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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)
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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.
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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.
SPORTS
December 21, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Last week, just days after signing a lifetime deal with Nike that figures to earn him more than a half-billion dollars, LeBron James tweeted a recipe for kale cake to his 25 million followers. Where to begin? Whatever their implications for the future of sports - not to mention humanity - the details in that sentence, coming to light so close to the holidays, got me thinking about a somewhat more obscure professional athlete and a favorite Christmas sports memory. In this Age of Irony, Christmas remains the last bastion of earnestness, the only day when sentimentality is not just permitted but demanded.
SPORTS
December 30, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
SALT LAKE CITY - The 76ers took some criticism for releasing Tony Wroten on Christmas Eve. However, that wasn't their intent. They decided to cut the backup point guard in order to create a roster spot to complete the trade for Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans. They just never intended for it to happen Thursday. The Sixers wanted to make the trade on Saturday, the day after Christmas. However, the Pelicans pushed to make it happen on Thursday. As a result, Wroten received the bad news Thursday while the Sixers were on the trade call with the Pelicans.
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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.
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January 14, 2016 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
MANY LONGTIME residents of West Philadelphia retain fond memories of Uncle Pete's barbecue pit at 52d Street and Baltimore Avenue. Those who were children especially remember hanging out at the pit in the summer, where they enjoyed the delights of free food, snacks, and the best water ice in West Philly. At Christmastime, Pete sold Christmas trees at the same location, and it was no surprise that his family had the biggest tree to decorate on Christmas Eve. A loving family man, Pete - Lawrence James Cook Sr. - "had the gift of creating wide-eyed smiles from his children and grandchildren with Christmas surprises," his family said.
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December 30, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
Winterlike weather will be making a brief appearance in the Philadelphia region Monday, after record-high temperatures were set three of the last four days. Forecasters are calling for a highs in the low 40s for Philadelphia Monday, with rain moving into the region during the evening and into Tuesday. The northern parts of Philadelphia's suburbs could see some sleet mixed with the rain. And places further north, in Lehigh County, are under a winter weather advisory due to the threat of freezing rain, sleet and snow.
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December 30, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
SALT LAKE CITY - The 76ers took some criticism for releasing Tony Wroten on Christmas Eve. However, that wasn't their intent. They decided to cut the backup point guard in order to create a roster spot to complete the trade for Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans. They just never intended for it to happen Thursday. The Sixers wanted to make the trade on Saturday, the day after Christmas. However, the Pelicans pushed to make it happen on Thursday. As a result, Wroten received the bad news Thursday while the Sixers were on the trade call with the Pelicans.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Joyce Williams' prayer list was so long that she would wake up before dawn to get started on it. The longtime teacher and mother of seven would spend the first hours of her day praying for her children, her students, anyone she knew who was sick or troubled. "People say, 'Oh, I'll keep you in my prayers,' " said her daughter Judi Neeld. "But my mom really kept you in her prayers. " Joyce A. Williams, of Bustleton, died Christmas Day after a long battle with kidney cancer. She was 68. Mrs. Williams was a nursery-school aide and Sunday school teacher at St. James' Parish in Elkins Park for more than 20 years.
NEWS
December 26, 2015
PAKISTAN Quake sends residents fleeing A strong earthquake shook parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan early Saturday, rattling buildings and forcing sleeping residents out of their homes. More than 30 people were injured as houses or walls collapsed in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, said emergency rescue service spokesman Bilal Ahmed Faizi. A total of 41 people were taken to hospitals in the city, according to doctors and rescue officials. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake measured at magnitude 6.2 and was centered in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
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December 26, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
The Darcy family of Fort Washington skated across the ice rink at Dilworth Park on Thursday as "Sleigh Ride" and other festive songs evoking wintry wonderlands played over the speakers. Erin Darcy, 10, wore a fleece. Older sister Caitlin wore a T-shirt. Temperatures reached 71 degrees early Thursday, making it the warmest Christmas Eve on record in Philadelphia and nearly the warmest of any day ever in December. The record high for the month is 73, set Dec. 4 and 7, 1998. Wednesday's high of 70 set the record for Dec. 23, and higher-than-average temperatures are set to continue into the new year.
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December 26, 2015
By Paul F. Morrissey On Christmas Eve, my brothers and sisters and I would sing, "Tomorrow will be Christmas, and we will carols sing; So early in the morning, the sweet church bells will ring. . . " No one ever sings that carol now, but it is still in my memory from more than 60 years ago. It was the 1950s, and the earliest Mass then was at 5 a.m. I was a choirboy, and as I hustled across the street in the frosty morning air with the red cassock, starched white surplice, thick celluloid collar, and the crimson silk ribbon bow tie, I stole a glance upward at the stars as the church bells rang.
NEWS
December 26, 2015
MISSISSIPPI Storm-hit region copes with loss Dozens of people lost their homes amid torrential rain and deadly tornadoes in the South, yet they say they are grateful for another Christmas. "It makes you thankful to be alive with your family," said Tony Goodwin, who emerged from a shelter to find two of his neighbors in Linden, Tenn., were among 14 killed in the storms across the South. Parts of Mississippi remained under a flood warning Friday. Weather forecasters from the National Weather Service warned that a strong storm crossing the central part of the state could produce hail and winds of more than 40 m.p.h.
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December 26, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITER
You could call it the Christmas wish heard around the world. It had been years since Casey Hackett had been to see Santa Claus. Being on the autism spectrum, this young man with special needs finds the noise and bustle a bit much, and he isn't one for small talk. But this year was different. For one thing, there was that PlayStation 2 and the other two game consoles he really wanted. And Santa was just so nice, sitting there bespectacled and jolly at the Dambly's Garden Center in Berlin, N.J., last Friday, that Casey, 22, sat right down on old St. Nick's lap. They talked presents and joked.
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December 26, 2015 | By B.G. Kelley
By B.G. Kelley I was small and Christmas trees tall when my boyhood neighborhood started slipping away. Paradise was a tiny neighborhood in northwest Philly, its center point of activity settling at 28th Street and Allegheny Avenue, where many locally owned small businesses and the parish school and church were located. It was, well, paradisiacal to its people at Christmastide. Family and friends would gather at one home on Christmas Eve to celebrate with food, or gifts, or to trim the tree.
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