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July 11, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police were investigating the death of a man riding a bicycle Tuesday afternoon. The body of the black man, described as in his 40s, was found by a passerby about 3:17 p.m. on a bike path near the 4700 block of Umbria Street, police said. The man had suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not say that foul play was suspected. 
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Ryan, who grew up in North Wales, became friends with Dana's cousin, Chris, in their North Penn High School days. Chris sometimes mentioned his cousin to his buddy, and his buddy to his cousin. "We knew of each other, but we never really met," said Dana, who lived in Abington. After high school, Chris started hosting a Christmas Eve get-together. In fall 2003, when he was 25, Chris and three friends died in a car accident. His mother - Dana's Aunt Mary Ellen - continued the Christmas Eve party.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Manayunk's Main Street hummed with the buzz of countless conversations Saturday afternoon, but without the amplified booms of vendors hawking wares or shouting revelers. The place was overrun by invaders - chatty, friendly invaders. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists laid siege to Main Street for the first day of the 24th annual Manayunk Arts Festival this weekend. Throw in the sun beating down overhead, and there was an almost peaceful air Saturday afternoon as the crowds flowed past vendors who waited to show off their work: paintings, sculptures, jewelry.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a study in contrasting race-day styles. Cyclists beat back fatigue and burning muscles pedaling up the steep hill called the Manayunk Wall during the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on Sunday. At the same time, Bob Brogno felt no pain at all as he hopped on his pal's motorized beer cooler and guided it down that very incline. Asked why he was riding the 50-quart ice chest - complete with steering and disc brakes - Brogno, a 24-year-old Roxborough construction worker, sipped his beer with a flourish, then asked philosophically, "Why would I not?"
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ANDREW NEUBAUER spent much of yesterday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic lurking behind bushes near the top of the Manayunk Wall, suddenly thrusting his life-size, stuffed-toy rottweiler, Rowdy, at unsuspecting passers-by and growling. "Rowdy went to York College with me," he said. "Found him at a yard sale freshman year. We've been together ever since. My friends and I tailgate with him at Phillies games. He stands on the roof of the car and parties. You know PETA would get after me if I left him in the car. " Neubauer interrupted the interview to growl while thrusting Rowdy at Adriana Bellode, who jumped and grabbed the arm of her friend Lilliam Ribeiro.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few months ago, it looked as if the metal barriers to line Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk weren't going to be ordered and there would be no need for the signs urging spectators to refrain from disorderly conduct. Some parts of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic - a race renamed, redesigned, and reorganized to run Sunday after its predecessor was canceled for a lack of funding - have stayed the same. The course still has the grueling Manayunk Wall, still attracts world-class cyclists, and still has Manayunkers bracing for rowdy crowds.
SPORTS
May 31, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's still cycling, but the name has changed, and so have the course and the scheduling for the inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, which takes place Sunday. What is unlikely to change is the enthusiasm of the Philadelphia cycling community, and organizers said they hope that more than 100,000 spectators will see at least part of the 120-mile men's race and 60-mile women's race. The 12-mile course winds through Roxborough and East Falls, heading down Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill to Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill before returning to Manayunk along Main Street.
NEWS
May 17, 2013
P AULA HIAN IS a Manayunk-based fashion designer who splits time between Philly and France, where she makes her own line of knitwear for women. The sole owner of Paula Hian Designs rolls out her 2013 holiday collection for buyers next week in New York City. Hian, who grew up in Penn Valley and lives in Wayne, won an international competition in Paris for fashion students, and the winning dress is on permanent display in the Louvre. Q: What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
SPORTS
May 10, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO WHY DID Mikel Martinson play in yesterday's U.S. Open local qualifier at Paoli's Waynesborough Country Club, when there were 110 other sites he could have chosen? Well . . . "My two roommates, they live in Leesburg, Va.," said Martinson, who's from Throckmorton, a small town near Lubbock, Texas, and now lives 8 months a year in Charlotte, N.C., while he plays the eGolf professional mini tour. "They're doing the one in Maryland [Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana], and it's actually full.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Heidi Tirjan's schedule was packed. There were visits to a new bakery and a soon-to-open bookshop in Bryn Mawr, then off to Philadelphia to drop in on a couple of chic Northern Liberties retailers she thought should launch outlets in Lower Merion. She also found time to revel in a luscious victory: persuading the owners of the highly regarded Philadelphia restaurant Melograno to open another eatery on the Main Line. After years of wooing, Rosemarie Tran and Gianluca Demontis had succumbed to Tirjan's blandishments and their own desire, and are putting the finishing touches on Fraschetta, a restaurant they are opening near the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
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