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December 8, 2007 | By SOLOMON JONES
IT SNOWED the other morning, and my 3-year-old son, Little Solomon, ran into our bedroom (without knocking, of course) to happily announce that Santa was on his way. I was groggy, but his pronouncement forced me into a pivotal fatherhood moment - one that I'd already faced with his big sister Eve. "Son, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but . . . " My wife, LaVeta, chimed in. "Santa Claus is right in front of you, lying in bed....
NEWS
December 24, 1990
In 1897, a little girl in New York City wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, a then-great now-gone newspaper. It was Virginia's good fortune - and ours - that the letter fell into the hands of an editorial writer named Francis P. Church, who answered her gently and wisely. We publish this, partially because it's so wise and partially because editorial pages are short of its gentle wisdom. Mostly, we run it because we like it so much. What follows is as it appeared in the New York Sun of Sept.
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December 25, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, Delaware County, there is a Santa Claus. Two days last week, he was spotted on the streets of Lansdowne during dinnertime. He visited every street. And a few days before that, he was at the Media Borough Hall - before he left for the Darby Fire Company, No. 1 station. On Tuesday, he was supposed to travel up and down the streets of Yeadon, escorted by eight fire trucks from the Yeadon Fire Company. And he was at the malls for more than a month. With such overwhelming evidence of his existence, how could there not be a Santa Claus?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1986 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
Yes, Virginia, there definitely will be a Bruce Springsteen concert album package for Christmas. Officially announced yesterday by Columbia Records, the five-record set will be called "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live - 1975-85. " It covers four tours - in 1975, 1978, 1980-81 and 1984-85 - and will be comprised of 40 songs, including numbers from each of Springsteen's seven albums. A 36-page book with lyrics will be included in the boxed set, which will resemble Columbia's recent Bob Dylan retrospective, "Biograph.
NEWS
August 28, 1989 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Warren Mercer, 83, who played Santa Claus for several generations of West Chester children and co-founded the annual Old Fiddlers Picnic in Chester County, died Friday at the Friends Hall nursing home in West Chester. Mr. Mercer was a lifetime resident of the West Chester area. He was born in East Bradford Township and worked as a plasterer, first in a business of his own and then, from 1957 until his retirement in 1979, for the West Chester University maintenance department. He and his wife, Phoebe, had lived for the last three years on New Jersey Avenue in West Chester.
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April 14, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS COMING up on Christmas 2000 when David R. Boldt had his customary martini lunch with Santa Claus. Apart from trying and failing to twinkle the way Santa did during their conversations, David had news to impart. He was taking an early retirement after 28 years at the Inquirer as a writer and editor. "What do you hope people say about you?" Santa asked. "I'd like it if someone asked, 'Who was that masked man?' " "This triggered a moment of reverie," David wrote, "and when I turned back, I saw that Santa had quietly left, once again sticking me with the check.
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March 18, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN CHILDREN of the Laverty family began to question the existence of Santa Claus, one thing they had no doubts about: There definitely was a "Mrs. Claus. " She was Mom and Grandmom - Teresa Laverty. And if there was a Mrs. Claus, there had to be a Santa Claus. Right? Christmas was one of Teresa's favorite holidays and she made the most of it. With six children and eight grandchildren, as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews, her gift list was rather extensive. It didn't matter.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a host of new apartments and retail stores planned for the Market Street East area, the dumpy stretch between City Hall and Independence Mall may be on the verge of becoming Philadelphia's next great neighborhood. But there's still a huge question mark hanging over the future of the Gallery mall, that dull fortress where stores are shutting down to make way for a redesign whose details have yet to be revealed. The Gallery, after faltering for years, recently was listed among the nation's   "dead " malls.
NEWS
January 13, 2015
LESS THAN TWO WEEKS after Christmas, Santa Claus is back - this time wearing a Barack Obama mask, pulling the gift of "free tuition" out of his sack. The idea came out of leftfield, following his bold moves on illegal immigration, climate control with China and opening a door to Cuba. Santa Claus has gifts only for good children, and Santa Obama has a few strings on his proposal, called America's College Promise. Before we analyze the content, let's agree on two things: First, the tuition is "free" to students, but the bill will be paid by the government, meaning you. Second, since the money goes to the colleges, it motivates them to enroll as many students as possible and to keep them eligible as long as possible.
NEWS
December 23, 2014
HERE WE ARE again, on the threshold of Christmas, when the wish is for peace and love. Tragically, one of the least peaceful and loving places on Earth is the Holy Land. Maybe the coming year will bring improvement, maybe not. Probably not. History does not create confidence in the future. While I look ahead to Thursday, I do not forget the (not-quite) co-equal celebration, the Jewish Festival of Lights, that we're in the middle of. It's not amazing, but American: The two holidays co-exist peacefully.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jessica Frantes answered a knock at her door in a sparkly tulle skirt, a flower headband in her hair, and gazed up to see Santa Claus on the front steps. The 5-year-old's smile only widened when Santa - played by a Winslow Township police officer - led her to a sleigh filled with presents. It was a day of hugs and tears for family and friends of Jessica, who saw her mother killed just five months ago - and for the men and women who responded to the scene that day. Police say Jennifer Bongco, 42, was stabbed more than 50 times by her boyfriend, Kevin Ambrose, near her home on July 25. Ambrose then dropped Jessica off at home, authorities say, before dumping Bongco's body on the side of the road a few blocks away.
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December 21, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question is a December evergreen: Are we going to have a White Christmas? The answer this year, is almost certainly no - the same answer as in most years. So why does the question keep popping up every Christmas season with the regularity of bad holiday music? Around here and for an overwhelming majority of the nation's population - not to mention Bethlehem, in the Holy Land - snow at Christmas is decidedly the exception. Only seven times in the last 56 years has an inch or more of snow been on the ground officially in Philly on Dec. 25, most emphatically in 1966, when a foot fell from a storm that continued into the early-morning hours.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jalynn Cage, 7, walked into Toyland and rubbed her hands together slowly, in delicious anticipation - 1,000 toys to choose from! In a moment, her arms were full, with a stuffed animal - "the biggest I could find" - a magic kit, and an arts-and-crafts set. The third grader from Edward T. Steel Elementary School in Philadelphia could barely see over her haul as she waited to pose with Santa. Behind her was Jaden Cooper, 6, a first grader at Girard College school, with a new basketball.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ON THIS, the first day of Lent, it is fitting to suggest things that can be given up for the next 40 days (or more). And so, we humbly propose: *  That the Sixers give up losing. The Sixers, 0-for-11 in February, have lost 15 straight. *  That Detroit Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler gives up bad-mouthing his old team, the Texas Rangrs. "I hope they go 0-162," Kinsler told ESPN The Magazine. "I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass. " *  That Dennis Rodman gives up his U.S. citizenship.
NEWS
December 24, 2013
One break at a time I hope City Council saw the front of The Inquirer's Local section the other day. The lead article noted that developer Carl Dranoff received a $3 million loan from the Delaware River Port Authority for a Camden project but has yet to repay anything ("Probe of DRPA widens," Dec. 18). Below the fold, we read of Dranoff claiming a Philadelphia tax break is essential to the development of a $210 million hotel and condominium project ("Dranoff calls tax break crucial," Dec. 18)
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