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March 24, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON & BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writers mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
THE FRANKLIN Institute opens a whole new wing June 14, and there's plenty more to explore, museumwise, in Philly between now and that red-letter date. Get yer history here . . . and your art, your natural science, your anthropology, your baseball and even your Dowager Countess' closet. Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, opened March 13. Already got a sinking feeling this ain't the Phils' year? No worries. This altogether inspiring homegrown exhibit reminds you it's not about winning or losing, it's about how our national pastime became a metaphor - if not a means - for assimilating into the American mainstream.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON & BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writers mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
LIKE SWALLOWS to Capistrano and stinkbugs to windowsills, festival season returns to Philadelphia the instant the weather turns warmish. Mark your calendar for these fun fests: Philly Tech Week, April 4-12. The planet's coolest nerds (ours) launch their week with the world's tallest video game - Tetris on the Cira Centre facade, controlled by gamers at Eakins Oval. Other STEMtastic events include a night of tech Quizzo. Arcade @ the Oval, 7-10:30 p.m. April 4, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free, full Tech Week schedule at 2014.phillytechweek.com.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News dinardt@phillynews.com
FROM NOW until Memorial Day, the calendar is crammed with concerts from our finest artists, as well as some outstanding guests. There are programs at an extraordinarily high artistic level most evenings this spring - and dozens each weekend - a roster that most cities would envy. Opera mavens in particular can celebrate a flood of spring offerings, both by Opera Philadelphia and by the city's three outstanding conservatories: Curtis, Temple and the Academy of Vocal Arts. Don't confine yourself to the highlights on this list.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - Cody Asche has warded off the competition from the Phillies' top prospect and will be the opening-day starter at third base. This is not a surprise, but it's now official, after 21-year-old Maikel Franco was reassigned to the Phillies minor-league camp on Saturday. When asked if the competition is over, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, responded: "Uh, yeah. " Franco, who combined for 31 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a .926 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading last year, needed a spectacular spring to unseat Asche.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Ann Northrup stood in the middle of an empty, blighted, pothole-filled lot in Spring Garden nestled between a church and school, Ann Corcoran, who lives nearby, shouted at her from a sidewalk. "Stop spreading lies, Ann!" said Corcoran, her miniature schnauzer, Clooney, in tow. For the next few minutes, the two went at each other over the future of the decades-vacant lot on the 1800 block of Green Street. The clash was another skirmish in a long-simmering squabble that has pitted residents against each other over the future of the property.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Sammy Stipa had been on the floor for every minute of the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game - 30-plus minutes, to be more specific. An absolute workhorse for the Spring-Ford girls' basketball team, she was planning on staying in for the rest of the contest, too - even though the Rams were trailing by 18. But then she banged knees with a Cumberland Valley player and went down. The senior guard has been playing with a torn meniscus in her left knee all season, and despite how much she wanted to stay in the contest, she knew she couldn't.
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