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July 16, 2014 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE WAY David M. Jacobs sees it, aliens from outer space have been kidnapping humans for aeons and sexually molesting them to create human-alien hybrids that walk among us today undetected and will soon take over Earth. He knows that sounds crazy. But he long ago quit caring what people think of him. As director of the International Center for Abduction Research, Jacobs, 71, has made it his life's mission to investigate claims of extraterrestrial abduction. "What I'm doing will either be an interesting but nonessential footnote to popular culture or the most important thing that's ever happened to humankind.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 2011 memo from Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey hasn't stopped Philadelphia police officers from intimidating and arresting people who try to record them, the ACLU says. So the organization is hoping a little dose of public shaming will. It launched a social-media campaign Thursday urging city residents to tweet their stories of police harassment for recording law enforcement activity with the hashtag #PACopWatch. The group's efforts coincided with the filing of the organization's fourth federal lawsuit on behalf of a city resident arrested on what it described as questionable grounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1990 | By Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
It's still Frank's, thanks. But because of the quiet sale of the 95-year- old local institution to an Elizabeth, N.J., bottler, Frank's Beverages are no longer made in Philadelphia. Frank's sodas, including cream, birch beer and the legendary Black Cherry Wishniak, are being manufactured and bottled these days in North Jersey, at the plant of C&C Cola. The grandson and great-grandson of founder Jacob Frank sold the business in August to C&C, owned by a fellow independent bottler who'd been wooing them for some time.
NEWS
January 5, 2010
STANDING IN line in the post office the other day, I was delighted at the response when two customers at the window were short of cash. Each time someone quickly supplied the 10 cents and 48 cents needed. And a lady asked an elderly woman (me) to go ahead of her in line! Did you know that on Nov. 26, Mayor Nutter participated in a reading from scripture in City Hall at the invitation of the American Bible Society? Indeed, the mayor read from Psalms and was followed by the president of the Westminster Theological Seminary and then by many others.
NEWS
February 3, 1991
Friday's front page brought news about two of Philadelphia's genial, if quite different, old gentlemen - G. Stockton Strawbridge and Peter Camiel. Mr. Strawbidge, 77, the Grand Old Man of Market Street East, was receiving the Powell Award for his civic accomplishments; Mr. Camiel, the one-time boss of the city's Democratic Party (but who is somewhat more famous as the man who proved Frank Rizzo a liar), had died at 81. The easy thing is to talk about Mr. Strawbridge's grand and glorious achievements and contrast them with Mr. Camiel's amusing if venal activities in trying to make the world a better place for, among others, the state's beer distributors in whose behalf he labored ceaselessly while a state senator.
NEWS
November 16, 1988 | By DAN ROTTENBERG
Over lunch the other day, the head of a high-profile Philadelphia company confided that he recently almost moved his headquarters from Center City to Bala Cynwyd. His company needs more space, he said - and if it's going to move, why not move across City Line, where taxes are lower, traffic is lighter, potholes are fewer and you can go for months on end without confronting a vagrant, hooker, a drug dealer or a mugger? My executive friend ultimately decided against such a move - but only because of its potential negative effects on his company's image.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne Feild Elder, 92, formerly of Jenkintown, a civic volunteer for a half-century, died Sunday, July 13, of dementia at Rydal Park, a retirement community where she had lived since 2001. Mrs. Elder was born in Enid, Okla., a descendant of pioneers. Her grandfather Richard Feild was part of the famous "land run" - the rush by settlers to claim stakes on land once owned by the Cherokees south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border. Mrs. Elder graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma.
SPORTS
November 19, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadelphia won the intercity squash racquets matches for the Lockett Cup with 5-0 victories over Baltimore, Boston and New York yesterday at Chestnut Hill Academy. The Philadelphia team included Ben Desombre, Jim Masland, Rob Whitehouse, Rich Sheppard and Trip Davis. Desombre is the Philadelphia champion. Baltimore won the Class B title by defeating Philadelphia, 3-2.
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July 27, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IN FEBRUARY 2012, the Eagles started the process of revitalizing Lincoln Financial Field to give fans a better in game experience. More than 2 1/2 years and $125 million later, the renovations are "99 percent complete," according to team president Don Smolenski. All of the work will be done before the Eagles' home opener on Sept. 7 against Jacksonville. The in-game experience at the Linc, which opened in 2003, will be much more modern, an upgrade that was much needed, Smolenski said.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia in the Rockies? "It'll be so beautiful there!" Amy Aldridge says, thinking of dancing with a tall, dark stranger among the pines. Aldridge and nearly every other Philadelphia professional ballet dancer will be dancing outdoors in Colorado this week at the Vail International Dance Festival. The Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX were invited to perform in one of the season's most prestigious summer dance festivals, which opens Sunday night. "It's sort of our Philadelphia story," says Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the festival and a retired star from the New York City Ballet.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Maurice Kanbar got headaches from drinking alcohol, he came up with a solution: Skyy Vodka, regular vodka minus the impurities that he said gave him headaches. He also invented the "D-Fuzz-It" sweater comb and a hypodermic needle protector to prevent health-care workers from getting pricked. But the wealthy San Francisco entrepreneur has another claim to fame: He's the godfather of Philadelphia University. He is the biggest donor in the university's history. He gave his alma mater a whopping $21 million during its current capital campaign - more than half the amount the university was aiming to raise.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne Feild Elder, 92, formerly of Jenkintown, a civic volunteer for a half-century, died Sunday, July 13, of dementia at Rydal Park, a retirement community where she had lived since 2001. Mrs. Elder was born in Enid, Okla., a descendant of pioneers. Her grandfather Richard Feild was part of the famous "land run" - the rush by settlers to claim stakes on land once owned by the Cherokees south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border. Mrs. Elder graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Though Philadelphia seems not to lack classical music concerts or educational opportunities for young artists, Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu came home to her Academy House apartment one recent summer, wanted to hear live music, and discovered there wasn't any. "I had just come back from my own festival in Taipei," she said. "People were so excited about it, and I thought, 'Why not do something similar here?' " Now, in these sweaty late-July weeks, the festival she founded, the Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy, is in its second year and occupies the Curtis Institute's Field Concert Hall with a series of five concerts Saturday through Aug. 2. They are the most prominent manifestations of an intensive program of master classes and lectures.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The clouds had grown dark and menacing late Wednesday as Matt Teesdale reached the tee on his 36th hole at the Philadelphia Open owning a seemingly safe cushion with a 3-stroke lead. But Teesdale needed every stroke of that advantage after a pulled tee shot on the par-3 ninth at Applebrook Golf Club and wound up having to make a four-foot double-bogey putt for a 1-stroke victory in the 110th edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia major. Teesdale, 23, of Maple Glen, shot morning and afternoon rounds of 3-under-par 68 for a total of 136, edging Merion amateur Michael McDermott.
FOOD
July 25, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Farm 51 was bustling on a Thursday in early July, as neighbors poured into the lush educational farm and market to load up on kale and collards, eggs in delicate shades of beige, cream, and blue, bunches of herbs, and jars of honey. "This is the annual flower show, right here," said Shelly Nieves, who stopped in to buy greens and left with an armful of gifts: a bouquet of flowers and three kinds of sage. It's hard to imagine that when Neal Santos and Andrew Olson moved to the 5100 block of Chester Avenue in West Philadelphia, this space - made up of two lots, one then city-owned, the other long abandoned - was a haven for crime and dumping.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge will preside over the case of the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader accused of assaulting a woman who worked at his law firm. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille this week approved the appointment of Philadelphia Senior Judge John L. Braxton to handle Robert J. Kerns' case in Montgomery County, Supreme Court spokesman Art Heinz said Wednesday. Castille is expected to issue an order finalizing the appointment by the end of next week, Heinz said.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Ride-share" car services such as UberX and Lyft are transforming the taxi business in Philadelphia, and they don't even operate here. Yet. The San Francisco-based ride-share companies connect people looking for a ride with private car owners looking for extra money. Their phone apps allow riders to summon a car, pay for the service, and get a receipt, all electronically. Following a foray into Pittsburgh, where they were welcomed by the mayor and the county executive but banned by state regulators, Philadelphia is a likely target this year, industry insiders say. Philadelphia is the only major Northeastern city where Lyft and UberX have not brought their "disruptive" business model of launching first and seeking permission later.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest engagement between Israel and Hamas set off loud protests Friday in Center City as hundreds of supporters and critics of the Jewish state rallied outside the Israeli consulate. First to arrive were Israel's supporters, who gathered at 19th Street and JFK Boulevard around midday and began engaging motorists. Among them was Asya Zlatina, 27, who arrived around 1:15 p.m. with a sign that read: "Honk 4 Israel. " Zlatina, who said she hadn't really been involved in a protest before, came after deciding that it would be the least she could do to support Israel.
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