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October 23, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia heard testimony Tuesday in a bail hearing for a former Liberian insurgent and politician accused of lying on an application for U.S. citizenship. Juncontee Thomas Woewiyu, 69, who has been in custody since May, told U.S. District Judge Anita Brody that he has five children and 17 grandchildren in Collingdale, Delaware County, and that he would not leave the country if he were granted bail. "All of my children have been with me since 2005. All I live for is my children.
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October 9, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - Hundreds of people from across New Jersey, including Gov. Christie and several of his predecessors, came Tuesday to a memorial service honoring the lives of Cooper University Health System chief executive John P. Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, even as authorities continued to investigate their mysterious deaths. "I can't imagine the pain and the loss the Sheridans feel right now," Christie said. To the Sheridan children, he said: "We're here for you. " John Sheridan, 72, and Joyce Sheridan, 69, a retired history teacher, had four sons and three grandchildren.
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September 19, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz took a serious shot at Mayor Nutter's legacy yesterday, accusing him of running a "VIP hot line" for the well-connected to call round-the-clock for city services. For Nutter, who ran for the city's top office in 2007 promising to provide equal access to all city services, that could not stand. His staff quickly pushed back, saying Butkovitz didn't bother to learn the facts before issuing a news release to the media. Everett Gillison, Nutter's chief of staff, said the six people who answer the phone line are the "nerve center for the city," answering calls only from city employees and elected officials.
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June 5, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Pennsylvania's primary was notable for the number of Democratic female candidates for governor and Congress, including Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty, Val Arkoosh, Marjorie Margolies, and Shaughnessy Naughton. Every one of them lost. To argue that all five candidates are the same is to be reductive and wrong. Pennsylvania has never elected a woman governor, or senator, and, come January, it will be represented by 18 men in the U.S. House. (New Jersey appears primed to elect one woman to Congress.)
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May 19, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Adams Clarke, 89, an administrative assistant to Pennsylvania Lt. Govs. Raymond P. Shafer and Raymond J. Broderick, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Saturday, May 3, at Seacrest Village, an assisted living community in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., where she had lived for the last six years. Mrs. Clarke worked for Shafer during his term as lieutenant governor from 1963 to 1967 and for Broderick during his term from 1967 to 1971, when Shafer was governor. She then was executive secretary, from 1969 until her retirement in 1987, for Nicholas A. Cipriani, a Philadelphia Family Court judge from 1969 to 2003, a sister, Nancy Jones, said.
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May 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOTICEABLY ABSENT from a news conference held yesterday by the Philadelphia Community of Leaders - a nonprofit group of black citizens dedicated to addressing poverty in Philadelphia - were any black politicians. And there's a good reason for that, according to Rahim Islam Sr., head of the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL). "We need a long-term plan and unfortunately politicians have a short-term window, you know, two years or four years," said Islam, an official with the local chapter of the NAACP and president and CEO of Universal Companies.
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May 18, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
To hear U.S. prosecutors tell it, Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, the Liberian politician and one-time ally of that country's disgraced former President Charles Taylor, has every reason to flee this country. He is facing a potentially lengthy prison term in the United States for immigration fraud, even as he is mounting a political comeback in his home country with a run for the Liberian Senate. And despite living for the last four decades as a legal permanent resident in Delaware County, he and his wife maintain extensive real estate holdings, including a rubber farm, in the West African nation.
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May 5, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Nobody loves you when you're ahead. Nobody, that is, except the voters. Just ask Tom Wolf. With little more than two weeks until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the soft-spoken York County cabinet king is crushing in the latest poll, leading the three other candidates by at least 25 points. So it's open Wolf-hunting season for Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, even Republican Gov. Corbett. Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, has stayed largely out of the cross fire.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
  DR. VALERIE ARKOOSH   , the least-known of the four Democrats seeking the city/suburban 13th District Congressional seat in the May 20 Democratic primary election, is preparing to air campaign commercials and is already getting help from medical colleagues. A political-action committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists reported spending $210,390 last week to air radio ads for Arkoosh. The ads seek to capitalize on Arkoosh's status as the only nonpolitician in the race.
NEWS
March 21, 2014
LATELY, we've been hearing a lot about women and "bossiness. " There is this entire movement, spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama and noted third-wave feminist Beyonce, to ban the use of the word "bossy" in connection with young women, since it's somehow supposed to stunt their growth as proud, independent human beings. Personally, I'm not so sure about that. As the oldest of five kids, three of whom were strong-willed boys, I was on the receiving end of "bossy" for a good two decades and it certainly didn't stop me from becoming opinionated.
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