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POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 3:45 PM

Leave it to Philadelphia's enthusiastic stage professionals to plan a rousing encore, now that the region's theatrical boosters' group - the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia - is going out of business.

With the Alliance's departure from the theater scene goes the Barrymore Awards, rightly viewed as an important career-building honor for young and established artists alike. But beyond presenting a challenge to find another way to spotlight center-stage talent, the theatrical service group leaves a gap in terms of providing the region's stages with a unified voice.

So it was encouraging, then, to see the final Barrymores announced Monday at a Kimmel Center gala dubbed "Theatre Philadelphia: A Celebration," and to have that followed the next day by a town hall-style brainstorming session.

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POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1:40 AM

On gridiron sidelines across the nation this weekend, cheerleading squads will treat folks in the stands to gymnastic performances that go far beyond rousing any hometown football crowd.

In fact, there's less and less that's old-school about cheerleading routines - other than the fact that cheering remains mostly a female preserve, at least at the high school level.

But the athletic stunts that now comprise much of cheerleading - the tosses, flips, and towering human pyramids - provide thrills that too often come with a steep price, when cheerleaders take a tumble.

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POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 3:30 AM
Judge Thomas M. Nocella . His lawyer predicted the case would be resolved "in a reasonable fashion" and hoped he would keep his job.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas M. Nocella should be removed from the bench if a disciplinary court concurs with charges lodged against him this week.

Even with reports that Nocella is well-regarded in his Family Court post, the essence of the charges filed Tuesday by the state Judicial Conduct Board is that he lied to get himself elected last year by failing to disclose numerous legal problems.

As the court-reform group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts notes, litigants can hardly have much confidence in such a judge — even one said by his attorney to be regarded as “extremely professional.”

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POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:25 AM
Seth Williams (MICHAEL BRYANT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Research shows that children who get an early start in life with a good education are more likely to become law-abiding adults.

So a campaign by law enforcement and school officials in the region and around the nation to support early education programs makes good sense on several fronts.

The “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids” campaign — which seeks to push for more federal funding, and promote early learning as a critical crime-fighting fighting tool — took District Attorney Seth Williams to Penn Alexander School Tuesday. The top prosecutor read to a Head Start program.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 10:18 AM

Inquirer Editorial page editor Harold Jackson will chat online at 1 p.m. on his support of President Obama’s reelection. On a mobile device? Join the chat here. Read his Sunday Currents column here.


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POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 3:35 AM
Whatever their agenda, lawmakers can expect an audience at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Pennsylvania Senate has a powerful voice on state policy, including key issues of gun control, health care, transportation funding, taxes, and natural gas drilling. Here are The Inquirer's recommendations in contested area Senate races. 

NINTH DISTRICT Since Sen. Dominic F. Pileggi became the Senate's Republican leader six years ago, he has faced opponents who hope to turn his reelection into a referendum on Harrisburg GOP policies.

That's never been a problem for Pileggi, 54, a former mayor of Chester, who is a cautious moderate and fiscal conservative. In the Republican-leaning Ninth District stretching from eastern Delaware County into parts of Chester County, Pileggi keeps winning.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 1:31 PM
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ( Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In a presidential election, the foreign policy debate is won by the candidate who can show himself to be the stronger world leader. President Obama lapped the sometimes reserved Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, in Monday’s debate by coming across as a vigilant, thoughtful combatant.

He skillfully argued that policy must be clear and consistent to friends and enemies. He espoused above all protecting the American people and explained how his military and diplomatic policies emanate from that central focus. In contrast, Romney offered a vague wish to show leadership and get Middle Eastern nations to reject terrorism.

Obama rightly portrayed Romney’s plans as scattershot, noting that Romney opposed the troop withdrawal timetable in Afghanistan but now supports it.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 2:15 AM
David Bershad, 8, of Philadelphia, was determined to be the first personto walk across the new pedestrian bridge above the CSX railroad tracks, which opened on time and under budget.

For years, joggers, walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts have had a tough time reaching Schuylkill River Park. Not any more.

A 680-foot pedestrian bridge now connects the park to the riverfront trail known as Schuylkill Banks in Center City.

The safe passageway should give users some peace of mind, in that they no longer have to put themselves in harm’s way to ride their bikes or head out for a hike. That is, no more dodging freight trains or crossing CSX railroad tracks to get to the popular waterfront spot at 25th and Spruce Streets, where thousands flock daily.

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