April 22, 2016 |
Five students were arrested Wednesday after a handgun and drugs were found at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, police said. The school was placed on lockdown for about two and a half hours while police searched for the gun, said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Around 11 a.m., a student saw a boy apparently selling marijuana to two girls at a trolley stop at Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue. At some point, the boy pulled a gun and threatened the girls, Chitwood said.
February 13, 2016 |
At a brief but emotional vigil Thursday night in Chester, more than two dozen residents gathered to issue a strong statement to the Delaware County district attorney: We don't believe you. Huddled in the spot where 33-year-old Shalamar Longer was killed by police in a hail of gunfire Monday morning - a shooting the district attorney later said appeared justified - several residents said they were not accepting authorities' explanation. Offering prayer and remembrances of Longer's life, they vowed to prevent anything similar from happening again.
January 19, 2016 |
Update: Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of John Brock, 32, a homeless man, in the fatal shooting of a worker at the Shelter House shelter in North Philadelphia. The victim was identified as Edward Barksdale. Earlier Story: A FORMER RESIDENT of a North Philadelphia homeless shelter who had been evicted Friday night because he was high on drugs and became violent with the staff returned to the shelter Sunday morning with a gun and shot two employees, killing one of them, according to police and a source close to the shelter.
December 9, 2015 |
A bullet found in a Radnor High School hallway on Monday was all it took for the school to declare a lockdown, news helicopters and reporters to rush to the scene, five bomb dogs from four jurisdictions to be brought to investigate, and parents and students to send a steady stream of text messages back and forth. "Society right now is so hyped about shootings," said Janelle McClure, a parent who was waiting anxiously for school to be dismissed. She was upset that the school did not contact parents immediately about the discovery.
November 4, 2015 |
BY THE TIME the streetlights clicked on above Marston Street at Susquehanna Avenue last night, there was barely room to stand. It was a warm night in North Philly, warmer than it should be in early November. The kind of night that would've found Saleem West out on the blacktop working on his jump shot, laughing with his friends. Shakur Simmons was often out there with West, talking about their love of Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors. Simmons last saw West late Friday, after they had shared a ride on the bus home from Delaware Valley Charter School in Logan.
October 30, 2015 |
Is there some unwritten rule that if a Broadway musical has enough clever choreography, snappy tunes, and human traffic onstage you can get away with confoundedly stupid writing? Or "stooo-ped" in the gangster parlance of Bullets Over Broadway , the touring musical that arrived Tuesday for a run through Sunday at the Academy of Music. Though Woody Allen is the show's credited writer, I refuse to believe that he authored the many lame fat jokes or that the original director/choreographer, Susan Stroman (whose work is recreated here by Jeff Whiting)
October 23, 2015 |
It's not unusual to leave a Broadway musical humming a tune or two. But starting Tuesday, those heading into the Academy of Music to see "Bullets Over Broadway" (here through Nov. 1) might have some of its songs running through their heads before the show starts, even if they haven't seen it before. That's because the score to the musical comedy based on Woody Allen's 1994 film of the same name is culled from what is commonly referred to as the "Great American Songbook. " Rather than commission a new set of songs for the comic tale of a 1920s playwright who makes a Faustian bargain with a gangster to get his new piece produced, Allen and director-choreographer Susan Stroman decided to populate the score with era-appropriate classics.
September 30, 2015
Editors note: This column has been edited. THE NUMBERS FELL short - about half of the delirium-fueled, maximal expectation of 1.5 million - but numbers aren't the right yardstick, a weary but happy (and relieved) Mayor Nutter told the press yesterday. He's right, and I will cozy myself on his lap like a content pussycat before revealing necessary claws. This was the Philly disaster that failed to happen. There were only three "event arrests" - one for drunk driving, one for a parole violation and one of a "complete idiot" who tried to bring a large stash of drugs in through a checkpoint, said Nutter.
June 8, 2015 |
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.