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March 16, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Jackson stepped into Archbishop Ryan's gym with 0.6 seconds remaining, then glanced at the scoreboard to see his Math, Civics and Sciences boys' basketball squad ahead of Church Farm by one point. Because of the funeral of his beloved uncle James, Jackson turned the coaching reins over to athletic director Lonnie Diggs on Friday night. "Everything I am as a man I owe to my uncle," said Jackson, whose Mighty Elephants rallied late to nip the Griffins, 47-46, in a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The notion paralyzed Lisa Chifokoyo with fear. She had three hours to come up with $2,000 - or her husband could die. Rob Chifokoyo's kidney was failing. He was weak, couldn't eat, and wasn't responding to treatment. He needed emergency dialysis, and Lisa, 27, had tracked down the only nephrologist in their native Zimbabwe who could perform the procedure. But the doctor wanted money up front: That's how it worked in Zimbabwe. And he gave them a deadline. "Pretty scary," Lisa said through tears this week, recalling the moment that Rob called "rock bottom.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Church Farm captured its fourth consecutive PIAA District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship Saturday, but there was only a low-key celebration afterward. That's because the Griffins looked as if they were, as coach Marc Turner put it afterward, "going through the motions" for most of their 68-60 triumph over Phil-Mont Christian at Villanova's Pavilion. In beating its Bicentennial Athletic League rival, Church Farm committed 12 turnovers in the first three quarters and led by only three points early in the fourth.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE CHURCH is located smack dab in the middle of Delaware County, in Media Borough, the county seat known as "Everybody's Hometown. " So perhaps it's appropriate that Media Presbyterian Church attracts members who were raised in different faith traditions. "We seem to be viewed by a lot of people as a happy medium, between the liturgical, ritualistic religion found in, say, the Roman Catholic Church, to the nondenominational churches at the other end of the spectrum," said the Rev. Stu Ritter, interim pastor of the 164-year-old church.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
INVARIABLY, when some old friend called Al Williams, it wasn't "How are you, Al?" It was, "How's your mom?" It wasn't that old pals weren't interested in Al's condition; it was just that his mother, Anna Williams, was a special person known to a wide variety of people from all walks of life and professions. There was something about Anna that drew people to her - and once a friend, always a friend. "If you met her, she'd get personal with you right away," said her son Alford J. Williams.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Winslow Township man who was an organist at several South Jersey churches has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted at least four male juveniles, authorities say. Joseph Cuthbert, 71, was arrested at his home Sunday after an apparent victim stepped forward earlier in the day. The victim claimed abuse began in September. An investigation found other victims who claimed the man had assaulted them over the last 30 years, Winslow police said. A police release initially said five total victims were located, but Detective Cary Robinson later said in an interview: "Right now we have four victims.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along the two blocks of North 17th Street on either side of the Vine Street Expressway in Center City, remarkably different financial trajectories of two religious groups are playing out. At the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, south of Vine, church leaders are turning property accumulated over generations - such as cemeteries - into cash in a bid to fill huge financial gaps. About a block north, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans this week to build a meetinghouse and a 32-story residential tower next door to its $70 million temple, already under construction.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE MORMON church will build a 32-story residential building and a new meetinghouse a block away from its Center City temple, officials announced yesterday. Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke joined members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to announce the project, which will be at 16th and Vine streets and is slated for completion in 2016. The rental units and meetinghouse will be open to anyone, not just members of the church. The development, which could generate up to 1,800 construction jobs, will have 258 rental apartments, 13 rental townhouses and retail space, according to the city.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN THE Rev. Martha A. Lang arrived to take over as pastor of Mount Tabor African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1983, she found a congregation of nine adults and six children. Discouraged? That word was never in Martha Lang's vocabulary. Instead, she applied her vision and leadership qualities to attract new members. In 1988, the congregation purchased the historic Ukrainian Baptist Church at 7th Street and Girard Avenue and moved Mount Tabor there from 22nd and Master streets.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I'm worried about Mother Mary. Because she found religion. In a manner of speaking, anyway. We begin when Brother Frank tells me that he'll call me on Sunday, "after church. " I don't understand. No Scottoline has gone to church in centuries, least of all my mother, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church after she got divorced. Can you imagine Catholicism without a Mother Mary? I asked, "Frank, did you and Mom start going to church?" "No, I meant we watch on TV. " "You and Mom watch church on television?"
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