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July 25, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
TALK ABOUT timing. A former guard at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz who was living in Northeast Philadelphia died Tuesday night, just hours before a U.S. magistrate judge said he can be extradited to Germany to face murder charges for his alleged Holocaust-era crimes. Johann Breyer, 89, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Jim Burke confirmed to the Daily News yesterday. Breyer's attorney, Dennis Boyle, told the Associated Press yesterday that Breyer died Tuesday night.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Having written orchestral works that contemplate the essence of rivers and oceans, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams is heading toward the source of it all, with an hour-long piece so expansive it can't be contained by a typical concert hall - and can only go outdoors. Sila: The Breath of the World contemplates the force behind all of nature. (The title is the Inuit name of the abstract deity behind wind, rain, and life.) Friday and Saturday in New York, as part of the Mostly Mozart and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals, the piece will bring together, in Hearst Plaza outside Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia chamber choir the Crossing, the JACK Quartet, and any number of other contemporary-music mainstays.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jonathan Papelbon stood at the base of the mound at Citizens Bank Park as Giants scurried around the bases Wednesday night. He did not flinch when Hunter Pence dunked a 93-m.p.h. fastball into short right field for the decisive hit in a 3-1 Phillies loss. He did not move to back up home plate, and Chase Utley's throw skipped past Carlos Ruiz and into the San Francisco dugout. "What are you going to do? I don't really worry about it," Papelbon said. "I try to prepare every day and do my best.
NEWS
July 25, 2014
Backstory: Andrea Capecci and her brother Nicholas are new to Philly's growing lunch-truck scene. They opened earlier this year but spent a couple of years kicking around ideas before setting on Pbon's interesting mix of seafood and sausage, inspired by the Philadelphia natives' upbringing: frequent trips to Bridesburg with their grandmother for hard-shell crabs, and twice-a-week traditional Italian dinners whipped up by their mother (think plenty...
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IT'S HARD to pinpoint just how long the tree that took root inside the crumbling home at 2821 W. Clearfield St. had been there. Who knows . . . until we noticed it coming out of the house, said William Taylor, who owns the house next door. For sure, his niece Nicole Buskey said it was there when she got married in 2011 and moved to Germantown. And it was there, even larger, when she got divorced and came back to the family home last year. She thinks it might have pushed through the rotting roof sometime in 2007, which might explain why another uncle, Steven Nelson, didn't notice it when he went to prison in 2005.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JUST AS the Phillies once made a play for CC Sabathia and ended up with Joe Blanton one summer, and zeroed in on Roy Halladay before trading for Cliff Lee instead the next, major league teams with visions of David Price and Cole Hamels dancing in their heads will likely have to settle for a more gettable starting pitcher before next week's trade deadline. A.J. Burnett fits the description of that kind of very available and very useful starting pitcher. Burnett, 37, has postseason experience - he beat the Phillies in a World Series game 5 years ago. He has a somewhat manageable, short-term contract.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
I FIND A CERTAIN discomfort in the rapidity with which we in the public sphere take to oiling our guillotines and polishing our dinnerware when confronted with the professional missteps of our fellow man. Not because we fail to consider the gravity of the action that we endorse, although that is often the case, but because we seem to desire ends that are more punitive than constructive. In leading lustful choruses of "Off with his head!" we not only drown out actions that might truly affect change, we also offer implicit endorsements of the structural integrity of the organizations we expect to heed our calls.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
FOR SURE, having a fresh and striking vision is the first step to stardom in rock and roll. But it's also important to have a nurturing atmosphere: family and friends who support, fellow musicians and well-placed industry bigs who believe. Two apt cases in point - the Districts and Strand of Oaks - will demonstrate all the above this weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden. Two of the most anticipated acts on the bill, and both now calling Philly home, they'll comingle with noted imports like Beck , Ryan Adams , Dawes , Old '97s , Rodrigo y Gabriela , Ingrid Michaelson and James Cotton . Strand of Oaks, alter ego of Timothy Showalter , earns a prime showcase midafternoon Saturday (3:05-3:45 p.m.)
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CLAVOND GALLOP chose to have a judge rather than a jury of his peers decide his fate for allegedly beating to death his 11-month-old son, Joshua, on Nov. 21, 2009. Jurors, most being untrained in the law, could have reacted harshly to testimony about the baby being beaten so severely that a piece of his skull was displaced. Jurors also likely would have been incensed upon hearing Philadelphia Deputy Medical Examiner Gary Collins testify about how Joshua's torso was bruised by at least 30 blows landed by his killer.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE TRADE deadline is a week away and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will say that there aren't any untouchables on his roster. And he should say that, because saying anything else is simply bad business. But if the Phillies expect to compete at some point in the next 2 years - and that's the mindset of a front office that's against going the route of a 5-year rebuilding plan - you don't trade the only star on your roster who is in his prime. You don't trade a 30-year-old who happens to be one of the best pitchers in baseball.
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