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February 20, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Jerry Corrento is a Catholic of contradictions. The 63-year-old great-grandfather serves as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Timothy's in Mayfair, but he would be an odd choice to collect the offering. He'll gladly help his parish fix the roof but is rescinding an $1,800 pledge to the Philadelphia Archdiocese's $200 million "Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope" campaign until Cardinal Justin Rigali resigns and the church pays for crimes against children. Corrento also serves on the parish evangelization committee, but he never asks why folks stray.
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September 25, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE CAMERAS aimed at the northbound Cecil B. Moore SEPTA platform captured two things perfectly last week: an intense struggle between a transit cop and a fare evader, and the insidious Philly Shrug that could have gotten a veteran cop seriously hurt, or killed. In the video , Officer Samuel Washington is responding to a cashier's call about the lawbreaker. As he attempts to arrest him, the guy, who cops say has a record as long as an e-book, resists, and the two grapple until they end up on a bench, with the cop underneath it. It wasn't hard to see how easily this could have gone from bad to worse when I watched the footage at SEPTA police headquarters yesterday.
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January 8, 1999 | By Susan Perloff
Met a wonderful woman today. We are both on jury duty on the ninth floor of the Criminal Justice Center. We first made eye contact in the 20-foot mirror in the ladies' room. Out in the lobby, we admire the floor mosaic of a map of Philadelphia. In relation to downtown, she lives in the first stall in the ladies', and I live in the third. We sit on a marble bench in the city-block-long hall, getting acquainted. Cops and robbers, on the bench opposite, ignore us. Forty of us are on a panel of potential jurors, parading in straight lines, two-by-two, like a disorderly class of third graders.
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April 12, 1994 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Let's see now. How 'bout if Tom - Mr. June - stands under the El tracks. We can put Dick - Mr. March - leaning against that old elm tree down the park. And Harry - Mr. October - he's gotta be in the cemetery. That's a must. You know, Halloween and all. Hey, it's not every Tom, Dick and Harry who gets a chance to flex his pecs, strum the banjo, or maybe push his wheelbarrow in front of a historical landmark and . . . . . . and become a Hunk of the Month at the same time.
NEWS
February 3, 1989 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the store, 14-year-old Mike Brendler noticed that an eighth-grade classmate was stuffing merchandise under his coat. Mike did the "right" thing. He told the manager, who called the police. But that incident was just make-believe. The students were role-playing yesterday in Freema Nichols' social studies class at the Swarthmore-Rutledge School in Swarthmore. What would Mike do in real life? "I wouldn't want to rat on a friend," he told the class in a discussion afterward.
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May 5, 2003 | By Lynn A. Marks and Shira Goodman
In our system of justice, the most important participants are a group of ordinary people. It is on this group that the entire system's operation depends. We refer, of course, to the jurors who sit and decide cases. Jury service is one of the few opportunities citizens have to participate directly in our process of governance. The American jury system has been lauded as a crucial development and emulated throughout the world. At home, however, disillusionment with the system is high.
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March 14, 2002 | By Doug Slack
Jury duty. Many would rather spend the day sitting on a bed of nails watching a Britney Spears movie than be subjected to the monstrous inconvenience of jury duty. I had always successfully dodged it, until a few weeks ago. I certainly didn't want to go, but, having no way out, I sucked it up and trudged in. I arrived at the Camden County Courthouse at 8:15 a.m. and received my juror badge. The badge alerts lawyers to my purpose in the courthouse, as if my look of disdain weren't enough.
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November 4, 2000 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
Suppose you get a letter in the mail calling you for jury duty. When you present yourself in court, you ask the judge for an exemption. "What's your excuse?" the judge asks, looking up languidly from the clutter on his desk. He has heard it all before: work, personal illness, a sick child, an incapacitated parent. "No excuse, your honor," you reply. "I simply don't want to. " The following week, you receive a tax notice from the Internal Revenue Service. The notice informs you that you are past due on a large bill.
NEWS
May 3, 2005
WHAT A SURPRISE that federal Judge Michael Baylson decides to kick a juror out all because of a few other whiny jurors. They were probably upset because she kept objecting to the evidence that would have led to a quick guilty verdict. Then they could have gloated to reporters about doing their civic duty before doing what they wanted to when deliberations began: Going home after reaching their predetermined verdict. Edward Dubin Philadelphia
NEWS
December 15, 1986
I am writing concerning the security in City Hall courtrooms or the lack thereof. As a newly registered voter and prospective juror, I would appreciate having additional measures pursued to assure my safety, as well as that of every individual who is obligated to or chooses to use the facilities of City Hall. When I am summoned to jury duty, I am expected under penalty of law to appear; I therefore wish to be protected as a citizen. We happen to live in a city where the use of guns is prevalent in all facets of our society.
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September 19, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE PHILADELPHIA courts want potential jurors who try to escape their civic duty to know they'll end up on the other side of the courtroom. Yesterday, Juror Scofflaw Court - which was revived this spring after more than a decade since its last use - saw a group of 52 jurors who neglected to appear for court twice. "We have so many people that don't show up," said jury commissioner Daniel Rendine. "It's becoming a major problem. " More than a third of all Philadelphia residents summoned for duty don't respond.
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September 25, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE CAMERAS aimed at the northbound Cecil B. Moore SEPTA platform captured two things perfectly last week: an intense struggle between a transit cop and a fare evader, and the insidious Philly Shrug that could have gotten a veteran cop seriously hurt, or killed. In the video , Officer Samuel Washington is responding to a cashier's call about the lawbreaker. As he attempts to arrest him, the guy, who cops say has a record as long as an e-book, resists, and the two grapple until they end up on a bench, with the cop underneath it. It wasn't hard to see how easily this could have gone from bad to worse when I watched the footage at SEPTA police headquarters yesterday.
NEWS
April 14, 2013 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
When I received the summons for jury duty, I didn't know what to expect. Turns out, jury duty is a lot like high school. While our instructor was taking attendance, I felt like I was back in homeroom. Everyone was sleepy, grumpy, and seated in a collective slump. There were posters on the wall picturing a perfectly diverse group of smiling people, only instead of "Knowledge Is Power," it had fine print about doing your civic duty. I don't know how much motivation you need to do something that's compulsory.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Child bride Courtney Stodden , 16, is "a good Christian girl," her mum tells RadarOnline even as lascivious, albeit clothed, photos of the aspiring teen singer hit the Net. Courtney's parents, Alex and Krista Stodden , are doing the media rounds to promote their daughter's marriage to 51-year-old Lost actor Doug Hutchison , who had been managing the buxom bride's fledgling career. "We all needed a good man in our lives," Krista tells Fox News' FOX411.com. "You don't look at the age. You look at the love they started to have towards each other.
NEWS
May 17, 2011
Philadelphia City Councilman Frank Rizzo, who has served 16 years as an at-large councilman, has apparently lost his race for another term. Also, in the first council district, Democrat Mark F. Squilla appears to have won; Squilla captured 42 percent of the vote based on 90 percent of the votes counted. The South Philadelphia seat is now held by Frank DiCicco. In the 5th district, Darrell Clarke appears to have won the Democratic primary. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Clarke has 73 percent of the vote.
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February 20, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Jerry Corrento is a Catholic of contradictions. The 63-year-old great-grandfather serves as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Timothy's in Mayfair, but he would be an odd choice to collect the offering. He'll gladly help his parish fix the roof but is rescinding an $1,800 pledge to the Philadelphia Archdiocese's $200 million "Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope" campaign until Cardinal Justin Rigali resigns and the church pays for crimes against children. Corrento also serves on the parish evangelization committee, but he never asks why folks stray.
NEWS
January 7, 2011
LETTER-WRITER Pat Dever's indignation at people who save their parking spots after a big snow is just to cover up his laziness. If it snows a lot, and I have to get up extra early to dig my car out to get to work on time, you're darn right that's my spot until the rest of the street becomes available for parking. You say you're doing your civic duty by removing recycling buckets or lawn chairs. I say you just don't want to break your back like the rest of us. I bet you park your car in those spots.
NEWS
October 24, 2010 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Bryan Lentz finally came clean about playing dirty. Goody for him, but pity the voters deciding whether honesty about duplicity should earn the Delaware County Democrat a promotion from the state legislature to Congress. And let us ache, too, for folks in New Jersey's Third Congressional District, still wondering whether Democratic Rep. John Adler propped up a tea party spoiler to siphon votes from his GOP rival, behemoth former Eagle Jon Runyan. Part of me thinks I'd respect Adler for manning up to using his brains against Runyan's brawn.
NEWS
June 11, 2010 | By Vanessa Martinez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those applying to be U.S. citizens in 2010 may not all look like the Founding Fathers, but as it was in their time, America is still a place to pursue dreams. That was the message Zane D. Memeger, the new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, gave to 93 citizens-to-be at a naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse Thursday. "The Constitution is an evolving document. Each year, laws change to encompass more people. . . . We need to embrace our differences," Memeger said.
SPORTS
January 9, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Eagles return to the scene of last week's disaster, Donovan McNabb may wonder - can a first-round NFL playoff game against the Cowboys in his 11th season really be crucial to his entire Eagles legacy? Of course. "If it finishes badly, forget about everything else," said former Eagles player and Fox analyst Brian Baldinger, talking about any season. "With franchise quarterbacks, that's all we want to remember. " With McNabb, the legacy obviously can never be judged simply by formula.
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