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January 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When ESPN's College GameDay crew shows up at the Palestra Saturday, Jay Bilas will speak of the old place from experience. "I think I was in foul trouble at the warm-ups," Bilas said of facing La Salle in January of 1983 as a freshman starter for the Duke Blue Devils. "I had to cover Albert 'Truck' Butts. I found out pretty quickly that he had that nickname for a reason. He basically ran over me. " Duke survived the day, beating the Explorers by a point, so Digger Phelps and the other GameDay hosts can't give Bilas too much of a hard time as they recount their own Palestra memories.
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January 17, 2014 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERY ONCE in a while, Sixers coach Brett Brown feels the need to whet his appetite. For the past 12 seasons as a member of the San Antonio Spurs' staff, Brown was fed a steady diet of 50-plus wins a season, deep runs into the playoffs and four NBA titles. Now that he is overseeing an organization entrenched in reconstruction, he needs to find something to keep his sanity. Looking back at highlights of his championship years won't do it, as that might just lend itself to a bout of depression over what he left behind.
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December 18, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOYLESTOWN Nearly two years to the day after guitarist Danny DeGennaro was murdered in his Levittown home during a botched robbery attempt, the last of five defendants was sentenced Monday in Bucks County Court for his role in the crime. Kazair Gist, 19, of Trenton, who was convicted of first- and second-degree murder in October, was sentenced to 52 to 104 years in prison. Because of a sentencing law enacted last year, Judge Rea B. Boylan determined the penalty for Gist, who was two days shy of his 18th birthday on the day of the murder, Dec. 28, 2011.
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December 13, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - Nerlens Noel is being rebuilt in more ways than one. The 76ers are rebuilding the shot of the rehabilitating rookie center, who was known just as a shot blocker at Kentucky. "I'm thrilled with what he's done with his shot," coach Brett Brown said before Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. "You know, we said from the very beginning, it's an opportunity. One I hope he never has again. " The 6-foot-11, 228-pounder has yet to play in a game this season while he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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November 6, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
PENNSVILLE Saying it has "fully cooperated" with authorities, the family of Paul Ciancia, the South Jersey man charged with last week's deadly shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport, on Monday offered regret and sympathy for the victims. In a statement read by attorney John Jordan outside the Pennsville police headquarters, the Ciancia family said, "We, like most Americans, are shocked and numbed by the tragic events last Friday. " But noting that "Paul is our son and brother," they said they "will continue to love and care for him . . . [and]
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October 23, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WE'VE seen at least 12 active-shooter situations so far in 2013," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told thousands of law-enforcement officials gathered at the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday. By the time he was done speaking, the number had risen to 13. As Holder addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police on the rise of active-shooter situations in the United States, a Nevada middle-school student was shooting a math teacher, two classmates and himself.
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October 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 55-year-old man charged with shooting and seriously wounding two managers at a Montgomery County go-go bar after he was asked to leave, and later firing at police, is being held with bail set at $2.5 million. The charges against Joseph Oesterle Thiers, 55, of Warrington, Bucks County, include attempted murder, aggravated assault, weapons charges, and assault on a law enforcement officer. The affidavit of probable cause gives the following account: About 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Thiers was asked to leave Double Visions, on Easton Road in Horsham, but 10 to 15 minutes later was buzzed in at the back entrance of the club by an employee who recognized him as a "semi-regular" patron.
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October 7, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two teenagers were injured when someone began firing a gun during a brawl in Hunting Park on Friday night, Philadelphia police said. The youths, 16 and 17, were walking home from their football game at Simon Gratz High School around 9 p.m. with about 10 to 15 other people, police said. On the 4200 block of North 15th Street, they encountered another large group and became involved in a fight over a female, police said. During the fight, someone fired about six shots, hitting the 16-year-old once in the left buttock, once in the left calf, and once in the right thigh, police said.
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October 5, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers generated a lot more scoring chances than Toronto in their season opener Wednesday, but they didn't supply the finishing touches and dropped a 3-1 decision. The Flyers fired 73 shots (32 on goal), compared with Toronto's 42 (25 on goal). "We did have the opportunities, and we didn't get it to drop," coach Peter Laviolette said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "It's like pitching a two-run game or a one-run game in baseball and not winning the game. " The Flyers lost because Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier was outstanding, making 31 saves.
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October 3, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TAMATHA ROBINSON lived to tell a Philadelphia jury yesterday of being shot six times in a Nicetown bar in the early hours of June 26, 2011. "It seemed like wherever I moved I was getting shot," an emotional Robinson said while being questioned by Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley. The carnage, which claimed one life and left Robinson and four others with bullet wounds, occurred after a marijuana-smoking patron was ejected from the Genesis Tavern, on Wayne Avenue near Roberts.
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