March 28, 2014 |
BETWEEN BOUTS of tears yesterday, Joseph Zysk testified in his own defense about the January 2011 night that he beat his former girlfriend's 3-year-old son to death. Zysk, 30, who is being tried for third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child, insisted that he did not mean to kill the child, Jason Larkin. The boy and his mother, Daniela Gonzalez, were sleeping at Zysk's mother's Roxborough home when the boy became restless and began crying, Zysk, a recovering heroin addict and ex-Navy veteran, told a Common Pleas jury . "I was getting frustrated.
March 27, 2014 |
THERE'S NO QUESTION that Joseph Zysk landed the liver-lacerating blows that led to 3-year-old Jason Larkin's death by blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding Jan. 15, 2011. The question for the Philadelphia jury that began hearing evidence in Zysk's trial yesterday is whether he committed third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. Zysk, 30, dressed in a blue suit, appeared pensive and often gazed down at the defense table while listening to opening arguments, during which his attorney and the prosecutor agreed that what he did to his former girlfriend's child was horrific.
March 17, 2014 |
IN MID-DECEMBER, a Roxborough fire station was forced to close its doors after noxious fumes sent a firefighter to the hospital. Now, almost exactly three months later, the station remains closed, and investigators still haven't located the exact source of those fumes, according to the Fire Department. Engine Company 66, on Ridge Avenue near Shawmont, has been empty since Dec. 18, when a firefighter was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital after becoming dizzy and light-headed.
March 2, 2014 |
About 500 patients who visited a physician recently at Unity Health Care in Washington walked away with an unusual prescription. The medicine? Regular doses of a local park. The health system has a searchable database of more than 350 parks. The physician can print out a one-page summary of a specific park, detailing what it offers, where it is, and how to get there. The D.C. Park Prescription Program, focused on children, is a stepped-up version of programs trying to wrest children away from their computer screens and get them out into nature.
February 6, 2014 |
AT 6-8, TYERE MARSHALL might seem a surprising underdog. That is until you find out the Roxborough High junior big man is playing his first season of high school basketball. Yesterday, Marshall's 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks helped the host, sixth-seeded Indians (12-10, 10-3) smack 11th-seeded Masterman, 67-47, in the Public League (Class AA) preliminary playoffs. Roxborough will play at High School of the Future tomorrow at 3:15. So, why did the Germantown resident suddenly decide to get into the game?
January 17, 2014 |
FEDERAL AND CITY agencies are investigating the source of noxious fumes that have kept a Roxborough fire station closed since Dec. 17, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said yesterday. The Daily News reported yesterday that the station, Engine Company 66 on Ridge Avenue near Shawmont, has been shuttered since a firefighter became ill there. Ayers said the situation is under investigation by a joint task force of "federal, state and city government officials," including the Environmental Protection Agency, the city's Water Department and the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Unit.
December 24, 2013
"THAT'S THE place opening in the Le Bec-Fin spot, right? I'll wear my ascot," a buddy of mine goofed when I asked him if he'd like to join me for dinner at Avance, which opened in Center City this past weekend. It's understandable to assume you'd need to make a Thurston Howell III neckwear statement to assimilate at this address, given the haute reputation Georges Perrier's palace of Gallic gastronomy cultivated over its four-decade run as this city's best restaurant. It's a mentality Philadelphia-born chef Justin Bogle, who's been waiting for the chance to return to his hometown, is hell-bent on hanging up for good, though he'd prefer to let his cooking lead the conversation.
December 20, 2013 |
REMEMBER THOSE days in gym class when you played basketball on the side courts with the wooden backboards that were missing the red squares? Well, at first, it was kind of like that. Because of a leaky roof, Roxborough High hosted Academy at Palumbo yesterday in a fast-paced game played "sideways" as trash cans caught dripping water near the Indians' logo at the center of the regular court. Palumbo junior Anwar Epps scored 27 points and led his squad to a 77-72 victory. Sure, he was initially taken aback by the shrunken accommodations, but he had an advantage.
October 27, 2013 |
FOR A HALF of football, Roxborough and Prep Charter were locked in a near stalemate at 14-12, as the teams kicked off the Public League AA playoffs Friday at the South Philadelphia Supersite. That was until Prep Charter (4-1 PL AA) ran off 26 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 40-12 victory for the school's first playoff win. The first-half catalyst for No. 2-seeded PC was certainly Quadir Strothers, a 5-8, 160-pound running back who needed only six carries to net 118 yards and two scores before intermission.
October 3, 2013 |
PUBLIC LEAGUE executive director Robert Coleman yesterday revealed the aftermath of the Del-Val Charter and Roxborough fight that ended Saturday's football game prematurely. Del-Val will forfeit its next two games and will be placed on probation, because this is its second fighting incident, Coleman said. Del-Val was involved in a fight with Prep Charter on Sept. 7. The school also will forfeit its right to participate in any football playoffs this year. Further incidents will result in Del-Val's football program being shut down for the season, Coleman said.