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.
March 1, 2013
APOLICE CHASE in Center City on Thursday night led to the arrest of two people, who at one point allegedly exchanged gunfire with cops. The car chase began in the 17th Police District in South Philadelphia and ended shortly after 10 p.m. at 24th and Locust streets, where one of the suspects was shot in the arm, police said. No officers were injured. Police said late Thursday that they were still unsure what led to the chase. But CBS3 reported that an officer witnessed a shooting in Grays Ferry and followed the gunman into Center City.
January 28, 2013 |
When did we become what we, on our worst days, seem to be? This nation trampled by poor compromise and misplaced screech, this drowning swell of hyper-caffeinated opinion, this landscape of the random and the ruined. We are increasingly disinclined toward rational debate. We rage about the inconsequential. We want to be heard, but we don't want to listen. We're quick to deplore the mess we're in, and tragically ill-equipped to fix it. Impotence has never been my thing. I believe in the kids I teach, the small heroics of neighbors, quantum generosity, anonymous kindness, in doing something, making something, being something.
January 18, 2013 |
WHENEVER national publications offer a checklist of fun and charming places to visit in Philadelphia, Point Breeze and Grays Ferry usually aren't neighborhoods that make the cut. Both areas have been plagued for years by poverty, blight, crime and struggling schools. Although there's no easy way to cure those deep-rooted urban ailments, Kenny Gamble's Universal Companies has given itself the task of trying to create a path forward for both communities, thanks to a $100,000 neighborhood planning grant it received earlier this month from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.
December 28, 2012 |
Six rivers have been nominated for Pennsylvania's 30th annual "River of the Year" award, which the public can vote on through Jan. 18. The Philadelphia region's very own Schuylkill River is among the nominees this year, with the award's state and non-profit sponsors touting the 128-mile Schuylkill's resurrection from a "dead river in the mid-1900s" to one that "touches countryside and urban life" alike. But the votes aren't flowing as quickly for the Schuylkill in the first week of voting as some of its competitors.
December 15, 2012 |
Exelon Generation plans to retire its 58-year-old Schuylkill Generating Station in Grays Ferry at the end of the year, the latest Eisenhower-era power plant to bow out in response to a changing energy environment. Increasingly, the oil-burning plant at 2800 Christian St. has been little used, said Tim Wirth, a spokesman for Exelon's power-generation unit in Kennett Square. "It's older, it's not used very frequently, and it no longer makes economic sense," Wirth said. In the last year, the plant's 166-megawatt main unit was fired up only once to serve the regional power grid.
October 29, 2012 |
AT FIRST, the family of Agnes C. Burke was a little embarrassed to see her outside every day sweeping the sidewalk at 29th and Tasker streets, in Grays Ferry. But they soon realized that the task gave Agnes tremendous satisfaction. Not only was she keeping the neighborhood where she had lived all her life free of what seemed a never-ending accumulation of trash and grit, but she met and communicated with passers-by and made a social occasion of the job. Agnes performed this labor from age 65 to 95, ignoring summer heat or the bitter cold of winter.
October 26, 2012 |
Keisha Jones - the West Philadelphia woman accused of fatally crushing her husband with her car - took the stand in her own defense Thursday, sobbing as she told a jury that her husband's death was an accident. After the prosecution and defense rested their cases Thursday afternoon in Common Pleas Court, the six men and six women on the jury began deliberations. They will resume Friday morning. Jones, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and possessing an instrument of crime, a 2002 Acura SUV. On Nov. 27, 2011, prosecutors say, she struck her husband, Tyrone Taylor, with the car, crushing him against a wall in an abandoned lot in Grays Ferry after a quarrel.