August 31, 2014 |
A squawking, swearing macaw, an anonymous tip based on an overheard conversation, flashes of memory from a traumatized 5-year-old girl. Those tenuous leads led to the arrest of alleged kidnapper Christina Regusters, a Philadelphia police detective testified Friday. "I focused on the bird," Daniel O'Malley told a Common Pleas Court jury hearing the kidnapping and sexual assault trial of the 21-year-old ex-day-care worker. It made sense. It was a clue that was never made public, O'Malley said.
August 22, 2014 |
ONCE YOU KNOW the story, how police say the hulking, stocky robber stalks and targets vulnerable elderly victims, usually hitting and knocking them to the ground, the surveillance video of the moments leading up to the most recent attack is all the more chilling. An 87-year-old man, slight and a little hunched, walks unsuspectingly into the Sunoco store at Cottman and Castor avenues in the video from around 10 a.m. Aug. 13, which police released yesterday. He leans down to pick up a newspaper.
August 17, 2014 |
A Fern Rock lawyer convicted in 2011 of accepting delivery of parcels containing 243 pounds of marijuana has been disbarred, the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board announced Friday. Samuel Foley Jr., 62, had been suspended from practicing law since 2012 while he appealed his conviction. In February 2013, the Superior Court affirmed his drug and conspiracy conviction. Foley could not be reached for comment. According to the Disciplinary Board's report, on June 25, 2009, Foley signed for four boxes delivered to his North Broad Street law office by UPS. The UPS driver was an undercover Philadelphia police officer working with the state Attorney General's Office, and the four parcels contained marijuana with an estimated street value of $486,000.
August 8, 2014 |
All Billy Cress has to do to become inspired is take a walk. The 29-year-old Fishtown resident walks the streets of Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Fitler Square, and elsewhere in Philadelphia. He looks at the houses along them, searching for the unusual and the beautiful. And when one catches his eye, he pulls out his iPhone and snaps a photo. He's an Instagrammer. Cress, who works for a soccer retail company in King of Prussia, began posting his photos on Instagram a few years back with the hashtag he created, #phillyhomeportrait.
July 31, 2014 |
Cory Ambrose remembers his father as the guy he could call at any time, the dad who rewarded him with a quarter every time he pitched a baseball through the center of a tire. Ambrose also remembers his father, Kevin, as the guy with a short fuse, the man who spiraled into drunken and anger-fueled binges, particularly after his longtime marriage fell apart two years ago. "The past two years he was like a whole different person," said Cory Ambrose, 27, of Glassboro, one of Kevin's four children.
July 18, 2014 |
OVER the July Fourth weekend, Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park was alive with the sounds and smells of grilling. Once a year, over the past seven or eight years, about 300 friends, family and neighbors from North Philadelphia have gathered at Lemon Hill in unity and fellowship to share a meal, dance and enjoy the outdoors. On the most recent holiday, Kareem Bryant was overseeing two 6-foot-long covered grills, cranking out 160 pounds of mesquite-smoked chicken or, as he described it, "dancing around the grill.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The moment was staged for TV. Red Sox manager John Farrell instructed White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to wait until Fox returned from a commercial break between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game. Ramirez stepped onto the field at 8:31 p.m. Central time. A lone cameraman trailed him. Frank Sinatra crooned over the loudspeakers. Derek Jeter, a reluctant participant for this national farewell, acted as if he were surprised. But Major League Baseball, in conjunction with Fox and Jeter, plotted the celebration details before Tuesday's first pitch because the Yankees shortstop loathes gratuitous attention.
July 3, 2014 |
SATURDAY BEGINS the Orlando Summer League for the 76ers, and the big topic is Nerlens Noel. The 6-11 draft-day acquisition of a year ago will see his first action as a Sixer after spending all of last season sidelined following surgery to repair a torn ACL. The focus most recently, of course, has been last week's draft, which yielded Kansas center Joel Embiid at pick No. 3. He, too, will most likely sit out the season, or much of it, after recently...
May 16, 2014 |
IN ALL OF THE GAMES and in all of the ways the Union could have thought about getting off its recent schneid, the way things played out in its match Wednesday at Sporting Kansas City had to be one of the least likely scenarios. The Union was riding a nine-game winless streak and going up against the reigning MLS champion, which was tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference with 17 points and undefeated this season at Sporting Park. Philadelphia, on the other hand, had been shut out in three of its previous four games and had not scored a goal during run of play for 360 minutes plus stoppage time.
May 5, 2014 |
Homeless and out of work, Quaris Carter feared he'd never escape the poverty that engulfed him as a child and young man - not without an education. "It's freedom," said Carter, 37. "That's what I always wanted - freedom. " So he sold his blood and used the $30 to pay his application fee to the Community College of Philadelphia, leaving behind drug use and a criminal past. On Saturday, he graduated with honors, earning an associate's degree in criminal justice. He plans to further his studies at La Salle University in the fall.