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March 11, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
The second oldest parade in the country will make its 243d march in Philadelphia on Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a week ahead of time. The parade has been a tradition since 1771 and typically occurs on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, except when the holiday falls on a Sunday, said Bob Gessler, president of the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association. About 20,000 people will march from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at 12 p.m. down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in this year's parade, including 180 groups and organizations such as the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Timoney Irish Dancers, Cairdeas Irish Brigade, Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, and Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band.
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March 11, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade got off to a slow start Sunday morning. As the first troupes lined up at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard, seats and space were plentiful. It was not much different as the parade, dating from 1771, got underway at noon. There were a few guesses to explain the light crowds: People thought it would be held next Sunday, the actual holiday. Or would-be attendees got up late, forgetting an hour was lost overnight due to daylight savings time.
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March 3, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul J. Phillips Jr., 89, whose Irish Catholic heritage was reflected in his longtime nurturing of Philadelphia's St. Patrick's Day Parade, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, of heart failure at Sunrise Assisted Living in Media. Mr. Phillips became a member of the DeSoto Council No. 315, Knights of Columbus, in 1948 and rose to grand knight. The chapter elected him chairman for its annual participation in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Thus was born a lifelong devotion to the event. In 1960, Mr. Phillips joined the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association.
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February 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
What the video showed was "disturbing," conceded Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan. But by itself, Dugan said, the 10-second video that shows police Lt. Jonathan Josey walk up behind and hit Aida Guzman was not enough to convict Josey of simple assault after last year's Puerto Rican Day Parade. "This was a real-life situation, there was no slow-motion," Dugan said in announcing Josey's acquittal Tuesday. "Life doesn't have a remote control. " The not-guilty verdict triggered an explosion of cheers - so loud that Dugan reminded the overflow crowd of police that they were in a courtroom and asked them to leave.
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February 27, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Triggering a deafening eruption of cheers from a courtroom packed with scores of Philadelphia police, a city judge this morning found ex-police Lt. Jonathan Josey not guilty of simple assault for swinging at and decking a woman during an unruly street party after last year's Puerto Rican Parade. Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan said he remained troubled by Josey's conduct on the 10-second video that shows Josey hit Aida Guzman from behind and knock her to the ground during the Sept.
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February 24, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last year was my Ford Madox Ford year. But this year is likely to be yours. Ford (1873-1939) was the English author who, between 1924 and 1928, published four novels about World War I titled, as a bundle, Parade's End . Parade's End comes to American TV Tuesday, when a five-part BBC adaptation hits HBO (over three nights). The script is by Sir Tom Stoppard ( Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ; Arcadia ; Shakespeare in Love ). U.K. superstar Benedict Cumberbatch is Christopher Tietjens, the elusive central figure of the novels.
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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.
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