April 17, 2014 |
MY COLUMN last Thursday enraged readers like Bill Gradwell on behalf of Christina Sankey. "I can't get this story out of my head," emailed Gradwell, of Cape May. "Even with an endless pyramid of useless bureaucrats, a poor human being is dead and tossed away! What are we, The Black Hole of Calcutta? What was Christina, human garbage?" Also among those concerned about Christina: the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Deputy D.A. Ed McCann tells me that the office, along with Philly homicide detectives, will investigate the disappearance and death of the severely disabled and nonverbal 37-year-old.
December 5, 2013 |
BEFORE THE BALL is snapped, Archbishop Wood junior Jake Cooper lurks at middle linebacker. His eyes dart side to side, reading offensive keys he picked up from film study. He gesticulates furiously, playing maestro while his teammates move to the rhythm of his hands. Opposing running backs must also see this from the backfield. The irony is thick, because both ballcarrier and defender must decipher where the line will fracture. What happens next comes down to something else. And, only one outcome is on Cooper's mind.
November 28, 2013 |
Carlos Rivera told police that Atlanta Deveney was "the love of my life" and that she and her 12-year-old son were "all I had. " Still, when Deveney told him they were through, Rivera - fueled by PCP and two bottles of brandy - went into what he called a "blind rage. " When it was over, police say, Deveney, 35, was strangled and 12-year-old Elijah Rosado stabbed repeatedly and left with two blades still in his body. Rivera's four-page statement to Philadelphia Homicide Detective Brian J. Peters was the only evidence introduced Tuesday at a preliminary hearing where Rivera, 26, was held for trial on two counts of murder and related charges by Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter.
November 25, 2013 |
DOYLESTOWN Bucks County commissioners spent an hour at their meeting Wednesday discussing an audiovisual system for the new courthouse, farm soil quality, and new chairs for the 911 call center. But when the floor was opened for public comment, the first five residents addressed the same topic, and it was none of the above. "I think that this whole gay-marriage thing and gay-rights thing in general is a new development," said Bill Tribley, 58, of Telford, later adding, "I would just encourage you to support traditional marriage in all ways.
November 22, 2013 |
ADMINISTRATORS from the Philadelphia School District implored City Council yesterday to lobby Harrisburg for a permanent funding solution to bear the cost of the city's public-school system and avoid "year-to-year begging. " City Council members have long complained of being left out of the loop when it comes to budget time for the school district. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who chairs the education committee, said during a marathon public hearing in City Hall that district officials seem to wait until the last minute to present their budget to City Council.
November 22, 2013 |
DARRYLL MARTIN took some NyQuil for his cold and was about to climb into bed about 10 o'clock Wednesday night when his mother's frantic screams tore through the family's Frankford home, setting him on a course to become a hero. Martin, 33, raced downstairs. Dennis "Bam" Hill, a raging, 6-foot-3, 300-plus-pound family friend visiting from New York, had a viselike grip on his own two daughters, ages 1 month and 4 years, and a fistful of sharp kitchen utensils. "He has the two kids gripped up, and the fork and the knife like this," Martin recounted yesterday, making a fist.
July 16, 2013 |
Debate swirled Sunday over the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, as public officials and private citizens focused on racial profiling, self-defense, and equal justice. Mayor Nutter, who last year called the shooting "an assassination," was among those who expressed disappointment in George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Martin, 17. "A young black man is dead without any real explanation," Nutter said in a statement. "George Zimmerman took an innocent life.
July 12, 2013 |
THE SCHUYLKILL Expressway's nerve-racking enough without bullets flying around, but state police say one angry motorist skipped the horn and went for a gun in a road-rage incident Wednesday night. The victim was driving his Chrysler 300 west on the Expressway about 10:30 p.m. between Montgomery Drive and Route 1 when he accidentally cut off another driver, said Cpl. Gerard McShea, of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Philadelphia. The victim said he saw the car behind him speed up and then heard a loud crack, McShea said.
June 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Lebanon's third-largest city was turned into a battle zone Monday as the military battled heavily armed followers of an extremist Sunni cleric holed up in a mosque in a southern port city. Residents fled as machine-gun fire and grenade explosions shook the coastal area in one of the deadliest rounds of violence, seen is a test of the weak state's ability to contain the furies unleashed by Syria's civil war. At least 16 soldiers were killed in two days of clashes with armed followers of Ahmad al-Assir, a maverick sheikh whose rapid rise among the ranks of some Sunnis is a symptom of the deep frustration among many who resent the Hezbollah-led Shiite ascendancy to power in Lebanon.