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December 1, 2008 | By HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
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.
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | by Dave Racher Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 14, 1995 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 22, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1995 | By Fawn Vrazo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
November 6, 2007 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 22, 2005 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Natalie Pompilio INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
SPORTS
October 7, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 23, 1995 | By Beth Onufrak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
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March 27, 2015 | BY ABBY CRUZ, Daily News Staff Writer cruza@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
WORKING full time and being a full-time father is challenging work, but Robert Kersey Jr. was up to it. In fact, he loved nothing more than being a dad; it was his favorite job. He was not only a father to his three sons, but Robert also was a father figure to every member of his family, as well as his friends and neighborhood youths. Robert Kersey Jr., who rose from being a janitor to buying, rehabilitating and selling properties throughout Philadelphia, died March 18. He was 76. Robert was the second of three children born to Robert Kersey Sr. and Lavinia Kersey.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at the Penn Museum while she visited her husband. Beginning in 1961, when he was 8, Schwartz spent years among the mummies, the giant sphinx, and other antiquities. "I'm kind of a museum orphan," he says now, at age 61. "I literally grew up in that museum. " One day, he was tracing hieroglyphs on a 10-foot-tall Mayan limestone monument - his sketches spread all over the floor of the Mesoamerican Gallery - when an older man in a suit stopped and asked the boy what he was doing.
SPORTS
January 27, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
CAROLINE GOLA'S wonderfully expressive face told two stories yesterday afternoon when a sculpture of her husband was unveiled at La Salle University. She was incredibly proud of what Tom Gola accomplished, what he meant to his school and his city and how many people from his past were at Hayman Center/Tom Gola Arena to honor him. She also felt the weight of knowing that today is the 1-year anniversary of the legend's death. "It's just hard right now," she said after the ceremony, her feelings impossible to hide.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bradley Butler, 44, of Camden, a popular DJ who provided music at parties in the region, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, of liver failure at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. The oldest of three children, he was born in Philadelphia and grew up in East Camden. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1988 and attended Camden County College. As a young man, he held several jobs at home improvement and clothing stores, and later worked for the Camden public schools on the bookmobile.
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February 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOHN WILLIS got to see what few Americans have ever seen - the explosion of a hydrogen bomb. He was an Air Force enlisted man stationed on the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific in the 1950s when the United States conducted a series of nuclear tests there. Enewetak and nearby Bikini Atoll were hammered by a total of 43 nuclear explosions between 1948 and 1958. John Willis was stationed on Enewetak after his enlistment in 1953. He was discharged in 1957.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
THE MAN WHO once was Elmo is again seeing red. A fourth man came forward Monday and sued Kevin Clash - the former Elmo puppeteer who resigned from "Sesame Street" last month after 27 years, amid sex-abuse allegations - claiming Clash befriended him in Miami years ago and promised to be a father figure before flying the then-teen to New York to have sex with him. The three legal actions filed so far have been civil cases seeking financial compensation....
NEWS
December 1, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aylisha Brown has been writing poems since age 16, when she found it the best way to make sense of her crazy world. One of her first poems was included in a news story about her mother, Crystal Brown - a narrative of tragedy and triumph - published in The Inquirer in 2006. It was then that Aylisha learned that her biological father was also her grandfather, that her mother had long been abused by her father, and that that relationship had caused the progressive genetic disease leaving Aylisha in a wheelchair.
SPORTS
August 17, 2012
Tra Thomas has some pain in his back these days where he had surgery once, and his knees bark at him occasionally, but for a man who played a dozen seasons of offensive tackle in the NFL, Thomas got away almost clean. He came out of the game physically whole, but he didn't get away clean from the part of him that will always remain with the Eagles. Thomas came home Thursday to officially retire as a member of the team once again. "All I ever wanted to be was a Philadelphia Eagle," Thomas said.
NEWS
June 29, 2012
IT'S BEEN almost a week since Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse. And a great big "what if?" won't stop looping through my brain. Not the Mike McQueary "what if?" as in, "What if that assistant football coach had slammed Sandusky into the wall the night Sandusky molested that child in the shower?" And not the Penn State "what if?" as in, "What if school leaders had given more thought to the state pen than to Penn State when they heard murmurings of Sandusky's weirdness with kids?"
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June 8, 2012 | By John F. Morrison and Daily News Staff Writer
RONALD NICHOLS' idea of a break from his demanding job as groundskeeper at West Philadelphia High School during football season was to stand on the sidelines during games and try to yell louder than the coaches.   And he did. Ronald not only kept the grounds in pristine condition, but he was devoted to the school, especially its sports programs. He knew the players and coaches and they knew him as a supporter and father figure. His shouts of encouragement to the players resounded across the field.
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