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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Local Briefing: Five Stories Fast The burning corpse found yesterday morning in Mount Airy was identified as Samuel Derry, the stepfather of rap star Beanie Sigel, who was acquitted last week of attempted-murder charges. "I heard something go 'whoosh,' and I saw the fire," said Denise Calhoun, 47, who lives nearby. "I had seen two men pull something out of their van, and I thought it was trash. Then I saw the body on fire. He must have been dead already, because he didn't react." The victim was shot twice, before his body was set ablaze. More. ... Testing criminals' DNA means solving more Pa. cases. Take the 1998 rape of an Upper Merion woman. No culprit was found. Then the state passed a new law requiring DNA to be collected from felons. Now a convicted forger stands accused of the sexual assault. More. ... The Moorestown women who were missing apparently "just wanted to go for a ride" and took a wrong turn. They were found in New York City. More. ... Pets, not just people, take part in clinical trials. "I think it's wonderful," said Karen Knapp, who, with her daughter, Devon, recently took their dog Hercules to Penn's Ryan Veterinary Hospital. (See picture.) More. ... During August, Philadelphia International Airport improved its on-time ranking for flights. Now it's only 24th out of 33 major airports. More.