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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.
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January 23, 2014 | By Robert Calandra and Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writers
Paige Wolf has been buying health insurance from Independence Blue Cross for years. So when the self-employed public relations professional learned that she could buy a top-of-the-line platinum plan for less than her old policy, she was ecstatic. But her good fortune turned to frustration when the Center City woman didn't receive an invoice for her new plan. She went on Independence's Facebook page to vent. Then she received an e-mail scan of an overdue notice for her January bill, with her doctor's address on it, not hers.
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January 16, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it was time to give the benediction at Gov. Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, the Rev. Wayne Zschech could have been at his Haddonfield church. As soon as Christie concluded his highly anticipated, 46-minute speech to a packed Statehouse, the audience of lawmakers and dignitaries began chatting. Zschech, senior pastor at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, said his congregation often responds in a similar manner after the closing hymn, packing up and preparing to leave.
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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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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.
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December 13, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
HATBORO A Hatboro woman was charged with homicide for allegedly providing heroin to her 19-year-old boyfriend, who died of a drug overdose, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Carly P. Stevenson, 27, called 911 the afternoon of Sept. 29 to report that her boyfriend was "blue in the lips, cold to the touch, and was not breathing," according to a news release from the District Attorney's Office. Emergency responders arrived to find Brandon Cron, 19, of Quakertown, dead.
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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.
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November 20, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
DEMETRY PRESLEY hadn't even been 21 for half a year when a hail of bullets cut his young life short outside a nightclub on South Street this weekend. "Blessed to see another year. 21 now. Feeling good," the young man, of Sicklerville, N.J., posted on his Facebook page in June. Police say Presley died after he was shot several times in the head and chest on South Street near 2nd in the wee hours of the morning Sunday, after a brawl that started inside a club spilled onto the street.
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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.
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September 29, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nature-watching - an outsider's hobby, right? Geese crisscross the sky, eagles nest all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, hawks and falcons are on their way, and elk whistle ghostly in Benezette. But birders, hunters, conservationists, and animal enthusiasts of all furs are also turning to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, apps, and a proliferation of "hawk cams" and "eagle cams" to get their beast on. Here, as in so many realms of human life, social media help people build communities around shared interests.
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