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November 7, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
ON SATURDAY, Roman Catholic High School senior Hezekiah Trahan will head to Pittsburgh to watch Pitt take on No. 24 Notre Dame at Heinz Field. The University of Pittsburgh already made a scholarship offer to the 6-4, 250-pound defensive end, and Trahan says it could be time to collect. "Yeah, I might sign," he said, sitting in a conference room inside the school's Broad Street campus wearing an even broader smile. "It might be a done deal. " The 18-year-old, who recently received second-team All-Catholic honors, wants it to be a family trip, so the blended bunch will make the nearly 5-hour trek.
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February 1, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - The words "No Caller ID" flashed in white across the front of the iPhone, hiding Marvin Harrison's phone number but revealing his identity. His reputation as the most private of public figures had preceded him. He does not have an account on Facebook or Instagram. He does not tweet. And if he does not want you to have his phone number, you will not have it. Still, in an exclusive interview with The Inquirer, he erased any doubt as to who was calling with the first two words he said: "It's 88. " That was the only uniform number that he wore over his 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts, a career in which Harrison - born in North Philadelphia, a football and basketball star at Roman Catholic High School - developed into one of the most accomplished wide receivers, a career that could earn him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
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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.
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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.
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January 19, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Pieces of history come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the oddest shapes in the history of Philadelphia basketball is found on the third floor of Roman Catholic High School. The school at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and so is the little gymnasium that sits atop the original structure, 66 steps from the street and a mile from the ordinary. When the school opened in 1890, James Naismith was still more than a year away from inventing basketball, so it isn't any wonder that the gym wasn't constructed with the game in mind.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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June 20, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raushaun Williams started reading at age 3, and at 4 took an IQ test that identified him as gifted. But in the classroom, he was restless, and when he started kindergarten, he was regularly suspended. Several years and schools later, family and teachers point to the West Philadelphia teenager, now 16, as a role model for his upward academic trajectory. The Roman Catholic High School graduate is headed to Drexel University, where he intends to study biology this fall on a full scholarship.
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June 11, 2015 | Eileen Glanton Loftus, For The Inquirer
It used to be that the typical father gleefully awaited the day he could teach his children to mow the lawn. It was a rite of passage - a sign the kids were growing up, and a respite for tired knees. Today, that suburban chore has all but died. Instead, the parents go to work, the kids go to school, and the streets fill up with landscaper trucks. Crews roll mowers out, cut the grass with lightning speed, then head on to the next house, bills paid by mail. It's a situation that invariably raises the question: What's the matter with kids today?
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March 1, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles J. Devlin Jr., 90, of Stone Harbor, N.J., founder of the Camden Tool Co. and later the 3D Tool Co., both in North Camden, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Devlin grew up in the Fairmount neighborhood and graduated in 1942 from Roman Catholic High School. During World War II, Mr. Devlin served in the Army Air Corps and flew 30 missions from England as a nose gunner on a B-24 bomber, said a son, Tony. He studied accounting at the Spring Garden Institute and in 1950 opened Camden Tool, which distributed industrial metalworking equipment, material he had sold in his first job after the war. In 1990, Mr. Devlin opened 3D Tool on the same site, and served as president of both firms until retiring in 1995.
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January 19, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Pieces of history come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the oddest shapes in the history of Philadelphia basketball is found on the third floor of Roman Catholic High School. The school at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and so is the little gymnasium that sits atop the original structure, 66 steps from the street and a mile from the ordinary. When the school opened in 1890, James Naismith was still more than a year away from inventing basketball, so it isn't any wonder that the gym wasn't constructed with the game in mind.
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December 31, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writers
A group of business people and professionals has assembled properties for new classrooms, a field house, a fine arts center, and parking at all-boys Roman Catholic High School so it can grow beyond its 124-year-old Gothic home at Broad and Vine Streets. Roman's backers have acquired a parcel of land behind the school from a homeless-services program, the Sunday Breakfast Association Inc. Roman will use the space to construct a field house and classrooms that will connect to the main building.
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