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January 24, 1997 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His fingers poking through the chain-link fence, John Phillips watched the boys on the Myers playground court at 58th and Kingsessing charge at the rim, swinging their elbows, fighting to clear their paths to the basket. Phillips, then only 10 years old and already 5-foot-10, had no interest in this game, didn't want to shoot, didn't want to score, wanted no part of playing it. Still, he would get selected for the pickup games; his height beckoned recruitment. He passed up the chances until Tony Newsome, coach of a Southwest Philadelphia under-11 team called the Bomb Squad, beseeched him to give the sport a try. By Phillips' own admission, he wasn't that good.
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November 30, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
If there has been one significant trend in books about popular music this last year, it's the profusion of biographies and autobiographies by pop stars. These range from soul queen Tina Turner to the former head papa of the Mamas and the Papas, John Phillips. Some of these books found a much wider audience than the usual coalition of fans who snap up celebrity biographies. Tina Turner and her co-author Kurt Loder found their I, Tina: My Life Story (William Morrow, $16.95) ensconced on the best-seller lists, this for an only slightly better-written pop-star memoir than most.
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January 23, 1995 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dan Dougherty has nothing against freshmen. It's just that 1981 graduate Charles Hickman was the last freshman talented and mature enough to start for the Episcopal Academy boys' basketball coach. Enter freshman John Phillips. Phillips is the team's leading scorer at 17 points per game, and he could turn out to be one of the best players Dougherty has had in his 20 years as head coach at Episcopal. "You certainly have to be a mature person to start as a freshman," Dougherty said.
SPORTS
February 12, 1997 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Malvern Prep guard Jeff Spano will cringe when he peeks at the offensive portion of the box score today, smile when he looks at the defensive portion and turn cartwheels when he sees the bottom line. Spano scored six points, but helped limit Episcopal Academy star John Phillips to 12 points, nine fewer than the guard's average. The Friars came out of Episcopal's gym with a 47-45 win that kept them in the Inter-Academic League title race. "It's not easy guarding him," Spano said of Phillips.
SPORTS
September 22, 1997 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Remember the old television commercial that ended with the catchphrase "Where's the beef?" Well, it fits Harriton this fall. Consider a hard-playing tackle, Dave Benn. The senior, like the rest of the Rams, gave his all in the team's 23-6 loss to visiting Chichester on Saturday. But Benn can only generate 145 pounds of punishment. "Now, can you imagine a 145-pound inside tackle?" asked Harriton coach Mike McTamney. "I mean, we just don't have the meat. " And that was the root cause of Saturday's loss.
NEWS
November 2, 1994 | By Nicholas Wishart, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bridgeton police officer was acquitted of reckless manslaughter and related charges by a Gloucester County jury yesterday in the shooting death of a suspect who was being handcuffed during a domestic-violence call in March 1993. Anderson Garron, 29, looked dazed as he stood next to his attorney, John Morris, and heard not-guilty verdicts on the counts of manslaughter, aggravated assault and simple assault in the death of John Phillips, a 36- year-old nurse's aide. Then, with tears in his eyes, Garron hugged his wife, his father, several friends and fellow police officers.
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February 5, 1998 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John Phillips didn't enter Episcopal Academy in the eighth grade dreaming of scoring 2,000 points on the basketball court. "I knew it was a tough school," he said. "I just wanted to finish my five years here and get a diploma. "As far as basketball was concerned, I just wanted to win an Inter-Ac championship before I graduated. " The 6-foot-3 guard won't lead the Churchmen to a league title, but yesterday, he became the 12th Southeast Pennsylvania player in history to score more than 2,000 career points, joining such luminaries as Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 2,206 at Overbrook, and all-time leader Kobe Bryant, who dropped in 2,883 at Lower Merion.
SPORTS
December 11, 1997 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jim Farrell's main goal this year, aside from filling the big shoes left by longtime Episcopal Academy coach Dan Dougherty, was to find a little help for senior swingman John Phillips. If yesterday's 63-58 win over Valley Forge Military Academy is any indication, Episcopal's first-year head coach might have the supporting cast he needs to complement Phillips' game. Phillips, as usual, led the Churchmen in scoring with 21 points. But he had plenty of help. Mikal Anderson, a 6-foot-3 junior center up from the junior varsity, scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
NEWS
August 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Singer Scott McKenzie, who performed "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" - which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" - has died. A statement on McKenzie's website says that the 73-year-old died on Saturday in Los Angeles. McKenzie battled Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system, and had been in and out of hospitals since 2010. "San Francisco" was written by John Phillips, the leader of the 1960s group the Mamas and the Papas.
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November 1, 1994 | By Nicholas Wishart, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Quoting 17th-century literature, one attorney attempted to illustrate that a reputation was at stake. Quoting a children's book, his opponent tried to show that a life had been snuffed out. During closing arguments in the manslaughter trial of Bridgeton Police Officer Anderson Garron, the attorneys yesterday gave jurors small doses of prose from the likes of William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and Margery Williams, author of The Velveteen Rabbit....
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July 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN THE LATE '90s, John Phillips had everything he'd dreamed of. A street-smart kid from North Philly, he had built a small empire: He owned delis, bought a condo at 17 and drove a tricked-out Lexus, complete with TVs in the headrests hooked up to a Nintendo 64. It was life in the short-term, and it was funded by crime: Phillips was a gang member, a "hustler," by his own admission. Around the same time, Harun Fox was already about 20 years into a life sentence on a first-degree-murder conviction.
SPORTS
February 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Jackson Baker said it was no big deal. Some coaches asked the senior at Penns Grove High School to do something for another wrestler. He said he would do it. Simple as that. But don't tell that to the folks at Mainland Regional High School. Don't tell that to the administrators and coaches and wrestlers and family and friends of Mustangs sophomore John Phillips. They know Baker did something special on the night of Feb. 13 by losing to Phillips, an enthusiastic and popular 16-year-old who has cerebral palsy, in a junior-varsity "exhibition" bout.
SPORTS
February 21, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jackson Baker said it was no big deal. Some coaches asked the senior at Penns Grove High School to do something for another wrestler. He said he would do it. Simple as that. But don't tell that to the folks at Mainland Regional High School. Don't tell that to the administrators and coaches and wrestlers and family and friends of Mustangs sophomore John Phillips. They know Baker did something special on the night of Feb. 13 by losing to Phillips, an enthusiastic and popular 16-year-old who has cerebral palsy, in a junior-varsity "exhibition" bout.
NEWS
August 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Singer Scott McKenzie, who performed "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" - which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" - has died. A statement on McKenzie's website says that the 73-year-old died on Saturday in Los Angeles. McKenzie battled Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system, and had been in and out of hospitals since 2010. "San Francisco" was written by John Phillips, the leader of the 1960s group the Mamas and the Papas.
SPORTS
January 20, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
THE ROAD to 2,000 points can start with one, two or three. Maurice "Doo-Wop" Watson remembers and he's glad it was the middle number. "My first points came on a midrange jumper," he said. "I dribbled to my left side and then pulled up. I was proud of that basket, because I'd been working on pull-up shots all before that season. " Watson, a Boston University signee, is a 5-9, 160-pound senior guard for Boys' Latin Charter and his 4-year career total stands at 1,972. The newest 33 came yesterday at Shepard RC, footsteps from Wilt Chamberlain's childhood home, as the Warriors bested Communications Tech, 67-61, in Public A. The necessary 28 could come tomorrow, 3 p.m., at Rutgers-Camden in a showcase game against Pennsauken.
NEWS
December 16, 2008 | By DAVE DAVIES, daviesd@phillynews.com 215-854-2595
When he was campaigning for office, Mayor Nutter spoke with passion about the importance of giving a second chance to inmates who want to find a place in society again. He pledged to create opportunities for ex-offenders. "If we want to drive the crime rate down in this city, we have to put these people back to work," he said at a September 2007 forum. John Phillips, a former Graterford inmate who has turned his life around, liked what he heard. He's less happy now. As of Dec. 31, Phillips will be out of a job, thanks to budget cuts Nutter announced last month.
NEWS
July 19, 2005 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Warminster police officer was sentenced to three to eight years in state prison yesterday for trying to arrange a sexual tryst with an underage girl over the Internet. John Phillip Powell will also have to register for 10 years with the Pennsylvania State Police as a sexual offender under Megan's Law. Powell, 32, of Northeast Philadelphia, was not found to be a violent sexual predator and avoided lifetime registration. A jury on April 6 found Powell guilty of attempted involuntary indecent sexual intercourse, attempted statutory sexual assault and attempted unlawful communication with a minor.
NEWS
May 26, 2004 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A key figure in the federal investigation of billboard deals arranged by former aides to Gov. McGreevey is scheduled to plead guilty today to mortgage fraud. As part of his expected plea agreement, John "Jay" Phillips would cooperate with authorities in other federal investigations, including the billboard probe, people familiar with the case said. The scheduled plea before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas in Camden would make Phillips the first person involved in the billboard case to be publicly charged.
SPORTS
May 20, 2004 | By Rich Fisher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Woodstown tennis coach John Phillips needs a sign maker. Nothing fancy. Just a little sign with the words I know written on it. That way, he can deal with the growing legion of John Stratton admirers more easily. "People kept coming up to me at the [South Jersey Coaches' Invitational] tournament and just saying, 'Wow, that kid,' " Phillips said of his prize freshman. "I was ready to just make a sign that said 'I know' and flash it whenever they said it. " They will have more chances to say it when the tournament resumes Saturday; Stratton will take on Sterling's Sonny Pollosco in a semifinal match.
NEWS
March 25, 1999 | by Donna Petrozzello, New York Daily News
It's been seven years since Mackenzie Phillips beat her longtime and much-publicized addiction to drugs and alcohol. But it was several more years after that before the actress - best remembered as a precocious preteen in the 1973 film "American Graffiti" and a feisty teen-ager in CBS' 1975-'84 series "One Day at a Time" - could overcome a very skeptical Hollywood community. But overcome she has. Phillips is starring in the new Disney Channel series "So Weird" (Monday nights at 7 p.m.)
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