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September 26, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN 1946, when Marguerite Lewis decided she wanted to be a nurse, opportunities to train African-Americans in the profession were severely limited. Not to be denied, she traveled to the Bronx, N.Y., to attend the Lincoln School for Nurses, founded in 1898 to train black women to become nurses. It was located on the grounds of the Society for the Relief of Worthy Indigent Colored Persons. From 1900 to 1961, when it graduated its last class, the school had trained a total of 1,864 women nurses.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Common Pleas Court judge on Wednesday denied a request by Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School for an immediate payment of $1.4 million from the Philadelphia School District - putting the charter's future in jeopardy. It was not immediately clear whether the school's closure was imminent, but Palmer officials have said in court documents that without the payment, they could be forced to close by month's end. Judge Nina Wright Padilla ordered the district, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., and the School Reform Commission to do everything in their power to ensure a smooth and quick transition for the school's 1,290 students.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
"Everything is brighter and better in Seville" - at least onstage at the Academy of Music, where Opera Philadelphia's set designer, Shoko Kambara, author of the above comment, is patrolling the riotous variations-on-orange scenery being installed for the classic opera The Barber of Seville . Scenery arrives decorated with eye-crossing patterns. The cotton candy is as bright as Christmas lights. The towering orange tree will be bushier by opening night on Friday. The bicycle has a handlebar basket full of barber equipment - plus a flask for swigging.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
LARRY ROBIN wants to dig deeper into Philadelphia's role in the Underground Railroad. Robin, director of Moonstone Arts Center, and formerly of Robin's Bookstore, designed the center's upcoming Hidden History Program, "The Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. " The events will run from Sept. 29-Oct. 26. The program will kick off Monday with a showing and discussion of the film "The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story," at 5:30 p.m. at Walnut Street West Library. Moonstone Arts Center is offering nine free showings of the film throughout the program.
NEWS
September 25, 2014
A story Monday on a new Philadelphia documentary by Sam Katz wrongly gave the name of Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, archbishop of Philadelphia from 1918 to 1951.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW YORK - Have so many important people ever come so far for only 17 minutes of music? The Philadelphia Orchestra traveled two hours to the United Nations world headquarters here, where the 69th session of the General Assembly broke for a gala dinner Monday that featured orchestra members and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale performing Ode to Humanity by Chinese composer Wang Ning. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin arrived from Montreal to conduct. "The work we do in China is so unique," he said of the orchestra, "but it's hard to understand unless you've been there.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A TEEN POINTED a gun at police in West Philadelphia last night, prompting them to shoot him, police said. At 8:53 p.m., officers responded to Frazier Street near Media for a report of a man with a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the cops arrived, they spotted a teen holding a gun who matched the description of the gunman, he said. The 17-year-old saw the officers and ran to 57th Street, Small said, but then turned and pointed his gun at the cops, prompting two officers to fire, hitting him in the shoulder and torso.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ask Sam Katz where he was born, and he will say "West Philly. " Had the municipal finance expert been born Catholic instead of Jewish, however, he would likely reply, "St. Francis DeSales," the parish that bounded his first boyhood home. "Parish boundaries were social boundaries in Catholic Philadelphia," Katz remarked on a recent visit to Old St. Joseph's parish in Society Hill. "It used to be that you were 'intermarrying' if you married somebody from another parish. " What explains Katz's newfound interest in things Catholic?
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
International Housekeepers Week, celebrated worldwide in the hotel industry last week, resonates personally with Robert Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. "My dad passed away when we were young," Allen said. "My mom needed to get a job, and she was a housekeeper in a hotel. You look and you see her come home after taking a bus, getting home at 7 p.m., and having to help me with homework. Cook a meal. Clean. "We can never do enough for these people," he said.
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