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April 11, 2001 | By Maria Gallagher FOR THE INQUIRER
Leslie Wingenfield spends much of her professional life on planes, in rental cars, and in other cities. As a project director for answerthink inc., a global company that develops Internet sales and marketing strategies for businesses, the 41-year-old software consultant spends four days a week at client companies. Constant travel makes it hard to stay connected to friends, except by cell phone. Chances to entertain at home are rare. Living alone, Wingenfield is so rarely in her own kitchen that when neighbors came to breakfast on a recent Sunday, she'd forgotten some of the fine points of using her electric coffee maker.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
Already, the 10 tween girls have devoured spaghetti tacos, made Lifesaver bracelets, changed into pajamas, and played several giggle-infused rounds of limbo. Next up on this Friday night in Elkins Park is a serious game of human mop - one girl drags another across the floor, which, the girls swear, is more fun than it sounds. The controlled chaos looks like any other sleepover. But as 10:30 p.m. approaches, the living room at the hosting Gormans' becomes increasingly crowded - with parents.
NEWS
January 1, 2003 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Year's Eve once was magical to Mary Shea, who met her Prince Charming on a blind date that night in 1947. The magic turned to melancholy when he passed away seven years ago. It was restored last night, not with a glass slipper but with a fuzzy one. She and eight of her childhood friends, mostly widows and all in their 70s, ushered in the new year with a slumber party in Mount Laurel, Burlington County, where the laughs were frequent and...
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December 25, 2004 | By Thomas Ginsberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was just enough room at the inn for the Kellys. And, thankfully, there were movies and video games. So it mattered less that the travelers from Jamaica, grounded at Philadelphia International Airport on Christmas Eve, were facing two days stranded without luggage or winter coats. "It's better than sleeping on the floor of the airport," Christie Kelly said yesterday at a Marriott hotel on Bartram Avenue. The family of five, heading home to Lansing, Mich., from vacation, were stuck with thousands of other air travelers Thursday and yesterday after a storm caused delays and cancellations across the Northeast and Midwest.
NEWS
August 13, 2000 | By Melanie D. Scott, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As summer days begin to dwindle, many township libraries are winding down their programs that were meant specifically for entertaining children and relieving parents during the many weeks that school is out. However, while most libraries sponsored traditional reading camps, some deviated slightly to include other programs related to books. Moorestown Library was one area library that chose to sponsor several nontraditional activities to teach, entertain, and keep children busy during the summer.
NEWS
September 25, 2002 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like some transient, Abdul Malik El-Shabazz was pushing a shopping cart down a long stretch of Kensington Avenue as the sun was rising Aug. 7. But El-Shabazz was moving gruesome cargo - the tiny, lifeless body of 6-year-old Destiny Wright - he told police in a statement made public yesterday. El-Shabazz, 18, told police he had sexually assaulted and killed the girl two hours earlier in a Kensington rowhouse. With Destiny's body in a laundry bag in the shopping cart, he found a spot near the El at Front and Berks Streets.
NEWS
February 2, 2009 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whether eating in the dining hall, strolling across campus, chilling in his dorm room, or rehearsing for a musical, James Merriam is, no doubt about it, an oddity at Bryn Mawr College - and not because of his long, persimmon-hued hair. Merriam, 19, known around Bryn Mawr College as "Ginger Jesus" for his flowing locks and scraggly beard, possesses something that no other student living on campus has: a Y chromosome. Since September, he has been the only young man rooming at the women's school, a 6-foot, 3-inch sluice for testosterone amid the fluctuating hormones of 1,300 females.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
W. Va. fire kills 8 at slumber party CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Eight people, including a woman celebrating her 26th birthday and six young children at a family slumber party, died Saturday when fire tore through a two-story home while they slept, officials and witnesses said. A seventh child was on life support after the blaze, the deadliest in West Virginia's capital city in more than 60 years, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said. The dead children ranged from 18 months to 8 years.
NEWS
August 9, 2002 | By Ira Porter, Frederick L. Cusick and Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A 6-year-old Philadelphia girl who was the focus of an extensive police search since she was reported missing early Wednesday was found dead in Kensington last night, ending a hopeful vigil by relatives and friends. Police found the body of Destiny Wright in a grassy area at Frankford and Montgomery Avenues after an 18-year-old acquaintance of Destiny's family, Abdul Malik El-Shabazz, confessed and took police to it, authorities said last night. "This is a tragic result," said Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson, who had been scheduled for vacation but immediately went to the scene after police obtained the statement.
NEWS
September 30, 1990 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
A note from the school principal requesting that a student go to the office can strike fear into the student's heart. What did the student do wrong now, and what disciplinary action will be handed down? At Aronimink Elementary School in Upper Darby, principal Merle Horowitz has a knack for turning many a worried look into a bright smile. Take a recent Friday, for instance. Horowitz summoned eight students to her office - for ice cream and cake. "Every Friday afternoon, I hold an ice cream party for the students who are celebrating a birthday that week," Horowitz said.
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December 19, 2013 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
Already, the 10 tween girls have devoured spaghetti tacos, made Lifesaver bracelets, changed into pajamas, and played several giggle-infused rounds of limbo. Next up on this Friday night in Elkins Park is a serious game of human mop - one girl drags another across the floor, which, the girls swear, is more fun than it sounds. The controlled chaos looks like any other sleepover. But as 10:30 p.m. approaches, the living room at the hosting Gormans' becomes increasingly crowded - with parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On wanting what everyone else has: I admit I occasionally wish I had someone else's income, legs, job, etc., but the feeling is momentary. When I was 11, I was desperate to change places with Mary K., a beautiful blonde in my class. She had everything I wanted: a big brother, a big house on the lake, a father who was a doctor and thus didn't change jobs and force us to move every year, a bubbly personality. Her 11th birthday party was a sophisticated trip to dinner and the movies; mine was a run-of-the-mill slumber party.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
W. Va. fire kills 8 at slumber party CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Eight people, including a woman celebrating her 26th birthday and six young children at a family slumber party, died Saturday when fire tore through a two-story home while they slept, officials and witnesses said. A seventh child was on life support after the blaze, the deadliest in West Virginia's capital city in more than 60 years, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said. The dead children ranged from 18 months to 8 years.
NEWS
February 2, 2009 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whether eating in the dining hall, strolling across campus, chilling in his dorm room, or rehearsing for a musical, James Merriam is, no doubt about it, an oddity at Bryn Mawr College - and not because of his long, persimmon-hued hair. Merriam, 19, known around Bryn Mawr College as "Ginger Jesus" for his flowing locks and scraggly beard, possesses something that no other student living on campus has: a Y chromosome. Since September, he has been the only young man rooming at the women's school, a 6-foot, 3-inch sluice for testosterone amid the fluctuating hormones of 1,300 females.
NEWS
December 19, 2008 | By Monica Hesse
Sometimes we would catch a glimpse of his face, and it would take a second to place him. There was the red baseball cap, the missing teeth, the sweaty hair. We'd think for a second that we knew him. And we did, in a way. Ah, we would realize, back when we were 4, then 6, then 7. It's Adam. He was still dead, his father was still looking for the killer, and we were still haunted by the freckled face of Adam Walsh - the specter of 1980s childhood. This week, Florida police closed his case after 27 long, unsolved years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2008 | By Kristin Granero FOR THE INQUIRER
The Battleship New Jersey crew has launched its Spring Family Overnight Encampments, the experience of a Friday or Saturday night onboard with Navy veterans. The ship begins boarding passengers at 6 p.m. Families are assigned bunk compartments, attend a safety fire drill on deck, and learn emergency preparedness. Then the fun begins, with a guided tour and a ride on the ship's new 4D Flight Simulator, followed by "chow" (dinner) in the mess deck. The rest of the night guests explore ship grounds, snack in the Geedunk (snack bar)
NEWS
May 16, 2006
From ritual to romance of baseball memories I greatly enjoyed reading Doug Otto's Commentary page article of April 28, "The real hero in baseball cult is always Dad. " To me, there is nothing as sweet, wholesome and endearing as seeing a boy having a catch with his dad. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where "having a catch" after dinner was almost a ritual. My dad, Pat Moran, was a semipro pitcher many years ago. He didn't discriminate when it came to tossing a few. My sister and I had our own gloves, which he broke in for us after saturating them with the requisite oil and then wrapping them in a rubber band.
NEWS
December 25, 2004 | By Thomas Ginsberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was just enough room at the inn for the Kellys. And, thankfully, there were movies and video games. So it mattered less that the travelers from Jamaica, grounded at Philadelphia International Airport on Christmas Eve, were facing two days stranded without luggage or winter coats. "It's better than sleeping on the floor of the airport," Christie Kelly said yesterday at a Marriott hotel on Bartram Avenue. The family of five, heading home to Lansing, Mich., from vacation, were stuck with thousands of other air travelers Thursday and yesterday after a storm caused delays and cancellations across the Northeast and Midwest.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2004 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
WE DIDN'T STOP to make an official count but our guess is that Jay Leno has about 1,000 more monologues to go. In a move stunning because it occurred with so little rancor, backbiting and rumormongering, NBC, Leno and Conan O'Brien formulated a line of succession that would make Queen Elizabeth, the Bushes and the Kennedys proud. Seemingly as a part of "The Tonight Show's" 50th anniversary, NBC announced yesterday that Jay will step down from "Tonight" when his contract expires in 2009, and Conan will step up. "It is a great accomplishment and testament to both Jay and Conan that we were able to all work together on a long-term plan for this important institution," says NBC President Jeff Zucker.
NEWS
January 1, 2003 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Year's Eve once was magical to Mary Shea, who met her Prince Charming on a blind date that night in 1947. The magic turned to melancholy when he passed away seven years ago. It was restored last night, not with a glass slipper but with a fuzzy one. She and eight of her childhood friends, mostly widows and all in their 70s, ushered in the new year with a slumber party in Mount Laurel, Burlington County, where the laughs were frequent and...
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