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August 11, 2016 | By Melanie Burney and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
Several years ago, Mashanda Johnson began warning a childhood friend that "if something ever happens to me, it's going to be Ruben. " Her worst fears came true Monday night in a quiet Burlington County town. Police say Ruben Johnson Jr., 50, fatally shot his wife, 48, and their son, 10, in the couple's Burlington Township home, and then turned the gun on himself. Moments before, Ruben Johnson had called his brother and said, "I just killed my family. I'm about to kill myself.
LIVING
April 14, 2010 | By Samantha Melamed FOR THE INQUIRER
In the 1960s, drug dealers and street crime came to Thomas Glennon's North Philadelphia neighborhood, a place rapidly earning its nickname - the Badlands. "People who had walked their dogs every night for 40 years suddenly were being assaulted on the street for the change in their pockets," said Glennon, who grew up at Fifth and Allegheny. His family moved away, along with anyone else who had the means to do so. These days, Glennon, 65, and 400 other members of the Nicetown-Tioga diaspora are back together on Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013
A PHOTO of Emmett Till's casket that I saw on Facebook last week chilled me to my core. I was reminded of that tragedy from our nation's history of a 14-year-old boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi during the summer of 1955, who offended a white woman and who wound up paying with his life. Next, I found myself staring at a photo of the Bryant Grocery and Meat Market, where Till and the shop owner's wife, Carolyn Bryant, whom Till is said to have whistled at, had encountered each other.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
Neil Geckle posted on his Facebook page that he likes to come home and "relieve myself of the days stresses" by looking at his Twi'lek bikini calendar. According to "Wookieepedia" — the Star Wars version of Wikipedia — the Twi'leks are a humanoid race of aliens, and the females are considered exceptionally beautiful. As strange as that is, Radnor police said Geckle, 19, had an even more disturbing pastime. He allegedly took photos of high school girls from Facebook, masturbated to them and then took pictures of his penis next to each girl's photo after the act. He then posted those photos to the girls' Facebook pages, police said.
NEWS
September 28, 2011 | BY JASON NARK & WILLIAM BENDER, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
THE PAGAN stationed on a corner of Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood stood with his burly arms crossed over his belly, guarding the infamous motorcycle club's hotel-turned-fortress like a living, breathing gargoyle. Behind him, yellow caution tape and blue tarps draped the Binns Motor Inn - a signal from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club for "citizens" and nosy cops to keep out during the 2011 Roar to the Shore biker rally this month. It's the same hotel where federal prosecutors say that leaders of the Pagan's Long Island chapter at last year's rally told their minions to prepare for death or prison as they plotted a hand-grenade attack on the rival Hells Angels.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
SEARCHERS returned from the forests and fields Sunday night, their voices hoarse from calling Autumn's name, and those who loved her the most huddled close together in Clayton, holding fast to hope. Meanwhile, at 8:16 p.m., a 15-year-old Clayton boy logged onto Facebook and, along with nearly 17,000 other people across the country, clicked "Like" on the FIND AUTUMN PASQUALE page. But authorities say Justin Robinson knew exactly where Pasquale was - because he allegedly had lured her to his home on East Clayton Avenue on Saturday afternoon and then beat and strangled the seventh-grader with the help of his brother, Dante Robinson, 17, before they stuffed her into a blue recycling container.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man who posted a controversial video last year purporting to show police abuse was arrested late Wednesday amid accusations that he posed as a police officer himself and threatened people with a gun. Tony Soto, 29, allegedly got into a dispute over a parking space behind his home in the 6200 block of Castor Avenue in Oxford Circle around 10:30 p.m. Police said an argument ensued between Soto and a man and woman over the parking spot....
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Carole Ann Scaldeferri Spada, 70, of Newtown Square, a regular dancer on American Bandstand from 1957 to 1961, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of congestive heart failure at a Springfield hospital. Her husband, Richard Spada, said Mrs. Spada was recovering from a minor stroke she had suffered earlier when she became ill on the way to church. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where she died, her husband said. "When the doctor told me the news, I was heartbroken," her husband said.
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Some Bernie Sanders supporters are planning to camp out in South Jersey while protesting at the Democratic National Convention here next month. Laurie Cestnick, who has been organizing Sanders supporters through an Occupy DNC Convention July 2016 Facebook page, said protesters were "starting to book up all the campsites" as other lodging options fill up. Cestnick, who volunteered on phone banks for Sanders and lives outside Boston, said she...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER NBC10 reporter Marisa Brahney , who's now at New Jersey's News 12, had some tragic news to share on her Facebook yesterday: Brahney lost her baby girl shortly after birth. "After a perfect and fast labor, our little girl Charlotte Madison was born early Saturday morning, but had breathing complications at birth," Brahney wrote on her Facebook page. "After 2 hours of working on her they couldn't save our little girl and we lost her. We are devastated and heartbroken.
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August 11, 2016 | By Melanie Burney and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
Several years ago, Mashanda Johnson began warning a childhood friend that "if something ever happens to me, it's going to be Ruben. " Her worst fears came true Monday night in a quiet Burlington County town. Police say Ruben Johnson Jr., 50, fatally shot his wife, 48, and their son, 10, in the couple's Burlington Township home, and then turned the gun on himself. Moments before, Ruben Johnson had called his brother and said, "I just killed my family. I'm about to kill myself.
NEWS
August 7, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to my husband, "Mark," for 20 years. My best friend, "Eric," is a gay man. For some reason, Mark is threatened by my friendship with Eric. Whenever Eric calls or texts, my husband becomes resentful. It has reached the point that I feel like I need to hide phone calls and texts, and sneak around in order to talk to my friend. I have always been faithful, honest and open with Mark about everything, and I am very uncomfortable having to hide my friendship with Eric from him. Mark does not feel this way about any of my female friends.
NEWS
August 2, 2016
LAST WEEK, we cringed when we heard a report that Philadelphia police were dousing protesters at the Democratic National Convention with water from fire hydrants. Our immediate thought was that training high-pressure fire hoses on protesters was a bad idea, a throwback to the bad old days. It turned out our initial impression was wrong. The police weren't trying to disperse the protesters who were marching down Broad Street. They were using the hydrants to create gentle showers of water to give marchers some relief from the scorching heat.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A large snake, believed to be a boa constrictor, that had been at large in Paulsboro has been found, police announced Wednesday night. Earlier, the Paulsboro Police Department had warned residents about the snake, said to be 10-12 feet long and weighing about 60 pounds, and asked the public for help in locating the reptile. On Tuesday night, it was spotted under the porch of a house in the 200 block of East Jefferson Street, the department said on its Facebook page. On Wednesday night, the police posted on Facebook: "This just in!
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
In the aftermath of the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night and amid heightened tensions between police and some activists, a woman and her son stopped by the Lower Merion Police Department in Ardmore on Friday with stacks of pizza. "Our hearts are heavy today but bellies full thanks to [the mother and son] who delivered the Police Department delicious pizza from Bella Italia," the Police Department wrote on its Facebook page that afternoon. On Saturday, the department noted on Facebook that another Montgomery County woman stopped by with her daughter and treated officers to coffee and doughnuts.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
"You reap what you sow. " That's Paul Kuzan's favorite quote, according to his Facebook page. Kuzan, who allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow Sunday night in Northeast Philadelphia, professed Christian faith but dabbled in drugs, alcohol, and prostitutes, his ex-wife's father said Tuesday. "He claims that he was into religion," said Richard Orr. "But every commandment that I know of he broke, including, 'Thou shalt not murder.' " Kuzan, 41, was charged with murder and possessing instruments of a crime in the death of his wife of nine days, Pamela Nightlinger, 42. Police said Kuzan shot her with a high-velocity crossbow as she sat in a chair at their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
The Folcroft police officer who was shot seven times Friday morning gave a spirited shout-out to police, the medical community, and country singer Kenny Chesney on Saturday from his hospital bed. Christopher Dorman's uplifting greeting was via video aired by 6ABC. "I'd like to thank all the police, paramedics, and the doctors - and hey, Kenny, don't forget me" said Dorman, a gruesome wound visible across his left cheek and jaw. He originally had planned to attend Chesney's concert Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Some Bernie Sanders supporters are planning to camp out in South Jersey while protesting at the Democratic National Convention here next month. Laurie Cestnick, who has been organizing Sanders supporters through an Occupy DNC Convention July 2016 Facebook page, said protesters were "starting to book up all the campsites" as other lodging options fill up. Cestnick, who volunteered on phone banks for Sanders and lives outside Boston, said she...
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
Violinist Itzhak Perlman recently took to his Facebook page over a high-profile issue well outside his usual realm: North Carolina House Bill 2, which eliminated various antidiscriminatory legal protections for a range of people, including those who are gay, bisexual, and transgender, and required people to use only restrooms that corresponded with the gender specified on their birth certificates. Wrote the violinist: "As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally.
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