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March 16, 1996 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mudslinging and name-calling are commonplace in political campaigns. But the current contest between U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta and former Common Pleas Judge John L. Braxton for the April 23 Democratic nomination in the city's First Congressional District could be the first to result in a business deal between the candidates. On Thursday Foglietta was stung when Braxton called him a "slumlord" because a vacant Center City commercial building in which he has a 20 percent stake owes the city about $34,000 in back real estate taxes and sewer and water bills.
NEWS
April 21, 1996 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a dark and stormy campaign - marked by accusations about who might be the worst slumlord and heated debate over whether a black man or a white man is best suited to represent a primarily African American district - but it's almost over. On Tuesday, Democrats in the First Congressional District will select either Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta or his challenger, former Common Pleas Court Judge John L. Braxton, as their candidate in the November general election. It is a primary race that pits the incumbent's record against the challenger's promise, and the odds are on Foglietta.
NEWS
September 8, 1995 | By Vanessa Williams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Common Pleas Court Judge John L. Braxton will leave the bench on Sunday to prepare a primary challenge next year against U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta in the First Congressional District. Braxton, 50, a Democrat, informed Gov. Ridge of his resignation in a Sept. 7 letter that had all the sounds of a campaign announcement. In it, Braxton talked about how, as a judge in Family Court, he had witnessed the effects of poverty and inadequate education on families and how he thought he could better help them as a member of Congress.
NEWS
May 5, 1999 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Gas Works, already reeling from accusations that top executives misused funds, had a new problem on its hands yesterday: a political squabble over Mayor Rendell's choice of City Finance Director Ben Hayllar as PGW's new chief executive officer. Not that there was any evidence of the spat at yesterday's monthly meeting of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, the regulatory panel that oversees the municipally owned utility. It was only clear from what didn't happen. Action on Hayllar's appointment was item No. 2 on the meeting's agenda when it was distributed last week.
NEWS
March 12, 1996 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
The Democratic primary between U.S. Rep. Tom Foglietta and former Family Court Judge John Braxton is all smoke and no fire. Cigarette smoke, that is. Braxton chides Foglietta for owning tobacco stocks when legislation was pending before Congress that affected the profits of tobacco companies. Foglietta's campaign manager, Stanley White, said Foglietta at no time sought to enrich himself by buying stock based on pending legislation. Foglietta called it "a conspiracy theory that would confound movie director Oliver Stone.
NEWS
September 20, 1995 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
To John Braxton, it's a black and white issue. Braxton is African-American. Eight-term U.S. Rep. Tom Foglietta is Italian- American. The district both want to represent is 54 percent African-American. That percentage is even higher among Democrats, who'll decide whether Braxton or Foglietta is nominated in next spring's Democratic primary. "This is not a black thing, but when the poorest neighborhoods of our city are black neighborhoods, color matters," Braxton told a crowd of about 100 supporters at his announcement at the Berean Institute, on Girard Avenue near 19th Street, yesterday.
NEWS
January 31, 1991 | By Dan Hardy, Special to The Inquirer
When Teamster John Braxton decided last month to run as a delegate to his union's national convention in June, he knew he would face a tough campaign because the president of his local was also seeking the position. But he didn't know he would be fighting to keep his job at the same time. Braxton, a union shop steward and 13-year employee at the United Parcel Service, was nominated Dec. 15 to run as a convention delegate from the 1,800- member Local 623. UPS fired him on Dec. 27. Braxton, who worked at the UPS airport operation in Tinicum Township, said the company accused him of insubordination and said he failed to properly handle packages while unloading UPS trailers.
NEWS
March 19, 1996 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Tom Foglietta is in a partnership that owns a boarded-up building in spitting distance from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and owes the city about $34,000 in back taxes. Foglietta says he's tried to get out of this partnership and has tried to get his partners to pay their taxes and sell the building or fix it up. But that's not a good enough answer for former Common Pleas Judge John Braxton, Foglietta's Democratic primary opponent. Braxton held a press conference last week in front of the building at 210 N. 13th St. to say it was a symbol of Foglietta's failure to serve his constituents in the First Congressional District.
NEWS
November 20, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The cops had an unsolved 1992 murder of a teen-ager on their hands - until Alton "Boo" Richmond opened his mouth last month. "A guy named Mark asked me to go stick up (William) Braxton, and Braxton got killed," Richmond, 20, of Merrick Road near Ridge Avenue, told a fellow inmate at the House of Corrections, said Assistant District Attorney David Desiderio. After Municipal Judge Edward G. Mekel heard the inmate's testimony during a preliminary hearing yesterday, he ordered Richmond to stand trial for the fatal shooting and robbery of the 17-year-old victim.
NEWS
March 17, 1998 | by William Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
Politics abhors a vacuum, and within minutes of Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson's withdrawal as a candidate for the federal bench, insiders were floating the names of new potential nominees. Two names were getting the most play: Commonwealth Court Judge Doris Smith, previously the best-known black female judge in Philadelphia because of her handling of the schools desegregation case, and former Common Pleas Court Judge John Braxton, who just abandoned the race for Tom Foglietta's congressional seat.
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October 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU COULD SEE that smile coming a block away. It belonged to Bill Peake, and when he turned on that smile to go with his ebullient personality, people were drawn to him. Like bright, ambitious young men everywhere, Bill Peake had plans and dreams. He was on track to make a name for himself in the field of hotel management, when he was diagnosed with kidney disease in October 2013. William Braxton Peake II died of the disease on Oct. 21. He was 30 and lived in Roslyn, Montgomery County.
SPORTS
October 17, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Penn State has seen Braxton Miller only twice, both times as Ohio State's quarterback. For its coaches, its players and Nittany Nation, that was two times too many. Miller's mind-boggling combination of speed, quickness, elusiveness and decision-making was a factor in a pair of wins for the Buckeyes - 35-23 at Beaver Stadium in 2012, and, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium in 2013. In those two contests, Miller rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns, and passed for 395 yards and four TDs. After a one-year absence when he sat out with a shoulder injury, Miller returns Saturday night for the top-ranked Buckeyes' game against Penn State as an H-back – a dual-threat runner and pass-catcher.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keith Braxton believes he's a Division I college basketball player. He's going to take another year to prove it. Braxton, a Delsea senior and first-team all-South Jersey selection, plans to spend next year at the Lawrenceville School as a post-graduate. He hopes the experience will lead to a Division I scholarship offer. "I didn't want to give up on my dream of playing at the Division I level," Braxton said on Thursday night. Braxton led Delsea to a 24-6 record and the South Jersey Group 3 title game.
SPORTS
February 3, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delsea coach Tom Freeman believes senior swingman Keith Braxton has been the best player in South Jersey this season. Saturday's game against Shawnee was Exhibit A. Braxton was 10 for 11 from the field and 9 for 10 from the foul line, lifted eight steals and scored the game-winning point in Delsea's 62-61 win over Shawnee in a nonleague clash of top teams. "Braxton was unbelievable," Freeman said Sunday. "I haven't seen a better player this year. " The victory was the 12th in a row for Delsea (14-3)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CONGRATS to NBC10's Monique Braxton , who wed Dr. Reginald Royster , the owner of Haverford Animal Hospital. Not only was the bride clad in white, but Royster also rocked a full white tuxedo. A bold move that paid off. Braxton met Royster on a blind date a couple of years ago; they tied the knot this weekend. Local comedy writer gets 'Approval' It was simple for Archbishop Carroll grad Neal Brennan : "In comedy, if you're not the guy on camera, you're beholden to the guy on camera.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The divorce album is one of pop's strangest quasi-traditions, treating the rights, wrongs, and ruin of a personal relationship with the arts of the pop love song. Marvin Gaye did it with Here, My Dear , Bob Dylan with Blood on the Tracks , and husband-and-wife folkies Richard and Linda Thompson made one together in Shoot Out the Lights . This year, producer/songwriter/singer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton, a singer he has produced two albums for, made one of the best duet records in this line, titled Love, Marriage & Divorce . (Babyface divorced Tracey Edmonds in 2005, and Braxton let go of Keri Lewis in 2013.)
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Celestine S. Braxton, 87, a longtime teacher and civil rights crusader, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, of liver failure at Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, Va. Mrs. Braxton, mother of NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton, was born on a farm in Ahoskie, N.C. She graduated from C.S. Brown High School in 1944 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1949 from Elizabeth City State Teachers College. She moved to Manassas to accept a teaching job with Prince William County's school system in 1950 and devoted the next 33 years to her elementary and middle school students.
SPORTS
October 27, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - He might have been tired after just coming off the practice field, but Braxton Miller couldn't help but laugh at the questions. "The coaches are saying that they want to stop me?" the Ohio State quarterback said earlier in the week. "How does it make me feel? "It makes me feel good that they want to stop me but I've got a lot of guys around me that have skills. I've got a lot of weapons. It's tough stopping our offense. It's not just a one-man team. " The Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten)
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rita Arnold was freed after her family posted $100,000 bail Monday, making it possible for the former district judge to receive chemotherapy under the care of her own doctors instead of the state prison system. Arnold, who was being held at the state prison in Muncy, was sentenced last week to serve 16 to 32 months for concealing a citation filed against her son while she presided in a Chester County court. " Relief is not even the word," said Arnold's daughter, Toni, who, with more than 30 others, protested outside the West Chester courthouse Monday.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CHARLES P. BRAXTON was there when the U.S. Army fought its way across Europe in World War II, culminating in the bitter Battle of the Bulge. But Charles Braxton wasn't allowed to do much fighting. He was African American, and the American military didn't think black men were able to fight. He performed service duties as the Army battled through Northern France, the Rhineland, central Europe, culminating in the Ardennes in Belgium in December 1944 when the German army made a last, desperate effort to win the war. But after his discharge, Charles Braxton was not finished with war. He returned to combat in the Korean War in the early '50s, when black soldiers were allowed to fight and die for their country, as they had been doing since the Revolution.
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