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SPORTS
May 1, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Speed was a consideration. This was a race, after all. Strength and stamina were part of the coach's calculus, too. This was a distance race, remember. But when Villanova coach Gina Procaccio cobbled together her lineup for its long shot of winning the 4x1,500-meter Championship of America race on Friday at the 122nd annual Penn Relays, she looked deeper than split times and personal bests. "In the way back in my mind, I always try to win at Penn," Procaccio said after the Wildcats' dramatic victory in one of the featured events of the long day of competition at Franklin Field.
SPORTS
April 30, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Being fifth-year seniors at Georgetown, Katrina Coogan and Andrea Keklak are experienced in the ways of the Penn Relays and did not allow the damp chill enveloping Franklin Field on Thursday to keep them from what they've been waiting for their entire careers. The Hoyas blew open the women's distance medley relay with their two middle legs - senior Heather Martin in the 400 meters and junior Sabrina Southerland in the 800 - and romped to a decisive victory over Oklahoma State and Villanova in the featured race on the first full day of the 122nd annual carnival.
NEWS
April 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Police Department's analysts say Rudolph Churchill's DNA is a "match" for that on two items found near the bodies of two North Philadelphia women raped and slain in 1989. A defense DNA expert says match is too imprecise a word, and the best she can say is that Churchill "cannot be excluded" as the person who left that DNA behind 27 years ago. The scientific chasm between those conclusions - and whether the DNA proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Churchill killed Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible - will soon be up to a Philadelphia jury of eight women and four men to bridge.
SPORTS
April 30, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
They were cold. They were cold, literally. "Actually, freezing," Georgetown's Sabrina Southerland said of the conditions on the first full day of competition at the 122th Penn Relays. They were cold in another way, as well - clinical, focused, undeterred by the elements or the stage, by the recent history or the competition. "Basically, we knew we just had to go out and do our jobs," Georgetown's Katrina Coogan said after anchoring her team to an imposing victory in the distance medley relay Championship of America race late Thursday afternoon on the refurbished track at Franklin Field.
SPORTS
April 30, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
When she saw the 11:30 a.m. Thursday start time for the Penn Relays college women's shot put championship, Nikki Okwelogu worried that she might not be able to get warmed up in time. But after about 15 minutes of competition, the junior from Harvard showed that she would be just fine. She executed a throw of 56 feet, 33/4 inches on her second attempt and saw that mark stand up to earn her the victory at the Mondschein Throwing Complex outside Franklin Field. "I was a little disappointed at how early it was because it kind of takes me a while.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
An ex-Philadelphia prison inmate testified Tuesday that Rudolph Churchill admitted raping and killing two North Philadelphia women in 1989 and bemoaned the fact that he would have gotten away with it but for DNA. Richard Simmons, 44, described an April 2014 conversation he said he had with Churchill in a day room in the city's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center. Simmons was awaiting trial on a charge of bringing marijuana into prison; Churchill had just been charged with raping and strangling 19-year-old Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible, 33. "He said he wouldn't have got caught if he didn't give his DNA," Simmons told the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury in the fifth day of testimony in the rape-murder trial of Churchill, 54, of Paulsboro, Gloucester County.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By John N. McGuire, Staff Writer
Funds from the sales of a party game are paying one area student's way through college. Sona Dadhania, 19, of Voorhees, Camden County, is the first recipient of the Science Ambassador Scholarship, which is funded by Cards Against Humanity. This scholarship will cover the rest of Dadhania's education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a freshman in the materials science and engineering program. Dadhania applied for the award at the end of November 2015 and found out she was the winner in early April.
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
Mary Katherine "Kathy" McKinney Miller, 69, a prominent women's rights activist, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, April 17, at her Chestnut Hill home. Ms. Miller was born to a Quaker family in Central City, Neb. After graduating from Scattergood Friends School, a boarding school in Iowa, she enrolled in Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. She transferred from there to George Washington University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in counseling.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITERS
Calling unequal pay for women "a great injustice," and vowing to fight for issues such as paid family leave and gun regulations, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with a small group of supporters at a Jenkintown café Friday. The conversation at Curds & Whey, in a room filled mostly with young mothers, was personal. Clinton gave advice to young women on standing up to criticism, sexism, and online bullying. "Don't take it personally, because it can knock you to your knees," Clinton said.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible were raped and strangled in 1989 in a part of North Philadelphia since obliterated by redevelopment. But the years did nothing to dim the emotions of their friends and relatives Wednesday as testimony began in the trial of Rudolph Churchill, the South Jersey man whose DNA allegedly linked to their slayings a quarter-century later. Hanible's sister sobbed and wiped away tears as Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik projected autopsy photos of the two women, cords tightly wrapped around their necks.
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