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Daily News wins 17 awards in latest writing and photo contest

The PAPME awards were announced day after the Daily News celebrated its 90th birthday

THE DAILY NEWS continues to reap journalism awards.

The latest is the eight first-place and nine second-place honors in the annual Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors writing and photo contest.

The winners were announced yesterday - a day after the Daily News celebrated its 90th birthday.

The new honors came just a couple of weeks after the newspaper captured the coveted Sweepstakes honor in the 2015 Keystone Press Awards of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association by taking nine first-place honors, nine second-place awards and five honorable mentions.

Winners in the Associated Press Managing Editors contest:

First-place winners

* Column: John Baer, analysis of Gov. Wolf's financial goals.

* Editorial: Tom Ferrick, on the Taney Dragons' Little League supporters.

* Feature Writing: Dana DiFilippo, on a funeral director with sense of humor.

* Investigative Reporting: Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, with an examination of how the elderly and disabled are "perfect prey" for thieves.

* Sports Deadline Reporting: Sports staff, on the death of legendary sportscaster Bill Campbell.

* Spot News Reporting: Stephanie Farr, Morgan Zalot, David Gambacorta and Barbara Laker, on the hunt for an Iraq War vet who slaughtered six members of his family.

* Personality Portrait: Alejandro A. Alvarez, of a woman taxidermist.

* Spot News Photo: Steven M. Falk, of an angry man under arrest.

Second-place winners

* Blogging: Will Bunch, for his "Attytood" blog.

* Business Writing: Don Russell, on how to get a cut-rate liquor license.

* Editorial: Sandra Shea, on how 76ers' practice facility won't help Camden.

* Public Service by a Newspaper: Daily News staff, on the problems and promise of gentrification.

* News Use of Video: Jon Snyder, Wanamaker Organ.

* Sports Deadline Reporting: David Murphy and Marcus Hayes, on the Phillies' Ryan Howard and his escalating problems.

* Sports/Outdoors Column: Sam Donnellon, on the lives of youngsters touched by Bill Campbell.

* Spot News Reporting: Vinny Vella, on a baby born on a sled in Roxborough.

* Personality Portrait: Alejandro Alvarez, of a funeral director with sense of humor.

Cash awards will be presented to the first-place winners at the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg on May 29.