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October 3, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks after a building under construction in Center City was set on fire - and after police released surveillance footage of a man they said was the arsonist - Stephen Pettiway took to the Internet to tell his side of the story. "[The city is] trying to discredit my character," he said in a video posted Tuesday to his Facebook page. "They put me on TV saying I was a man of interest for arson. . . . It backfired. " What Pettiway didn't know was that police were already watching him - and that an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agent had been surveilling him even as he filmed his video.
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September 16, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Mike Cannon arrives at Jersey Java and Tea with a question. "Urbanists?" he asks, glancing around the cluster of young people on the Haddonfield coffee shop's patio. Heads nod, and Cannon - who's 61 and lives in Laurel Springs - pulls up a chair and dives into the conversation. Welcome to another discussion hosted by the South Jersey Urbanists, a group that seeks to improve the region's small cities and towns by encouraging walkability, sustainability, and smarter development.
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September 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman and man were struck and killed early Monday near City Hall by a taxicab that witnesses said appeared to be traveling at 50 m.p.h. - twice the speed limit. Amanda DiGirolomo of Phoenixville and Bryan Botti of Baltimore, both 25, were crossing Broad at Arch Street at 4:34 a.m. when they were struck by a cab traveling north on Broad, police said. The pair had attended the Made in America music festival Sunday night. Witnesses told police that the Rosemont Taxicab Co. vehicle, moving at a fast rate of speed, hit both of the pedestrians, sending them flying about 100 feet.
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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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September 9, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IN WHAT MAY have been a tragic aftermath to the Made in America festival, two 25-year-olds were killed early yesterday by a taxicab near City Hall. Police say Amanda DiGirolomo, of Phoenixville, and Bryan Botti, of Baltimore - reportedly in town for the concert - were struck by a cab heading north on Broad Street near Arch after 4:30 a.m. Witnesses told investigators that the cab appeared to be traveling at about 50 mph, but police were not able to confirm that estimation yesterday.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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