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September 24, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey addressed the controversial topics of criminal justice reform and police brutality at a barber shop recently, and a brief video of his comments has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. Ramsey took questions from visitors to Hewitts Barbershop in the West Oak Lane neighborhood as he sat in the barber's seat getting a haircut Wednesday . "Yeah, I got bad cops, no doubt about that," Ramsey said after noting that African Americans killed by police represent a minuscule fraction of African American homicide victims.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2015 | By Gary Thompson, DAILY NEWS MOVIE CRITIC
In the visually gripping IMAX drama Everest , doomed climbers pause just before their final drive to the summit and ponder their motives. They repeat the old line about climbing the mountain because it's there, but are pressed for something more original, honest, or illuminating. Most are stymied, but one says that, given a chance to experience the majesty of a moment at the top of the world, "it would be a crime not to. " OK, but the slow-motion carnage of the next day in 1996, when eight climbers died on overcrowded slopes, raised another question at the time: Was it a crime, of sorts, for unqualified climbers to expect professional guides to haul them to the summit, at foolish risk to the lives of all involved?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'View' co-host wants civility Yes, she will disagree with many of the views shared by some of her fellow  The View  cohosts, but conservative cohost  Candace Cameron Bure  says she wants the gals to remain civil. On Tuesday, after wrapping up the new season's first episode, the  Full House  alumna told the New York Daily News, "We can have disagreements without it turning into argument. You can express different ideas without becoming distasteful or hurtful. " The talk show also features  Whoopi Goldberg ,  Paula Faris , and  Joy Behar . Sam Smith to croon for 007 British vocalist Sam Smith , 23, has confirmed that he has the rare honor of singing the theme song for the next James Bond picture, Spectre , which will feature Daniel Craig , Naomi Watts , Lea Seydoux , and the incomparable Monica Bellucci . The song, "Writing's on the Wall," will be available to buy Sept.
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anger, disappointment, and confusion greeted the latest news that visitors hoping to get close to Pope Francis' stages and altar here this month will need free tickets - and that most are already allocated. Just 15 percent of the pilgrims expected to turn out to see Francis at the Festival of Families on Sept. 26 and his celebration of Sunday Mass the next day will have access to a secured, grassy, 57-acre zone on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway closest to his staging area, the World Meeting of Families announced midweek.
REAL_ESTATE
August 10, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It's common for empty-nester suburbanites to move to Center City, lured by its walkability, restaurants, and cultural scene. The vast majority are purchasing condos in high-rise buildings, and a growing number are combining two adjacent units to capture some of the space they left behind. Then there are Terri and Mark Steinberg, longtime residents of what she called "rural and really lonely" Chester County. Instead of moving to a spanking-new, steel-and-glass high-rise on Rittenhouse Square, the Steinbergs bought and rehabbed an early 19th-century rowhouse just off the square - a home that, by design, will be age- and infirmities-proof.
REAL_ESTATE
August 3, 2015 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
In a battle against clutter and darkness, Toni Seidl was in the advance guard last year, leading an army of architects, kitchen designers, contractors, and art dealers to rescue the 92-year-old Chestnut Hill kitchen she shares with husband Rick Berkman from the confines of Edwardian-period design. Today, she has won the war and eagerly displays the new, modern kitchen, which contrasts with the rest of the couple's seven-bedroom stone Colonial Revival dwelling, built in 1921. "I always hated the kitchen," Seidl says.
SPORTS
July 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - The 101-year-old ballpark that sits on the corner of Clark and Addison was mostly empty, other than the people who call it their place of business - ushers, janitors, media and stadium security - when Cole Hamels walked off the field for the final time on Saturday afternoon. Making his way from the press-conference room to the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where the Phillies celebrated his no-hitter, the 13th in franchise history, Hamels held a memento. Someone from the Cubs gave him the official scorecard.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Carol M. Highsmith looks at the Cherry Hill Mall and sees America. "I'm making a historical record of our times - a visual study," says the celebrated photographer, who has collaborated with the Library of Congress for 35 years. Highsmith's visits to Cherry Hill in April and June yielded about 30 pictures of South Jersey's signature suburb. "I roamed around to see what I could see, and I was impressed," she says. "I've been all over the country, and I've seen towns of Cherry Hill's size fail.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collins: A dream come true She's been a frequent guest host, so it wasn't a big surprise Monday when comic Michelle Collins , 34, was named a permanent cohost on gabshow The View . The 15th host to join the show since it launched in 1997, Collins is replacing Rosie Perez . "I couldn't be happier to join such an awesome, smart, accomplished, and funny group of women," she said in a statement. "Ever since the age of 4 . . . it's been my dream to host a talk show. " Bieb: Sorry about the pic Canadian sensation Justin Bieber , who recently declared he was now a responsible grown-up, has deleted a photo of his bare derriere from Instagram.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scene: Tyler State Park in Newtown. A placid late-spring morning. Geese call. Birds trill in the understory. Toads grunt out throaty, muddy love calls. And Paul Bencivengo straps on Trevor the robot. Trevor is 48 pounds of cameras, hard drives, batteries, straps, and pads. Bencivengo hitches, gets comfy - and prepares to walk nine to 10 miles. Trevor, meantime, will be taking thousands of photos, 360 degrees, direct to hard disk. Those will go to Google, which, stitching the images into a GPS digital grid, will create a visual map of the park from the hiker's viewpoint.
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