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NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
If we're judging strictly by box office numbers, Mamma Mia! marks a watershed for women in theater. Produced, written, and directed by women, since its 1999 London premiere the show has been everywhere, done everything, and raked in billions of dollars to the tunes of an Abba soundtrack. This still-surprisingly feminist plot set on a romantic Greek isle is the Aphrodite of all jukebox musicals: a work so pleasing to the eye and ear that none can resist its charms. Except we're not judging by numbers, we're judging this particular tour (the show's third U.S. tour, and seventh pass through Philadelphia)
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
How coaches "do things" has always held the attention of Downingtown East's Bob Schnure. The X's and O's, the strategy involved in the sport of basketball. Whether Schnure was watching a game at home with his wife, Fran Baliotti, and making her rewind so he could jot down the play they had just witnessed, or listening to countless coaches such as John Wooden and Pat Summitt at clinics, his curiosity for basketball has never waned. A paragon of success in his 35-year coaching career at Downingtown High School and then Downingtown East, Schnure still has that curiosity.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Port Richmond man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing and wounding a recently retired Philadelphia police officer after a night of drinking at a neighborhood bar. Joseph Fitzgerald, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons count in a deal with prosecutors in which he was immediately released from prison to start six years of reporting probation. Fitzgerald was arrested in the Aug. 19, 2013, stabbing of George Orth, 56, who had retired five months earlier after 24 years with the Police Department.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
It's time for some financial housekeeping in 2014. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you prepare: Can you still contribute to your individual retirement account (IRA) for 2013? Yes, definitely. For the 2013 tax year, the last day to open a new IRA or contribute to an existing IRA is Tuesday, April 15, 2014, according to local investment giant Vanguard. Be sure to indicate to your brokerage or investment firm whether your contribution is for 2013 or 2014. What's the maximum you can put away?
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
AS JAKE BERGEY walked onto the Wells Fargo Center turf and looked up to the rafters Saturday night, emotions and memories from his 10-year playing career in Philadelphia began to come back. The son of former Eagles linebacker Bill Bergey earned one accolade not found on his father's résumé Saturday, 6 years after playing his final game for the Wings. The second leading scorer in team history was recognized in a pregame ceremony as the team retired his No. 66 jersey prior to its 8-6 loss to Edmonton.
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The jerseys of the Salisbury University lacrosse team only numbered from 1 to 44. So Jake Bergey did the next best thing and took No. 6. As soon as he was drafted by the Wings in 1998, he added another six to his uniform number to make it 66, the same as his father, Bill, wore as a star linebacker for the Eagles in the 1970s. "It was neat for the Philly fans to see 66 with a Bergey on the back of the jersey playing," Jake Bergey said. Saturday night, it will be something more than neat for Bergey when he looks up into the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center and sees his No. 66 hanging with the likes of Julius Erving and Bobby Clarke.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his post State of the Union road show, President Obama stopped by a steel plant in Western Pennsylvania to promote a new plan to help Americans save for retirement. "If you've worked hard all your life, you deserve a secure retirement," Obama said Wednesday. Obama directed the U.S. Treasury Secretary to set up a government-backed individual retirement account (IRA) system and link it so employees could contribute, through payroll deductions. Obama dubbed it MyRA. Robert "Bob" Guillocheau, 53, chief executive of Ascensus Inc., the Dresher-based back office processor of retirement and college-savings plans, said there are retirement solutions he might prefer.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may retire from football if the Denver Broncos win Sunday's Super Bowl. In Philadelphia, Eagles fans are joking, "Didn't he retire two years ago?" But the former Eagles cornerback wasn't kidding about calling it quits even though he's coming off arguably the best season of his career, is still only 27 years old and will likely have multiple suitors when he hits free agency in March. "Coming out of college I gave myself a five-year goal," Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, the Delaware County Republican who is chairman of the Transportation Committee and one of the longest-tenured members of the state House, announced Monday that he would retire at the end of the year when his term expires. Micozzie, 83, of Upper Darby, released a statement on his website Monday saying he was looking forward to spending time with his family, and invoking the Kenny Rogers song "The Gambler. " "My friends," Micozzie wrote, "it is time for me to fold 'em, to walk away, and to know when it is time NOT to run. " Micozzie, first elected to the House in 1978, was at the center of a long battle over transportation funding this year.
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