March 15, 1991 |
For someone like Rondell Turner, having to absorb elbows and shoves from some of the taller and beefier stars in Public League basketball did not prove very intimidating. Turner has been fighting and scrambling for much of his life. Turner, a 6-6 sophomore from University City, has lived for the past year in Mount Airy, with his foster mother, Peaches Kirkland. Before that, in about a three-year period, he bounced from a group home in South Philly to another in suburban Flourtown to another in Mantua.
January 15, 1988 |
Luckily for University City's basketball team, Corey Shinholster is better at producing than he is at predicting. "Coming into this season," he said, "I was figuring on getting maybe 11 points and six rebounds a game. " Try approximately doubling that, at least yesterday. Shinholster, a muscular 6-4 forward who patrols the baseline in coach Steve Kane's system, shot 9-for-16 and 8-for-8 for 26 points and swept 13 rebounds as the Jaguars thumped host George Washington, 85-65, to run their overall record to 11-3.
October 18, 1989 |
June Scott went to heroic lengths to keep her grandchildren from harm. A year ago, she traveled to Detroit to fetch two of them after a crack- crazed brute murdered their mother in a park. Then three weeks ago, she rescued three more from another of her daughters, who left her children for days at a time to satisfy her drug habit. Scott fed and clothed them. She put them in school. On Sunday, she bought them a puppy named Roscoe. And for their safety, she got a battery-powered smoke detector on Monday from the Philadelphia Injury and Prevention Program.
September 22, 2012 |
What to make of this week's dueling economic headlines? Somehow, Philadelphia is growing both more impoverished and more competitive. The Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative is out with a new study revealing that the suburbs, not the city, have raised residential taxes most rapidly over the last decade. Philadelphia hasn't achieved tax parity - not by a long shot - but the Pew report suggests strongly the city is moving in the right direction. Encouraging. And yet The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reports that Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped 6.4 percent in a year, solidifying Philadelphia's status as one of the nation's poorest big cities.
November 2, 2013 |
SEWELL Buying ghost-shaped cookies Thursday from the Ghost Chasers' Club didn't mean - ha-ha - that you believe in ghosts. But for the students selling those cookies at a table in Gloucester County College's student center, disembodied voices and sourceless shadows and floating lights are no laughing matter. "I started it last fall," founder and club president Justin Leach said shortly after lunch. "I figured a lot of people have had paranormal experiences that they're afraid to talk about or can't explain.
February 24, 1986 |
Nicky Donato walked into the West Deptford High School gym at 7:30 a.m. yesterday to weigh in. He looked like Rocky, with a shiny black jacket, a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. Without even unzipping his jacket, he stepped on the scale. He weighed 35 pounds. Nicky Donato is 5. He also happens to be one of the top-ranked midget-class wrestlers in South Jersey. All of this is no surprise. Nicky's 8-year-old brother Michael has been on the local wrestling circuit for three years.
October 30, 1992 |
The weather was balmy, the snow was imaginary, the mountain was portable. But for a group of West Philadelphia schoolchildren, the experience at least offered a change of pace. Thanks to the city's Recreation Department and promoters of the Philadelphia Ski and Travel Show, the Mantua Recreation Center became a ski-slope-for-a-day. And the city kids got some expert advice on how to ski.
February 4, 1990 |
A Green Acres fund loan of $100,500 from the state could translate into an 83-acre multi-use park for Mantua Township by 1992. The loan was approved for the township in April, but the money did not become available until last month, when the legislature funded the Green Acres program. Mantua will have 20 years to repay the loan at an interest rate of 2 percent. The park, unofficially referred to as Mantua Park, will be under construction by the end of the year if the current plan is followed, said Betty Kravchuck, secretary to the township Recreation Commission.
May 27, 1997 |
Law enforcement agencies have declared war on an allegedly murderous West Philadelphia drug gang. The gang reportedly is headed by James Drayton, 24, who, with Walter Williams, 28, also of West Philadelphia, has been charged with four murders. Drayton is awaiting trial on a murder charge in connection with a fifth killing. At least seven other alleged gang members have been arrested on lesser charges, including racketeering and conspiracy counts. The sources said the gang took control of Mantua in 1995, and used threats and intimidation to silence witnesses and drug competitors.
June 14, 1987 |
The Mantua Board of Education has approved a new science textbook series for kindergarten through sixth-grade classes that employs a different teaching approach than the series used at the school for the last five years. The new series, to be used beginning in September, is published by Charles Merrill and emphasizes teaching through experiments. The series was recommended by the district's textbook review committee at the board's May work session, board member Ken Taylor said.