July 7, 2016 |
When 16-year-old Asir Brown was killed in a drive-by shooting at a holiday cookout in South Philadelphia near midnight Sunday, he became at least the sixth victim under age 18 killed by gunfire in the city this year. Now Brown's family and friends are left wondering why his life was taken. "I still don't even believe my little brother is gone," Ameer Brown, 19, said Tuesday. "Why would you take somebody who was next out of the 'hood?" Asir Brown's former coach with the South Philly Hurricanes, Terry Bennett, called his slaying "tragic.
June 10, 2016 |
Alex Law was still too young to serve in Congress when he started running for it in 2014 - a year and a half before he turned 25 in March. And then he got clobbered in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Unlike his First Congressional District opponent, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, the brash NYU grad from Voorhees possessed neither a political resumé nor a political machine. But Law, with a face made for Facebook, quickly became a savvy and sassy presence on social media. He refused to shut up, publishing anti-Norcross screeds on platforms such as the Huffington Post.
June 2, 2016 |
In the U.S. Courthouse, they refer to it as "The Miracle on Market Street," that moment on Sept. 26, 2015, when the work of federal law enforcement officials led to a baby with a terminal illness getting a kiss from Pope Francis in front of Independence Hall. Following her papal peck, Gianna Masciantonio's condition improved, and on Tuesday the 19-month-old was present and lively as her big brother, 5-year-old Dominic, was sworn in as an honorary deputy U.S. Marshal at the courthouse at 601 Market St. The Marshals, the FBI and the Secret Service said they wanted to honor the Masciantonio family and that singular moment that brought hope to many - including law enforcement officials.
March 25, 2016 |
CLEARWATER , Fla. - It's an old joke, an old line: Nobody beats up my brother - except for me. If you're an older brother, you know the phrase by heart. If you're the younger brother, you know that its true meaning has less to do with violence than it has to do with love. Big brothers give it to you straight up. No cream. No sugar. Black. "He's a guy I still look up to, a guy I still learn from," Aaron Nola was saying the other day about big brother, Austin.
January 23, 2016 |
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government $1.6 million for violating regulations that guided three grants it received from the Justice Department. Big Brothers Big Sisters, a nonprofit that provides mentoring services to boys and girls throughout the United States, was headquartered in Philadelphia at the time the grants were received between 2009 and 2011. It is now based in Tampa, Fla. "They knowingly said they had financial management systems in place to monitor use of funds, and those systems were in fact not in place," said Joel Sweet, assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
January 11, 2016
Marcus Allen, 43, leads the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, but when the former pro basketball player applied to be a "Big," and mentor a youngster, his own group turned him down. "I'm the CEO. I sign the checks," Allen said. "They said, 'Well, Marcus, I hate to deliver this news, but you can't be a Big right now.' " It turns out the staff decided that his recent divorce and full plate of duties at the group made him too busy for the job. "They were not sure that I would have the time, given all the things that I was doing," he said.
August 12, 2015 |
Averee Robinson shows his love and admiration for his late brother, Adrian, every time he puts on his Temple football uniform. A junior defensive lineman, Robinson has switched from No. 73 to 43, which was the number Adrian Robinson wore with the Owls before he played in the NFL. In May, the Robinson family, who hail from Harrisburg, were struck by tragedy when Adrian Robinson died at age 25 in what was ruled a suicide. Adrian Robinson played 50 games for Temple and was named Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year as a sophomore linebacker in 2009.
May 28, 2015
LET ME START by saying that this letter in response to Christine Flower's recent column is written with complete bias. However, my bias comes from knowing who and what I am writing about. Unlike you, Christine, I first noticed Jim Kenney 55 years ago. He was hard to miss, as he was the kid in the bed on the other side of the room we shared. Oh, my God, Christine, did that make us domestic partners? Alas, no - just brothers. Whew, that was close. So, let's begin with my problems with what you wrote: First off, it is quite clear that you have had little or no personal interaction with Jim prior to your character assassination of him and his views.