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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.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LAST TIME Taylor saw her big brother, he was being his usual goofy self. Shakoor Arline had dropped the 17-year-old off outside her high school in Montgomery County, and she ran to get inside, darting up the steps. But as she neared the door, Shakoor called out: "You're not going to give me a hug?" So Taylor ran back to the car to oblige her older brother, her protector, who left her with one final message: "Good luck on your test today. I love you. " Carla, their aunt, choked back tears last night as she recounted the exchange, the last between the siblings.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities searching for clues in Friday's double slaying near Lemon Hill Mansion are investigating the case as a "crime of passion," committed when someone found the victims having sex in the backseat of an SUV and shot them to death. Police have identified Shakoor Arline, 25, and Lisa Smith, 32, as the victims found in a Toyota Sequoia on Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon. Investigators are exploring whether the couple's romantic entanglements had something to do with their death.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN THE three-man crew from the city's Department of Parks and Recreation drove up to the gazebo near Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park yesterday, they were just trying to finish their workday. It's a routine for them: Visit each trash can, pull out its bag. What wasn't routine was the Toyota Sequoia with Arizona tags that was waiting for them, parked in the grassy area next to the gazebo. Or the grisly discovery inside the SUV: A man and a woman, both shot dead in the back seat.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homicide detectives were continuing their investigation Saturday into the shooting deaths of a man and woman discovered inside an SUV on Friday afternoon in East Fairmount Park. Police said that based on interviews with family members, the two - a 25-year-old African American man and a 32-year-old Hispanic woman - evidently had been dating. Maintenance workers removing trash from a gazebo on the grounds of the Lemon Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park found the grisly scene while checking on a white Toyota Sequoia parked on the grass about 2:40 p.m. Friday.
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