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February 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John E. Joniec, 95, a World War II veteran, retired building superintendent, and, later, a union official, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, of congestive heart failure at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in Philadelphia. After his mother died, Mr. Joniec, a lifelong Philadelphian, left school at age 12 to serve as a produce worker, then a horse-and-wagon milkman, to help support his family. He volunteered for the Army in April 1941. He was assigned to the 19th Infantry Division on Oahu, Hawaii, and was awakened at 5 a.m. for guard duty at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she first walked through the maze of cubicles at the National Veterans Crisis Line in the winter of 2012, Ellen Goosenberg Kent thought she knew what to expect. Goosenberg Kent grew up in Philadelphia during the Vietnam era, the daughter of a Marine who had served in World War II. An Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, she had already made two films about soldiers coping with broken bodies and spirits after returning home from war. This latest project, however, exploring the inner workings of the nation's suicide help line for veterans, surprised her and the film's producer, Dana Perry.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AFTER WORKING the cold, hard streets of the city as a cop, bearing witness to the daily depredations of his fellow humans, William Dixon liked nothing better than to have the sun in his face and in his soul. To seek it out, he took numerous cruises to the Caribbean islands, and also found soothing rays closer to home at his summer house in Whitesboro, in Cape May County, N.J. His favorite time was when his family would gather there for get-togethers, and he gloried in having his loved ones around him. He was a master of the barbecue grill.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A VETERAN State Police officer faces criminal charges after a grand jury concluded that he "breached routine, yet critical, safety protocol" in a firearms-training mishap that killed a young colleague, officials said yesterday. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has charged Cpl. Richard Schroeter, 42, with five counts of reckless endangerment in the death of Officer David Kedra, who was shot during a training session on Sept. 30. Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the State Police, was conducting the course at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Center in Conshohocken when he allegedly pulled the trigger of his "duty-issued firearm" to demonstrate the "trigger mechanics" of the weapon, a new model that the department is supplying its officers, the D.A.'s office said in a statement.
SPORTS
January 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many of the Phillies' offseason moves, via trade and free agency, have addressed starting pitching. They added another arm to the mix Thursday when they signed veteran righthander Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Billingsley, 30, has not pitched since 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of that year. He also underwent right flexor tendon surgery in June 2014. His deal includes performance bonuses. Lefthanded reliever Cesar Jimenez was designated for assignment to make room for Billingsley on the Phillies' 40-man roster.
SPORTS
January 24, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is two franchises and almost three years removed from his seven-year career with the 76ers, but Toronto guard Lou Williams still keeps an eye on the team that made him the 45th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Williams is averaging 15.1 points per game and once again is proving to be one of the best reserves in the NBA - he led the 76ers in scoring as a reserve in his final season here. He said the biggest problem with the deliberately bad 76ers (8-34) is that there simply are no true veterans to guide the young team.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new program aimed at providing legal assistance to vulnerable elderly veterans has been launched by the SeniorLaw Center, a public interest group that focuses on the legal needs of the aged. Karen Buck, the center's executive director, said the program was developed to reach elderly veterans who typically are reluctant to ask for assistance. "We had been getting a number of calls for assistance from senior veterans with really dramatic cases and dramatic issues," she said. "We found there was quite a huge need, but our senior veterans were not reaching out for assistance.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 27 years on Philadelphia City Council, Marian B. Tasco is calling it quits. The veteran politician will not seek reelection to her Ninth District seat, and instead said she would endorse a former aide, State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D., Phila.), to succeed her. Tasco, 77, said Tuesday that she had been thinking about retirement for a while, given her age and recent health issues. She said she was ready to take some time off and help a new generation of city leaders. "I've been working since I was 12 years old," she said.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE MAY 19 DEMOCRATIC primary election is shaping up with some new faces expected on the ballot and one veteran city politician wrapping up her tenure. City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, leader of the 50th Ward, told her committee people Monday night that she will not run for an eighth term in the 9th District. Tasco yesterday said she hopes state Rep. Cherelle Parker takes her place on Council. Parker, who started her career as a high-school intern in Tasco's City Hall office, said she has been in "nonstop" conversations since Monday's announcement.
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