July 3, 1998 |
The prosecutor could have called hundreds of witnesses to the carjacker's high-speed minivan and foot chase that ended under the altar of a Northern Liberties church on April 29. People all across the city saw the late-afternoon action, including rush-hour drivers on Interstate 95 and visitors along South Street. But Assistant District Attorney Kenneth McDaniel yesterday needed only a few key people to make out his case against David Collins, 30, of Mt. Ephraim, N.J., at a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge William A. Meehan Jr. Collins, who has a record for car theft, was ordered to stand trial on carjacking, aggravated assault on two cops, theft and related charges.
March 28, 2002 |
A psychiatric patient escaped Grand View Hospital yesterday, punching an orderly, stealing an ambulance, and eventually bursting into St. Isidore's Church just as a funeral was to begin, police said. Wearing green hospital scrubs and booties, Joshua Herder, 19, dashed down the aisle past about 25 surprised mourners, followed hard by Quakertown Police Chief James McFadden, who said he tackled the escapee on the altar. The two men had met in the same church just the day before, when McFadden talked Herder into dropping an 18-inch knife - foiling Herder's plan to be shot to death by police in order to be with God. "I've made my Easter obligation," McFadden said yesterday after Herder was arraigned and sent to Bucks County prison on $250,000 bail.
November 12, 2004 |
In a corner of my dining room stands a small, dark, rectangular wooden table. Its spiraled legs angle slightly toward the center of the top and support a lower shelf beneath. While I do not know the origin of the table, I do know the story of how it came to be what it is today. Nearly 50 years ago, my sisters and I came to our mother with a proposition: We wanted to set up a family altar. Mom was astounded and a little worried. She didn't have a very positive feeling about altars and responded with the classic parental phrase, "Let me think about it. " Not only did she and my dad think about it, but she consulted our pastor.
June 13, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Wally," and I have been friends for several years, and a couple for nearly two. He recently brought up the subject of marriage, and we agreed that we are likely altar-bound. Only one thing gives me pause. A few months ago, Wally got plastered and had a fling with a female friend. He regretted it immediately and said it was what made him realize I am "The One. " (He is getting help for his drinking now.) The problem is, the woman is still pursuing him. She buys him gifts or brings him vegan meals.
July 11, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I have been in an on-again/off-again relationship with a man for 16 years — more on than off. We have two boys together. He recently moved back in, and things are going well. We're in our 30s, and I'm ready to be more than girlfriend and boyfriend. I'd like to ask this special man in my life to marry me, but I'm not sure if a woman should ever propose marriage to a man. Should I go ahead and do it, or just be patient? — Longing for More in Texas DEAR LONGING FOR MORE: By all means, ask him to formalize your relationship.
April 4, 2012 |
During three hours of emotional and sometimes contentious testimony, a former Bucks County altar boy Wednesday described how a priest in the landmark child-sex abuse and conspiracy trial molested him during an overnight visit when he was 14. The man, now 30, broke down several times recounting the alleged 1996 assault by the Rev. James J. Brennan that he said plunged him into a spiral of drugs and crime and still haunts him. He said Brennan,...
July 2, 2000 |
This is a tale of Romance, Interrupted. Kathleen O'Donnell and Adam Rolek met in 1953, when Joseph S. Clark Jr. was mayor, the Schuylkill Expressway was under construction, and Roxborough had more cachet than Manayunk. Kathleen was 14, and Adam, 18, worked part time as an usher at the Roxy Theater at Ridge and Leverington Avenues. They dated for nearly six years, went to her junior and senior proms together, and ultimately broke up over a convoluted misunderstanding. She thought Adam was secretly seeing someone else, so she broke up with him in 1959.
August 25, 2011
DEAR ABBY: A young bride-to-be who signed her letter "Touchy Decision in Ohio" prefers her stepdad walk her down the aisle at her wedding, but is worried about what her biological father (whom she sees once or twice a year) and others might think. In my many decades on this earth, especially during the last 10 or 15 years, I have seen all sorts of changes in wedding etiquette, including the customs governing who walks down the aisle. I've seen brothers escort sisters and children walk their mother to the altar.
November 27, 1986 |
George Nakashima moved slowly amid the sculpted furniture designs that have made him an internationally acclaimed woodworker and talked about a dream come true. Nakashima's "Altar for Peace," which sprang from a dream three years ago, is scheduled to be dedicated New Year's Eve during a concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The concert will be directed by Leonard Bernstein and will feature folk singer Odetta. Nakashima said the wood for his altar came from a great tree.
April 5, 1993 |
A 2 1/2-foot high, 60-pound glistening bronze cross was stolen sometime Saturday from the altar of St. James United Methodist Church in Olney, police said yesterday. Archival photographs and artifacts also were taken from a glass cabinet in the church sanctuary. The theft put a damper on Palm Sunday services yesterday morning in the 177-year-old church on Tabor Road and Water Street. Members of the congregation gasped at the announcement by the Rev. Allan Honigman that someone made off with the spiritual emblem.