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January 16, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Despite last winter's coming-out party for the polar vortex and the record snows around here, worldwide 2014 was the warmest in 135 years of record-keeping, U.S. climatologists said Friday. Averaged for the entire year, temperatures were 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average (which was about 57), according to the National Climatic Data Center, nudging out 2005 and 2010 by a mere 0.07 degrees. At a joint morning briefing, NASA said 2014 was the warmest on its database, although its method of calculation is slightly different.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the night before he died, 15-year-old Adnan "Ado" Halkic was texting with his dad, excited about the next day's Rose Bowl game between Florida State and Oregon. "He loved the Oregon Ducks," Adam Halkic recalled this week. "He said, 'Dad, let's get some wings. We'll watch it together.' " It was New Year's Eve. His parents and 19-year-old sister were driving to a party in Pennsylvania, but Ado declined, saying he would watch the ball drop at home on TV. He finished his text with "Happy New Year" and "I love you, too, Dad. " When the family returned to its Burlington Township home about 11:30 p.m., he joked with his father that "tomorrow is the Ducks' day," and headed to his room.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
On Friday, the day French police killed the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo, the liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged in Jeddah for insulting Islam. The two cases are bookends. The terrorists, who apparently had links to al-Qaeda and ISIS, murdered 10 journalists in the name of Islam because the journalists "insulted" the prophet Muhammad. Badawi, a brave human-rights activist, was sentenced to 15 years by a Saudi court - and 50 lashes once a week for 20 weeks - because he critiqued the way Saudi clerics interpret Islam.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doane Academy, a small prep school in Burlington City, was "in pretty tired shape" when John McGee interviewed for the headmaster's job 15 years ago. "Everyone felt tired and discouraged," he told a news conference Friday. Enrollment across all 13 grades was only about 100, the aged brick buildings had grown unsafe, and "financially, we were really up against a wall. " But the threat of bankruptcy that once hovered over this quaint, 178-year-old campus has been banished, perhaps forever.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Since the 1980s, discerning movie and theater fans have known Jeff Daniels for roles on and off Broadway, his Purple Rose Theatre Company, and famed parts in films such as Terms of Endearment , Heartburn , The Squid and the Whale , and several Woody Allen flicks. More recently, Daniels has won laughs for co-starring with Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber To (the sequel to 1994's gleefully asinine comedy) and acclaim for HBO's The Newsroom , the Aaron Sorkin-created series that recently ended after three seasons.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ON A BITTER November afternoon, a bit of good news parked outside a Camden rowhouse, and the word spread up the stairs, along a front porch full of people and into a living room where DaCorey Rex was wedged between grownups. "A woman's outside asking about you," they told the boy, "and she has a present. A big present. " Those words coaxed DaCorey out into the waning daylight in nothing but shorts and a T-shirt, and he seemed a bit bewildered by the crowd outside and the stranger on the street.
TRAVEL
December 29, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In January 2009, noted Philadelphia musician Bill Jolly wrote in his journal that he wanted to be able to "travel anywhere at the drop of a dime, and not have to worry about the cost. " "Don't ask me why I wrote that. I just wanted to be able to go," Jolly said. And with a little wit, planning, and the use of his musical skills, Jolly made that bold dream a reality. Nearly five years later, Jolly has traveled to close to 50 destinations around the world, from Aruba to Beijing to Johannesburg and Sydney - all free.
SPORTS
December 28, 2014
Jack Eichel and Chase DeLeo scored in a shootout to help the U.S. men's hockey team beat defending champion Finland, 2-1, on Friday in their round-robin opener in the World Junior Championship in Montreal. Eichel is a freshman at Boston University, and DeLeo plays for Portland in the Western Hockey League. "We knew it was going to be a tough game," said Eichel, a top prospect in the 2015 NHL draft. "They're the defending champs, and you've got to give them a lot of credit.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The SEPTA officers went to Hahnemann University Hospital on Friday bearing gifts fit for a baby born on the Market-Frankford El: a T-shirt with a SEPTA logo and a stuffed train car. Yanjin Li recognized them immediately. "I remember you!" she exclaimed as they walked into the room. On Christmas, Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James sprung into action as Li went into labor on a train at 15th and Market Streets - and helped deliver a healthy baby boy now named, fittingly, Chris.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"PHILLY, MY baby is coming!" A young mother-to-be screamed those frenzied words last night inside a packed Market-Frankford El train as it pulled into 15th and Market streets. Moments later, in the arms of a SEPTA Transit Police officer, her baby boy started to do some screaming of his own. And right behind them, watching the Christmas miracle, was Sunny Ali, a West Philly musician. "Some people started tearing up, saying, 'Merry Christmas,' " Ali, 29, told the Daily News . "Honestly, I started tearing up a bit, too. I was just so overwhelmed.
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