September 6, 2015 |
The parents of a disabled 3-year-old girl who was starved to death while living in a garbage-filled, vermin-infested West Oak Lane house each were sentenced Friday to 30 to 60 years in prison. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd told Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez that he could not let passion influence his sentence, and credited both for pleading guilty in the face of what would have effectively been life sentences. But the veteran homicide judge could not filter the passion and outrage from his voice when addressing the condition in which the dead girl and her four siblings lived.
March 29, 2014 |
The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl whose parents refused to accept a finding of brain death, was honored for courage and perseverance Thursday night at the Union League by the family of Terri Schiavo. The McMath family went to court in December to oppose the removal of a ventilator and feeding tube even after three physicians determined that there was no brain function and a coroner issued a death certificate. A month later, the body of the girl - organs still working - was taken to an undisclosed medical facility, where the heart still beats.
March 21, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A new Israeli law bans showing overly thin models in local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders. It also requires publications to disclose when they use altered images of models to make the women and men appear even thinner than they are. The law, passed late Monday, appears to be the first attempt by a government to use legislation to take on a fashion industry accused of abetting eating disorders...
August 14, 2009 |
A fire ripped through the top floors of a South Philadelphia rowhouse early yesterday, killing a girl and injuring six other people, officials said. Sharonne Harris, 40, who lived in the house at 1920 Carpenter St. with seven of her children, said her 11-year-old daughter, Masha Harmond, was killed. Harris, who was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said four of her children remained hospitalized in various conditions. Some had escaped by jumping out of windows, Harris and officials said.
March 23, 2007 |
In the first chapter of Karen Moncrieff's five-episode film The Dead Girl, a young woman strolling in a field encounters the corpse of a bloodied blonde. Like her counterparts in subsequent chapters, seemingly tangential figures each connected to the corpse in some way and profoundly affected by it, the woman has an out-of-body experience. Death, in its stark finality, redefines and renews her life. A challenging film populated with characters who are depressed, on antidepressants, or strung out on mood-altering drugs, The Dead Girl is a downer with resonance.
August 2, 2004 |
She lived only 8 years, but she did a lifetime of good. Alexandra Scott, the Main Line girl whose nationally acclaimed lemonade stands raised nearly $1 million for pediatric cancer research, died yesterday. "At about 4 p.m. today Alex passed on peacefully with us holding her hands," her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, said in an e-mail last night. Alex's health had severely deteriorated in the last several days, and her family said it knew the end was near. Instead of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Alex had long been a patient for neuroblastoma, an often fatal form of pediatric cancer, her mother said that Alex died at home, sitting on her favorite spot on the couch, surrounded by her favorite blanket and pillow, looking out the window, her mother and father by her side.
September 24, 2003 |
Honor student and gifted artist Patricia Stallworth was known as much for her stellar attendance at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) as for her drawings and paintings. Her absence yesterday led to a chilling discovery. The 15-year-old, known as a "truly exceptional" student, her mother, Patricia Henry, 51, and the mother's boyfriend, James Cofer, 52, were found dead in their home in the 5400 block of Bingham Street in the Crescentville neighborhood.
November 24, 2001 |
Dead girl, injured woman found at AC casino garage A dead girl and critically injured woman were found yesterday afternoon by an Atlantic City casino employee in the fifth floor of the parking garage of the Trump Taj Mahal. The girl, between 5 and 8 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:30 p.m. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. The woman was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center where she was in critical condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
August 22, 2001 |
Police have identified three suspects in last week's early-morning street shooting in South Philadelphia that killed a 15-year-old girl and wounded five people. None of the three - Steve Henden and Rafeeq Smith, both 22, and Felix Summers, 21, all city residents - was in custody last night, and police were asking for the public's help in tracking them down. "These males, naturally, are to be considered armed and dangerous, and we're asking for anyone with information to contact Homicide," Lt. Richard Ross said at an afternoon news conference.