August 23, 2016 |
Why should I care about you? Why should I care about your problems, your challenges, whether or not your day is going well, your child is sick, or your job is stressful? I don't even know you and may never even meet you. Why do you, a stranger, matter to someone who will never know your name? Because it's the right thing to do. I'm not a touchy-feely, hand-holding, let's sing "Kumbaya" sort of fellow. I don't protest. I don't go to a house of worship or even own a ribbon-shaped car magnet.
January 11, 2015
A story Thursday on Don Tollefson's fraud trial misidentified an organization that gave money to his Winning Ways charity. The donation came from the Norristown Police Athletic League, not the Philadelphia PAL.
October 6, 2014 |
FOR MOST people, what they wear to work usually isn't a life-or-death issue. Unless you're a cop. In that case, you vest up, holster your Glock, secure your handcuffs, test your radio and pray to get home in one piece. But what if you're a cop assigned to the city's Police Athletic League? Is all of that gear necessary when your shift consists of helping kids with homework, prepping them for chess playoffs, reffing a basketball game or coaching flag football? I wouldn't think so. But I'm not Lt. Bill Eddis, PAL's commanding officer.
April 11, 2014 |
A former Coatesville detective once honored for his service and civic engagement admitted in court Wednesday stealing thousands from the department where he worked for 17 years. Gerald Pawling, 42, pleaded guilty in Chester County Court to more than 100 crimes, including lifting cash envelopes from the evidence room and filing a fake insurance claim in the department's name. As nearly a dozen of his former colleagues looked on, Pawling admitted stealing more than $60,000 from the Coatesville Police Department, Police Benevolent Association, and Police Athletic League.
February 13, 2013 |
Andre Jackson, a 17-year-old from North Philadelphia, hopes someday to practice law and cut down on crime in the city. On Tuesday, his mentor for this career goal was Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who spent the day showing Jackson how the city's legal system works. The pairing of the senior at New Media Technology Charter School and Williams was part of the 40th annual Lockheed Martin PAL Day, where 25 city students spent the day with government officials. The teens were nominated and selected by their Police Athletic League leaders; the youths themselves mentor younger children in PAL programs.
February 14, 2011 |
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a man in a North Philadelphia bar early Sunday after a fistfight escalated into deadly gunfire, police said. Police said two men began fighting about 1:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Myspace Lounge, in the 3300 block of Germantown Avenue. One man pulled out a gun and fired, wounding the man with whom he had been fighting and fatally injuring a bystander, said Lt. Ray Evers, police spokesman. The off-duty officer, who was in plain clothes, witnessed the altercation and pulled out a firearm as the assailant was about to leave the lounge, and ordered the man to drop his gun, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said.
October 13, 2010 |
Jennie L. Vitali Zecca, 89, of Northeast Philadelphia, a former teacher and community activist, died at home of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Thursday, Oct. 7, the day after her 65th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Zecca married Anthony P. Zecca in 1945. He was singing "I Only Have Eyes for You" to her before she died, their son, Mark, said. From 1962 to 1980, Anthony Zecca was deputy mayor to Mayors James H.J. Tate and Frank L. Rizzo. Mrs. Zecca had the opportunity to meet and entertain prominent people, and was open about expressing her political opinions, her son said.
August 20, 2010
RE YOUR article "Ramsey Begins Crusade to Fight Philadelphia Police Corruption," regarding Commissioner Ramsey's plan to address police wrongdoings: In a city where in 2006 alone 20 citizens, 17 unarmed, were killed by officers, the problem seems to emanate from factors much deeper than mere ethical problems. In any case, more female recruits, for example, will ensure a better force, as females make great cops and are less likely to be involved in criminal shenanigans than their male counterparts.
June 24, 2010
THREE YEARS ago, Chief John Timoney told me a whopper. The former Philly and Miami police commissioner said he was involved with an annual bike trip that raised money for police charities (that part was true), and I'd have no trouble making the journey if I'd enlist. Timoney made it sound like I'd be surrounded by bicyclists who were more partial to baskets and banana seats than Spandex and sprints, so I said yes. I made it, cursing him for most of the 65 miles we pedaled from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
April 6, 2010
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. So it will be with Donovan McNabb, and not just because he will no longer wear Eagles green on a National Football League field. Philadelphia may miss its traded quarterback more for what he represented as a pro athlete outside the game. Too many in that category have meticulously honed reputations as thugs and miscreants in their civilian lives. McNabb instead has been an outstanding citizen of this region, and a good husband and father, who doesn't pop up in the news for taking drugs or beating animals.