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February 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE FIRST BLOW came from behind. Micheal Allen had been relaxing in bed, writing in her journal, when her head exploded with pain. The hits hammered on, breaking her nose and ripping open her cheek. Allen rolled out of bed to face her attacker, a fellow resident of the Kintock Center, the halfway house in North Philadelphia where both women were sent last spring as parole violators. "I could see blood pouring down my face and my body just went weak," Allen said recently, recalling the May 16 attack.
NEWS
February 3, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF ONE WORD could describe the character of Doris Harris it's "selfless. " That was the first word that came to the mind of her daughter Takada when asked to describe her mother. "Selfless. " Doris seemed to spend much of her time in service to others. She had seven children of her own, but she believed that all the children in her North Philadelphia neighborhood were hers. She was determined to see to it that all the children in what was perceived as an "underserved" neighborhood had clothing.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN THE FIFTH of a nationwide series of roundtable discussions aimed at improving police-community relations, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met in Philadelphia yesterday with local law-enforcement leaders and community members. During a brief introduction before Holder's "Building Communities of Trust Tour" forum - a closed-door discussion - Holder, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger, Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey spelled out the goal of the discussions and of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Rita Giordano and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
Proclaiming that "the United States is coming back," President Obama unveiled an ambitious proposal Friday that would allow millions of students to get a community college education tuition-free. The president's speech, while welcomed by several local community college leaders and students as well as some national education advocates, provided few details about how the program would work, including how it would be funded. Obama said he would submit the idea to Congress in coming weeks as part of his new budget.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2015 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nic Esposito is at once a romantic and a realist, and both inform his passions: farming, telling stories, and advocating for fresh, local food for all. Now, with Kensington Homestead , his second book and first attempt at nonfiction, Esposito, 32, is emerging as a literary voice for the wildly vibrant farm community in Philadelphia. His 14-essay collection chronicles the joys and frustrations of growing crops in uber-urban East Kensington, where the forces of gentrification press relentlessly through the swirl of entrenched poverty.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The day after Christmas, and the day before a funeral in New York City for one of two slain police officers, about 300 people turned out for a rally on the Boardwalk to show support for local law enforcement. Afterward, the crowd in front of Boardwalk Hall, composed mostly of police, off-duty officers and their families, and government officials, in a show of solidarity marched about eight blocks to the new Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial at St. James Place.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Susan Snyder, and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
Drexel University will end programs that allowed students to earn four-year degrees at discounted tuition rates without leaving their community college campuses. Offered at community colleges in Delaware, Montgomery, and Burlington Counties, the program sent Drexel faculty and staff members to teach courses there. Drexel did not offer a reason for the end of its program. A spokeswoman said the university would focus on encouraging community college students to transfer to its campus in Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 50 people - including religious leaders, political officials, and community members - gathered in Yardley on Friday afternoon to denounce an anti-Semitic slur apparently spray-painted onto a family's garage door this week. Organized by State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks), the event featured speeches from him and Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Jeff Benedetto as well as two rabbis, a nun, a Presbyterian pastor, a representative from a local Islamic group, and other community members.
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The police cars, barricades, and ambulances are long gone, but residents of the Pheasant Run apartments in Harleysville are still haunted by searing memories of mass murder. "Having to go by her apartment every day and see the bullet holes" has been traumatic, Pam Truesdell, 50, said Saturday at a neighborhood vigil. A child's bike, she said, is still in the yard. According to investigators, Nicole Stone's ex-husband went on a rampage that spanned 40 miles, traumatized three schools, killed six family members, and orphaned three children - one of the worst mass murders in Pennsylvania since 1966.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them? It's a decades-old dream, but key pieces are finally falling into place, according to civic leaders and developers who joined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Union League sponsored by the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. On both sides of the river, new projects such as Brandywine Realty Trust's 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets and PMC Property Group's million-square-foot complex planned at 2400 Market St. are paying closer attention than their predecessors to the streetscape and river.
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