January 15, 2014 |
West Philadelphia charter school chief executive Masai Skief has agreed to turn himself over to federal authorities this week while he waits sentencing on embezzlement charges. Skief, 32, CEO of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, said in court papers filed Monday that he would not dispute federal prosecutors' allegations he had used a debit card to steal money from Harambee after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges in August. Prosectors asked a federal judge last week to revoke Skief's bail because he had violated his plea agreement, which barred him from having access to Harambee funds.
January 2, 2014 |
Lawrence A. Richette, 54, a reporter and author who gained notoriety when he was accused of assaulting his mother, Common Pleas Court Judge Lisa A. Richette, died Monday, Dec. 16, at his home in Southwest Center City. The cause of death is still pending, according to Carto Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Prosecutors withdrew the 2007 assault case. But Mr. Richette had several other run-ins with the law. He was the only child of the judge, who died of lung cancer two months after her son's assault arrest, and her husband, Lawrence J., a lawyer who died in 1986.
December 10, 2013 |
PETER JOHN Williams is a South Philly guy from 3rd and Wolf streets, a Mummer since childhood, a lawyer, and now, a first-time author. His Philadelphia: The World War I Years (Arcadia Publishing) is a photo history of the city that sent thousands overseas to fight while an influenza epidemic killed 16,000 here. "There were so many men in the service in 1918," said Williams, 57, "there weren't enough here to dig the graves. And people were afraid they would get influenza from picking up the bodies.
November 22, 2013 |
Eighteen first graders gathered in Carol Baker's classroom at Hillsdale Elementary School in West Chester for a treat last week - a visit by local author Bruce Larkin. All had read some of Larkin's hundreds of books. Standing at the top of the class was a 6-year-old named Cole, who said he had read more than 200. "I like the nonfiction," Cole said, "so I can learn about stuff that happens. " Larkin, of Westtown, is not a father, but his words regularly connect with children like Cole.
November 18, 2013 |
'Mom always saw me. " By that, author Jennifer Weiner meant that her mother knew who she was and saw her as capable enough to be a "modern cultural icon" messaging other women through social media, journalism, and the lives of her plus-sized heroines in 10 novels to date. "I want to accept my daughters the same way," says Weiner, 43, casually scrunched, with shoes off and bare feet tucked beneath her, on a couch in a Philadelphia hotel. Weiner, whose two daughters are in single digits age-wise, was there to give the keynote speech at the Renfrew Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference last weekend.
November 10, 2013 |
Philadelphia police have identified a 17-year-old who they believe is behind an anonymous Instagram page that for months identified witnesses in violent crimes across the city in an effort to "expose rats," law enforcement sources said Friday. The sources did not name the teenager, but say they suspect he outed more than 30 witnesses in dozens of cases on an Instagram account called rats 215. Before it was shut down Thursday night, the account regularly posted photos, police statements, and witness testimony on the photo-sharing website.
October 11, 2013 |
Authorities searched the Delaware River on Wednesday for a kayaker last seen Tuesday afternoon at a boat ramp in Bucks County. Xiang "Billy" He, 38, of Bensalem, was seen about 1 p.m. at the ramp on River Road in the Torresdale Manor section of Bensalem Township, police said. He kept a moored boat nearby and used a red kayak to travel from the ramp to the boat, police said. His vehicle was found at the ramp. The search for He was being conducted by Bensalem fire rescue and marine units from Philadelphia police, New Jersey state police, and the Union and Croydon Fire Companies.
October 4, 2013
WHEN, IN 2002, Sir Cameron Mackintosh decided it was time to license "Les Miserables" for high-school presentation, he needed a school whose drama program could handle the formidable task of staging the first production. The British uber-producer didn't turn to some palatial temple of public education in an affluent part of the country. He went instead to Harry Truman High School in Levittown, the proto-suburban Bucks County community that for years had been suffering from the collapse of the nearby steel industry.
September 27, 2013 |
A 66-year-old man shot and killed his wife Wednesday night, then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Henry Yip, a retired firefighter, killed his wife, Vicki Yip, 54, in their home on the 300 block of East Washington Avenue in Magnolia, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. Magnolia police responded to the home about 7 p.m. after getting a call from a relative, who had, the Prosecutor's Office said, "received an alarming phone call from Henry Yip. " As they arrived on the street, an officer saw a person inside the home and heard a gunshot.
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hanging out with author Terry McMillan is like chillin' with your worldly, slightly acerbic, super-chatty aunt. In the 1990s, she ushered in the era of black women's chick lit with her New York Times best-selling novel-turned-movie, Waiting to Exhale . The latest of the 61-year-old McMillan's eight tomes, Who Asked You? , was released Tuesday, launching her first book tour in three years. It will bring her Thursday night to the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she will join Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones . "Now, she can write," McMillan says of Ward.