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May 15, 1996 | ANDREA MIHALIK/DAILY NEWS
Sarah Scott (left), a graduate, hugs Vivian Miller, a fellow student in the New Life program before graduation ceremonies yesterday at the RW Brown Community Center. The program is for women who were once substance abusers.
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June 30, 1993
On a June day in 1987, a rich Connecticut stockbroker made a stunning offer. George Weiss and his wife, Diane, promised sixth-graders at Belmont Elementary School they would provide a free college education to those finishing high school. Suddenly, a bunch of poor kids from a tough neighborhood had more than feeble hopes and wispy dreams - they had a real shot at making something of themselves, and could count on support to help them reach their goals. The Weisses established the Say Yes to Education project at the University of Pennsylvania, Weiss's alma mater.
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June 22, 2010 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WHEN I HEARD what went down at Feltonville Arts & Sciences' eighth-grade graduation on Thursday, I felt both angry and hopeful. Angry because, for heaven's sake, two women in the audience got into a fistfight during the ceremony at the middle school on East Courtland Street. We're talking the kind of hair-pulling punch-down in which the combatants - one of them was even pregnant - actually kicked off their shoes so footwear wouldn't slow their assault. Oh, lovely.
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June 19, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writermedinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
Graduation Day at George Washington High School was interrupted Tuesday morning by fisticuffs and a teen-age girl supposedly carrying a jar of marijuana, Philadelphia police and eyewitnesses told the Daily News. A father and his 16-year-old daughter were arrested by city police at the school's football field, said department spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien. Thomas Morales, 43, of Fordham Road near Fitler Street in Torresdale, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, O'Brien said.
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May 17, 2011 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
So what if I had to brave the avalanche of traffic, the hordes of crowds, and overall aggravation? It was well worth it to see my best friend's daughter, Jade, graduate Monday from the University of Pennsylvania. What's that you say? Denzel Washington - Academy Award winner, Tony winner, kid-loving philanthropist, and pretty much every woman's dream - was the keynote speaker? Really? How about that. And I just happened to be there. Didn't matter. I was there for Jade. Really, I was. But then again, what would it hurt to take one little photo?
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June 11, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL S. WIRTZ
Yesterday was graduation day for Sheniece Williams and about 90 more of Philadelphia's newest class of police officers at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Too young for the force, Thomas Rola 3d tries on the cap of his father, Thomas Jr.
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May 28, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Michael Perez
It was time for some concrete evidence, a symbol, of all those years of work. For students of Jefferson Medical College, it was graduation day, and what better venue for pomp than the Academy of Music?
NEWS
August 24, 2011
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Ross Barbour, who was the last original member of the influential 1950s harmonizing group the Four Freshmen, has died in Southern California at 82. The current group's manager, Dina Roth, told the Los Angeles Times that Barbour had lung cancer and died Saturday at his home in Simi Valley. The Grammy-winning Four Freshmen's hits include "Graduation Day," "It's a Blue World," "Mood Indigo," "Day by Day," "It Happened Once Before" and "How Can I Tell Her?"
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June 20, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
GRADUATION DAY at George Washington High School was interrupted Tuesday morning by fisticuffs and a teen girl supposedly carrying a jar of marijuana, Philadelphia police and eyewitnesses told the Daily News . A father and his 16-year-old daughter were arrested by city police at the school's football field, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Thomas Morales, 43, of Fordham Road near Fitler Street in Torresdale, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, O'Brien said.
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May 12, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is such a big event that six members of Philadelphia University men's and women's crew teams, along with coach Chris O'Brien, will be competing on Saturday despite a conflict with the school's commencement ceremony. So the university did the next best thing. It brought the graduation to the Dad Vail. Thus the rowers, who wouldn't have been able to both attend Saturday's graduation and compete at the Dad Vail, had their own commencement a day earlier.
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June 11, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Here's another lie people tell you: It all goes by so fast. It does not. Certainly not during the first few years of your child's life. Those years are long, exhausting, sleep-deprived, and brain-cell-zapping, marked by too many plastic toys, cartoon shows, and runny noses. Which you wouldn't trade for the world. Then it goes by so fast. They're never home, or they're home but talking to friends through machines. They remain the center of your universe while you dance on the periphery of their galaxy, like some outer ring of Saturn.
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August 26, 2011
Ross Barbour, 82, the last surviving original member of the Four Freshmen, the influential close-harmony vocal quartet that came to fame in the 1950s with hits such as "Graduation Day," died Saturday of lung cancer at his home in Simi Valley, Calif. His death came three months after that of another founding member, cousin Bob Flanigan. The two other founding members were Barbour's brother Don and Hal Kratzsch. The Barbour brothers and Kratzsch were students at Butler University's Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music in Indianapolis when they teamed with Marvin Pruitt to form a barbershop quartet called Hal's Harmonizers.
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May 17, 2011 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
So what if I had to brave the avalanche of traffic, the hordes of crowds, and overall aggravation? It was well worth it to see my best friend's daughter, Jade, graduate Monday from the University of Pennsylvania. What's that you say? Denzel Washington - Academy Award winner, Tony winner, kid-loving philanthropist, and pretty much every woman's dream - was the keynote speaker? Really? How about that. And I just happened to be there. Didn't matter. I was there for Jade. Really, I was. But then again, what would it hurt to take one little photo?
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May 16, 2011
By Jay Lemons Would you take career advice from Steve Jobs? At a recent Apple product unveiling, Jobs said, "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing. " On college campuses, spring is the season for singing and anxious hearts alike. Seniors rejoice in their accomplishments and jockey for post-commencement employment or graduate school opportunities.
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July 10, 2010
Family Outside In. This hands-on nature discovery museum at the Academy of Natural Sciences - best enjoyed by children ages 3 to 8 - takes little adventurers on a magical trip to the great outdoors. Visit a forest, an ocean shore, and a mountain pond, touch a real meteorite, crawl through a fallen log, pan for shark teeth, watch a working beehive, and build a sand castle. Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street and the Parkway. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays.
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June 22, 2010 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WHEN I HEARD what went down at Feltonville Arts & Sciences' eighth-grade graduation on Thursday, I felt both angry and hopeful. Angry because, for heaven's sake, two women in the audience got into a fistfight during the ceremony at the middle school on East Courtland Street. We're talking the kind of hair-pulling punch-down in which the combatants - one of them was even pregnant - actually kicked off their shoes so footwear wouldn't slow their assault. Oh, lovely.
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