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August 12, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Forrest Gump was fantasy. Zelig was fantasy. But Lee Daniels' The Butler is real: the story of a man, an African American, who witnessed history, who served under eight presidents by, literally, serving them - bringing them tea and coffee and cocktails, overseeing state dinners, attending to the needs of the most powerful figures in the world. His name was Eugene Allen. He went to work in the White House in 1952, when Harry S. Truman was commander-in-chief, and retired in 1986, when Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Facing Republican criticism that she lacks the experience to step into the governor's seat, Milly Silva, announced this week as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, cites her role running a union of more than 8,000 health-care workers. "That executive experience leading bargaining, and being able to advocate on behalf of the people I represent, is an experience and credential that I will bring to the ticket and bring to New Jersey," Silva said Wednesday in an interview.
SPORTS
July 29, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When elite NBA teams, or those on the doorstep of true contention, want to add a pearl to the necklace of their rosters, they do what the Houston Rockets did this offseason in acquiring Dwight Howard. They go out on the market and buy a pearl. When lower-echelon teams, those with less to offer in bargaining, either monetarily or in disposable players, want to do the same thing, they buy a bunch of oysters and hope for the best. The 76ers are in the latter category, and during the first few months of Sam Hinkie's reign as general manager they are tonging the shoals of potential NBA talent with a single-minded fervor.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
As nicknames go, "NoBe" and "SoHo by the Shore" are catchier, and carry more cachet, than "Redevelopment Zone. " That dull label for the Ventnor neighborhood now known as North Beach was a legacy of the last decade, when the city sought to revitalize the section between Little Rock Avenue and the border with Atlantic City from the Bay to the Boardwalk. Ventnor's overly ambitious, if not draconian, proposal to tear down/transform chunks of the 26-block residential and commercial area foundered and sank.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Marcus Allen
What do you see? I am a nonprofit CEO, a concerned citizen, and a black man, but I write this as a disturbed parent. A parent who cannot comprehend the emotions Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin must feel in the wake of losing their son Trayvon. I'm confused and scared. How do I, as a parent, protect my children from people who clearly see things differently from the way I do? When I see Trayvon, I see a child full of potential. George Zimmerman apparently saw a "thug in a hoodie.
REAL_ESTATE
July 22, 2013 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Kevin and Khesha Kelly's townhouse in Doylestown's Lantern Hill community has become an anchor for their busy lives. "I feel as if I am coming home to a Norman Rockwell painting after traveling through some of the roughest cities in the Northeast," Kevin says. "I love coming back to my quiet little town. " Kevin Kelly, a salesman for a food company, travels on the job throughout the United States and Canada. Khesha Kelly, a food scientist, has just started a second career as a paralegal in central New Jersey.
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The prospect of netting $200 million a year for 30 years to preserve land in New Jersey might seem immediately appealing to environmentalists. Not so fast, some of them are warning. While environmental groups agree on a need to protect the densely populated state's dwindling open space, they're sharply divided on how to pay for it. Lawmakers are hoping to place on the November ballot a proposal to devote up to $200 million of state sales-tax revenue annually to open-space preservation - a goal that has them racing the clock, with just two weeks to get the Assembly and Senate to meet and vote on the measure.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey has stepped up inspections for potential violations of environmental laws, but the number of enforcement actions has fallen more than half since 2008, according to records of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In the state's fiscal 2012, there were 13,555 enforcement actions taken by the agency, a steep drop-off from the 29,570 violations cited by the agency four years earlier. Is New Jersey's environment getting better? It depends on whom you talk to. "The Christie administration has created a polluter's holiday," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
Friday "Two and a Half Men" announced it would be adding a sexy 21-year-old lesbian to its cast. The lesbian would be the daughter of the late Charlie Harper (formerly played by Charlie Sheen ). The show's new title: "Two Men and a Woman with a Man's Haircut. " Justin Bieber 's "Pay Attention to My Idiocy" Tour continued - TMZ.com ran footage of him peeing in a bucket in NYC, a Chicago nightclub was cited for allowing the underage Bieber in and rapper Lil Twist was arrested for speeding (and possibly weeding)
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer TV Critic
At least we used to receive a gold watch when we retired. These days it's: "25 years and all I got was a lousy sheet cake?" Elisabeth Hasselbeck got just that kind of rude dismissal from The View this week. Mother Superior Barbara Walters opened Wednesday's show saying, "It was reported last night that our Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving us to join the Fox network. As you can see, I'm a little teary, but I always want what's best for you: You know how I feel about you. And I'm happy that you're going.
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