August 26, 2016 |
A man who spent 25 years in prison for a rape and murder that a jury concluded he didn't commit, Anthony Wright was emotional and tearful, elated and optimistic. Bitter, he was not. "I worship a merciful God and he forgives," Wright, 44, said at a news conference Wednesday, a day after he was acquitted at retrial in the 1991 death of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. "Who am I to hold a grudge against somebody?" he asked. "I don't do that, man. I worship a merciful God. And I believe in him, and all the chips will fall where they may. We're here today because of that.
August 14, 2016
Police on Friday night were investigating the suspicious death of a 59-year-old woman in the city's Germantown section. Around 6:30 p.m., the woman was found unresponsive by a family friend in a residence in the 200 block of West School House Lane, police said. The woman had blood on her face and waist. She was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. - Robert Moran
August 5, 2016 |
Gerald Sykes, his wife, and their miniature pinscher, Sarah, never heard police knock outside their rural South Jersey home, according to the family, before a state trooper shot him Friday night while responding to a disconnected 911 call. Authorities believed the call, in which the person hung up before speaking, had come from Sykes' house. It had not. In the dark, Sykes and his wife believed the two troopers outside were intruders. "It's been a horrible thing, something no one should have to live through," said his stepdaughter, Diana LaFalce, 56, of Clayton.
August 4, 2016 |
Question: I have gained an awful amount of weight in the last year. I am tall, so I can carry some of it, but clearly not this much. My family is so critical about weight that I have canceled my annual visit. I love them and know they love me, but they will judge me, and I just cannot handle that on top of everything else - I found out my husband was cheating, work is stressful, and my kids are teenagers. I wish with all my heart I were thinner, but I have not been successful in losing this stupid postmenopausal weight.
May 29, 2016 |
Hello there She first saw him across the room at a family friend's wedding, dancing awkwardly. "Who is that?" Farwa asked her sister Fatima. "That's the guy Mom's been trying to set you up with," her sister said. Fatima recognized Shaan from a photo shared with their mom, Kishwar, by Kishwar's friend Naheeda, who is Shaan's aunt. The women hoped the wonderful yet perpetually single young people in their lives might make a good pair. And that right there was why Farwa had refused to know the man's name or even look at his picture.
May 21, 2016 |
HARVEY CEDARS July 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft Day by the Bay (Sunset Park) More than 60 booths. Look for the stained glass. SURF CITY June 16 "Simply Bassing" Surf Bass Tournament (Surf City Bait & Tackle) The premier bass-fishing contest of the summer on Long Beach Island. SHIP BOTTOM June 11, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Memories by the Bay Classic Car Show (Ship Bottom Waterfront Park) More than 100 antique and vintage cars with a back-bay backdrop.
May 21, 2016 |
The Roots won't play the free July Fourth concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year, but the lineup will be decidedly rooted in Philadelphia. The performers may lack the star power of prior years, but most have city ties and aim to create a more patriotic, family-friendly atmosphere, organizers said Friday. Leslie Odom Jr., a star of the Broadway musical Hamilton and a native of East Oak Lane, will emcee the featured concert on July 4. Bucks County native Christina Perri will perform, as will Yazz the Greatest, a star of the TV show Empire ; the Philly Pops; and the rhythm-and-blues band Brotherly Love.
March 31, 2016 |
Brian N. Issadore, 30, of Mesa, Ariz., a former construction inspector in Mount Laurel, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, at a friend's apartment in Mesa. The cause of death is pending, said his mother, Judith L. Newman, associate professor of human development and family studies at the Abington campus of Pennsylvania State University. A memorial service has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Joseph Levine & Sons Chapel, 4737 Street Rd., Trevose 19053. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Issadore grew up in Mount Laurel and graduated from Lenape High School in 2004.
February 29, 2016 |
We sports fans hit a certain age, and suddenly it's the loss column that occupies our attention. Once a distant peal, the constant toll of death and change rings louder every day. A consequential career ends. A boyhood hero dies. A beloved institution is diminished. A sports tradition is obscured by innovation. Week to week, the terrain of the familiar shifts. On Wednesday, with a victory at Cheyney, a niece played what was likely her final competitive basketball game. Throughout the last 15 winters, Katie Fitzpatrick's talents provided entertainment as well as an excuse for the family to gather.
February 20, 2016 |
For Tom Loomis, longtime president of the String Band Association, the best things about the Mummers are family, friendships, fun, and, of course, great music. "It's tradition," said Loomis, who has played in the Woodland String Band since 1977. "My son plays with me, and every year, as we get near City Hall, he'll find me, give me a kiss on the cheek, and tell me he loves me. I still get the chills. " All of those "bests" will be on display Saturday when all 17 string bands parade and perform as part of Mummers Mardi Gras in Manayunk.