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January 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The grandfather of Philadelphia folk music is retiring from the radio. Ever since he took over Joel Dorn's slot on WHAT-FM in 1962, Gene Shay has been on the air in his hometown with his Sunday night folk-music show. But on Feb. 1, the DJ who grew up Ivan Shaner in Nicetown will close the book on The Folk Show with Gene Shay , which has aired on WXPN (88.5-FM) since 1995. To say Shay is a Philadelphia music-scene institution would be an understatement. The influential DJ, who got his start as an intern at Temple University station WRTI while a student in the 1950s, brought Bob Dylan to town for his first Philadelphia show at the Ethical Society in 1963.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investors in Macerich, the California-based mall landlord that agreed in 2014 to invest $107 million in Center City's Gallery at Market East , and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust , the mall's longtime owner, expect to learn more in the next few months about how the companies will fund improvements, boost sales, and squeeze more profits at the aging three-story mall. At a meeting with investors last fall, Art Coppola , Macerich's chairman and chief executive, sketched the Gallery owners' plans.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FROM THE OUTSIDE, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., nestled in a Northeast Philadelphia strip mall between Meat Heads Deli and Contemporary Cuts Hair and Nail Salon, doesn't look like a gasp-worthy gourmet BYOB with a Fishtown/East Passyunk vibe - but it is. Chef Kris Serviss, 29, and manager Joe Callahan, 30, opened it last fall on Holme Avenue near Stamford, across from St. Jerome Catholic School, where they became friends before going to Father Judge High....
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
EVERYONE on the planet - well, everyone on the planet who even casually follows major league baseball - is aware that the Phillies would like to trade Ryan Howard in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project. Both Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf could step in and play first base in his place in 2015. Howard's skills have declined since shattering his left Achilles' tendon four Octobers ago, but he is still owed a minimum of $60 million for the next two seasons. He might be the most difficult player in baseball to trade.
SPORTS
January 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speaking 35 days from the first player workout in Clearwater, Fla., Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "likely" Ryan Howard will still be with the team come spring training. That despite previously stating he told Howard that the Phillies, who are looking to get younger and rebuild, would be better off without the embattled first baseman. "There's always awkwardness when we're making transitions, I think," Amaro said Friday before the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet.
SPORTS
January 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the hours after he dealt Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds on New Year's Eve, Ruben Amaro Jr. mentioned the likely possibility of Domonic Brown this season moving from left field back to right field. After speaking with Brown again, Amaro noted Friday that the 27-year-old is preparing as if that will be the case, though the general manager added he thinks Brown is "prepared to play anywhere. " "I think he's in a good frame of mind. I think it would be a good thing for him because I think he feels more comfortable in right field, so we'll see," Amaro said.
SPORTS
January 18, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This week, in the same Convention Center space that houses the Philadelphia Flower Show each March, Soccer Nation has taken over. Stroll down one row, the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club will try to lure your club to its International Showcase. Buy some MetaSox if you're interested in serious foot protection. The Voice of America MetroPark of Butler County, Ohio, wants your team for its 2015 College Showcase. Adorn your uniforms with Athletic Heat Transfer Graphics. Laundry Loops keeps the uni sorted as it washes and dries.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
DURING THE COURSE of the day, Marilyn Carrion-Mejia deals with a laundry list of issues as principal of William McKinley Elementary. There are the complex needs of nearly 500 kids, concerns from parents and meetings with faculty and staff. She also gets a daily stream of texts, emails and calls from a principal of a nearby school. "A thousand times a day," the veteran educator laughed. "Every day, every day. " That principal just happens to be her younger brother, Jason Carrion, a first-year principal at Cayuga Elementary in Hunting Park.
SPORTS
January 16, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
HISTORY SUGGESTS the guys who gathered in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday evening are not The Guys. Yes, they represent the best players in the minor league system. Yes, their names are more intriguing than previous years' participants in the Phillies' annual Prospect Orientation, an event whose title has been much more accurate about the orientating part. But the complexion of a minor league system changes rapidly when a team is losing games and drafting high, so it might be best to keep the Zach Eflin and Tom Windle jerseys on layaway for now. That's not to say a handful of these guys won't go on to have solid major league careers, or that one or two won't be key contributors to the next Phillies team that isn't forecast to win 70 games.
SPORTS
January 16, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
MANOLO SANCHEZ could just as easily have been a baseball player instead of a soccer player. The University City native spent as much time on diamonds as on rectangular fields while growing up. But once soccer really took hold of him, it never let go. Over the years, the game has led Sanchez on a path through Germantown Friends School, the prestigious Yardley-Makefield Soccer program, and a college career that started at Louisville and ended...
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