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August 4, 1990 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph C. McCloskey, 70, a former police officer who helped establish the Police Athletic League in Philadelphia, becoming "Pal Joey" to thousands of sports-minded youths, died Thursday of heart failure at Graduate Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Tacony. Mr. McCloskey loved kids, and he loved sports. So when the burly street cop with the big, broad face was assigned to the Police Athletic League in 1947, it was a winning combination. PAL was in its infancy then, a sports program for children 8 to 18 that had just come to Philadelphia.
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June 27, 1994 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two weeks after City Council defied a state Department of Community Affairs order to return $143,471 from a grant for the city's Police Athletic League, the check is in the mail to Harrisburg. Because the PAL program spent almost $54,000 of the grant without proper authorization, that much of the amount that was returned to Harrisburg will have to be made up from the city's general fund, city officials said. At a City Council meeting Thursday night, Councilman William Rocky Brown, who is also the city finance director, said that the DCA had threatened to withhold all future grant money from the city until the money in question was returned.
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January 11, 2015
A story Thursday on Don Tollefson's fraud trial misidentified an organization that gave money to his Winning Ways charity. The donation came from the Norristown Police Athletic League, not the Philadelphia PAL.
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November 29, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / REBECCA BARGER
SGT. KEN LINNEMAN talks with his son Joey, 7, before the dedication of the Northeast's newest PAL (Police Athletic League) center, at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Jackson and Aldine Streets in Tacony. About 500 youngsters signed up to participate in PAL programs, which include indoor soccer and basketball. The dedication was Nov. 18.
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June 8, 1991 | E.W. FAIRCLOTH/ DAILY NEWS
Sheila Smith (left), Karen Reed (right) and Annie Walker (rear) are all smiles as they put a grip on police Lt. Robert Hick, who is in charge of the Police Athletic League. Hick got his hug yesterday as the Philadelphia police sponsored their third annual Hug-a-Cop Day at 15th and Lombard streets.
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February 22, 1989 | By MICHAEL D. BLUM
The 1989 City of Philadelphia Employees' Combined Campaign is finished. An image is being created that the city's approach helps all. I would like to challenge that image. Clearly a few worthy special interest groups have gained. Who has lost? When what is supposed to be a community campaign benefits only a few organizations, don't we all lose? Has the city unintentionally divided an already seriously divided community? In the combined campaign this year, nine separate funding organizations solicited contributions simultaneously, rather than at scattered times during the year.
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August 28, 1998 | by John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
Jean M. Bellinger, a South Philadelphia girl who became in the 1970s a sort of unofficial first lady of Philadelphia, dazzling with her good looks and charm the many and varied dignitaries who visited the city, died yesterday after a lengthy illness. She was 66 and lived in Wynnewood. Bellinger, who was married to Harry R. Bellinger, former city representative and director of commerce, stood with her husband at literally hundreds of fancy functions, greeting visitors ranging from royalty to government leaders to comedians.
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April 26, 2003 | By Natalie Pompilio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They were children when their father was killed on the job as a Philadelphia police officer in 1985, but the four O'Hanlon brothers still recall the man who instilled in them a love of family and pride in a job well done. "I remember him coming home in his uniform. It was always shiny," said Brendan O'Hanlon, who was 9 years old at the time. Almost 18 years after his death, Charles O'Hanlon Sr.'s law enforcement legacy lives on in his sons. Yesterday, Brendan, 27, was sworn in as a Philadelphia police officer during a ceremony at Temple University's McGonigle Hall.
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August 23, 2016 | By Daniel Kaye
  Why should I care about you? Why should I care about your problems, your challenges, whether or not your day is going well, your child is sick, or your job is stressful? I don't even know you and may never even meet you. Why do you, a stranger, matter to someone who will never know your name? Because it's the right thing to do. I'm not a touchy-feely, hand-holding, let's sing "Kumbaya" sort of fellow. I don't protest. I don't go to a house of worship or even own a ribbon-shaped car magnet.
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January 11, 2015
A story Thursday on Don Tollefson's fraud trial misidentified an organization that gave money to his Winning Ways charity. The donation came from the Norristown Police Athletic League, not the Philadelphia PAL.
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October 6, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
FOR MOST people, what they wear to work usually isn't a life-or-death issue. Unless you're a cop. In that case, you vest up, holster your Glock, secure your handcuffs, test your radio and pray to get home in one piece. But what if you're a cop assigned to the city's Police Athletic League? Is all of that gear necessary when your shift consists of helping kids with homework, prepping them for chess playoffs, reffing a basketball game or coaching flag football? I wouldn't think so. But I'm not Lt. Bill Eddis, PAL's commanding officer.
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April 11, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Coatesville detective once honored for his service and civic engagement admitted in court Wednesday stealing thousands from the department where he worked for 17 years. Gerald Pawling, 42, pleaded guilty in Chester County Court to more than 100 crimes, including lifting cash envelopes from the evidence room and filing a fake insurance claim in the department's name. As nearly a dozen of his former colleagues looked on, Pawling admitted stealing more than $60,000 from the Coatesville Police Department, Police Benevolent Association, and Police Athletic League.
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February 13, 2013 | By Hillary Siegel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andre Jackson, a 17-year-old from North Philadelphia, hopes someday to practice law and cut down on crime in the city. On Tuesday, his mentor for this career goal was Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who spent the day showing Jackson how the city's legal system works. The pairing of the senior at New Media Technology Charter School and Williams was part of the 40th annual Lockheed Martin PAL Day, where 25 city students spent the day with government officials. The teens were nominated and selected by their Police Athletic League leaders; the youths themselves mentor younger children in PAL programs.
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February 14, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a man in a North Philadelphia bar early Sunday after a fistfight escalated into deadly gunfire, police said. Police said two men began fighting about 1:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Myspace Lounge, in the 3300 block of Germantown Avenue. One man pulled out a gun and fired, wounding the man with whom he had been fighting and fatally injuring a bystander, said Lt. Ray Evers, police spokesman. The off-duty officer, who was in plain clothes, witnessed the altercation and pulled out a firearm as the assailant was about to leave the lounge, and ordered the man to drop his gun, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said.
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October 13, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jennie L. Vitali Zecca, 89, of Northeast Philadelphia, a former teacher and community activist, died at home of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Thursday, Oct. 7, the day after her 65th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Zecca married Anthony P. Zecca in 1945. He was singing "I Only Have Eyes for You" to her before she died, their son, Mark, said. From 1962 to 1980, Anthony Zecca was deputy mayor to Mayors James H.J. Tate and Frank L. Rizzo. Mrs. Zecca had the opportunity to meet and entertain prominent people, and was open about expressing her political opinions, her son said.
NEWS
August 20, 2010
RE YOUR article "Ramsey Begins Crusade to Fight Philadelphia Police Corruption," regarding Commissioner Ramsey's plan to address police wrongdoings: In a city where in 2006 alone 20 citizens, 17 unarmed, were killed by officers, the problem seems to emanate from factors much deeper than mere ethical problems. In any case, more female recruits, for example, will ensure a better force, as females make great cops and are less likely to be involved in criminal shenanigans than their male counterparts.
NEWS
June 24, 2010
THREE YEARS ago, Chief John Timoney told me a whopper. The former Philly and Miami police commissioner said he was involved with an annual bike trip that raised money for police charities (that part was true), and I'd have no trouble making the journey if I'd enlist. Timoney made it sound like I'd be surrounded by bicyclists who were more partial to baskets and banana seats than Spandex and sprints, so I said yes. I made it, cursing him for most of the 65 miles we pedaled from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
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April 6, 2010
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. So it will be with Donovan McNabb, and not just because he will no longer wear Eagles green on a National Football League field. Philadelphia may miss its traded quarterback more for what he represented as a pro athlete outside the game. Too many in that category have meticulously honed reputations as thugs and miscreants in their civilian lives. McNabb instead has been an outstanding citizen of this region, and a good husband and father, who doesn't pop up in the news for taking drugs or beating animals.
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