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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.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Happiness and relief. Grudging acceptance. Bitter rejection. Upon learning they finally have a tentative contract five years after the last one expired, members of a union that represents more than 10,000 city blue-collar and office employees are reacting with a range of emotions. Pete Matthews, president of AFSCME District Council 33, said Saturday that he was optimistic that the deal would be approved when members mail back their ballots. "You always have a dissident group," Matthews said, acknowledging that some posters on the district's Facebook page have been critical.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
KEITH BELAJONAS ended a fight with his wife yesterday morning in their Drexel Hill duplex by stabbing her and shooting her in the head. After the savage 2:30 a.m. attack, he bragged on his Facebook page: "caught her cheating, she got violent, i won. " When police responded to neighbors' reports of gunfire, they followed a blood trail through the open door and found Christina Corrigan-Belajonas, 28, dead - and the couple's sons, ages 4 and...
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
His colleagues knew that Lee Silverman carried a gun, a pistol so small it slipped indiscernibly into the psychiatrist's pocket. And Richard Plotts had a deep history with guns - one that even felony convictions wouldn't stop. Four days after the two men clashed in a shootout at a Delaware County hospital, authorities on Monday continued to investigate the violent office visit that left caseworker Theresa Hunt dead and both men injured. Plotts was still hospitalized, awaiting his first court appearance on murder and other charges.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning. First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother. "Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities. Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road. Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE the parent of a student of Linda Laverne Roberson and your child was having some problems in school, you might expect a knock on your door. Linda was a teacher who cared. She never hesitated to go to the homes of students who might have needed an extra boost academically to chat with their parents. Even after she retired, she wasn't through helping former students via her Facebook page. At least 600 contacted her that way with a blizzard of questions. Some might have been in college and needed academic help, maybe the editing of a school paper.
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a Glee -focused twerp out there who likes to hack into Facebook pages of Glee stars and cause havoc. Friday morning, Lea Michele seemingly announced she was with child . . . but later, her rep said no, she's unpreg, she got hacked. Thursday it was Chris Colfer 's turn, with his Facebook page telling the world he was fired from Glee for personal reasons. Lies. Overeating on the Fourth A SideShow belch goes out to Joey "Jaws" Chestnut , winner of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A city election official who was previously fined by Philadelphia's Board of Ethics for using her office computer to engage in political activity is in hot water again with the same board - and has had her computer confiscated. Tracey Gordon, who has been a deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. According to an e-mail sent Thursday to the three commissioners by Chief Deputy Commissioner Don Garecht, Gordon was suspended without pay for 90 days pending an investigation by the Ethics Board.
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The message Walter and Marie Trout have been waiting for since September finally arrived Sunday. We have a liver that looks to be a good match for Walter . By early Monday afternoon, Walter Trout - the international blues guitar star with South Jersey roots - was in an operating room at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "The surgical nurse . . . let me know they're playing Walter's music" during the procedure, Marie wrote on her Facebook page, adding several hours later that the lead surgeon had told her: "Walter made it through the surgery with an A+. " She also wrote, "We are filled with thankfulness for this opportunity.
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