September 21, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Block pipelines The N.J. Sierra Club plans on joining thousands of people from across the country to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access pipeline ("Consider the impact," Thursday). We are coming together on the East Coast because the fight against dangerous pipelines is not over. The Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of oil through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It would go under the Missouri River just upstream of the tribe's drinking-water supply, where an oil spill would threaten public health and safety.
August 13, 2016 |
Dorothy Mae Gill Leatherberry, 95, of West Philadelphia, a Social Security Administration employee and an active church member, died of heart failure Thursday, Aug. 4, at Lankenau Medical Center. Mrs. Leatherberry was born in Houston, the daughter of Adolphus Gill and Nettie Maxey-Gill. The story goes that Mrs. Leatherberry stepped on a nail as a girl, and her foot became so infected that she could not walk. Doctors had given up, but a bishop in Texas healed her, setting in motion Mrs. Leatherberry's early acceptance of Christianity, her family said.
July 26, 2016 |
WITH A LITTLE help from her favorite team, loyal reader Inez Gale has pulled off an epic hat trick. Gale hit the Daily News jackpot for the third time Sunday when Odubel Herrera homered to lead off the sixth. It was our Home Run Payoff inning and the blast was worth $1,000 for Gale, who is 88. It was the third time Gale won a thousand bucks from us. She also won in 2010 at the age of 82 and 2013 at 85. "I get the Daily News every day and fill out the coupon all the time," she said.
April 13, 2016 |
WHEN HE was 12, he ran away to join the circus. He didn't really know why. Sixty years later, Michael Margolis realized he wanted to be a Strongman. Strongman is an archaic term describing a muscular man you would find in almost every circus sideshow. Some lifted enormous weights. Some tore telephone books (remember them?) in half. Some burst through steel chains around their chests. Some bent steel - and that's what Margolis decided he wanted to do, last October. Today, you can see him doing it on his Facebook page.
February 11, 2016 |
Helena Hoffman Pinto, 66, of Burlington Township, an award-winning senior transaction manager for Binswanger, the Philadelphia commercial real estate firm, died of lung cancer Saturday, Feb. 6, at Samaritan HealthCare and Hospice in Mount Holly. In 2015, Mrs. Pinto earned the Holmes Davis Award, named for a stalwart of the company. David R. Binswanger, its president and CEO, said in an interview that the award is "the firm's most prestigious, honoring long-standing service. " In a statement to employees about Mrs. Pinto, Binswanger wrote that "no matter what time you left the Philadelphia office in the evening, it was likely you were doing so before Helena.
February 6, 2016 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sean McDermott was fired by Andy Reid on the Tuesday after the end of the Eagles' 2010 season. The year ended with a playoff loss in January. Almost no one knew for days besides the two men. Reid wanted to keep it a secret. He wanted McDermott to have another job before the firing became public. It didn't quite work out that way. The news leaked four days later, but McDermott, in the interim, had already interviewed with the Broncos and Panthers. The former Eagles coach wanted to protect the then-36-year-old defensive coordinator.
March 3, 2015 |
Carmella Ulissi Dixon, 87, of Moorestown, an administrative assistant in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1996, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly. She was president of the Lincoln-Civil War Society of Philadelphia in the 1960s and editor in those years of its monthly publication, Official Records . Born in Camden, Mrs. Dixon was valedictorian of her 1945 graduating class at Burlington City High School and earned a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish at Douglass College of Rutgers University in 1949.
December 5, 2013 |
DOCTORS TOLD Connie Savage's parents that she was born with an enlarged heart and couldn't live past 13, that she could never work and certainly never have children. Connie died Nov. 19 at age 85, the mother of four children, 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and with a lengthy resume of a work career. So much for medical science! Her activities with her growing family, her church, her various jobs and community work would have taxed a person of lesser courage and determination.
October 19, 2013 |
Sister Catherine Coleman, 75, of Bridgeport, who taught in Catholic schools for 20 years, died Monday, Oct. 14, of melanoma at McAuley Convent in Merion. After graduating from Little Flower High School in June 1956, she went to work as a secretary for Aero Service Corp. Six months later, she entered the Sisters of Mercy convent, and she professed her vows in 1959. She was known then as Sister Marian Pius. "I have been a teacher, social worker, pastoral minister, administrative assistant, secretary, and spiritual director.
March 15, 2013 |
AVIS PATRICIA COTTRELL had serious health issues for several years, but wasn't about to let them hold her back from living a full life. "She was courageous and strong as she tackled her condition," her family said. "She continued to be strong for her family and acknowledged each one of them in a special way. " Avis, a 35-year city employee who worked at one time as administrative assistant to former Fire Commissioner Harold Hairston, died Friday. A generous family matriarch and skilled cook, Avis was 61 and lived in South Philadelphia.