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April 3, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Samuel Guise inherited from his father, George, a career as a boilermakers' union welder, working at refineries in the Philadelphia area. But when an accident on the job knocked him for a loop, he went back to school, completed his high school education, and earned a community college degree in computer-aided design and drafting. And with that, in his 40s, he went to work as a draftsman for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "He excelled with blueprints of their offices, new heating and duct work," his daughter, Marian Steeves, said in a phone interview.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
Just three and a half hours into its first full day of deliberations, a Philadelphia jury on Wednesday afternoon convicted a former public-school teacher of raping his daughter during an eight-year span. Sumo Dukulah, 40, showed no reaction when the jury foreman announced "guilty" to all the charges Dukulah faced: rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, rape of a child, child endangerment and corruption of a minor. Dukulah, who taught at L.P. Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion when he was arrested last April, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 to 20 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright on Aug. 29. He also faces the possibility of receiving a maximum sentence of 64 to 128 years, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia, teetering on the edge of the world stage, wants a leading role. Enter the Global Philadelphia Association. GPA, in conjunction with Mayor Nutter's administration, is pressing the city's case that it should be added to the list of World Heritage Cities, a designation seen as a further boost to Philadelphia as an attraction for international tourists. The city's efforts secured a visit last week from Denis Ricard, secretary general of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC)
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bali, Casablanca, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Bangkok. Philadelphia's geographic reach is about to get wider. Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar, will begin nonstop daily flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. The Boeing 777-200 LR is expected to land at 7:30 a.m., with about 250 passengers on board, including Qatar Airway's CEO Akbar Al Baker. The plane's return flight to Doha is 10:15 a.m. Fares from Philadelphia start at $1,540 round-trip.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A COMMONWEALTH COURT judge has rejected a residency challenge that sought to knock state Rep. Pam DeLissio off the May 20 Democratic primary-election ballot in the 194th District. Senior Judge Rochelle Friedman ruled yesterday that DeLissio's "domicile" is her Philadelphia home, even though the two-term legislator listed her Harrisburg town house as her "primary residence" in 2009 for a homestead exemption that granted her a small property-tax discount. "It is well settled that a candidate's place of residence for purposes of the Election Code is 'the residence . . . in which his [or her]
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spend a few hours with Helen Gym, Philadelphia's famously feisty community organizer, and you see a rabble-rouser on the run, dashing from a TEDx talk rehearsal at Temple University to a rally for public education, where she revved up the crowd. Gym speaks "truth to power," said State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), who introduced her at the rally Thursday after first teasing her for "troublemaking. " At a White House ceremony Monday, Gym, 45, a cofounder of Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led school watchdog group; and a board member of Asian Americans United, which advocates for ethnic diversity, will add another label to her brand: Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.
NEWS
March 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER Despite rainy weather and a brief suspension by the state, another season of harness racing began Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. Several dozen spectators lined a balcony to watch seven horses and their drivers circle the track along the waterfront, ducking inside between races to warm up and place their bets. In January, the state Department of Agriculture suspended the track's racing dates. The suspension was lifted at the end of February once Harrah's told state officials it would hire a surveyor and consultant to assess the state of the racetrack, said Nicole Bucher, a spokeswoman for the department.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
ON PAPER, it may look like state Rep. Pam DeLissio moved back to Philadelphia on Tuesday. That's the day DeLissio renounced a homestead exemption on a townhouse she has owned near Harrisburg since 2006, paying back the $341 in property taxes she had saved there in the last five years. She also transferred her driver's license, car registration and insurance from there to her other home in Philadelphia. The question now before a judge: Was that too little too late for DeLissio to stay on the May 20 primary-election ballot?
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JIM GRAHAM took a sad walk in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island this week. He walked to Turtle Point, the beach home of his longtime friend, Larry Teacher, and took photographs of the little stone animals out front and the house where so much of Larry's heart and soul reposed for many years. Jim was having a difficult time realizing that his friend was shockingly gone. He had had a three-hour lunch with Larry on Monday at Parc, the Rittenhouse Square brasserie, where Larry seemed to be his usual jocular self, full of jokes and humor, kidding with the waitresses and fighting over the check.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Philanthropists John and Leigh Middleton are recipients of the 2013 Philadelphia Award, the venerable honor established in 1921 by Ladies' Home Journal editor Edward W. Bok. The Middletons - whose family business, tobacco and cigar maker John Middleton Co., was sold in 2007 for $2.9 billion - have largely directed their philanthropy to education, homelessness, and workforce development projects. Among the more notable beneficiaries of their largesse are the Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Academies, the Philadelphia Youth Network, Teach for America, and Penn Medicine's Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative.
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