September 14, 2016
Police on Monday identified two officers involved in an exchange of gunfire with a man who allegedly shot at them in West Philadelphia last week. Officers Anthony Panichelli and Jude McKenna, both three-year veterans of the force, were responding to a domestic incident Friday afternoon at a residence in the 200 block of South Millick Street when 24-year-old Kadeem Nelson allegedly shot at them from inside the home. One of the shots hit Nelson's 28-year-old sister in the right forearm.
September 1, 2016 |
A Southwest Philadelphia man has been convicted of raping and trying to kill his ex-girlfriend last year, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. On Oct. 17, Tyree Morris, 41, restrained and raped his 28-year-old ex-girlfriend at gunpoint in the home they shared on the 7400 block of Buist Avenue and threatened to shoot her 9-year-old son if she resisted, prosecutors said. The woman eventually broke free and ran out of the house, but Morris followed her onto the street, firing seven shots at her. When he caught her, he tried to fire an eighth shot but was out of ammunition, so he choked her until she lost consciousness, prosecutors said.
August 22, 2016 |
A 29-year-old man from Glenolden, Delaware County, was arrested Saturday morning in the hit-and-run death in North Philadelphia of a 37-year-old homeless woman in a wheelchair, police said. The unidentified driver was traveling east on West Lehigh Avenue when he struck the woman in the wheelchair who was crossing Lehigh at Mascher Street at about 1:40 a.m. As he sped away in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck, he hit a second pedestrian, police said. A short time later the driver was stopped for going through a red light on East Lehigh Avenue at B Street and arrested for driving under the influence, police said.
August 21, 2016 |
S ARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Saratoga Performing Art Center's 50th anniversary has not bought the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer home any immunity from the elements amid the rugged beauty of Upstate New York. On Aug. 13, during torrential rains, some of the braver musicians showed up for the concert - only to find a man making his way around the parking lot under a large umbrella, exhorting everyone to stay in their cars for their own safety. Orchestra veterans knew to take that seriously.
August 8, 2016
On the 234th anniversary of the creation of the Badge of Military Merit - later renamed the Purple Heart, a medal much in the news lately - consider the history of the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania (EAP), a women's organization founded to help wounded soldiers and distressed civilians alike. At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, a plurality of Philadelphians - like most Americans - favored a policy of neutrality toward the European war. However, "in a modern world war, proclamations of neutrality are almost meaningless.
August 1, 2016
As thousands of folks fly out of town after the Democratic National Convention, consider the ground upon which Philadelphia International Airport sits: Hog Island, once the world's largest shipyard. Long before William Penn arrived aboard the Welcome in 1681, Swedish settlers controlled the island, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill. The Lenape called the island Quistconck , or "place for hogs. " Hog Island made a brief cameo during the American Revolution: An order in 1777 from the Council of Safety called for the island to be flooded, to halt British troops trying to infiltrate Philadelphia via the Delaware.
August 1, 2016 |
The location is North Philadelphia, far from the cutting-edge labs of some of the city's edgiest start-ups inhabiting the University City Science Center, or the suburbs' pharmaceutical companies along the Route 202 corridor. But it's home to a fast-growing, innovative manufacturer offering solutions to the health-care industry and job opportunities to veterans and others whose backgrounds make it hard to find work. DiSorb Systems Inc. is a veteran- owned company of 18 employees at 18th Street and West Indiana Avenue that makes products that solidify and disinfect blood and other liquid medical waste for safe and cost-effective disposal by hospitals and surgical centers.
July 31, 2016 |
Arnetha N. Williams, 91, of Philadelphia, a longtime educator in the city's public schools and a dedicated church member, died Friday, July 22, at home of complications from an earlier stroke. Born to Luther and Lula Bates-Williams, Ms. Williams received religious training at a very early age. She was 8 when her mother died. She turned for solace to Miller Memorial Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, where she participated in Sunday school and the Baptist Young People's Union. Later, she joined the church choir, raised money for scholarships, planned the women's group lunches, and researched and wrote the church's history.
July 25, 2016 |
On the first day of the 1936 Democratic National Convention, 10,000 Philadelphians gathered by lamplight near Independence Hall as the Liberty Bell tolled to mark the convention's start. "The soft ring of the ancient tocsin spanned a century and a half before those early patriots who fought and died to create the first modern Republic and 700 principal officers of city, State and Nation who last night applauded appeals to defend that Republic against foreign ideas of returning to kings and dictators," the Inquirer reported.
July 18, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown The woman's twin daughters were 8 months old when her pimp took them away. "Kidnapped them," she told me. Human trafficking is all about control, according to Sister Terry Shields, one of the cofounders of Dawn's Place, a Philadelphia-based safe haven where those prostituted can reclaim their lives and voices. The woman told me she came from a dysfunctional home where no one ever listened to her. "I was always screaming but never heard," she said.