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August 19, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Lac cloche. Sø klokke. Jezioro dzwon. Lago campana. When Lake Bell was a kid - and already obsessed with language, dialects, the words coming out of people's mouths - her ears would perk up when she'd be in an elevator, or on the street, and catch someone conversing in French, Danish, Polish, Spanish, some foreign tongue. "My name is two nouns, so I would get into the habit of childishly asking any stranger who was speaking a different language if they could translate those two nouns," she says.
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August 2, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A JUDGE yesterday rejected a bid by former state Sen. Vince Fumo to put a friend of 50 years in charge of a trust fund set up for two of his three children. Common Pleas Judge Joseph O'Keefe voided Fumo's appointment of Dr. Anthony Repici, once his personal physician, as trustee for the fund. He also rejected a request from Fumo's attorney to keep the case open long enough for the former Democratic power to testify. Fumo is due to be released from federal prison on Tuesday. Fumo's daughter, Allison, 23, had asked the court to either dissolve the trust or name as trustee Sylvia DiBona, her godmother and widow of Independence Blue Cross chief executive G. Fred DiBona Jr. O'Keefe appointed DiBona yesterday, ordering "that all property, books, accounts, papers and moneys belonging" to the trust be delivered to her. "We're very sorry that it took litigation to get to this point," said Don Foster, Allison Fumo's attorney.
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July 22, 2013 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
'Family friendly," whatever that term might signify in particular applications, appears to be catching on in area art museums as a marketing concept. The phrase really means "child friendly" - that is, the content will either interest children, or amuse them, or at least not bore them. In the best possible scenario, it might even instruct them. "Family friendly" apparently emerged in the smaller regional museums, with exhibitions devoted to the Muppets, sculptures made from plastic Lego bricks, and masterpiece paintings executed in jellybeans.
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June 25, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON JUNE 15, when Jimme Wallstreet's performance at an anti-violence rally in West Philadelphia was canceled, the up-and-coming rapper shrugged it off and stayed at the event. Family and friends said the situation exemplified the 34-year-old's calm nature. It was Wallstreet's even-keeled personality that made it difficult for his family and friends, in part, to understand why someone gunned him down Friday in front of his mother's house in East Germantown. "He wasn't even upset about [the rally]
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May 10, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Slain taxicab driver Hafiz Sarfaraz was just trying to work hard to support his family. The All City Taxi employee was finishing his nightshift about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was shot multiple times in West Philadelphia, family friends said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to police. "It doesn't make any sense," said Alex Friedman, manager of All City Taxi. "We're all mourning for our fellow driver and business associate.
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April 11, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a brief, searing, and politically charged ceremony outside City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, grieving families, heartsick friends, city officials, and union leaders gathered to mourn the deaths of three firefighters. Under the heat and glare of an intense sun, the crowd gathered for half an hour, sharing sorrow and indignation. Initially, the event was organized to mark the first anniversary of a warehouse fire in Kensington that killed Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney.
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April 10, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AUSTIN L. HOGAN liked to kick back on the rooftop deck of his Society Hill condominium overlooking the Delaware River and burn through books at a scary pace. "He would devour a book in an hour and a half," said his wife, Margaret Leyden. "It was frightening. " Not only books but newspapers, local, national and even international, would fall into the maw of his insatiable greed for information and amusement. And he often would turn from the printed page to his Kindle. "He read everything," his wife said.
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March 11, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bailey O'Neill liked Granny Smith apples, the high dive, and flying kites on the beach. He was excited, he told his mother, to be confirmed later this month at Collingdale's St. Joseph Church. He followed the Flyers and the Phillies and served as best man at his grandfather's wedding. He scored the highest math grade in his class at Darby Township School. In the schoolyard there two months ago, Bailey's nose was broken when he was punched during a fight with two other boys. His parents said he had been the target of bullying, an allegation that has drawn national attention.
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February 10, 2013 | By Sara Burnett and Jason Keyser, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, packed the funeral Saturday for a Chicago honor student whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet one speaker after another remembered Hadiya Pendleton, 15, not so much as a symbol but as a best friend, an excellent student, and a girl with a bright smile and big personality. They said she was a typical teen who wanted to borrow her friends' clothes and who never left home without her lip gloss.
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