March 30, 2014 |
THE LAST conversation Diedra Counts had with her oldest son wasn't that remarkable. Montrell Freeman Jr., 19, called her to check in Jan. 9 while he waited for a basketball game to start at the Vare Recreation Center in South Philly. Forty-five minutes later, Counts got another call: Freeman had been shot. He died later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said. "When this happened, I didn't know which direction to turn," Counts, 42, said last week at her home, a half-mile from where her son was gunned down.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO - The question posed to Chip Kelly was simple: "Do you want DeSean on the team?" The answer was complicated, as much has been during DeSean Jackson's murky offseason with the Eagles. "I like DeSean," Kelly said Wednesday at the NFL's annual meetings. "DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we're always going to do what's best for the organization. " The lukewarm endorsement only fueled more speculation about Jackson's future. Kelly was complimentary of Jackson throughout the one-hour roundtable interview, although he never committed to keeping Jackson on the roster despite ample opportunity.
March 26, 2014 |
FEW OF US get out of childhood unscathed. But before the "record everything, forget nothing" Internet, we were free to shove bad memories deep into our past or, if we chose, our best-selling memoirs. How I wish that were the case for the little girl in the viral video of her mother nodding off on a city bus. "Mama," the little girl in an adorable pink coat says as she reaches over to prop her mother's head up. "Mama!" The young mother appeared to have been severely impaired by drugs or alcohol.
March 17, 2014 |
Starting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation. Another bill, if signed by Gov. Christie, will require districts to create written policies about electronic communication between students and staff. With both pieces of legislation, the Garden State stands to become more of a part of a conversation - some would say movement - that is gaining momentum nationally.
February 27, 2014
A story Tuesday about new hospital policies banning the hiring of smokers incorrectly described what will happen to current employees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital if they continue to smoke after July 1. They will not be penalized but will be grandfathered in. Employees of Main Line Health who smoke will be penalized after that system's policy takes effect May 1. A story Tuesday about social media and the Sochi Olympics misstated the...
February 26, 2014 |
Like most big events, the Sochi Winter Olympics was two sets of events in one: the actual Games (curling, hockey, the highly puzzling biathlon) and what social media made of them. Failed rings! Fashion uprisings! Mammalian hoaxes! The fastest-growing (and most hopeless) petition in Change.org history! Over on TV, the Games were great for NBC. Prime-time viewership averaged 22.1 million through Friday. U.S. teams had a bad last weekend, so viewership faded, but it should still land between the 2010 Vancouver Games (24.4 million)
February 20, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN A MONTH since Penn freshman Madison Holleran died by suicide. An athletic and academic standout in high school, she had been dismayed by her 3.5 grade-point average at Penn and had struggled to balance her studies with her varsity track training. By Jan. 17, she was so despondent, she took her life. Three weeks later, Penn sophomore Elvis Hatcher did the same. Both suicides ignited much debate about the life-or-death pressures of college life (particularly in the Ivy League)
February 19, 2014 |
Shortly after verdicts were announced Saturday night in the Jacksonville, Fla., trial of Michael Dunn, social media flared. Dunn, charged in the killing of Jordan Davis, 17, was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder but acquitted, by a hung jury, of a first-degree count. That caused hurt and objection - and sadness among Davis' family members, who said they though his image had been unfairly tarnished. On Nov. 23, 2012, Dunn pulled into a service station next to an SUV carrying Davis and some friends.
February 12, 2014 |
The storm was a virtual fantasy, the first flakes a good 60 hours or more away. Yet just before daybreak Monday, the National Weather Service did something highly unusual. It predicted a snow total for a storm almost three days away. Blame "Weather Boy"? As the Philadelphia region endures its 10th-snowiest season on record, forecasters find themselves battling not just snow and ice, but social media minions. In the era of viral tweets and posts, storms can become legends before their times.
February 11, 2014
C ORTNEY COHEN, 27, of Old City, owns the Geisha House, a women's boutique on 3rd Street below Race, in Old City. Cohen, a former nurse, opened the boutique in December 2012, and it quickly attracted a following for its sexy, edgy blouses and boho maxi dresses by mostly Australia- and California-based designers. Q: How did you come up with the idea? A: I have a nursing degree from Thomas Jefferson University and was a nurse for three years, but starting a boutique was always a dream.