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.
May 10, 2014
Arguably, it has never been tougher to be a teacher in America - especially in poor, urban, crime-infested neighborhoods such as Philadelphia's Hunting Park, where too many children find it hard to focus their minds on learning. Education is the most valuable commodity children from such environments can obtain. They should have the very best teachers. Too frequently, though, they not only lack fine educators; they are subjected to pedagogical abuse. It's abuse when a teacher, prodded by a principal, cavalierly changes or provides the answers to a test rather than put forth the effort required to teach what the child needs to learn.
April 28, 2014 |
It was the middle of winter 2009, and the elderly pair, taking pity on a homeless man, let him move into their Hunting Park home. In return, he agreed to help around their house, on the 3900 block of North Percy Street. By two years later, police said, things had soured and the house guest, William Miller, began to beat his benefactors, a brother and sister. Police said Miller, now 55, would regularly beat the 83-year-old woman and the 85-year-old man. The male victim, they said without providing details, has medical conditions and was beaten every day. The alleged abuse was discovered after an ambulance took the elderly male to Temple University Hospital last Sunday.
April 25, 2014 |
THERE'S science and technology in everything we see, touch, breathe, gulp and otherwise enjoy. That's the underlying theme of the fun-filled, not-just-for-nerds Philadelphia Science Festival, back (and to the future) today through May 3. Hitting us all where we "live," more than 100 events are planned in everyday places like parks, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums for the nine days in this fourth annual celebration, presented by Dow Chemical and led by the Franklin Institute.
April 7, 2014 |
A 77-year-old man is recovering after a "gruesome, violent assault" that left him in critical condition early yesterday, police said. The man who allegedly assaulted him was being sought by police last night. About 12:30 a.m., police found the victim inside an apartment on Butler Street near 7th in Hunting Park, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He had severe injuries to his head and face, including deep cuts around his mouth and eyes. Emergency-medical personnel took him to Temple University Hospital, where he remained last night in critical but stable condition.
February 27, 2014 |
AN INVESTIGATION into reports that a man has been accosting students near a North Philadelphia elementary school is underway, police confirmed yesterday. The alleged incidents happened near Mary Bethune Elementary School, at Old York Road and Germantown Avenue, on Friday and Monday. Police said they are also investigating whether the same man, who is believed to frequent the area around the school, may have also accosted kids in other incidents. In the more recent incident, about 8 a.m. Monday, police said the man approached a young boy about two blocks from the school and grabbed him. Other children intervened, throwing rocks at the man, causing him to let go of the boy and flee, according to investigators.