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April 11, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IF CHRISTINA SANKEY had been an angel-faced toddler when she went missing, we might know by now how she wound up dead, half-naked and alone, between two parked cars in West Philly on a frigid winter morning. The city would've been galvanized by her death. Government officials would've promised to find out how she met her tragic end. Someone would've created a sidewalk memorial, and others would've led prayer vigils to honor the life that was lost. But Christina, 37, had the mentality of a 2-year-old, but not the physique.
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April 16, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MAYOR NUTTER is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow that will significantly limit collaboration between Philadelphia police and federal immigration authorities. The order is expected to preclude police from honoring detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases where a person is convicted of a first- or second-degree felony involving violence, and only when ICE secures a warrant to support the detainer. Michael Resnick, the city's director of public safety, had testified about that pending change at a City Council hearing last month.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
One significant voice will be absent Friday at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox festival: Jeffrey Dinsmore, 42, a tenor with the Philadelphia choir the Crossing. He died Monday, April 14, of an apparent heart attack at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, just before a rehearsal for the prestigious engagement he had helped arrange. "Observing Jeff's endlessly practical and pragmatic approach to life, Rebecca Siler, Jeff's partner, who is here with us, has asked us to stay with this project and sing Louis Andriessen's De Materie here on Friday," Crossing artistic director Donald Nally said Tuesday.
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
April 14, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gillian Reny arrived for freshman orientation at the University of Pennsylvania in August, just days after she had started to walk again. Penn assigned her a first-floor dorm room and scheduled her classes near each other, knowing it was a struggle for her just to be on campus. She did not hide what had happened to her. But she didn't want to alarm anyone either. "No one's expecting someone to say they were in a bombing just because they're on crutches," she said. "You expect them to say they sprained their ankle or fell off their bike.
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.
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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April 21, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
J. Matthew Wolfe was part of an insurgency that spent three years trying to overthrow the leadership of Philadelphia's feckless Republican Party in the hopes of building a viable alternative to Democratic dominance. Last year, the GOP ended the fight by naming State Rep. John Taylor, a respected legislator, chairman. The party also hired a young, aggressive operative as executive director. "We have a stronger Republican Party than we did a year ago," Wolfe said, before adding: "We have a long way to go. " Just how far the party has traveled toward relevance will be tested May 20, when Wolfe, a lawyer in University City, runs for City Council in a special election.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SOMETIMES criminals evade detection by police and the media, even when they commit a series of savage assaults. That was the case with Matthew Jones, 30, who pleaded guilty in July to raping and battering four women in Frankford between May 2007 and his arrest in August 2012. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Donna Woelpper sentenced Jones to 35 to 100 years in state prison, noting the violence he had inflicted on his victims and calling him a danger to society and a poor candidate for rehabilitation.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
They wallowed in luxury at Philadelphia University this week: Hermes, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Rolls-Royce. As academics are want to do, they wrestled with what it is, how it is acquired, what makes it stand apart. Its very definition was knocked about until international fitting guru Edward Gribbin put a humorous end to the debate. "I like to say that the definitions of luxury are like speed limits in Italy," said the St. Joseph's University graduate, who is president of Alvanon, a firm that helps apparel-makers establish sizing standards for their brands.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
One significant voice will be absent Friday at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox festival: Jeffrey Dinsmore, 42, a tenor with the Philadelphia choir the Crossing. He died Monday, April 14, of an apparent heart attack at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, just before a rehearsal for the prestigious engagement he had helped arrange. "Observing Jeff's endlessly practical and pragmatic approach to life, Rebecca Siler, Jeff's partner, who is here with us, has asked us to stay with this project and sing Louis Andriessen's De Materie here on Friday," Crossing artistic director Donald Nally said Tuesday.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
HE'S RESTED. He's ready. He still owes a boatload of taxes. That could be the new campaign slogan for one the city's most unconventional political candidates, T. Milton Street Sr. Street, the 73-year-old former state senator who served time in federal prison for unpaid taxes, says he will run for mayor in 2015. Street, who took 24 percent of the vote in the 2011 Democratic primary for mayor, announced his candidacy in a 200-word Facebook post on Sunday. In that post, Street was very critical of state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, expected to be a candidate for mayor next year.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is fair to say that Charles Plosser hardly draws a crowd when he strolls about Center City. Few but the cognoscenti know who he is - perhaps Philadelphia's most influential resident, if you measure influence by national and international impact. Oh sure, Comcast's Brian L. Roberts can raise your cable bill and Democratic fund-raiser David L. Cohen might have a say in his party's presidential nomination. Neither, however, can match Plosser's ability to move the world's financial markets with an offhand remark.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
MAYBE IT was the phony penises. After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club's semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion. In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club's Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club's fence.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writers
Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., an outspoken former Philadelphia newspaper columnist so trusted that more than 70 criminal suspects surrendered to him first rather than to police, died Sunday in an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He was 89. The first black columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News, Mr. Stone was a writer and editor there for nearly two decades before leaving in 1991 to teach at the University of North Carolina. He retired from teaching in 2004. Mr. Stone had a lifetime of service and accomplishment, serving as one of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, and working overseas for an international relief organization in 1956.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Six years after a Northeast Philadelphia charter school was roiled by allegations of financial mismanagement and nepotism, it is in turmoil again. Five board members at Philadelphia Academy Charter School have resigned since three new parent-members joined last summer. Reports that new board members do not plan to renew the contract of chief executive Larry Sperling - whom many credit with helping save the school in 2008 - prompted supporters to create a "Keep Larry Sperling" Facebook page and distribute fliers, and stirred high school students at the K-12 school to circulate petitions on his behalf.
NEWS
April 7, 2014
The rusty Philadelphia Democratic machine is stuck. Its leaders say they don't know what to do in the wake of an abandoned sting that allegedly recorded four state representatives taking cash from a lobbyist turned informant. But there is plenty they can do. First of all, the four state representatives implicated in the sting should be removed from the official party ballot distributed to voters on the day of the primary election, May 20. That would send a message that the party won't support candidates who face such serious allegations.
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