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July 3, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 28, 2002 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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November 12, 2004 | By Renee Erickson
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | Dear Abby
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | Dear Abby
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.
LIVING
July 2, 2000 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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,...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
November 27, 1986 | By Gloria Hayes Kremer, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 5, 1993 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 28, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state Superior Court panel upheld this week the prison sentences of a Catholic priest and former parochial-school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former St. Jerome teacher, were sentenced by a Common Pleas Court judge in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s. Their lawyers appealed, contending prosecutorial misconduct and citing new evidence. Engelhardt died Nov. 15, 2014, just weeks after his appeal was heard.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
A little company with big voices, 11th Hour Theatre has won admiration and affection from Philly theatergoers. With a history of interesting, funny, and moving shows like The Bomb-itty of Errors , Tick, Tick . . . Boom! , Austentatious , and Ordinary Days , why would this sophisticated outfit choose to do Altar Boyz ? The lively, brash, high-decibel musical begins with the premise that "American consumers" want more Christianity in their entertainment, which this show proceeds to provide.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE LATEST young man to accuse a Philadelphia Catholic priest of molesting him as an altar boy told a jury yesterday that the experience so badly shocked, embarrassed and debilitated him that he turned to drugs, alcohol and multiple suicide attempts before reaching his teens. The slim man, dressed in a white shirt, black tie and slacks, emotionally spoke of being 10 years old in 1997 when the Rev. Andrew McCormick invited him to the priest's rectory bedroom at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
NEWS
September 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The Rev. Robert L. Brennan's name loomed large in the "Secret Archives," the guarded personnel files of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Brennan also figured prominently in Philadelphia grand jury reports in 2005 and 2011. In last year's trial of a church official for covering up clergy sex abuse, witnesses detailed allegations that Brennan sexually abused about 20 boys while being transferred from parish to parish over a span of 15 years. Brennan, however, was never charged because the allegations happened too far back to be prosecuted.
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September 27, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER Philadelphia Catholic priest has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy, the Philadelphia district attorney announced yesterday. The Rev. Robert L. Brennan, 75, was arrested Wednesday night in Maryland and charged with rape and related crimes for allegedly abusing the boy from 1998 to 2001, when he was 11 to 14 years old. Brennan, who was in his early 60s at the time of the alleged assault, was an assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, in the Northeast.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
IN A MOVE that must have caused a publicist to reach for the smelling salts, One Direction 's Zayn Malik has become engaged to Perrie Edwards , of the group Little Mix . They're both 20. Tearful One Direction fans decried the engagement as part of a Zaynist conspiracy. Rumors started to percolate when Perrie was spotted wearing a diamond ring Tuesday at the London premiere of the One Direction film "This Is Us. " Her mother, Debbie , confirmed yesterday that her daughter and Malik were engaged.
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August 13, 2013 | By Emilie Lounsberry, For The Inquirer
When the renowned Bucks County woodworker George Nakashima acquired a stunning, 300-year-old black walnut tree in 1983, he puzzled over exactly what to do with the spectacular wood. But then, in a dream, a lofty idea hit the man who had studied woodworking at a World War II internment camp: It should be used to build magnificent altars, all dedicated to peace and sent to the far corners of the world. The first "Altar for Peace" was dedicated in grand fashion at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan on New Year's Eve 1986, with a thrilled Nakashima, who operated his furniture-making business from a leafy enclave near New Hope, on hand for the celebration.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Steve and Mia
Q: MY SISTER was left at the altar a few years back by her fiancé. She became severely depressed and was committed several times. We worked very hard as a family to love her through the ordeal. It hasn't been easy. A few days ago she called me all excited and saying she's getting married to none other than her ex. She even asked me what had become of her wedding gown, because she's thinking of wearing it when she marries this cad. I don't want to rain on her parade, but I'm sick about all this.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The criminal case resulting from the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northeast Philadelphia altar boy may well have ended with Wednesday's guilty verdicts against a priest and a former Catholic-school teacher. But the convictions of the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero have also opened the door for a civil lawsuit with the potential to reach beyond the two defendants into the hierarchy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The lawsuit by the former St. Jerome's altar boy dubbed "Billy Doe" was filed in July 2011 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a case that has already put a Philadelphia Catholic Church official behind bars for covering up child sexual abuse, a jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday against a priest and a former parochial-school teacher for the sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northeast altar boy. Wednesday's verdicts against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero for the serial sexual assault of a St. Jerome's pupil in 1998 and 1999 were lauded by District Attorney...
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