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Cole Hamels and Wilson Valdez Sign 1-year Contracts With Phillies and Avoid Arbitration
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/17/12 9:19 am | updated: 01/17/12 9:19 am
 
Left-hander Cole Hamels and infielder Wilson Valdez have both agreed to one-year contracts with the Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced the deals today. Both players were eligible for salary arbitration but avoided those proceedings by signing these deals.

Cole Hamels, 28, will earn $15 million next season. Last year he was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 31 starts (32 games) for the Phillies. He was also selected to his second All-Star Game and finished 5th in the NL Cy... Read More
 
 
Business
Gino's Burger Joints Poised to Make a Comeback in Philadelphia
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/17/12 8:02 am | updated: 01/17/12 8:02 am
 
Philadelphia lost the last of its Gino's Hamburger joints in 1982 when Marriott bought the company and replaced them with Roy Rogers restaurants. But now, Gino's is making a comeback, led by the original founder Gino Marchetti. A few Gino's are open already including King of Prussia, where 85 year old Gino Marchetti himself can be found working in the kitchen. Gino hopes to expand into downtown Philly this year. Who's up for a Gino Giant?

Gino's last shop closed in Maryland... Read More
 
 
Business
Yuengling is now the Largest American Brewery
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/16/12 10:04 am | updated: 01/16/12 10:04 am
 
D.G. Yuengling and Son, based in Pottsville, PA, has become the largest domestically owned brewery, passing Sam Adams maker Boston Beer. Last year, Yuengling's shipments rose 16.9% to 2.5 million barrels, where Boston Beer only rose 8% to 2.4 million barrels.

What about the #1 beer in the USA, Bud Light? Well that's made by Anheuser-Busch, which is owned by Belgium based Anheuser-Busch InBev. The #2 beer is Coors Light made by MillerCoors, but that's owned by London based... Read More
 
 
Culture
Barnes Going for LEED Platinum Certification
 
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 01/16/12 8:18 am | updated: 01/16/12 8:18 am
 
CBS 3 reports the new home of the Barnes art collection being built on the Ben Franklin Parkway is harvesting elements from the past, and incorporating features of the future, to achieve LEED Platinum Certification.

Barnes Project Manager Philip Ryan says the floor in the primary event space incorporates endangered South American boards that could have wound up in a landfill.

They also recycled 98% of the available materials from the former Youth Study Center,... Read More
 
 
Culture
New Book by Philadelphia Native Jane McGonigal: Reality Is Broken
 
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 01/16/12 8:17 am | updated: 01/16/12 8:17 am
 
"Reality is Broken" is the title of a new book by Philadelphia native, Jane McGonigal.

In it the author says games, either online or on a playing field can give us emotions and ways to learn that are hard to come by in real life.

She talks of a new form of problem solving called extreme scale collaboration that can come from participating in online games where dozens of users can cooperate in battles.

McGonigal sees this translating into the real... Read More
 
 
Sports
Joe Paterno Agrees to First Interview Since Penn State Scandal
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/16/12 5:32 am | updated: 01/16/12 5:32 am
 
Joe Paterno had not spoken publicly about his role in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal that rocked Penn State University. Students rioted in November when Penn State fired Joe Paterno as the school's head football coach. Paterno-who is battling lung cancer-gave his first interview to the Washington Post.

Paterno was asked why, after receiving a report in 2002 that Sandusky had abused a boy in the shower of Penn State's Lasch Football Building, and forwarding it to his superiors,... Read More
 
 
News
Philadelphia Archdiocese Considers Mission Schools
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/16/12 5:04 am | updated: 01/16/12 5:04 am
 
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is considering opening Mission Schools to ensure Catholic education in poor, inner-city neighborhoods. Mission Schools would be a new category of schools modeled after successful programs in Philadelphia such as St. Malachy in North Philly. Interestingly, St Malachy is on the list of schools to be closed and merged. The new merged school would become a Mission School.
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The commission that called for closing... Read More
 
 
News
Penn State President Tour Hits Philadelphia
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/13/12 10:53 am | updated: 01/13/12 10:53 am
 
New Penn State President Rodney Erikson is on tour conducting town hall type meetings to address concerns and discuss the University's position on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse allegations.

More than 650 Penn State alumni attended. Much of the crowd's anger focused on the firing of football legend Joe Paterno than on the child-sex-abuse scandal and cover-up that provoked it.

Many of the questions centered on why the university board of trustees so quick to fire the... Read More
 
 
Culture
Please Touch Museum Adds Mini Hospital with C.H.O.P.
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/13/12 10:12 am | updated: 01/13/12 10:12 am
 
The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia has teamed up with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to add miniature, non-working X-ray and MRI machines to children's play areas.

Laura Foster, president and CEO of the museum, says “It’s really important that we partner with other organizations in the city that help children and families sometimes in different ways than we do. There’s a lot that we can learn from each other.”

“So, it’s just a little... Read More
 
 
Sports
Phillies Give Kyle Kendrick a One Year Deal
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/13/12 9:50 am | updated: 01/13/12 9:50 am
 
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $3.585 million contract with Kyle Kendrick. With five weeks until pitchers and catchers report, the Phillies have secured Kendrick who has started, worked long relief and anything else the Phillies have asked of him.

In a career-high 34 games last season, including 15 starts, the 27-year-old Kendrick went 8-6 with a career-best 3.22 ERA.

Three other Phillies remain eligible for arbitration: Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence and... Read More
 
 
 
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