September 23, 2016 |
A second woman has been charged with hindering the investigation of the homicide of 8-year-old Gabrielle Hill Carter, who was killed by a stray bullet in Camden last month. Natasha Gerald, 19, of Sicklerville, was charged with providing a false alibi for a person of interest, authorities said Wednesday. Gerald faces a maximum five years in prison if convicted. Earlier this month, Shakia Land, 35, of Camden, also was charged with giving a false alibi for a person of interest. Gabrielle was struck in the head by a bullet when gunfire erupted in the 900 block of South Eighth Street the night of Aug. 24. She died two days later.
September 19, 2016 |
'Iceland far exceeded my expectations," I told a friend after I returned from a seven-day excursion with my family in and around Reykjavik, the world's northernmost city. My expectations were pretty low. My husband, a geologist, spent months researching this vacation and effervescing about volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, and tectonic wonders. I spent an equal amount of time dreading those things. I worried the volcanoes would erupt mid-climb, lava fields would prove tiresome, and a place called Iceland would just be cold.
September 14, 2016 |
A 25-year-old man has been charged with homicide in the shooting death of a homeless man last month in Coatesville, Chester County officials announced Monday. Lenn T. "Butter" Tucker Jr., of Philadelphia and Coatesville, was arrested Friday on charges that include first-degree murder and weapons offenses. The Chester County District Attorney's Office had offered a $2,500 reward for information. Police reviewed video recordings, used crime-scene forensics to reconstruct the shooting, and talked to "many" witnesses, the office said.
September 12, 2016 |
Though I am usually terrified to fly, let alone across the ocean amid a time of unrest (Paris was still on everyone's minds), the joy of seeing my daughter Jessica in London and plans already forming put the fear at bay, and off I went. The heart of the Christmas season and a ceremony of carols at St. Paul's Cathedral were just the prompt I needed to go. I had been there before, so Jessica, being the ultimate tour guide, had an itinerary planned with sites off the normal tourist path.
August 31, 2016
By Barry W. Lynn Imagine a candidate for public office who says he admires the teachings of Jesus Christ but writes a letter listing all of the doctrines of Christianity he doesn't accept. Among them are the resurrection, the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, the miracles described in the New Testament, original sin, and the virgin birth. Would you vote for such a candidate? If you said no, you've just rejected Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president.
August 30, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - At 28, Jennifer Storm came face to face with her past. She had just become executive director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and her first case involved the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Storm herself had been raped at 12, by a 28-year-old stranger on the way to a roller rink, and suddenly she saw her ordeal in a new light. "I can't even begin to explain how much that little girl gave me," Storm, 41, said in an interview Tuesday. "I had never felt more confident in my life's mission.
August 25, 2016 |
After almost a decade of bohemian-inspired back-to-school fashions, this year's young trendsetters are blending classically preppy looks - appropriate plaids, pastels, and khakis - into their fringe and graphic-print-filled wardrobes. "How much longer could we send our kids to school in track pants and hoodies?" asked Lisa Lent of New York, a children's clothing buyer for Century 21. Can't say I disagree. This fall's pull toward preppy is fueled by a resurgence of Nantucket-friendly labels like Vineyard Vines, now in the business of making duds for little people, and collaborations between brands like classic J.Crew and sporty Adidas.
August 16, 2016 |
To help students recovering from substance abuse, the College of New Jersey last school year set aside substance-free housing exclusively for their use, expecting to create a supportive community. The response was, to put it mildly, weak: Only one student signed up, living in "Lion's House" for one semester. "We opened up the door and we thought they would come flooding in," said Christopher Freeman, who joined TCNJ last year to create and run the collegiate recovery program . After all, Freeman said, student surveys showed about 280 students on campus, 4 percent of the population, identified as being in recovery.
August 15, 2016
Name: Room Mate Hotels, room-matehotels.com What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. More hotels are planned in 2017 for Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, among other destinations. What's hot: Each property in the hotel group has its own name and distinctive decor. That personal approach extends to hotel guests, whom the staff is encouraged to treat as friends, buddies, or roommates.