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January 6, 2006 | By Dana Reddington INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three "kings" will lead the way today as an annual holiday celebration makes its way down North Fifth Street. Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, commemorates the biblical three wise men and the gifts they brought to the baby Jesus. Each year, Taller Puertorriqueno, a North Philadelphia-based organization that promotes Puerto Rican and Latin American arts and culture, hosts a parade and a party to celebrate. The procession leaves from Taller Puertorriqueno's bookstore on North Fifth Street and moves a block and a half before winding up at the group's theater, where there will be music and gifts.
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December 26, 1987 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
A derelict sleeping on a Center City sidewalk on Christmas morning was suddenly awakened to find himself surrounded by four husky men. "He jumped up like we were going to kill him," John Romaska said yesterday. "Imagine finding yourself surrounded by two black guys and two white guys early in the morning . . . After that we were more courteous in waking people who were sleeping. " The four wise men from the East meant no harm. They came from New Jersey early on Christmas morn bearing gifts - sandwiches, hot soup, orange juice and cake - for the city's homeless.
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January 4, 1991 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Special to The Inquirer
My grandmother, Victoria Zorrilla, was born Jan. 6, 1898, in Oaxaca, Mexico. For years her siblings told her she wasn't really their sister: She was brought by the Three Kings, whose feast day - her birthday - was the holiday for gift-giving in Latin America, Spain and parts of Italy before the neo-Victorian, hyper-commercial North American Christmas elbowed its way into the hearts of children and storekeepers everywhere. Santa Claus beware: Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar are back.
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January 7, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MYRNA LUDWIG
MAKING A VISIT to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children are the musical group El Cano - (from left) Robert Cabrera, Bejamin Serrano and Nazario DeJesus - and two of the Wise Men, played by Miriam Crespo (right) and Leslie Lopez. The occasion was yesterday's observance of Three Kings Day, when, in Hispanic tradition, gifts are brought to children and families gather for feasting to commemorate the visit of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
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September 16, 1993 | Daily News wire services
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND CHRIST'S BIRTH IN THE STARS? Astronomer David Hughes claims that yesterday marked the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Christ - and cites observations by the three wise men as his evidence. "I still think what they did see was a coming together of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Pisces in 7 B.C.," Hughes said in an interview. "Astrologically, if you regard that start as being the herald of the birth of the king of Jews, as the wise men thought it was, you would then have his birth being when these two planets were rising acronically - that is . . . as the sun sets, the planets come up. And this actually occurred on the 15th of September, 7 B.C. "
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January 7, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Tom Gralish
The Three Kings Day was celebrated at Sheppard Elementary School in West Kensington with a play. Children portrayed the roles of the three kings, or wise men, and the star they follow to the baby Jesus, to whom they present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Latinos celebrate Three Kings Day on Jan. 6, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany.
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October 5, 1986
Once upon a time there was a great kingdom in the West that was ruled by a good king and many wise men. The kingdom had grown prosperous by providing tax incentives to industries that created jobs for the king's subjects and to those that modernized their mills to increase productivity. But all was not well. As time marched on other lands in Europe and Asia adopted policies more favorable to industry than the kingdom's and began to flood the kingdom with foreign-made goods. Many of the king's subjects were deprived of their jobs, and there was great consternation in the land.
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December 22, 1993 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In the Gospel according to St. Matthew it is written: "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. " This star, according to Matthew, guided the wise men, or Magi, on their journey. But the question arises: Was what appeared in that night sky almost 2,000 years ago a star, or could it have been a different astronomical phenomenon?
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December 13, 1988 | By MELVIN MADDOCKS
Life magazine asks: "Why are we here?" Good question. Why didn't the rest of us think of it instead of the editors of Life, who made the question their December cover story? Well, almost. The Cosmic Query shares the cover with a story bearing the headline "Elvis' Daughter Talks" - and Lisa Marie is not chatting about "why we are," you can just bet on that. The "dozens of wise men and women" searching for "The Meaning of Life," as the magazine puts it, range from the Dalai Lama to Richard Nixon, from Armand Hammer to Willie Nelson.
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December 24, 1990 | BY JESSE L. JACKSON
As we enjoy one of Christianity's most sacred days - Christ-mass, the mass celebration of the birth of Christ - we must pause to remember its true meaning, and not let it be lost in a cloud of commercialism. What is Christmas about? It is about the expectation of a Messiah, a leader without corruption "upon whose shoulders a government would rest" and "peace without end. " It is about a redeemer coming through the household of a homeless couple. It is about Mary, a teenage mother, and her husband Joseph, a carpenter, struggling to survive.
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January 14, 2013 | By Clark DeLeon
This is my summation on the State of the Mummers Parade 2013: "More fans on the sidewalks. Friendlier cops. Fewer drunks. Less hostility. More kids under the age of 5 marching with dad. More moms in street clothes pushing baby carriages side by side up Broad Street in the middle of the comic brigades. And I saw my first black wench. "Until next year. " I love viewing the Mummers Parade through the eyes of first-time spectators. That look of confused awe, delight, and wonder is priceless.
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January 8, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dressed in red robes and flowing white headgear, Francisco Torres wasn't sure Sunday morning whether he was Melchior, Gaspar, or Balthazar. "Who?" he asked. It made no difference. What mattered was that Torres and his two companions were dressed as kings - the wise men of the East - because that's what hundreds waiting in the pews of Camden's St. Anthony of Padua parish were there to see. Christmas may be a fading memory in many households, even as most Orthodox and Eastern-rite Christians mark the birth of Christ on Monday.
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October 5, 2010 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary R. Barone, 87, of Haverford, a retired English instructor at Villanova University, died at her home on Thursday, Sept. 30, of complications from a stroke. Mrs. Barone, whose lifelong passion was teaching, worked as an adjunct professor at Villanova from 1978 until 1997, when she retired. She especially liked teaching the short story and English composition. Born in Chester, Mrs. Barone graduated from Chester High School in 1940 and earned a master's degree in secondary education from the then-West Chester State Teachers College in 1946.
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December 24, 2008 | SOLOMON JONES
DEAR SOLOMON, Eve and Adrianne, Christmas began at a time when the only thing that could save the world was a new beginning. Christmas began with a child. This year, as we celebrate the birth of love in its highest form, I celebrate each of you. I pause to reflect on the moment you came into the world, to remember the first time I held you, to look back on the laughter we've shared. But most of all, I pause to thank God for the gift of redemption. For you see, it was in learning to be a father that I learned to be a man. I grew strong on the nights when I rocked you to sleep.
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December 22, 2007 | By SOLOMON JONES
DEAR SOLOMON, Eve and Adrianne, Christmas began at a time when the only thing that could save the world was a new beginning. Christmas began with a child. This year, as we celebrate the birth of love in its highest form, I celebrate each of you. I pause to reflect on the moment you came into the world, to remember the first time I held you, to look back on the laughter we've shared. But most of all, I pause to thank God for the gift of redemption. For you see, it was in learning to be a father that I learned to be a man. I grew strong on the nights when I rocked you to sleep.
NEWS
December 13, 2007
IF IT IS more blessed to give than receive, we may owe the Delaware River Port Authority a huge debt of gratitude this Christmas. How huge we won't know until the wise men of the DRPA decide how much more we must give to help offset their profligacy and mismanagement. They may decide to scrape by on what they collect on their bridges and from the PATCO High-Speed Line fare boxes. But there's a good chance they'll decide that they need more of our money to maintain and staff four bridges and a commuter railroad.
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December 24, 2006 | By Alan Cochrum
Given the reaction to the Christmas pageant, I obviously missed my calling. I should have been either a professional actor or a bloody-minded Middle Eastern monarch. Wee Three Kings, as staged by my Arlington, Texas, church, is the traditional nativity drama (with its blending of material from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke), but with a twist: Two modern-day youngsters, Gert and Ernie (pause for rimshot), are accidentally transported via their parents' time machine to ancient Jerusalem.
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November 28, 2006 | By Frank Wilson INQUIRER BOOK CRITIC
Now for something completely different - at least in these rancorous times: a comedy inspired by the Catholic Church that isn't edgy or angry or blasphemous. What Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold - written by Maripat Donovan with Jane Morris and Marc Silvia - is instead is charming and funny. The show, at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio, is a slight work, to be sure, more an extended stand-up comedy routine than a play, but it doesn't pretend to be more than that.
NEWS
November 5, 2006
What's good out there? What have you read, heard or seen in the last month that really moved and informed you? Books, stories, movies, articles, TV, music, etc.? Send us your suggestions! (See "To Reach Currents," Page C3; if e-mailing, put "Things We Like" in the subject field.) Article/essay/speech: "The Perils of Globeerization," by Chris O'Brien in the Oct. 24 Foreign Policy in Focus (http://go.philly.com/beer). Microbrewers vs. the big boys. Book, nonfiction: "The Wisdom of Crowds," by James Surowiecki.
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February 17, 2006
Strategies to keep kids from becoming the victims or perpetrators of violence can take many forms - including art forms. That's the premise behind the All Join Hands: Visions of Peace mural project, whose design was presented in these pages on Sunday. Using the arts also is the rhythm behind the anti-violence message of a hip-hop dance group from Philadelphia that is getting deserved national attention. A story in Wednesday's Inquirer profiled the four, flexible friends who make up the Versatile Dance Company: Vince Stern, 21; Luis Green, 21; Ryheen Thomas, 23; and Andreas Johnson, 24. They love to dance, that is obvious.
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