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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
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.
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
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
March 10, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE VIDEO begins with the Route 66 bus rocking ever so slightly as its engine hums to life, heralding the start of a depressing two-person ballet. A young mother is hunched forward in her seat, facing the aisle. Her expression never changes: Her eyes are shut, seemingly trapped inside of an invisible fog, while her mouth hangs wide open. Her body droops forward, like a dying sunflower. A little girl's voice cuts through the din. "Mama," she says. "Mama!" She reaches across the aisle in her pink jacket and tries to use her tiny hand to prop up her mother's head.
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
November 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
On his Facebook page, Craig Johnson wrote this about himself: "the best that ever did it, pimps up. " Johnson was a Philadelphia pimp, and he posted absurd boasts on Facebook about his criminal deeds: "when i die they should honer me for giving alot of women jobs i took them off the streets and made them learn a skill called get my money!" Of course, he was caught. Johnson, 42, was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in federal prison for two counts of sex trafficking of minors. He pleaded guilty in June to recruiting two girls, 15 and 16, to work as prostitutes at the Days Inn on Roosevelt Boulevard for about two weeks last year.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Born without a right forearm, Rebekah Marine was always embarrassed by her disability. As a youngster, she tried to hide it and nearly gave up her dreams of modeling. Those dreams will come true in a big way Saturday when Marine struts down the runway at Fashion Week in New York, knocking down barriers about beauty. Marine, 28, of West Deptford, who has a bionic prosthetic hand, hopes to inspire others with disabilities, especially youngsters. "We should all be celebrating uniqueness," she said in an interview last week.
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January 30, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Here's a sign of how serious Canine Partners for Life, of Cochranville, is about keeping track of the dogs it trains to serve disabled people. The Chester County tax-exempt organization hired a private investigator to locate Livy, a standard poodle who was in service to a paraplegic in Weeki Wachee, Fla., about 50 miles north of Tampa, until the man died in November 2013. Canine Partners found Livy, but the woman who had the dog, Hernando County Commissioner Diane Bennett Rowden, refuses to give her back to Canine Partners, claiming Thursday that she's fulfilling the deathbed wishes of Bruce Hicks, the man Livy had served since 2007.
NEWS
January 27, 2016
CALIFORNIA Hospital searched after gunfire report Authorities found no gunman or signs of a shooting on Tuesday after receiving a report from a Department of Defense employee that shots had been heard at one of the nation's largest naval medical facilities. The report of a shooting grabbed attention across the country and led to the lockdown of Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park. Authorities lifted the lockdown at nearby schools and hours later at the facility after military police finished a thorough sweep of the building.
NEWS
January 19, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage and Marie McCullough, STAFF WRITERS
The search continued Sunday for 12 Marines - including two from Pennsylvania - reported missing after two helicopters crashed late Thursday off the coast of Hawaii during a nighttime training mission. Among the missing are Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, of Malvern, and Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, a native of Gardners, Pa., located north of Gettysburg in Cumberland County. By late Sunday, military officials had released only the names, ages and hometowns of the Marines. Rescuers battled high waves that dispersed debris from the aircraft and complicated the search in the waters off Oahu.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
SAN DIEGO - A University of San Diego professor's protest against discrimination toward Muslims resulted in a campus controversy when she and students wore stars similar to those Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany and Europe before the Holocaust. Representatives of various Jewish groups called the protest an inappropriate use of an image that should not be misappropriated. "While the intentions may have been very good, the appropriation of a symbol that carries so much weight in the Jewish community was not a good choice," said Michael Rabkin, executive director of Hillel of San Diego.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
FOR THE lucky few, the next few months are known as awards season. For the unlucky many, it's snub season. With the Golden Globe nominations announced yesterday (see Page 34), the Washington Post was quick to weigh in on those who were unfairly (or fairly) dissed. The Post cited broadcast TV as a major loser this year, with almost all the nods going to pay-cable and streaming services and individually called out "The Americans," "Black-ish," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Inside Amy Schumer " as shows that were underappreciated.
NEWS
December 11, 2015
THIS WEEK, I spent one unseasonably warm evening at St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne, listening to children, kindergarten through fourth-graders, sing Christmas songs while struggling to act as grown up as they'd been dressed up to be (never saw so many miniature bow ties in my life, and I used to teach at a boys' school). On the whole, they succeeded. The singing part, that is, which was angelic. The grown up part was a bit harder because the equation "7 p.m. + late dinner + under 10 + grandparents snapping photos" yields lots of energy.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2002, Nicholas Thalasinos resigned his job with the Cape May County Health Department and left for San Bernardino, Calif., where he took a similar job as an inspector, married a woman he met in a quirky online group, and went from being Greek Orthodox to identifying as a Messianic Jew. On Wednesday, the father of two, remembered in New Jersey as a hard worker and nice guy who kept in touch with old co-workers, became one of 14 people killed by...
NEWS
December 4, 2015
I DIDN'T KILL three people at Planned Parenthood. I didn't wake up one morning, forget to take my meds, get my fill at some of my favorite pornographic websites, smoke a few joints, load up my (probably registered) semi-automatic, pull out my map, get in my car, drive toward the clinic in Colorado Springs and take aim. I didn't scream about Jesus to my neighbors while cheating on my significant other-of-the-moment, produce numerous children with numerous partners, abuse my spouse, gamble, or call people who kill abortionists "heroes.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The victims of a double homicide Sunday in Hatfield Borough were identified Tuesday by Montgomery County authorities. Gretchen Viglione, 48, was killed in her home by a gunshot to the head. Her son, Robert Peploe, 28, who also lived in the house, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, the Coroner's Office said. Paul Marshall, 48, who owned the house, was found in the same room dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide. Neighbors told 6ABC that Marshall and Viglione were engaged.
NEWS
November 27, 2015
GROWING UP in a world where irony and humor are banned by governmental fiat is a dangerous thing. It turns healthy human beings into all-purpose victims. I've written about this before when the kids at Yale and Mizzou got their pre-Paris attack 15 minutes of fame which, by the way, they were annoyed at losing when the grown-ups took control of the news cycle. But really, it's the gift that keeps on giving, and since this is the week when we talk about gratitude and happiness, who am I to reject another example of millennial idiocy?
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