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January 19, 2012
A woman was reported in extremely critical condition after being shot Wednesday night in the city's Hunting Park section, police said. The shooting occurred shortly before 9 p.m. in the 4200 block of North Darien Street, police said. The woman, possibly in her 20s, was in a second-floor bedroom when she was shot several times in the chest. She was taken to Temple University Hospital. No arrests were reported. - Robert Moran
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November 11, 2011
An 18-year-old woman was raped shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday in a vacant garage on the 3700 block of North Watts Street, in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, police said. The suspect was described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a husky build, wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and glasses with a scarf around his head, police said. He fled north on Watts.    - Darran Simon
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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May 14, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a chilly spring day, under a clear blue sky, the seasoned players of the Hunting Park Indians run drills over a patch of sandy dirt. In years past, they have practiced over lumpy, uneven fields featuring overgrown grass, rusted gates, and splintered benches. That will all change Friday afternoon when, about 200 yards from their practice spot, a world-class field will be dedicated. The lush, emerald-grass field doesn't flood. There are new bleachers, lights, and a giant scoreboard in left-center field.
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February 27, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
NEWS
May 15, 2012 | Morgan Zalot, Daily News Staff Writer
When neighbors heard the gunfire in Hunting Park erupt Monday night, leaving one man dead and two other people wounded, they knew too well what to do. "Go lay on the floor and lock all the doors," said one 33-year-old mother who gave her name only as Anet, adding that she heard more than 10 shots. "This ain't the first time, and it ain't gonna be the last. " Police said gunfire from at least two weapons broke out just after 7:30 p.m. at Darien and Lycoming streets. A 19-year-old man took at least one bullet to the head, police said, and dropped to the pavement at the corner.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE DNA of a severed foot found inside a shoe at the Jersey Shore is a match to a Philadelphia woman who disappeared last year, her family has confirmed. The discovery ends the search for Franchesca "Cheka" Alvarado, 22, who traveled to Atlantic City in March 2012 with a friend and was never heard from again. The family confirmed the news Tuesday on a Facebook page created to help find her. "It is with deep sadness, pain and heartache that we inform you - TEAMCHEKA the loss of our Beloved Sister Franchesca Milagros Alvarado.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By DANA DiFILIPPO & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers
THE DIRT-BIKERS and ATV four-wheelers gathered under a tree in Hunting Park one recent Sunday, the roar of their engines as much a part of the sunny scene as the ballplayers and picnickers and the guy selling barbecued chicken on skewers. As more and more riders arrived, they greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, admiring the modifications they made to their bikes and swapping stories about getaways, crashes and infamous rides, like Pupo's legendary 12-mile wheelie up I-95 that helped Philly "defeat" Baltimore in a friendly contest of skills.
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July 6, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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May 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
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