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February 4, 2016 | BY DAN GERINGER, Staff Writer
JAMES EVERETT JR., 91, patriarch of his family and his South Philly neighborhood, died Jan. 12 after a life of caring that was celebrated Sunday at his beloved Rising Sun Baptist Church. Born in 1924 in Laurinburg, N.C., Mr. Everett married Julia McKay on Dec. 22, 1942, in Bennettsville, S.C. The marriage lasted more than 70 years until her death in 2013. The couple moved to South Philadelphia in 1951, where Mr. Everett, a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, ran J&J Construction for 50 years.
SPORTS
February 4, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
With Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr., one of the Big East's best point guards, coming home to the Philadelphia area with the Bluejays to meet third-ranked Villanova on Wednesday night, Jay Wright was asked if a player receives a boost when he returns to familiar territory. "We've seen a lot of Philly guys come in here and have great games," the Wildcats coach said Tuesday after practice at the Pavilion. "They're home, they've got people here, they're fired up to be home, and they take it to another level.
NEWS
February 4, 2016
The line formed before dawn. The revelers wore Hawaiian shirts and top hats. They had come from near and far this mild winter's morning to the Grey Lodge Pub in Northeast Philly, driven by a shared devotion to a weather-prognosticating marmot. And to drinking really strong beer for breakfast. And to maybe even doing the limbo. Welcome to Philly's arguably most spirited - and possibly only - Groundhog Day celebration. For 14 years, the Grey Lodge has hosted a Groundhog Day bash defined by great company, flowing beer, and lots of activities that, well, do not find their roots in the 130-year-old tradition.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia should make prekindergarten available to every 3- and 4-year-old, at a cost to the city of $60 million annually, a special city commission urged in a report released Tuesday. With 42,000 city children in that age group, pre-K is a tall and costly order. The $60 million tab assumes an unspecified amount of support from the philanthropies and businesses. Mayor Kenney has made universal pre-K one of the priorities of his administration, vowing to include new funding beginning with his first budget, to be introduced in early March.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Aetna Inc. has signed a contract with the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization expected to cover 70,000 commercially-insured Aetna members under the care of primary-care physicians in the Philadelphia-area ACO, the Connecticut insurer said Tuesday. The Aetna deal is the first commercial contract for the Delaware Valley ACO, which is owned by Main Line Health, Jefferson Health, Holy Redeemer Health System, Doylestown Health, and Magee Rehabilitiation Hospital. Since 2014, the Delware Valley ACO has been participating in a Medicare shared-savings program.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
KEVIN BOOKER figures it was around 11:30 at night when someone started pounding on his front door, late enough to make him a little nervous. When he swung open the door to his Logan home on Jan. 8, no one was there. Booker shrugged it off, trudged back to bed, and went to sleep. An hour later, the pounding resumed. This time it was loud enough to wake his neighbors. Booker, 54, a retired Philadelphia police officer, grabbed his .380-caliber handgun and headed for the door again.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | Staff Report
A West Philadelphia woman accused of starving her dog to death has been found guilty of animal cruelty. Jamie Rutledge, 30, of the unit block of North Ithan Street, was ordered to pay a $750 fine and is prohibited from animal ownership for 90 days. Rutledge was a no-show in court yesterday for her summary trial, where Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni found her guilty of failing to feed the German shepherd. Officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA responding to a complaint found the dead, emaciated dog on Rutledge's property Jan. 9. A necropsy confirmed the cause of death as starvation, according to the PSPCA.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | Dom Giordano
THIS COLUMN is a limited tip of the hat to Congressman Brendan Boyle. Boyle represents Northeast Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. He was on my show last week voicing his opposition to bringing the "unaccompanied minors" to Northeast Philadelphia. These kids from Central America and Mexico were brought to our borders by coyotes or others and are in various spots in our country waiting for their legal status to be decided. Boyle confirmed to me that the Obama administration has briefed him on the fact that the Naval Support Activity complex in the city's Lawndale section would house those minors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2016 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Outside in the frigid air, what sound like thunderclaps come rumbling from behind the glass storefront on a dim thoroughfare in National Park. Inside, the culprit: Two diminutive 11-year-old boys are burning up the Royal Dance Academy 's wooden floor, tap-dancing to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. " TJ Koger and Christopher Pietrowski, both of West Deptford, active in the dance and theater communities since they were toddlers, leaped into tap...
SPORTS
February 4, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
ABOUT TWO hours before the 76ers play a home game at the Wells Fargo Center, a familiar face makes his way down onto the court and the mood immediately changes. Smiles contagiously appear. There isn't a mad rush toward Jimmy Lynam, but the flow of the traffic on the court that consists of players, coaches and media members shifts toward the 74-year-old Philadelphia legend. Everyone wants to say hi and talk a little hoops with the patriarch of this basketball-rich city. And Lynam has time for everyone.
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