May 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - A new organization backed by President Obama has turned to Mayor Nutter and Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) for support as it aims to help young minority men thrive, and perhaps shape the president's legacy after he leaves office. Booker and Nutter are among a star-studded list of board members or advisers to My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which has spun off from an Obama initiative and figures to play a major role in the president's plans after he leaves office. The group, Obama said, will work to close "opportunity gaps" that confront minority men born into poor communities, leaving them feeling that "no matter how hard they try, they may never achieve their dreams.
May 1, 2015 |
For Keshia Knight Pulliam, posing for the camera began at the age of 9 months, when she appeared in an ad for Johnson & Johnson baby products. From there, she was featured in more TV commercials, then "Sesame Street," then made her feature-film debut in "The Last Dragon," in 1985. At age 5, she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Emmy, for playing the part of Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show. " On May 9 and 10, Philadelphians will be able to meet and greet the former child star for the first time at Wizard World Comic Con (May 7 through 10)
April 15, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Mark Sheridan was celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary the day his parents died. He was at a luxury hotel on New York's Upper East Side, packing up, when he got a call from his brother, Matt. Their parents' home was on fire. It was about 6:45 a.m. Sept. 28, 2014. By the time Sheridan and his wife got into their car to drive to the scene, another call came in: John P. Sheridan Jr., chief executive of Cooper Health Systems, and his wife, Joyce, were dead. Mark, his three brothers, and the rest of his family were just starting a saga that has included a six-month investigation, a contentious dispute with Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, and now, a threat of a lawsuit to overturn the county's finding that John Sheridan stabbed his wife to death and then took his own life by slashing himself and setting their bedroom on fire.
April 15, 2015 |
The four sons of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife raised new questions Monday about their parents' death, and alleged that investigators botched the case from the beginning. In the latest round in a mounting public campaign seeking to prove that their parents were murdered, they released a letter to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano accusing his office of ignoring evidence and hastily determining that the deaths were a murder-suicide. "All we want is the answers to what happened to our parents," one of the sons, Mark, said Monday during an interview at his Newark, N.J., law office.
April 1, 2015
YOU'VE PROBABLY never heard of Rob Peace, but you might have. Peace was supposed to have done really big things with his life. The son of a single mother and a dad jailed for murder, he grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Newark, N.J., during the height of that city's crack-fueled drug wars. His mother worked in a hospital cafeteria and scrimped to get him into a private high school, where he excelled, earning straight A's. After graduating at the top of his class, Peace enrolled at Yale University on a full scholarship paid by a wealthy benefactor, who told him, "You can go to college wherever you want.
March 17, 2015 |
They had the lead in the fourth quarter of the state championship game. Again. They missed some key free throws and rushed a couple of shots from the floor. Again. They lost to Newark Tech in the Group 2 final. Again. "Last year it was there and they stole it," Camden coach John Valore said. "This year it was there and they stole it. " History repeated itself in frustrating fashion Sunday for the Camden High School boys' basketball team in a 57-51 loss to Newark Tech in the Group 2 title game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
January 18, 2015 |
When Ted Spiker was creating headlines for the chapters of his book Down Size , one suggestion he made was "hippo-crite. " "I've always had a problem up and down with weight issues, but I have all this background in writing about health and fitness," he said. "I was writing about this stuff, then struggling with it. " "Hippo-crite" didn't make the final cut, but Spiker, a Newark, Del., native who is an associate professor and interim chair in the department of journalism at the University of Florida, lays it all out - his struggles, triumphs, and frustrations, especially around running - in Down Size . It's a mix of personal experience, science, psychology, and what other people have done not necessarily to get into model-worthy shape but to take control of their bodies and their lives.
January 18, 2015 |
Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark and New Jersey state senator, violated campaign-finance laws when he used tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to pay legal fees in response to a 2006-07 federal criminal investigation, a state appeals court affirmed Friday. James, a Democrat who served as mayor from 1986 to 2006 and as a senator from 1999 to 2008, was indicted in July 2007 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, embezzlement, and fraud. Accused of using city-issued credit cards to fund personal vacations and using his power to sell city land to a friend in a sweetheart deal, he was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
December 7, 2014 |
Richard Allen Colbert, 58, of Newark, Del., executive director of Tyler Arboretum in Media for 23 years, died Saturday, Nov. 29, of pancreatic cancer at his home. He had been diagnosed in 2012. A native of Delaware who specialized in horticulture and business, Mr. Colbert became the first horticulturist for Newark in 1978, and developed a program to beautify the city's traffic islands using low-maintenance plants. In 1991, he became the head of Tyler Arboretum. He helped make the arboretum a regional, family-oriented destination by expanding the educational outreach, increasing community programs, and upgrading the plant collections.
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - Newark (Del.) National knew what was coming from Taney Youth Baseball Association pitcher Mo'ne Davis, but could do nothing to stop it. Davis pitched a complete-game shutout, leading Taney to an 8-0 win over Newark in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship last night at Breen Field at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Training Center. The squad from Center City becomes the first team to ever represent Philadelphia at the Little League World Series. Just 2 years after becoming Little League-affiliated, Taney is headed to Williamsport, where it will play Nashville on Friday.