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September 20, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
A LAWYER who made house calls! No, that's not a joke. Richard F. Furia did just that during the 40 years he practiced law in the Philadelphia area. "As a lawyer, Richard believed in doing whatever it took to make sure his clients' rights were protected," his family said in an obituary. "He was an 'old-school' lawyer who made house calls whenever his clients needed him - days, nights, weekends and holidays. " Such dedication to the needs of those who hired him was a hallmark of Richard's practice.
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July 29, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
FRANK BENDER, who helped identify hundreds of victims of violence and bring many of the perpetrators to justice over a long career as a forensic sculptor, was confronted by his greatest challenge that fall of 2000. He had to sculpt a face where there was no face. The skeletal remains of a woman had been found in a wooded area of Manlius, N.Y., a town near Syracuse. The skull was a shell and there was no face. Told it was impossible to create something out of nothing, Bender rose to the challenge.
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June 13, 2011 | By Jeff Shields, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edythe Scott Bagley, 86, sister of Coretta Scott King, steward of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, and an arts and education pioneer, died Saturday, June 11, at her home in Cheyney, Chester County. A teacher at Cheyney University for 26 years, Mrs. Bagley was the force behind the establishment of a theater-arts major there in 1980, her family said. She retired from the college in 1996. She was a close confidante of her younger sister, and recently completed a biography of Coretta Scott King, due out next year from the University of Alabama Press.
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May 13, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Art Star Craft Bazaar More than 100 local & national artists present handmade items that reflect the quirky aesthetic of Art Star. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). www.artstarcraftbazaar.com . 5/14. At Your Service Auction Benefit auction to support the NAA. Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, Del.; 302-266-7266. 5/14. 6-9 pm. Blast From the Past Classic Car Show Antique, classic & muscle cars, music, Chili Cook-off.
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April 1, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former adjunct professor who was forced to leave Chestnut Hill College because he is gay is co-teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania. The Rev. James St. George said Thursday night that he had co-taught several of the Monday classes in the course Religion, Social Justice, and Urban Development with professor Andrew Lamas. St. George said Lamas had invited him to co-teach the course this semester and was directly compensating him. He said Penn had not hired him. Penn spokesman Ron Ozio said Thursday night he was unaware of the arrangement until informed by reporters and could not immediately comment.
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March 31, 2011 | By RONNIE POLANECZKY, polaner@phillynews.com
Father Jim St. George, the Chestnut Hill College adjunct professor who was fired in February for being gay, has moved to the Ivy League. St. George is co-teaching a course on religion, social justice and urban development at the University of Pennsylvania with Penn urban-studies professor Andrew Lamas, who offered the position to St. George after hearing of his travails. "It feels good to be teaching again," said St. George, pastor of St. Miriam Old Catholic Church in Blue Bell.
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March 4, 2011
I am a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, with master's degrees in spirituality and psychology. My spiritual formation and life were formed by teachings in moral theology, social justice, and ethics, and through the example of the Sisters of St. Joseph. I thought they lived as they taught, with integrity and concern for the principles of social justice as reflected in the life of Christ. Learning about the manner in which the Rev. James St. George has been treated by the school has been shocking to me, not only his firing but the inhumane and dishonest way this situation was conducted ("Students backing former instructor," Wednesday)
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February 11, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love is a lot like death: Cupid doesn't discriminate. And, it seems, he has struck again: US Weekly claims Scarlett Johansson , 26, is "smitten" with Sean Penn , who at 50 is 24 years her senior. This comes just weeks after ScarJo split up with hub Ryan Reynolds (whose dad, by the way, was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Guess both are on the rebound: Sean, not so long ago, re-broke-up yet again with the divine Robin Wright after 14 years of marriage.
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January 15, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Mia Farrow, the actress and humanitarian whose persistent advocacy of human rights in sub-Saharan Africa has earned her international recognition, will receive the Marian Anderson Award in May, Mayor Nutter announced Friday. The prize is named for the Philadelphia-born contralto who used her celebrity to effect social change. Since 1998, it has been given to entertainer/activists such as Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, and Gregory Peck. When Anderson (1897-1993), the celebrated African American singer, met with racial intolerance, she gracefully fought for social justice.
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December 14, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Caroline "Cary" Isard, 91, of Drexel Hill, an advocate for social justice, died of pneumonia at Delaware County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Her husband of 68 years, Walter Isard, died Nov. 6. In 1956, Mrs. Isard and her husband, an economist who had just joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, moved to Drexel Hill. The corner property with seven bedrooms had plenty of room for their large family and a history appropriate for the new owners, who were Quaker civil rights activists.
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