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December 11, 2011
Talk about multitasking. Blankid Buddy is a children's backpack, blanket, pillow, and, oh, yes, stuffed-animal companion. Think of a stuffed panda, monkey, or ladybug (OK, so it's an insect, but a cute one) without the stuffing, add a zipper and backstraps shaped like the creature's "arms" and "legs," and it's a roomy backpack for hauling stuff around. The whole thing converts into a cuddly plush blanket. The Blankid Buddy also functions as a travel pillow, and is available as just a buddy.
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May 29, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A SOUTH PHILADELPHIA man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder, robbery and weapons offenses in the 2013 shooting death of a young father during a robbery over the victim's backpack. Tyreek McNeil, 23, shot and killed Jose Gabino Aparicio-Jeranimo, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia, about 4 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013. The victim had gotten off work at the Public House, a Center City bar, and had gone with a friend to the South Philly bakery where Aparicio-Jeranimo's brother, Samuel, worked.
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December 21, 2012 | By Brady McCombs and Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY - The reaction to the Connecticut school shooting can be seen in gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation: Anxious parents are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children while others are stocking up on assault rifles in anticipation of tighter gun-control measures. A spike in gun sales is common after a mass shooting, but the Connecticut tragedy has generated record sales in many states. Colorado set a single-day record for background-check requests the day after the shootings, and some online retailers are removing assault rifles from websites in part because of diminishing supplies.
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February 8, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A LOADED handgun was found inside a second-grader's backpack at the Samuel Daroff Charter School on Thursday, the third time this year that a gun has been found in a Philly school. Authorities were called to the school, on Vine Street near 56th, in West Philadelphia, about 4 p.m. Officials told police that a 7-year-old boy was putting a folder into his backpack at the end of the day and made the surprise discovery. He immediately alerted a teacher. "We're currently investigating the specifics of how this kid came in contact with the weapon," said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives.
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August 10, 1998 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
Twice a week, Mary Brady works at Temple University's Paley Library. She stows her backpack - stuffed with her college textbooks, CD player and wallet - behind a reference desk, where she typically stands. Last week, a brazen thief sneaked behind the desk and swiped the bag. But it's not the credit cards, driver's license or pricey electronic equipment that Brady cares about. It's a Hebrew prayer book - a simple blue, hardcover book with gold lettering that's worth almost nothing to a crook.
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January 28, 2006 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Pennsauken middle school student accused of taking a handgun to school was ordered yesterday to remain at Camden County's juvenile detention center through the weekend. Police said the 15-year-old boy took a silver .22-caliber pistol Thursday morning to the H.M. Phifer Middle School. The school's assistant principal called police shortly after 8:30 a.m. after learning that a handgun was on school property, police said. Investigators found the unloaded weapon in the sophomore's backpack after they interviewed several students.
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September 9, 2005 | By Faye Flam INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Who needs electrical outlets when you can recharge your cell phone with a swing of your hips? A backpack invented by a University of Pennsylvania biology professor can harness the bounce in your step to power a cell phone, GPS tracking device, or even an MP3 player. The idea could liberate explorers, soldiers and disaster workers from the need to recharge or plug in. The concept, published in today's issue of the journal Science, evolved from a research project that biologist Lawrence Rome began with the Navy after Sept.
NEWS
September 15, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 22-year-old Guatemalan native was fatally shot for his backpack, police said Wednesday. Selvin Mamerto Lopez-Mauricio was fatally shot when he resisted his three assailants, Phoenixville Police Chief William Mossman said. Police believe the backpack contained Lopez-Mauricio's fast-food uniform. Mossman said Lopez-Mauricio, who had permanent residency status in the United States, was a well-liked, hardworking employee at a Wendy's restaurant in Limerick, where he had worked for about four years.
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May 29, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Wednesday for the 2013 shooting of a man who refused to give up his backpack in a robbery. In addition to murder, Tyreek McNeil, 23, pleaded guilty before a Philadelphia judge to two counts of robbery and firearms charges in the Sept. 26, 2013, slaying of Jose Aparicio Jeronimo. Aparicio, 22, the father of a 7-month-old son and four stepchildren, had emigrated from Mexico eight years earlier and worked at the Public House, a Center City bar. According to Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik, shortly before 4 a.m. on Sept.
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May 18, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
The job listing on Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation website said the position required the ability to lift heavy weights - and the willingness to walk, for miles, through every park in the city, day in and day out, for six months. To Conor Michaud and Gint Stirbys, that sounded just about perfect. So for the last two weeks, the two - Michaud, a gym instructor, and Stirbys, a mover - have taken turns hoisting a 50-pound backpack equipped with 15 cameras onto their backs and setting out to digitally document the city's parks.
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February 12, 2016
Authorities on Wednesday night were trying to locate a 14-year-old boy who disappeared Tuesday afternoon from a facility in Chester County for children with developmental disabilities. John Thomas Parker was last seen walking away from the Devereux Leon Kanner Learning Center in West Whiteland Township about 2:30 p.m. Police said it was possible that Parker walked to a nearby train station to leave the area. His family lives in Washington Township. Parker is black, 5-feet 7-inches tall and about 110 pounds.
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January 8, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Everyone knows the Soviet Union was an ugly, intolerant place for its Jewish citizens. It's common knowledge that prejudice and discrimination had been entrenched in the region since the time of the tsars. We all know it, but it's an entirely different thing to read about it from someone who lived through it, as did Lev Golinkin, author of A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka , his acclaimed memoir about escaping life in the USSR. It's this year's selection for Philadelphia's One Book One Jewish Community, a citywide literary outreach program from the Jewish Learning Venture.
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August 9, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe and Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police in Delaware County said Friday that they had found the bicycle that Laquan "Quan" Lattimore was seen riding before he was reported missing, and also recovered the backpack holding his clothing. The items were found about 1 1/2 miles from where the body of the 11-year-old, who evidently drowned in Darby Creek near Montgomery Park in Folcroft, was discovered. "We don't normally get reports of swimming in that area because the current is so strong," said Folcroft Police Cpl. Christopher Eiserman.
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August 8, 2015 | By Cat Coyle and Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police have identified a body discovered Wednesday afternoon near a Folcroft park as Laquan "Quan" Lattimore, a local boy who had been reported missing Monday. No foul play is suspected, and no trauma to the body was apparent. Police believe the 11-year-old accidentally drowned in Darby Creek near Montgomery Park, said Folcroft Police Officer Daniel White. "We don't normally get reports of swimming in that area because the current is so strong," said Folcroft Police Cpl. Christopher Eiserman.
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May 29, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Wednesday for the 2013 shooting of a man who refused to give up his backpack in a robbery. In addition to murder, Tyreek McNeil, 23, pleaded guilty before a Philadelphia judge to two counts of robbery and firearms charges in the Sept. 26, 2013, slaying of Jose Aparicio Jeronimo. Aparicio, 22, the father of a 7-month-old son and four stepchildren, had emigrated from Mexico eight years earlier and worked at the Public House, a Center City bar. According to Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik, shortly before 4 a.m. on Sept.
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May 29, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A SOUTH PHILADELPHIA man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder, robbery and weapons offenses in the 2013 shooting death of a young father during a robbery over the victim's backpack. Tyreek McNeil, 23, shot and killed Jose Gabino Aparicio-Jeranimo, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia, about 4 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013. The victim had gotten off work at the Public House, a Center City bar, and had gone with a friend to the South Philly bakery where Aparicio-Jeranimo's brother, Samuel, worked.
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December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHANCIER McFARLAND, testifying yesterday as a prosecution witness in the shooting death of off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr., said he and co-defendant Rafael Jones were looking for someone to rob in the early morning of Aug. 18, 2012. Their target? "Someone that looked easy, who wouldn't put up a fight," McFarland, 21, said at the nonjury murder trial of Jones, 25. McFarland, testifying in a low voice and not making eye contact with Jones, said he and Jones first drove around North Philly in a car shortly after 5 a.m. that day. McFarland had with him a .40-caliber semiautomatic gun, which he had previously stolen from a friend.
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July 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
AFTER ALLEGEDLY fatally shooting a young husband and father during a botched robbery last September, Tyreek McNeil didn't lie low or keep his mouth shut. Instead, the day after the slaying McNeil, 22, allegedly told a group of friends that he was the one who pumped three bullets into the torso and upper back of Jose Gabino Aparicio, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia shortly after 4 a.m. on Sept. 26. Yesterday, after one of those friends, Jahmir Carney, testified about hearing the gunman's confession, Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered McNeil to stand trial for murder, robbery and related crimes.
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