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February 13, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey called the video "disturbing. " The video of him swinging at and decking a woman at a Fairhill street party after last year's Puerto Rican Day parade was enough to end his decorated 19-year police career and get him charged with simple assault. But after a three-hour nonjury trial Tuesday, in which Josey testified that he accidentally hit Aida Guzman while trying to knock a beer bottle from her hand, a troubled-looking Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan seemed uncertain.
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January 23, 2013 | By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - It was altogether a more intimate affair than four years ago. Just a party of untold hundred thousands, chilling in the nation's backyard. President Obama's inauguration Monday brought out a festive crowd of flag-wavers who filled the National Mall to overflowing, hailed his moment with lusty cheers and spent their down time spotting celebrities amid the bunting. No match for the staggering masses and adrenaline-pumping energy of his first turn as president on the west front of the Capitol.
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January 17, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Feerrar remembers her visit to Washington, when she was 9, as the last time she was able to climb the marble steps of museums and historic sites on her own. Feerrar has muscular dystrophy and can no longer walk. But the 21-year-old Moorestown resident will be part of President Obama's inaugural parade on Monday and will celebrate the work of a nonprofit organization that has changed her life. She will travel the 15 blocks in her motorized wheelchair accompanied by Weber, the dog that has become her arms, legs, and best friend.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
AS A long-standing member of Froggy Carr, I want to thank you for bringing our story to the people in Philadelphia. ("Frogs croak rare apology," Stu Bykofsky column, Jan. 7.) As you well know, we only have 100-plus members in the club. What we have done in the last 25 years is allowed others who have no other club affiliation to march with us to enjoy a day in the sun as a Philadelphia Mummer. Without this gesture from the Frogs there would be over 500 "stragglers" (a term of endearment for Mummers without a club affiliation)
NEWS
January 3, 2013
String Bands Division Club Totals Club Points 1. Fralinger . . . 96.70 2. Quaker City . . . 96.10 3. Woodland . . . 94.60 4. South Philadelphia . . . 92.05 5. Ferko . . . 91.25 6. Hegerman . . . 91.10 6 tie. Avalon . . . 91.10 8. Aqua . . . 82.75 9. Polish American . . . 81.05 10. Uptown . . . 79.80 11. Pennsport . . . 75.90 12. Duffy . . . 73.35 13. Broomall . . . 72.85 14. Durning ....
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December 28, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
Forget watching college football bowl games on TV and nursing hangovers. If you're a Philadelphian, one New Year's Day activity trumps all others. We speak, of course, of the Mummers Parade, the now-112-year-old orgy of banjos, glockenspiels, feathers and sequins that as much as anything we hold dear, symbolizes our sweetly eccentric corner of the universe. But for something that virtually defines the word "tradition," the Mummers Parade is a surprisingly evolving entity, which is likely why the relic of the horse-and-buggy era has survived into the time of Instagram and "Gangnam Style.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Here's the order of march for the 2013 Mummers String Bands. The first band steps off at Broad and Ritner at 10:30 a.m. (Number in parentheses indicates a band's 2012 prize ranking.) Greater Overbrook (15) Captain Bill Razzano Theme: Headin' For The Hills High in the Smoky Mountains, a shotgun wedding is about to take place. The groom to be is Captain Bill Razzano, the hillbilly clan leader. Plenty of homemade moonshine is served at this ceremony, accompanied by dueling banjos and mountain music.
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December 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated Highway Patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being filmed punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried in February, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial, scheduled to get under way Feb. 12. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their South Philadelphia warehouse was still smoldering from a four-alarm fire earlier in the day, but members of the Fralinger String Band declared Monday night that they would not miss the Mummers Parade. "Fralinger will never back down from a challenge," said Thomas D'Amore, 24, the captain. The band had been renting first-floor space at Second and Wharton Streets to make props and costumes, D'Amore said. "Unfortunately, this is the first year we've rented this spot," said D'Amore, drinking a Pepsi outside the Shamrock Pub down Two Street.
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