September 1, 2016 |
After a 16-day hunger strike to pressure the federal government into freeing them, more than two dozen immigrant mothers held with their children in a Berks County detention center learned Monday that their path to asylum might be a dead end. The 28 women, most from Central America, said they were fleeing violence in their homelands when they entered the United States illegally during the last year, and sought protection. On Monday, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled that the women, because they came here "surreptitiously," are not entitled to a review of their cases and should be deported.
August 17, 2016 |
THERE IS NOTHING sweeter than kids in pajamas on a Saturday. No school or day care to get to, nothing to do but refill sticky cereal bowls and juice cups and snuggle in for cartoons before hitting the swings for outdoor fun. Mark Short's little ones - Liana, 8; Mark Jr., 5; and Willow, 2 - were in their pj's on Saturday, Aug. 6, when he blew them away with the gun he had bought two weeks before. Babies bleeding to death in their jammies. I cannot begin to shake the image from my head.
August 17, 2016 |
LEESPORT, Pa. - About three weeks before she and her three young children were killed at gunpoint on the floor of their living room, Megan Swingle Short had called 911 to say she was afraid of the man who would end up murdering her family - her husband. She told a Berks County emergency dispatcher that she and Mark Short had been arguing. But Mark Short was gone from the family's house in Sinking Spring when police arrived on that day in July. Officers told the 33-year-old mother how to get a protection-from-abuse order to keep him away.
August 13, 2016 |
Immigrant mothers held at a Berks County, Pa., detention center, some for as long as a year, began a hunger strike Monday to draw attention to what they describe as a "desperate situation" for themselves and their children. The 22 women, most from Central America, say they fled violence in their homelands and are seeking asylum in the United States. They have been locked up pending the outcome of court cases to deport them. Erika Almiron, director of the Philadelphia-based immigrant support group Juntos, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a news conference last Friday that the average stay was 20 days or less.
August 12, 2016 |
Willow, 2, was a "warrior" who loved Donald Duck. Her sister, Liana, 8, was "witty, sassy," and the family prankster. Mark Jr., 5, "approved of hugs, but kisses were out. " As those descriptions emerged Wednesday of the three siblings shot and killed alongside their parents in the living room of their home in Sinking Spring, Pa., on Saturday, investigators signaled that their work was nearing an end. Berks County officials did not disclose details...
August 10, 2016 |
SINKING SPRING, Pa. - For two years, the most visible struggle within Mark and Megan Short's family had been the angst, then joy, poured out in Facebook posts when their youngest daughter received a heart transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia when she was only 6 days old. Willow Short was, in the words of her mother, "one amazing little miracle who beat the odds!" Now investigators, neighbors, and others are left trying to understand the more pernicious struggle - an unseen powder keg of apparent domestic conflict - that left the 2-year-old, once expected to die in the womb, dead alongside her brother, sister, and parents in their Berks County living room.
March 30, 2016
Effective Friday, Career Wardrobe will operate boutiques at the following locations: Berks County. Berks Counseling Center, 645 Penn St., Second Floor, Reading, 610-373-4281. Bucks County. 1260 Veterans Hwy., Bristol, 215-781-1073. Chester County. Wings for Success, 490 Lancaster Ave., Frazer, 610-644-6323. Delaware County. 160 E. Seventh St., First Floor, Chester, 610-447-1686. Philadelphia County. 1822 Spring Garden St., 215-568-6693. SOURCE: Career Wardrobe
March 30, 2016 |
For those in the business of helping others in need, the call to do more is often unending. At Career Wardrobe, it came from within. The nonprofit had been providing free or low-cost professional clothing and job-search support to Philadelphia women for nearly 20 years when it adopted a strategic plan more than a year ago to serve more people, executive director Sheri Cole said. First that included offering a small-fee-based service to any unemployed person, not just those on public assistance, as well as clothing assistance for men. Now comes a growth opportunity well beyond Cole's imaginings, compliments of Gov. Wolf's administration.
March 15, 2016
In January 2015, a worker at the federal government's immigrant detention center in Berks County was arrested for repeated sexual contact with a 19-year old who was being held there. One incident was witnessed by an 8 year-old child detainee. Later that year, a human rights group found that the Berks detention center staff performs "night checks" every 15 minutes, using flashlights that repeatedly wake up the women and children held there. That kind of nighttime disruption is especially alarming to the detainees, almost all of whom are fleeing violence and oppression in their home countries and seeking asylum.
February 16, 2016
Authorities on Sunday identified three people killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 78 that occurred during a snow squall Saturday. They are Kenneth Lesko, 50, of Bethpage, New York; Francisca Pear, 54, of Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Alfred Dean Kinnick, 57, of Limestone, Tenn., Pennsylvania State Police said. At least 50 cars and tractor-trailers were involved in the crash about 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the east- and westbound lanes of I-78 in Bethel Township on the Berks County and Lebanon County lines.