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July 26, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wheel on down to the Civic Center between Aug. 2 and 15 to watch thousands of roller skaters in action, competing in the 1991 United States Artistic and Indoor Speed Roller Skating Championships. The competition will be split into two categories: the United States Artistic Championships Aug. 2 to 10 and the U.S. Indoor Speed Championships Aug. 11 to 15. Winners of the artistic portion of the competition will become members of the World Artistic Team USA, which will represent the United States at the World Artistic Championships in Sydney, Australia, in the fall.
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September 17, 2010
Wild storms whipped through New Jersey on Thursday night and about 36,000 customers lost power statewide, according to the Associated Press. About 17,300 Atlantic City Electric customers were in the dark, the utility reported. More than 4,400 customers lost power in Gloucester County. Only a couple hundred customers lost power in Camden and Burlington Counties. About 6,000 customers in Salem County lost power. - Robert Moran
SPORTS
October 25, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The 37th annual Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is scheduled for Saturday on the Schuylkill. So far, 1,384 boats have entered, and about 6,800 participants are expected, organizers said yesterday. Regatta officials said 60 percent of the competitors would be of high school age, 30 percent college athletes, and 10 percent in the masters-open class. There are 22 event categories, and more than 10 hours of continuous racing is expected. Organizers said they expected from 4,000 to 8,000 fans.
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July 17, 2012 | By Jason Nark and Daily News Staff Writer
HE WAS an enigma to the authorities and a curiosity to collectors, a man who could have made bundles with his brains. But not all of Francis L. Henning's plans were foolproof or legal, and he fled South Jersey in 1955 with the feds on his tail, dumping buckets full of shiny evidence in local waterways. On Oct. 28 that year, Henning, looking both distinguished and defeated in a light suit, stood for a mug shot in Cleveland, where he was making $700 a month as a mechanical engineer — more than twice the national average for the era. Henning was a counterfeiter who strategically dreamed small, it seems, to fly under the radar of the agency he figured would be looking for fakes: the Secret Service.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
HARRISBURG - The number of eligible people purged from Pennsylvania's Medicaid rolls amid the Corbett administration's crackdown aimed at welfare waste could be far higher than state officials told lawmakers this week, lawyers for the poor told the Associated Press on Thursday. Citing Department of Public Welfare figures, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said that nearly half the people, or 7,331, who responded to a letter sent by the agency in the fall had since reenrolled in Medicaid.
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November 10, 1993 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Megan Tobin and Jennifer Jordan left their homes in Roxborough around 7:30 a.m. and were among the first to arrive at City Hall yesterday for the Phillies farewell rally. Four hours early. They perched themselves smack in front of the stage, flush against the police barricades. "We love Darren Daulton," gushed Megan, 17, who had cut school and a calculus test to attend. "Not just his looks," clarified Jennifer, 18. "We think he's a good catcher, too. " These two young women were among thousands of fans who swarmed Dilworth Plaza outside City Hall yesterday to salute their favorite team, the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
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January 17, 1997 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Every morning, evangelist Margaret "Mom" Walls would drive over to a Burger King in her South Philadelphia neighborhood and pick up breakfast for her 88-year-old mother. A few days after Christmas, "Mom" Walls made the usual run. But this time, another vehicle collided with her car at 25th and Jackson streets. And on Tuesday, the 71-year-old Walls - described by her family as a "prayer warrior" - died after two weeks of hospitalization. "Her work was done. She has won over thousands and thousands of souls," said a granddaughter, Tanja Dixon.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County is sponsoring its Fall Job Fair today at Collingswood Ballroom, an event that drew thousands last year. With New Jersey's unemployment rate at 9.8 percent - among the highest in the nation - organizers say they expect even more than the 2,000 job seekers who showed last year. It will feature a special area for veterans, under a banner that says "Helping Our Heroes," a section on resume writing and dressing for success, on-site interviews, and a bell that people ring when they get to that next step in the hiring process.
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October 26, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARLISLE, Pa. - A central Pennsylvania man who made more than 400 lewd prank phone calls in a single day has been sentenced in a second case related to a two-county investigation. Rip Alan Swartz, 43, said he felt "ashamed" over the thousands of obscene calls he made over the last five years, before a Cumberland County judge sentenced him to probation on Tuesday. Swartz was arrested a year ago after he repeatedly called a Hooters restaurant. Authorities say Swartz called businesses trying to get women to talk to him about pantyhose.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Authorities say a storm-related failure this morning at a Verizon station left thousands of residents without phone service, and knocked out 911 service in some Montgomery County communities. Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said events began when last night's storm caused a tree to knock out power to a company facility on Moreland Avenue in Hatboro. About 20,000 customers in eastern Montgomery County were still without phone service at noon. Some were experiencing 30 to 40 second delays when dialing 911. Affected communities were Hatboro, Upper Moreland, Lower Moreland, Abington and Cheltenham.
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July 28, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
J EFFREY WALKER, the disgraced ex-cop behind one of Philly's biggest police scandals, will be sentenced for his crimes on Wednesday. But his punishment is hardly the end of a controversy that erupted about a decade ago, when attorneys first raised concerns about arrests made by the elite narcotics squad, where Walker once worked as an officer. Because, while Walker pleaded guilty and implicated his colleagues in crooked schemes to rob and beat drug dealers, those colleagues - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, John Speiser, Perry Betts and Linwood Norman - were acquitted in May and got their jobs back earlier this month.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thousands of motorists are getting an expensive lesson in sign reading from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. At a new E-ZPass-only interchange on the turnpike's Northeast Extension in Carbon County, 4,537 motorists used the ramps without an E-ZPass between June 30 and July 13, ignoring large green-and-purple-and-yellow signs proclaiming "E-ZPass Tagholders Only. " Now, each of them can expect a bill of $64.75 in the mail. That includes a $25 administrative fee and a $39.75 toll based on the most distant exit on the turnpike: the Ohio border, 400 miles away.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Gretchen Schroeder began attending comic conventions 15 years ago, she appeared out of place in the small crowd of mostly male comic book fans. "I was a single mom bringing daughters to a con, and that was unusual back then," Schroeder, 58, of Philadelphia, said. Times have changed. Comic cons continue to gain popularity and the crowds are diverse, the former school librarian noted Saturday morning as thousands of fans - many dressed in elaborate and colorful costumes - filed into Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia.
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April 14, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Michael Merlino prepared the meat of two whole pigs - each weighing 120 pounds - for the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival on Sunday. In four hours, it was all gone, sold from the window of the boxy red food truck La Porchetta that Merlino owns with his dad, Nick, and sister, Niva. They usually sell their sausage-and-pepper rolls and broccoli rabe sandwiches to the university crowd at 34th and Market Streets. But on Sunday, they were among 50 trucks that fed tens of thousands of people packed along Main Street.
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January 22, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
MICHAEL PENN has a hard time sitting still. Talking with a reporter one recent day in Old City, the neighborhood he's called home for 21 years, he remarked that the conversation would be the longest time anyone had seen him sedentary.His restless nature could explain why he's deep into multiple photography projects, from his street-art epic "The Philadelphia Project" to his ode to the beloved but development-threatened Center City diner Little Pete's....
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was a day of love and anger, of cold and heat, of old promises kept and others demanded anew. Senior citizens hobbled through Philadelphia on Monday as part of a giant protest march dominated by young ideals, and children drew signs to help voters during service projects to honor a man they never knew. Duality marked the region's annual celebration of Martin Luther King's Birthday - quiet moments of the traditional Day of Service overshadowed by one of the biggest demonstrations in recent history.
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November 16, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The patter of pads and paws came to Oaks on Saturday as the National Dog Show arrived. The annual event draws more than 1,500 of the nation's top dogs, representing more than 175 breeds, to compete under the lights of Montgomery County's Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Thousands of fans came to see man's best friend springing around in front of judges. Between performances, the dogs were prepped and groomed in the high-energy bench area. "Welcome to the craziness," said Lorena Clark, who traveled from Rhode Island with Josey Wales, a young English springer spaniel that earned a championship title in August.
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November 6, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
In January 2011, with the effects of the recession lingering, the new Pennsylvania governor needed to find billions of dollars in his first budget. He had promised not to raise taxes, though. So he cut. State funding for public education took a $1 billion whack, amid the expiration of federal stimulus money. That may have sealed Gov. Corbett's fate, according to political analysts sifting the wreckage of the Republican's historic loss. "Signing the Grover Norquist pledge ruined Corbett, just killed him," said Democratic media strategist Neil Oxman, referring to the Washington antitax activist who is influential in the GOP. Corbett could have levied a severance tax on natural gas, or moved money from other programs to soften the blow.
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October 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Furious over the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's move to unilaterally cancel its teachers' contract, 3,000 people shut down North Broad Street on Thursday, vowing more disruptive action if the panel's action is not undone. The eyes of the nation are on Philadelphia, said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, in town for a massive rally held before an SRC meeting. "Philly is ground zero for injustice," Weingarten told the crowd of sign-waving teachers, counselors, nurses, and supporters.
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October 6, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Weinstein believes it's bacon's time. "I feel like it's the age of pork," said Weinstein, one of the founders of the inaugural Pennsylvania Bacon Festival, a sold-out event Saturday at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia. The "bacon-themed block party," as America Loves Bacon organizers referred to it, was held in a parking lot packed with bands, food trucks, vendors selling bacon themed T-shirts, bacon jams and bacon desserts, and thousands who paid $25 to get in. "I don't even like bacon," Allison Pezzuto, 27, said between bites of a maple-bacon-glazed funnel cake she was supposed to be sharing with friends.
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