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April 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fatal shooting occurred in Chester at around 11 a.m. Thursday at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue near the Widener University campus. The shooting did not involve anyone from the Widener community, police said. However, as a precaution, Widener sent a message to students and staff at 11:01 a.m. that shots were fired and to shelter in place. The lockdown ended at 11:27 a.m. "You exercise caution in a situation like that," said University spokesman Dan Hanson. This is the second time the university has told the campus community to stay indoors because of a shooting.
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April 7, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
AMBLER Brooke Rhea, 16, lives in a sprawling five-bedroom house in pricey Lower Gwynedd Township, where she was raised by two parents who have full-time, well-paid jobs. It's probably fair to say, and Rhea, a junior at Wissahickon High School, would be the first to agree, that she has been lucky. "A lot of people have told me how quickly you can go from doing OK to struggling to find enough to eat," she said Saturday, standing in the parking lot of the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard, a food pantry for the poor, in downtown Ambler.
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March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have seen arguments over parking spots at Cherry Hill Mall, but the one that unfolded Saturday when a woman nearly bit off another's finger has launched an investigation that authorities say stands out even among the department's more unusual ones. On Tuesday, authorities released grainy surveillance images of two women and two younger males. They hope someone will recognize them and provide their identities to police. "We've had disputes in the parking lot, but I've never seen anyone nearly have their finger bitten off," said Cherry Hill Detective Sgt. Rick Humes.
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February 11, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THERE'S BEEN a lot of talk - but not much agreement or action - on how to develop two blocks of Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. The blocks above 50th and 51st streets in the Cedar Park neighborhood have been the subject of two community meetings since November. The latest, a Jan. 30 gathering organized by the Cedar Park Neighbors group and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association, devolved into persistent disruptions and complaints, according to news reports. Visions differ on what to open up on this stretch of Baltimore Avenue, which has two churches, a medical center and some shops.
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January 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A 48-inch water main broke Saturday morning, flooding the parking lot of a newly developed North Philadelphia shopping plaza and causing an 80-by-60-foot cave-in, officials said. Multiple stores in Bakers Centre, which cost $58 million to build on the 3400 block of Fox Street in an industrial area and onetime food desert, were closed Saturday after 13 million gallons of water gushed through. The main broke about 4:30 a.m., and Philadelphia Water Department workers arrived to shut the pipe down by 6:20, spokesman John DiGiulio said.
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December 10, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Just beyond the stands at the south end of Lincoln Financial Field, the wide lanes of I-95 had become a parking lot by early afternoon on Sunday, a parking lot interrupted by the more-than-occasional muffled collision. Inside the stadium, there was another pileup taking place in the snow as the Eagles blundered through a terrible first half against the Lions, and didn't start the second half much better. "Around the second quarter, it got pretty cold," tight end James Casey admitted after the Eagles came alive to beat Detroit, 34-20.
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December 4, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A Marine Reservist who was trying to break up a fight in a Camden parking lot was shot to death early Sunday. Camden County Police investigators said Timothy Loper Jr., 27, of Pine Hill, died from a gunshot wound to his back that pierced his heart at Second and Spruce Streets at 2:46 a.m. Police said Loper, who according to his father served four years in the Marines as a corporal, saw a fight in the parking lot of the 20 Horse Tavern and...
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November 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A 21-YEAR-OLD man is being questioned in connection with the deaths of a pregnant 22-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter Monday at a Levittown apartment building. Authorities said Marcel Johnson was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Avalon Court apartments on Oxford Valley Road shortly after Ebony Talley and her little girl, R'mani Rankins, were discovered in a fire. Talley was pronounced dead at the scene, while Rankins died at a local hospital. Police said both victims were stabbed, but the cause of death has not been revealed.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
TOMORROW, one day after the fourth anniversary of the day he mistakenly became a good Samaritan, Douglas Baylor will move one step closer to justice. I doubt that Baylor, 51, thinks helping someone was a mistake, but his good deed started a chain of events resulting in physical pain, mental anguish and financial loss. After kicking around in the courts for a couple of years, Baylor gets a status conference tomorrow in New Jersey Superior Court. The conference is needed, because the judge needs to know if Baylor wants to move ahead with his civil suit without an attorney.
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September 28, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MALVERN With a DJ in the gym, and an inflatable slide in the parking lot, St. Patrick School looked like a carnival Thursday. And instead of their everyday green uniforms, the pupils were dressed in blue. St. Patrick School was named one of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor bestowed on 50 private and 236 public schools in the country. And that called for a blue palooza. Principal Patricia O'Donnell said the school in Malvern had been notified by the Department of Education over the summer that it might win the award, and she made sure it was ready to celebrate.
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