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April 14, 2010 | By Samantha Melamed FOR THE INQUIRER
In the 1960s, drug dealers and street crime came to Thomas Glennon's North Philadelphia neighborhood, a place rapidly earning its nickname - the Badlands. "People who had walked their dogs every night for 40 years suddenly were being assaulted on the street for the change in their pockets," said Glennon, who grew up at Fifth and Allegheny. His family moved away, along with anyone else who had the means to do so. These days, Glennon, 65, and 400 other members of the Nicetown-Tioga diaspora are back together on Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013
A PHOTO of Emmett Till's casket that I saw on Facebook last week chilled me to my core. I was reminded of that tragedy from our nation's history of a 14-year-old boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi during the summer of 1955, who offended a white woman and who wound up paying with his life. Next, I found myself staring at a photo of the Bryant Grocery and Meat Market, where Till and the shop owner's wife, Carolyn Bryant, whom Till is said to have whistled at, had encountered each other.
NEWS
September 28, 2011 | BY JASON NARK & WILLIAM BENDER, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
THE PAGAN stationed on a corner of Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood stood with his burly arms crossed over his belly, guarding the infamous motorcycle club's hotel-turned-fortress like a living, breathing gargoyle. Behind him, yellow caution tape and blue tarps draped the Binns Motor Inn - a signal from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club for "citizens" and nosy cops to keep out during the 2011 Roar to the Shore biker rally this month. It's the same hotel where federal prosecutors say that leaders of the Pagan's Long Island chapter at last year's rally told their minions to prepare for death or prison as they plotted a hand-grenade attack on the rival Hells Angels.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
Neil Geckle posted on his Facebook page that he likes to come home and "relieve myself of the days stresses" by looking at his Twi'lek bikini calendar. According to "Wookieepedia" — the Star Wars version of Wikipedia — the Twi'leks are a humanoid race of aliens, and the females are considered exceptionally beautiful. As strange as that is, Radnor police said Geckle, 19, had an even more disturbing pastime. He allegedly took photos of high school girls from Facebook, masturbated to them and then took pictures of his penis next to each girl's photo after the act. He then posted those photos to the girls' Facebook pages, police said.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
SEARCHERS returned from the forests and fields Sunday night, their voices hoarse from calling Autumn's name, and those who loved her the most huddled close together in Clayton, holding fast to hope. Meanwhile, at 8:16 p.m., a 15-year-old Clayton boy logged onto Facebook and, along with nearly 17,000 other people across the country, clicked "Like" on the FIND AUTUMN PASQUALE page. But authorities say Justin Robinson knew exactly where Pasquale was - because he allegedly had lured her to his home on East Clayton Avenue on Saturday afternoon and then beat and strangled the seventh-grader with the help of his brother, Dante Robinson, 17, before they stuffed her into a blue recycling container.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER NBC10 reporter Marisa Brahney , who's now at New Jersey's News 12, had some tragic news to share on her Facebook yesterday: Brahney lost her baby girl shortly after birth. "After a perfect and fast labor, our little girl Charlotte Madison was born early Saturday morning, but had breathing complications at birth," Brahney wrote on her Facebook page. "After 2 hours of working on her they couldn't save our little girl and we lost her. We are devastated and heartbroken.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Carole Ann Scaldeferri Spada, 70, of Newtown Square, a regular dancer on American Bandstand from 1957 to 1961, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of congestive heart failure at a Springfield hospital. Her husband, Richard Spada, said Mrs. Spada was recovering from a minor stroke she had suffered earlier when she became ill on the way to church. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where she died, her husband said. "When the doctor told me the news, I was heartbroken," her husband said.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEWTOWN SQUARE A Newtown Square man who disappeared last month under suspicious circumstances has been found dead in Virginia, authorities said Monday. Yaron Bernstein, 22, was last seen at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 as he left a friend's apartment on the 1100 block of North Third Street in Northern Liberties. At the time, authorities labeled his disappearance suspicious. Police said Bernstein, a music production artist, might have been a party in alleged criminal behavior involving drugs.
NEWS
February 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Of all the new Wolf administration nominees awaiting confirmation, few face a challenge quite like acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown. The veteran officer, who until recently headed the Maryland State Police, is not facing scrutiny just from legislators. He's also fielding it from within his own ranks. A Facebook page has been created where retired troopers and others have excoriated Brown over his decision to don the gray uniform troopers wear - even though, despite a long career in policing, he did not attend the State Police Academy.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A city election official who was previously fined by Philadelphia's Board of Ethics for using her office computer to engage in political activity is in hot water again with the same board - and has had her computer confiscated. Tracey Gordon, who has been a deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. According to an e-mail sent Thursday to the three commissioners by Chief Deputy Commissioner Don Garecht, Gordon was suspended without pay for 90 days pending an investigation by the Ethics Board.
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NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearview Regional High School's decision to take down a public display of a student police brutality project this week sparked controversy on social media and a student sit-in at the Gloucester County school. Four students hung the project, one of several in a humanitarian studies class, on a school wall Tuesday morning. It included a human silhouette with hands raised, cut from black construction paper and accompanied by the words, "Hands up, don't shoot!" and surrounded by statistics, prose, and photographs mounted on red paper.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A FORMER fraternity member who told State College cops about alleged hazing and sexual assault at his frat is suing Penn State University. James Vivenzio, 21, of Great Falls, Va., filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that the university was negligent in enforcing its anti-hazing policies and in responding to his initial allegations about the fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho. Vivenzio had disclosed an alleged invitation-only Facebook page that included...
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former University of Pennsylvania track athlete Timothy Hamlett, whose body was found in the Hudson River last week, was remembered Tuesday by a former teammate as a competitor who "led by example through his efforts and passion on the track. " Hamlett, 20, a philosophy major at Penn, had been missing from his Teaneck, N.J., home since Dec. 26. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office determined that his death was a suicide by drowning. "He was a quiet and reserved kid," said the former teammate, John Trueman.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | Christine M. Flowers
"WHY DON'T you just give him a chance?" "We could have done worse. " "You're being paranoid. " "Maybe the Republican will win in the general election. " All of these statements were posted to my Facebook page on Tuesday night. They were in response to my less-than-subtle comments about the presumptive next mayor. And let me say this at the outset, so I can avoid the awkward insertion of "probable" in every paragraph: The possibility that Jim Kenney will not take up residence in the mayor's office next year is about as substantial as Amal Clooney's waistline.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It was strange enough that Philadelphia Democrats endorsed a City Council candidate whose Facebook page featured a host of racist and otherwise offensive messages. But it was more remarkable that party leaders eventually urged him to get out of the race. Over the past two years, the Democratic-controlled city Traffic Court was found to be so corrupt that it was disbanded, a half-dozen Democratic state representatives and a state senator were caught up in criminal cases, and a Philadelphia Democrat resigned from the state Supreme Court amid investigations of pornographic e-mails and questionable legal fees.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mother reported missing since June might have been the victim of foul play, Upper Darby Township police said Thursday. Amanda DeGuio, a mother of 3- and 5-year-old girls, was last seen by family members in late June when she walked out of her mother's Drexel Hill home. "Amanda should have been heard from," said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of Upper Darby police. "I hope we can get her back," he added, noting that she has a history of addictions to prescription drugs and heroin.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
EMBATTLED CITY Council candidate Manny Morales had his read-my-lips moment yesterday repeatedly saying that he hadn't discussed his decision to rescind the Democratic City Committee's endorsement with the party's chairman, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, in the wake of a Facebook scandal. "I haven't spoken to him," Morales insisted during a news conference held at his Juniata Park campaign headquarters. "I sent him a letter [Thursday]. " Morales said he last spoke with Brady in February when he picked up the endorsement of ward leaders in the 7th Council District, which includes Morales' Frankford neighborhood.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emanuel "Manny" Morales is in for the fight. The Philadelphia City Council candidate, who came under fire this week after a political rival pointed out racist, antigay, and anti-poor-people messages on his Facebook page, said Friday that he is staying in the May 19 primary to determine the Democratic Party's candidate in the Seventh District. "We will continue doing like we did with our petitions," said Morales, who until this week was the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate, "knocking on doors and visiting every single person in the district.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia City Council candidate under fire over scores of racist, antigay and anti-poor people messages found on his Facebook page has been told by Democratic leaders that he has lost the party's support. In response - and to save face - Emanuel "Manny" Morales sent a letter Thursday to the party chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, asking ward leaders to rescind the endorsement they had given him. He said he intended to continue as a candidate running against the Seventh District incumbent, Maria Quiñones Sánchez.
NEWS
March 20, 2015
HAS OLD AGE taken the fight out of political pugilist Marge Tartaglione ? Sad but true. "I was always into a good argument, always ready for a stand," Tartaglione said when reached by phone at her home earlier this week. "I don't want to argue. I'm too tired. " Clout called the octogenarian former city commissioner chairwoman to get her thoughts on a 2010 Facebook post allegedly written by City Council candidate Manny Morales . The 2010 post on Morales' Facebook page (which he claims was hacked)
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