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April 10, 2016
Fairmount Park is ready for its close-up. Look for it Tuesday in PBS's 10 Parks That Changed America (8 p.m., WHYY12), along with New York's Central Park and the younger, trendy High Line.
NEWS
May 20, 1996 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Nancy Whalen (above) shows some Philly pride Saturday by helping clean up Ormiston Mansion in Fairmount Park, while Jasmine Green (right, front) and Nikki Bennett give a caring touch-up to the waters of FDR Park in South Philly. Whalen was one of about 650 volunteers who cleaned and painted 46 sites, and who carried away dozens of bags of trash as part of "Philadelphia Cares About Fairmount Park Day. " Green and Bennett were volunteering for the FDR Park cleanup from Overbrook High School.
NEWS
February 11, 2012 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating an early morning robbery and stabbing in the city's Fairmount Park section, just blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A 32-year-old man who lives in the area was walking in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 4:35 a.m. when a man came up behind him and pressed an object into his back, saying it was a gun, police said. The unidentified suspect forced the victim into a wooded area behind a nearby playground. When the victim turned and faced his attacker, he realized the assailant was actually carrying a knife, authorities said.
NEWS
April 25, 1986 | By Kenneth Finkel
Philadelphia had a problem in the mid-19th century. Dozens of mills and factories along the Schuylkill and the Wissahickon Creek were polluting the water supply. An aqueduct from upstate was proposed, but the economical solution was to purchase and close the offending industries. Land upstream from the Fairmount waterworks was added, parcel by parcel, until a full 13 miles of riverbank were protected. Between 1855 and 1870, the industrial revolution was reversed in the Schuylkill valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1987 | By Don Russell, Special to The Inquirer
Faster than a falling leaf, autumn is upon us. Quick, before the season is swept away, take in the pleasures of Fairmount Park, where autumn is alive and kicking. The park is the city's gem, and in the fall it is a place where even vines climbing a grimy Schuylkill Expressway wall shine with color. There are private hideaways where the sounds of squirrels and swirling brooks screen out the bustle of the metropolis. And there are enough things to do to keep everyone, from the hyperactive to the sublimely somnolent, more than satisfied.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com
A fallen tree has brought rush hour traffic to a crawl through Fairmount Park. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is closed in both directions between Sweetbriar and Montgomery Drive while officials work to clear the scene. The tree fell onto the road near its intersection with Montgomery Drive at about 5:40 p.m., police said. Officials encourage drivers to find alternate routes around the area if possible.  
NEWS
October 17, 2011
An elderly man was assaulted Monday afternoon in Fairmount Park, police said. The attack occurred about 1:20 p.m. at Lincoln and Forbidden Drives, said Officer Jillian Russell. The victim, whose precise age was not available, was attacked by four males. The victim was taken to Chestnut Hill Hospital to be treated, Russell said. The nature of his injuries was not available. No arrests were reported.    -Robert Moran
NEWS
April 4, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy planned for today to see what more they can learn about a badly burned body found Sunday evening in Fairmount Park. A pedestrian found the remains off Greenland Drive about 6 p.m. and flagged down a passing police car. The body was so badly burned, police said they could not determine the race, sex or age of the person. Contact the Inquirer Online News Desk or online@phillynews.com or 215-854-2443.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
A plan to streamline oversight of the city's 9,200-acre Fairmount Park system finally appears ready to take root and then bloom. Mayor Nutter and City Council prepared the ground by adding $2.4 million to the budget of the perennially underfunded park system, with a further pledge to boost spending by nearly 50 percent over the next five years. The city's largest park friends' group, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, calls that investment historic - and that's no exaggeration.
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NEWS
April 10, 2016
Fairmount Park is ready for its close-up. Look for it Tuesday in PBS's 10 Parks That Changed America (8 p.m., WHYY12), along with New York's Central Park and the younger, trendy High Line.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
By B.G. Kelley Among those who believe in redemption and resurrection, Easter time resonates spiritually more than any other time of the year. Yet it also resonates physically, for the two are not mutually exclusive. The connection is resoundingly made in the redemptive suffering and pain of Jesus carrying and enduring the cross. It is a triumphant connection. I became convinced of the intrinsic spirit and value of this link when I was a teenager. I became assured that the physical-spiritual journey takes a shape as particular as a snowflake, making a difference from the departure point to the end. And it is not a lucky drift.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The City of Philadelphia has agreed to give the Please Touch Museum a $550,000 grant toward general operating expenses when the children's museum in Fairmount Park leaves bankruptcy. At the same time, according to a court filing Friday, the city has agreed to give the museum a break on its $638,477 parking-tax claim, reducing it by 16 percent, to $538,022. That reduced claim is due within 90 days of the tax-exempt Please Touch's exit from bankruptcy, expected in March, the filing said.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
SURROUNDED BY FAMILY in her Plymouth Meeting living room, Dara Arline puffed on a Newport and talked about the coping skills she wishes she had. "I think about him at least 20, 30 times a day because he was such a gentle spirit," she said. "None of my children have ever been in a fistfight. He was never suspended from school. . . . " That gentle spirit - her oldest child, Shakoor Arline - died in the most violent way, in a lurid and still-unsolved slaying early last Nov. 6. That's when someone pumped a barrage of bullets into him and Lisa Smith, the woman he was with, in an SUV parked near Lemon Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015 | By Grace Dickinson, For The Inquirer
Hey, what's the deal? Isn't it supposed to be almost winter? Last weekend, the thermometer hit a near-record high, and it's looking like there won't be a white Christmas. But enjoy it: There's a world of outdoor activities awaiting you around the city. We've put together a few happening this weekend that manage to far surpass spending your Saturday snuggled up inside. Ugly Sweater Run Now is the time to pull out that absurdly embroidered sweater neglected in the back of your closet and wear it with pride.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHAT IS IT with guys and their balls? They get to talking about them and they just can't stop. There I was last week at La Colombe coffee shop at 6th and Market with two of them - guys, not balls - and they just went on and on: Size matters, although bigger is not always better. (If you say so.) You can't just start tossing them around with no strategy. (Indeed. That sounds downright dangerous.) A few bad throws and there goes your confidence and your game. Yeah . . . I said game.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six years ago, a strong, sudden rip current pulled Josias Sterling out to sea. The 19-year-old Olney native, son of Haitian immigrants, had never learned to swim. The loss of "a good son," a St. Joseph's Prep alumnus and Temple University student, a rugby player whose sunny joy seemed to draw everyone to him, still sears. On Friday, after the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and the leftovers stored, hundreds will gather in his memory, as they do every year, on the rugby pitch that brought him so much happiness.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes as a youngster in the small Kenyan village where his family farmed, Abraham Kiprop Rutto would look up toward the clear sky and see a passing airplane. Though his future figured to be as earthbound as his father's, the boy dreamed that one day such a plane would carry him to strange new lands, no small ambition for a rural African youngster. Soon he found a way. "My friends were running and going abroad in planes," Rutto said. "And I said, 'I want to fly in one and go abroad so I will run too.' " Rutto ran so hard he eventually caught up with his dream.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not all of those involved in Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this fall are basking in the afterglow. A subcontractor hired to erect a multi-acre campground in Fairmount Park - a plan canceled almost as soon as it was publicly released - is suing for breach of contract and $117,000 he says he lost. Endless Summer Productions L.L.C., a Delaware-based company that has set up campgrounds for music festivals such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee, filed a federal lawsuit this week in Philadelphia against Scott Mirkin and his company, ESM Productions, which produced the papal events on the Parkway on the weekend of Sept.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As police continue to search for clues in the grisly shooting deaths of a couple near Lemon Hill Mansion, investigators on Tuesday were interviewing a man they believe might have information about the victims. For days, police had been trying to track down the boyfriend of Lisa Smith, 32, who was killed Friday along with Shakoor Arline, 25. Arline and Smith were having sex in the backseat of a Toyota Sequoia in Fairmount Park early Friday, police said, when someone opened a back door of the SUV and fired nine shots, striking both multiple times in the head.
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