January 30, 2016 |
Ten-year-old Nyr Medina-Castrejon admired herself in the mirror as she twirled around the bedroom in a pretty purple dress. "She was smiling and skipping and so happy," remembers Thomas, her older brother. "I wanted that sister. " Nyr, now almost 13, and Thomas, 17, are each other's best friend. They soothe each other in a world that often feels hostile and sometimes threatening; their unique bond gives them strength and courage. Both adolescents are transgender. Thomas refuses to acknowledge the girl's name his parents gave him at birth.
September 29, 2015 |
James, 9, loves showing off his artistic skills, in particular drawing, his specialty. He also enjoys almost any physical game, but his favorite is hide-and-seek, which he plays with his 8-year-old sister, Emily. Outgoing and friendly, James is becoming more expressive in communicating. He likes going to school, especially art class. Emily is carefree, with an easy laugh. Playing dress-up, painting her nails, and creating crafts are just a few of her favorite activities. Animals, particularly dogs, are important to her; she is very fond of Buddy, the poodle in her foster home.
September 20, 2015 |
A brother and sister were wounded in a double shooting allegedly committed by a 15-year-old boy who was quickly arrested Friday night in South Philadelphia, police said. The victims, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy, were at 27th Street and Snyder Avenue when a masked assailant opened fire shortly before 9 p.m., said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The siblings were transported by police to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where both were listed in stable condition. Police broadcast a description of the shooter, and officers in the 1600 block of South 28th Street stopped a boy matching the description, Small said.
March 9, 2015 |
It was snowing - again - on Thursday when Shakira Wilson-Burroughs called her brother Robert. The two were planning a family trip to Florida to take their kids to Disney World. She wanted to finalize the arrangements, and her brother joked that no expense would be spared. Warm thoughts. Robert Wilson III, a police officer, had to hang up after 20 minutes. It was close to 2:30 p.m., time for him to head to work. "I'll call you back after roll call," he said. They never spoke again.
November 30, 2014 |
On a rainy afternoon in a drafty rehearsal space in Kensington, members of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation were working through some of the more difficult emotional scenes in their new experimental theater piece. Then someone called for a naked dance party. "That happens sometimes," director Alex Torra said, shrugging, as the performers shed their clothes and began to thrash, twist, and twerk. "Go ahead and put your clothes back on," he said as they caught their breath and one wondered aloud about the location of her pants.
September 26, 2014 |
IN "THE SKELETON Twins," Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig turn their old "SNL" rapport into a convincing brother/sister dynamic. Be advised, though, this is not strictly or even mainly a comedy - Milo (Hader) has just attempted suicide, and the movie's opening shots tell you that Maggie (Wiig) is thinking along the same lines. And Milo's botched suicide is only his latest failure - he's an unemployed actor, he's just been dumped, and since his future in L.A. looks bleak, he agrees to move back to upstate New York and bunk with Maggie and her new husband, Lance (a Luke Wilson sighting!
July 28, 2014 |
Three times a week Lee Yeash of Lumberton puts her black Lab, Rookie, in the car and drives to a dirt road in the Pinelands of Atlantic County. Blocked by two metal gates and a sign that reads, "No Unauthorized Access," the road into the Franklin Parker Preserve might seem uninviting. But hikers are welcome, and beyond those gates lies a vast and nearly pristine expanse of woods and sunlit lakes and meadows rippling these days with switchgrass and sedge, wild blueberries, redroot plants, leatherleaf bushes, jack pines, and white cedars that 20 years ago was cratered with cranberry bogs.
May 22, 2014 |
IN A MONTH, Ashley Wilson and Lindsay Vandermay, both 29, of Fairmount, will celebrate yet again. Having visited City Hall after work yesterday to receive their marriage license, the two women will walk down an aisle in the Outer Banks - the wedding they've been planning for the past two years of their five-year relationship. "For me, it just feels like we're everyone else," Wilson said after obtaining the license. She was referring to U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III's decision to strike down Pennsylvania's 1996 ban on same-sex marriage, which he called "unconstitutional" in a statement issued yesterday.
December 8, 2013 |
Standing at the pulpit, Mariah Loper recalled, in a small shaking voice, the day she went to the airport to greet her older cousin, a Marine fighting in Afghanistan. Her hero was finally home. "I still remember holding up the 'Welcome Home Timmy' sign," Mariah Loper said Friday, looking down at the casket draped in an American flag. "I cherished every moment we spent together. . . . He made us so proud, and he will always be our Marine. " Timothy Loper Jr. was laid to rest Friday after a packed funeral attended by family, friends, community members, and fellow servicemen.
October 31, 2012 |
'This is a town that's always been good at making stuff up," says Jamie J. Brunson. "Try the Declaration of Independence. Try the Constitution. Philly is a town that's always been built on its stories. " Brunson is executive director of the First Person Arts Festival, which, in its 11th annual installment, will soon gather professional storytellers from all over, in a fresh entertainment genre that's also maybe the oldest. Growing outward from meccas such as Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago, storytelling has been its own genre for decades now. It's a branch on a family tree that includes stand-up comedy, sketch, slam poetry, rap, and hip-hop.