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January 3, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
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January 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
As funeral arrangements were finalized Tuesday for a 10-year-old boy fatally struck by a police cruiser in South Jersey two days earlier, authorities offered little more about the circumstances surrounding the accident. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, which is handling the investigation, did not answer questions as to whether the car had its police lights or sirens activated, or at what speed the cruiser was traveling when it struck Matthew McCloskey on Delsea Drive. The car hit the fifth grader as he was crossing the road (Route 47)
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December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"I'M JUST GOING to the gym to work out . . . hopefully there won't be any problems. " Joseph Pacini recorded that statement in a YouTube video railing against police in Delaware County. About 30 minutes after the video was posted online yesterday, Pacini, 52, of Clifton Heights, died in a hail of gunfire at a Drexel Hill intersection after he allegedly tried to mow down a cop with his Nissan sedan, officials said. The deadly shooting was preceded by a pursuit through Delaware County, after law-enforcement officials from Haverford Township and Clifton Heights tried to arrest Pacini on a warrant for terroristic threats and related offenses, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said last night.
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December 21, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Today's feature: Your ratty old car that no longer runs, or perhaps runs sporadically. Price: Trade-in value, Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com. Marketer's pitch: Take my car, please! Conventional wisdom: Donating cars to charity seems like a good way to help people and get an old car out of your hair. Reality: It may be a great way to get an old car out of your hair, but the "helping people" portion takes some research. A good thing? So you have an old clunker sitting in the garage, in the driveway, in the yard.
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December 15, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi vs. the 2015 Nissan Versa SV Sedan: Battle of the budget-conscious babies. This week: 2015 Nissan Versa SV Sedan. Price: $16,805 (which includes $285 for an auto-dimming rearview mirror and $180 for carpeted trunk). Marketer's pitch: "The big little car. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the "roomy interior with an adult-friendly backseat; low base price; comfortable ride; many available convenience features; large trunk; high fuel economy with CVT" but not the "bland performance and driving dynamics; noisy engine; no telescoping steering wheel.
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December 5, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man was fatally shot Tuesday night while sitting in his car outside Centennial Village Apartments in Camden, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Camden County Metro Police were called to Centennial Drive about 9:30 p.m. after residents in the area heard gunshots. Officers found Wallys Sanchez, 38, in the driver's seat of a 1994 Toyota Camry in front of Building 22. Sanchez had been shot once and was pronounced dead at the scene. The engine was running, authorities said.
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December 1, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 McLaren 650S: For the driver who has everything. Price: $265,500. But a range of options could easily put buyers over the $300,000 line, which may just be the threshold that causes some to turn back. Conventional wisdom: Automobile magazine calls it "a far more emotional car" than the 12C that preceded it. And it likes the "more urgent delivery of power and torque . . . and a more involving interaction between man and machine. " Car and Driver says "the best part is that the 650S looks as if it were penned by an actual designer.
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November 21, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
NOBODY PICKED on Wilson Goode when he was a kid when his big brother was around. James Goode, three years older than the future Philadelphia mayor, didn't shy away from a fight, especially when it came to protecting his younger brother. "I was not a fighter," Wilson Goode said. "He took care of me. " James Henry Goode Sr., who grew up with Wilson, three other brothers and two sisters picking cotton and tobacco on a sharecropping farm in Seaboard, N.C., longtime operator of an auto-repair business in Southwest Philadelphia and a devoted supporter of his brother's political ambitions, died Sunday.
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November 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR TWO WEEKS, the state of Philly's police cruisers has been a hot topic. Literally. Just days after Officer Mark Kimsey was pulled from his burning vehicle by a heroic passer-by Nov. 8, the city recalled the department's entire fleet of Chevrolet Impalas for preventive maintenance, officials said yesterday. The nearly 300 Impalas were taken off the street Nov. 10 after an investigation into that damaged cruiser found that its subframe was missing a bolt, mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said.
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November 20, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A 41-YEAR-OLD woman died yesterday when her Volvo sped across Kelly Drive, hit a retaining wall and went airborne, plunging into the Schuylkill, police said. Two other motorists witnessed the horrific crash that happened minutes before noon, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said. The witnesses told police that the Volvo was speeding down Hunting Park Avenue toward the river, then ran the red light at Kelly Drive, crossed the road and hit the water. The witnesses called police and stayed at the scene to direct officers to where the car went under.
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