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NEWS
February 20, 1990 | By Melissa Dribben and John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer staff writer Michael Rozansky contributed to this article
A man shot and killed his father yesterday afternoon at a busy Montgomery County intersection and then drove to Norristown, where he murdered his pregnant ex-girlfriend before shooting himself in the head, police said. Nicholas Malantonio, 25, of Blue Bell, who police said had a history of bad feelings with his father, Matthew Malantonio Sr., 62, arranged to meet his father, a private security guard, shortly before 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Suburban Physical Therapy Associates at Butler and Skippack Pikes in Whitpain Township, police said.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1989 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia company yesterday accused Dun & Bradstreet Inc. of using a "nationwide pattern of fraud" to dupe customers into buying more credit information than they needed. Frank Sussman Co., a wholesale clothing distributor in Old City, charged that Dun & Bradstreet, a New York financial-information services company, "taught" its salesmen how to mislead customers and that it fired those who refused to participate in the alleged scheme. The allegations were contained in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 21, 1997 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jean Shaw, wisps of gray hair flying and stepping lively with the help of her colorful cane, showed up yesterday at the Housing Authority of Chester County,, ready to sign on the dotted line. The attraction? The opening in late December or early January of the Denney-Reyburn Building, a former factory at the edge of the borough's historic district that the authority is converting into 63 one-bedroom apartments for low-income senior citizens. It's a project that Shaw said she had been following closely since it was announced last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1987 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
Sweet little Lucy de Barbin says she can't believe so many people are attacking her autobiography, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" ($15.95, Villard Books). The romantic melodrama recounts a secret, 24-year on-and-off relationship de Barbin claims to have had with the late, great King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Complicating matters, de Barbin says her affair of the heart produced "a daughter Elvis never knew," Lucy's offspring Desiree. This pretty, flat- faced woman of 28 does bear a marked resemblence to Presley - down to the deep tan and dyed-black hair affected by both.
NEWS
July 28, 1990 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
In this town, where high-rollers are routinely wooed by those who run the casinos, big spenders of a different breed began arriving late Thursday. They came to buy art, and they, too, were being pampered. Specifically, they arrived to check out the art of Donna Summer. Yes, that Donna Summer, who in 1975 became the queen of the discos with a hit titled "Love to Love You Baby. " Covering one entire side of an LP, it amounted to a marathon orgasm. But the number sure did have a beat.
NEWS
April 20, 2000 | By Rich Henson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court has barred a Montgomery County judge from hearing the custody dispute involving a mother who fled the country with her two children and the millionaire father who searched the world to bring them home. The high court issued the order last week in response to a petition filed on behalf of the mother, Ellen Dever, by her attorneys, Richard A. Sprague and William H. Lamb. The justices, who did not state a reason for removing Judge Rhonda Lee Daniele, also barred any other Montgomery County judges from the case.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
This year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue features a real Philly girl next door. Doylestown's Samantha Hoopes is one of 12 rookies - meaning, new to the SI swimsuit scene - in the issue's 50th anniversary edition. "People actually know my name now," Hoopes, 23, said in a telephone interview while on a Malibu Beach in between taking pictures for the Latin version of Esquire magazine. "It's all been very unreal. " In the sure-to-be-a-collectors-item issue, Hoopes tapped her inner temptress in a breast-baring black one-piece bathing suit, a one-shouldered version of the white fishnet suit worn in the 1978 issue by Cheryl Tiegs (also featured in the "Legends" portion of this issue)
NEWS
January 15, 1994 | By Robert W. Fowler, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ralph C. Reedman Jr., whose used-car business in Langhorne mushroomed over five decades into one of the largest and most innovative new automobile dealerships in the country, died Thursday at St. Mary Hospital in Middletown, Bucks County. "He was a legend and innovator in this business," said Bob Ebert, who worked with Mr. Reedman for 39 years and now is the firm's operation manager. Mr. Reedman began operating the mall concept of selling cars - several showrooms in close proximity - decades before it was successfully imitated by others.
NEWS
November 8, 1995 | By Cheryl Squadrito and Clea Benson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
As Delaware County folklore has it, Pulsations Nightclub is built on sacred Indian burial grounds. Given the history of the once-glitzy joint on Route 1, the spirits seem to have had their revenge. First, there was an accidental death on opening night in 1983. Later came court battles with the Liquor Control Board and the neighbors. And there are plenty of unmistakable signs that the party is over. Pulsations representatives did not return repeated telephone calls. The glass front doors are jammed shut with a broom and some wire.
NEWS
July 1, 2005 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He was hailed as an icon of Philadelphia's black community, a groundbreaking radio personality, and an impresario who brought the nation's best rhythm-and-blues artists to the landmark Uptown Theater, and a champion of racial equality and social justice. At a church on a street named for Cecil B. Moore, a civil-rights leader with whom he often collaborated, Georgie Woods was remembered yesterday by about 2,500 people who attended his funeral as, above all else, his radio handle: "The Guy with the Goods.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tisha Campbell, singer and star of the new movie Sprung, has a lot to say about Martin. "We just got married Aug. 17," she says of her husband, Duane Martin, a basketball player and actor she met at an audition almost seven years ago. Not that Martin. "The best thing about Martin is that Tichina and I became even closer than we were," says Campbell, referring to her best friend, Tichina Arnold, who played Pam on the Fox sitcom and is Campbell's duet partner on the Sprung sound track.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1998 | By Mike Pascual-Zebe, FOR THE INQUIRER
Whether you are people-watching at a South Street sidewalk cafe, lounging under a beach umbrella in Atlantic City, or buying water ice or hot dogs from a Philadelphia street vendor, you can thank S. Frankford & Sons Inc. for the pool of shade that takes the edge off a sweltering summer day. The venerable and scrappy Philadelphia company supplies table umbrellas to John's 606 Bar & Grill, at Third and South Streets; beach umbrellas to the Showboat...
NEWS
June 29, 1997 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In these lean economic times for municipalities, there's still one thing that's free: Entertainment. Several Burlington County towns are offering easy times this summer, despite cutbacks in other parts of municipal budgets. "Municipalities have had to cut back on so many services, but not on summer entertainment," said Suzanne Veitengruber, Tabernacle's township administrator. "Municipally sponsored movies and concerts are big summertime traditions in Burlington County. " To help pay for movie and concert series, many municipalities are following the lead of Tabernacle and Burlington City and asking civic groups or businesses to help them defray the costs.
NEWS
October 19, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Jones, leader of the Junior Black Mafia, and one of his top lieutenants ordered and planned the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner, according to testimony yesterday in Municipal Court. The slaying was ordered in retaliation for the murder of the JBM's head of operations in Southwest Philadelphia, according to Christopher Anderson, 21, who testified at a preliminary hearing. Anderson said that under orders from Jones, 29, and JBM boss Samuel Brown, 30, he and another gunman burst into Mommie's Food Market, on 54th Street near Master, Aug. 18, 1990, and opened fire, killing the shop owner, Bruce Kennedy, 26. Anderson, who said he was a JBM enforcer at the time, testified that Jones ordered Kennedy's murder and Brown helped plan it to avenge an killing of Leroy "Bucky" Davis.
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