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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
February 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When William A. Winneberger Sr. was the swimming coach for Springfield, Montgomery County, High School in the early 1970s, the competition reached right onto the family kitchen table. "I swam for Cheltenham High School," son William Jr. recalled. "And in the morning, when he got up on the day of the swim meet" each year between Cheltenham and Springfield, "he would say, 'I'm going to beat you this afternoon.' " And he did. Mr. Winneberger was not gloating, his son said. "It was a statement of fact.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2014 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
In the tough part of Brooklyn where she spent her younger years, Bridgette Brawner saw neighbors strung out on drugs, arguments that turned violent, families like her own struggling to get by. But most frightening was watching as other kids grew to accept, and expect, a bleak future. "You get to a certain age and you're shot. Or you get to a certain age and you have a child," she said, recalling Flatbush. " . . . There had to be something else outside of what I was seeing. " A profound thought for a young girl, especially one struggling with personal issues as dark as sexual molestation.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't Charlie Gracie's idea that he write his life story. The South Philadelphia native was one of the first stars of rock and roll, one who inspired numerous future superstars. But his life has contained not even a hint of the scandal and salaciousness that usually draw publishers to rock memoirs. "Why would you want to write about me?" the still-vibrant 78-year-old singer and guitarist says at the home in Drexel Hill he shares with his wife of 57 years, Joan. "I don't have anything spectacular outside of my music.
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
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
May 29, 1997 | By Thomas Ginsberg, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
More than three decades ago, a political unknown named Richard Hughes struck a populist chord among New Jersey voters and defied the odds to win election and become one of the state's most popular governors. In the last week, his stepson Michael Murphy may have felt a jolt of deja vu. A flurry of media attention and plaudits for his television commercials have raised Murphy's profile just days ahead of Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary. Could the long shot be catching up?
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