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.
April 14, 2010 |
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.
April 27, 2012 |
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.
September 28, 2011 |
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.
October 24, 2012 |
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.
April 6, 2013 |
It is not your typical five-minute wait. With each second ticking by, your Facebook page stays the same. Then the red notification flag flashes on your blue screen. Congratulations, you have received your first like on your post. As people post their status, photos, or videos, competition begins with the number of likes or comments they receive. Whether that competition is healthy for teenagers is an open question. For some teens, the problem arises when they realize that their friends get way more likes or comments than they do. Many people have argued that social media websites enhance a person's self-esteem instead of deflating it. Others disagree, saying that social media websites are not a good place for people with low self-esteem.
February 23, 2013 |
To the Bock family of Chester Springs, the Bernese mountain dogs Fiona and Argus were happy, loving pets. To neighbor Gabriel Pilotti, they were apparently pests. And when he found them loose among his sheep last week, he shot them dead. "It was just really vicious," Mary Bock said. The dogs had not touched the sheep. Pilotti could not be reached for comment. As of Thursday evening, the Chester County District Attorney's Office and the West Vincent Township police still were trying to determine what happened the morning of Feb. 12 in a part of Chester County where sheep, horses, and alpacas amble in yards larger than the patches of green in more urbanized suburbs and smaller than more rural farms.
April 26, 2013 |
AFTER FIGHTING lawsuit after lawsuit filed by developers irked by their decisions, the Old City Civic Association waved a white flag yesterday and announced it has disbanded its developments and liquor committees because it no longer could afford skyrocketing liability insurance. "OCCA will continue its various community improvement and outreach activities, such as its semiannual tree planting, cleanup and 'hazmat' removal days, social events and tours of historical places," association President Ryan N. Berley wrote on the group's Facebook page.
June 28, 2010 |
A 21-year-old Delaware County man was nabbed by Denver police last night after fleeing some 1,700 miles from where cops say he murdered his boss at a landscaping company while he was having an affair with the boss' wife. Stephen Shappell, 21, spent two days on the lam before he was captured by police about 6:10 p.m. A Denver Police public information officer had few details last night but did say Shappell had been captured on foot. When he's returned here, Shappell will face homicide and related charges for the death of landscape company owner Kevin Mengel Jr., of West Goshen, Chester County, police said.
April 6, 2013 |
Gone are the days of just buttons and banners for politicians to reach their constituents. Welcome to the new political arena full of commercials, blog posts, and hundreds of tweets. Through social media, politicians are now able to constantly display their message through endless commercials, see direct responses to their actions via Facebook or Twitter, and connect with a single person at the push of a button. As State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) introduced legislation last year that would strengthen Pennsylvania's animal cruelty laws, his camp was overwhelmed with positive feedback from the animal-loving community.