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.
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.
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.
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.
July 17, 2014 |
IF YOU WERE the parent of a student of Linda Laverne Roberson and your child was having some problems in school, you might expect a knock on your door. Linda was a teacher who cared. She never hesitated to go to the homes of students who might have needed an extra boost academically to chat with their parents. Even after she retired, she wasn't through helping former students via her Facebook page. At least 600 contacted her that way with a blizzard of questions. Some might have been in college and needed academic help, maybe the editing of a school paper.
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.
March 10, 2014 |
THE VIDEO begins with the Route 66 bus rocking ever so slightly as its engine hums to life, heralding the start of a depressing two-person ballet. A young mother is hunched forward in her seat, facing the aisle. Her expression never changes: Her eyes are shut, seemingly trapped inside of an invisible fog, while her mouth hangs wide open. Her body droops forward, like a dying sunflower. A little girl's voice cuts through the din. "Mama," she says. "Mama!" She reaches across the aisle in her pink jacket and tries to use her tiny hand to prop up her mother's head.
December 12, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2010 |
A Bronze Star recipient from Berks County, Pa., who was engaged to be married was killed Monday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Army announced Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Sean Michael Flannery, 29, of Wyomissing, was killed by an improvised explosive device in the village of Ghotamudkha in Kandahar province, a Taliban hotbed. Also killed in the incident was Spec. William Kyle Middleton, 26, of Norfolk, Va. Flannery, who was engaged to Christina E. Martin of Raleigh, N.C., was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky. He also had served in Iraq.