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March 9, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A 29-year-old woman with autism who disappeared Thursday during a visit to the Macy's store in Center City was found dead Friday morning between two parked cars in West Philadelphia, police said. The cause of Christina Sankey's death is under investigation. Sankey, who was unable to speak, was with a caregiver around 2:30 p.m. at Macy's when she wandered off, police said. She was last seen on surveillance video getting on a down escalator on the second floor. She was reported missing.
FOOD
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Imagine people eating and drinking, just steps from Independence Hall. It happened in the 18th century, and it will happen again this summer. Restaurateur Michael Schulson has secured a deal with the owners of One South Independence Mall West - the landmark Rohm & Haas building and now the home of Dow Chemical at Sixth and Market Streets - to create an outdoor beer garden across from the Liberty Bell. Schulson, who owns Sampan, the Saint James, and Atlantic City's Izakaya, will control 30,000 square feet around the building as Independence Beer Garden , which he hopes to open July Fourth.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hauling backpacks and brief cases and bundled for the cold, hundreds of commuters arrived at SEPTA's Market-East Station on Ash Wednesday, gladly taking part in a centuries-old Christian ritual. The strap hangers were greeted by the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, 3d, an Episcopal bishop, and two priests from St. Peter's Church in Center City. "Would you like ashes?" Bishop Daniel asked a woman who had just arrived at the station. After a brief prayer, the bishop spread ashes in the pattern of a cross on her forehead.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE PROBLEM isn't new in Philadelphia, but at 10:43 a.m. June 5, 2013, it turned deadly. A brick wall crashed onto a Salvation Army thrift store during a botched demolition in Center City. Nineteen people were inside. Six died, including the 24-year-old daughter of City Treasurer Nancy Winkler. A Ukrainian immigrant who was pulled from the rubble after 13 hours lost both of her legs. Two months later, a house in Mantua collapsed, forcing the evacuation of a group home for people with disabilities.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA is celebrating its 50th birthday this month, marking a major step in the public takeover of the region's once-privately operated buses, trolleys, subways, and trains. Much more than names have changed since the days of the Philadelphia Transportation Co., the Red Arrow Lines, and the Pennsylvania and the Reading Railroads. Fifty years into SEPTA's reign, we have shiny new railcars, clean-running hybrid buses, a rebuilt Market-Frankford Line, some new stations and depots, rising ridership, and electronic schedules available on a cellphone.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
At once saddened and inspired by historic events unfolding in Ukraine, demonstrators solemnly gathered Sunday in Center City to bring attention to the loss of life in the Eastern European nation - and to pray for peace. About 200 people assembled in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall initially intended to mourn the loss of nearly 100 lives in Kiev. But news of the swift dismantling of President Viktor Yanukovych's government boosted spirits. "We are both mourning and celebrating," said Mary Kalyna, 59, an organizer who lives in West Mount Airy.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trading beat-up winter coats for shorts and T-shirts, people released from winter's grip poured into parks and streets across the region Saturday like bears awakening from hibernation. Temperatures soared into the upper 50s after a Friday that hit 63 as the city was bathed in sunlight. For folks in the region, it marked a well-deserved break from the third-snowiest winter - 58.4 inches so far - in Philadelphia history. On the street, smiles replaced a sense of collective defeat brought on by the season's seemingly never-ending barrage of storms.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles G. McCloskey, 90, of Bensalem, a former Philco radio assembler who rose to become a union president and, later, a gifted labor mediator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, died Friday, Feb. 7, of congestive heart failure at his daughter's home in Warminster. Over a career spanning almost a half-century, Mr. McCloskey used his sharp bargaining skills and lively sense of humor to help craft innovative settlements when the area's colleges, transit agencies, and businesses were facing labor strife.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA SEPTA may restore weekend late-night service on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, agency officials said Thursday. Because of increasing nightlife and residential activity in Center City, SEPTA may continue service after midnight, when subways now are replaced by "night owl" buses, general manager Joseph Casey said. The service might continue until 3 a.m., officials said. Initially, it would be limited to Friday and Saturday nights, in a pilot program to test the response.
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