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NEWS
April 21, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SOME PEOPLE can tell a joke; some people can't. George Ray could start a joke just fine, but as he was nearing the punch line, the anticipation was too much for him. He would break into laughter before he got it all out. George was a funeral director with the kindness and compassion endemic to his profession, but George seemed to have an extra dose of concern when it came to helping all people along with the bereaved. "He possessed an array of dazzling antidotes for life's trials and tribulations," his family said.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
All three Army veterans were Philadelphians who distinguished themselves in combat for their heroism and coolness under fire. Two - William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron - were portrayed in the HBO World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, first aired in 2001. The third, Michael J. Crescenz, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the only Philadelphian to receive the nation's highest commendation during the Vietnam War. Now, projects aimed at remembering all three with bronze statues are moving closer to completion at locations in the city and Delaware County, supporters said.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Lowry, 71, of Langhorne, founder of a center in Philadelphia that provided training and counseling services to thousands of military veterans and operated transitional housing for homeless veterans, died at home Sunday, April 12, of pancreatic cancer. Mr. Lowry, a Vietnam War-era veteran, in 1980 founded the Vietnam Veterans Multi-Service Center, now Philadelphia Multi-Service & Education Centers Inc. The organization operates programs out of a five-story facility at Fourth and Race Streets in Center City, as well as transitional housing for men and women on the grounds of the Coatesville VA Medical Center.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sandy Grady, 87, a respected Philadelphia journalist acclaimed for his sportswriting who also covered politics and seven presidents, died Tuesday, April 14, in Reston, Va., after a long battle with kidney cancer. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Grady arrived in Philadelphia in 1957 to weave tales at the Philadelphia Daily News and then the Bulletin. Frank Bilovsky, a former Bulletin sportswriter, said of Mr. Grady: "He destroyed my 1950s stereotypical view of Southern white men as backward, right-wing bigots.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TOM LEVINS once told a reporter that the battle for Hill 875 at Dak To in Vietnam in the autumn of 1967, was "probably the longest four days of my life. It was just horrible. " His outfit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, lost a fifth of its total strength in the desperate fight by American airborne forces against regular North Vietnam troops and the Vietcong. "He went into the Army a happy-go-lucky guy," said his brother, Robert. "He was different when he came back. He had a lot of issues.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nancy Sloane Coates, 94, of Haverford, whose Community Clothes Charity raised millions of dollars for Philadelphia-area causes, died Thursday, March 12, of congestive heart failure at home. Mrs. Coates was born in New York City in 1920 to the family that founded W. & J. Sloane, an interior decorator and furnishings business. The chain's flagship was at 19th Street and Broadway; its designers decorated the White House and the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., during the 1890s. As a young woman, Mrs. Coates was inspired by Florence Nightingale.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Tax time can be especially stressful for military families. But servicemen and women are allowed extra time to file and are eligible for free filing help. If you're serving outside the United States (including Puerto Rico) as of April 15, 2015, you're granted an automatic two-month extension to file tax returns. If that's not enough time, by submitting Form 4868 to the IRS, you can extend filing by an additional four months, according to the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association.
SPORTS
March 10, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers can increase the likelihood that they will have a successful future with one simple move: General manager Sam Hinkie must re-sign Jason Richardson to a one- or two-year deal. I'm not saying that the 34-year-old should retain his starting shooting-guard spot. Instead, the Sixers (14-49) need to give that to a draft pick or someone younger than Richardson to see if that person fits into their long-term plans. But Richardson needs to stay. Now that the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder is healthy again, his work ethic alone will make the Sixers a harder-working team.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE WAS something strange about that hair tonic Charlie Zebrowski was splashing on the heads of his fellow sailors aboard the destroyer USS Coughlin. A case of it had been sent to him by a cousin when he learned that Charlie was the ship's unofficial barber, keeping the other sailors trim for inspections. There was something different about the tonic all right. It was booze! An honest mistake? Or his cousin's idea of a good joke? Whatever, Charlie soon became the most popular man on a ship that often saw action in World War II. Even officers stopped into Charlie's makeshift barbershop for a cut - and a sip. There was one thing that Charlie Zebrowski appreciated and that was a good joke.
SPORTS
March 2, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The blue tables on either end of the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field are typically used by players for breakfast and lunch. For Paul Clemens, it is where he gleans advice from veteran pitchers such as Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon. "I just sit next to them and listen," said Clemens, who will start Sunday's exhibition against visiting University of Tampa. "I try to sit around and soak up as much as I can. " Clemens said the Phillies veterans are guiding him through the mental aspects of the game.
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