August 4, 2005 |
Latoyia Figueroa wasn't the first - or the last - person reported missing in the city this year. Since Jan. 1, Philadelphia police officials say, the department has taken more than 4,500 missing-persons reports, the majority of which - 3,667 - involved children. But Figueroa's disappearance is the one most people are talking about. The search for the 24-year-old has become a national and local news event. Television and newspapers almost daily supply reports of searches and updates on the case.
December 14, 2002 |
U.N. inspections team delayed for two hours U.N. teams were held up for two hours yesterday at a newly declared site - an infectious-diseases center - forcing inspectors to use their hot line to higher Iraqi authorities for the first time since returning to the country last month. The snag occurred as U.S. officials in Washington said Iraq's 12,000-page weapons declaration does not account for a number of missing chemical and biological weapons. The officials said it fails to explain attempted purchases of uranium and other items U.S. intelligence believes are related to Saddam Hussein's nuclear program.
August 30, 2002 |
There is a new carnival in town. It keeps millions glued to cable television's barkers and draws thousands of gawkers to curbside memorials and outsized funeral services. It is the horrible yet compelling tableaux of abducted and murdered children, a vision selling vicarious grief and laundry detergent in carload lots. For there is something strangely addictive about stories of children in peril. A half century ago, much of Los Angeles was consumed by the tale of 3-year-old Kathy Fiscus, who had fallen into a suburban well.
September 19, 2001 |
It's a black-and-white picture of brother and sister. Their dark eyes pierce you. Their cheek-to-cheek pose warms you. "Roshawn & Khamiladai Singh worked at Windows on the World," says their poster. Like hundreds of other posters at this Manhattan armory - showing loved ones at work, proms or other play - it says they are missing. In an ugly pile of rubble lies the old, tower-top Windows on the World. This block-long building is a new Windows on the World, decked with faces of all colors and from all corners.
July 19, 2001 |
Not long ago someone brought a stray dalmatian into my veterinarian's office. The vet pulled out a Star Trek-like device and passed it over the dog's body. A number flashed on its tiny screen. The tracking company was promptly called. Fifteen minutes later the dog's relieved owner was on the way. This tale seems lighthearted, but its implications amid the Chandra Levy frenzy are quite serious: If Levy had a chip like the ones implanted in thousands of animals today, she may not have avoided trouble, but she sure wouldn't be "missing.
April 21, 2000 |
A body believed to be that of Chia Yen "Ann" Hsu was found yesterday in the Cooper River in Camden near where her alleged killer said he had dumped the 30-year-old Collingswood woman into the water alive in December. An autopsy was set for today in an effort to establish identity and cause of death. Collingswood Police Chief Thomas Garrity said that he spoke to Hsu's relatives after the discovery, and that they were hopeful that their painful wait was near an end. "It's the call we have been waiting to make," Garrity said.
February 23, 2000 |
So there was Robert Person, with his third team in the last four years. He was 29 years old, staring at the big three-oh. The reputation that he was just another guy with a great arm and not much to show for it was beginning to feel like an anvil chained around his neck. Now this. In his first appearance for the Phillies after being dumped by the Toronto Blue Jays, Person came in to start the sixth inning last May 9 against the Rockies at Coors Field. Chris Sexton walked. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris singled.
November 9, 1999 |
As part of a tribute to a girl who was slain across the country more than six years ago, the legendary detective duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been reunited at the Burlington County Sheriff's Department. The department's canine unit yesterday welcomed Alie Boy, also known as Watson, a 12-week-old bloodhound. Watson will join fellow bloodhound Sherlock to form the unit's missing-persons and criminal-tracking team. The pup came as a gift from Richard and Letica Berrelez, grandparents of 5-year-old Aleszandra "Alie" Berrelez, who was abducted and killed in Englewood, Colo.
April 13, 1998 |
Wesley Person spent Saturday night doing his impersonation of a 24-hour convenience store. Always open. The Cleveland Cavaliers' guard roamed the perimeter and drained seven of 10 three-point shots in a 106-95 victory over the 76ers. The loss left the Sixers at 30-49 with three games remaining: tomorrow night in Atlanta, Friday night at home against Chicago and next Sunday in Toronto. They need a sweep to avoid losing 50 games or more for the sixth season in succession.
August 7, 1996 |
Marie Burns Wells, an Avon sales representative, died Sunday. She was 98 and lived in Yeadon and Lansdowne. Wells sold Avon products from 1965 until shortly before her death. She was named Avon's "Miss Personality" in 1988 and received the "Mrs. Albees," Avon's equivalent to the Oscar or Emmy. She was recognizable by her trademark hats and matching accessories. Her husband of 68 years, William Henry "Cherokee Bill" Wells, died last November. She became an "Avon Lady" when she retired in her late 60s from the catering business she started out of her home.