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June 11, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 68-year-old actor who made a career playing Irish characters on stage in Philadelphia and New York City was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Center City early Tuesday. The accident forced doctors to amputate his right leg. Police know little about the accident on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets. It happened before 1 a.m., when a passerby found Michael Toner and alerted authorities. No one reported witnessing the crash. No parts of the vehicle were found at the scene.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THERE WASN'T a lot of information available last night on the scumbag who ran down Michael Toner early yesterday and kept driving. But there was plenty of information available on Toner, a talented actor whose love of James Joyce is well-known - he had even carried a copy of Ulysses with him as a young soldier trekking through the jungles of Vietnam. Last night, Toner, 68, was in critical condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, hours after someone hit him as he tried to cross a rain-soaked street in Center City.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
* ODD MOM OUT. 10 tonight, Bravo. * BECOMING US. 9 tonight, ABC Family. PHILLY'S Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky aren't done with New York. TV writers who explored singles and friendship in "Sex and the City" and took viewers backstage on Broadway in "Smash," the longtime writing partners take a bite out of another Big Apple subculture in Bravo's new comedy "Odd Mom Out. " The show, premiering tonight in back-to-back episodes, stars Jill Kargman, an Upper East Sider who plays an only slightly more outrageous version of herself as a well-off but not super-rich mother of three trying to stay afloat in a sea of affluence.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Riley, 28, a Philadelphia street performer who left NBC's singing-competition show The Voice in January to deal with substance-abuse issues, was found dead Friday. Over the last decade, Mr. Riley had been a fixture in Center City, crooning Motown and pop songs for tips on the bustling streets outside Reading Terminal Market, Penn's Landing, and Independence Hall. Since leaving the TV show, he had been working on an album but continued to struggle with addiction, his friends and family said Saturday.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FEDERAL AGENTS last night nabbed the final two suspects in the brutal kidnapping of a Jewelers' Row employee two months ago. Basil Buie, 26, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, were arrested about 7 p.m. by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Special Agent Steve Bartholomew. ATF agents and Philadelphia police had been hunting the duo since April 4, when they allegedly helped another man, Khayree Gay, kidnap and torture a 53-year-old woman who works at the National Gold and Diamond Exchange, on 8th Street near Chestnut in Center City.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A PACKAGE OF legislation required to make the multi-million-dollar renovation of the Gallery mall a reality was passed by a City Council committee yesterday. The entire Council is expected to approve the measures before recessing for the summer on June 18. A supportive Mayor Nutter is also expected to approve the development deal. "I think this is going to provide shopping opportunities that have not existed in this city for a long time," Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger said yesterday.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration on Tuesday laid out an ambitious vision for assuring that all children in Philadelphia benefit from high-quality early learning experiences. Labeled "A Running Start Philadelphia: For Every Child, Birth to Five," the outline offers guidance on how the city can guarantee the best learning opportunities for its youngest citizens as a way to offset the long-term, systemic poverty in some neighborhoods. "With this plan, Philadelphia has developed a strategy to support its children and families by building stronger schools to create a more competitive workforce," Nutter said.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering the praise that Mayor Nutter heaped on Saint-Gobain, one might think the French buildings materials manufacturer was building its new North American headquarters in Philadelphia, not 29 miles to the west in East Whiteland Township. Instead, Nutter was at a Monday news conference in Center City to laud the Compagnie de Saint Gobain S.A. for bringing its "Future Sensations" exhibition to Philadelphia, where it can be visited on Eakins Oval through Saturday; for supporting education in science and construction in the city; and for helping to redesign John F. Kennedy Plaza.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ALL HELL BROKE loose in the United States just a few weeks after the NAACP held its annual national convention in Las Vegas last year. The shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo., led to volatile protests over his death. Then came other shootings of unarmed black men, controversial verdicts and violent protests in North Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland and Baltimore. In Philadelphia, the Dec. 15, 2014, shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown during a traffic stop in the Mayfair section sparked protests and violent confrontations.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO finally rolled out the first of its refurbished railcars Thursday morning, with local officials promising the $194 million overhaul will mean new levels of comfort, safety, and reliability for commuters between South Jersey and Center City. The rebuilt cars, with new interiors, electronics, and heating systems, are more than a year late returning to service from a factory in Hornell, N.Y., because of persistent problems fine-tuning an automatic signal system that gives operating instructions to the trains.
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