October 29, 2014 |
YOU KNOW THOSE pesky dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles that zip around, weaving through traffic in the warmer months, making any drive through some Philadelphia neighborhoods a nightmare? Now there are about three dozen fewer of them on the streets, thanks to a daylong undercover bust around the city yesterday by Major Crimes Unit cops and other officers who are part of a detail aimed at getting the illegal vehicles off city streets. As yesterday's sting neared its end about 7 p.m., Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson, of Regional Operations Command North, said officers had seized 34 dirt bikes and ATVs.
October 28, 2014 |
Sara "Sally" Berlin, 97, of Center City, a tiny public relations dynamo who pushed to expand and strengthen the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at her home. Born Sara Shaltz, Mrs. Berlin renamed herself Sally. She stood only 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but what she lacked in height she more than made up for with energy and drive, her family said. "Someone called her the ageless dynamo, and she loved that," said son Andy. Mrs. Berlin was credited with encouraging the PAL to expand its reach so it could help more young people.
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.
October 13, 2014 |
TODAY, MANY will gather at LOVE Park to call attention to transgender issues. It seems only right to call attention to something else: The remains of a transgender woman who was brutally slain and dismembered in July 2013 have lay unclaimed for more than a year. When I got the call, I thought there was no way that was true. I knew Diamond Williams was estranged from many in her family. But when I talked to Williams' grandmother, Ruth Woods, shortly after the slaying, she said family members told her that they would take care of everything.
September 26, 2014 |
A 25-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant was killed and a 26-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting early Wednesday in East Germantown. Shortly before 1 a.m., police were called to 20th Street and Nedro Avenue, where they found the victims on the sidewalk outside a corner store, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police rushed the woman - who had been shot in the head, an arm, and both legs - to Einstein Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m., Small said.
July 6, 2014 |
AUTHORITIES IN Ocean City, N.J., have recovered a body from the ocean believed to be a Hunting Park teen who disappeared after he and his friends got swept into the sea by a riptide June 29. Corinthian "Cory" Hammond, 14, went swimming with friends off the 9th Street jetty about 6:45 p.m. that day, after lifeguards had left their posts for the evening. They got caught in the riptide, as did some good Samaritans who tried to save them. A passer-by called 9-1-1 and the Beach Patrol Rapid Response Team, stationed at 12th Street, rushed to the scene and rescued 14 people.
May 29, 2014 |
A Philadelphia man was charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred during what was supposed to be the sale of a dirt bike listed on Craigslist, police said Tuesday. Quasym Finch, 22, of the 7600 block of Ardleigh Street in Chestnut Hill, was arrested Saturday and also charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and related offenses. On the afternoon of April 25 in the 3700 block of North Fifth Street in Hunting Park, two men, ages 32 and 31, had gathered to sell the dirt bike, which one of the men had listed for sale on Craigslist.
May 18, 2014 |
Four Philadelphia educators who were arrested and charged in connection with a cheating scandal have been suspended without pay, a School District spokeswoman said Friday. Evelyn Cortez, Rita Wyszynski, Jennifer Hughes, and Ary Sloane face criminal charges of conspiracy, tampering with public records, forgery, and related crimes. Cortez was principal of Cayuga Elementary, and Wyszynski and Hughes were teachers there. Sloane, a former Cayuga teacher, had most recently been principal of Bethune Elementary in the district.
May 17, 2014 |
To the strains of Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom," tennis icon Billie Jean King walked onto the pristine courts at Hunting Park on Thursday and said, "I am a public park kid. " King, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team, was at the park in North Philadelphia to celebrate the reopening of the courts for the season. The revamped courts are important "because this is where the kids are," said King, a native of Long Beach, Calif.
May 14, 2014 |
THERE IS NO POVERTY OF WAYS to tell the story of how Philadelphia became the poorest big city in America. You can tell it through images like the pictures that the photoblogger aptly named "RuinPorn" posted of the massive Budd Co. complex in Hunting Park. In the 1940s, it anchored the surrounding Hunting Park community with 7,000 well-paying jobs, but has sat mostly abandoned for a dozen years, an aging cathedral of shattered glass and stagnant water. You can tell by stories like that of Tianna Gaines-Turner, 34, a Frankford woman who photographs and chronicles her struggles to escape food insecurity with her three children for the Witnesses to Hunger Project, and writes that "a lot of times I let my well-being go for them.