November 12, 2015 |
Bryan Gabriel must have gotten the drop on his friends a lot in kindergarten. Well before the Neumann-Goretti senior played linebacker, Gabriel was a 4-year-old crawling like a soldier on the floor of his South Philadelphia home. After high school graduation, however, playtime will be over. "As a baby, I knew he was going into the military," said Gabriel's mother, Deneen. "He just loved it, was always curious about it. So when he came to us and said he was going into the Marine Corps, I wasn't shocked at all. " Gabriel, 17, signed into a Marine Corps delayed entry program and will follow a path already traveled by his father, Sgt. Bryan Gabriel (they have different middle names)
November 10, 2015 |
Brenda Nazario was drowning. The 58-year-old mother of three and resident of Puerto Rico's port of Ponce had worked almost two decades as a government social worker but earned less than $800 a month. Her husband, a marina manager, lost half his pay in a public-sector cutback. The couple declared bankruptcy last year. So nine months ago, Nazario moved to Philadelphia for a job with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, the 45-year-old multiservice center on North Ninth Street.
October 28, 2015 |
WE TEND to mock those who are famous for being famous without stopping to wonder how they got that way. As of 2009-10, Amber Rose, South Philly-born and raised, was a Ford model making red-carpet appearances alongside then-boyfriend Kanye West when people started to approach her on the street requesting autographs and pictures. Then Rose, a former exotic dancer at Delilah's, started talking. Philly woman that she is, she isn't quiet, and people - 3.15 million Twitter followers, 8.2 million Instagram followers - hang on to her every word.
October 28, 2015 |
We tend to mock those who are famous for being famous without stopping to wonder how they got that way. As of 2009-10, Amber Rose, South Philly-born and -raised, was a Ford model making red-carpet appearances alongside then-boyfriend Kanye West when people started to approach her on the street, requesting autographs and pictures. Then Rose, a former exotic dancer at Delilah's, started talking. Philly woman that she is (not quiet), people - 3.15 million Twitter followers, 8.2 million Instagram followers - hang on her every word - and selfie, of which there are many.
October 28, 2015 |
The judge presiding over the criminal case against an aide to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said at a hearing Tuesday that he and his wife had been followed and that his house had been under surveillance. Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter made the disclosure before denying a motion to dismiss a contempt-of-court charge against Patrick Reese, who was the head of Kane's security detail and her sometime driver. Carpenter also denied a motion to recuse himself.
October 22, 2015 |
Nobody really sets out to copy Rihanna's style. After all, not many of us could (or should) don a dramatic Big Bird-yellow, fur-trimmed cloak, anywhere - let alone to the Met Gala - the way Queen RiRi did this spring. Instead, we take our cues from the Bajan-born pop star without really knowing it. That's because Rihanna, 27, has a tendency to adopt a new look for a hot second (like a day) and immediately throw it back into the zeitgeist. It may linger on Instagram for a few months - where Rihanna has 28 million followers - before fashion's earliest adopters find the confidence to try it out. And then the rest of humanity makes it ubiquitous.
October 17, 2015 |
Three days after a 3-year-old boy was found dead in the woods in Haddon Township, a sense of unease has spread among residents as authorities remain tight-lipped about how the boy may have died. "People are anxious, they want closure," said Robert Edward Petralia, 46, who searched the streets for Brendan Link Creato after his father, D.J., reported him missing about 6 a.m. Tuesday. "Like what happened to this child?" Brendan's body was found about 9 a.m., three hours after his father's 911 call, in woods near Cooper Street and South Park Drive, about half a mile from his father's apartment.
October 16, 2015 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson had planned to hold his Oct. 29 birthday bash and campaign fundraiser at Xfinity Live, the entertainment and dining venue owned by the company seeking to build a casino in his South Philadelphia district. But after the Daily News made inquires, the councilman's plans changed. Campaign emails sent to potential donors on Oct. 7 with attached invitations featuring a smiling Johnson advertised that the party would be held at the venue owned by the Cordish Cos. of Baltimore, which has been pushing back against allegations that it discriminates against black customers in other states.
September 24, 2015 |
Camden Catholic's Kelli Connolly stepped onto the field, tugging at her green jersey emblazoned with a white No. 22, the same number her mother wore when she played field hockey for the Fighting Irish 30 years ago. Assistant coach Nancy Connolly surveyed her daughter and her teammates, pacing the sideline as Kelli's purple cleats raced up and down the field during a match against Winslow Township last week. While most mothers are watching their daughters from the grandstands, the Connollys transition from their role as mother and daughter to coach and player.
September 14, 2015 |
To reboot his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker last week visited a shrine: Eureka College in central Illinois, alma mater of Ronald Reagan. Walker promised to "wreak havoc in Washington," a goal he equated with his idol's famous vow to "drain the swamp" there. Walker said he would prohibit unions from deducting money for political activity from federal workers' paychecks, roll back Obamacare, and cancel the nuclear agreement with Iran.