March 20, 2015 |
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
February 5, 2015 |
In a bid to cut down on Craigslist-related crimes, some local police departments are offering their lobbies and parking lots as a safe place for strangers to meet. "It's just a good idea that takes almost nothing in the way of resources," Abington Chief William Kelly said, noting that most police buildings have 24-hour camera surveillance. In 2014 alone, at least a dozen people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were defrauded, robbed, injured, raped, or killed by a stranger they met on Craigslist, according to news reports - and those were just the cases that ended in prosecution.
January 14, 2015 |
A JURY YESTERDAY convicted a 25-year-old South Philly man of first-degree murder and related offenses in the 2012 shooting death of another man in a Walgreens parking lot in front of the victim's 5-year-old son. Jahmir Harris was then sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi to a mandatory term of life in prison. Harris chose not to say anything to the judge before he was sentenced. The jury found that about 8:15 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012, Harris was the gunman who exited the driver's side of a car in the Walgreens parking lot on Oregon Avenue near 23rd Street and unleashed 17 shots toward Louis Porter, 45, who had just parked his car in the lot and exited his vehicle.
December 25, 2014 |
It started with a single bullet. A janitor found the .22-caliber round on the ground in Clearview Regional High School's parking lot around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. The Mullica Hill school soon went on lockdown. Then came the police K-9's. They sniffed the lot and, later, the building, searching for clues. The students, who were expecting early dismissal for the holidays, found themselves waiting anxiously for answers. When they emerged around 12:30 p.m., further investigation followed.
December 24, 2014 |
A day after a volunteer diving team found a missing West Chester University student's keys submerged in the Schuylkill, Philadelphia police divers scoured the river again for any sign of Shane Montgomery. But Monday's search turned up no trace of the 21-year-old, who has been missing since Thanksgiving, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery's uncle. Montgomery disappeared early Nov. 27 after leaving Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk. His family and police have mounted a massive search effort.
December 22, 2014 |
Hello there In winter 2005, Ccelli ran Black Out Records in Pennsgrove and needed a female vocalist. He posted as much on Myspace, and Jodie replied. No audition happened, but what did is a long e-mail conversation, starting with their mutual love of music and their shared, daytime reality of real estate work. Six months later, they'd talked and texted about growing up in large, loving, Italian families that gathered for Sunday feasts, and the joys of Catholic school. But they still hadn't met in person.
November 10, 2014 |
CLUB ONYX, which calls itself the "nation's #1 hip-hop strip club," promises on its website that the "talented and dedicated staff" will make every visit a "memorable experience. " Sometimes, though, even the best exotic dancers get upstaged. Two armed security guards were the ones making memories early yesterday morning, when they opened fire on a minivan driver who'd allegedly tried to run one of them over outside the South Philadelphia club. "I'll kill everyone here," the 27-year-old driver allegedly said before the shooting, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. Police said the driver - who'd just been involved in another shooting incident before arriving at Club Onyx - fled the scene in his green Kia minivan, which was later found at the Interstate 95 off-ramp.
October 29, 2014 |
NEARLY THREE excruciating weeks have passed since a heartless villain stole schoolteacher J.J. Pierce's Honda CR-V from the parking lot of a South Philadelphia store - with her beloved rescue dog, a black Lab mix named Louie, inside. But Pierce, who had moved to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C., recently to teach high school, hasn't lost hope that she'll see her four-legged best friend again. "My favorite part of my day is when I get to go through photos of Louie to select one for my post.
October 2, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Police investigators continued Tuesday to comb through ashes and scorch marks left in a parking lot where an SUV belonging to a rabbi was torched last Wednesday night after he parked it before conducting Rosh Hashanah services at the adjacent Rodef Sholom Orthodox Synagogue. Rabbi David Kushner said that while it was unclear whether the case was specifically a hate crime, it is being investigated as a "suspicious" fire by police. Police declined to comment on the case and have not released an official report on it. "Until the police finish their investigation, it is impossible to know what the motive was, what was going through somebody's mind," said Kushner, of Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section, who recently became Rodef Sholom's rabbi.
September 23, 2014 |
WHEN PARX RACING management made the decisions to move the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby to later in September, institute a bonus system and couple the track's signature race with the Cotillion Stakes to make it an "event," even the most optimistic never could have envisioned a day like Saturday. A glorious final Saturday of summer, parking lots overflowing, the grounds definitely more crowded than they have been in years. (There is no admission so there is no way to know how many people were there.)