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July 3, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Going into the U.S.- Belgium soccer game Tuesday, social-media spies sorting tens of millions of Facebook, Twitter, and other posts for SAP AG found that the American team, led by goaltender Tim Howard , was viewed more positively than negatively. Several of the Belgians attracted more social haters than lovers, especially midfielder Marouane Fellaini , even though he scored a goal for Belgium against Algeria. Are American fans less critical? No. U.S. players got negative ratings last week, when Portugal tied the team in the last minutes, says SAP's Evan Welsh . But the American starters won back fans just by surviving the "Group of Death" to advance and face Belgium, said Welsh.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a year ago, something was killing the chickens Mike Dugan had roaming his property in the Delair section of Pennsauken. One morning last summer, his girlfriend, Allison Rosenfeld, and a friend spied a mystery critter. "We were like, 'What the heck is that?' " Rosenfeld, 43, said. "It moved like a rat, but larger. It moved like a mean animal. " When it saw them, it turned bushy-tail and ran, she said. Later, an Internet search led them to an animal called a fisher cat. Flash-forward to about a week ago. Word of possible fisher sightings in Pennsauken began circulating on social media.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'I don't care how great of a writer you are," said best-selling Horsham writer Merry Farmer. "It's always good to brush up on your craft. " Farmer, 40, who has published 10 novels, including The Faithful Heart and Tales From Cold Springs , recharges her creative batteries every year at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, a three-day event featuring workshops, roundtable discussions, and bull sessions for writers of all levels, newbie to...
NEWS
May 6, 2014
G UNTER PFAU, 36, of Franklintown, is founder and CEO of Stuzo, a Center City creative-technology firm that pioneered social media, helping major brands connect with millions of consumers. Stuzo was sold in 2010, but Pfau and the original management team reacquired the company in January 2013 with plans to launch a mobile-engagement gateway - or MEG - to make mobile marketing easy for small-to-medium-size businesses. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Stuzo? A: I was a student at Temple, and in 2007 Facebook opened up something called Facebook Platform.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
AS DeSEAN JACKSON visits the Redskins today, with a source close to Jackson saying the Raiders are next in line, I keep thinking about those 40 minutes. I'm talking about the time that elapsed Friday between the posting of NJ.com's story attempting to connect Jackson with the Crips and the Eagles' 25-word announcement releasing their three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. There is no way Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly conferred, made such a momentous decision, and crafted the announcement in 40 minutes.
NEWS
March 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LAST conversation Diedra Counts had with her oldest son wasn't that remarkable. Montrell Freeman Jr., 19, called her to check in Jan. 9 while he waited for a basketball game to start at the Vare Recreation Center in South Philly. Forty-five minutes later, Counts got another call: Freeman had been shot. He died later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said. "When this happened, I didn't know which direction to turn," Counts, 42, said last week at her home, a half-mile from where her son was gunned down.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The question posed to Chip Kelly was simple: "Do you want DeSean on the team?" The answer was complicated, as much has been during DeSean Jackson's murky offseason with the Eagles. "I like DeSean," Kelly said Wednesday at the NFL's annual meetings. "DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we're always going to do what's best for the organization. " The lukewarm endorsement only fueled more speculation about Jackson's future. Kelly was complimentary of Jackson throughout the one-hour roundtable interview, although he never committed to keeping Jackson on the roster despite ample opportunity.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
FEW OF US get out of childhood unscathed. But before the "record everything, forget nothing" Internet, we were free to shove bad memories deep into our past or, if we chose, our best-selling memoirs. How I wish that were the case for the little girl in the viral video of her mother nodding off on a city bus. "Mama," the little girl in an adorable pink coat says as she reaches over to prop her mother's head up. "Mama!" The young mother appeared to have been severely impaired by drugs or alcohol.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation. Another bill, if signed by Gov. Christie, will require districts to create written policies about electronic communication between students and staff. With both pieces of legislation, the Garden State stands to become more of a part of a conversation - some would say movement - that is gaining momentum nationally.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
A story Tuesday about new hospital policies banning the hiring of smokers incorrectly described what will happen to current employees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital if they continue to smoke after July 1. They will not be penalized but will be grandfathered in. Employees of Main Line Health who smoke will be penalized after that system's policy takes effect May 1. A story Tuesday about social media and the Sochi Olympics misstated the...
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