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June 28, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A 21-year-old Delaware County man was nabbed by Denver police last night after fleeing some 1,700 miles from where cops say he murdered his boss at a landscaping company while he was having an affair with the boss' wife. Stephen Shappell, 21, spent two days on the lam before he was captured by police about 6:10 p.m. A Denver Police public information officer had few details last night but did say Shappell had been captured on foot. When he's returned here, Shappell will face homicide and related charges for the death of landscape company owner Kevin Mengel Jr., of West Goshen, Chester County, police said.
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.
LIVING
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.
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
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
March 21, 2012 | Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A body pulled from the Schuylkill in Philadelphia Tuesday has been identified as that of a Drexel University professor from Lower Merion Township. Nagesh Idupulapati, a 29-year-old mechanical engineering assistant research professor, had been reported missing by the Lower Merion Police Department March 11, police said. Idupulapati, who was originally from India, had written in a suicide note that he was going to jump off a bridge, police said. The day after he went missing police had recovered Idupulapati's Honda Accord near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.
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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
February 13, 2015
WE ARE probably the only ones who cringed a little when the Democratic National Committee announced yesterday that Philadelphia won the coveted role of hosting the 2016 convention. Not because we're squeamish about Democrats. And not because we're squeamish about the city's ability to pull off this event. In fact, compared to the 2 million expected for September's papal visit, this convention is small potatoes. Why would anyone even entertain for one second the possibility that our big, complicated, successful city wouldn't pull it off?
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As the competition to win the support of donors for a potential presidential campaign intensifies, Gov. Christie on Monday announced a federal political action committee that could lay the foundation for a 2016 run. The move by Christie, who courted conservatives in the early presidential nominating state of Iowa last weekend, follows the lead of other Republican contenders who have signaled interest in the presidential race. Christie, who helped raise more than $100 million to support Republican gubernatorial candidates in last fall's elections, has sought to sell his brand as a two-term governor in a deeply blue state who shares the values of his party's base but can appeal to a broader electorate.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Deirdre Giumetti, a.k.a. Yummygal, is behind the wheel of her Buick Enclave, heading east from her home in Woodstown. "I love this," she says, as Route 40 unfurls across the rolling Salem County landscape under a gauzy winter sky. "It's a different world down here. " We're on our way to Daretown Lake in Upper Pittsgrove, a favorite among "Yummygal's South Jersey Adventures. " That's the title of Giumetti's Facebook page, where thousands of visitors click and comment on her eclectic, entertaining, and enlightening posts about the Garden State's better half.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
FOR KIM JONES, life was about caring for others. The mother spent the last several years working at an organization that helps abused and neglected children. But with the pull of a trigger yesterday morning - a single bullet fired into the dedicated child-advocacy worker's head as she went off to work - that was all gone. Police said Jones, 56, left her North Philadelphia home about 9 a.m. and walked less than a block to a bus stop at 12th and Jefferson streets, just as she had each day for several years on her way to her job at Center City-based Turning Points for Children.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Bucks County baby who this year became the namesake for a state law requiring hospitals to test newborns for certain rare disorders, died Sunday, Dec. 28. Hannah Ginion would have turned 2 on Jan. 15. She suffered from Krabbe disease, an inherited condition that destroys nerve cells. "Hannah was called home to be with the angels this morning," said a post on a Facebook page that had provided updates about her condition. "She went peacefully. " Hannah was diagnosed with Krabbe disease when she was 5 months old - too late for a cord blood transplant that could have stopped or slowed its progression.
NEWS
December 5, 2014
WHEN YOU write anything for public consumption, and when it ends up on the Web in some shape or form, you can be absolutely certain that unless you are the pope (and even when you are) there will be objectionable comments from the peanut gallery. And, despite my almost fanatical devotion to the concept of free speech, I've developed a peanut allergy. That's my fey and not-so-clever way of saying that I'm not a huge fan of the more vitriolic opinions that bubble up from the tarry depths of the Internet, to the extent that I usually ignore them.
NEWS
November 21, 2014
I KNOW THE NUNS who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I've come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it's always good to reach out to those suffering, there are times when you have to say, "Sorry, but you waited too long. I can't help you now. " That's how I feel about the women who are coming out and accusing Bill Cosby of raping them decades ago. I know that most of the ladies are doing it to make themselves feel better and neutralize the shame they say he caused them to carry through their teen years and into adulthood, but the regurgitated revelations have been picked up by people who advocate abolishing statutes of limitations.
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.
SPORTS
September 22, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
The end of school used to mean the beginning of vacation for Dan Helfand. The Cherry Hill East senior would enjoy two months with his mother's side of the family on the South Shore of Long Island, where he spent a lot of time on his boat, at the beach, and enjoying his time out of class for two full months. This year, though, he watched his mom and brothers go away for vacation. Helfand stayed home. He had a purpose. Last season, the Cherry Hill East boys' cross-country team won its first South Jersey Group 4 title since 1985.
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