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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 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.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas Locilento's police cruiser reached 74 m.p.h., 24 above the posted speed limit on Delsea Drive in Franklin Township, as he drove northbound on the dark road on a rainy Sunday night. Locilento was responding to a report of an unruly juvenile, considered by authorities a "nonemergency call" - one that, they say, generally does not require the use of lights and sirens. Those warnings were not activated as Locilento's vehicle approached Matthew McCloskey, 10, and two friends, ages 9 and 12, who were having a "footrace" across Delsea Drive toward one of the boy's homes, authorities said.
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
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.
SPORTS
September 29, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The recurring dream is as vivid as it is frustrating. I'm dribbling a basketball in an empty gym. The sound of the ball rebounding off the hardwood echoes familiarly. Sunlight beams in through ceiling-level windows. Gradually, I move into position for a shot, drifting toward a spot in the left-hand corner I always favored. Readying myself, the distance suddenly seems too demanding. I dribble in closer. Still too far. I move in again. And again. Finally, I set my feet, spin the ball, cradle it in my left hand and place my right hand gently atop it. I flex my knees, raise the ball above my head and . . . freeze.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman found dead in residential and historically safe Pennypack Park early Tuesday was strangled, a crime that had homicide detectives on Wednesday seeking the public's help. Constance McClain-Murray, 46, went out jogging about 9 p.m. Monday and never returned, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at an afternoon news conference. Clark said detectives had not yet determined a motive in the killing, and he did not say how McClain had been strangled. He said there was no sign that she had been sexually assaulted.
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
June 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Pagan was eager to get back to the fun - the games, the bounce house, the DJ playing music at the family event the day before Father's Day. Face painted to look like Spider-Man, the 5-year-old was tugging on his mother's hand, she said, to urge her to hurry up so he could get back after a bathroom stop in the Early Childhood Development Center in Camden. The car came out of nowhere that Saturday afternoon on Pine Street. "She hit him so hard that she ripped him. Ripped him off my hands," Richard's mother, Leslie Leon, said last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.
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