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November 13, 2000 | By Christopher Merrill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The men who live here call people without addictions "earthlings. " They say they often feel as if they are living in another world, with different challenges, different rules, different everything. And though they come and go as they please, they refer to the world outside as "out there. " This is the House Next Door, one of seven transitional-living facilities licensed by the state for recovering alcoholics and addicts. Much like men in an entrenched platoon, the 11 men here rely on one another in the battle for survival.
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July 28, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / BARRY GUTIERREZ
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane enters the house next door to the one in which his father, jazz great John Coltrane, lived in the 1950s. The younger Coltrane was in town yesterday to play at the John Coltrane Cultural Society's "Annual Backyard Concert," at the John W. Coltrane House, 1511 N. 33d St.
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February 14, 1990 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
A firefighter emerges from a damaged home on 56th Street near Walnut yesterday following a 1 p.m. blast in which two children and two adults were slightly injured. Police said Philadelphia Gas Works employees had been investigating a leak when the explosion occurred in the house next door. Treated for minor injuries were Anthony Brightman, 3; Kier Hunter, 1, and Walter Simpson, 82, as well as Stuart Lifferts, 21, a PGW employee. An investigation continues.
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December 16, 1986 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Charles Tucker figures he's alive and his house still standing because, "I'm a quick learner. I learned when you smell gas to ventilate the house and don't turn on any electrical switches, not even the doorbell. " "I think that's why we're here, and they're not," said Tucker referring to his next-door neighbors on Summit Lane in Oreland, Montgomery County, whose home was destroyed by a gas explosion yesterday that killed three people. It was at the Tucker home that workers found pockets of gas before the explosion.
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November 9, 1988 | By Gina Boubion, Daily News Staff Writer
Braving ferocious heat and billowing smoke, a Kensington man rescued a little boy trapped in a fire yesterday. "I was moving so fast, I didn't really have time to think anything," recalled David Hughes, 28, of Jasper Street near Russell. "I just couldn't stand to have something happen to a child. " Firefighters credited Hughes with saving the life of 3-year-old John Burns, who was in a second-floor front bedroom in the house next door to Hughes' when the fire started at 12:51 p.m. "The man had to go past intense heat and smoke to get to the child," said Lt. Ettore Castellente.
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October 6, 2000 | by Yvonne Latty and Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writers
Cassandra Davis is scared. Does she go back into the house that was damaged yesterday when the house next door fell into it? "I'm scared and I'm stressed out," said Davis, 26, who had been put up in a hotel by the city after the neighboring building on 17th Street near Montgomery Avenue collapsed at 5:40 a.m. "They could fix it up and say it's OK," Davis said of the home she shares with her two small children. "But what if the foundation has shifted and the house on the other side collapses too?"
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April 16, 1988 | By RON AVERY, JOE O'DOWD and VALERIA M. RUSS, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Leon Taylor contributed to this report
A Northeast Philadelphia ninth-grade boy stabbed his next-door neighbor to death in a fierce struggle after she discovered him burglarizing her home, police said. The victim, Margaret Boyle, 38, had been sexually assaulted, according to the Medical Examiner's office. Police, who discovered her body at about 8:45 a.m. yesterday, said a trail of blood led from the second floor to the basement, where the victim's partially clothed body was found with a knife sticking out of her chest.
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June 19, 1998 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
The John W. Coltrane Cultural Society opens its summer backyard concert series tomorrow with the Odean Pope Trio. The series is staged behind 1511 N. 33rd St. in Strawberry Mansion, the house where the great tenor saxophonist John Coltrane lived. This year, the series has received a corporate boost from Seagram Americas, which also contributed $10,000 to renovate the house next door into a Coltrane cultural center and headquarters for the society. Seagram Americas will also sponsor the society's Coltrane birthday celebration in September.
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December 15, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Calvin Sanders believed his estranged wife had shattered his life, so he decided to "destroy everything in her life," said the prosecutor. So, when Sanders, 33, saw Karen Hawkins, 33, go out on a date on Nov. 2, 1992, he set fire to her mother's two-story rowhouse on 60th Street near Master in West Philadelphia, said Assistant District Attorney Anthony Baratta. The blaze consumed the home and a house next door, and left his wife's 9- year-old daughter, Shandorra Peters, and her mother, Mary Hawkins, 65, hospitalized.
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September 29, 2012
By Michael Carroll 'No men," the man from New Jersey told my 93-year-old cousin. "No men will be living here. " He had bought the house next door to where she had lived all her life, but he had no intention of living in it. Houses in anthracite coal region towns are reasonable. Reasonable is a softer word for cheap. My mother's Mount Carmel house - the house where I grew up - sold for $23,000 a decade ago. We might be lucky to sell it at all now. The century-old wooden frame houses, mostly twins and rows, once sheltered generations of large mining families.
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August 30, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
RELATIVES of a 23-year-old Overbrook woman abducted from her bed early Wednesday morning gathered outside the house Wednesday afternoon, relief on their faces. "She was found safe and sound," one relative said, declining to discuss the incident further. Police said three masked men - at least one armed with a gun - burst into the house on 66th Street near Malvern Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. They went to the second floor in search of a person who was not in the house and demanded money, said Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division.
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August 5, 2012 | By Natalie Pompilio
When Paco died in April, there was a shared mourning on South Fairhill Street. We'd lost our elder statesman, our neighborhood memory, our common denominator. Everyone on our Queen Village block knew Paco. We live in tight quarters here: Two lines of rowhouses separated by a tiny alley that can barely carry one car. We know our neighbors, like it or not. We liked knowing Paco. He was ever-present: Dressed in a button-down shirt and slacks, brimmed hat on head, walking to the corner coffee shop for his morning drink and the New York Times.
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June 7, 2012 | By Juliana Reyes
SOMETIMES, WHEN our phone line was particularly quiet, we'd get worried that you had run out of neighborhood problems, and we couldn't be useful anymore. On the other hand, that's what we wanted, right? If you stopped calling, it could mean only good things. But then, someone would call to say that dozens of stray cats were camping out in an abandoned RV on a vacant lot. And we'd feel silly. Run out of neighborhood problems? In Philly?   The City Howl Help Desk is closing its doors for now, but we're going to leave you with some lessons we've learned from looking into your quality-of-life complaints these last couple of years.
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July 6, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed Tuesday morning when their van veered off the road into a parked car and then crashed into a house in Upper Moreland Township, sparking a fire that turned the building into a charred skeleton. The five occupants of the home at 3150 Byberry Rd., Hatboro, got out safely, Upper Moreland Police Chief Tom Nestel said. The house, he said, was "a total loss. " Nestel said the two people in the car were burned so badly that police and the Montgomery County coroner were having trouble identifying them.
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July 5, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two people in a van were killed this morning when their vehicle veered off the road into a parked car and then crashed into a home in Upper Moreland Township, sparking a fire that turned the building into a charred skeleton. The five occupants of the home at 3150 Byberry Road, Hatboro, all got out safely, Upper Moreland Police Chief Tom Nestel said. The house, he said, was "a total loss. " Nestel said the two people in the car were burned so badly that police and the Montgomery County coroner were having trouble determining their identities.
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April 26, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
Carole Lawless was in the breezeway next to her rowhouse in Frankford yesterday afternoon when she heard a familiar voice calling her name - no, screaming her name. She ran down the breezeway, past the gate and found her longtime neighbor Josh Taylor, who was staggering in front of his house on Worth Street near Margaret. "He pulled off his shirt, and he had this big hole in the middle of his chest, with a little blood running down his stomach," Lawless said. "He said, 'The dude just next door just shot me!
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February 16, 2011 | By ANTHONY CAMPISI
THE PROBLEM: The worst part, for Ericka Gillison, is the family of six raccoons. They moved into the abandoned house next door almost a decade ago, when the previous residents left. Let's face it - they're really creepy. Hanging from the porch roof, staring at Gillison and her young daughter as they go in and out. Making so much noise running along the roof that they wake her up. It's gotten so bad, Gillison said, that her family can't stay on their front porch in the summer after dark because the raccoons come out. Her family hasn't gone into their small back yard in years.
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December 22, 2010 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking for a lovely home in Philadelphia? For sale: sun-drenched corner, three-bedroom townhouse with tiled bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplace, kitchen with granite countertops, master suite with walk-in closet. $329,000. Location? Kensington. Seeking a high-end venue for your wedding? Try Feast Your Eyes' new digs, Front and Palmer, a 3,000-square-foot loft in a converted barrel factory with 35-foot ceilings, very cool art chandeliers, and free parking. Location? Kensington.
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December 15, 2010 | By ANTHONY CAMPISI, THE PROBLEM
Mary Green lives next door to an abandoned rowhouse in North Philadelphia; it's been vacant since the woman who lived there died 11 years ago. It shows. The windows and back door are knocked in and debris litters the first floor. The roof has caved. Since 2008, two fires have hit the building. And with one of the support beams lying in a heap on the floor, the roof over the front porch is listing precariously. To make matters worse, "vagrants go in and out of there," Green said.
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