December 30, 2010 |
A couple of unholy, intoxicated churchgoers - high on booze and drugs - crashed a Midnight Mass in Drexel Hill on Christmas Eve when they stumbled down the aisle, fondled each other in a pew and flushed drugs down the church toilet, police said. Authorities believe that Alexander Pirone, 21, and Catherine McGrath, 24, planned to hide in the restroom until after the building was locked up for the night so that they could burglarize the church, but a cop and an EMT at the Mass thwarted them, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
December 26, 2010 |
It is just after noon, and the restaurant is empty on what's supposed to be the busiest day of the year - Christmas. Owner Peter Fong isn't worried. Catering to synagogues the night before had nearly emptied the shelves at his Singapore Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant on Race Street near 10th in Chinatown, so Fong had to make a quick shopping trip to get ready for the crowd he knew would come. As Christians gather with family to mark the holy holiday, a Jewish tradition also plays out: going to the openings of new movies and eating at Chinese restaurants.
December 25, 2010 |
A Chester County woman was working at her son's elementary school Thursday when a bus driver called to alert her that police had just blockaded her street. In two minutes, shortly past noon, Angela Cupaiuolo was at the scene of what turned out to be a fast-moving fire that destroyed the home in East Goshen Township she shared with her husband, Mark Cupaiuolo, and their two children. Most of the family's possessions went up in flames, including Christmas gifts. But on Christmas Eve, the family was celebrating - and compiling a long list of people to thank.
December 24, 2010 |
This is the first time in two years that I have written for this page. In case you are like me and a little forgetful, I'll remind you that I worked for 43 years as a reporter, associate editor, and twice-weekly columnist for The Inquirer before retiring in 2005. This year, my life changed dramatically, and not only because I have reached an age at which I can no longer deny my senior status. In March, I underwent the first of five spinal-cord surgeries that ultimately left me paralyzed from the waist down.
December 17, 2010 |
Sitting near the Christmas tree in his Kensington home, Big Billy Howell cupped his hand over his cell phone and yelled the news - "We got 36 more dollars!" - to his once-broken buddies. Howell was surrounded by Joe the Mouth; the Island, a colossus of a man in Cowboys blue; dark-haired Dave F; Johnny the Real Deal; and the wiry Uncle Skunkel. The half-dozen men are all "Kenzos," bonded through blue-collar ties and years of sitting together in a church basement at alcohol- and drug-recovery meetings.
December 2, 2010
I WAS tempted to begin by using the phrase "It takes a village. " Better, I decided, would be "Village idiots. " Every year at this time there are PC battles across the nation over how and where to recognize the holidays. This year, the most ridiculous of them all was at City Hall. How else to explain the city's decision to replace "Christmas" with "Holiday" on the sign marking the entrance to what is obviously a Christmas village, and then to remove the sign altogether - before the mayor finally changed his mind?
December 2, 2010
MR. NEGRIN, I want to thank you for making Philadelphia a disgrace on every national news media outlet this morning, and also for reaffirming our city's image as the sixth-largest joke in the nation. It's people like you who actually foster discrimination against the majority by the tyranny of the minority. In this age of political correctness, elected and bureaucratic appointed officials show their gutless appeasement of a segment of society. You foster a society of complainers when you grovel to the haters of freedom.
November 22, 2010 |
Shawn Andrews, a sensitive, communicative soul, heard it all. Those taunts rained from the stands at Lincoln Financial Field last night as Andrews and the Giants visited the Eagles. "I heard so much stuff, man," said Andrews, sadly. Andrews spent six seasons with the Eagles, the last two, 2008 and 2009, recovering from two back surgeries. His recovery was complicated by bouts with depression. He has indicated that his depression led him to alcohol overuse and the contemplation of suicide.
August 16, 2010
The Rev. Joseph McFadden, who graduated from St. Joseph's University thinking he might someday coach college basketball, on Wednesday will be installed as the 10th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. After graduating from St. Joseph's, McFadden taught at West Catholic High in Philadelphia, where he coached basketball. He was ordained a priest in 1981, after attending St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Eventually, he served for 29 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
January 9, 2010 |
A family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads police to a South Philadelphia teenager who disappeared Christmas Eve. Jason Vu's 4-year-old sister was the last to see him. He put her in her room about 8 a.m. Dec. 24, said "Bye," and shut the door. Vu, 14, left his house at 23d and Wolf Streets that morning without his cell phone, wallet, or prescription glasses, said his aunt, Michelle Nguyen. He has not been heard from since. Nguyen yesterday said her nephew was quiet and reserved, and had never run away from home.