NEast Links: ER death hearing, wedding contest and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Council held a hearing to learn more information on the death of 63-year-old Joaquin Rivera, who died last November in the E.R. waiting room of Aria Health-Frankford. Rivera, having been told to wait, sat and died over an hour later. A few minutes after, camera caught three men robbing him. In turn, the hospital is defending its handling of the situation.

Continue reading for an update on a 2007 murder/robbery, news on Chile students at Holy Family, and more.


Rosemary DiLacqua and Kevin M. O’Shea, the two involved in the mail fraud of the Philadelphia Academy Charter School, have begun their prison sentences

Joseph Walczak, 72, who survived the Oct. 4, 2007 Loomis armored van crew robbery and shooting at a Wachovia Bank branch at Bustleton and Bleigh avenues, has testified about the robbery that left his partners dead. Walczak remained inside the armored car when he heard Mustafa Ali, 38,  shoot the van and his partners, Joseph Alullo, 54, of Levittown, and William Widmaier, 65, of Fairless Hills. Both men died at the scene.


Seven students from Universidad Arturo Prat College in Iquique, Chile, are researching and developing their own text at Holy Family University to help elementary students in Chile learn English.

Colleen and Matt, a couple competing in’s “Love of a Lifetime Wedding Giveaway,” met as children at Holmesburg Library. They’re asking people to vote for them in a contest that will provide the winning couple with a wedding, dress, cake, entertainment and more.

Our best-read story this week Frankford man charged with setting puppy on fire

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