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July 2, 2008
A man found floating in a pond near a Gloucester County campground was the victim of an accidental drowning, authorities said yesterday. The man was identified as 44-year-old Earl Jester Jr., of Mantua Township in Gloucester County. His body was found Monday morning by someone visiting relatives at the Laux Road campground who saw Jester floating facedown off the shore in a pond along Oldman's Creek. Jester was last seen alive on Saturday by people at the campground, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
May 6, 1994 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A plastic bag of spaghetti and meatballs was the first clue to who set the fire that destroyed a Conshohocken boarding home last year, endangering about 20 tenants and leaving a volunteer firefighter with serious head injuries. The owner's brother had given the meal to a tenant that day, and it was found next to the spot where the fire started, in a garage office below the boarding house, authorities say. The tenant, Kenneth Boeye, 31, an itinerant who worked odd jobs, was arrested this week and charged with arson by federal authorities at the bar of a hotel in Somerville, N.J., where he was living.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The final hours for Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny, a former America's Junior Miss scholarship winner from South Jersey, began when she left a New York City bar in the wee hours last Oct. 4 with HBO producer Marc Johnson, who had offered her cocaine, authorities said. A cab brought them to a building on West 16th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, where Johnson's longtime friend - and alleged drug dealer - James Holder lived in a third-floor unit, federal authorities said. It was in this building that emergency responders later found Cerveny, a 38-year-old dermatologist and married mother of three young children, unconscious in the first-floor doorway.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
A Chester County man in his 50s was fatally shot in his home Monday night, authorities said. The shooting was reported about 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Seltzer Avenue in Caln Township, a county dispatcher said. Police were unavailable Monday night to confirm reports from neighbors about what happened. - Robert Moran
NEWS
September 19, 2012
Police were searching for a man who robbed a Center City credit union Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. About 1:45, the man handed a threatening demand note to a teller at the American Heritage Federal Credit Union, 1900 Market St., authorities said. He fled with an unknown amount of cash. The robber was described as black, in his early to mid-30s, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, with a medium build, light-medium complexion, a mustache, and "scruffy" facial hair.
NEWS
March 24, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal and Gloucester County authorities were trying to determine the cause of a blaze early Friday that seriously damaged the firehouse of the Woodbury Heights Fire Company. Material from the building in the 500 block of Elm Avenue was being tested in a laboratory of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a facility often used by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to analyze fire scenes. The fire was reported by a resident in a 911 call at 5:38 a.m., authorities said.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating the death of a man late Wednesday afternoon at one of the city prisons in Northeast Philadelphia. Police said a 24-year-old male prisoner was found dead at 5:28 p.m. in his cell at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center at 8301 State Rd. Police described the death as suspicious. A prison spokeswoman said the death was under investigation. A medic unit transporting the prisoner to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus at 5:50 p.m. said the man was 23 years old and had died in a hanging.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
LET THE changing of your clock this weekend be a reminder that it's time to check your smoke detector. It could save your life. The Philadelphia Fire Department and the southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Red Cross are sponsoring a program called "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery" that's timed to this weekend's "spring forward. " Last year, 32 people died in fires in Philadelphia. Of that number, 84 percent occurred in homes that had improperly installed smoke alarms, alarms with dead or missing batteries, or no smoke alarm at all. If you can't afford a smoke alarm, call the Smoke Alarm Hot line: 3-1-1.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Police have asked for the public's help in locating a missing 15-year-old Kensington girl. Angelica Garcia-Morales was last seen about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home in the 1900 block of East Monmouth Street, police said. She was wearing red pants and a black Adidas hoodie. The teen may hang out in Northeast Philadelphia, including in the Torresdale section. She has close family ties to North Carolina. She stands 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds, with brown eyes and long, curly hair that is reddish brown and black.
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August 12, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was furious. In May 2012, top officials at the bistate agency lashed out at a processor of imported vehicles that operated at Port Newark and owed $2.8 million in rent and fees. The agency warned Foreign Auto Preparation Service (FAPS) that if it did not take remedial action quickly, it would be in violation of its lease. "For years, FAPS has failed to meet its financial responsibilities as a tenant at our port, and this practice stops today," then-Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
This election season, the American people are caught in the middle of a battle for two very different visions of our nation. Lorrie Kim, a West Philadelphia writer and confirmed Harry Potter superfan, thinks it's not unlike the battle between Potter and the Death Eaters, led by the creepy Lord Voldemort. (Author J.K. Rowling has likened the villain to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump but hedged: "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. ") In the face of all that, Kim says, the only hope is if we, the voters, invoke our inner Severus Snape.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings cut the Philadelphia Housing Authority's credit rating by one notch, to A+ from AA-, citing three consecutive years of operating losses. The outlook is stable. PHA's operating loss for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the latest audited financial information available, was $37.9 million on $368 million in operating revenue, most of it from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. S&P attributed the financial weakness to declining federal subsidies, though federal revenue increased 5 percent in fiscal 2015 from the year before.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
THEODORE J. BERRY, 98, a Main Line physician, author, and educator, died Thursday, July 14, of pneumonia at his home in Naples, Fla. Dr. Berry lived in Villanova and then Bryn Mawr before moving to Naples in 1999. He was a prominent figure at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 45 years, practicing internal medicine and serving for a time as chief of staff. He retired in 1993 as director of medical education. Although Dr. Berry was hard-driving and productive, he also was very genial. Quietly and discreetly, he was physician and friend to the Main Line's elite families.
NEWS
July 22, 2016
It was the start of the 2016 ESPY Awards and there were four superstars onstage - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - standing extra tall as they spoke out against police brutality and called on their fellow athletes to do the same. It was a powerful moment. All those multi-millionaire athletes. Each his own mega-brand. Standing up for something besides just getting richer and winning NBA championships. My favorite part was when James, dressed in a classic black tuxedo, gazed into a camera and said, "It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'what are we doing to bring about change?
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Just grow up. Those are three words you will never hear at Christopher Phillips' dinner table, not even if everyone is grumpy or the girls are squabbling or someone topples her juice. That's because Phillips - longtime Philadelphia resident, author, and creator of the Socrates Café - believes we'd all be better off if adults worked harder to retain the best qualities of children: curiosity, forgiveness, empathy, flexibility, and hope. He details that conviction in his new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Curiosity, Creativity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest . It's dense with philosophers', psychologists', and artists' takes on childhood - from Aristotle's belief that children are small brutes incapable of reasoning to Picasso's oft-quoted declaration that "every child is an artist.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
A minor exterior fire was reported Tuesday night at a church in South Philadelphia, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. in the rear of City Church in the 2300 block of South 13th Street, a fire dispatcher said. The blaze was declared under control 11 minutes later. No injuries were reported and the extent of the property damage was not immediately available. - Robert Moran
NEWS
June 23, 2016
Authorities are seeking new clues in the suspicious death of Stephanie Rosado, whose remains were found along the Delaware River after she disappeared in 2009. Rosado, who went by the nickname Star, lived in the 1000 block of South Merrimac Road in Camden, and was last seen April 12, 2009. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office did not disclose when or where along the Delaware Rosado's remains were discovered. Anyone with information on Rosado's case is urged to call Camden County Prosecutor's Office Det. Sgt. Paul Audino at 856-225-8449, or Camden County Police Sgt. Janelle Simpson 856-757-7042.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As a unit, composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone do not make run-of-the-mill, feel-good musicals. Next to Normal is their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning chamber ensemble work on bipolar disorder. And the tender If/Then - which comes in a national tour to the Academy of Music on June 21-26 - is a Paul Simon-meets-Stephen-Sondheim orchestrated tale of one woman's parallel lives. This creative quartet takes a complex but successful road to the Broadway musical.
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