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March 11, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are searching for a 70-year-old man who allegedly shot and injured a 19-year-old Church's Chicken employee at the Tioga restaurant on Sunday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ronald Graham, who also goes by Roland, police said. Graham allegedly became enraged Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old employee of Church's Chicken, at 3650 N. Broad Street, began cleaning tables near where Graham was eating. Graham argued with the employee and a manager, then left the building for a few seconds, Capt.
NEWS
March 9, 2016
ISSUE | CATHOLIC CHURCH Tough to follow Just when you think it's possible that the Catholic Church may have cleaned up its act, another vile story of the systemic cover up of child sexual abuse is revealed - this time in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese ("Bishop vows change after abuse report," Friday). This is another nail in the coffin of whatever is left of the church's moral capital and credibility. While not relinquishing my faith, I haven't attended church in years. I find it difficult to understand the "Catholics in the pews" who blindly accept the church's regressive stance on the ordination of women, married priests, homosexuality, contraception, and other issues.
REAL_ESTATE
March 6, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Mary Chigounis, says her nephew, Tony, was "very religious," and St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill "was close to her heart. " Widowed in the 1980s, she continued to live in the Pennsauken home she had shared with her husband, Charles. But, her nephew said, she firmly believed that there should be a residence near St. Thomas "for people her age, so they could remain active in the church. " When she died in 2003, Mary Chigounis left $2 million to help finance such a residence, but the process has not been easy, Tony Chigounis acknowledged.
NEWS
February 28, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
It started with a prayer and ended with a man in handcuffs. Police on Thursday arrested William C. Sides, 28, and charged him with repeatedly breaking into a Northeast Philadelphia church and stealing from its poor box. Sides was apprehended after two officers camped out in Our Lady of Calvary Church, at 11024 Knights Road, for nearly 48 hours and waited for him to return and attempt another break-in, authorities announced Friday. After he entered the sanctuary around 9 p.m., police said, the officers nabbed him as he tried to flee down the church steps.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Four days after two "Black Lives Matter" signs were ripped down and stolen outside a Cherry Hill church, more than 100 people gathered to hear a panel of local leaders discuss the challenges facing black Americans and efforts to bring attention to inequality. "Most people don't take the time to understand and get to know black America," Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young Sr., one of the six panelists, said at the Unitarian Universalist Church. There is a misconception, he said, that African Americans are lazy or want to be on welfare.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Two "Black Lives Matter" banners outside a Cherry Hill church were ripped down and stolen Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar sign was stolen from there. The signs were advertising a public forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Kings Highway, where local leaders are to gather Thursday evening to discuss why black lives matter. Rohn Hein, the lay leader for social responsibility at the church, called the vandalism "a rather vicious attack. " "The hidden racism that exists in our community is very sad," he said.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, in Conshohocken, is closing its doors, effective March 16, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. In July 2014, the church merged with three other nearby parishes - St. Gertrude, St. Mary and St. Matthew - to form a consolidated St. Matthew Parish under the archdiocese's ongoing Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative. St. Matthew, on Fayette Street in Conshohocken, became the main parish location, while the other churches became worshipping sites for occasional Masses and weddings.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Pope Francis' assertion Thursday that contraception might be acceptable in certain cases, and his criticism of Donald Trump's call for a wall at the Mexican border, may sound startling but are consistent with church teachings, according to some Catholic theologians. Francis, famous for his provocative remarks to reporters, told a news conference as he flew back to Rome that for women at risk of having babies with birth defects because of the Zika virus, using contraceptives to avoid a pregnancy is "a lesser evil" than using abortion to end one. The virus, which is spreading in parts of Central and South America, may cause microcephaly, or diminished skulls.
NEWS
February 16, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
Pastor Robert Levan Gravely II, a Mantua church pastor, died after suffering a heart attack Jan. 17, the day after his 61st birthday, a son said. Gravely had worked in management for Rite Aid before becoming pastor of the Jesus Christ Church of the Apostolic Faith. He lived in Yeadon, Delaware County. "He was an excellent father," his son Steven said, "dedicated, hardworking. He wa61nted the best for his family and he worked hard to provide the best for us. " Gravely had worked his way up to become a regional manager with Rite Aid, his family said.
SPORTS
February 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Academy of the New Church captured six of the final seven weight classes to knock off Westtown, 41-26, for the Friends Schools League wrestling championship. Graham Johnson started the stretch with a pin at 170 pounds. Jamie Earle (195) added a decision, and Brayden Boyeson (220) and Kyle Cole (285) won by forfeit. Mike Antonyuk (106) scored a major decision, and Declan Durran (113) won by fall. PIAA AAA Duals. Jordan Wood (220) scored a pin in 49 seconds, but it was not enough as Boyertown fell in the championship final to Bethlehem Catholic, 37-12.
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