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September 20, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Aubrey Whelan, and Emily Babay, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hayley Hanby and her boyfriend were on an evening bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail last month when they saw a group of teenagers blocking their path. Hanby had only begun to bike seriously a few months before, and watched as her boyfriend skirted off the path and around the group. She tried to follow him, she said - and that's when one of the boys on the path stepped forward and shoved her off her bike. Thrown to the ground and bleeding from her elbow and knee, Hanby tried to grab her bike back.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | By John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - paralyzed, in constant pain, and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, paralyzed, in constant pain and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Common Pleas Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing the woman, Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at the Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there At Springton Lake Middle School in 2001, Terri and Kevin were two of a dozen friends who piled into parents' cars for trips to the movies or mall. They frequently wound up talking to each other, yet the next year, when Terri asked her bff, Natalie, which boy she should like, Natalie suggested someone else. The next day, Terri held that boy's hand, and they were officially an item all through middle school and on to Media's Penncrest High. None of that mattered to Kevin until sophomore year, when he noticed that in addition to her good looks, Terri was much more mature than most people in high school.
NEWS
August 16, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hidden Blues - and more What a music weekend! Someplace around here, ya got the Zac Brown Band , Willie Nelson , Darius Rucker, Maroon 5 with Nick Jonas , the Philadelphia Folk Festival - and, now, the inaugural Hidden River Blues Festival on Venice Island in Manayunk on Saturday afternoon. It's at the outdoor rec center amphitheater off Main Street. The fest's headliner is Otis Taylor , the Colorado bluesman who excels in both trancey electric blues and quieter, soul-searching sounds on his new album, Hey Joe Opus Red Meat , which features a cameo by Bucks County-bred songwriter Langhorne Slim . He'll be preceded on stage by Sugar Blue , the Harlem-born harmonica player you've heard before, though you may not know it: He played on the Rolling Stones ' "Miss You. " Hidden River also features a number of acts representative of the Philly blues scene, including the Tattar Tucker Blue Band , the Deb Callahan Band , and ace harp player Steve Guyger with his band the Excellos . Tickets: $15. Information: Manayunk.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Work came to a standstill as a mail truck rattled slowly down the street, one of those hilly stretches in Manayunk that feels more like San Francisco than Philadelphia. As the rumbling subsided into relative silence, a producer called "Action" and electrician Scott Caron tried, for about the 20th time, to explain the process of installing an electrical box on the granite face of a converted church. Over about eight hours of a grinding, stop-start progress, Caron and the crew installed a new sconce and wrapped shooting of a segment for Ask This Old House , the PBS home-improvement show.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU GAVE John Zurzola a choice between dining at a fancy restaurant or at home over a steaming plate of his wife's spaghetti, there was no choice. Spaghetti won every time. Which might have seemed surprising, because his wife, the former Doris Walsh, was a little Irish lady from West Philly. But she was a quick learner and her husband's family taught her how to cook Italian style. What did she put in that spaghetti gravy that made her husband prefer it to more-sophisticated fare?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
While America's alt-rock scene lumbered through its wild '90s - the period of Beck's Odelay , the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication , Soundgarden's Superunknown , and Ice-T's Body Count - a nice Philly band, holed up at Manayunk's Grape Street Pub and Old City's Tin Angel, moved tiny mountains with a mellow brand of pop: June Rich. Twenty years after its first album, and 17 years since the band broke up, June Rich has reunited, re-releasing its debut disc with a new song ("Who I Am")
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