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January 26, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
A man died and two firefighters suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out late last night at the Melrose shopping center in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. Montgomery County dispatch logs show the fire was reported about 11 Thursday night in a 911 call. The two-alarm blaze broke out during what was initially reported as a small explosion in a beauty supply store in the strip mall on the unit block of East Cheltenham Avenue. The fire was brought until control about 4:37 a.m., but was still burning an hour later.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
MASNAA, Lebanon - Key Syrian ally Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport. The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow's waning confidence in the ability of its ally President Bashar al-Assad to hold onto power. The U.N. chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the Russian evacuations indicate "the continued deterioration of the security situation and the violence that Assad is leading against his own people.
SPORTS
January 20, 2013
Q: I find it to be a pain in the butt when I am on the highway and the person in the left lane is driving 40-50 mph. It is called the passing lane, buddy. At what point can I hit the horn or flash my lights? - In a Hurry but not a Rush from Ridley A: Slow down,'bro. It's not worth getting worked up with road rage over some slow driver, because these days you've got a lot of crazy people out there, and there's no telling what they'd do if confronted. Keeping a safe distance and flashing the brights once is cool, but if you keep doing it and the driver still doesn't move to the right, then it could turn into a game of wills.
NEWS
January 16, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A former star athlete at Temple University has filed federal suit against the school claiming that she was kicked off the volleyball team and her full scholarship revoked after she reported that her ex-boyfriend, a Temple football player, assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Emily Frazer was a starting middle blocker and team server on the 2011 Temple volleyball team, according to the school's website. On Jan. 21, 2011, Frazer was visiting a fellow student in the Cecil B. Moore dormitory building when there was a knock on the door.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man accused of the road-rage killing of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter. Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, had been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, but a Common Pleas Court jury decided that he did not intend to cause serious bodily injury in the April 8, 2010, death of Mark Wallace, 54. Shaffer, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison, is...
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
COOMA, Australia - Temperatures cooled from record highs across much of southern Australia on Wednesday, reducing the danger from scores of wildfires that have blazed for days. Australia recorded its hottest day on record Monday with a nationwide average of 104.59 Fahrenheit, breaking a 1972 record of 104.31. The Bureau of Meteorology will calculate later Wednesday whether Tuesday's average was even hotter. No deaths have been reported, although about 100 people have not been accounted for since last week when a fire destroyed about 90 homes in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for a Northeast Philadelphia man - charged with the 2010 road-rage killing of a pedestrian who was slow crossing the street in front of his father's SUV - told a Philadelphia jury today the death was an accident Gerald Shaffer Jr. tried to prevent. Defense attorney Coley O. Reynolds said the mortal injuries that killed 54-year-old Mark Wallace occurred when Shaffer, 23, tried to break up a fight between Wallace and Shaffer's father, Gerard "Gerry" Sr., a Philadelphia firefighter.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A talk with Mike Tyson is . . . an uneasy thing. Will he go off? Is he still the barely contained human detonation of the 1980s and 1990s? Tyson, speaking by phone Tuesday from his home in Las Vegas, says he's changed. "That's what recovery is," he says, "changing your mind and your way of life, getting away from our lower selves. You have to transcend. " He'll have a chance to show Philadelphia the Mike Tyson of 2013 when his Spike Lee-directed one-man stage show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth , comes May 2 to the Academy of Music - yes, Mike Tyson at the Academy of Music.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard and John Heilprin, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Fighting between rebels and government forces raged near the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, forcing an inbound commercial jet to turn back while the U.N. said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions. Lebanese security officials said Jihad Makdissi, a polished Foreign Ministry spokesman known for defending the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in fluent English, flew from Beirut to London. But it was not immediately clear whether he had defected.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syrian warplanes and artillery blasted parts of Damascus and its rebellious suburbs on Sunday, part of what activists described as intense fighting as rebels try to push their way into the center of President Bashar al-Assad's power base. In central Syria, a car bomb killed at least 15 people, the official news agency reported. The fighting over the last few weeks in Damascus is the most serious in the capital since July, when rebels captured several neighborhoods before a swift government counteroffensive swept them out. The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighter jets struck twice in the suburb of Daraya as regime artillery pounded other districts just south of Damascus.
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