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August 27, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have identified a person of interest in the killings of two women shot to death in a house in Holmesburg on Saturday afternoon. Just before 6 p.m., police responded to the sound of gunshots in a house on the 4700 block of Vista Street and found Dollie Evans, 67, and Ruby Thomas, 59, shot once each in the head. Thomas, who had been living in Evans' home for the last few months, was on the living room couch. Police said they found Evans on the floor of a second-floor bedroom.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN THE END, it just might've been Dollie Evans' big heart that got the 67-year-old woman - nicknamed "Grandma" by her neighbors in Holmesburg - and her friend, Ruby Thomas, 59, shot to death. Police confirmed last night that detectives were questioning - as a person of interest in the women's slayings - a 25-year-old man who had been staying with Evans and Thomas, who were found shot execution-style Saturday in the house on Vista Street near Torresdale Avenue. In the wake of the killings, Evans' neighbors and relatives remembered her as a woman who, by and large, had an open-door policy at the rowhouse where she'd lived for at least a decade.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eliza Pentz picked up her first field hockey stick about the time that most children are learning to count by twos. The Radnor teenager was 6, and her mother had played the game before her. But not all potential youth athletes have field hockey in their DNA, so the sport's governing body is taking its own steps toward early recruitment. USA Field Hockey has started a national summer-camp program aimed at growing a sport that is played in the United States mostly by females - and that competes with overseas programs that train athletes who start swinging sticks at age 3. The organization hosted the inaugural sessions of the four-day camps at five sites on the East Coast this week, including Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Montgomery County.
SPORTS
July 30, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly want Thaddeus Young to become Kevin Love's replacement at power forward. Minnesota is exploring trade options to acquire the 76ers veteran if it parts ways with the disgruntled Love, according to ESPN.com. The Timberwolves standout has expressed his desire to be traded to the Cavaliers. Love also has been linked to potential trades with the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors. It is unknown if the Sixers are willing to trade Young.
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
  By day, Gerard Breland has spent the last 23 years prosecuting criminals. Among the 60 cases he tried was a particularly heinous matter involving murder and jury intimidation in Jersey City. But in his free time, the Burlington Township resident turns his attention to the less seedy side of life. He and his wife, Tonya, have recorded 17 original and traditional gospel songs on YouTube, earning as many as 15,368 views on one of them: "I Want to Say Thank You. " He also directs the music and worship team at Destiny Church in Moorestown.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Nine-year-old Israel's range of interests is nearly as wide as his smile. He loves cars, trucks, and for that matter, any moving machinery. His favorite pastimes include playing with Legos, watching action movies and cartoons on TV, wrestling, playing football, singing, listening to jokes and telling them (he has a very good memory). Cheerful and articulate, he is enrolled in special education at school, and benefits from the small class size and individual attention. As a result, he is steadily making academic strides.
SPORTS
June 19, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
MANY HISTORICAL events have happened in 3 days. The 1969 music festival Woodstock; Jonah's stint in the belly of a whale; and in 684 B.C., the usual 1-day Olympic Games were expanded to 3. Perhaps the past 3 days will go a long way in changing the culture of the 76ers organization. On Sunday, Kansas product Andrew Wiggins arrived in town. He was given a physical Monday and did some on-court work yesterday at the team's practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SAYING is that the NBA Finals don't begin until one team wins on the road. The 2014 Finals begin tonight in Miami. LeBron James did indeed change the narrative concerning the leg cramps he got in Game 1 by responding with a typical monster game on Sunday in a 98-96 series-evening win by the Miami Heat in San Antonio. For all the arguments I may make that James has not yet reached Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird status, he unquestionably has displayed the rare quality that all great ones have to bounce back from adversity with superlative performances.
SPORTS
June 5, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Larry Brown didn't sound like a coach who's in a hurry to get back to the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers have discussed reaching out to Brown, who coached the 76ers from 1997 to 2003 and led them to the 2001 Finals, about their vacant head coaching job, ESPN reported. During a telephone interview Tuesday, Brown did not discuss the Lakers, but he did offer some comments about coaching in the NBA that suggest he's not planning to leave Southern Methodist, where he has spent the last two years.
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