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September 25, 2012 | By Daniel Estrin, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - A court on Monday ordered former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to pay a fine and serve a one-year suspended sentence for his role in a corruption case that forced him from office, a relatively light punishment that could clear the way for a political comeback. Olmert, who had faced the possibility of jail or community service, was ordered only to pay an $18,000 fine. By avoiding those stiffer penalties, the former leader is now eligible to run for parliament, though he remains barred from serving in a cabinet post while he faces another corruption trial.
SPORTS
September 6, 1990 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buddy Ryan is proud of his defensive line. While Ryan believes there's always room for improvement, he will concede a large measure of satisfaction with the voracious wrecking crew that has become the team's foundation. "It's the best one in the league," Ryan said of his defensive line. "They're a force, there's no question about it. " Strangely, the defensive line's emergence as the premier front four in the NFL occurred during a season when Reggie White had a down year. White, a four- time Pro Bowler, had 11 sacks in 1989, which tied him for eighth in the NFC but was the lowest total of his NFL career.
SPORTS
March 19, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Healthy or not, Roman Catholic High School's Maalik Wayns is regarded as the area's premier boys' basketball player. A McDonald's all-American, the 17-year-old's court awareness, vision, skill and high basketball IQ separated him from most players on the court. Wayns' efforts did not go unnoticed despite his missing several games with a knee injury. The William Markward Memorial Basketball Club recognized the 6-foot-1 point guard yesterday as the top senior boys' basketball player in the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
Pierre Mauroy, 84, who as France's prime minister in the early 1980s implemented radical social reforms that made life easier for French workers, has died. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Mr. Mauroy died Friday in a hospital in a Paris suburb. He had been suffering from cancer. Mr. Mauroy was prime minister from 1981 to 1984 under Socialist President Francois Mitterrand. His reforms included cutting the legal workweek, lowering the retirement age, and raising the number of paid holidays.
NEWS
July 4, 2016
Michel Rocard, 85, who served as prime minister of France under President Francois Mitterrand and was a leader of the nation's Socialist Party, has died, the president's office said Saturday. A cause of death was not immediately given. Mr. Rocard suffered a stroke in 2012 and was treated for a blood clot in 2007, French media reported at the time. Mr. Rocard, who was prime minister from 1988 to 1991, also was minister of territorial development from 1981 to 1983 and minister of agriculture from 1983 to 1985.
SPORTS
October 15, 1999 | By Melissa Geschwind, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The FC Delco under-18 club girls' soccer team, which includes players from Downingtown, West Chester East and West Chester Henderson high schools and is coached by Downingtown head coach Mary Schane, took home the top prize at last weekend's prestigious Washington Area Girls' Soccer tournament. Competing in the under-18 Premier flight, which represents the highest level of competition at the tournament, FC Delco beat California's San Ramon Crunch, 1-0, in the finals. Since the Premier flight is populated only by state champion and runner-up teams, FC Delco's title is akin to a national crown.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2008 | By Lesley Valdes FOR THE INQUIRER
A concert, like a story, knows when it wants to stop. Violinist James Ehnes' program for the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia at the Perelman Theater Thursday had two extraordinary closes: the requisite pre-intermission climax - J.S. Bach's "Chaconne" (from the Partita No. 2 in D Minor) - and, in its local premier, the work that should have ended the evening, Aaron Jay Kernis' Two Movements (with Bells). It isn't often that 17 minutes of new music will hold the house's attention or make a critic wish to hear it again - and this on a World Series night when the home team was playing.
NEWS
June 16, 1995 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
A concert in the courtyard came courtesy of the Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir. The ensemble, under the direction of Jiri Chavala (center, right), stopped at City Hall yesterday during a tour of Philadelphia. The group's reputation as one of the world's premier choirs is growing, and many Czech composers have created works for the singers.
SPORTS
February 26, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The American Cup, one of gymnastics' premier international events, is scheduled to be held Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Temple's Liacouras Center. The event is an all-around invitational that will feature some of the top male and female gymnasts in the world. This year's Cup is also the first premier international invitational in the United States to use the sport's new scoring system. In addition to the United States, the field is expected to include gymnasts from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania and Russia.
NEWS
July 15, 1987 | By CYNTHIA BURTON, Daily News Staff Writer
The Goode administration might have ignored yet another early warning sign that all was not well with the MOVE reconstruction project. After four separate insurance-bond brokers turned down MOVE builder Ernest A. Edwards Jr.'s Premier Construction Co., Mayor Goode asked George Holbrook, president of Reliance Surety Co., to give Edwards a bond, Holbrook testified at Edwards' preliminary hearing yesterday. Edwards and his former partner, W. Oscar Harris, are charged with stealing more than $208,000 from funds for the project.
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July 4, 2016
Michel Rocard, 85, who served as prime minister of France under President Francois Mitterrand and was a leader of the nation's Socialist Party, has died, the president's office said Saturday. A cause of death was not immediately given. Mr. Rocard suffered a stroke in 2012 and was treated for a blood clot in 2007, French media reported at the time. Mr. Rocard, who was prime minister from 1988 to 1991, also was minister of territorial development from 1981 to 1983 and minister of agriculture from 1983 to 1985.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITER
After graduating from high school last year, Tom Bente packed his belongings into a car, said his goodbyes to Chaska, Minn. (pop. 23,000), and set off across I-80 to chase the only dream he'd ever had. The dream is exactly what he's doing now: getting drop-kicked and clotheslined and catapulted around a wrestling ring in the middle of a repurposed garage in Northeast Philadelphia. "This," says the pride of Chaska, sweaty and beaming and blue-eyed, "is the only thing I have ever loved.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The Brooklyn company Gallim Dance, nearly a decade old, made its Philadelphia debut Sunday evening at the Kimmel Center's PIFA festival at Verizon Hall. Titled Attack Point , the world premiere, choreographed by Gallim founding director Andrea Miller, took place in collaboration with organists from the Curtis Institute of Music and Choral Arts Philadelphia. The concept of the collaboration is "a night of dance listening and organ watching. " So, with the grand Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ looming relâche above us, a smaller organ reigned on stage, where we could watch the organist's feet at the pedals for the nondance works.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, a seven-year-old Philadelphia company, staged the world premiere of Ephemeral over the weekend at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Inspired by "life cycles, seasons, and our relationship to time," Gibson said she listened to Vivaldi's Four Seasons frequently while creating this fresh, postmodern ballet. The 70-minute series of discrete classical ballet poses driven by fluid changes in arm and foot positions often ended in croisé derriere: one foot pointed behind, the other turned to the side in front; one arm curved above the head, the other trailing horizontally to the side.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CULTURE WRITER
T he Jungle Book , with a score by composer John B Hedges and choreography by Colby Damon, receives its premiere Sunday by Curtis Institute of Music instrumentalists and dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II. The work, based on the Rudyard Kipling stories, is meant to capture the attention of young listeners and their families. Hedges, 41, born in Wilmington and a Penn and Curtis graduate, talks about his new work. For a project like this that involves dancers, music, and a narrator, who made the first move?
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, CULTURE WRITER
At an April 8 grand opening, a ball of fire will rise from Penn's Landing. A massive South Broad Street fair will follow on April 23, featuring art, music, performance, and a trick or two. Bookended by these attractions, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return to the city for its third run, a bit smaller this go-round, more concentrated, but with dozens of events and a decidedly international flavor. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, organizer of the festival, will release details of many events Thursday.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Born in Cambodia, raised in two refugee camps after her family escaped Pol Pot's dictatorship, Leendavy Koung is a master of Asian arts and culture in Philadelphia. In November, she sat for a videotaped interview as part of Article 13 , a fiery French-Mexican multimedia production about migration, scheduled for its U.S. premiere in Philadelphia in April. Despite the strain of refugee life, Koung, 43, said she learned from her parents to appreciate and promote Khmer classical music and folk dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, STAFF MUSIC CRITIC
The long-term creative destination of any given composer is more difficult to predict than weather, from Wagner's lofty refinement achieved in Parsifal to Leonard Bernstein's angry repudiation of suburbia in A Quiet Place . Having pioneered electronic music and collaborated with the stylish and abstract choreographer Alwin Nikolais, the 76-year-old Andrew Rudin has progressed to a distinctive place of mystery in his fine piano trio Circadia ...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
What composer is brave enough to write a new piece to be performed alongside Bach? Turns out that seven agreed to put their voices up against the master's. With financial support from the increasingly important Presser Foundation, Choral Arts Philadelphia with Philadelphia Bach Collegium, organist Bernard Kunkel, and conductor Matthew Glandorf presented the new works Wednesday night at St. Clement's Church, and a varied bunch they were. Bach's Cantata BWV 61 was preceded by the premieres, all fairly brief and based on the Magnificat antiphons used at vespers on the last seven days of Advent.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Dawn, new beginnings, and acts of creation were the theme at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Friday Kimmel Center concert, but the Paris terrorist attacks earlier that day inevitably cast a shadow. Orchestra president Allison Vulgamore made an understated preconcert dedication to the victims. Less fortunately, mid-performance outbursts - the sort usually associated with medical emergencies - came from the composer of the concert's main piece, Hannibal Lokumbe. He shouted encouragement to the orchestra from the first tier during the premiere of his One Land, One River, One People . Dramatized in the allegorical fashion of William Blake, Lokumbe's creation story promised to sit easily beside Sibelius' Finlandia and Copland's Appalachian Spring (both in beautifully prepared performances led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin)
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