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February 5, 1994 | Photographs for The Inquirer by Scott Rowan
The Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division of the Salvation Army installed new leaders Thursday night in Plymouth Meeting. The new officers, W. Todd and Carol Bassett, both lieutenant colonels, will supervise a body of 46 area corps, or churches, with more than 5,000 members.
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May 6, 1988 | By PAUL BAKER, Daily News Staff Writer
Glenn Sheehan and his wife Anne Jensen want to make sure no more ex- convicts with violent backgrounds are unloaded on trusting people like themselves who participate in prison-reform programs, according to the couple's attorney, Thomas V. Hunt. Sheehan and Jensen are still recovering from injuries they suffered April 1 during a stabbing rampage at their Lower Merion Township archaeological firm. Two women who worked for them were killed, one of them allegedly after being raped.
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February 18, 1986 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer
For homeless Victor Athy, a possible shutdown of some or all of the Salvation Army's soup kitchens simply means that he will have to "move on. " The 33-year-old man and other homeless men interviewed yesterday at the Salvation Army soup kitchen at 715 N. Broad St. said they hope the Army doesn't run out of money. "I'll just go from one (kitchen) to the next if they shut them down," said Athy, who has been a regular in the soup line for the past nine months. The Salvation Army is experiencing its worst financial crisis since it began operating its four soup kitchens in January 1983, said Emily Klenk, director of community relations.
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December 21, 1986 | By Anthony Gnoffo Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, anywhere from 40 to 60 hungry people show up at the Salvation Army's Darby Corps Community Center for a free, hot meal. But last week, any of the food program's beneficiaries who had not heard the news about the Tuesday night fire at the center were greeted by a makeshift sign announcing that the program was indefinitely postponed. The food program is just one of the social services that the Salvation Army has provided in Darby Borough.
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December 24, 1988 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Life was hitting James Francis hard. His wife abandoned him and the two kids. The job was going sour. Finally the electric company sent a shut-off notice. The Philadelphia native swallowed his pride and took himself to the Salvation Army. Praise God, another light bill paid. That was long ago. Francis is Lt. Francis now, married to a fellow lieutenant in the same blue-suited army, doing the Lord's work. In a Frankford neighborhood that is trying to stave off encroaching drugs and despair, he runs day-care, latch-key and senior-citizen programs, a soup kitchen, basketball leagues and music classes.
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December 25, 1994 | By Beverly M. Payton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Salvation Army is on the front lines of helping the needy in the area, and a representative says the group's clientele is changing. Capt. Carl Carvill, pastor and administrator of the Salvation Army of Lower Bucks County, said the "emerging new poor" have led the organization to expand its client base. During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army distributes food baskets to needy families and invites the parents to pick out two donated toys for each of their children from a central location.
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January 28, 1991 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Some are stressed out. Some face an emptying cupboard or a dwindling supply of baby formula. Not yet in a flood, but in a rising stream, the families of troops sent to the Persian Gulf are calling a hot line operated by the Salvation Army in Philadelphia. "Right now, they're wanting food assistance and some help with utilities, and a lot of them need support services, such as counseling," said Maj. Shirley Cox, coordinator of the Operation Home Town Shield phone line. "We had one lady, she needed diapers," added Salvation Army spokesman Capt.
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June 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT'S DAMN NEAR impossible to get a straight answer from most of the people involved in the tragic Market Street building collapse. Even the Salvation Army. Fingers are now being pointed in the organization's direction for the first time since a four-story building crumbled on June 5 and flattened the neighboring Salvation Army thrift shop at 22nd and Market streets, killing six people and injuring 13 others. Two lawyers have claimed that the Salvation Army rebuffed requests to have protective scaffolding installed on the store's roof before demolition workers began haphazardly tearing down the property next door.
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August 16, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
INSTEAD OF HEEDING written warnings of a potentially catastrophic collapse, the Salvation Army played "a dangerous game of chicken" with the owner of a building being demolished next door, an attorney said yesterday. The collapse on June 5 killed six and injured 14 who were inside the Salvation Army's thrift shop at 22nd and Market streets. So attorney Robert Mongeluzzi, citing emails among the city, the demolition-site owner and the Salvation Army that showed the charity was warned of dangerous conditions, said yesterday that he would add the Salvation Army as a defendant in litigation seeking civil damages.
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July 23, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The operator of a 36,000-pound excavator working at the scene of the 2013 Salvation Army thrift store collapse that killed six people and injured 13 pleaded guilty Tuesday in a deal that could limit his prison time to 10 to 20 years. Sean Benschop, 44, pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 12 of reckless endangerment, and one of aggravated assault in the June 5, 2013, collapse of an unsupported wall that crushed the store at 22d and Market Streets. The deal with prosecutors spared Benschop a possible term of life in prison without parole had he been found guilty of multiple counts of third-degree murder.
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June 8, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Since the Salvation Army began serving on Camden's front lines in 1880, perhaps 100 commanding officers have headed the city corps. But the arrival of Majors Terry and Susan Wood and the departure of Majors Paul and Alma Cain is big news for the city and region. The reason is the $90 million, 120,000-square-foot Camden Kroc Center, a magnificent complex of recreational, human service, and worship facilities that has attracted 7,000 members - and a visit from President Obama - since opening in October.
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June 7, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fire chief did not hesitate. He walked into a room at the West Philadelphia nursing home and headed straight for the woman in the wheelchair. Hers was the voice he had heard cry "help" after 13 hours buried alive. The extraordinary encounter Friday between Mariya Plekan and John O'Neill was their first since he, then a Fire Department captain, rescued her from the rubble of a deadly demolition collapse two years earlier. "Hello, Mariya," O'Neill said. "Hello," she replied, looking up at the tall man. She could not rise to embrace the person who had saved her from the near-suffocating debris that had confined her in darkness for half a day. Her legs and her hip joints have been amputated.
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May 15, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge is considering a defense motion that would bar prosecutors from using the results of blood tests on the excavator operator involved in 2013's building collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store, killing six people. Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson ordered defense lawyer William Davis and Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron to return to court Thursday, when he might rule. In a hearing Wednesday, Davis argued that police did not have probable cause to order a hospital nurse to test the blood of Sean Benschop as he lay on a gurney shortly after the June 5, 2013, collapse at 2136 Market St. Benschop, 43, and Griffin Campbell, 51, the demolition contractor who hired Benschop, were each charged with six counts of third-degree murder - one for each person killed - and 13 counts of reckless endangerment for each of those injured.
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March 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LITTLE DID Robert Dixon know when he saw the attractive girl walking past the playground of Edison High School that getting to know her would change his life. Robert was in 11th grade at the time, and he was instantly attracted to the girl as she walked by the playground, her head down, arms loaded with books. He called out a greeting a couple of times, before deciding he'd better introduce himself. She was Hester Eliza Burgess, who was attending Kensington High School, but, more important, and life-altering for both of them, was that she was involved with the Salvation Army.
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November 27, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
What does it take to make Thanksgiving dinner for 1,000 people? About eight volunteers, and about 700 pounds of turkey, and equal portions of mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato pies and green beans. On Monday evening, a group from the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia began preparing homemade dinners they'll serve this Thanksgiving holiday. By Tuesday afternoon, they were finishing their prep work, which will be presented Thursday at the Salvation Army's Soups On!
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November 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has loosened - but not lifted - an order barring comment from lawyers and witnesses in the criminal trial over last year's deadly collapse of a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City. Rather than a "blanket order" prohibiting any out-of-court comments to reporters, requested by the District Attorney's Office, Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson said Monday that he would rely on the section of the American Bar Association's professional code for lawyers dealing with trial publicity.
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October 21, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Don G. Stout, 68, of West Chester, who sold commercial printing and volunteered for various causes and once received $10,000 on behalf of the Salvation Army, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at home of appendiceal cancer. In December 2007, Mr. Stout was serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer outside the Boscov's store in Exton when a man approached and passed him a hand-written note. The letter explained how the Salvation Army had provided him with coffee and doughnuts 40 years before while he served at his military post.
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October 17, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE may rule as early as today whether five officials from the Salvation Army will have to sit for depositions related to a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims of last year's building collapse on Market Street that killed six and injured 13. During a hearing yesterday, lawyers for the Salvation Army argued that the five officials should not be forced to answer questions from the plaintiffs' lawyers while the criminal investigation...
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