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NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Amid the chaos of Stacy Brandt's childhood, books were her only friends. "Harry Potter saved my life," the author, 23, says. "I read those first two Harry Potter books over and over. It's how I learned to write. " Her self-published memoir, Things I Learned (available through stacybrandt.com) is about a different magical 'friend' of the most sinister sort: Heroin. "It turned me into a person I never thought I would be," Brandt says from Millville, N.J., where she has been clean and sober since Feb. 20, 2013, after an overdose.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
When Frank ONeill's heart was failing, what saved his life was a heart transplant. But what improved his quality of life and the strength of his peripheral muscles before his transplant was an individually tailored exercise program that he paid for out of pocket - $300 for six sessions - at Lankenau Heart Institute, part of Main Line Health. Now, for the first time, Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation programs for patients suffering from "stable, chronic heart failure," according to a February decision memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
REAL_ESTATE
May 11, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
She's already completed a half-dozen real estate development projects, and Sheila Dragon is just getting started. "Nicole Curtis, watch out!" Dragon said, referring to her television inspiration, the host of the DIY Network reality show Rehab Addict , who rescues historic houses. Dragon is one of a small but growing number of female developers in the Philadelphia area. Working for many years as a home stager through her West Chester-based company Dragon Design, she realized she was increasingly overseeing renovations and architects, completing the sales process from start to finish but not being paid for the end result.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels will pitch Thursday in Clearwater and is expected to join the Phillies rotation next week in Los Angeles. "I'm optimistic about that," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Hamels is recovering from left biceps tendinitis. It delayed his spring-training work and kept him sidelined since the start of the season. He last pitched in a rehab start Saturday in Clearwater, when he threw 67 pitches. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock called Hamels' return against the Dodgers a "distinct possibility.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Ryne Sandberg said Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, who left Friday night's game after 41/3 innings with soreness in his groin, will be tested on Monday. The manager did not specify the type of test. When asked before Saturday's win over the Miami Marlins how Burnett felt the day after the injury, Sandberg said: "Similar to last night. "   Burnett threw 106 pitches and said the discomfort was off and on but was more constant in the fifth inning. Sandberg said that long reliever Jeff Manship and triple-A starter David Buchanan would be candidates to replace Burnett if he had to be placed on the disabled list.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna didn't expect that things would be easy after her husband Richard suffered the double whammy of a blood infection and a stroke a year ago. But it was a surprise that the emotional damage from the stroke was more disturbing than his physical disabilities. He could no longer plan his days and didn't fully understand his limitations. What hurt her most, though, was that her feelings seemed to mean nothing to him. "I think a 5-year-old probably had more empathy than he did," said Donna, 56, of Rosemont.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FROM blowing back-to-back games in Texas last week to the inability to keep games close in the middle innings this week in Philly, the Phillies' bullpen has been a trouble spot in 2014. The relief corps entered yesterday 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA through the first eight games of the season. Coming into yesterday: Only six major league bullpens have allowed more runs (16). Only the White Sox and A's have more blown saves (two). Only the A's, White Sox and Reds have a poorer strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.54)
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE RYAN BRAUN played the role of the Grinch Who Stole the Home Opener, Cole Hamels shared encouraging news for Phillies fans: He could return to the rotation earlier than expected. Three hours before the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers play in the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2014, Hamels stood inside the home dugout and sounded confident he would be off the disabled list and on the mound in 2 weeks. Hamels made the first start of his official rehab assignment (and third game overall)
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN In a surprising reversal, City Council on Tuesday night rejected an ordinance passed a year ago to grant a 20-year tax abatement to the owner of an affordable-housing complex. Council first passed the ordinance in April 2013 to give Roizman Development a 20-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement for his Broadway Townhouses complex. A Superior Court judge ruled last month that the vote violated the state's open public meeting law because the Camden Courier-Post was not properly notified about the special meeting, held at noon on a Friday.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - It was Ryne Sandberg's first chance to have an umpire's call reversed, but the Phillies manager declined. With runners at first and second and one out in the top of the fourth inning, catcher Wil Nieves hit a grounder at Mike Olt that was a tailor-made double play for the Chicago Cubs third baseman. He fielded it cleanly, moved toward the bag at third, and threw over to first for the final out of the inning. Chicago left the field. The Phillies took the field. Cliff Lee started warming up. And then Sandberg emerged from the visitors' dugout for a conversation with third-base umpire Hal Gibson, who assured the manager that Olt had pushed off the bag to start the double play.
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