January 27, 2016
John Jay Hooker Jr., 85, a Nashville political figure who spent his last days fighting to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Tennessee, died Sunday, a family friend said. Political strategist Tom Ingram said he received a message from one of Mr. Hooker's daughters that he had died in hospice. He had been suffering from metastatic melanoma. Mr. Hooker had brilliant successes early in life as a lawyer. Tapped in 1958 to prosecute the impeachment of a Chattanooga judge accused of accepting bribes from racketeers, he fell into the orbit of Robert Kennedy, who was investigating the Teamsters union.
January 7, 2016
LAST WEEK'S Mummers Parade and some of the routines and signs of various Mummers have renewed calls to "clean up" the parade and make the parade more reflect the entire community. New Mayor Jim Kenney has taken to Twitter to call out a band that he felt mocked transgendered people through their Caitlyn Jenner routine. There are added calls to diversify the parade further to make it more inclusive to people besides traditional white males. All this talk moves my mind to call for the very same things when it comes to Philadelphia's July Fourth on the Parkway, Philadelphia's other big entertainment event.
December 5, 2015 |
James White opens with its title character's drifting restlessly through a club, his ear buds pulsing music, sweat on his brow. The camera, as insistent as a gnat, tracks the bearded twentysomething as he downs drinks and moves around the dark, throbbing bar, maybe in the company of a woman (maybe not - they're not talking), and finally emerging on the New York street. It's daylight. And this stark study in self-destruction is underway. An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.
November 12, 2015 |
There was not much doubt that James W. Giardinelli would wind up as a carpenter. "All his brothers were carpenters, three brothers," in South Philadelphia, his wife, Jan, said, as well as "his father, Emidio. " Even after he had retired from his labor union in 1995, his wife said, the Philadelphia Art Museum would hire him and other retired craftsmen to help mount a show. On Friday, Nov. 6, Mr. Giardinelli, 77, of Washington Township, a longtime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Local 1050 in Philadelphia, died of lung cancer at home.
November 11, 2015 |
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.
October 23, 2015 |
BIG DEAL EVENTS Cheesesteak Festival Here at last. Sixty vendors serve bite-size samples. Steve's Steak's reclaims world's longest steak cred. Eagles Pep Band joins cover masters Blackthorne and Go Go Gadget. Larry Holmes will be there, too. Lot K, Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Way, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow. $20 "witout," admission only; $40 "wit" admission, 10 cheesesteak vouchers and a T-shirt; 10 vouchers for $20; $10 kids 6-12, free under 6, cheesesteakfest.com . Head of the Schuylkill Most inclusive of the river's regattas expects 8,000 scullers - novices and masters, recreational and adaptive, world's best and region's finest - along with 50K-plus onlookers for two days of 2.5-mile racing.
October 22, 2015 |
All her life, Tiffany had trained herself to perform: back handsprings when she was a young gymnast, dance routines in musical theater, knee-hangs on aerial trapeze as an adult. And when it was time to get pregnant, she and Bets planned for more than a year. They signed a contract with the friend who agreed to donate sperm. They waited while a local cryobank screened and froze that sperm for a mandatory six-month quarantine. Tiffany began charting her basal temperatures. So why, month after month, was her body failing at the thing she wanted most?
October 17, 2015 |
The family of a 3-year-old Haddon Township boy whose body was found in the woods Tuesday suspects foul play was involved, but has few clues as to how or why Brendan Link Creato died, a family friend said Friday. "They know that the child couldn't have done this to himself. They believe someone did this to him," said Firas Emachah, 42, of Shamong, who said he had known the Creato family for 12 years and answered the phone Friday at the family's home improvement business. "But again who, when, where, how, that's completely up in the air, to the point where they can't even comprehend for a second what could have happened or why. " Authorities have remained silent about their investigation into Brendan's death, other than saying an autopsy on Tuesday could not determine the cause.
October 6, 2015 |
Former Philadelphia NAACP leader J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, a charismatic activist and a fixture in the city's political circles, died Sunday night at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, according to a family statement. "The family wants to thank everyone for their love and support," the statement read. The family did not cite a cause of death, but relayed that Mondesire was surrounded by relatives and close friends. A family friend, who did not wish to be identified, told The Inquirer on Saturday night that Mondesire, 65, was having dialysis at Chestnut Hill Hospital on Friday when he suffered a brain aneurysm.
September 14, 2015 |
When they were both students at the University of Delaware, Darlene Cohn was a close friend of the roommate of the man who is now her husband. Known for her playful spirit, Darlene would leave notes on Alan Cohn's desk, which both baffled and delighted him. They finally met, had a college romance, and married in 1987, a year after graduation Life seemed reasonably predictable. They lived in the Philadelphia suburbs, including Merion Station, but then things got a bit complicated.