December 1, 2008 |
BRITNEY SPEARS' father may be watching over her money, diet and sex life (she's to stay away from bad foods and bad boys) but E! Online says the famed pop tart is still thinking about her love life. She tells Glamour magazine, "In five years I would like to be married and have a father figure for my kids, someone who is a provider and can be really stable. " "It's hard doing it on your own," she adds. Take that, K-Fed. Britney says she's changed a lot from her wild days.
March 15, 2001 |
The "Godfather" seemed the ideal surrogate father. When he offered in 1997 to help care for the twin girls of the widow of a Philadelphia police officer, Gordon Smith was as doting as a real dad. He took the girls, who were 11 when he met them, to church and to shopping malls, bought them clothes and school supplies, and gave them money. The kids called him "Godfather. " The mother was so impressed by Smith that she wrote a reference letter for him before he was hired as a custodian for the city Police Department.
October 14, 1995 |
Samuel Bullock, 74, of Mount Airy, one of the first black psychiatrists and psychoanalysts to practice in Philadelphia and a former professor at Hahnemann Medical Center, died Wednesday of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "I lost my father 20 years ago, and I feel like I just lost another one," said George Gardiner, who took his residency under Dr. Bullock. "He was a father figure for up-and-coming black psychiatrists. " Dr. Bullock joined the staff at Hahnemann in 1973 and was named professor in 1977.
June 22, 1995 |
The roofing company was just a front for a teen-age robbery gang, said the prosecutor. When James O'Hannon, 32, hired mostly teen-age apprentices in 1989, it wasn't to teach them the roofing trade. He mapped out plans for holdups, said Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge James A. Lineberger sentenced O'Hannon to 15 to 30 years in prison for three robberies. "No one gets a free ride in my courtroom," said the judge. Conroy said O'Hannon, of Marshall Street near Grange Avenue, provided a gun to some of his workers, and sent them into a bank, a convenience store and a supermarket to commit crimes.
February 12, 1995 |
The viewing room at the John Givnish Funeral Home in Northeast Philadelphia was filled to its capacity yesterday. About 300 people - family, friends, admirers - came to say goodbye to Ralph Edwards, a homeless man who died a violent death but left a legacy of good will. Edwards, 36, was murdered Monday - found dead in a vacant lot after being shot in the head outside a crack house on North 15th Street. His passing sent waves of grief through the Mary Jane Improvement Center, the shelter where he lived with his wife, Mary Edwards, and five of the couple's six children, and through the Waring Elementary School, where Edwards was a much-beloved father figure and friend for students.
November 6, 2007 |
It's bound to happen. As he has for years, Joe Colistra someday soon will quote Tex Flannery. And when he does, Colistra will feel a tinge of sadness. Mr. Flannery, whose first name was John but who was known to most as "Tex" during his 29 years as head football coach at La Salle High School, died Sunday at 85. Mr. Flannery's cancer was diagnosed last fall. "My father died when I was a young man," said Colistra, who played for Flannery from 1960 to '64 and replaced him as La Salle coach in 1985.
June 22, 2005 |
It was just another raucous protest, one of many that 52-year-old Officer Paris Williams had monitored and deftly handled during his time in the police Civil Affairs Unit. But as Williams, a 17-year veteran, moved into a Center City crowd protesting BIO 2005 about 12:30 p.m. yesterday, he seemed to lose his footing. Then he fell, the apparent victim of a fatal heart attack. "Today, the Police Department lost a good cop and the world lost a good person," said Capt. Bill Fischer, commander of the Civil Affairs Unit.
October 7, 2003 |
Troy Vincent, visibly saddened by the death of his surrogate father, talked yesterday about the man who had so much influence on his life. James "Bud" Bodley died at the age of 56 on Saturday, leaving behind his wife, Linda; his son, James Jr.; and his daughter, Deena. Vincent, a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Eagles, also was considered a member of the family, having lived with the Bodleys during his final three years at Pennsbury High School in Bucks County. "Any death is tough," said Vincent, 32. "I don't think I've had a close death like this outside of my uncle Tom. You can't prepare for death, and this was a sudden death.
August 23, 1995 |
The Blazing Angels will lose their usual 10 or so players from this season. They are girls who have moved past the 18-and-under age requirement to play for the Amateur Softball Association team, sponsored by Bristol Township. But the biggest loss may not be any of the players. It may be the loss of Tony Angelaccio. An assistant coach with the Blazing Angels since 1989, Angelaccio has decided to retire after over 30 years of coaching baseball or softball. "Since I was a little girl, 'Mr. A' was an inspiration, a coach, a father figure for me," said Nikki DiGregorio, a graduate of Neshaminy and Holy Family College and a former Blazing Angel.
February 7, 2012 |
NOTE: This story has been corrected from its original version. A quote in the story had been wrongly attributed to the Philadelphia Masjid. JANAZAH prayers will be said at 1 p.m. today for Eugene Carl "Bo" Baynes, a founder of the Black Mafia who died Saturday at age 73. The service will be held in the Philadelphia Masjid, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue. According to law-enforcement files, Baynes joined with Sam Christian, Ronald Harvey, Robert "Nudie" Mims, Roosevelt "Spooks" Fitzgerald and others in the early '70s to create a criminal enterprise called Black Incorporated, which became known as the Black Mafia.