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October 16, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IT'S A RACE in reverse, you might say. Mayor Nutter yesterday announced the launch of a citywide competition among big buildings to show the lowest energy costs, with a national prize awaiting the winners after a year. The Energy Reduction Race will tally the energy bills of the participating commercial skyscrapers in the city and will be judged by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The "race" ends Sept. 30, 2015, when each of three top-performing buildings will be awarded $5,000.
SPORTS
October 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PERHAPS BECAUSE he was (and still is) the greatest player in franchise history, the question of who would take over the reins for Mike Schmidt at third base became an easy story with each passing year since the Hall of Famer retired. With the exception of Scott Rolen, whose own tenure in Philly and ugly exit out only adds to the story line, third base really has been a black hole for the quarter century since Schmidt's retirement. While Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard filled the rest of the infield for the last decade, third base has been a revolving door.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2014 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
KICKING THE ball on the golf course was once just a way to unleash frustration after scoring above par. Now, it's how you play the game - FootGolf, that is. FootGolf, a mash-up of soccer and golf, challenges players to kick a regulation soccer ball into a 21-inch-round hole. Cobbs Creek Golf Course on Lansdowne Avenue started offering the sport about a month ago and hasn't even had an official opening yet (that's planned for spring). But while FootGolf may be new to Philadelphia, it's been growing internationally.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SOME affordable-housing advocates are preparing to tell the new Philadelphia Land Bank that its draft strategic plan needs toughening. The new land bank, which won't be fully operational until 2015, is having a public hearing today on a draft strategic plan that outlines how it will acquire and distribute city-owned vacant land and tax-delinquent properties to new owners. "We think it can be improved," Nora Lichtash, of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, said of the plan.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Are investors rushing in where banks fear to tread? Amid the stock market surge of the last couple of years, buyers of smaller, private U.S. companies worth $10 million to $250 million have borrowed more money to finance deals, while investing less of their own, says Philadelphia investment banker Andy Greenberg . He tracks these deals as a partner in GF Data , a West Conshohocken firm that collects company sales prices and terms from...
SPORTS
October 16, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WHILE THE Phillies' ruling triumvirate has given itself plenty of votes of confidence during the organization's 3-years-and-counting swan dive, it has yet to offer a compelling reason to believe that its long-term plan involves anything more comprehensive than a new scouting director and a click of the heels. Granted, the public equivocations of David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. are not definitive evidence of the absence of such a plan. They have their stadium and their cable contract, and thus little motivation to sell the public on their blueprint for the future.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | Jenice Armstrong, Philadelphia Daily News
MOVE OVER, Teresa Giudice. The rest of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" might as well use their sky-high stilettos to take a giant step back, too. Philadelphia could be on the verge of getting a "Housewives" show of its own. In recent weeks, a producer associated with the Bravo TV show has been in Philly interviewing some of the city's most successful and glamorous women. But wannabe "Housewives" need to hang on to their Hermes handbags for now. Whatever is in the works is only in its very early stages.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
EDD CONBOY scrolls through the pictures in his cellphone until he comes to one that makes him tear up. In the photo, a man bundled up in a puffy winter coat and knit hat triumphantly holds up a piece of mail. "I still remember the tears in Dennis' eyes as he held up the first letter he ever received as a free man, without an inmate number after his name," Conboy said, choking up. Conboy is the director of social services at Broad Street Ministry, a behemoth of a church on Broad Street near Locust where each week thousands of homeless Philadelphians can grab a meal and their mail.
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE IS a glaring flaw in the logic that the Phillies must "get younger. " The four most productive hitters in the lineup in 2014 were also the four oldest. Marlon Byrd, who turned 37 on Aug. 30, led the team in OPS (.757), OPS+ (110), home runs (25) and slugging percentage (.445). Chase Utley, who turns 36 on Dec. 17, finished second in OPS, OPS+, on-base and slugging percentage (.746, 109, .339 and .407). Carlos Ruiz, who turns 36 on Jan. 22, finished third in OPS and OPS+ (.717 and 102)
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