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June 7, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Jane M. Von Bergen, and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
On Wednesday morning, the College of Physicians, home of the Mutter Museum at 22d and Ludlow Streets, was bustling with workers. In front of the building, Bill Roam of East Lansdowne unloaded drop cloths from his truck. His son's painting company had a job inside and he had stopped by to see how it was going. Four stories above, Ray Kauffman and his crew from a Langhorne roofing company were hours into the work day. From their lookout, they could watch the demolition of a vacant brick building on Market Street.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | BY BARBARA LAKER and STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
IT WAS THE afternoon of May 25 when Bob Coleman tucked the sparkling marquise diamond ring behind the TV in his Roxborough home. His palms were sweaty. Kimberly "Kim" Jean Finnegan, his live-in girlfriend of a year, stood before him in a purple dress, her eyes dramatically rimmed with liner she rarely wore, knowing they were headed to the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City to see the rapper Pitbull. But first, Coleman had something important to do. The 27-year-old son of Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman, dropped to one knee.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti was killed after she questioned the competence of the exterminator sent to rid her rowhouse of mice. That's what Jason Smith - who allegedly strangled Ketunuti - told detectives in a teary five-page Jan. 24 confession. Smith's statement was read Wednesday at a preliminary hearing where Smith was held for trial on murder, arson, and related charges by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni. "She said that I shouldn't be an exterminator, that I didn't know what I was doing," said Smith, 37, of Levittown, in a statement read by homicide detective Edward Tolliver.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Tinney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louis W. Yellin, an enterprising businessman who started in the 1960s with a used press in the basement of his parents' Philadelphia grocery and built a busy South Jersey printing and graphics firm, died Wednesday, April 3, at his Mount Laurel home. He was 71 and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With his wife, Annette, Mr. Yellin took A.E. Litho Group from its subterranean beginnings in the city's Tacony section, over the Delaware and into a roomier facility in Riverside.
SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
'YOU DON'T TALK to 'em . . . You plant 'em!" Larry "The Rock" Zeidel is standing over me now, fists clenched, his mammoth knuckles inches from my face. Four months ago, he was lying pale-faced in the intensive-care ward of Bryn Mawr Hospital, his legs swollen and blackened from a congestive heart condition worsened over the years by a lack of medical insurance. But there is little hint of that man now. Now it is easy to understand why he has ignored those health problems, why he has in the past refused or flatly not sought health insurance provided by the Social Security he collects in his advanced age. At 85, more than 4 decades removed from his last days as a stick-wielding hockey enforcer, Larry Zeidel lives most of his waking hours still inside that character, rambling on in no apparent chronological order about a modest heyday that he surrendered so much of his life to obtain.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Bucks County exterminator has been held for trial on murder charges in the January strangulation of Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered Jason Smith, 37, of Levittown, to stand trial on a general count of murder, arson and related charges in the Jan. 21 death of Ketunuti, a pediatrician and researcher at Philadelphia's Children's Hospital. The body of Ketunuti, 35, was found on fire in the basement of her Graduate Hospital-area rowhouse by a dog walker who arrived to walk Ketunuti's dog. Philadelphia Police Homicide Det. Henry Glenn testified that Ketunuti was wearing riding boots and her hands had been bound behind her with a leather strap from horse gear.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A quick-acting Philadelphia detective caught two suspects who allegedly pistol-whipped and robbed a 58-year-old man late Friday afternoon in Chinatown, police said. Around 5:30 p.m., the man was attacked inside a rental property he owns in the 1200 block of Vine Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The victim was forced into the basement, where he was beaten with a .357 caliber pistol and forced to strip to his underwear. Detective Rob Conway was driving down Vine Street returning from an investigation when he spotted the victim, who was outside and screaming for help.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Our 1920s Colonial has a stone foundation with some sort of cement coating on the interior. Much of the coating has flaked off, exposing the mortar joints, which are disintegrating. We recently had a sump pump and French drain installed in the basement, which will eliminate much of the dampness from minor water leaks. What would be the best process to re-coat the interior walls of the foundation? Answer: It's nostalgia time, and to answer the question, I return to the basement of another of my houses, which had a stone foundation and something that perpetually flaked off the walls.
REAL_ESTATE
February 10, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
The passion for collecting can be a happy diversion. It also can quickly turn into a space invader. And when you happen to own what is believed to be the largest private sheet-music collection in the world, as Sandy Marrone does, space becomes an overwhelming challenge. It all began 38 years ago, when Marrone was seeking a diversion beyond her work as a photojournalist for Penn Mutual in Philadelphia and as a new mother. She had energy to spare. Soon, passion turned into magnificent obsession, as the sheet-music collection morphed into a thriving business, with collectors flocking to her. Five years ago, when Sandy and her husband, Dennis, looked around at their two-story house in the Cinnamon Hill section of Cinnaminson, one word flashed: "Basement!"
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal authorities on Wednesday presented a racketeering indictment against a Philadelphia woman who allegedly enslaved mentally disabled adults to steal their benefit checks, adding hate-crime and murder charges that could expose her to the death penalty. The crimes alleged in the 196-count indictment against Linda Ann Weston and four others include much of the depravity and sadism that emerged when police found the dirty, emaciated victims locked in a Tacony basement in October 2011.
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