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November 20, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clergy, opponents of deportation, and the teary mother of Honduran immigrant Angela Navarro held a solemn service in north Philadelphia Tuesday. They blessed Navarro's "journey into sanctuary" as the 28-year-old mother, who was ordered expelled for illegally entering the United States a decade ago, took refuge in the church of West Kensington Ministry on Norris Square. On Monday, Navarro told The Inquirer she planned to remain, living with her children and husband in a subdivided playroom, until her deportation is rescinded.
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November 20, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. Schilling Jr., who served as a Philadelphia police officer for 24 years, was the second generation of a three-generation family of police officers, his son, Ken, said. "His father was a police officer in Philly - John J. Sr. - in the traffic division," Ken Schilling said. John J. Jr. was a Philadelphia police officer from April 1956 to June 1980, a police spokeswoman said. Ken Schilling said he is a detective with the Egg Harbor Police Department and his brother, John, is "a sergeant first class in the New Jersey State Police.
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November 20, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
You'll know Philadelphia CeaseFire's newest tool to combat gun violence when you see it. A converted 33-foot 1995 Winnebago branded with the words "Stop. Shooting. People. " doesn't exactly blend in. And that's the point. "This tool gives us a constant opportunity to show residents and those just driving by that we're really out here, on the streets, working toward a reduction in youth violence," said program director Marla Davis Bellamy. Bellamy spoke Tuesday outside Temple University's Student Faculty Center at 3300 N. Broad St., moments after the ribbon was cut on the mobile office by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
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November 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writers
From his barbershop at Seventh and Bigler Streets, Darin Capo has seen all the concrete giants rise - the Wells Fargo Center in 1996, Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, Citizens Bank Park in 2004 - and worried how each would affect the neighborhood. When a customer stopped by Tuesday to say a new neighbor, a $425 million casino, had just gotten the go-ahead to move in, Capo was struck with déjà vu. But also with hope - that it would be good for business despite the mixed response from the men who sit in his barber's chair.
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November 19, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meets Tuesday to vote on a second casino license in Philadelphia, it likely will not be a long and drawn-out affair. The mere scheduling of the meeting - it begins at 1 p.m. at the Convention Center - makes it likely that the seven-member board has picked a winner, sticking to the law that says there are supposed to be two casinos in Philadelphia, despite fears that there are not enough gamblers to go around. One of the seven board members is expected to make a motion in favor of one of the four applicants.
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November 18, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next year will be the largest event in the city's modern history - and possibly its most daunting security challenge. The city's police force has been preparing for months, spurred by the potential of the high-profile guest and more than one million people expected to flood the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see him celebrate Mass on Sept. 27. The added risks will likely equal one thing: added resources, according to Steven Bucci, a homeland security expert at the Heritage Foundation.
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November 18, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talk about pent-up demand. After the Philadelphia School District announced that it would accept applications for new charter schools for the first time in seven years, it received 40, the district said Monday. If the School Reform Commission approves them all, the schools eventually could add 40,341 more seats in charter schools in a district that already has 67,000 - or more than one-third - of its students enrolled in charters. The vast majority of the proposals - 29 - were from operators of existing charters in the city, including KIPP Philadelphia, Freire, Mastery, MAST, Global Leadership, Franklin Towne, Independence, and Green Woods.
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November 18, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confirming what he had whispered and hinted at for months, Pope Francis announced in Rome on Monday that he would come to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. The suddenness of the official announcement, not expected until next year, sent archdiocesan officials scrambling over the weekend for a proper venue to make a local announcement. They settled on the Great Hall of Philadelphia Museum of Art, called in 200 Catholic high school students to serve as a cheering backdrop, and invited Mayor Nutter to play master of ceremonies in the absence of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who had left for Rome last week unaware the news was imminent.
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November 18, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy at a Northeast Philadelphia parish from 1998 to 1999 died Sunday, just weeks after an appeal of his conviction was heard before the state Supreme Court. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 67, of Wynnewood, was in the second year of a six- to 12-year sentence at the Coal Township Prison in Northumberland County, stemming from his 2013 conviction. Engelhardt died at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, the Associated Press reported.
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November 17, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
T HE PAST AND future of North Philadelphia will be the topic of four gatherings this week. Tomorrow, the Wagner Free Institute of Science will screen archival news footage, donated to Temple University Library by 6ABC News,in a program called "Unedited North Philadelphia: Girard to Lehigh. " The program, from 6 to 8 p.m., is free. The institute, which has been on Montgomery Avenue near 17th Street since 1865, will accept donations. Ken Scott, president of the Beech Companies, will moderate a panel discussion afterward.
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