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April 22, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Andrew Bailey's first taste of the majors came when he would ride with his family across the Delaware River to watch the Phillies teams of the 1990s at Veterans Stadium. Bailey grew up in Haddon Heights. He was 9 years old in 1993, when the Phillies won the pennant. Darren Daulton was his favorite player and Bailey recalls the way Mickey Morandini's name was announced. And on Wednesday afternoon - for the first time in Bailey's career - the fan from South Jersey wore a Phillies uniform in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
Today, thanks to the pervasive reach of mobile media, connecting to kindred spirits with congruous tastes is as easy as pulling out a phone. Twenty years ago? The process was a little more analog. "Back then, it was harder to meet people who had similar interests," says Chris Ryan. "You basically had to spot someone wearing a T-shirt of a band you liked. " That imprecise, pre-Internet system is what led Ryan to befriend Andy Greenwald. In the time since, the Philadelphia products have grown into trusted pop culture tastemakers.
FOOD
April 22, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Matt Farber is a biologist who delights in identifying strains of yeast and studying enzymes. He's also an avid home brewer. So perhaps it was inevitable that Farber, a tall figure in a crisp white lab coat, would combine those passions to launch the region's first brewing-science certificate program, now in its first year at the University of the Sciences. When he contacted local brewers about the idea, the response was striking. "It became very clear there was a need for this type of program.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible were raped and strangled in 1989 in a part of North Philadelphia since obliterated by redevelopment. But the years did nothing to dim the emotions of their friends and relatives Wednesday as testimony began in the trial of Rudolph Churchill, the South Jersey man whose DNA allegedly linked to their slayings a quarter-century later. Hanible's sister sobbed and wiped away tears as Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik projected autopsy photos of the two women, cords tightly wrapped around their necks.
SPORTS
April 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Maikel Franco slogged into Tuesday with just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. He has begun the season without the plate discipline that carried him last year. According to the FanGraphs website, Franco has swung at 38 percent of pitches outside the strike zone this season. That mark is nearly 4 percent higher than last season's. And Franco has connected with just 55.3 percent of those pitches, a mark that is 7 percent lower than last season's. Franco struggled with plate discipline in the minor leagues as the Phillies wanted him to resist overswinging and find a patient approach.
SPORTS
April 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Vince Velasquez had not allowed a run this season in his first 15 innings. His first two starts with the Phillies were nearly perfect. A night like Tuesday's 11-1 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park seemed as if it was bound to happen. The Mets tagged Velasquez for a pair of home runs (on a night when they hit six) just 10 days after the pitcher had blanked them for six innings. The righthander allowed five runs - two of which were earned - in 41/3 innings. Velasquez threw just 74 pitches, perhaps still a bit worn out from firing a career-high 113 pitches five days earlier.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Positive economic trends and faster-paced household creation in the first quarter kept the Philadelphia area's rental-apartment sector producing "solid results" for property owners, real estate investment services firm Marcus & Millichap reported Tuesday. Rents in the region were increasing "modestly and consistently," the firm said, while vacancy rates will fluctuate in a tight range this year. Marcus & Millichap cited persistent and exceptional "demand-side dynamics" in the market, with several years of employment growth creating a "large pipeline" of current and potential renters.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Jason Nark and Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITERS
Blame "the bracelet incident" on the brain, Philadelphia fans, because human beings can be helpless during a terrible hockey game, unable to resist the sense of release that comes with joining a crowd booing or throwing something on the ice. The key to Monday night's rain of light-up bracelets at the Wells Fargo Center, experts say, would be finding Patient Zero, the first disgruntled Flyers fan who sparked the latest municipal embarrassment by...
SPORTS
April 20, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
David Lough was sitting on his couch watching TV on Sunday night when he missed his call to the majors. Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage left a message, telling Lough to call him back. The outfielder then learned he was joining the Phillies. His two-week stint with the triple-A IronPigs was finished. Lough, who replaced Cedric Hunter, will be used in a platoon with rookie Tyler Goeddel as the Phillies continue their search for a leftfielder. Hunter had one hit in his last 23 at-bats before he was optioned.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Thomas Fitzgerald, STAFF WRITERS
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will campaign in Pennsylvania this week in advance of next week's Pennsylvania primary. Republican John Kasich also will be here later in the week. On Tuesday, while voting is underway in New York's delegate-rich primary, Sanders will hold a 7 p.m. rally at Pennsylvania State University. Doors open at 4 p.m., and tickets are required. The rally's theme is "A Future to Believe in. " For tickets, go to http://bit.ly/1r734fY . Clinton will appear Wednesday night at the Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St., Fishtown.
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