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December 15, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Citizens have spent the last month or so trying out two styles of park bench under consideration for placement along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yesterday, at its regular monthly meeting, the Fairmount Park Commission announced the selection. "By far the winner - as they say in the Academy Awards - is 'the Traditional,' " reported park executive director Mark Focht. There followed actual applause. The benches, made of Ipe wood and aluminum, will be used on the Parkway as the commission seeks to standardize street furnishings and materials along the thoroughfare.
NEWS
August 20, 2001 | By Andrea Gerlin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The alchemy of the Internet has transformed an ordinary park bench on the stone-walled grounds of the 1,000-year-old Abbey Gardens, here in the shadow of the ancient Church of St. James. Four phone jacks in the armrest have turned the bench into a time machine of sorts, permitting visitors to commune simultaneously with the 11th century and the 21st. Sitting here amid medieval ruins, anyone with a laptop computer can move between the eras of chain mail and e-mail with the stroke of a key. This is, the town elders say, the world's first wired park bench.
NEWS
October 2, 2007 | By Jan Hefler and Alexander Seise INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
John Anthony Smith, a homeless man who walked with a cane and was quick with a hello, waved away a friend one night in August. He wouldn't come inside, he told her, and he stretched out to sleep on the Camden park bench he ruled. Smith, 54, was well known in the neighborhood near the Pennsauken border. From a little park in the 3900 block of Federal Street - just down from the recently completed house that will be featured on the television show Extreme Home Makeover next month - Smith would ask his friends for a dollar or two, share a beer, and talk endlessly about sports, politics, neighborhood gossip, whatever.
NEWS
November 18, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A park bench may be just a park bench in some small and dusty out-of-the-way place. But when it's on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a bench becomes an opportunity - a chance for a news conference, a photo op, a branding moment, and civic engagement. And so Fairmount Park and city officials yesterday unveiled two different styles of park bench under consideration for placement along the Parkway as the park seeks to standardize and upgrade the landscape there. The two contending benches will be on the sidewalk at Levy Park - between 16th and 17th Streets - until early next month.
NEWS
April 19, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / AKIRA SUWA
A park bench in Rittenhouse Square was the place to sprawl yesterday for Stephen Weinik, 17, and Carrie Jones, 15.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delaware County officials are trying to determine the identity of a man found dead this morning near a park bench in Lansdowne Borough. "There is nothing to indicate any foul play," said Police Chief Daniel Kotan. The African-American man, between the ages of 45 to 55, was found at 7:30 a.m. collapsed beside a park bench directly across from the Lansdowne theater, Kortan said. While he was appropriately dressed for the weather -- knit hat, winter coat and gloves -- he carried no identification, just a set of keys, Kortan said.
NEWS
March 5, 2001 | DAVID MAIALETTI/DAILY NEWS
The Flower Show opened at the Convention Center yesterday where it was spring in full bloom. A woman rests on a park bench at the PNC Park display (above), while a group gathers near the mural of a tropical beach scene (below), titled the "soggy dollar bar. " A couple (left) walks along Arch Street in the rain, clutching pussy willows fresh from the show.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"YOU COULD get hurt being out here, because there are a lot of weirdos out there. " Robert Palen allegedly gave that warning to a woman he approached on a late-summer night in 2010. Not long after Palen offered that advice, the woman later told police, he allegedly raped her on a park bench in a secluded area. Judging by his criminal record, Palen knows a lot about hurting women. Palen, 38, was hauled back to Philly on Dec. 26 after rotting in a Wisconsin prison for more than a year, police sources told the Daily News last night.
NEWS
September 29, 2007 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three South Jersey teenagers were arrested yesterday on charges they beat a homeless man to death last month as he slept on a Camden park bench, authorities said. A fourth was being sought. The teens - all boys age 15 to 17 - were jailed in the Camden County Youth Detention Center on murder charges, pending a juvenile court hearing on Monday. One of the teens, a 17-year-old, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. as he arrived for classes at Pennsauken High School. A 15-year-old, who also attends Pennsauken High, was arrested at the same time at his home.
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December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"YOU COULD get hurt being out here, because there are a lot of weirdos out there. " Robert Palen allegedly gave that warning to a woman he approached on a late-summer night in 2010. Not long after Palen offered that advice, the woman later told police, he allegedly raped her on a park bench in a secluded area. Judging by his criminal record, Palen knows a lot about hurting women. Palen, 38, was hauled back to Philly on Dec. 26 after rotting in a Wisconsin prison for more than a year, police sources told the Daily News last night.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday in the strangulation death of his wife, whose body was found this summer along the edge of Pennypack Park. Christopher Murray sat through most of the 35-minute hearing with his head pointed downward, his hands covering his face. Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered him held on a charge of murder in the death of Constance Murray, 46. Her body was found Aug. 5 by a pedestrian at the edge of the park, near Holme Crispin Cemetery.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | BY ALBERT STUMM, Daily News Staff Writer stumma@phillynews.com, 215-854-5128
A $1,200 LIFE-SIZE statue of President Obama has been returned to a Wilkes-Barre woman after it was found on a park bench posed with a six pack of Twisted Teas. Tiffany Bruce, 30, told the Daily News yesterday that the statue was stolen off her porch early Sunday. It was recovered five days later after a police detective saw a picture posted on Facebook of the statue, lounging at a picnic table at Francis Walter Dam with his right arm outstretched, holding a bottle. The statue became beloved by the family after Bruce bought it last year at a furniture store.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When it comes to the small screen - the really small screens, of computers, tablets, and mobile devices - Philadelphia has a flourishing scene. At a time when Netflix is going strong with Web-only programs such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards , Philadelphia is home to a range of Web-only series, starring or written or produced by Philly folks. Among the local film crews in town, you'll find Lee Porter's My Ruined Life ( MRL ) shooting near a Rittenhouse park bench.
SPORTS
May 16, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NCAA OFTEN gets it wrong. This time, it got it right. The oft-maligned organization yesterday granted permission for Boise State to provide assistance to Antoine Turner, a homeless football recruit who graduates from Fullerton Junior College next week. Turner will be allowed to live in a dorm on the Idaho campus at the end of the month instead of waiting until the beginning of the first summer session. In addition to a full scholarship, he will receive a meal plan and his books and fees will be covered.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delaware County officials are trying to determine the identity of a man found dead this morning near a park bench in Lansdowne Borough. "There is nothing to indicate any foul play," said Police Chief Daniel Kotan. The African-American man, between the ages of 45 to 55, was found at 7:30 a.m. collapsed beside a park bench directly across from the Lansdowne theater, Kortan said. While he was appropriately dressed for the weather -- knit hat, winter coat and gloves -- he carried no identification, just a set of keys, Kortan said.
SPORTS
May 31, 2012 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER'S Sean O'Hair, the only PGA Tour player who calls the Philadelphia area home, didn't try to qualify for the British Open. So now the only way he can play in it is by winning a tournament in the next 7 weeks. And he's not playing in this week's Memorial, because of a "tweaked" neck that kept him out of last week's Colonial. O'Hair, who turns 30 in July, also is not going to try to qualify for the U.S. Open, which starts June 14 at San Francisco's Olympic Club. A year ago, he failed to qualify.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2011 | BY BETSY SHARKEY, Los Angeles Times
IT TAKES A special skill to make a film feel as soft and light as a summer breeze, and yet that is what French director Jean Becker accomplishes with "My Afternoons With Margueritte," a glimpse into the everyday of two ordinary lives. This little gem is all about the nature of chance encounters and how they can change us in unexpected ways. The one on which this story hangs begins on a park bench in a small village in the French countryside. It is a place patina-ed by the years, as are the two main characters, a fragile bird-thin woman named Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - It takes a special skill to make a film feel as soft and light as a summer breeze, and yet that is what French director Jean Becker accomplishes with My Afternoons With Margueritte , a glimpse into two ordinary lives. This little gem is all about the nature of chance encounters and how they can change us in unexpected ways. The one on which this story hangs begins on a park bench in a small village in the French countryside. It is a place patina-ed by the years, as are the two main characters, a fragile bird-thin woman named Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus)
NEWS
October 2, 2007 | By Jan Hefler and Alexander Seise INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
John Anthony Smith, a homeless man who walked with a cane and was quick with a hello, waved away a friend one night in August. He wouldn't come inside, he told her, and he stretched out to sleep on the Camden park bench he ruled. Smith, 54, was well known in the neighborhood near the Pennsauken border. From a little park in the 3900 block of Federal Street - just down from the recently completed house that will be featured on the television show Extreme Home Makeover next month - Smith would ask his friends for a dollar or two, share a beer, and talk endlessly about sports, politics, neighborhood gossip, whatever.
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