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SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Weber's office overlooks the concourse he is in charge of filling to capacity. For 257 straight games at Citizens Bank Park, he could look out the windows knowing his ticket-sales staff had achieved a sellout crowd. Like most, he knew it would eventually end. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Weber, the team's vice president for ticket sales and operations. "Our fans, they deserve all the credit in the world. It was a great thing. The good news is we're still drawing what we're drawing.
SPORTS
July 18, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. glanced at his iPhone as he sat next to his assistant, Scott Proefrock, in the stands at Dodger Stadium late Monday afternoon. It was still two hours before the Phillies game against Los Angeles, and Amaro was checking the boxscore from the triple-A Lehigh Valley game. If he was even more interested than usual, that's because Dom Brown was finally back playing for the IronPigs after missing more than a month with a strained right knee.
NEWS
May 28, 2012 | Andrew Ervin, For the Inquirer
Father's Day A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son By Buzz Bissinger Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 242 pp. $26   Reviewed by Andrew Ervin   Buzz Bissinger's list of accolades and awards could fill this entire review. He won a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for The Inquirer and has since written two best sellers, including the enormously successful Friday Night Lights. I can't think of another writer working today who has achieved the same balance of critical and popular success.
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Merilyn Jackson, FOR THE INQUIRER
In J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the boy was dressed in leaves, as perhaps was Pan, the Greek god of nature whom Barrie had in mind. When Pennsylvania Ballet gave the ballet Peter Pan its Philadelphia premiere Thursday night at the Academy of Music with Alexander Peters as the boy from Neverland, his sprightly body was not clad in leaves, but scantily enough in shorts and straps around his chest to suggest a ruffian from the wilds. The Oregon Ballet originally commissioned choreographer Trey McIntyre to create this Peter Pan, his first full-length ballet, but funding problems caused him to set the work on the Houston Ballet in 2002.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2012 | Carolyn Hax
Question: I have a group of friends from college, and we are quite close. One of them pursued a career while the rest of us balanced career and family ambitions. She was recently named to the board of directors for a major nonprofit that she has supported for a long time. She was thrilled, and I was thrilled for her. Last week, my husband and I were invited to a $100-per-plate benefit for her nonprofit. Since we would also have to purchase new clothes and a baby-sitter, this event is a bit out of our reach at the moment.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sean Cassel can't bring himself to say that word. Even though his Seneca baseball team returned just one starter and a pitching staff that had logged all of four varsity innings entering the season, Cassel won't concede that this is a rebuilding year. Maybe this attitude explains how in a very short time, Seneca has launched itself into elite South Jersey baseball circles. The first varsity team competed in 2005. By 2007, the Golden Eagles had won the state Group 3 championship.
SPORTS
April 13, 2012 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
DOMINIC CHEEK comes from a rough part of Jersey City, N.J., where he became a McDonald's All-American at St. Anthony's High. Now he wants to start helping his parents, grandmother and three brothers (two younger) by playing basketball for a living. Wherever that might take him. "I know it could be a bumpy road," he said Thursday at Villanova, where the Wildcats' junior guard, as expected, made it official by announcing he's making himself available for the NBA draft. "But I'm willing to face that challenge, do whatever I have to do to . . . pursue my dream of a pro career.
SPORTS
April 9, 2012 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
BOSTON - Before this season started, "evaluate" was the word used most frequently by Sixers president Rod Thorn and coach Doug Collins. While both were hoping for many wins and the positives they bring an organization, they were also looking to the future, and determining which players would fit into their plans. After winning 18 of the first 25 games, the questions of what had to be done to improve this team during the offseason were swept under the rug for the most part.
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich once led his rivals for the nomination in polls. Today, he's millions in debt and describing Mitt Romney as "far and away the most likely" GOP nominee. Running for president "turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be," he said Sunday. "I do think there's a desire for a more idea-oriented Republican Party, but that doesn't translate necessarily to being able to take on the Romney machine," Gingrich said in an interview on Fox News Sunday . After his Jan. 21 victory in the South Carolina primary, the former House speaker said the Florida primary he lost in the following days turned into a "real brawl.
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