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SPORTS
July 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The notion that the Phillies do not have a plan for the future is misguided. It just depends on which future you're talking about. Exactly what the plan is for the impending trade deadline, which is closing fast on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., remains a mystery probably even to him. The smart money, especially after another lost weekend at Citizens Bank Park, continues to be on the trade-the-veterans-for-prospects strategy. The long-term solution, meanwhile, requires a patience that has mostly grown thin for fans who had become spoiled by nine consecutive winning seasons and five straight division titles before the ongoing collapse that started in 2012.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  R   OSIE O'DONNELL will return to "The View" this September to team with Whoopi Goldberg and other gabbers yet to be announced. Rosie spent a combative eight months on "The View," ending in 2007, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch , and the show's ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck , Rosie asked out of her contract. Elisabeth is now a co-host of "Fox and Friends," on Fox News, and she was highly critical of ABC bringing Rosie back, basically calling her anti-military.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
The commentator called it "another World Cup match absolutely dripping in drama. " And at Commerce Square in Philadelphia, the drama was flowing as fans came together to cheer on Team USA. The stone courtyard at 20th and Market Streets transformed into a stadium Tuesday, filled with fans whose chants echoed off the two buildings nearby. People in suits having outdoor meetings conveniently during the match, college students, and families packed themselves in for the United States-Belgium showdown, which ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for Team USA. Keith Barry, 26, of Philadelphia, was shaking from nerves.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Win or lose at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will be racing with the weight of a TV network and a beleaguered horse-racing industry on his powerful shoulders. NBC expects to more than double the TV audience of a typical Belmont to 17 million viewers because of Chrome's story and his chance for the coveted Triple Crown - the last one was Affirmed in 1978. Over the last dozen years, four horses raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont without winning: War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY JOEL MATHIS AND BEN BOYCHUK
  IS AMERICAN culture responsible for mass murder? JOEL MATHIS: Hey guys: It's time we stopped being jerks. Elliot Rodger was not a typical man - few of us go on shooting sprees - except that he was: desperate for sex, frustrated by its absence, convinced that he was owed it and seemingly unconcerned about the actual person who might furnish it. The result: All too often we treat women like objects for our lust, instead of the complete,...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Come see Nile hippopotamuses Genny and Button in their new permanent Hippo Haven home opening Sunday at Adventure Aquarium. The lady hippos' new digs have been transformed into a theatrical environment that includes lighting and original music scores. A six-minute animated show will give an education about hippo habits and how they live on the African river. In addition to seeing the hippos above water, guests will also get a clearer view of them swimming in the lower portion of their home, which is a 60,000-gallon pool with a new water filtration system added as part of the renovation.
SPORTS
May 15, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
THE EAGLES' draft grades are in, and if you haven't given them one yet, well, you're probably either in a coma or on a Tibetan retreat without access to the Internet. ESPN's Mel Kiper, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and the Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer all gave them a B-plus. I gave them a B. SB Nation gave them a C-plus. Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of SI.com gave them a C. My wife gave them an F, because they didn't draft any players from Oklahoma. What did their peers in the NFL think of their draft?
NEWS
February 28, 2014
  B   UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw this TV ad with Amber Rose drinking whipped-cream vodka. How do you make vodka out of whipped cream? Marnie: That's easy, Buzz - you don't. What you're thinking of is flavored vodka, where a neutral base spirit gets dolled up with fancy flavors. Advertising can blur the lines of what's an ingredient and what's an added "flavor. " Buzz: And have you seen that "wedding cake" vodka? Is wedding cake even a flavor? Heck, my wedding cake was made out of beef jerky.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Why is the price of gold rising when inflation seems benign? For years, investors have been told the yellow metal is a hedge against inflation; so why is gold rising with little or no inflation? Charles Gave may help explain this conundrum. Gave, who founded the GaveKal research firm after managing money for many years, is trying to puzzle out the price rally in gold, which this week shot back up over $1,300 an ounce after a steep correction from $1,600 last year. Gold is rallying for reasons that make little sense: on news that the Federal Reserve is cutting back on its long, huge bond-buying binge, and despite low consumer prices and flagging money supply.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "hawkish combination" of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles I. Plosser and Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher , free-market-friendly economists who have rotated onto the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee this year, "may prove to have substantial power in setting the agenda" for Janet Yellen 's first year as Fed chair, writes Guy LeBas , boss bond strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott L.L.C. , of Philadelphia. The two outspoken critics of departing Fed chief Ben Bernanke 's strategy of "quantitative easing" - buying up mortgage bonds and other non-U.S.
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