July 22, 2015 |
THE TATTOO on Staysha L. Hackmann's neck was nothing more than a brand: crude lettering and a fading crown, inked under her skin so the world would know she was property, a warm body who could turn tricks and make a few bucks for "King Weez. " "He wanted everybody to know I belong to him," Hackmann told a TV news reporter in Medford, Ore., in 2013. "It's his stamp. " That report, "The Secretive World of Forced Prostitution: Victim Speaks Out" by an NBC affiliate station, allowed Hackmann to talk about her ordeal, the highs and lows and hopes for the future.
May 14, 2015 |
EDITOR'S NOTE: For the very latest on the Amtrak train derailment, click story here: At least six people were killed and dozens injured, eight critically, when a northbound Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night in Port Richmond. In the moments after the derailment, scores of emergency personnel swarmed over more than a half-dozen toppled train cars, trying to reach the dazed, the injured, the dying. Some people were reported trapped in the train, and crews cut into the cars to try to free the injured.
May 12, 2015
A 34-year-old man was shot and killed early Sunday in a car parked in Port Richmond, police said. The man, whose name was not released Sunday pending family notification, was shot in the head while he was sitting in the passenger seat of a 2011 Dodge on the 1200 block of E. Atlantic Ave. Officers on patrol discovered him after they heard gunshots in the area, then saw a man running from the car. Officers lost sight of the man, who ran down...
May 5, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia needs more time to consider the fates of five churches in the Lower Northeast, part of a long-term study of how to stabilize and sustain parishes while demographics shift, finances and congregations dwindle, and buildings leak and crumble. In an announcement read Sunday to congregants at Mother of Divine Grace, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Adalbert Parish, and St. George Parish, all largely in or near Port Richmond, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput acknowledged that the "complex and difficult issues . . . will require further study and discussion before any final decisions are made.
April 13, 2015 |
IT'S TEMPTING to say that two lives were destroyed when Jimmy Becker died at the hand of his friend Ivan Oberholtzer. After all, it appears that the March 5 shooting was accidental. The boys - both 17 and seniors at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts - were at Ivan's house on a school snow day when Ivan discharged a gun, killing Jimmy. "The students are talking about us holding an empty seat for Jimmy at graduation," says English teacher Monty Ogden, who knew both boys.
March 30, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have arrested two youths, ages 16 and 14, in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Port Richmond who had been on her way home after a workout. The woman was walking home from a gym on Aramingo Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by the two teens, said Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit. They struck up a conversation with her that quickly turned threatening, Darby said, and then grabbed at her. The woman tried to flee, Darby said, and the boys pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
March 23, 2015 |
Despite Philadelphia City Council's "unqualified" rejection nine years ago of a terminal for liquefied natural gas, the city is once again flirting with the money-making allure of LNG. Several entrepreneurs are promoting plans to increase LNG production at the Philadelphia Gas Works plant in Port Richmond, hoping to capitalize on growing interest in creating an energy hub linked to the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom. The most ambitious plan floated publicly is a $2.1 billion proposal to expand the Port Richmond plant's capacity to export LNG to European markets.
March 10, 2015 |
AFTER DEVOTING 30 years to city parks and the volunteer armies that keep them alive, Barbara McCabe was chosen from 160 nominees to win the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service in Philadelphia. It's the city's Oscar for lifetime achievement. "I pretty much lived at neighborhood rec centers when I was growing up in Port Richmond - Monkiewicz, Samuel, Cohocksink, A&W," said McCabe, the director of stewardship for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. "I don't know what I would've done without them.
March 1, 2015 |
Five days a week, Bobby Endy follows a two-and-a-half- hour practice at St. Joseph's Prep with a quick shower and a meal at his Port Richmond home. Then he heads to the Rizzo Police Athletic League Center five minutes down the street. He walks through the double doors and down two flights of stairs into a basement they call "the Dungeon. " On a floor covered with wrestling mats, 35 to 50 kids can be found rolling around every weeknight. The thick brick walls keep ventilation minimal.