March 14, 2013 |
Danielle McMonagle's semester as a communications intern at the Vatican was supposed to be a quiet one. Then her new boss, Pope Benedict XVI, announced his retirement on the day she was to start, and all heaven broke loose. "It's been pretty crazy ever since," the Villanova University junior said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, she had watched as 115 cardinals from around the world filed into the Sistine Chapel to begin choosing Benedict's successor. But McMonagle, of Moorestown, was no mere face in the crowd at St. Peter's Square.
March 12, 2013 |
A LIFE ON the road ended in the blood-soaked parking lot of the Last Chance Saloon in Camden County. Authorities say Francis Panetta Jr., a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club, was stabbed in the leg outside the biker bar on the White Horse Pike in Chesilhurst just beore 11 p.m. Friday. The stabbing severed a major artery near his knee, authorities said, and Panetta, 44, was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. at a nearby hospital. "Him and another guy got in a fight," said Manny Corti, the bar's owner.
March 1, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which criticized electric utilities for insufficient social media outreach during several 2011 tropical storms, has finally joined the Twittersphere itself. The PUC on Thursday launched a Twitter page - @PA_PUC - as well as a Facebook page for PAPowerswitch.com, its website that assists customers shopping for competitive electrical suppliers. "We think this is an ideal time to ramp up our communications efforts, and the use of Facebook and Twitter is bringing us into the 21st century," PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson said in a video news release.
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.
February 14, 2013 |
THEY ARE burly, tattooed men with soft spots for neglected animals, but members of Justice Rescue took the outlaw-biker mystique too far and broke the law, authorities say. According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, Justice Rescue members Russell Wayne "Wolf" Harper and Robert John "House" Lewis were arrested Tuesday and charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy for allegedly taking a pit bull in...
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.
February 7, 2013 |
"Shame on you Hospital and whole America!" "You can not be so arrogant as Croatia can be generous!" "How can you be so cruel????!!???????" "America has always been laughing matter in entire world with their 'pay for health' policy . . . " "Go f--- yourself!" The Facebook page for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was overflowing this morning with nasty comments related to the case of a little Croatian girl with cancer. Nora Situm, 5, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to reports, and, to try to save her life, a campaign in the economically distressed Balkan country collected contributions from thousands of people, raising $600,000 to pay for experimental treatments.
January 31, 2013 |
Workers who gripe about the boss or their colleagues on Facebook may again be at risk of getting fired unless a U.S. appeals court decision is reversed. The National Labor Relations Board ruled last year that employees can use social media to complain or comment on management, without retribution. The decision was among 220 issued in 2012 by the five-member board, three of whose appointments were ruled invalid last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. "It puts all of the board's actions into question," said Jeffrey Hirsch, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. "If you're an employee who's been fired, and you want your job back, you're not going to get it until this is resolved.
January 29, 2013 |
THE SEARCH continues for a beloved New Hope bartender who disappeared without a trace over the weekend. Sarah Majoras, 39, was last seen crossing the bridge from New Hope to Lambertville, N.J., on foot - headed toward her home in Lambertville - about 2 a.m. Saturday after she left John and Peter's Bar, on Main Street in New Hope, according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office. She was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Majoras, who works at John and Peter's, is 5 feet 4, 140 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes.
January 22, 2013 |
NOW THIS IS a Rocky Mountain low. A Trenton man flew from Philadelphia International Airport to Denver on Friday to meet what he believed was an underage teen, according to Colorado authorities. Instead, Edward Gutierrez, 38, was met by Colorado investigators who charged him with luring a child and Internet sexual exploitation of a child, according to the Jefferson County, Colo., District Attorney's Office. Gutierrez came to the attention of Colorado authorities when he accepted a friend request on Facebook from a 13-year-old girl in November, police said.