December 29, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In January 2009, noted Philadelphia musician Bill Jolly wrote in his journal that he wanted to be able to "travel anywhere at the drop of a dime, and not have to worry about the cost. " "Don't ask me why I wrote that. I just wanted to be able to go," Jolly said. And with a little wit, planning, and the use of his musical skills, Jolly made that bold dream a reality. Nearly five years later, Jolly has traveled to close to 50 destinations around the world, from Aruba to Beijing to Johannesburg and Sydney - all free.
December 28, 2014
Jack Eichel and Chase DeLeo scored in a shootout to help the U.S. men's hockey team beat defending champion Finland, 2-1, on Friday in their round-robin opener in the World Junior Championship in Montreal. Eichel is a freshman at Boston University, and DeLeo plays for Portland in the Western Hockey League. "We knew it was going to be a tough game," said Eichel, a top prospect in the 2015 NHL draft. "They're the defending champs, and you've got to give them a lot of credit.
December 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The SEPTA officers went to Hahnemann University Hospital on Friday bearing gifts fit for a baby born on the Market-Frankford El: a T-shirt with a SEPTA logo and a stuffed train car. Yanjin Li recognized them immediately. "I remember you!" she exclaimed as they walked into the room. On Christmas, Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James sprung into action as Li went into labor on a train at 15th and Market Streets - and helped deliver a healthy baby boy now named, fittingly, Chris.
December 26, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-2513
"PHILLY, MY baby is coming!" A young mother-to-be screamed those frenzied words last night inside a packed Market-Frankford El train as it pulled into 15th and Market streets. Moments later, in the arms of a SEPTA Transit Police officer, her baby boy started to do some screaming of his own. And right behind them, watching the Christmas miracle, was Sunny Ali, a West Philly musician. "Some people started tearing up, saying, 'Merry Christmas,' " Ali, 29, told the Daily News . "Honestly, I started tearing up a bit, too. I was just so overwhelmed.
December 25, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Angelakis, Comcast Corp.'s financial guru and vice chairman, was named one of the nation's top chief financial officers by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The Journal rated him third, based on Comcast's return on invested capital, operating margin, dividend growth, and share buybacks over the last three years. The top two CFOs were Karen Hoguet of Macy's Inc. and Robert Knight of Union Pacific Corp. The Journal evaluated the financial performance of the companies in the S&P 500 index.
December 24, 2014
SIX FAMILY members slaughtered by a Montgomery County man who then took his own life. One hundred forty-three, mostly children, killed in a Pakistan school by the Taliban. One hundred sixty-five children kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Two New York police shot in cold blood. And that's just last week. The world is never exactly a sane place, but lately it seems that the madness has increased. Few corners of the world are free from strife, from unbearable tensions.
December 23, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Students at William Tennent High School didn't know what it takes to run a supermarket - until one opened on campus. Inside the Warminster school, a one-room ShopRite offers the snacks, drinks, and laundry detergent students and staff can buy at a bigger version of the supermarket a mile away. But this ShopRite - designed in the chain's signature red, yellow, and black - is about more than the customer. The mini-branch at Tennent, which opened in October, is part of an internship and career program aimed at giving students a taste of work in the real world.
December 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23, for Phyllis Jean Lewis Prible, 82, a longtime resident of Malvern and a world traveler who died at home Friday, Nov. 14, of complications from liver disease. Born in Huntington, Ind., to Roscoe R. and Mildred Lewis, Mrs. Prible moved to Malvern in 1967 and remained there for 47 years. Her life was centered on her family. She and husband, Glen V. Prible, were four days short of celebrating their 64th anniversary. They had never spent an anniversary apart, said her daughter Susan P. Warmuth.
December 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued. On Tuesday, 61-year-old Melvin McIlwaine pleaded guilty to cheating White of his worldly possessions, clearing the way for the retiree who served in the Battle of the Bulge to put his life back together. The guilty plea came at "the eleventh hour," just as jury selection was about to begin for McIlwaine's criminal fraud trial, said Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cooper Nixon.
December 17, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
World Café Live isn't an inherently quiet space. Even when conversations at the bar are at a minimum, the clinking of glasses and silverware and the ordering of drinks tend to create a background din for lower-volume performances. But the packed crowd seemed to hold its collective breath from the moment the Brad Mehldau Trio took the stage Friday night, maintaining a near-complete silence for the entire 100-minute performance. The pianist and his triomates - bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard - have inspired just that sort of hushed reverence for the decade they've been together (twice that, if you include the equally lauded tenure of former drummer Jorge Rossy)
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