January 15, 2015 |
FOR KIM JONES, life was about caring for others. The mother spent the last several years working at an organization that helps abused and neglected children. But with the pull of a trigger yesterday morning - a single bullet fired into the dedicated child-advocacy worker's head as she went off to work - that was all gone. Police said Jones, 56, left her North Philadelphia home about 9 a.m. and walked less than a block to a bus stop at 12th and Jefferson streets, just as she had each day for several years on her way to her job at Center City-based Turning Points for Children.
December 30, 2014 |
A Bucks County baby who this year became the namesake for a state law requiring hospitals to test newborns for certain rare disorders, died Sunday, Dec. 28. Hannah Ginion would have turned 2 on Jan. 15. She suffered from Krabbe disease, an inherited condition that destroys nerve cells. "Hannah was called home to be with the angels this morning," said a post on a Facebook page that had provided updates about her condition. "She went peacefully. " Hannah was diagnosed with Krabbe disease when she was 5 months old - too late for a cord blood transplant that could have stopped or slowed its progression.
December 5, 2014
WHEN YOU write anything for public consumption, and when it ends up on the Web in some shape or form, you can be absolutely certain that unless you are the pope (and even when you are) there will be objectionable comments from the peanut gallery. And, despite my almost fanatical devotion to the concept of free speech, I've developed a peanut allergy. That's my fey and not-so-clever way of saying that I'm not a huge fan of the more vitriolic opinions that bubble up from the tarry depths of the Internet, to the extent that I usually ignore them.
November 21, 2014
I KNOW THE NUNS who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I've come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it's always good to reach out to those suffering, there are times when you have to say, "Sorry, but you waited too long. I can't help you now. " That's how I feel about the women who are coming out and accusing Bill Cosby of raping them decades ago. I know that most of the ladies are doing it to make themselves feel better and neutralize the shame they say he caused them to carry through their teen years and into adulthood, but the regurgitated revelations have been picked up by people who advocate abolishing statutes of limitations.
September 25, 2014 |
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.
September 22, 2014 |
The end of school used to mean the beginning of vacation for Dan Helfand. The Cherry Hill East senior would enjoy two months with his mother's side of the family on the South Shore of Long Island, where he spent a lot of time on his boat, at the beach, and enjoying his time out of class for two full months. This year, though, he watched his mom and brothers go away for vacation. Helfand stayed home. He had a purpose. Last season, the Cherry Hill East boys' cross-country team won its first South Jersey Group 4 title since 1985.
August 25, 2014 |
Happiness and relief. Grudging acceptance. Bitter rejection. Upon learning they finally have a tentative contract five years after the last one expired, members of a union that represents more than 10,000 city blue-collar and office employees are reacting with a range of emotions. Pete Matthews, president of AFSCME District Council 33, said Saturday that he was optimistic that the deal would be approved when members mail back their ballots. "You always have a dissident group," Matthews said, acknowledging that some posters on the district's Facebook page have been critical.
August 8, 2014 |
KEITH BELAJONAS ended a fight with his wife yesterday morning in their Drexel Hill duplex by stabbing her and shooting her in the head. After the savage 2:30 a.m. attack, he bragged on his Facebook page: "caught her cheating, she got violent, i won. " When police responded to neighbors' reports of gunfire, they followed a blood trail through the open door and found Christina Corrigan-Belajonas, 28, dead - and the couple's sons, ages 4 and...
August 3, 2014 |
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
July 30, 2014 |
His colleagues knew that Lee Silverman carried a gun, a pistol so small it slipped indiscernibly into the psychiatrist's pocket. And Richard Plotts had a deep history with guns - one that even felony convictions wouldn't stop. Four days after the two men clashed in a shootout at a Delaware County hospital, authorities on Monday continued to investigate the violent office visit that left caseworker Theresa Hunt dead and both men injured. Plotts was still hospitalized, awaiting his first court appearance on murder and other charges.