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September 29, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Tom Gralish
Yesterday was a day to look back, and ahead, at Roman Catholic High School. Its newly restored and technologically equipped Renaissance Hall was dedicated.
SPORTS
July 1, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Roman Catholic High School hired Matt Griffin as its new head basketball coach on Wednesday. An assistant coach under Speedy Morris at St. Joseph's Prep the last two seasons, Griffin is a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep who played basketball at both Rider University and Boston University. A captain for both college teams, he helped Boston qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2011 by winning the America East Championship. Griffin, the son of former St. Joseph's University head coach John Griffin Sr., replaces former Roman coach Chris McNesby, who resigned in May after two straight state-championship seasons to spend more time with his family.
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January 12, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL VIOLA
For the students at Roman Catholic High School, it may be time to start thinking about goodbyes. Roman Catholic, the oldest Catholic diocesan high school for boys in the nation, may be closing in June. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has asked the trustees of the estate that helps finance the school to consider shutting it down. In recent years, Roman Catholic has been plagued with declining enrollment and increasing deficits.
NEWS
January 23, 1986
Regarding the possible closing of Roman Catholic High School, due to the $400,000 deficit: If every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would send just $1 to the high school, the deficit would be wiped out and this fine old school could be saved. We all know how important Catholic education is to all of us, so let's all get together and help this fine old school reach its 100th birthday. Joan Roncase Mont Clare.
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June 30, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
"You reap what you sow. " That's Paul Kuzan's favorite quote, according to his Facebook page. Kuzan, who allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow Sunday night in Northeast Philadelphia, professed Christian faith but dabbled in drugs, alcohol, and prostitutes, his ex-wife's father said Tuesday. "He claims that he was into religion," said Richard Orr. "But every commandment that I know of he broke, including, 'Thou shalt not murder.' " Kuzan, 41, was charged with murder and possessing instruments of a crime in the death of his wife of nine days, Pamela Nightlinger, 42. Police said Kuzan shot her with a high-velocity crossbow as she sat in a chair at their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
NEWS
March 10, 1986
I respond to the article "West Catholic staff sees threat in effort to save Roman. " The alumni of Roman Catholic High School do not want to hurt West Catholic or any other school; we just want to help Roman. The effect of open recruiting in West or any other school will be minuscule. The majority of the freshman enrollment at Roman will have to come from the areas already served - Fairmount, North Philadelphia, East Falls, Manayunk and Roxborough. The others will be those who would not have gone to a Catholic high school in any other event.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
An autopsy has confirmed that Pennsylvania State Trooper David Kedra died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Kedra died Sept. 30 after a training session in Montgomery County when a fellow officer's gun "accidentally discharged," the state police have said. The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday that the manner of death was homicide. Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said the homicide determination was not surprising and does not indicate whether charges will be filed in the case.
NEWS
October 1, 1986 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six decades ago, George S. Forde and Joseph Hindman went through Roman Catholic High School together, laying the groundwork for a friendship that has lasted to this day. Yesterday, wearing school sweaters, the two old grads from the Class of 1926 came home together to receive, from the current crop of Roman students, a rousing thank-you for their part in saving the school. The two men received plaques expressing the gratitude of "the past, present and future students of Roman Catholic High School" during an assembly in the school's gymnasium.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles Paul Hammock, 72, of Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania state legislator who worked for social justice on behalf of African Americans, died Saturday, Feb. 15, of heart failure at his home. Mr. Hammock's passion for justice was a hallmark of his life and propelled him into public service. He served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania from the 196th District from Jan. 2, 1973, to Nov. 30, 1976. In the 1970s, he was board chair of the National Office for Black Catholics.
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February 14, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thaddeus Basara, 75, of Secane, a retired teacher at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne who once served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died at home Saturday, Feb. 8, of peritoneal cancer, a rare disease that affects the abdominal tissue lining. Mr. Basara, known as Ted, was so inspired by the religious devotion of his family and the priests and nuns he grew up with that he decided to become a priest. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood at 16, leaving Roman Catholic High School before earning his diploma.
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July 1, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Roman Catholic High School hired Matt Griffin as its new head basketball coach on Wednesday. An assistant coach under Speedy Morris at St. Joseph's Prep the last two seasons, Griffin is a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep who played basketball at both Rider University and Boston University. A captain for both college teams, he helped Boston qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2011 by winning the America East Championship. Griffin, the son of former St. Joseph's University head coach John Griffin Sr., replaces former Roman coach Chris McNesby, who resigned in May after two straight state-championship seasons to spend more time with his family.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
"You reap what you sow. " That's Paul Kuzan's favorite quote, according to his Facebook page. Kuzan, who allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow Sunday night in Northeast Philadelphia, professed Christian faith but dabbled in drugs, alcohol, and prostitutes, his ex-wife's father said Tuesday. "He claims that he was into religion," said Richard Orr. "But every commandment that I know of he broke, including, 'Thou shalt not murder.' " Kuzan, 41, was charged with murder and possessing instruments of a crime in the death of his wife of nine days, Pamela Nightlinger, 42. Police said Kuzan shot her with a high-velocity crossbow as she sat in a chair at their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
NEWS
June 6, 2016
B.G. Kelley is a Philadelphia writer Graduation season is here, and I am thinking of two of the finest, most determined students I've met in my 17 years of teaching a writing course at the inner-city, faith-based International Christian High School. Both were recent valedictorians. Both surmounted financial and personal hardships. Both work while going to college. We've kept in touch. Brian Vazquez just finished his third year at La Salle University, where he is studying to become a clinical psychologist.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock gave his views on the top Philadelphia-area players in Thursday's draft: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, Roman Catholic High School: Fuller is a guy that is a legit 4.3 [seconds in the 40-yard dash]. There aren't many of those walking the Earth. I think he'll go in the first round. If he slides into 2, he'll go quickly. His hands aren't as natural as you'd like, but, boy, can he track the deep ball. Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois, Bok High School: Jihad Ward has upside written all over him. Plus, he's a great story.
SPORTS
February 25, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Notables at the NFL Combine Here are some notable players with local ties expected to attend this week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis: From local high schools Eli Apple, CB (Ohio State and Eastern High School): Apple left Ohio State after only two seasons. He is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and a potential first-round pick. Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame and Roman Catholic High School): What Fuller lacks in size (6-foot-0, 172 pounds), he makes up for with speed.
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
Jim O'Neill was the go-to guy in his family for anybody with a problem. "You could go to him with any problem and he would always have a solution," said his son, Jim Jr. And it was not hard to imagine that his father would fulfill the same role for the police officers he worked with for 30 years on the force. You can picture Jim as he popped an El Producto in his mouth and leaned back to listen to whatever was on the mind of the troubled one. To say Jim was devoted to his family would be a gross understatement.
NEWS
December 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert A. Glascott, 81, of Plymouth Meeting, a coach, boys' camp official, Penn Relays organizer, and retired college recreation director, whose work touched the lives of thousands of young people, died Monday, Dec. 7. Mr. Glascott died of pulmonary fibrosis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A native Philadelphian, Mr. Glascott distinguished himself at Roman Catholic High School in football, basketball, and track. In 1951 and 1952, he was named all-Catholic, all-scholastic, and all-city as a football player and twice received awards from the Maxwell Football Club.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE MAY BE NO more telling example of what kind of a man Bill Keenan was than the way he treated the disabled people who attended an annual Catholic retreat in Malvern. "Bill was one or the most unselfish people I've encountered," said Ed Seiders, head of Our Lady of Confidence Catholic Retreat at the Malvern Retreat House. "He was always toward the back of the line, making sure the stragglers to the dining hall felt as appreciated as the ones who were first in line. " If someone in a wheelchair needed a push, Bill would be there.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | By John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - paralyzed, in constant pain, and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
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September 9, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, paralyzed, in constant pain and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Common Pleas Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing the woman, Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at the Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
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