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ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Angel is one active little boy. The 7-year-old loves spending time in the gym, whether he's in his therapy swing or his Tumble Forms mobile seat. But climbing is his favorite activity, and he frequently can be found clambering over chairs, up stairs, even over a gate. Born with a rare chromosomal abnormality that has required numerous surgeries, Angel has remained steadfastly affectionate and engaging. Although he does not speak, he conveys happiness through cooing, smiling, and giggling.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
AFTER HER MOTHER died of lung cancer in 2006, Cathy McVey looked for a way to honor her and continue a legacy of compassion. So, she started Honey's Angels, a nonprofit that provides food and supermarket gift cards to families in need of extra help around the holidays. This week, the organization will provide grocery gift cards to 50 needy families for Easter. "My mom was caring and generous. She loved taking care of people," said McVey, who named the organization for her late mom, Helen "Honey" McVey.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
For almost six years, Katelyn Darrow has devoted herself to Angels of God Clothing Closet, the nonprofit she founded that provides clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies to those in need. She started Angels of God when she was 12, she explains, "because I wanted to pay it forward. " This year, the Pitman resident has another ambitious charitable goal: to assemble at least 500 Easter baskets for children and teenagers in need. Darrow, an 18-year-old senior at Pitman High School, splits her time between school and her nonprofit through her high school's work-study program.
SPORTS
February 27, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose troubled past includes a four-year addiction to cocaine and alcohol, met Wednesday with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue, the team confirmed. Hamilton told officials of a drug relapse, John Heyman of CBS Sports posted on Twitter. "There's no word of a failed test. . . . He'd be put in program as 1st time offender. " He was suspended from baseball from 2003 to 2005. The Los Angeles Times first reported Hamilton's meeting with the league.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
FRANK DONATUCCI should've died on Dec. 9, 1998. It was 3:30 a.m. and he was driving from his South Philly home to his 4 a.m. shift as a loader at UPS, out by the airport. He was 21 and stupid, into booze and drugs, breaking his parents' hearts. That night, he'd been partying before his shift, and he nodded off behind the wheel on Hog Island Road. When he awoke, he was headed into oncoming traffic. He yanked his Toyota onto the shoulder, right into the back of a UPS tractor-trailer parked there.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With each album since 1999's Monday Morning Cold , Erin McKeown has crafted folk music with a twist. Her genre-jumping sounds increasingly have been enriched by country swing, Dixieland, conjunto, and bossa nova arrangements. And on 2013's Manifestra , her smartly lyrical songs had new, stronger political content. McKeown's is an elegant yet aggressive conversational voice, with a passion and poise that truly stood out during her packed-tight night at the Tin Angel on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Josh Haden has had it good. The genre-bending bassist, singer, and songwriter has moved his band Spain through distanced, noir-pop efforts (as in 1999's She Haunts My Dreams ) tinged by abstract jazz and slow-core country toward the moody yet direct sound of 2014's Sargent Place . One of Haden's most haunting songs, "Spiritual," has been covered by dance-electro acts (Soulsavers) and classic C&W crooners (Johnny Cash). Plus, Haden was graced with a father, Charlie Haden (who died in July)
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
EVERY DAY for five excruciating weeks, Shane Montgomery's mother and father scoured the banks of the Schuylkill where their 21-year-old son vanished on Thanksgiving, clinging to hope, praying, resolving that they wouldn't rest until their son was found. On Saturday - finally - their prayers were answered: The Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a special team of volunteer divers called in by the family last month, recovered the young man's body about 12:15 p.m. in the river behind Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, on Main Street near Shurs Lane.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Christmas, Cliff Hunter got an invaluable gift - a reminder that there are generous, good-hearted people in the world. He just wishes he knew the name of one of them in particular, so he could offer thanks. The inspiring story began on SEPTA's Route 17 bus shortly after 9 a.m. Dec. 18. Hunter, 79, a single retired social-services worker, had boarded at 20th and Wharton Streets, near his South Philadelphia home, bound for Center City to do several errands. He had placed a Christmas package - a sweater - ready to be mailed to a sister in Florida in the parcel bin at the front of the bus. Then he made his way to a seat farther back.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 57-year-old man fatally shot in the city's Germantown section this weekend was identified Tuesday as the father of a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Police said no motive was known for why Wayne R. Ellington, of the 400 block of West Mount Airy Avenue, was shot inside a car Sunday night. "My family and I are devastated by the news of my father's murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia," Wayne R. Ellington Jr. said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone's support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.
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