April 27, 2014 |
CAMDEN Troy Anderson's family wrapped a white sheet around tree bark and wrote notes in black marker to his killer. "You are cowards," one person wrote at the top. "He was only 15 yrs old. " "You took our shining star Troy," one person wrote in the middle. The "15" held special significance: Anderson is the youngest of Camden's 14 homicide victims so far this year. Last year, the youngest person killed was 16. Anderson was shot several times around 2 p.m. Thursday near Yorkship and Congress Roads in the Fairview neighborhood, one of the city's safer areas.
January 14, 2014 |
RADNOR Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Radnor Twp. after discovering the bodies of a husband and wife in their pool house Sunday afternoon. Around 2:20 p.m., police received a call from a male reporting a shooting and a victim on the 300 block of South Wayne Avenue. Police believe the caller was the husband. He and his wife were in their 40s, police said. "We believe it was a domestic-related incident," Lt. Chris Flanagan said. The couple had three children, including an 8-year-old boy home at the time of the shootings, police said.
August 19, 2013 |
Lac cloche. Sø klokke. Jezioro dzwon. Lago campana. When Lake Bell was a kid - and already obsessed with language, dialects, the words coming out of people's mouths - her ears would perk up when she'd be in an elevator, or on the street, and catch someone conversing in French, Danish, Polish, Spanish, some foreign tongue. "My name is two nouns, so I would get into the habit of childishly asking any stranger who was speaking a different language if they could translate those two nouns," she says.
August 2, 2013 |
A JUDGE yesterday rejected a bid by former state Sen. Vince Fumo to put a friend of 50 years in charge of a trust fund set up for two of his three children. Common Pleas Judge Joseph O'Keefe voided Fumo's appointment of Dr. Anthony Repici, once his personal physician, as trustee for the fund. He also rejected a request from Fumo's attorney to keep the case open long enough for the former Democratic power to testify. Fumo is due to be released from federal prison on Tuesday. Fumo's daughter, Allison, 23, had asked the court to either dissolve the trust or name as trustee Sylvia DiBona, her godmother and widow of Independence Blue Cross chief executive G. Fred DiBona Jr. O'Keefe appointed DiBona yesterday, ordering "that all property, books, accounts, papers and moneys belonging" to the trust be delivered to her. "We're very sorry that it took litigation to get to this point," said Don Foster, Allison Fumo's attorney.
July 22, 2013 |
'Family friendly," whatever that term might signify in particular applications, appears to be catching on in area art museums as a marketing concept. The phrase really means "child friendly" - that is, the content will either interest children, or amuse them, or at least not bore them. In the best possible scenario, it might even instruct them. "Family friendly" apparently emerged in the smaller regional museums, with exhibitions devoted to the Muppets, sculptures made from plastic Lego bricks, and masterpiece paintings executed in jellybeans.
June 25, 2013 |
ON JUNE 15, when Jimme Wallstreet's performance at an anti-violence rally in West Philadelphia was canceled, the up-and-coming rapper shrugged it off and stayed at the event. Family and friends said the situation exemplified the 34-year-old's calm nature. It was Wallstreet's even-keeled personality that made it difficult for his family and friends, in part, to understand why someone gunned him down Friday in front of his mother's house in East Germantown. "He wasn't even upset about [the rally]
May 10, 2013 |
Slain taxicab driver Hafiz Sarfaraz was just trying to work hard to support his family. The All City Taxi employee was finishing his nightshift about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was shot multiple times in West Philadelphia, family friends said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to police. "It doesn't make any sense," said Alex Friedman, manager of All City Taxi. "We're all mourning for our fellow driver and business associate.
April 11, 2013 |
In a brief, searing, and politically charged ceremony outside City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, grieving families, heartsick friends, city officials, and union leaders gathered to mourn the deaths of three firefighters. Under the heat and glare of an intense sun, the crowd gathered for half an hour, sharing sorrow and indignation. Initially, the event was organized to mark the first anniversary of a warehouse fire in Kensington that killed Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney.
April 10, 2013 |
AUSTIN L. HOGAN liked to kick back on the rooftop deck of his Society Hill condominium overlooking the Delaware River and burn through books at a scary pace. "He would devour a book in an hour and a half," said his wife, Margaret Leyden. "It was frightening. " Not only books but newspapers, local, national and even international, would fall into the maw of his insatiable greed for information and amusement. And he often would turn from the printed page to his Kindle. "He read everything," his wife said.