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April 13, 2001 | by Dave Racher Daily News Staff Writer
A 30-year-old man was sentenced to two years probation for igniting a Roman candle during a 1999 Halloween Rave party that burned a city Licenses and Inspections commissioner. Common Pleas Judge Albert J. Snite Jr. yesterday sentenced an apologetic Stanley Tworek, 30, of Dawson Street near Terrace, fined him $1,000 and ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service. Tworek was found guilty of recklessly endangering others, but was acquitted of the more serious charges of causing a riot and aggravated assault.
NEWS
November 8, 1987 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A one-alarm rowhouse fire that killed a 9-month-old baby Friday night in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia was started by a candle being used because the home's electric service was shut off last month, police said yesterday. Firefighters found the victim, Eric Brown, dead on a bed in the second- floor, front bedroom of the house in the 2600 block of North 31st Street, police said. The baby's mother, Violet Moore, 16, was asleep in the bedroom with Brown when the fire was started by the candle, which was in a plastic bottle, police said.
NEWS
April 17, 1989 | By Gabriel Escobar, Daily News Staff Writer
Since the electricity was turned off April 1, Robert and Jason Bryant walked around their dark apartment carrying candles, which dripped red wax on the green linoleum floor. In their rooms, Robert, 7, and Jason, 5, sometimes used the candles as night lights. Saturday night, the candle in Robert's room started a fire that killed him and severely burned Jason, fire officials said yesterday. Jason, who was in his own bedroom on the second floor of the two-story house on 20th Street near Brown in North Philadelphia, was rescued by a neighbor who spotted the flames shortly after 10:30 p.m. The neighbor, Archie Ford, brought Jason downstairs.
NEWS
May 16, 1998 | By Edward Colimore and John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
An unattended candle, used to light a bedroom without electricity, set off the 12-alarm fire that destroyed 14 houses Thursday night and left about 45 people homeless, city fire and police officials said yesterday. A 65-year-old woman who was evacuated from one of the homes died of an apparent heart attack during the fire. The cause of the blaze was ruled accidental yesterday by fire officials. The fire broke out in the second-floor room about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and quickly spread across the common roofs of the two-story brick rowhouses in the 900 block of North 28th Street.
NEWS
December 13, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia man died of smoke inhalation in his sister's Kensington apartment yesterday after a candle ignited some clothing piled on a sofa where he apparently was sleeping, investigators said. The victim, Howard R. Burns, 51, was found by firefighters slumped in a sitting position on the burned sofa in the rear bedroom of the second-floor apartment in the 2400 block of Frankford Avenue, detectives said. Burns was pronounced dead at the scene. According to detectives, the blaze was reported at 9:19 a.m. after it was discovered by Edward Donnelly, 50, who lives on the third floor of the building.
SPORTS
January 8, 1991 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since losing a triple-overtime game in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals in 1986-87, it's been all downhill for the Atlantic City girls' basketball team. The Vikings went 23-4 that season, then proceeded to finish 4-18 the next season, 2-23 in 1988-89 and 4-18 last season. In 1981, Atlantic City made its third of four straight appearances in the state Group 4 final, and the Vikings won their first of two championships in a row. Though Atlantic City is currently 3-5, coach Michelle Farrell is looking to get the Vikings back into the playoffs as the first step toward returning the squad to its previous heights.
NEWS
February 14, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 35-year-old Brewerytown man told police he was directed to murder his mother by voices and shapes coming from a burning candle. In a statement to Homicide Detectives Raleigh Witcher and Dennis Dusak, Darryl Hickman said he used a hammer to beat her to death on Dec. 15 while she slept in their home on 29th Street near Girard Avenue. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge James M. DeLeon, Hickman was ordered to stand trial for the slaying of Louise Keitt, 56, a hospital worker.
NEWS
December 27, 1996 | By Douglas Herbert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To an outsider, the Christmas Eve disappearance of half a ton of sand from the sandboxes of this borough's only playground may have seemed an act of Yuletide sabotage more befitting the spirit of Scrooge than Santa. But as Kurt Morrison tells it, the sandbox raid was undertaken by borough officials with the blessing of this town's 843 residents - and their children. It was all in the name of a seasonal rite: the lighting of the luminarias. "We had some kids who were willing to give up their sandboxes," Morrison said yesterday as he stood in the twilight outside Borough Hall at Sylvan Avenue and Unity Terrace.
NEWS
November 30, 1995 | by Myung Oak Kim, Daily News Staff Writer
The children stood side-by-side along the perimeter of candlelight that flickered on the teddy bears and flowers left in memory of 9-year-old Thaisha Nicole Adkins. As they stared at the sky blue, baby pink and white candles, the children seemed fixated on the site where their friend was run down and killed a week ago by, police say, a speeding drunken driver. A 25-year-old Center City man has been charged with her death. Ten-year-old Samiyah Carter stood at the end of the row, thinking about the times she played rope and did her homework with Thaisha.
NEWS
October 4, 1997 | by Jim Nolan and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
Peco shut off her electricity, so 86-year-old Theresa Stevens lit a candle against the dark. Then, she fell asleep. Yesterday, she died in a fire caused by that candle in the North Philadelphia rowhouse where she lived for 50 years. "She was a friend to everyone. A pillar of the neighborhood," said her next door neighbor, Michael Brockington, 33. "If her lights had been on she wouldn't have to light a candle," said Brockington, as a crowd of disbelieving neighbors and friends gathered before the charred remains of Stevens' house on Darien Street, near Berks.
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TRAVEL
March 14, 2016
Vacations can be celebratory, and when the occasion calls for blowing out candles on a cake or other confection, wouldn't it be fun to be able not just to lick the icing, but also to eat the candles? Edible Candles from Let Them Eat Candles clearly are not travel essentials - but they're no space hogs either, so what the heck. Available in packs of three in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate, the entire candle - except for the little wick, which is paraffin-coated cotton - is edible.
NEWS
October 20, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the ground level, the crowd looked like a restless bunch being ordered to stay put on a Cherry Hill soccer field on a chilly fall afternoon. But from bird's-eye view, their formation illustrated it clearly: a candle base supporting nine candles, each topped with a small flame. "It looks like a menorah!" Alison Platt-Tarnopol declared, a hint of surprise and perhaps relief in her voice, after a drone captured an aerial photo. The largest human menorah - and an expected world record - that is. At final count, 309 participants took part Sunday in the officially recognized attempt at setting a Guinness World Record for the formation; it would be the first such record.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bound by faith and an increasing sense of urgency, hundreds of volunteers concerned about the fate of West Chester University student Shane Montgomery gathered Saturday evening in Manayunk for an emotional prayer vigil near the bar where he was last seen partying with friends on Thanksgiving Eve. A special Mass followed at St. John the Baptist Church on Rector Street. Nearly 500 people - friends, family, fellow students, and neighborhood residents - had scoured the streets and the Schuylkill riverbank in near-freezing conditions over two days, with the search scheduled to continue Sunday.
REAL_ESTATE
November 2, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I'm not a farmer, but the Farmer's Almanac is suggesting that this winter might be worse than the last one. Looking at the almanac's map, the Philadelphia area falls into the "crisp and very stormy" category, whatever that means. I'm still saving for a portable generator myself. But even if we don't get another round of tree-snapping ice and power outages, with colder weather generally come higher energy bills. Windows and doors can be big sources of heat loss. Don't skimp on weather stripping.
NEWS
December 31, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lionel Ahing had always thought his brother died alone, left to bleed to death by the man who stabbed him on Jan. 13 and made off with the $4 in his pocket. But on Sunday - as William Ahing was remembered as the first of 55 people to die from violence this year in Camden - Lionel Ahing learned the rest of the story. His brother had been held by strangers who rushed to his side. "At least I know my brother was looking at people, and he wasn't alone when he passed away," Lionel Ahing said.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Frank Bajak, Associated Press
VALENCIA, Venezuela - It's just after nightfall, and the power is out again in untold hundreds of thousands - probably millions - of homes as the nation prepares to go to the polls to replace President Hugo Chavez. If the government knows how many are without power, it's not saying. It hasn't issued such reports since 2010. In the third-largest city, Pedro Martinez dons a shirt for visitors drawn by the flicker of candles inside his one-story, concrete-block house in a middle-class district.
SPORTS
March 11, 2013 | Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Matt Kenseth won on his 41st birthday for his new Joe Gibbs Racing team, barely holding off Kasey Kahne for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Kenseth earned his 25th career victory in just his third start in the JGR Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway Racing in the offseason. He took the lead away from Kahne out of a late restart and fended off Kahne's Chevrolet over the final laps, adding another trophy to his Las Vegas victories in 2003 and 2004.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of Tyhan "Boo-Bop" Brown's family stood at the front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Friday night in Camden, dabbing at tears as they held one another. After a short prayer, Brown's aunt and cousin held each other while his sister went up to the candle and spoke directly to Brown. The city's 13th homicide victim this year, Brown was being remembered at a vigil the family described as "really beautiful" and "incredible. " The annual vigil began in 1995, when Sister Helen Cole wanted to mark a record 58 homicides that year.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
The notion that our world will end, vanish - finito! - two Fridays from now is something I take very personally. For, like Thomas Becket, Jane Fonda, and Frank Zappa, I was born on Dec. 21. Therefore, my family reminds me, there's no need for birthday presents. Or dinner reservations. On the plus side, if it's true, I will not age any further. Diet and exercise, moderation and common sense become meaningless. Fiscal cliff? Ha! It's all downhill. Local bonus: Scratch the rest of the Eagles' season.
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