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May 3, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Duncan Wray Buell, 87, of Philadelphia, an architect, died Friday, April 24, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center. Mr. Buell was founding partner and later partner emeritus of the architectural firm of Buell Kratzer Powell in Center City. The company was established in 1995. Mr. Buell retired from day-to-day operations last year, but his influence continued to permeate the firm's design detailing. His hand sketches and renderings were left on the walls as a tribute and as inspiration to company employees.
SPORTS
May 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jaelen Strong, who grew up in Mount Airy and went to West Catholic High, was selected Friday in the third round of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans. Strong, the 70th overall pick, started his college career at Pierce College in Los Angeles before starring the last two seasons at Arizona State. Strong is the son of the late John Rankin, a former Drexel basketball standout and Philadelphia police officer. Rankin died when Strong was 9. Strong has a tattoo of an image of the Philadelphia skyline on his right biceps.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday fined the owner of Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, in Chester, $55,000 for two violations of casino gaming regulations. Chester Downs & Marina L.L.C. received a $50,000 penalty for failing to follow certain rules on dealings with gaming junket representatives. Gaming junkets involve promoters who get a commission for connecting gamblers with a casinor operator. Gaming Control Board members also approved a $5,000 fine against Harrah's because the casino paid an unregistered gaming services provider.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
On the heels of being "discovered" and being an "overnight success" after 44 years as an actress, thanks to the "Insidious" films - the third of which comes out June 5 - Lin Shaye is in the spotlight and doing the pop-culture convention circuit for the last time. Last month, she was part of a panel at WonderCon, in Anaheim, Calif., which she says was "wild. " "There was a kid standing there with a lobster on his head asking a serious question," Shaye said, laughing. "It was a little hard to keep from cracking up. " Whether such a memorable experience is in store for the venerable actress at this year's Wizard World Philly Con this weekend is unknown.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant who supervised six former narcotics officers accused of planting evidence, threatening suspects and stealing drugs and money defended the ex-cops during their corruption trial in federal court yesterday. Testifying for the defense, Sgt. Joseph McCloskey told the court that the defendants had filed the proper paperwork and that he had never witnessed any theft or violence. "If that would have happened in my presence, we wouldn't be here today, I would have taken care of it seven years ago," he said.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
As Burt Reynolds mingles with fans at Wizard World Philadelphia this week - his first-ever Wizard World Comic Con - the geek speak is likely to center around what might have been. He might have been Han Solo. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas queried him about the job, but Reynolds turned it down and instead made "Smokey and the Bandit," a hit in its own right. "I saw the director, and we talked about it, but I wasn't really enthusiastic about it," said Reynolds, speaking from his home in Florida.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has been through it: A young black man dead at the hands of police, an angry community demanding answers. As his office investigated the December shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown, a 26-year-old African American, Williams said, he had the man's mother, her attorney, and several clergy members review videotapes and statements in the case. In March, Williams announced that the officers involved would face no charges. Many people were irate.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2015
The long : One Saturday evening a year, lucky kids roam the hallowed halls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during this family-friendly fundraiser, now in its 17th year. "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano" theme translates to kimono demos, taiko drumming, touchable turtles, edamame fried rice, kite-making and temporary tattoos - all before bedtime. The short : Party on, but hands off the art. The demo : Museum rep said "best suited for family with children ages 3 to 10. " At press time, guest list was 300 and growing.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Theodore B. Cohen, 92, of Narberth, a psychoanalyst who specialized in treating children and adolescents for more than 60 years, died Wednesday, April 22, of dementia at his home. Dr. Cohen was well known for his active study and practice, both focused on what he called "the vulnerable child. " He was deeply committed to understanding children, how they learned, and how their mental health issues could be overcome. In 1976, he organized the first international meeting centered on children and adolescents.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shimmering silver broken tree, a monumental sculpture by the artist Roxy Paine that has been on view near the Philadelphia Museum of Art for nearly a year, has been acquired by the Association for Public Art and will remain permanently installed, association officials announced Monday afternoon. The acquisition was made possible by a grant from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Trust. Penny Balkin Bach, the association's executive director, said that "sometimes dreams come true" - the dream, in this case, being acquisition of what the internationally known Paine calls Symbiosis.
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