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June 10, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
Lucy Anna Merrick, 104, of Germantown, a former nurse, Bible school teacher, and elder rights advocate, died Wednesday, May 25, of heart disease at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. On May 16, she was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital, and four days later she was transferred to the hospice. Mrs. Merrick was born in West Philadelphia in 1912 - a year when suffragettes paraded in New York, and Arizona became the 48th state in the union. The youngest child of Thomas and Margaret Draine, she grew up with four siblings and graduated from Overbrook High School.
SPORTS
June 10, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Trees - how and where they're placed, how they grow, how many there are - can shape a golf course as powerfully as any architect. And few things at private clubs are more contentious. Are the trees essential to the golfing experience or unnecessary impediments? Do they enhance the course's original design or transform it? Are they aesthetic assets or maintenance nightmares? Nearly a decade ago at Philadelphia Cricket Club, where the 2016 Constellation Senior Players Championship will be played this weekend on its 94-year-old Wissahickon course, members planning a restoration wrestled with all those questions.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia woman's desire to have a dog in the fight against crime has inspired her to donate $22,000 to outfit the Philadelphia Police Department's K-9 dogs with bulletproof vests. The donation, made to the Philadelphia Police Foundation by Joanne Berwind, was announced Wednesday at a news conference outside Police Headquarters. Commissioner Richard Ross thanked Berwind for recognizing that canine cops have it ruff too. "They would give their lives for their partners," Ross said of the K-9 dogs.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Frank Fina, the former top state prosecutor who won convictions of nearly two dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Harrisburg, but was later caught up in a scandal over pornographic emails, has resigned from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Fina said he would pursue a second career as a criminal defense lawyer and investigator, working for corporate clients and others. He submitted a letter of resignation May 9 and officially left June 1. District Attorney Seth Williams "wishes Mr. Fina the best after his many decades of service" as a prosecutor, a spokesman for Williams said Tuesday.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Community College of Philadelphia plans a pair of new residential towers beside its Spring Garden Street campus to accommodate a hoped-for influx of high-achieving - and higher-paying - international students. The two-year public college has selected Wayne-based Radnor Property Group to develop the roughly 500-unit, 11-story complex at 15th and Hamilton Streets, with plans for a mix of student and nonstudent housing. CCP joins a small but growing list of community colleges nationwide that are looking abroad for an antidote to sinking enrollments.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Services will be held Monday, June 6, for former Philadelphia Tribune president and CEO Waverly L. Easley, 91, who died Saturday, May 28, of renal failure at Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City. Mr. Easley's career at the Tribune stretched from 1954 to 1989, the paper said in a June 2 obituary. He rose through the ranks, starting as business manager and finishing as president and CEO during his final decade at the Tribune, which bills itself as America's oldest continuously published African American newspaper.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
A Shakespearean actress from West Philadelphia, represented by a major national law firm, has filed a class-action suit claiming the city put her family - and tens of thousands of other Philadelphians - at a "significantly greater risk" for lead poisoning. Eleni Delopoulos, 37, who lives with her 2-year-old son and husband, filed suit Thursday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The suit contends the city has been aware of high levels of lead in the tap water for years and failed to warn residents of contamination.
NEWS
June 3, 2016
A Delaware County man on Wednesday was ordered to stand trial for vehicular homicide in an alleged hit-and-run accident in South Philadelphia that led to the death of a 52-year-old woman. Witnesses identified Joseph Fetko, 42, of Chester, as the driver of the 2012 red Ford Focus that struck Rosalie Guglietta as she and her daughter crossed Oregon Avenue at Eighth Street shortly before midnight on June 13, 2015. According to testimony at the preliminary hearing before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon, Guglietta and her daughter were crossing against the light when she was struck by the Ford.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
How can Yannick hold both jobs at once? What makes him a good fit for the job? Will he stay committed to Philadelphia? Consolidating his young but flowering career, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the podium of the Metropolitan Opera in New York while remaining music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Nézet-Séguin, 41, will phase in his Met duties gradually, becoming music director-designate in the 2017-18 season with two productions, and music director in 2020-21 leading five, the opera company announced Thursday.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
A campaign is underway to keep Philadelphians in town for the Democratic National Convention. The action at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25-28 is closed to the public, but organizers will hold a food-truck festival, happy-hour events, watch parties, and deals at local restaurants and stores - all incentives announced Wednesday to keep people here. "We don't want people to go to the Jersey Shore, we don't want people to go to the mountains. This is not the pope," Mayor Kenney said.
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