July 20, 2015 |
SOME PEOPLE stumble aimlessly through life, hoping to find purpose before their hourglass runs out of sand. Jasmine Wright wasn't one of them. "She had a promising future, she was definitely going to make a difference," said Wright's former roommate at Penn State University, who spoke with the Daily News last night on condition of anonymity. "It's beyond sad that her future got cut down so early. " At 27, Wright already had traveled the world in relentless pursuit of something simple, pure, noble - helping the less fortunate.
July 17, 2015 |
THE LONELY and brutal death of Christina Sankey in 2014 touched and disturbed Ronnie Polaneczky. Ronnie, the Daily News columnist who often has publicized the plight of the lost and forgotten, wrote about Sankey in April 2014. She told how the 37-year-old woman with the mentality of a 3-year-old was found dead on a frigid day in March 2014, half-naked and frozen, sprawled between two parked cars in West Philadelphia. How many other Christina Sankeys does the city harbor? Ronnie wanted to know about those intellectually challenged adults, hidden away and left to an indifferent fate.
July 9, 2015
Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia voted Tuesday to ratify a two-year contract with the owners of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. The final tally of 259-12 was announced by the union Tuesday night. A separate unit representing employees of Philly.com will conclude voting Wednesday. The deal between the main unit and Philadelphia Media Network calls for no increase in health-care costs and an end to unpaid furloughs. The two sides agreed to allow management to exempt up to 25 percent of any group of employee from seniority-based layoffs.
July 9, 2015 |
THE Daily News submitted six entries to the highly coveted Clarion Awards of the Association for Women in Communications and all six won. The accomplishment continues the newspaper's ongoing record of reaping journalism honors. The winners: * Newspaper Feature Story: Stephanie Farr for her portrait of "Philly Jesus," reformed heroin addict Michael Grant, 29, who wanders the city streets lugging a heavy cross. * Newspaper Investigative Series: "Tapped Out," a special section detailing the impact of poverty on the city.
June 12, 2015 |
Joey Lancellotti had the type of baseball season that makes flowery prose clumsy and unnecessary. The junior for Archbishop Wood dominated from the mound and at the plate and helped the Vikings capture the Catholic League crown. That's why the North Carolina commit is the 2015 Daily News Most Valuable Player. As a pitcher Lancellotti finished 7-1 with a 0.67 ERA. He also allowed only five earned runs in more than 53 innings pitched. Last but not least, Lancellotti's complete-game no-hitter (14 strikeouts)
June 7, 2015 |
MAIKEL FRANCO has had quite a week. In fact, it's a hot streak Karen Klein will never forget. Klein, of Runnemede, N.J., won $1,000 Friday night in the Daily News Home Run payoff contest, thanks to Franco's third homer in his last four games. "Please tell Maikel Franco, thank you very, very much," an emotional Klein said. "You just made a South Jersey woman very, very happy. " Klein works in the children's clothing department at JCPenney's in the Cherry Hill Mall. A diehard Phillies fan, she was listening as broadcaster Scott Franzke announced her as the latest thousand-dollar winner in our popular contest.
May 28, 2015 |
MARY JACKSON was a woman of many talents, most of them directed at helping others. Such as her skill with herbal remedies. You have an angry liver? Mary had a remedy. Constipation? Ditto. Respiratory problem? Drink her concoction and you'll breathe easier. Mary wasn't a doctor, but she had made a serious study of herbal medication. She didn't claim cures, but her remedies made sufferers feel better. Mary Elizabeth Crawford Allen Jackson, a 32-year employee in the payroll department of the companies that owned the Daily News and Inquirer, a devoted churchwoman, dedicated traveler and loving family matriarch, died May 14 of cancer.
May 27, 2015 |
A MAN whose 2012 tangle with police led to a grand-jury investigation of two high-ranking cops is back in the authorities' crosshairs. Police obtained a search warrant Saturday on the Oak Lane home of Rodney Handy Jr., 25, police sources said. Earlier in the day, cops had found Handy inside his white Toyota Avalon with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left foot and he was "uncooperative" with investigators, prompting police to seek the search warrant, the sources said.
May 20, 2015 |
YOU CAN SKIP the recommendations that follow, which wrap up our endorsements for the candidates and questions in this race . . . as long as you do one thing: Show up at the polls today. It matters. In fact, given the attempts to erode voting rights in the past few years, exercising your right to vote matters more than ever. You'd think that the threats against voting rights would encourage people to get out to the polls, but the sad truth is that here in Philadelphia, it's the opposite: Voter turnout continues to decline.
May 19, 2015 |
YOU COULDN'T mistake that Texas drawl. Even though it faded a bit after many years in the Philadelphia area, which has its own distinctive accents, those smooth Texas tones were unmistakably Tom Schmidt's. Tom was a newspaperman of the old school - tough, creative, dedicated, the kind of reporter who didn't let much get in his way when he was chasing a story. He was also an editor who specialized in guiding young reporters along the right way to pursue a story, then correcting and polishing their prose after they turned it in. When he came to the Philadelphia area in the 1960s, Tom brought with him not only the accents but also the sensibilities of his native Texas Hill Country, both of which remained among his defining characteristics.