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November 29, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: I had a first date last night with someone I met through a dating site. It seemed to go fine. Then this morning, I see that she has removed her profile from the site. Should I take this personally? Answer: Because I suspect about 95 percent of the world's problems stem, at least in part, from people's taking things personally that they really don't need to, I'm going to say no. She could have done it because she liked you. Or liked some other date.
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November 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Havertown man with a knack for striking short-lived relationships with women he introduced himself to on Facebook was found guilty Thursday of stalking and harassing CBS3 anchor Erika von Tiehl after she broke up with him in 2011. John Hart, 39, a former law student, did not appear to react to the verdict by the Philadelphia jury of seven men and five women, which was announced after one hour of the jury's second day of deliberations. But Hart scowled as the prosecutor argued that the stalking verdict should be graded as a felony because of Hart's earlier guilty plea in a Delaware County stalking case.
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October 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. challenged his former roommate and ex-business partner in federal court Wednesday, a day after the man offered unflattering testimony against Fattah in his bank- and tax-fraud trial. In a tense cross-examination, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - confronted Matthew Amato, 33, about their efforts to launch a personal concierge service in 2005 and government allegations that they blew thousands of dollars they borrowed to support the business to outfit themselves with the trappings of a luxury life.
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October 15, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last week, Tony Harris, a 50-year-old electronics repairman, uploaded a photo to his Facebook page - something different from his standard fare of videos and memes and images of his three children. This one showed his wife, Amber Crane, grinning up at the camera, clutching thick stacks of cash in both hands. More money sat piled in her lap. "I misplaced $60,000.00. I hope my wife didn't go shopping with it," the caption joked. "Stop playing," a friend wrote back. Precisely a week later, about 11:30 at night, police said, three young men walked into his home on the 1100 block of South Ruby Street in Kingsessing, where he has lived for decades.
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October 15, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AMBER CRANE began Monday morning by playing the Facebook game "Criminal Case," wherein she virtually investigated crime scenes and murders to pass the time. By the end of the night, Crane, 27, was in the middle of a real crime scene when three armed men broke into the Kingsessing home she shared with Tony Harris and shot him to death in front of two of the couple's three young children. Now police are investigating the possibility that a Facebook photo that Harris posted Oct. 5 - of Crane holding several large stacks of cash with a caption that read "I misplaced $60,000.
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October 2, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
STEPHEN PETTIWAY'S love of Facebook helped federal agents track him down. In a video posted to his page Tuesday, Pettiway, 52, riffs on Pope Francis' visit and the "martial law" that he says it forced onto the city. And then he admits to being the suspect in an arson investigation. "And they trying to discredit my character," Pettiway says in the video. "They put me on TV saying I, I was a man of interest for arson, the whole nine yards in case you guys didn't know. " It's important to note that in bulletins distributed to the media, investigators provided only a grainy picture of the suspect in a blaze that caused nearly $2 million in damage and displaced 40 residents at a Center City high-rise last month.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2015 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
The day Mandy Edwards learned she was pregnant, in summer 2013, she texted her husband, Keats Rickard, a photo of a sesame seed and jotted, "We can talk about it later. " Edwards, 36 at the time, figured it would be safe to broadcast the news more widely after her first trimester. And when that marker passed, with an all-clear on the genetic testing and confirmation that the baby was a boy, the couple began to prepare a Facebook blast. Two days later, Edwards posted this instead: "It's kind of hard for me to put my business out there, especially with something so personal and painful, but . . . I had a miscarriage last night.
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September 10, 2015 | Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
It's an unfortunate name. A new $32 million music and entertainment complex opens in Fishtown on Oct. 1, with hometown heroes Hall & Oates. Do we really have to call it the Fillmore ? Can't the club in the former Ajax Metal Co. factory have its own Philadelphia name, rather than one borrowed from a San Francisco club, one also being used for a host of other venues in the Live Nation chain? But like the name or not, the opening of the Fillmore, which will include a concert hall that holds up to 2,500 and a 450-capacity top-floor club known as the Foundry, is the biggest news of the season for the Philadelphia live music scene.
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September 9, 2015 | Ellen Dunkel, The Philadelphia Inquirer
This fall looks to be an exciting one for dance in Philadelphia. It's year X for BalletX, as the troupe turns 10. Pennsylvania Ballet opens its action-packed first full season under artistic director Angel Corella. After 32 years at the Annenberg Center, Dance Affiliates is relocating its programming to Center City's Prince Theater with a new series, NextMove. Meanwhile, the Annenberg rebuilds its dance presence as Annenberg Center Live. Starting in October, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a season-long festival celebrating Trisha Brown, honoring the postmodern choreographer and company director, whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia, with performances, lectures and classes.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Hurst, a Conestoga High School graduate who is now the evening news anchor at WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va., took to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday to express shock. His girlfriend, reporter Alison Parker, had been shot to death on live television, along with her cameraman, Adam Ward. "We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb," the 28-year-old former Temple University student wrote.
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