May 7, 2016 |
The family of a Vineland, N.J., man who was fatally shot by police last month has hired a Philadelphia lawyer to conduct its own investigation of the incident. Richard Bard Jr.'s family said Thursday in a statement released by Conrad J. Benedetto's firm that the shooting was "just wrong. " "We just want answers why this happened," said Dana German-Bunton, Bard's mother. "There are too many unanswered questions. " Authorities said Bard, 31, and John Bain, 31, also of Vineland, robbed a man near Seventh and Cherry Streets in Vineland around 1 a.m. April 17. Police arrived and chased Bard and Bain on foot, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said.
April 23, 2016 |
Jay Snider said he and his five siblings have been amazed by the love and support they have received since their father, Ed, died April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. "It's been overwhelming," Snider, 58, said this week. Ed Snider, 83, was the Flyers' chairman and cofounder. He brought the Flyers to Philadelphia 50 years ago and introduced millions of people to what, at the time, seemed like a foreign sport. They embraced the game and the man who cared about winning more than the fans in the nosebleed seats.
April 21, 2016 |
A 39-year-old police officer in Haverford Township died Sunday after a sudden illness, his department announced Tuesday. William Albertus, a seven-year veteran of the force, suffered a medical emergency April 10 while playing ice hockey in a police league, said Chief John Viola. Albertus, who was married with three young children, died of natural causes at Crozier-Chester Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for a week, Viola said. "He was a great family man," Viola said.
April 8, 2016 |
JAMES "JIM" THORPE, a former limousine driver and fork-lift operator who cared deeply for his family, died Wednesday, March 23. He was 101. Mr. Thorpe was born July 26, 1914, in Rocky Mount, N.C., to Willie and Lola Thorpe. One of several siblings, Mr. Thorpe came to Philadelphia as a young man searching for opportunities to work. Here, he met Allie Mae Lee Thorpe, his wife of 75 years. She died in 2012. The Thorpes, who lived near 55th Street and Lansdowne Avenue in West Philadelphia, had one child, Jamesina Thorpe-Smith, who died of cancer in 1991.
January 14, 2016 |
MANY LONGTIME residents of West Philadelphia retain fond memories of Uncle Pete's barbecue pit at 52d Street and Baltimore Avenue. Those who were children especially remember hanging out at the pit in the summer, where they enjoyed the delights of free food, snacks, and the best water ice in West Philly. At Christmastime, Pete sold Christmas trees at the same location, and it was no surprise that his family had the biggest tree to decorate on Christmas Eve. A loving family man, Pete - Lawrence James Cook Sr. - "had the gift of creating wide-eyed smiles from his children and grandchildren with Christmas surprises," his family said.
December 24, 2015 |
MAYBE SAM SMITH was familiar with the Postal Service credo: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. " Whether he knew it or not, he lived it. Sam was a letter carrier in Southwest Philadelphia, where his customers swore they could set their watches by his arrival with the mail. "Many joked about how he was the only letter-carrier that no matter how hot the summer sun blazed, he never broke a sweat while in complete uniform from top to bottom with long-sleeve shirt and tie and shoes militarily spit-shined daily," his family said in a tribute.
November 24, 2015
I WAS REALLY surprised to read John Smallwood's article on Donovan McNabb. I've enjoyed reading his columns since his arrival at the Daily News . His "Don the Con" article, however, sorely misses the mark. Reading about Donovan's DUI has saddened me. The first thing that struck me was that his recent behavior was so unlike the amazing athlete, family man and good citizen that we have come to know over the last 15 years. Smallwood's take is that McNabb is a phony. Whereas we see Allen Iverson with all his warts, McNabb hid his darker side so that he could get a job in broadcasting after his playing days were over.
November 13, 2015 |
'I don't feel comfortable killing people unless I have to," says Scary Mob Guy No. 1 to Scary Mob Guy No. 2. It's a typical scene from Esquire Network's brilliant, mordant crime dramedy Spotless . "I saw this thing on National Geographic about karma," Scary Mob Guy No. 1 continues. "If you choose to do something bad instead of having to do it, it increases the sum of negative energy. " The first scripted series from the basic-cable channel, the French-British co-production - which first played in March on Canal+ in France - has its U.S. premiere at 10 p.m. Saturday with a 10-episode first season.
October 31, 2015 |
When Jessica Cruz's coworker walked over to her Monday afternoon and said a homicide detective had been on the phone, looking to speak with her, Cruz knew something had happened to her boyfriend. Omar Lopez, 24, was supposed to have spent the previous night with his best friend and to have returned home that morning. When he failed to show, a worried Cruz called the friend's house, but he, too, said Lopez had never appeared. Cruz left for work with a sense of mounting dread. And when the homicide detectives called that afternoon, "I thought the worst," she said.
October 7, 2015 |
MANNY ANDRADE surrounded himself with flowers. At work, at home, everywhere he went. Even now, brightly colored geraniums line the sidewalk in front of his house in North Philly. They're in bloom, growing, just as Andrade was. He told friends in recent months that he had "finally arrived" in life: a marriage, a home he renovated himself, a schedule that allowed him to eat dinner with his family every night. But two heartless punks took all of that away, gunning down a family man on his way home from work.