July 20, 2016
A 19-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting Monday evening in the city's Kensington section, police said. The man was shot twice in the jaw and twice in the neck, just after 6:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Souton Street, police said. He was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran
July 16, 2016
A Mercedes packed with teenagers was shot at 22 times, leaving two wounded Thursday night in the city's Kensington section, police said. About 7:40 p.m., the silver Mercedes was traveling west in the 500 block of East Westmoreland Street when at least one shooter opened fire at the car, striking it 12 times, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The driver, an 18-year-old man, was grazed in the lower back, Small said. His front seat passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was shot in the left side of his chest.
July 15, 2016 |
Eleven-year-old Nasheema Riddick, who aspires to be a firefighter, got to spend time Wednesday talking to and high-fiving three Philadelphia Fire Department officials. The officials, a fire marshal and two captains, were with the youngster to provide moral support while she testified against her stepfather, Maurice Phillips, charged with murder in the April 16 shooting of his 4-year-old daughter, Tahira Phillips. Nasheema told Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons how her 30-year-old stepfather was "playing with his gun" while she and five siblings watched SpongeBob SquarePants in their mother's bedroom in East Kensington.
July 11, 2016 |
On a gritty block on Berks Street in Kensington just west of the El, the land speculators come knocking - knocking on the doors of men trapped by love. There's factory owner Michael DiPietro, an escapee from corporate, in love with the idea of being a man who makes things and who makes things happen, who handles deals, sales, and loading docks, and has a fresh idea every minute. "A builder told me he could put eight houses in here," said DiPietro, whose factory has recently been sold and whose businesses, Penn Scale Manufacturing Inc. and DuraCart USA, may soon be evicted from the two-story plant he has rented since 2011.
June 17, 2016 |
The Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington, long gone and largely forgotten, has been recommended for historic certification by a panel of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. At a meeting Wednesday, panel members heard a rare appeal not on behalf of a memorable structure, but for preservation of what cannot be seen at 1834-48 Frankford Ave. Where two old brick garages now stand, one housing the soon-to-shutter Sculpture Gym, Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush wants to build about 40 residential units.
June 5, 2016 |
On a typical day, St. Francis Inn, on the 2400 block of Kensington Avenue, serves 350 to 500 meals to people from the neighborhood. Most are elderly, longtime residents of Kensington and, said the Rev. Michael Duffy, "come nearly every day to eat because they cannot afford to buy food and to pay for housing and their medicine, too. " Duffy, a Franciscan priest, said many of the seniors "live in hovels, since they don't have the money to keep...
June 3, 2016 |
His lights flashing, horn honking, Efrain Diaz said he was determined to get a message to the driver of the blue Pontiac Aztek: You hit someone, and you have to go back. Instead, as Thomas Dunbar Jr. lay dying about 9 p.m. on April 13 at the crash scene at Lehigh and Aramingo Avenues, the Aztek led Diaz on a chase through the surrounding Kensington neighborhood. Three times, Diaz said, he got alongside the Aztek and yelled his message at the driver, only to see the driver pull away.
June 1, 2016 |
KEN MILANO is a Kensington guy. He's lived there all his life, as his parents did, and their parents. Milano is fascinated by the old, gritty neighborhood's history, those who lived there - and died there, too. That's why, when he heard the grizzled brick garages in the 1800 block of Frankford Avenue were going to be demolished, he got that queasy feeling deep in his Kensington-loving gut. Where others saw old garages, Milano saw the 19th...