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ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Dreams are the bridge between our subconscious and our reality; they also can become a bridge between us. On Friday at the Perelman Theater, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts hosts the Philadelphia premiere of Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dream Project , created by Grammy-nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd. A multidisciplinary show featuring music, poetry, and video monologues created from the dreams of veterans, the project premiered at Harlem Stage in 2012 and was made into a 2013 album.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - There were a lot of relieved and excited players in the Flyers' locker room after they completed a second-half surge - they climbed past four teams - and clinched a playoff berth Saturday. None seemed more satisfied than Sam Gagner, the winger who will be going to the postseason for the first time in his nine-year career. "It's why you play hockey - to play in meaningful games and play in the playoffs," Gagner said. The Flyers will face Alex Ovechkin and powerful Washington in the opening round.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
It was the "Erin Express" — a day of partying with friends the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day — and Casey Walsh said she and her friends had started at 2 p.m. in a house in Rittenhouse Square. Twelve hours later, after a pub-crawl around the square, Walsh saw one of her friends, Colin McGovern, 24, of Bucks County, stabbed after making an offhand remark about a stranger's New Jersey Devils sports cap. Walsh was the prosecution's main witness at Wednesday's preliminary hearing for Steven Simminger, a 40-year-old Delaware County man charged with fatally stabbing McGovern shortly after 2 a.m. March 13. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Bradley K. Moss ordered Simminger to stand trial on first- and third-degree murder charges.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
As an 18-year-old military police officer at Guantánamo Bay's prison, Erica Walsh was one of the few women tasked with guarding detainees. Some were terror suspects linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks - the same attacks that spurred Walsh to enlist. For 12 hours a day, they rained down abuse on her from their cells. But Walsh, a Montgomery County resident, who admits she cried as a child when she saw roadkill, developed a thick skin and inner strength. Her fortitude grew at similar posts in Iraq and at the maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. "Being a woman in a man's army, people are constantly nay-saying you," said Walsh, who served for eight years in the Army and now studies health and physical education as a junior at West Chester University.
SPORTS
February 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeremy Hellickson looked around the Phillies clubhouse on Saturday morning at the lockers filled with promising talent, and remembered what it felt like to be a young pitcher in a major-league clubhouse. "I remember back then being a little intimidated and not having enough confidence to ask the questions that I wanted," Hellickson said. "I want to give [these young players] a vibe that I'm not here to intimidate them. I'm here just to answer any questions that they have.
SPORTS
February 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles released veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday in a move that opens $3.5 million in salary cap space but takes one of the most respected players off the roster. "What DeMeco Ryans has done for our organization, the class he brought, day in and day out, I just wish him the best as he goes forward with his career, and really, in life," said Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations. Ryans, 31, has been with the Eagles since 2012.
NEWS
February 13, 2016
A health technician at the Veteran's Affairs hospital in Coatesville was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple counts of tax fraud and theft. Federal prosecutors say Martin W. Kennedy, 68, prepared inflated tax returns for several of his coworkers and friends between 2010 and 2013, bilking the government out of nearly $250,000 in inflated deductions. According to an indictment filed Tuesday, Kennedy also scammed some of his clients by diverting portions of their refund checks totaling $9,000 over four years to his own bank account without their knowledge.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Milton Becket, 92, of Berwyn, a lawyer and decorated World War II Army veteran, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, of congestive heart failure at home. Known as "Mickey," Mr. Becket was born in Philadelphia to William and Anna Becket. At various times, he also lived in Pittsburgh, and New York City, but he had made Berwyn his home since 1988. He graduated from Central High School, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Mr. Becket was assigned to Company A of the 179th Infantry Regiment, the 45th Infantry Division, known as the Thunderbirds.
NEWS
January 30, 2016
At a rally for veterans, Donald Trump was defiant. "When you're treated badly, you have to stick up for your rights. " A4.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Donald Trump opened a Thursday rally coinciding with the final GOP debate before Monday's Iowa caucuses saying he wanted to be participating, "about five minutes away. " But he cast his absence as principled opposition: "When you're treated badly, you have to stick up for your rights. " Angry over an escalating feud with debate host Fox News, Trump bowed out of the debate and held what his team called a "Special Event to Benefit Veterans Organizations" at a packed 775-seat auditorium at nearby Drake University instead.
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