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January 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary C. Block, 80, of Gulph Mills, a homemaker and later an executive secretary and District Court clerk, died Friday, Jan. 10, of respiratory failure at Paoli Hospital. At age 44, Mrs. Block experienced a daunting family tragedy, but it never extinguished her zeal for life, said her son, Radnor Township Police Lt. Andy Block. Born in the coal region, in Mahanoy City, Pa., she graduated from Mahanoy City High School. She moved to Philadelphia and began working as a secretary for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. There she met the love of her life, Andrew G. Block.
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December 15, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank E. Jackson Sr., 89, a retired Philadelphia Police Department auto mechanic whose musical talents gave rise to the Frank Jackson Big Band, died Friday, Dec. 6, of cardiac arrest at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. Mr. Jackson, a longtime resident of West Philadelphia, retired after 29 years with the department in 1988. His true passion, though, was music. A gifted, self-taught performer on multiple instruments, he also composed and arranged music. After retiring, he formed a 15-piece band consisting of three trumpets, three trombones, five saxophones, a standing bass, drums, guitar and piano.
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November 28, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Jurors in Dorothy June Brown's federal fraud trial heard Tuesday about multiple salaries paid to Brown and money she received from management firms she controlled. Brown is accused of defrauding the four charter schools she founded of $6.7 million and then conspiring with two former administrators to obstruct justice by orchestrating a cover-up. Francis L. Gizaza, an accountant who began preparing tax returns for Brown's schools in 1998, reviewed several years of nonprofit tax forms for the schools.
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November 22, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
After one of Dorothy June Brown's former top aides testified in federal court Wednesday about creating bogus documents to help Brown profit from the four charter schools she founded, another former key employee came forward to say he had done the same. Joan Woods Chalker, 75, who has pleaded guilty to obstruction charges in the case, conceded during cross-examination that she hoped her cooperation with prosecutors would spare her time in prison. "It would be a hope," Chalker told Gregory P. Miller, one of Brown's attorneys, when pressed about any benefits of her plea agreement.
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November 20, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER MERION The Lower Merion school board on Monday turned the clock back to 2009, restoring the full size of a school-choice zone that had been the subject of a failed discrimination lawsuit. The 5-4 vote came during a sometimes combative three-hour meeting. The plan attempts to maintain an even balance of students at the two district high schools in the face of a sharp and unanticipated rise in enrollment. It does so by expanding the areas where students can choose to attend either Lower Merion High School or Harriton High School.
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November 16, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A counselor who had worked for charter school founder Dorothy June Brown told federal jurors Thursday that she forged the signature of her late aunt in 2009 on a contract between a charter school and one of Brown's management firms. The contract was supposed to have been approved in March 2007. Doris Evans said her aunt, Fannie Lee Coleman, had died in 2005. Evans, who spent more than three hours on the stand in U.S. District Court, was the sixth witness in Brown's $6.7 million charter fraud trial to testify of falsified documents and records of the four charter schools that Brown had founded.
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ray Shero knows the pain felt by his father, Flyers coach Fred Shero, when Buffalo's Gerry Meehan scored on a long shot with four seconds left in the last regular-season game of the 1971-72 season, costing the team a Stanley Cup playoff berth in the elder Shero's first season in Philadelphia. The younger Shero, then a fourth grader, felt the same agony. So did his mother, Mariette, as they watched the game on TV in their rented Bala Cynwyd home. "When the goal went in, she kind of screamed, and her coffee cup went up, and coffee went all over the wall," Shero said the other day. "I cried.
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November 10, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jacqueline S. Beaver, 93, formerly of Bala Cynwyd, a community worker, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, of heart failure at a nursing facility in West Hills, Calif. She had moved west to be near family. The former Jacqueline Stember was a liberal activist who fully embraced the Jewish concept of "Tikuun Olam," meaning repair of the world. "She believed that every person had an obligation to make the world a better place and that each individual could make a real difference," said her son, Joel D. Born in New York City, she graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Brooklyn College.
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October 25, 2013 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Daily News Staff Writer eichelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5909
"APPARENTLY, there are two good white guys in the movie: me and Brad Pitt," actor Rob Steinberg said about his part in "12 Years a Slave. " That's pretty good company to keep. Steinberg, who was raised in Bala Cynwyd and attended Lower Merion High School, plays Parker, a shop owner with admittedly little screen time. But Steinberg's part is one of the better examples of the "no small parts" adage: His character plays an integral role in the life of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
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October 23, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Theodore W. Wing II, 65, of Wynnefield, a special-education teacher who also worked for the City of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from an earlier heart attack. At the time of his death, Mr. Wing, known as Ted, was a special-education teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden. He had worked there for two years and at Camden High School for about six years. Before that, he had been vice president of government sales for Ray Communications; a deputy commissioner of public property for Philadelphia under Mayor Ed Rendell; vice president of data and voice technologies for AT&T in Bala Cynwyd; and interim manager of the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia through AT&T's loaned-executive program.
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