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October 10, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
NAEEM JOHNSON, a suspected pimp police had been chasing since June, couldn't run from the law forever. On Tuesday - about four months after Philadelphia Police obtained a warrant for Johnson's arrest on charges that he sold an 18-year-old woman for sex in a seedy Northeast Philadelphia hotel - the man's luck ran out in South Jersey. That's where, police said yesterday, a FBI violent crime task force tracked him down and found him pimping another woman inside a Mount Laurel Red Roof Inn. Being caught in the act bought Johnson, 31, an additional charge of promoting prostitution in New Jersey, said Philadelphia Citywide Vice Sgt. Joseph Lanciano.
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October 10, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five U.S. airports that receive the vast majority of travelers from the countries of West Africa hit hardest by Ebola will begin new screening procedures for passengers who may have been exposed to the deadly virus. Philadelphia International Airport is not one of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it would send staff to the five airports, starting Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, which receives nearly half of all travelers to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
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October 10, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forensic anthropologists and Pennsylvania state police gathered Tuesday on a small rise of land inside the Old Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia to dig for answers - clues, really. How did Thomas Curry, teenage ward of the notorious Florida School for Boys, come to meet a violent death on a railroad bridge 88 years earlier? The day before the orphan from Tacony died, he had escaped from the school, a hellish place where boys were routinely locked in irons, hog-tied in isolation, beaten with leather straps, and locked in sweat boxes as punishment.
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October 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Campbell, a broadcaster who covered some of the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history, died Monday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. He was 91, and his career touched parts of nine decades. Mr. Campbell was a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Warriors/76ers, Phillies, and Eagles. Among his most famous broadcasts: the Eagles' NFL championship win over Green Bay in 1960 at Franklin Field and Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game for the Warriors - still an NBA record - in 1962.
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October 1, 2014 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrea Canepari wishes that more people knew that Italy's No. 1 export is machinery - not food, as he said many seem to believe. Canepari is Italy's consul general in Philadelphia. Since taking office in August 2013, he has been working to establish trade relationships between Italy and the Philadelphia region, an effort that has led to a monthlong series of events in October called Ciao Philadelphia. Canepari wanted to establish a showcase for years to come of the influence of Italian craftsmanship and innovation in America.
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October 1, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia high school students equipped with welding torches and steel plates are wielding their tools to build drop boxes for weapons and other contraband. Students at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School in the Allegheny West neighborhood have made waist-high, blue-and-white amnesty boxes as collection receptacles to be placed outside selected city schools. Police said students are unlikely to discard firearms in the boxes, as that doesn't typically happen in other amnesty programs.
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September 29, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
MACUELIZO, Honduras - "My dad died. I don't know my mother," said Gilberto Perdomo, 22, as he slalomed a white minivan around potholes on a rutted dirt road. Nicknamed "Chango," Spanish slang for monkey , Perdomo is among the oldest orphans at Amigos de Jesus, a children's home created here by a Catholic priest, a dedicated lay couple, and with faith-driven support - all from greater Philadelphia. The Christian cross atop the hill at the Honduran home's 42-acre campus is a Villanova University creation.
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September 29, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
This year, the Philadelphia Orchestra's official opening night - the one that lets you mingle with the maestro at an "exclusive" reception topping out at $2,500 per ticket - doesn't come until a couple of weeks into the season. Actual music-making, though, began in Verizon Hall on Friday night, with no less a gala soloist than Lang Lang. Many listeners in these parts still think of the pianist as an aberrantly eccentric Curtis Institute of Music student, and, for better or worse, in the last decade and a half of his working with every major orchestra and conductor on earth, absolutely nothing has rubbed off on him musically.
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September 28, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Memorial services are set for Saturday, Oct. 18, for John R. Hild Sr., 71, a retired Philadelphia fire captain and safety administrator, who died Tuesday, Aug. 12, of bladder cancer at a hospice in Lecanto, Fla. A longtime resident of Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Hild had retired to Crystal River, Fla., in 2003. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated in 1961 from John Bartram High School, where he played baseball. After high school, Mr. Hild enlisted in the Marine Corps and served eight years as an active reservist.
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September 26, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judith C. Coslett, 88, a civic leader who lived in Swarthmore and then Media, died from a ruptured aneurysm on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Coslett was a volunteer who became a leader in almost every organization she joined. Through her efforts, money was raised, a historic building was preserved, and children were sheltered after school. She became a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia in 1954 and was elected president in 1960.
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