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SPORTS
May 29, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
GALLOWAY, N.J. - LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will turn 55 next month. So what was she doing tying for seventh in her most recent start, at last month's Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, a week after coming in 15th at the Swinging Skirts Classic in San Francisco, her best finish since a 15th at last June's U.S. Open? Isn't women's golf mostly supposed to belong to teenagers these days? So maybe there's a time warp going on. "I love competing," Inkster said at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, where the 54-hole LPGA ShopRite Classic tees off tomorrow on the Bay Course.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two straight years of rejection, a proposed apartment complex for veterans in Chester County has received the tax credits it needs to move forward. Mission First Housing Group, the project's Philadelphia-based developer, said it plans to break ground at the site of the historic Whitehall Inn in East Vincent Township late this year or early next year. Construction of the development, which is to have 48 units available for veterans attached to the refurbished inn, is expected to take about a year.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SCOTT FLANDER, then a Daily News police reporter, wanted to know what it was like to be a cop. So nearly every night for six months in the early 1990s, Scott rode on patrol with the officers of the 18th District at 55th and Pine. Among them was a sergeant named Joe Escher. For Scott, Joe Escher became the personification of the ideal police officer. He was, as the saying went in the department, "real police," meaning that he was born to be a cop. "I was struck by his character," Flander said.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.
SPORTS
May 29, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DURING THE TESTING session earlier this month at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano was asked what his team was learning. Smiling, Logano replied, "I can't tell you our secrets. " Later, referring to the annual Dover-Pocono softball game, Logano laughed and said, "You should see me play second base. They call me 'Joey Doubleplay.' " One pleasure of this job is seeing people mature and develop. At age 18, Logano was rushed into the Sprint Cup series a year ahead of schedule when Tony Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing.
NEWS
May 27, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the first time a former prisoner of war had delivered the Memorial Day keynote address at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans monument. But Ralph W. Galati did not want it to be about himself. "It's a lot different for me, sitting in a cell, than these guys fighting in combat," he said, gesturing to the 646 names inscribed on the granite walls behind him at Penn's Landing. "The least I can do is represent Vietnam veterans, and especially the guys that never got the welcome home that I did. " Galati was referring both to those who gave their lives and those who came home to deep, sometimes violent antiwar sentiment.
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
With U.S. and Puerto Rican flags fluttering in the breeze, more than 100 men, women, and children paused in a leafy glade in Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon to honor veterans and to pay special tribute to the nine Puerto Rican servicemen who were Medal of Honor recipients. "I think it's the responsibility of all of us to honor the memory of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice," Jose M. Melendez, commander of the American Legion's Latin American Post 840, told audience members sitting on folding chairs or standing beneath the towering trees.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2015 | By Susan Miller, For The Inquirer
My father, Maurice "Moose" Berry, was in the 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division and fought in the Ardennes, where he was wounded, and in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the years, he revisited places where he had seen combat, and he toured American Battle Monument Cemeteries with my mother and my husband. In 2005, he photographed the grave markers of all the men of the 26th who lost their lives in Europe. When my father told me in November 2013 he wanted to return, I wanted to go with him. We planned our visit to coincide with the 2014 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lorraine Cemetery in St. Avold, France; with more than 10,000 military dead interred, it's the largest American burial site in Europe.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dwindling group of elderly Philadelphia veterans wants to build a Battle of the Bulge memorial in Washington Square, a site within the city's Historic Mile they believe is a fitting place to remember the key World War II confrontation. In the process, they are fighting a new battle - against bureaucracy and time. They need money, political will, and permission from local and federal government agencies. "We're the only major city in the country that doesn't have a monument to the Battle of the Bulge," said Norbert McGettigan, 89, who grew up in Overbrook and lives in Woodside Park.
SPORTS
May 19, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Jon Cooper is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jon Marchessault is a 24-year-old center who has appeared in two regular-season games and two postseason games for the Lightning. Jonathan Drouin is a 20-year-old left winger who was Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick in 2013 and scored four goals in 70 games as a rookie this season. Braydon Coburn is around these three men every day, and maybe it speaks to how fully he has assimilated himself into the Lightning's culture and environment since the Flyers traded him 21/2 months ago that, when he was asked Sunday to reflect on that trade, he misidentified the man who made it. "There's a new GM there in Jon Hextall," Coburn said after the Lightning, down one game to none to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals, practiced at Madison Square Garden.
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