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April 29, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Organizers of September's World Meeting of Families need 10,000 volunteers to help with everything from greeting visitors at 30th Street Station to live-tweeting events. Registration is now open for more than 100 events for the conference, Sept. 22 to 27, and Pope Francis' visit as part of the event. The five-day Catholic convention is expected to draw 15,000 people from 150 nations. More than 1.5 million are expected to flood the Parkway for Francis' Sunday Mass on Sept. 27. The registration website went live Monday at http://worldmeeting2015.volunteerhub.com/ "Whatever your passion, whatever your talent, there is a role for you," Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015, said at a news conference at the Convention Center Monday morning.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
  More than 400 people from across the region were invited to learn how their businesses can benefit most when the World Meeting of Families takes place in September in Philadelphia. But only about 35 came out Friday for the session at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, Chester County. The low turnout underscored why the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry organized the event. It wants local businesses and groups to know they, too, can capitalize on the meeting and Pope Francis' visit, which are expected to draw up to 2 million people and generate nearly $418 million in economic impact.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beautiful, Sandra Bullock In an admirable move, People mag has ignored the glass ceiling when it comes to age and named 50-year-old Sandra Bullock the 2015 World's Most Beautiful Woman. "This woman just gets better and better all the time," mag boss Jess Cagle told Good Morning America on Wednesday. "She's defined herself the way she wants to live it. . . . She's a real role model. " The actor's response on finding out she won the coveted title is pure Bullock: "I just said, 'That's ridiculous,' " she informed People.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Among Verdi's many beloved operas, Don Carlo stands apart by virtue of its psychology. In a genre whose theatricality is so charged with elemental, unwavering motivations, Don Carlo finds moral complexities in matters of church and state, freedom and repression, with no clear path of rightness in the intractable world of the 16th-century Spanish Inquisition. Even the orchestra - not typically the primary focus of Verdi operas - speaks of ambivalence and paradox in orchestral preludes to important scenes and in Verdi's surprisingly precise use of silence.
SPORTS
April 18, 2015
Flyers forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier were added to Canada's roster Thursday for the IIHF world championships in Prague, Czech Republic. They will join teammate Claude Giroux on Team Canada, which starts play May 1 against Latvia. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins withdrew from Team Canada because his fractured right foot needs more time to heal. - Sam Carchidi
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Central High School RoboLancers are accustomed to challenges. After building a sophisticated robot from scratch in six weeks, they recently won the highest honor their organization offers and a pass to its world championships. But therein lies another hurdle. The team of scrappy Philadelphia teenagers has two weeks to raise a daunting sum to make it to St. Louis and the FIRST Robotics World Championship: $35,000. For Stanley Umeweni, a senior who has "been in love with robotics since I got to Central," the competition has a larger meaning than just a chance to vie for a title.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brainy Philadelphia-area students won 13 of 30 finalist awards Saturday at the state Odyssey of the Mind championships in Berwick. The winners go to the world finals next month at Michigan State University. The competition, founded by design scholars at what's now Rowan University in 1970s, has spread across the Americas, Europe, and east and central Asia. It drew 150 teams from across Pennsylvania. A team of mostly eighth graders from Masterman Middle School in Philadelphia won for the second year in a row, said civic activist Brett Mandel, who coached the group with Chris Powers, a teacher at Powel School in West Philadelphia.
SPORTS
April 2, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY is dismissed after the end of a 2016 season that saw quarterback Tim Tebow pilot the Eagles to a 2-14 season. It's the team's worst record in decades, but Kelly's offense sets a record for shortest time between plays, aided by the fact that it's easier to huddle after a 5-yard loss. The last straw for Eagles fans: the spectacle of Nick Foles leading St. Louis to a Super Bowl victory. Foles, clutching the Vince Lombardi Trophy, said he was going to Disney World, seemed to actually mean it, and thanked Kelly, former Eagles GM and coach, for giving him the freedom to go to a team that tailored an offense to his abilities.
SPORTS
April 1, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ASIDE FROM battling Sidney Crosby for the Art Ross Trophy, Jake Voracek will have one more thing to play for this spring: a gold medal on home ice at the World Championships. Once the Flyers wrap up their season next Saturday, Voracek and quite a few teammates will have a few weeks to prepare for the 16-team IIHF tournament in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. The tournament runs May 1-17. "Trust me, I'd rather be in a playoff run, battling for the Cup," Voracek said. "But there's an opportunity to play for my country, especially at home.
SPORTS
March 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - What do you call it when you enter an inning out of the bullpen and give up five straight hits, record only one out, and see seven runs tagged to your pitching line when it comes to an end? "The worst outing in the history of the world," Jake Diekman said. Diekman, one of the locks for a spot in the Phillies bullpen, got battered by the Yankees' bats in the fifth inning of yesterday's 10-0, rain-shortened Phillies loss. Diekman gave up a double to nine-hole hitter Brendan Ryan and then four straight singles before recording an out. Seven of the eight batters he faced reached base and scored.
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