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December 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - He walked into a room named for Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, just behind President Obama and Vice President Biden, as members of the president's inner circle and national defense elites stood and applauded. Ashton Carter, born in Philadelphia and raised in Abington, had a bright moment in the spotlight Friday morning as he was nominated to become secretary of defense, which would put him in charge of the world's most powerful military and a host of vexing challenges.
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December 3, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The phone call from New York came in mid-October. Could the Moorestown Theater Company stage a world-premiere workshop production of a new children's musical - before Christmas? "We knew there were a lot of hurdles to clear, but we do that every day with every show," says director Mark Morgan, noting that MTC has 94 shows to its credit. Music Theatre International, which licenses productions of adult and junior versions of Broadway musicals, asked MTC to stage The Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens, Jr. "as a favor," Morgan says.
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December 2, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The keynote guest - the pope himself - has already been announced, as have an official prayer and icon. On Sunday, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput checked off yet another box on the list of preparations for next year's World Meeting of Families: the debut of an official hymn. "Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom," commissioned from liturgical composer Normand Gouin, was sung for the first time Sunday at a Mass that Chaput celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Gouin, now at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., is a former music director at Old St. Joseph's Church in Society Hill.
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December 1, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the Art Museum to City Hall, filling Benjamin Franklin Parkway and flowing down Broad Street, as many as two million people may pour into Philadelphia when Pope Francis says Mass at the close of next year's World Meeting of Families. Yet Francis and 99 percent of those crowds will never hear the beating heart of the six-day international gathering that will precede his Sept. 26 arrival. Called the Congress of the World Meeting, it will offer a four-day encounter with the Catholic Church's teaching on that sometimes troubled, often beautiful thing called "family" as it plays out in the modern world.
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November 27, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The night of Ferguson was a study, according to someone who is there, in "how social media make everything everyone's business, whether you want that or not. " Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, speaking by phone from the St. Louis suburb, said social media - "Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Vimeo, YouTube" - had helped local people share their fears and feelings. "It has kept the conversation going," she said, "and it has helped inform people about the evidence and circumstances.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Next year's World Meeting of Families here, capped by Pope Francis' visit to the city, could mean "a rebirth of the archdiocese," Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday. Chaput told a news conference that he could not shake off the gloom even when Pope Benedict XVI informed him last year that his battered archdiocese would host the 2015 World Meeting. Dogged by clergy sex abuse scandals for more than a decade, the 1.4 million-member archdiocese has also been obliged to close dozens of parishes and schools in recent years because of financial stresses.
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November 23, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Whether as producer or recording artist, Daniel Lanois is as open and welcoming a presence as his sound. His spacious sound and guidance have been magnetic north for Emmylou Harris ( Wrecking Ball ), Neil Young ( Le Noise ), U2 (several albums, in what's turning out to be that band's prime). He creates a wide berth for adventure. On his new album Flesh and Machine and his 2009 Omni Series boxed set, and in live shows like the one at World Cafe Live on Thursday with opener Lonnie Holley, Lanois creates a twilight sound denser than what he has provided for his collaborator-clients.
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November 21, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marvin Pollow, 92, of Bala Cynwyd and Delray Beach, Fla., who became famous as "the world's smallest Chevrolet dealer," died Monday, Nov. 17, of a stroke at a nursing facility in Delray Beach. In 1953, Mr. Pollow took a job as a car salesman at Girard Chevrolet and worked his way up to general manager. On Sept. 1, 1959, taking a risk, he opened Marv Pollow Chevrolet at 119 E. Baltimore Ave. in Lansdowne, Delaware County. Neither the 5-foot-11 Pollow nor his dealership were all that small, said his wife, Iris Berman Pollow.
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November 21, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.   - Blaise Pascal   I'm so bored I want to tear my hair out. We all know that feeling. Yet until recently, boredom has been seldom studied. Perhaps it's because we believe it's an ethical category. As we like to say, idle hands are the devil's workshop. But psychologists finally seem interested in the topic. And a spate of studies suggest that boredom actually poses a threat to health - life, even.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2014 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
Since the 1960s, bluesman Chris Smither has been a modern-day troubadour, playing thousands of shows across North America, Western Europe, and Australia. One city has been a special destination for him over the years: Philadelphia. "That was the first place outside of New England that I established myself," Smither says during a phone interview last month from his home in western Massachusetts. Smither performs Wednesday with the Motivators at World Cafe Live. He remembers the region's vibrant music scene and how it embraced a young singer/songwriter.
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