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Ex-firefighter dies; faced trial in road-rage slaying

Gerard M. Shaffer Sr., the former Philadelphia firefighter facing murder charges in connection with an April 2010 road-rage incident in the Far Northeast, died suddenly last week.


Father Judge sickness remains a mystery

Normal activity resumed at Father Judge High School late last week, but the investigation into a hazardous materials scare at the school on Dec. 4 and 5 has revealed little about the cause.


Special salute for teen

Boy Scout Troop 444 and the family of Jared Celona congratulate his achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Court of Honor was held Dec. 3 at St. Christopher School in Somerton. 


Budding Ballerina

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan’s devotion and her roles in ‘The Nutcracker’ make one thing clear. The teen’s pursuit of a ballet career keeps her on her toes.


Fire damages Frankford homes

Flames inside a Frankford rowhouse caused heavy property damage but no injuries on Saturday afternoon, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.


Ho! Ho! Ho! The IRS has leftover money this year!

Who would have guessed a happy holiday story would come out of the federal government? One has. Santa’s helpers at the Internal Revenue Service have more than 153 million bucks they’re itching to distribute.


Everybody’s a winner at basketball fund-raiser

State Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kevin Boyle raised $2,560 for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Survivors Fund last weekend during a youth basketball tournament at Abraham Lincoln High School.


Butkovitz encourages Tacony Civic to report government fraud

The city controller had plenty to say about other city issues as well.


Willits Road bridge work is in your future

The bridge that carries Willits Road over the Wooden Bridge Run will be reduced to one lane while repairs are made — in mid-2014.


Anne Frank School stumps for votes to vie for computers

The faculty and staff at Anne Frank Elementary School are hoping Northeast residents will help the Bowler Street school get $10,000 to buy some new classroom computers.