November 28, 2015 |
After two tumultuous weeks, Richie Torres will return to the campus of Washington College following the holiday break with a mission: Get fellow students to stop using Yik Yak. The app, a social-media platform used to post anonymous messages, has exploded in popularity on college campuses. Administrators even use it to gauge student moods. But Torres and other friends blame cyberbullying, in part, for the suicide of Jacob Marberger, the Cheltenham Township teen whose disappearance this month sparked a multistate search, halted classes, and brought a national spotlight to the small college in Chestertown, Md. "We're all telling people to uninstall Yik Yak, because it's harmful," said Torres, a Washington College sophomore who was close friends with Marberger.
November 14, 2015 |
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District is among the elite of the region, but Chester County officials say it has at least one thing in common with every district in the county - and others across the country: students barely in their teens sexting. A fourth T/E student has been charged with distributing sexually explicit images, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday, in a case that continues to roil the district's middle and high schools, which are among the top-ranked in the state academically.
November 12, 2015 |
Carolyn Roth was 10 when she lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's. Later, as an adult, when she became chairwoman of the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer's, she considered a tattoo: It would be a lasting memorial to her grandmother, and, at the same time, draw attention to a cause near and dear to her heart. So, three years ago, she got on her shoulder some carnations to represent her grandmother's January birthday, Latin words that translate to "Grandmother, I carry your memory in my heart," and a forget-me-not - the logo of the Alzheimer's Association.
November 5, 2015 |
The romance began on Facebook and ended on the third date, after Laura Selvage's new boyfriend made some "creepy comments" when she fell asleep near him as they watched a movie at her parents' Baltimore-area home. Then followed a campaign of abusive calls and text messages, and the sabotage of her social media accounts and emails. Selvage said she sought a restraining order, but was denied. Baltimore County authorities did not seem interested in prosecuting, she said. But in October 2011, Selvage told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday, a Baltimore police officer called and said she should contact Philadelphia police detectives.
November 4, 2015 |
"I'm flamboyant," says the actor, model, musician, and reality TV luminary Cory Wade. "I'm a queen. And it's hard to hide that. " It's not necessary, either, especially with Wade back on the boards in Rent as Angel, a role he most certainly was born to play. "When Cory reached out to me, I cast him on the spot. I knew he would be a perfect Angel," Ritz Theatre Company director Bruce Curless says. "Angel is a beautiful person. And Cory reflects that, as Cory. " The personable performer, who's appeared on three seasons of the CW network's long-running America's Next Top Model glam-fest, is 6-foot-2, a willowy presence with electric-blue eyes and an even higher-wattage smile.
November 2, 2015 |
AS DIVERS SEARCHED the Delaware River for signs of Frankford High freshman Pamela Flores yesterday, her friends and family continued to flood Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with information about her, in the hopes of bringing her home safely. Pamela, 14, vanished on Tuesday after leaving for school at 8:15 a.m. When she didn't return home in the afternoon, her parents went looking for her. Pamela's family searched the area around the school, on Oxford Avenue near Harrison Street, and filed a police report that night.
October 30, 2015
FACEBOOK is a little bit like Lord of the Flies , without the exotic island locale. It's a place where people can gang up on you in a virtual lynch mob if you stray from the communal orthodoxy, and they use the "like" button as rope. You have two choices: Be shamed into submission or slink away on a life raft. Mark Zuckerberg's lucrative social experiment started as a way for college students to meet, a/k/a hook-up. But when parents and grandparents staged an unexpected coup d'etat, filling the screen with pictures of meals they'd eaten at Olive Garden, the kids moved on and the adults (I use that term loosely)
October 20, 2015 |
Comedian Margaret Cho has been sounding off on social media after news broke that the two men who pleaded guilty to attacking a gay couple in Center City won't serve time. On Twitter this weekend, she wrote: Bully the bullies with prison. #endgaybashing #phillyhatecrime — Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) October 17, 2015 Gay bashing is a crime that should be punished to the full extent of the law. Apologies are not enough. Prison+apology+civil suit = justice — Margaret Cho (@margaretcho)
October 2, 2015 |
Aretha Franklin released a statement Wednesday saying she had a lovely interaction with Pope Francis on Saturday and did not realize he was sitting behind her when she performed at the Festival of Families later that evening. Franklin took her fair share of heat on social media for failing to greet the pontiff after she took the stage to perform "Amazing Grace. " All of the other performers - including emcee Mark Wahlberg and classical singer Andrea Bocelli - greeted the pope before or after singing, and he presented each with a small gift.
September 14, 2015 |
Nothing good comes in the aftermath of the death of a teenage soccer player. Except for the emails. And the texts. And the donations. And the hugs and handshakes and heartfelt condolences. And the sympathetic shout-outs on Twitter. And all those poignant photographs on Instagram and Facebook of other girls' teams from around the state wearing purple ribbons in their hair. "It's actually been incredible," Eastern senior captain Katie Beluch said of the outpouring of support for the Vikings since the death of one of their own on Sept.