Friday that he had bought a South Jersey chain of weekly newspapers. Donnelly, president of Donnelly Distribution in Pennsauken, purchased Sun Newspapers from Elauwit Media for an undisclosed amount. The chain's nine South Jersey papers, and one in Princeton, have a combined readership of 55,000 in some of the region's most affluent communities.
NEWS
August 20, 2016
ISSUE | PHILLIES Leave Rose off Wall Concerning Bob Brookover's column, "Time for Rose to grace Phillies' wall" (Monday), Pete Rose is a Cincinnati Red (and Jim Thome is a Cleveland Indian). Both were great baseball players, and both are on the wall of fame of their original team. The Phillies rented them, and they played well, but they don't belong on our wall. Rose broke baseball's cardinal rule, betting on games, and then lied about it for years. His mea culpas now are too little, too late.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Among the nation's largest cities, Philadelphia offers the most business tax breaks, forgoing more than $200 million a year in revenue as a result, a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found. The report, released Thursday, looked at business tax incentives and exemptions between 2001 to 2003 and 2010 to 2012, the most recent complete set of tax data. It determined that between 2010 and 2012, the city forgave an average of $110 million annually in business incentives and $106 million in industry tax exemptions.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Herbert Fineman, 96, of Wynnefield, a Philadelphia Democrat who rose to the rank of speaker of the Pennsylvania House and modernized that institution, but was forced to resign because of a corruption scandal, died Thursday, Aug. 18, at his home. Mr. Fineman, who was elected speaker an unprecedented four times, was instrumental in creating the state income tax and seeing that much of its funds were sent to city schools, hospitals, and museums. In 1977, he was convicted on two counts of obstruction of justice in a federal case involving influence peddling.
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