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July 1, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
FAMILY COMES first at Remnant Ministries, the Las Vegas church where former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham serves as pastor. "The family unit is the most important unit in the universe," the church's Web site states. "Healthy families are the closest thing to heaven on earth. " Cunningham's universe was shattered late Tuesday afternoon when his youngest son accidentally drowned in the family's back-yard hot tub - the same tub in which Cunningham, an ordained minister, reportedly performs baptisms.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
A fire in the Central New Jersey home of Cooper University Health System's chief executive officer and his wife was intentionally set, officials said Wednesday, but they did not disclose who set it or whether the fire caused the couple's deaths. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office released a statement that investigators had determined that the Sunday blaze in John and Joyce Sheridan's second-floor master bedroom was not accidental. The statement did not indicate how the fire started or whether there was evidence of an intruder in the Colonial home in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Douglas Culbreth, 73, of Upper Roxborough, a retired Philadelphia police detective who investigated the 1981 fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner by Mumia Abu-Jamal and remained a firm believer in Abu-Jamal's guilt, died Friday, Dec. 26. He suffered an apparent heart attack, said Aisha Perry, a family friend. He had fallen ill at home and was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Culbreth, a Vietnam War veteran, also served as an investigator for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he worked for 18 years until his death.
NEWS
January 30, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
One night, in Larry and Nina's room, a mural grew. A joyful procession - a dog, two boys, two birds, a lion, a girl, a bear, and a sun - was being painted by a dear family friend, who spread paper and paint jars on the floor and sometimes stood on their beds to work. It was 1961, and the family friend - Uncle Moo Moo - was Maurice Sendak, 33. Fifty years later, the mural - in two hefty slabs - has made its way from the 13th-floor apartment overlooking Manhattan's Central Park to a new home: the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Center City, which houses Sendak's papers, books, art, and ephemera.
NEWS
February 26, 2001 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After their $500,000 Bucks County home burned to the ground one winter night in 1995, it did not take long for James and Barbara Saracino to settle back down to the good life, this time just outside the old-money borough of Yardley.James Saracino, 47, was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance Cos., just like his father and a brother. Barbara Saracino, 44, was a family physician with a devoted clientele. Just three months after their two-story, brick-veneer Colonial in Northampton was destroyed, they bought a $750,000 nouveau French chateau in flamingo-pink stucco for themselves and their two curly-haired young daughters.
NEWS
August 24, 2010
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. - Edward Kean, chief writer for TV's old "Howdy Doody Show," has died at age 85, a family friend said yesterday. Kean was the primary writer for the show and penned the theme song to which millions of American children sang along each week during the show's run on NBC from 1947 to 1960. Family friend Del Reddy said yesterday that Kean died Aug. 13 at a nursing-care facility in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township from complications of emphysema. Reddy said the New York City native wrote the song "It's Howdy Doody Time," which was sung during the show's opening.
NEWS
June 26, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Two-year-old Brendon Lawler gets airborne at the beach in Wildwood with some help from a family friend. If he's up for beach weather, he should get more of it today, with highs again in the 90s.
NEWS
August 27, 1997 | By Lillian Micko, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 13-year-old boy identified as a Northeast Philadelphia youngster drowned yesterday when he fell off a Conrail bridge into Pennsauken Creek about 1 1/2 miles south of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, authorities said. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed the victim as Brian Rose, 13. Police said the teenager was playing on bicycles with friends and apparently was performing bike jumps on the rail span when he fell into the creek near where it flows into the Delaware River. Once in the water, he became entangled in debris.
NEWS
July 31, 2010
BRIDGETON, N.J. - A southern New Jersey man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the 2004 beating death of a Connecticut man who was in New Jersey to attend a wedding. The sentence imposed Friday requires Edward Dukes, 28, of Bridgeton, to serve 85 percent of his term before being eligible for parole. Dukes pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Edward Ellison, 77, of New Britain, Conn. Prosecutors say Ellison was outside the home of a family friend in Bridgeton when Dukes confronted him on Sept.
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