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April 22, 1986 | Special to the Daily News by Alex Lloyd Gross
Vincent J. Ferraro, 21, of Shelmire Avenue near Lawndale, was killed early today when the car he was driving struck a utility pole on Rising Sun Avenue near Adams Avenue in Olney. Police said the impact of the crash sheared the left side of the frame and the top off the car. Police said Ferraro was driving north on Rising Sun when the accident occurred. He was dead on arrival at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division.
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February 15, 1991 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Olney lost to Ben Franklin, 65-56, in a first-round Public League playoff game yesterday afternoon on its home court for a simple reason. Olney couldn't handle the press. The Electrons, from the outset, used a stifling full-court press on the Olney guards, causing turnovers and building a lead that Franklin never lost. The Trojans also couldn't overcome foul trouble. Their center, 6-foot-8 sophomore Jason Lawson, picked up three quick fouls in the first five minutes and sat out the rest of the first half.
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July 25, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
In an effort to resolve a controversy over the posting of Korean-language street signs on N. 5th Street in Olney, a member of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is trying to convene a meeting next week for the neighborhood's business, civic and Korean leaders. Ida Chan, a human-relations commissioner, said yesterday that she hoped the meeting would allow both sides to discuss the matter harmoniously. The leaders were unable to do that at a meeting Tuesday night, when about 150 Olney residents - some shouting ethnic slurs - demanded that the Koreans remove the signs or they would.
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October 23, 2009
A FEW YEARS ago, we'd get off of the R8 train at Olney to find that our car windows were busted. We were told by a business across the street that schoolkids vandalized the cars. Now it's the station being vandalized, glass-block windows were broken, along with the frames. Someone had to be there for quite a while to break that glass. Every morning, there is more damage, even graffiti on the trash can. I don't understand what goes through a person's mind to do something like this.
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March 21, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspected robber and a Philadelphia police officer exchanged gunfire in an alley in the Olney section yesterday, seconds after a woman was held up at gunpoint nearby, police said. Neither the suspect nor the policeman was hit by the bullets, and the suspect was arrested a short time later, police said. Detective Lt. Richard Strohm of the Northwest Detective Division gave this account: At 8:10 a.m., Anna Marie Ponterelli, 29, a student technician at the Albert Einstein Medical Center's Northern Division in Olney, parked her car in the 5300 block of North Marvine Street and got out to walk to the hospital.
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July 27, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer
William Russell said his son, Barry Williams, 22, was sitting alone on the steps of the family's Olney rowhouse when five or six white youths holding pipes and knives walked up and said, "It's nigger night. " Within moments Saturday night, Barry's brother, Tyrone Williams, 20, who came out of the house to help, was stabbed once in the back, according to Russell and police. Within minutes, Russell said, as he and his wife came to their sons' aid, a crowd of white youths and adults milled about on 7th Street near Chew Avenue, yelling racial slurs.
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April 3, 1990 | By Jamie Catrambone, Special to The Inquirer
The Olney boys' coaches probably never thought their sense of direction would help them in a track meet. That is until Saturday morning, when the team embarked on its trip to the Pennsylvania State Track Classic, one of the biggest meets of the outdoor season. Instead of traveling to Council Rock High School, the site of this year's classic, however, Olney's bus was moving to another destination, North Penn High School. The reason, Olney coach Herm Baker said, was some miscommunication among the staff at his school.
NEWS
August 12, 1997
People are getting excited about the far-reaching structural changes planned this fall for Olney and Audenried high schools. And no wonder: The two schools are implementing sweeping strategies to build smaller learning communities, address the problems of disruptive students, and increase class length for freshmen. Daily News education writer Kevin Haney reported last week that Olney will break its 2,900-student school into seven mini-schools. Audenried is instituting an "empowerment community" to provide students who have behavioral or academic problems with intensive instruction.
SPORTS
January 17, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Donyell Miller's family has lower-level season tickets for the 76ers. Since Miller, a senior forward at Olney, is 6-3 and 220 pounds and rebounds like a tiger against much-taller opponents, care to guess whom he idolizes? "Charles Barkley," Miller said. "He's always been my favorite. For someone of his height (6-4 3/4)to be a successful inside player in the NBA, it's very unusual. "It seems as though I'm shaped like Barkley. I can do some of the same kinds of things. The guys on the team sometimes call me 'Little Charles.
NEWS
March 11, 1988 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
The refined, green-eyed Austrian woman who owns and operates the Universal Bookstore in Olney doesn't get around very much. She walks to and from home, and does her shopping in the neighborhood, which once was predominantly German-speaking. She has never learned to drive, and ventures to Center City, oh, once or twice a year - "if that often. " She has very little firsthand knowledge, then, of how distinctive - maybe even unique - her little bookshop is. "Is it?" asks Ingeborg Bitny, her German-accented voice rising in genuine surprise and appreciation.
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July 11, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Police arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed three people in an Olney home around 12 a.m. Wednesday. One of the victims, a 25-year-old woman, was stabbed once in the chest, back, left arm and head. The other two victims, a 32-year-old man and another 25-year-old woman, each was stabbed in the left arm. Medics transported the victims from a residence on the 200 block of Albanus Street to Albert Einstein Hospital. All three were in stable condition Wednesday morning.
SPORTS
July 9, 2014 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
This new column by Mike Jensen is intended to offer Philadelphia sports tales away from the press boxes and news conferences. It will feature a variety of sports, and our definition of Philly crosses the city borders, so we're calling it City Line . Teenage basketball players competing at the Chosen League, in its 13th season using the outdoor courts at 10th and Olney, understand that their deficiencies won't just be exposed. They're practically celebrated. "He just shot an air ball!"
NEWS
June 27, 2014
P ETE MERZBACHER, 25, of Olney, lives above the bakery Philly Bread, which he founded. The startup beat out nine other finalists on June 19 in the inaugural "Lightning in a Bottle Competition" sponsored mainly by ab+c Creative Intelligence, a marketing-and-communications firm in Wilmington and Philly. Winning netted Philly Bread a year's worth of free marketing. The bakery makes a healthy version of the English muffin, dubbed the "Philly Muffin. "   Q: The idea for Philly Bread?
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May 5, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 20-year-old Olney man was charged Saturday with attempted murder in the shooting of a top high school basketball player and two friends, police said. James Cole, of the 400 block of Delphine Street, surrendered to police and was charged in the April 23 shooting that crippled Devin Bullock, 19, who played for the New Media Technology charter school. Police said Cole had been in a dispute two days earlier with one of Bullock's friends, who was standing near Bullock and a third friend.
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February 21, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE MAN was killed and another was clinging to life after two "execution-style" shootings last night in Olney, police said. Just before 8 p.m., cops responded to a call reporting a car on fire on Palethorp Street near Olney Avenue, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Fire Department personnel and bystanders pulled two men from a Mazda that was engulfed in flames after it struck a parked vehicle, Small said. Both men had been shot in the head. One victim, 25, was shot once in the back of the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 8:03 p.m. It was the city's 40th homicide this year, according to police records.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rowhouse fire in Olney left a 14-year-old autistic boy dead and displaced two families late Monday afternoon, authorities said. The fire broke out at 5:03 on the first floor of a home on the 4800 block of North Ninth Street, Fire Capt. Clifford Gilliam said. Firefighters reached the scene two minutes later, he said. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the boy "was being ushered out by his adult sister, but he bolted back upstairs. He was afraid. " The sister could not follow the boy and was left to help two younger children escape.
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February 19, 2014 | BY NAVEED AHSAN, Daily News Staff Writer ahsann@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
A 14-YEAR-OLD boy with autism died of injuries from a fire yesterday in his Olney rowhouse, authorities said. The blaze was reported about 5 p.m. on 9th Street near Louden. It began on the first floor and spread to at least three other houses before it was brought under control at 5:36 p.m., Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. The boy was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m., Ayers said. His identity was not immediately released. The Red Cross was housing five people evacuated by the fire, spokesman Dave Schrader said.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
LET'S SAY George Washington junior Charles Brown rambles down the court, ball in hand, with nothing but freedom ahead except for one lone defender in tow. Any chance the 6-4 forward goes for the dunk? Maybe not, since a similar scenario earlier this season ended with a nasty fall and an even worse hip bruise that forced him to miss three games. "I couldn't walk for like 3 or 4 days," Brown said. "I had to use crutches at school. It was very hard, very tiring . . . some of the elevators didn't work so I had to go up and down the stairs.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A union that has been involved in organizing teachers at Olney Charter High School is set to file an unfair labor practice charge Monday over a new social-media policy the union said was an attempt to silence staff. The Alliance of Charter School Employees, a local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, alleges that Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, the nonprofit that runs Olney, bars workers from making negative comments about their employer on social media, including in blogs and online forums.
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January 9, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE DAY was nearly ruined for Lavelle Harper when a message from his head coach early yesterday afternoon said their basketball game was postponed. Harper, an 18-year-old junior, already had his early-dismissal pass prepared to show teachers when West Philadelphia High skipper Jermaine Snell sent word. The Speedboys started the day 1-2 in Public League play and were still smarting from a loss to Sayre, so no game meant no redemption. Then, a second message from Snell, and, game on!
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