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December 25, 2012
Police were investigating a fatal shooting Monday night in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. According to police, the victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot once in the chest and taken in a private vehicle to Lankenau Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The shooting occurred just before 8 on the 900 block of North 66th Street. Police have not made any arrests. - Jessica Parks
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December 21, 2012
THERE'S SOME truth to the joke that Jews like to take in Chinese food and a Woody Allen movie on Christmas Eve, to get away from all that. This year, Allen has denied his tribe a new opus. But look-alike comedian Ross Bennett is ready to make Christmas Eve escapees laugh while you nosh, as star of the Moo Shu Jew Show, sponsored by the Gershman Y. Actually returning for the fifth year, this multicourse Chinese feast plus comedy show will be landing at a new Chinatown location, Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Also serving up the yuks are Lenny Marcus - a funny bunny who recently debuted on "The Late Show with David Letterman" plus standup comic/author Joel Chasnoff, whose material (and book The 188th Crybaby Brigade)
NEWS
January 3, 1998 | By John Timpane
The story began with words from a wise man - in this case, Inquirer columnist Acel Moore. Acel was telling me how, in some Philadelphia neighborhoods, folks don't get their Christmas money until Christmas Eve. Many get paid in cash. Others rush with their check to the bank or the check-cashing store and thence to their last-minute shopping. "People don't realize how many folks live like this," Acel said. His words spurred both conflict and nostalgia. Conflict because Acel's right: A lot of people don't know a thing about the side of life where you go from check to check, where you have exactly one night of shopping - the last night - to give your kids the biggest day of the year.
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December 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Christmas Eve service at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Hammonton, N.J., was crowded, so Dolores Distler, 77, and her husband, Melvin, 78, parked across the street. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She often decorated the lawn with reindeer and the trees with bright lights. Each Dec. 24, the devout Catholic attended church. This year, as she left the service on a rainy evening, she was telling her husband how much she enjoyed it. When the couple approached Route 206, there was a lull in traffic, and Melvin Distler thought they could make it across.
NEWS
December 25, 1992 | By Rich Henson and Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
With a trimmed tree to warm her spirits and a boiling pot of water to heat her apartment, Marie Rivera was all set for Christmas yesterday morning. Then came the unexpected voice through the door. "Fire department. We need to take a look around. " Minutes later, Rivera was in tears, trembling, as she, her five children, and more than 25 other tenants who rented spaces in a pair of rat-infested, dilapidated apartment buildings in downtown Chester were facing Christmas Eve without a place to stay.
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December 26, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
All Anton Mahne's wife wanted for Christmas was a Pandora bracelet. That, and to walk again. "I can't do anything about that," Mahne said of his wife's disability, the result of a stroke she suffered after giving birth to their daughter 18 months ago. But at 8 a.m. Christmas Eve, the Cherry Hill radiologist was among the first in line at the Pandora jewelry store at Cherry Hill Mall. Yes, in line, with several other flinty holiday shoppers making a mad dash for gifts.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | By Raoul V. Mowatt, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man was found guilty yesterday of killing an off-duty police officer and a woman after a botched robbery at a bar on Christmas Eve. After deliberating for about six hours, a jury convicted Ronald Gibson, 22, of two counts of first-degree murder. It also found him guilty of robbery and two counts of conspiracy. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for the murders of Fredrick P. Dukes, 45, and Vernae Nixon, 31. The jury today will hear testimony before deciding on a sentence.
NEWS
September 17, 1998 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As she had done just about every morning for decades, last Christmas Eve 89-year-old Marie Sippel walked out of her home in Holmesburg in time to attend St. Dominic's 8 a.m. Mass. Afterward, she was going to attend a Christmas party in the rectory. Nearby that same morning, Edward McGuckin was putting his 7-year-old daughter in his Chevy Blazer to drop the child at an aunt's house before going to work. As was her routine, Sippel walked from her home on the 8000 block of Christian Street to Rhawn Street, then headed west to Frankford Avenue to catch the Route 66 bus. From there, it was a one-mile ride to the church where she had been a volunteer for 20 years.
NEWS
December 22, 2002 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
At 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Christmas Eve, the Rev. Nancy Muth will pull a string and change the face of the Chelten Avenue business district. The sidewalk ceremony will tear the faux gift-wrapping off a stained-glass gem - a Tiffany rose window long hidden from view - at First Presbyterian Church of Germantown. The church has spent $50,000 to uncover and restore the century-old window and add a fiber-optic lighting system to illuminate it for passersby every night. "You still can't see it from in the church," Ms. Muth said.
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January 5, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cary Soldevila was driving to a Walmart store to grab pineapples for the holiday ham and shrimp for the seafood salad - both her son's favorites - when she detoured onto Cove Road in Pennsauken. It was about 10 a.m. Christmas Eve, and Soldevila wanted to see her son, Ernesto Torres. It had been eight months since Torres, 22, had been shot to death in Camden during a fight over a girl, and this dreary morning - the start of the first Christmas without him - was especially hard on Soldevila.
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January 3, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cary Soldevila was driving to a Walmart store to grab pineapples for the holiday ham and shrimp for the seafood salad - both her son's favorites - when she detoured onto Cove Road in Pennsauken. It was about 10 a.m. Christmas Eve, and Soldevila wanted to see her son, Ernesto Torres. It had been eight months since Torres, 22, had been shot to death in Camden during a fight over a girl, and this dreary morning - the start of the first Christmas without him - was especially hard on Soldevila.
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December 31, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Wolfington Sr., 75, of Center City, president and chief executive officer of the Exton-based Wolfington Body Co., one of the largest school-bus dealers in the nation, died last week at his vacation home in the Poconos. Mr. Wolfington, a longtime Center City resident, died in his sleep sometime from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning in Monroe County, said son Richard Jr. "It was his favorite place on Earth," his son said of the getaway in Skytop. The family business was founded by Mr. Wolfington's great-grandfather in 1876 as a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.
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December 30, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
UPPER DARBY police are searching for a Philadelphia man who was involved in what Superintendent Michael Chitwood described as a brutal robbery inside 69th Street Terminal on Christmas morning. The 48-year-old victim was returning from work and waiting for a bus about 1:40 a.m. Thursday when three men approached him and demanded his SEPTA TransPass, according to police. They punched and kicked him and threw him down the steps. "These guys were at the terminal for one reason only, to rob and steal something," Chitwood said.
TRAVEL
December 29, 2014 | By Melanie Stanek, For The Inquirer
The first Christmas I spent away from home turned out to be the best day of my life. Though not with family, I went to the next best place: Bethlehem. I had been studying in Israel for five months and had been dreading this moment: How was I going to celebrate Christmas so far away from home, in a country that doesn't take the 25th of December as a national holiday? I actually had an exam scheduled for Christmas Day, but I decided to risk a poor grade and hopped on a bus to Jerusalem on Christmas Eve. The city was surprisingly calm.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THE DAY AFTER Christmas - the words alone bring on exhaustion. Perhaps the living room carpet is still cluttered with shredded wrapping paper, or the kitchen counter is serving as purgatory for dirty dishes longing for their rightful home in the cupboard. What, just me? But for many Philadelphians, the day after Christmas is a jackpot faux-holiday, with high stakes for those wanting to return unwanted gifts or cash in on deep day-after discounts. Ken Keen is store manager at the Burlington Coat Factory in the Gallery at Market East.
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December 28, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sure, it probably would have made $25 mil had we not been all 9/11-threatened by who-knows-who, but Sony Pictures is grateful The Interview brought in $1 million in ticket sales on Christmas Day. The limited release in 331 theaters got a "fantastic" audience reaction, said Rory Bruer , Sony's president of worldwide distribution. The film, controversial because it depicts a fictional assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , was also made available through on-demand platforms - YouTube Movies, Google Play, Xbox Video, and its own site www.seetheinterview.com - starting Christmas Eve. Sales figures for the on-demand market were not available.
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December 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Christmas Eve service at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Hammonton, N.J., was crowded, so Dolores Distler, 77, and her husband, Melvin, 78, parked across the street. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She often decorated the lawn with reindeer and the trees with bright lights. Each Dec. 24, the devout Catholic attended church. This year, as she left the service on a rainy evening, she was telling her husband how much she enjoyed it. When the couple approached Route 206, there was a lull in traffic, and Melvin Distler thought they could make it across.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was better to be late than sorry for Daquan Bohannan of North Philadelphia as he braved the rain, bumper-to-bumper mall parking, and throngs of last-minute Christmas shoppers at the Cherry Hill Mall on Wednesday. He had a mission: Pick bracelet charms for his mother, Nicole, 41, at Pandora, which by noon was packed to the brim with customers, almost all of them men on the hunt for gifts for mothers, girlfriends, or wives. It became so crowded an employee was stationed at the store entrance, having customers sign a waiting list to get in. "I just remembered yesterday that I had a few last-minute things to get," Bohannan said as he stood behind a jewelry counter, perusing a catalog.
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December 26, 2014 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THROUGH HER TEARS, Anna Pozzi struggled to read the recipe for her famous baked macaroni and cheese. The dish, a Christmas Eve staple, was her daughter's favorite. But Theresa Pozzi wouldn't be there to enjoy it. Not this Christmas. Not ever. On Tuesday, a truck driver struck and killed the 33-year-old woman as she tried to cross State Road in Holmesburg. The next day, Christmas Eve, despite a heart laden with sorrow, Anna Pozzi, 62, somehow willed herself to get out of bed and make the gooey casserole.
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