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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.
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
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
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
August 19, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AN OLNEY WOMAN is calling for a Philadelphia police officer to be fired after he hit and killed her dog while patrolling her block earlier this month. In online posts that have gone viral since the Aug. 9 incident, Sidara Son has mourned her petite pit bull Phoebe with the hashtag #dogslivesmatter and a Facebook page, Justice 4 Phoebe Son, which had more than 1,800 likes Tuesday. After retrieving Phoebe's cremains from the Paws to Heaven Pet Crematorium in Pennsauken, N.J., on Tuesday, Son told the  Daily News  that her grief has been compounded by her fury that Officer Chad Culbreath never apologized.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
GENTLEMEN prefer blondes. This guy prefers Swiss. As in cheese - the kind normally found sandwiched between corned beef and rye on a Reuben. But this particular man is using his dairy products to satisfy a different craving. The Mayfair Town Watch reported yesterday on its Facebook page that the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" has been terrorizing neighborhood women. According to the group, the suspect, a heavyset white man estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s, approaches women while driving a silver or black sedan with his genitals exposed.
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August 20, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AN OLNEY WOMAN is calling for a Philadelphia police officer to be fired after he hit and killed her dog while patrolling her block earlier this month. In online posts that have gone viral since the Aug. 9 incident, Sidara Son has mourned her petite pit bull Phoebe with the hashtag #dogslivesmatter and a Facebook page, Justice 4 Phoebe Son, which had more than 1,800 likes yesterday. After retrieving Phoebe's cremains from the Paws to Heaven Pet Crematorium in Pennsauken, N.J., yesterday, Son told the Daily News that her grief has been compounded by her fury that Officer Chad Culbreath never apologized.
NEWS
August 11, 2015
WHEN NEWS BROKE that Frank Gifford had died yesterday at the age of 84, my friend Paul posted this on my Facebook page: "Frank better ask St. Peter to tell him where Concrete Charlie is hanging out, so he can steer clear. " That is how every Philadelphian who cares about football, and appreciates history, thinks about the man who participated, wholly against his will, in the most iconic gridiron photograph of all time. Paul is a Delco boy transplanted to Tennessee but green blood will tell: For us, Gifford exists as one of two men frozen in time and symbolic of the brutal warrior dance that football used to be. Of course, there was an awful lot more to the man's life than an unfortunate brush with Chuck Bednarik's cosmic greatness.
NEWS
August 7, 2015
I'VE SPENT THE LAST few weeks trying to figure out how I would commemorate the first anniversary of my mother's death on Aug. 8. I wasn't sure that I'd be able to adequately convey its significance in my altered life. I read a lot of poetry, hoping that it would elevate my writing. I studied old photos, the kind that come with thin, white borders and couldn't be "shared" except by hand, trying to resuscitate dulled memories. I spoke with friends and family, hoping to see what Lucy had meant to beloved others.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zuckerberg to be a dad Now that his first issue, Facebook , has reached double digits (it was founded in 2004), Mark Zuckerberg has the time to raise a human child. The tech genius and social-media magnate on Friday said he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. Things haven't been easy for the couple. "We want to share one experience to start," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. "We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way. " Zuckerberg, who said sharing private stories unites people, added, "We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.
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.
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