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April 11, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IF CHRISTINA SANKEY had been an angel-faced toddler when she went missing, we might know by now how she wound up dead, half-naked and alone, between two parked cars in West Philly on a frigid winter morning. The city would've been galvanized by her death. Government officials would've promised to find out how she met her tragic end. Someone would've created a sidewalk memorial, and others would've led prayer vigils to honor the life that was lost. But Christina, 37, had the mentality of a 2-year-old, but not the physique.
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April 10, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
BENSALEM A Bucks County man was charged Tuesday with killing his 59-year-old mother with carbon-monoxide fumes from a portable generator, police said. Koustantinos Yiambilis, 30, is accused of using the portable generator Monday night to kill Karen Yiambilis at Longmeadow Apartments in the 300 block of Bristol Road, Bensalem police said. District Attorney David W. Heckler said the son had been warned not to operate the generator inside the apartment, which he shared with his mother.
NEWS
May 16, 2007
Terms of office are four years, unless otherwise indicated. Nominating one per office in each party, unless otherwise indicated. Judge of Court of Common Pleas (10-year term) Jahn S. Chesnov. . . 1,135 Diane Gibbons. . . 15,759 Gary Gilman. . . 10,737 Jahn S. Chesnov. . . 1,804 Diane Gibbons. . . 23,900 Gary Gilman. . . 6,599 County Commissioner Diane Marseglia. . . 16,240 Sandra A. Miller. . . 10,017 Steve Santarsiero. . . 12,529 Andrew L. Warren.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may seem strange that a couple of white kids from the suburbs would grow up to be the first Philly performers to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame representing the city's signature soulful sound. But Daryl Hall and John Oates have been confounding expectations since they met as students at Temple University in 1967. Beginning with "Sara Smile" in 1975, they wracked up 29 Top 40 hits, becoming the most successful duo in music history. On Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Hall and Oates will be inducted into the hall by Roots drummer, Tonight Show bandleader, and fellow Philadelphian Questlove.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against a Bucks County financial adviser who allegedly persuaded 70 clients to invest $30 million in an Illinois-based Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 400 investors out of $105 million. In the federal lawsuit filed in Philadelphia, the SEC is seeking a permanent injunction against Emanuel L. Sarris Sr., 71, of New Hope, disgorgement of $1.8 million in salaries and fees, and civil penalties. The phone for Sarris Financial is not in operation.
NEWS
April 18, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dr. Jorge "George" F. Schuster, 65, of Newtown Township, Bucks County, a former agricultural economist for an international organization, died Friday at Temple University Hospital of complications from heart surgery. From 1972 to 1990, Dr. Schuster worked for a food and agricultural organization supported by the World Bank, with headquarters in Rome. "He was fluent in five languages - Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and English - and led missions to numerous economic development [efforts]
NEWS
February 27, 2013
A worker died after he fell into a sugar hopper Monday afternoon at an industrial plant in Bucks County, authorities said. Janio Salinas Valerda, 50, of Edgewater, N.J., was pronounced dead at the CSC Sugar plant at 80 Roebling Rd. in Falls Township, said Joseph Campbell, the Bucks County coroner. The sugar hopper was not functioning correctly, and Valerda apparently was trying to unclog it with a large pole from a catwalk when he fell in, Campbell said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating.
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June 8, 1989 | Special to The Inquirer / ROGER TUNIS
A hot time at the Red Ball Gala helped bring down Bucks Fever Saturday night in Doylestown. The finale involved more than dining and dancing, though: There was a dramatic reading of Pearl S. Buck's "The New Year" on Sunday, hosted by David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. All of which led chairman Ron Watson to conclude that "there is something hot about Bucks County beyond the real estate market. "
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Christopher Durang has many fans, not least of whom granted his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike a Tony Award for best play in 2013. A longtime resident of Bucks County, he's also a mainstay around these parts. Princeton's McCarter Theatre premiered the comedy in 2012, and with this production, Philadelphia Theatre Company continues its long association with him. At its best, Durang's satirical vision is sharp, merciless, and hilarious. At its worst, he aims low at easy targets.
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April 14, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
BENSALEM A Bucks County man was charged Tuesday with killing his 59-year-old mother with carbon-monoxide fumes from a portable generator, police said. Koustantinos Yiambilis, 30, is accused of using the portable generator Monday night to kill Karen Yiambilis at Longmeadow Apartments in the 300 block of Bristol Road, Bensalem police said. District Attorney David W. Heckler said the son had been warned not to operate the generator inside the apartment, which he shared with his mother.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The neighborhood grid of overgrown avenues still appears on Google Maps. But most of the houses were bought and demolished decades ago by the chemical giant Rohm & Haas, whose Bristol Township plant sat nearby. Only four houses remain on this secluded speck of land known as Maple Beach, along the Delaware River and the shadow of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge. All occupied, they are now imperiled, too. Dow Chemical, which bought Rohm & Haas in 2008, has stopped maintaining to federal standards an 80-year-old levee it owns on the river as it has scaled back operations.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traffic backups throughout Bucks County soon might become more common, but for once it's for the right reason, County Commissioner Charles Martin said. Millions of dollars will soon flow in to repave roads, replace bridges, and more. Bucks is one of many counties that can look forward to major road improvements this year after an announcement last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is pushing to fix roads and bridges. That means roadwork delays, Martin said.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may seem strange that a couple of white kids from the suburbs would grow up to be the first Philly performers to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame representing the city's signature soulful sound. But Daryl Hall and John Oates have been confounding expectations since they met as students at Temple University in 1967. Beginning with "Sara Smile" in 1975, they wracked up 29 Top 40 hits, becoming the most successful duo in music history. On Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Hall and Oates will be inducted into the hall by Roots drummer, Tonight Show bandleader, and fellow Philadelphian Questlove.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Christopher Durang has many fans, not least of whom granted his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike a Tony Award for best play in 2013. A longtime resident of Bucks County, he's also a mainstay around these parts. Princeton's McCarter Theatre premiered the comedy in 2012, and with this production, Philadelphia Theatre Company continues its long association with him. At its best, Durang's satirical vision is sharp, merciless, and hilarious. At its worst, he aims low at easy targets.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson will be released from jail Friday and transferred to an inpatient drug-treatment facility as he awaits trial on felony fraud charges involving an alleged travel-package scam, officials said. The petition to release Tollefson was filed by a public defender - not the two high-profile attorneys who flanked him at his arraignment in Warminster in February, according to court documents. Bucks County Judge James McMaster granted the order on Tuesday, reducing Tollefson's bail from $10,000 to zero.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON The Democratic field seeking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) has narrowed to one. Manan Trivedi, who made unsuccessful runs for the Chester County-based seat in 2010 and 2012, has a clear path to a third Democratic nomination after Malvern businessman Michael Parrish dropped out of the party's primary race Tuesday. Parrish's decision means Trivedi, a physician and former Navy battalion surgeon, will face Republican Ryan Costello, a lawyer and Chester County commissioner.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the spring of 2011, the Phillies were leading the National League East. To the people running a controversial "sting" operation at the time, it was more than a hot pennant race. According to people familiar with the investigation, it was an opportunity to cement a bond between a lobbyist working undercover for the Attorney General's Office and a suburban legislator. They say investigators spent about $350 on a pair of tickets behind home plate at Citizens Bank Park, during the middle of the Phillies' 257-game home sellout streak, and gave them to operative Tyron B. Ali to bestow upon State Rep. John T. Galloway, a Bucks County Democrat.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COMMON PLEAS jury has awarded $7.25 million to the estate and family of a man who was exposed to asbestos when he worked at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard more than 40 years ago and later died of cancer. Edward Merwitz, of Langhorne, Bucks County, was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer in the lining surrounding the lungs - in January 2010. He died six months later at age 62. On Wednesday, a jury "found liability among a variety of companies that sell electrical wires, pumps and motors, which are not your typical suppliers of asbestos," according to partner Lawrence R. Cohan of the Center City firm Anapol Schwartz, who represented the Merwitz family.
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