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January 9, 1998 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Rusty Pray contributed to this article
Jeremiah Shabazz, 70, former minister of Mosque No. 12 of the Philadelphia Nation of Islam and confidant and adviser to Muhammad Ali, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday. It was Mr. Shabazz, a family member said, who in 1960 persuaded boxer Cassius Clay to become a follower of Elijah Muhammad and to become Muhammad Ali. In the late 1970s, Mr. Shabazz joined Ali's entourage, and news accounts at the time refer to him as the boxer's "top aide," "administrative assistant" and "legal counsel," although he had no law degree.
SPORTS
February 4, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MUHAMMAD ALI'S daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl. May May Ali said she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She said he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey. "He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press . "These rumors pop up every once in a while, but there's nothing to them.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2011 | By MARIA ZANKEY, mankeym@phillynews.com 215-854-5444
In February 1973, Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali a robe embroidered with the words, "The People's Champion. " In return, Ali presented Elvis with a set of boxing gloves inscribed "You're the Greatest. " It's been more than 33 years since "the King" passed away, but the two legends are reunited at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, as part of "Elvis and Ali: American Icons," a dual documentary exhibition. The exhibits, "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Al Wertheimer," and "Muhammad Ali: The making of an icon," chronicle the stars' rise to fame through photography, essays and film.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
IF MUHAMMAD ALI were fighting now, someone would probably be trying to sign his family up for a "reality" show. One could easily have been set in and around Philly, where the boxer lived during much of the period covered in tonight's "Independent Lens" presentation, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" (10 p.m. WHYY12). And Khalilah Camacho-Ali would probably be its star. Camacho-Ali, who appears in the film, was also known as Belinda in the days in which she, the fighter's second wife, was helping to keep his spirits up as he waited to see if he'd be jailed for refusing to serve in the military.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Don Steinberg, For the Inquirer
"I have rassled with an alligator, I have tussled with a whale. I've handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick!" - Muhammad Ali, 1974 The Greatest is gone. Muhammad Ali, 74, the effervescent heavyweight boxing champion who challenged the U.S. government, became the most recognized face on the planet, and was named top athlete of the 20th century, died Friday of respiratory complications after being in a Phoenix-area hospital for the last few days.
NEWS
February 13, 2002 | By DAVID PLOTZ
MUHAMMAD ALI is the Dalai Lama of the post-Sept. 11 world - the beatific sweetheart we call on to sanctify every important moment. He is always available to symbolize, well, whatever the heck you want. The Champ, who may be the world's most famous Muslim and the world's most famous American, is certainly the world's most famous Muslim-American, and he has been using that status for the good. He made news recently by pleading, in Allah's name, for the release of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
NEWS
September 15, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Muhammad Ali, dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, stood nearly motionless Thursday night as he stared down intently at the Liberty Medal that had just been presented to him. The 70-year-old Ali, fighting through his Parkinson's disease, briefly lifted his right hand to acknowledge the sustained standing ovation of the audience on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. The crowd erupted in a rousing chant: "Ali! Ali! Ali!" The world-champion boxer, antiwar hero, and cultural icon was awarded the 2012 medal for his life as a transformative figure personifying the struggle for liberty.
NEWS
June 11, 2016
On the eve of Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, his daughter Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, 41, spoke about her father and the final hours that her 17-year-old son, Jacob, spent at the bedside of the former world heavyweight champion in an Arizona hospital. The designer, author, and real estate agent lives on the Main Line with her husband, Spencer Wertheimer, and their son. She is the fifth of nine Ali children. Her mother, Aaisha Fletcher, met the boxer in the early 1970s and still lives in the Philadelphia area.
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NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and during a career of more than 40 years has represented accused killers Ira Einhorn, Amanda Knox, and Robert Durst. But on Thursday, Center City lawyer Theodore Simon, 65, was in a Philadelphia courtroom as the accuser. The case was Commonwealth v. Rico Clark - the defendant being a 27-year-old Norristown man accused of picking a rubber-banded wad of cash from the pocket of Simon's suit jacket and leading him on a foot chase that ended with Clark's arrest several blocks away.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
IN DEATH, Louisville pulled out all the stops for its favorite son, Muhammad Ali. But it took two out-of-towners to rescue and restore the champion's boyhood home - a one-story, pink frame house that had become a broken-down, rat-infested shambles. Then, Louisville didn't care, or so it seemed. But Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss cared, and so did Philadelphia lawyer George Bochetto. When Bochetto - a onetime Pennsylvania state boxing commissioner - heard the home was on the market in 2012, he jumped.
NEWS
June 13, 2016
ISSUE | MUHAMMAD ALI Not a draft dodger or coward I served in the Navy during the 1960s. I have great respect for all who enlisted or were drafted into the military during that time in our history. The writer of the letter "The greatest coward" (Tuesday) is entitled to dislike Muhammad Ali, but he is not entitled to change the facts. Ali was never a draft dodger. He never fled the country or entered college to avoid the draft. Whether he refused to fight in Vietnam because of his convictions or his religion, he was ready to accept the consequences, and he was stripped of his heavyweight title.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
Cassius Clay was the first sports antihero, in flesh and blood, to walk through the imagination of Philadelphia Catholic schoolboys my age. For eighth graders at St. Margaret School in Narberth, he represented everything we were taught to despise. Clay was living proof of what moms and nuns always warned us against. In those days, praise from authority figures was ladled out by the thimbleful for athletic or scholastic achievements due to the repeatedly expressed fear that "you'll get a big head.
NEWS
June 11, 2016
On the eve of Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, his daughter Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, 41, spoke about her father and the final hours that her 17-year-old son, Jacob, spent at the bedside of the former world heavyweight champion in an Arizona hospital. The designer, author, and real estate agent lives on the Main Line with her husband, Spencer Wertheimer, and their son. She is the fifth of nine Ali children. Her mother, Aaisha Fletcher, met the boxer in the early 1970s and still lives in the Philadelphia area.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Whitney Houston's secret love Bobby Brown 's sit-down Tuesday with 20/20 yielded many facts about the singer and his life with his wife, the great Whitney Houston . Brown confirmed to Robin Roberts that Houston was romantically involved with childhood friend-turned-creative-director Robin Crawford . There had long been rumors of a relationship between the two. Brown said Houston was attracted to him throughout their 14-year-marriage, but...
NEWS
June 10, 2016
I HAVE BEEN a fan of Muhammad Ali since way back in 1966, and it's been a love affair ever since. I first met him on Sept. 11, 1976, at his Deer Lake training camp in Pennsylvania. I was stunned when Ali walked out the door. Finally, I got to meet my idol, and it was everything I figured it would be, and more. After that, I went up there every weekend, and what a blast. I got to be in the same room while Ali was eating and watching a fight, so he could prepare for his next opponent.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
ONE OF the messages at this year's DNC: "Big Girls Don't Cry. " We're not referring to likely nominee Hillary Clinton , but to Fergie , who'll be performing July 27 in a charity-benefit concert for the Creative Coalition, a group formed to bring together artists and entertainers to learn about important issues so they can better inform and influence. Fergie is an old pro at the convention show. She also performed with the Black Eyed Peas at the 2008 Convention in Denver, the Washington Post reports.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Christine Flowers
I WAS SUPPOSED to be on CNN last Saturday morning to continue a discussion about the woman who decided to donate her child to the Cincinnati zoo as a plaything for Harambe. But about 30 minutes before I was supposed to log on to Skype, I received a polite but terse message that the "hit was canceled due to breaking news. " Since it was 5 o'clock on a weekend morning, I did what any sane person would do: I went back to bed. I wasn't even interested in what that breaking news might have been, because I had a dream I was hoping to resume, one which involved Bobby Sherman, some gelato and a Mini Cooper.
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