September 21, 2014 |
A federal judge Friday ordered the immediate deportation of an Afghan doctor who prosecutors said passed coded messages to a terrorist group with ties to al-Qaeda. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell made the order after Hayatullah Dawari, 62, of Northeast Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to two counts of immigration fraud and admitted that he lied on his application for U.S. citizenship. Dalzell sentenced Dawari to two years in prison, but suspended the sentence and ordered that he be immediately deported.
September 18, 2014 |
BACK IN THE early '60s, Mike "Teardrops" Silenzio needed a lead singer for the doo-wop group he was putting together. Mike attended South Philadelphia High School and he was chums with Fabian Forte, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and other kids who would go on to stellar singing careers, and he knew what he was looking for. His group, the Masters, consisted of Mike himself as second tenor, baritone Rich Finizio, his cousin Frank "Tweetie" Condo...
September 16, 2014
Internet freedom activists are holding a rally Monday outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia to protest Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The rally, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd, is organized by Free Press, a nonpartisan group that advocates to preserve open Internet communication and free speech. The group is demanding protections for net neutrality, and the rally will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that prevent broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services.
September 14, 2014 |
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
September 12, 2014 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Wrestling might join football as the only New Jersey high school sports with competition in five groups. The NJSIAA took a major step toward creating a Group 5 in wrestling on Wednesday. By a 26-6 margin, the NJSIAA's executive committee passed on first reading a proposal to expand the state wrestling team tournament to five groups. If the proposal passes on its second reading in October, the change will go into effect for this winter season's state tournament.
September 8, 2014 |
WHEN SCHOOL bells ring on Monday, one organization is hoping to see thousands of children walking to school with backpacks on their shoulders and fathers by their sides. The House of Umoja, a nonprofit working for education and against violence in Philadelphia, is organizing the Million Father March for its seventh year. The march - a national effort started in Chicago in 2004 - works to redefine parental roles in their children's education by having fathers walk their sons and daughters to school.
September 8, 2014 |
They arrived at Camp Saginaw carrying sleeping bags and blankets, hustled about a soccer field, mounted go-karts - even made s'mores. And just after 1 p.m. Saturday, the scores of boys and men turned east, toward Mecca. "There's a time for prayer, and there's a time for play," said Ahmad Chaudhry, 39, as the Muslim attendees prepared to perform two of five daily prayers beneath a canopy in Oxford, in southwest Chester County. So went the gathering of more than 1,000 attendees in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a branch of the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
September 8, 2014 |
William S. Dinwiddie, 67, who cherished helping others live more empowered and hope-filled lives, most recently as president and chief executive officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, of cancer at his home in Wynnewood. Mr. Dinwiddie was first drawn to a life of service when he filed as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War and was instead assigned to work at a halfway house for ex-offenders in Boston. "He felt strongly that everybody deserved a chance," said his wife of 44 years, Jennifer Dinwiddie.
September 6, 2014 |
A national Muslim youth group will hold its 45th annual retreat this weekend, bringing together more than 1,200 men and boys from around the country to Chester County with the goal of strengthening a sense of community and identity among young Muslims. "They're not anything like the type of Muslims we hear about on television and the radio," said Bilal Rana, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. The organization, which has 71 local chapters and more than 3,000 members, is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
August 28, 2014 |
Diane Wilfert, 68, adores watching her grandchildren - just not on Sundays during football season. From the first snap to the final buzzer, the grandmother from Pilesgrove, N.J., can be found perched on the couch - fantasy football roster in hand - hoping her team, the Cat's Pajamas, has a winning day. Wilfert, now retired, loves fantasy football - where participants choose real players to create imaginary teams. Her $40-to-join league, comprising family and friends, includes a draft party, gives her something to talk about with her sons-in-law, "and it's been wonderful for my marriage," she said.