February 21, 2014 |
WHEN RICHARD Leek went to teach at Girard College, he found what many people spend their lives searching for: a fulfilling way to make a difference in others' lives. In this case, the others were students from single-parent and low-income homes, many desperate for the touch of a caring mentor to guide them into challenging lives. Rick, as he was known to family and friends, filled that role as both teacher and coach, not only stimulating young minds but giving his charges pride in their accomplishments.
February 18, 2014
IN HONOR of Presidents Day, here's a little fun Daily News quiz to test and possibly expand your knowledge of U.S. presidents. See what you know, see what you don't know, see whether every answer is "c. " Enjoy. Correct answers/fun facts below. 1: Pennsylvania's only president, James Buchanan (1857-1861), was a lifelong bachelor, likely gay and a die-hard drinker: He stopped at a distillery every Sunday for a 10-gallon jug of whiskey. But another president, who evidently would have loved Pennsylvania's old closed-on-Sunday state-store policy, banned all booze from the White House.
February 13, 2014 |
JASON WENTZELL, who has been a Philadelphia police officer for 17 years, grew up playing roller hockey at the Fishtown Rec Rink and firmly believes it saved his life. "There's two paths to go down in this neighborhood," the lifelong Fishtowner said. "As a kid, I hung around with a rough crowd. Some of them went one way. A lot of them went the other way. "I lived two, three blocks away from the rink," Wentzell continued. "As soon as school was out, we'd go right over there. I was a lot better off playing hockey than hanging on the street corner.
February 5, 2014 |
BRIGHT HOPE Baptist Pastor Kevin R. Johnson, who last month told the Daily News that he may run for mayor in 2015, has decided against forming an exploratory committee. Johnson last week emailed friends and supporters to notify them of his decision. "For those of you who know [wife] Kimya and me, you know that our first priority is our family and the second is the congregation at Bright Hope Baptist Church," he wrote in the email. "While I will continue to serve in various capacities in our great City, at this time, my responsibilities as a father and pastor will be my focus.
January 31, 2014
MILLENNIALS are about to flee the city in droves! Well, that's what a recent Daily News article wants you to believe. The article cites a recently released study by Pew which found that 21 percent of millennials say they "definitely will not" be living in Philadelphia five to 10 years from now, while another 29 percent say they "probably will not. " The Daily News can't be questioned on its facts, but its interpretation is incomplete....
January 31, 2014 |
CLARENCE SHUFORD's prison was one without bars. There was no escape from the hands of his "caretaker. " Whenever the frail and timid Shuford, who is intellectually disabled, tried to leave — once by trying to jump out a second-floor window — Barbara Floods allegedly beat him with belts, sticks, electrical cords or her bare fists. For years, Floods, 48, not only controlled Shuford, 47, she controlled his money. Because Social Security had named Floods as Shuford's "representative payee," she collected Shuford's monthly disability benefits.
January 24, 2014 |
BART BLATSTEIN may get the community non-opposition deal he wants, before his Tower Entertainment's Provence Casino plan goes to the Gaming Control Board next Tuesday. "I anticipate that the agreement will be signed, or not, this week," Kevin Greenberg, the lawyer representing the North Broad Community Coalition, wrote in an email yesterday. Dena R. Herrin, president of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, said the coalition's five-member steering committee voted 3-2 to sign the agreement Tuesday.
January 10, 2014 |
Bill Conlin, a Daily News sports columnist whose writing sparkled with incision and erudition, but whose career ended in the disgrace of child-molestation accusations, died yesterday in Largo, Fla. He was 79. Conlin resigned from the Daily News on Dec. 20, 2011, shortly before the publication of stories in the Inquirer about accusations that he molested seven children in the 1960s and '70s. The revelations hit colleagues and acquaintances with a shock wave that has yet to subside.
January 7, 2014 |
WHEN JULIE Liedman arrived at the Philadelphia Bulletin as a fresh-faced kid out of Penn State in 1967, she needed to learn how to be a reporter and writer for a big-city daily. Lucky for her, there was a friendly, lighthearted and supremely talented editor to help her learn the trade. Peggy Higgins was suburban editor for the Bulletin and she took Julie under her wing. A sharp contrast to some of the gruff and crusty men who ran the news operation for the newspaper that nearly everybody read, Peggy was kind and understanding.
December 27, 2013 |
AGAINST THE backdrop of a gray sky on a bitter autumn afternoon, a woman on Reed Street near 27th quickly unloaded groceries from her car and scurried into her house on the South Philly block. But she wasn't rushing to get out of the cold. Inside, standing in her cozy dining room, she barely relaxed. "Ever since I've been living here, I've got anxiety," she told a Daily News reporter breathlessly. "Every time I go outside, I think I'm gonna get shot. " On her block of brick rowhouses in the past two years, police data show that six people have been shot, two of whom died - placing it among the city's most violent blocks.