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November 17, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John B. Fitzgerald Jr., 91, of Devon, an insurance-company executive, died of a stroke Saturday, Nov. 2, at his home. Starting in 1952, Mr. Fitzgerald worked in the insurance industry, rising to a vice president of Cigna Corp. and later president of the firm's bond services unit. He remained active in the industry after retiring in 1989. Mr. Fitzgerald was born outside Chicago and grew up during the Depression. After high school, he joined the National Guard just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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November 7, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Great news: Pennsylvania recently passed a law to improve women's health. Alas, it is based on faulty science and lacks funding. On Friday, right after the pink-ribboned month of October, Gov. Corbett signed into law the Breast Density Notification Act. The law requires mammography centers to notify women about breast density so they might consider further tests such as ultrasounds and MRIs. Denser breasts appear white in mammograms, as do tumors, making them more difficult to read.
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November 3, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG Witnesses to future executions in Pennsylvania will, for the first time in recent memory, be able to see and hear the entire procedure. Under an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year by The Inquirer and the Harrisburg Patriot-News, witnesses will view the process from the moment the condemned person enters the death chamber to the time he or she is pronounced dead. "This is a victory for First Amendment rights and the public's right to know," acting Inquirer editor Stan Wischnowski said.
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November 2, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Powell, 69, of New Hope and Naples, Fla., an insurance company executive, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a nursing facility in North Wales. Mr. Powell cofounded American Travellers Corp. and built it into a major player in long-term-care insurance. He took the company public before selling it to Conseco Inc. in 1996. "He was a self-made man," said daughter Krysten Powell. Born and raised in Fishtown and a graduate of Mastbaum Technical High School, Mr. Powell started out in the insurance business by training with the family-owned Powell Agency in 1961.
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October 31, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester County SPCA, which has come under fire from former staff, board, and volunteers for alleged mistreatment of animals and neglect at its shelter, has hired two new top staff members. Emily Simmons of the Animal Farm Foundation, a pit-bull rescue service, and who formerly was affiliated with the Pennsylvania SPCA, has accepted the newly created position of executive director. Danielle Ball recently was hired as the shelter's operations manager. Ball had been with the Humane League of Lancaster County, said Marsha Perelman, board member for the shelter.
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October 26, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  James H. McFarlane liked playing ice hockey far more than he liked sitting in a classroom. Mr. McFarlane had four offers of "scholarships for playing ice hockey for colleges," his wife, Jeannette, said. He accepted none. "He ended up playing for a farm team to the New York Rangers," she said. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Mr. McFarlane, 84, a resident of Mount Laurel for 23 years who retired in 1984 as senior vice president of sales for Cunard Line Ltd. in New York City, died of pneumonia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
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October 18, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph A. Martin Sr., 87, of Longport, N.J., a former borough commissioner there and a freight account executive for trucking firms, died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 10, at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J. Born into the family that owned the former Philadelphia tugboat firm P.F. Martin Inc., Mr. Martin was known by many by his nickname of "Tugger. " He grew up in Port Richmond, graduated from La Salle College High School, and as a teenager served on a destroyer providing support to World War II convoys in the North Atlantic, son Patrick said.
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October 16, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Mentors can dispense sage wisdom over endless cups of coffee, but it takes a sponsor's relentless advocacy to propel a woman to a seat on a corporate board and a desk in a corner office. That's the message that will be presented Tuesday when the Forum of Executive Women releases its annual report on women in business leadership. "Sponsorship goes beyond mentoring," said Nila G. Betof, president of the businesswomen's association. "Sponsorship is where the sponsor puts his or her capital on the table in advocating for a woman.
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October 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the 1950s into the 1970s, William V. Zemitis was a teacher of adults at Sunday schools in South Jersey. He taught at the First Baptist Church of Burlington, then at the First Baptist Church of Willingboro. "He was good at that, with people his own age," son William I. said. Mr. Zemitis had good reason for helping others, his son suggested, having come from hard times. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Mr. Zemitis, 93, of Edgewater Park, a former construction firm executive, died at Virtua Memorial medical center in Mount Holly.
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October 13, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After four years in prison awaiting trial, Nafis Pinkney was acquitted Friday of the 2009 execution-style double murder in West Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before acquitting Pinkney, 24, of the slayings of best friend Jonathan Pitts, 21, and Pitts' girlfriend, Nakeisha Finks, 20. Afterward, defense attorney Gregory J. Pagano lambasted homicide detectives for coercing a...
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