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May 7, 2016
A part-time worker at a Chester County farm has been charged with stealing more than $900,000 from his employers to pay for luxury vehicles, a trip to the Bahamas, and student loans, police said. Clifton K. Willson, 35, of Bryn Mawr, was arrested Thursday and faces 299 charges of theft, forgery, and related offenses. He is accused of stealing 148 blank checks from Esther and Paul Gansky while he worked as a painter on their Heartwood Farm on Providence Road in Willistown Township.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In the early 1960s, Dean C. Pappas, a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., was inspired when he heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak there. "What impressed him was the passion that Dr. King had for the civil rights cause and how he figured out something deeply important to him," Mr. Pappas' son, Dimitri, said. "It was one of several things," Dimitri Pappas said, that caused his father "to examine his own life. " The inspiration he gained as a young man Mr. Pappas was able to put fully into action a year after he retired.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A woman who was severely injured after an 18-year-old college student fell on her from an eighth-floor Center City window ledge last year has sued the teen's estate, the property companies, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The incident left Erica Goodwin, 45, of Lansdowne, permanently disabled and unable to return to her job at the state Department of Human Services, her lawyer, Joe Tucker, said Wednesday. Goodwin was walking on 16th Street about 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2015, when Rebecca Kim fell from an eighth-floor window of an apartment building at 1530 Chestnut St. The building housed students enrolled at the Art Institute; Kim, a Temple University freshman, was there visiting a friend.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2016
A quarter-century of history inevitably brings with it plenty of memorable moments. Mark DeNinno offered several of his favorite memories from his 15 years as owner of Chris' Jazz Cafe, from occasional mishaps to celebrity sightings: "Back in the day, when the band was still up front, we had a cigarette machine in the back. Somebody came in just wanting to buy cigarettes, so they walked right across the front of the stage, hit their head on John Swana's trumpet, and knocked it back into his mouth.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors have sued a South Philadelphia restaurant owner, accusing him of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleges that John Longacre repeatedly failed to respond to prosecutors' requests about accessibility at his South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. It says the Tap Room's front entrance and restrooms, among other things, are not readily accessible to...
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER jlaughlin@phillynews.com 215-854-4587 @jasmlaughlin
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MOST SPORTS team owners do not have the look-at-me personalities of the Cowboys' Jerry Jones or the Mavericks' Mark Cuban - perhaps it's a Dallas thing. The majority of these multibillionaires prefer to stay in the background, away from the spotlight and the prying eyes. Put them in a boardroom and they'll dazzle you with the skills that earned them their fortunes. Put them in front of a microphone and you wonder how they managed to make their first dime. Sixers principal owner Josh Harris was having some moments Sunday.
SPORTS
April 4, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
I really miss the Big Store. In 2016, nearly everyone's wardrobe includes considerable sports merchandise - baseball hats, golf shirts, team jackets, throwback jerseys. At college and professional events, it sometimes seems, most fans are dressed in the home team's colors, wearing their allegiance not just on their sleeves but all over. On Wednesday, when Villanova students assembled at a sendoff for their Final Four basketball team, so many were dressed in blue-and-white team gear that it looked as if the campus bookstore had been looted.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Services will be held Thursday, June 23, for Richard H. Gwinn, 77, of Radnor and Vero Beach, Fla., a business owner and executive, who died Saturday, Feb. 27, of Alzheimer's disease at a hospice in Vero Beach. Born in Atlanta to David Marshall Gwinn and Elizabeth Bechtold Gwinn, he moved with his family to Gladwyne as an infant and grew up there. He graduated from St. George's School in Middletown, R.I., and Yale University. While at Yale, he was a member of the Fence Club. Mr. Gwinn joined the Navy's ROTC program in 1956 during his freshman year.
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