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December 26, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Partly thanks to mankind's remarkable historical propensity for ignorance and violence, these are not our darkest days. But even if most of us are immeasurably better off than we were millennia or centuries ago, a passing familiarity with the strife on America's streets and depredations abroad can make the present day look dim. And in an astronomical sense, these are our very darkest days - of the year anyway. The long nights of early winter, with fleeting glimpses of sun and months of freezing ahead, are the literally dark days from which all metaphoric meanings of the phrase spring.
NEWS
April 13, 1999 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Carl Selby went on trial yesterday on charges that he killed his wife three nights before Christmas and tried to cover up the murder by scrawling threats to his family on a wall of their Germantown rowhouse. Pamela Selby, 35, was shot twice in the head at point-blank range as she lay sleeping in the couple's third-floor bedroom before midnight Dec. 22, 1997. A pillow, stained with blood and gunshot powder burns, was used to muffle the sound, Assistant District Attorney Roger King told a Common Pleas Court jury.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
Members of the Wiggins Elementary School Band trumpet in the Christmas season in Camden during a lighting ceremony for the city's Christmas tree. The tree, at Broadway and Mickle Street, was dedicated yesterday.
NEWS
November 24, 1989 | SAM PSORAS/ DAILY NEWS
Fairmount Park workmen lift the city's official Christmas tree into place this week in front of City Hall at Dilworth Plaza. The 35-foot tree has a 20- foot span at the base. Naturally, lights and decorations will follow.
NEWS
December 19, 1990 | E.W. FAIRCLOTH/ DAILY NEWS
Poet Joyce Kilmer once wrote, "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. " Oh, what shrubbery, Louis Turra (in foreground) must have said. But Turra, owner of a tree stand at 234 Oregon Ave., obviously took that appreciation to heart yesterday when he sold a Christmas tree to holiday well- wishers Carroll Roberts, George Green and Wadeeah Wagner (all in background).
SPORTS
December 17, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall was arrested yesterday after Nashville, Tenn., police said he threw a Christmas tree in a hotel lobby and spat on a police car. Around midnight the boxer had thrown a drinking glass and an ashtray in the Crowne Plaza Hotel's bar along with the Christmas tree in the lobby, police said. After officers asked McCall to leave, the boxer spat on a police car, shouted abusive language and resisted arrest after they decided to take him into custody, police said.
NEWS
December 14, 1989 | By Larisa Kuntz, Special to The Inquirer
When C. Lewis Watson looks at a Christmas tree, he doesn't just see twinkling lights and golden decorations. He sees nine months of hard work and sweat. Watson owns Watson Tree Farm in Warrington, and each Christmas season he sells more than 500 of the roughly 1.6 million Christmas trees sold in Pennsylvania each year. "Contrary to what people think, you don't just put them in the ground, let them grow and presto, a Christmas tree appears," Watson said. It takes eight to 10 years of nurturing before a tree reaches a height suitable for chopping, usually about 5 1/2 feet, Watson said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (sssss) You're a ball of fire and energy this weekend. Your enthusiasm nearly overwhelms some people yet draws several admirers. You really have the pick of the mix, but you might not like your first or second choice. Do not hesitate to walk away politely. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (sss) You might feel as if you need to retreat tonight and for most of the weekend. It is not that you are not desirable but you have had enough of all the parties, happy moments, etc. You need some rest otherwise you could be a grumpy flirt tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nurtured by a third-generation Montgomery County Christmas tree farm, a Fraser fir measuring 18 1/2 feet tall and 11 feet wide will reach national heights Friday when it is delivered to the White House. Brothers Jay and Glenn Bustard, along with their mother, Virginia, are scheduled to present the tree - this year's official White House Christmas tree - to First Lady Michelle Obama at 11 a.m. It will be on display in the Blue Room. Planted in 2001 at one of Bustard's Christmas Trees' farms, in Lehighton, Carbon County, the Fraser fir was cut down Monday.
SPORTS
April 6, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
About to coach in her first women's Final Four, Dawn Staley took time out the other day to tell people on Twitter that she had finally taken down her Christmas tree. It had been a running joke between Staley and her 25,000 followers about her still having the tree up. After a suitable pause, after one Gamecocks fan noted her inspiration was enough to take their own tree down, came Staley's next tweet: "APRIL FOOLS on taking down the xmas tree . . . Gotcha!!!" Laughing emoticons took up the rest of Staley's 140 characters.
NEWS
January 3, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two uniformed police officers were walking through Camden's Liberty Park neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon when residents urgently flagged them down. A house was on fire, with children trapped inside. Sean McMahon and Aaron Roselli, officers in the Camden County Police Department, ran to the house on the 800 block of Atlantic Avenue, where neighbors were breaking windows and trying to get upstairs. "The smoke was extremely thick," McMahon said. "It was overwhelming. " A mother and her young son and daughter would ultimately be saved by officers, who helped them jump from the burning home, police said Thursday at a news conference.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | BY PATTY-PAT KOZLOWSKI
  ON FRIDAY night, Dec. 19, Maryann Trombetta, president of the Port Richmond Town Watch, joined her fellow neighbors and residents of the river-ward community at Campbell Square Park, on Allegheny Avenue, the main street of Port Richmond. Bundled up in two pairs of socks, a hoodie, jacket and gloves, Trombetta took to the streets as part of a city-wide "blue out" to show support for not only the Philadelphia Police Department but police departments and officers across the United States.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't toss that Christmas tree just yet. For city residents who don't mind keeping their trees until Jan. 5, the Philadelphia Streets Department has a recycling program to help prevent those Douglas firs and Virginia pines from ending up in a landfill. From Jan. 5 to 17, city residents can drop off their trees (free of decorations) at one of four sanitation convenience centers - 3033 S. 63d St. in Southwest Philadelphia; Domino Lane and Umbria Street in Upper Roxborough; State Road and Ashburner Street in Holmesburg; and 2601 W. Glenwood Ave. in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Partly thanks to mankind's remarkable historical propensity for ignorance and violence, these are not our darkest days. But even if most of us are immeasurably better off than we were millennia or centuries ago, a passing familiarity with the strife on America's streets and depredations abroad can make the present day look dim. And in an astronomical sense, these are our very darkest days - of the year anyway. The long nights of early winter, with fleeting glimpses of sun and months of freezing ahead, are the literally dark days from which all metaphoric meanings of the phrase spring.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - For weeks, people have been coming to see the Christmas tree Reading saved. Matt Marino has seen them out the frosted windows of Pauline's Soups, the restaurant at the corner of Fifth and Penn Streets that he and his family own. Across the street, tourists have gathered to take photos and selfies next to the pathetic tree that became an international story. The locals who pass often shake their heads or roll their eyes. Some curse. Others laugh. For some, the tree's depressing appearance has been a reminder that their town - among the nation's poorest - can also be depressing.
NEWS
December 9, 2014
ISSUE | JUSTICE Stanch protests Why not just completely dispense with grand juries ("Grand jury clears officer in N.Y. death; protests follow," Dec. 4)? Instead, have all such decisions made by a permanent panel consisting of the president, the attorney general, various members of Congress, and, of course, countless social advocates. After all, they know what is fair and correct without wasting time hearing all the facts. By eliminating grand juries, we also could have eliminated the anarchy that followed two recent decisions on deaths involving police.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
The other day, somebody asked me if I was "task-oriented. " I replied, "Proudly. " I have no problem being task-oriented. In fact, I love being task-oriented. You know why? It gets things done. So what if I have a gaping ulcer? Every bowel needs a little ventilation. In my opinion, life is full of tasks, and only the task-oriented have the proper orientation to get all the tasks done. You can take a test to see if you're task-oriented, in the privacy of your own home.
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