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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.
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.
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.
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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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March 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Joseph Lavin Jr., 84, of Skippack, a police official in Philadelphia and later Jenkintown, died Tuesday, March 4, of cancer at home. Mr. Lavin spent his entire career in law enforcement. He retired in 1981 as a detective with the rank of lieutenant from the Philadelphia Police Department and then served as Jenkintown chief of police until Sept. 30, 1990. "It's time," Mr. Lavin told the Borough Council in August 1990. "After eight years, it's time to go onward. " A Philadelphia native, he was a former resident of Roxborough and East Norriton Township.
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.
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May 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis and Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writers
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput placed a priest on administrative leave after an accusation this month that he sexually abused a child more than 40 years ago, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Sunday. The Rev. James J. Collins, 74, retired this year from a faculty position at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, where he had served since 1976. The school website still lists him as a professor of religious studies with expertise in Eastern Christian studies. Collins served at numerous parishes, schools, and offices in Philadelphia after being ordained in 1964, including at Roman Catholic School for Boys, Our Lady of Pompeii, and Cardinal Dougherty High School, said a statement released Sunday by the archdiocese announcing Chaput's decision.
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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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March 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Joseph Lavin Jr., 84, of Skippack, a police official in Philadelphia and later Jenkintown, died Tuesday, March 4, of cancer at home. Mr. Lavin spent his entire career in law enforcement. He retired in 1981 as a detective with the rank of lieutenant from the Philadelphia Police Department and then served as Jenkintown chief of police until Sept. 30, 1990. "It's time," Mr. Lavin told the Borough Council in August 1990. "After eight years, it's time to go onward. " A Philadelphia native, he was a former resident of Roxborough and East Norriton Township.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Herb Magee isn't really chasing history. It's more like history is along for the ride as Philadelphia University's coach does his thing, year after year. A first-round Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoff victory for his 23-6 Rams Saturday put Magee up to 983 in his career, the most in NCAA hoops. He's in a kind of race with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski for all-time winningest coach in men's basketball. Krzyzewski tied Magee a couple of times this season but hasn't gotten by him. Here's the interesting thing: There's another guy who has been running right alongside Magee for the last 25 years.
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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 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CHARLES HAMMOCK never cared much that his support of Frank Rizzo was not very popular in the black community. He was on Rizzo's staff as deputy field director when the former mayor and police commissioner ran in the Democratic primary of 1983, seeking a third term as mayor. Hammock was the most visible black person among Rizzo's campaign staff. Rizzo lost the primary to W. Wilson Goode, who went on to become Philadelphia's first black mayor in 1984. Of his support for Rizzo, Hammock said at the time, "The best thing about supporting Frank Rizzo is that he is a compassionate man who has helped many people.
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February 21, 2014 | Inquirer Staff Writer
By Bonnie L. Cook William G. Malloy, 90, of Northeast Philadelphia, a funeral director and former chief inspector with a unit of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, of cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospice. In 1951, after training at H.E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science, Mr. Malloy established the William G. Malloy Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Somerton. "He was a very compassionate and caring individual," said his son, Sean T. "He was very dedicated and took a very artistic approach to how he did his work.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph J. Duda, 74, a former Republican city commissioner and a longtime ward leader in Northeast Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of an undisclosed illness at Jeanes Hospital. The Philadelphia native, son of Joseph and Eva Duda, graduated from Roman Catholic High School and Temple University. In the 1960s, Mr. Duda worked as a salesman for the Philadelphia Gas Works and Stockwell Rubber Co. He married Margaret McGrory in 1963, and the couple had a son and a daughter. Mr. Duda was named a city committeeman in the late 1960s, his relatives said.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WHEN SHE WAS admitted to Immaculate Mary Home two weeks ago, Betty Tyre cried in despair to Deacon Steve Guckin, a member of the pastoral care team. Tyre had been hospitalized so often in 2013, she'd barely slept in her own bed. Rheumatoid arthritis had crippled her so badly, she was in a wheelchair and needed rehab at Immaculate Mary, a Catholic nursing home in Mayfair, before she could return home to Port Richmond. "I feel like I'll never get better," Tyre, 69, told Guckin.
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
KIMBERLY GARNER wiped tears from her eyes inside Roman Catholic high school yesterday on national signing day, as her son, Shep, took the podium and thanked coaches, teammates, trainers, friends and family for shaping his life and basketball career. However, when he paused and muttered "who else?" Mom attempted an assist by pointing to the sky. But, only silence followed as the senior still fumbled for words. Then finally . . . "Oh, and I thank God, too," Garner said with a smile as laughter filled the room.
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