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August 2, 1994 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from the Associated Press
Bethel '94, the "other" Woodstock reunion concert, is dead. And Woodstock '94 could use a little chicken soup. Citing measly ticket sales of 1,650 and "other mitigating factors," the Bethel concert's main financial backers bailed out yesterday, suffering more than $2 million in losses. Organizers had hoped to sell 50,000 tickets. With the upstate New York concert less than two weeks away, the likelihood of another financial backer reviving Bethel seems beyond remote. "We had every reason to believe that there was substantial consumer interest in Bethel '94," said Harry Rhulen, the Bethel, N.Y.-area insurance executive who, with his three siblings, had stepped forward at the eleventh hour to provide financial backing.
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February 20, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
To show disrespect to a man on the street these days can be a capital crime. Guys have been blown away for "dissing" the wrong fellow. But Richard Bethel's crime was that he dissed a dog. The dog's owner, Charles Brown, 35, a paroled killer, was held for trial on murder and related charges yesterday, accused of shooting Bethel, 45, after Bethel allegedly threatened to shoot Brown's Rottweiler last Dec. 26. "The defendant was angry at...
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October 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
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January 7, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE WERE two things Stephen Johnson always was: a cop and an athlete. He served well in a number of administrative positions in his 35 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, but his heart was always out in the streets, mingling with the people and fellow cops. Or riding a motorcycle. "In my opinion his first love was the Highway Patrol," said former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson. "When he became captain of the Highway Patrol, he had fulfilled a lifetime ambition.
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February 10, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Lawrence Johnson, 108, of Ardmore, a chauffeur, who was married to his wife for 79 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, at his home. "My father worked until he was 103 as a driver and chauffeur," son Albert said. "He had a lifelong love of cars. He saved up enough money working in a quarry in high school to buy a 1924 Ford Model T, his first car. " Born May 6, 1907, the fourth of 10 children of sharecroppers, Mr. Johnson spent his early life working on his parents' tobacco farm in Reidsville, N.C. His grandparents were emancipated slaves.
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September 26, 1991 | By Ross Kerber, Special to The Inquirer
The graveyard surrounding Washington Township's Bethel United Methodist Church is expansive, the size of a small battlefield maybe, and Retha Batten knows all the ground by heart. Batten, amateur historian for the church, was kept busy last weekend helping to arrange activities for Bethel's 225th anniversary. "Oh, it's definitely something, that the church has been around this long," she said. But Batten said this casually. Only out among the tombstones did Batten begin to speak with passion about the soldiers, ministers and farmers who founded the church in colonial times.
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August 18, 2010 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Police have arrested a man with a long criminal history in the Tuesday assault of a Philadelphia police officer. Perry Martin, 42, of South Philadelphia, was charged today with aggravated assault, robbery and other counts. Police captured Martin without incident about 4 p.m. near 20th and Morris Streets, police said. Lt. Douglas Stanford, a 29-year veteran, was seriously injured in the violent encounter inside a Rite Aid pharmacy late Tuesday afternoon, police said.
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September 8, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Rev. David C. Shellenberger, 51, of Upper Gwynedd Township, who had been forced to retire because of one auto accident, died Sunday as the result of another. He died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after being struck by a car near his home. Upper Gwynedd police said Mr. Shellenberger, who was legally blind, walked into the roadway at Valley Forge Road and Patriot Drive at 11:44 a.m., into the path of a northbound station wagon. Witnesses told police the driver had no time to react.
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October 25, 1999 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Rudolph Fred "Rudy" Edwards, a retired SEPTA employee, died Wednesday. He was 64 and lived in West Philadelphia. Edwards worked as a maintenance custodian at SEPTA's 69th Street Terminal for 19 years until his recent illness. He had previously worked at the old Philadelphia General Hospital and for the Philadelphia prison system. "He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, who knew him as 'Pop Pop,' " said a family member. He also enjoyed watching sports on television, especially boxing.
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June 26, 2012 | By Jan Ransom and Daily News Staff Writer
AFTER SOMEONE torched the newly installed playground equipment at FDR Park in South Philly last week, a man came forward and said he saw two men running from the blaze. That witness, Kevin Beattie, 26, of Camac Street near Ritner in South Philly, was arrested Friday and charged with arson, risking a catastrophe, unsworn falsifying and related offenses. Mayor Nutter described the June 17 fire that ruined a metal jungle gym, wheelchair-accessible glider and recycled-rubber play surface as "an act of evil.
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February 10, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Lawrence Johnson, 108, of Ardmore, a chauffeur, who was married to his wife for 79 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, at his home. "My father worked until he was 103 as a driver and chauffeur," son Albert said. "He had a lifelong love of cars. He saved up enough money working in a quarry in high school to buy a 1924 Ford Model T, his first car. " Born May 6, 1907, the fourth of 10 children of sharecroppers, Mr. Johnson spent his early life working on his parents' tobacco farm in Reidsville, N.C. His grandparents were emancipated slaves.
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February 4, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
CYNTHIA KING drove from her home in Stamford, Conn., for the ceremony at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church honoring the first day of the U.S. Postal Service's Richard Allen forever stamp. "This is a historic moment in time," said King, 62, historiographer of the AME church's first district, which includes the region from Boston to Philadelphia. "I had to be here. " The stamp is being released in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the 1816 conference at which Allen called for other African American Methodist ministers to form an independent African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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February 2, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Staff Writer
The lost 19th-century graveyard established by Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and utilized heavily by the city's black community until shortly after the Civil War, has been named a National Historic Site by the federal government. The existence of the graveyard had been forgotten until rediscovered by a historian a few years ago and designated a city landmark in 2013. Bethel Burying Ground now joins a handful of city graveyards - Christ Church Burial Ground, Old Swedes' Church Cemetery, Mikveh Israel Cemetery, the Woodlands - on the national register.
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October 30, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
DEPUTY POLICE Commissioner Kevin Bethel yesterday was named a Diana A. Millner Youth Justice Fellow by the Stoneleigh Foundation, a post that will require him to spend the next three years addressing Philadelphia's school-to-prison pipeline. Bethel, who earlier this year was described by some police insiders as a possible candidate to replace retiring Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, will instead retire from the force in January. The Stoneleigh Foundation, in a news release yesterday announcing the fellowship, said Bethel, 52, will focus on expanding a successful pre-arrest diversion program in the School District of Philadelphia.
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October 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
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July 21, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
REAL_ESTATE
May 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Weichert Realtors agent Barbara Mastronardo calls Concord Township "one hot little real estate market. " Based on what? The Garnet Valley School District, for starters - this Delaware County community is part of it. Bethel Township, for another. It, too, is part of the Garnet Valley district, but with more expensive and larger houses - the first-quarter median price was $434,500, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report, versus $350,000 for Concord Township.
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January 7, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE WERE two things Stephen Johnson always was: a cop and an athlete. He served well in a number of administrative positions in his 35 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, but his heart was always out in the streets, mingling with the people and fellow cops. Or riding a motorcycle. "In my opinion his first love was the Highway Patrol," said former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson. "When he became captain of the Highway Patrol, he had fulfilled a lifetime ambition.
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August 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AS AN EDUCATOR for five decades, Anna Young always took special interest in the often-unmet needs of urban students. In fact, the longtime English teacher wrote a book on the subject, Relationship of Writing and Self-Esteem Among Urban High School Students , in which she discussed how proficiency in self-expression could help city kids feel better about themselves and their place in the world. Far ahead of her time, Anna Young actually was one of the first African-American teachers in the Philadelphia School District when she began her career in the 1940s.
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May 7, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
A STANDING-room-only crowd filled the African American Museum in Philadelphia last night to discuss how the city should commemorate a rediscovered burial ground that lies beneath a Queen Village playground. A major theme was how to show respect for the Bethel Burying Ground. One man said he was a member of Christ Church. "Benjamin Franklin is buried in the cemetery there," he said. "Would we have a playground there?" A few minutes later, another Christ Church member said people are buried under the aisles of the church itself: "They walk over the placards and read the names.
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