November 15, 2014 |
NO PROTOTYPE exists for a hero. No blueprints to follow, no tests to pass. A hero can be someone with a troubled past, a seasoned police detective or a 17-year-old high school kid. Yesterday, City Council honored the heroes of two Philadelphia tales that made headlines last week - the civilians who saved a police officer from his burning car and the men and women who helped return an abducted woman home safely. "We do good things in Philadelphia," Councilwoman Cindy Bass said.
October 21, 2014
LET'S GET IN the gutter for a bite to eat. In another of the myriad ways Philadelphia is evolving, now you can sit in the gutter, chill and eat at a parklet, a platform in a parking space. Here's something the world has been clamoring for. Well, maybe it has. We call them parklets. The first time I saw anything like this was in an Israeli Arab town, where they are called necessity. My family ate lamb kebab and hummus at a table placed perpendicular to the curb while cars - even a guy on horseback - rode by. If it's good enough for an Arab town, it's good enough for Philly.
September 9, 2014
BEING A SOUTH Philly resident for more than 40 years and being a big supporter of the quality of life, I am baffled at Wednesday's front page story, "Disguntinued. " I support the residents who are protesting the sale of play guns from a corner store to minors. I grew up in Point Breeze and I witnessed how the crime decayed a once great neighborhood. But what I am confused about is the timing and the location of the protest. It's great that 50 to 100 protesters came out in the sweltering heat, some carrying lettered signs, some chanting "Stop selling BB guns.
August 29, 2014 |
Robert Dugan Sr., 72, of Marlton, who retired in August 2001 as an Evesham Township police sergeant after 31 years on the force, died of kidney failure Monday, Aug. 25, at home. Mr. Dugan grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1960. He served as a Navy clerk on a ship stationed off Cape Canaveral, Fla., that "would go out and recover" experimental missiles fired toward the Atlantic, his wife, Donna, said. "They loved that part" of their duty, she said.
August 7, 2014 |
The man suspected of killing a 3-year-old Grays Ferry girl in a street shooting last week has refused to cooperate with detectives - unlike his alleged companion, who was talking to police, a homicide official said Tuesday. Brandon Ruffin, 22, was arrested late Monday on the 5600 block of Bloyd Street in East Germantown after detectives received a tip that he had been hiding at a friend's house there, Capt. James Clark said. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder.
July 18, 2014 |
]When her husband died in December, Lauren Davis knew it was time to move. The rent on her rather tired Grays Ferry home was going up, and her landlord was not terribly responsive. The 63-year-old retired teacher's aide feared, however, that she did not have the means to relocate within her beloved neighborhood. "I didn't know what I was going to do," Davis said. The answer was phase two of the Anthony Wayne Senior Housing complex at South 28th and Morris Streets, which was developed by the Altman Group with the backing of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
July 31, 2013 |
PEOPLE IN Point Breeze - hell, people all over - are tired of living with violence, tired of milling around at vigils, tired of wondering when things will change for the better. That's Anton Moore's theory, anyway. And judging by the scores of people who crowded into Wharton Square Park last night, Moore is on to something. Unity in the Community, a local nonprofit that Moore, 27, founded four years ago, held a packed peace rally in the park as part of the organization's second annual Peace Week festivities.
May 3, 2013
JUDGE KENNETH Powell, a judge who has never been elected a judge, wants to be elected May 21, but he has some handicaps. He likes to wear bow ties, and he's a Republican with a bad ballot position. He can ditch the bow ties during the campaign for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas (political insiders warn him voters don't like them), but he can't change his party or ballot position. He's No. 3 on the GOP line, but that hardly matters in Philly, where Dems enjoy a 6 ½-to-1 registration edge.
April 16, 2013 |
THE LINE between life and death is sliver thin on Corlies Street. It was 4:45 on a November afternoon in 2008 when Alicia Colter stood up from the computer in her dining room and took a few steps toward the kitchen to start dinner. She stopped and turned when her then-8-year-old twins summoned her to the living room to watch something on TV. That very instant, a .380 bullet exploded through the dining-room window and whizzed by, six inches from her skull. If Colter hadn't veered, the bullet, which lodged in the kitchen wall, likely would have struck her. "My children called me away and they saved my life," Colter said.
March 2, 2013 |
A police chase from Grays Ferry into Center City ended in gunfire late Thursday night, authorities said. About 10:15 p.m. around 27th and Tasker Streets, officers spotted several men, one of whom was firing a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "They heard the shots," Small said. "They saw the muzzle flash. " The gunman and two others fled in an SUV-type vehicle, with police in pursuit, Small said. A gun was tossed from the vehicle on the 600 block of South 27th Street, Small said.