March 28, 2013 |
Gerard Shaffer Jr. sobbed throughout his sentencing hearing this morning, just as he did through the trial in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 road-rage beating of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian. The emotional display of the 24-year-old Shaffer did not impress Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom, who sentenced him to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison followed by two years probation. Nor did it impress the family of Shaffer's victim, Mark Wallace, 54, whom Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., beat to death when he walked too slowly in front of their SUV. "You blame your dad," said Wallace's sister, Nancy Kolenkiewicz, looking directly at Shaffer.
March 11, 2013
NO ONE'S immune to Yellow Rage's biting commentaries about race. The two performers in the Asian-American spoken-word duo - Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh - are aggressive. They're in your face. They're fearless. Squirm, and it will say more about you than it does about them. The core of Yellow Rage's message is that black, white, Hispanic and Asian people don't want to be put into racial boxes. I was blown away by their lyrics: Listen a------ Stop trying to guess what I am Stop trying to tell me what I'm not I was born in Seoul which makes me Korean these slightly slanted eyes ain't just for seein b----, I see right through you you expert on me with your fake Asian tattoo you expert on me with your taebo and kung fu So what you tried Dim Sum and den some on the menu So what you a fan of Lucy Liu So what you read "The Joy Luck Club" too that makes you an expert on how I should look?
March 7, 2013 |
The kindergarten war continues. After it halted a longtime first-come, first-served policy for kindergarten registration at one of the city's top public schools, the Philadelphia School District held a lottery late last month to select the 78 children lucky enough to win spots at Penn Alexander for the fall. That left 10 children denied admission to the K-8 school, which boasts a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania that provides an extra $1,300 per student and low class sizes.
February 22, 2013 |
THE CHANTS from families whose children attend Penn Alexander School were simple and blunt. "Ten more in! Ten more in!" the 60 adults and children yelled Wednesday outside a University Council meeting at the University of Pennsylvania. The group braved the chilly temperatures to demand that 10 students, wait-listed to attend the prestigious K-to-8 school under a new district-imposed lottery system, be allowed to enroll. "Broken Compact, Broken Families, Broken Community" read one sign.
January 29, 2013 |
By Allison Steele Jason Smith, the 36-year-old exterminator charged in the murder of Center City pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, pleaded guilty last year to exposing himself to someone on I-95 n a fit of road rage, court records show. Smith, who was arrested last week for allegedly strangling Ketunuti and setting her body on fire in the basement of her home, received the citation in Bensalem for disorderly conduct on March 16. The circumstances were not clear, but Smith, of Levittown, paid $289 in fines, according to court papers.
January 26, 2013 |
A man died and two firefighters suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out late last night at the Melrose shopping center in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. Montgomery County dispatch logs show the fire was reported about 11 Thursday night in a 911 call. The two-alarm blaze broke out during what was initially reported as a small explosion in a beauty supply store in the strip mall on the unit block of East Cheltenham Avenue. The fire was brought until control about 4:37 a.m., but was still burning an hour later.
January 23, 2013 |
MASNAA, Lebanon - Key Syrian ally Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport. The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow's waning confidence in the ability of its ally President Bashar al-Assad to hold onto power. The U.N. chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the Russian evacuations indicate "the continued deterioration of the security situation and the violence that Assad is leading against his own people.
January 20, 2013
Q: I find it to be a pain in the butt when I am on the highway and the person in the left lane is driving 40-50 mph. It is called the passing lane, buddy. At what point can I hit the horn or flash my lights? - In a Hurry but not a Rush from Ridley A: Slow down,'bro. It's not worth getting worked up with road rage over some slow driver, because these days you've got a lot of crazy people out there, and there's no telling what they'd do if confronted. Keeping a safe distance and flashing the brights once is cool, but if you keep doing it and the driver still doesn't move to the right, then it could turn into a game of wills.
January 16, 2013 |
A former star athlete at Temple University has filed federal suit against the school claiming that she was kicked off the volleyball team and her full scholarship revoked after she reported that her ex-boyfriend, a Temple football player, assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Emily Frazer was a starting middle blocker and team server on the 2011 Temple volleyball team, according to the school's website. On Jan. 21, 2011, Frazer was visiting a fellow student in the Cecil B. Moore dormitory building when there was a knock on the door.
January 15, 2013 |
A man accused of the road-rage killing of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter. Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, had been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, but a Common Pleas Court jury decided that he did not intend to cause serious bodily injury in the April 8, 2010, death of Mark Wallace, 54. Shaffer, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison, is...