May 26, 2015
A man who was shot four times in the city's Strawberry Mansion section is in critical condition, police said Sunday. Shortly after 3 p.m., the 34-year-old man was found in the 2500 block of North 29th Street after being shot in the face, chest, stomach and thigh. He was taken to Temple University Hospital. No arrests were reported. Caitlin McCabe
May 21, 2015 |
PHILLY VOTERS apparently don't care that Anthony Clark, who heads the city's three-member board that oversees elections and voter registration, got flak last year for not voting himself since 2011. The city commissioner won reelection - easily. The Daily News couldn't determine whether he voted this time. Nor could the Daily News nab a victory-lap quote. Clark, who lives in Strawberry Mansion, was the only incumbent facing challengers and earns $134,149 a year.
May 21, 2015 |
City Commissioner Anthony Clark and newcomer Lisa Deeley won the Democratic primary for the commissioners race. Republican incumbent Al Schmidt did not have any challengers, so he, too, will move on to the November ballot. All three commissioner seats were on the ballot, with one seat reserved for the minority party. However, Democratic incumbent Stephanie Singer was knocked off the ballot through petition challenges. The commissioners are in charge of overseeing elections and voter registration.
May 11, 2015 |
ANY GIVEN Sunday, open the blue door to the storefront Church of the Living God at 2nd Street near Somerset in West Kensington, and you won't be able to sit still. The band, including a 10-year-old boy strumming a guitar and a 14-year-old girl on the drums, could pass for a professional rock/soul group. Even the oldest member, 100-year-old Anna Lee Green, stands, claps, dances and sings in this self-proclaimed "Happiest Church In The City of Philadelphia. " Happy it is. The church exudes joy even when parishioners cool themselves with fans that depict an ad for a funeral home in the Powelton neighborhood.
April 16, 2015 |
Tim Brennan threw the second perfect game in Holy Ghost Prep history in an 8-0 win over visiting Lower Moreland in Bicentennial League play Tuesday. The St. Joseph's-bound senior was the first to throw a perfect game for the Firebirds since 1985. Therighthander struck out 12 and pushed Holy Ghost Prep to 7-0 on the season. Inter-Ac. Harrison Timberlake struck out four in five innings to earn the win in Penn Charter's 4-1 triumph over visiting Malvern Prep. Kenny Bergman and Gabe Smith each doubled.
March 19, 2015 |
March brings Philadelphia those occasional gloriously sunny days that let winter survivors know it's safe to leave their bunkers because spring is coming. It's a good time to learn that a long-dreamed-of park atop the dormant Reading Railroad viaduct may be on track for construction this summer. A newly announced strategic investment by the William Penn and Knight Foundations, complementing public and other funding, will help make the park happen. Four other parks will also benefit from the $11 million the foundations plan to spend.
February 13, 2015 |
ON NOV. 24, 1960, the Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain pulled down an NBA-record 55 rebounds in a game. Last Thursday, Tamyra Laws, playing for Frederick (Md.) Community College, pulled down 42 rebounds in a game against Howard CC. Wilt, who played at Overbrook High, was 7-1. Laws, who is from Neumann-Goretti, is 5-8. "I didn't even know [how many I had]," said Laws, a sophomore. "My teammate Kelli Griffith told me I had 19 at halftime. After that I just started grabbing rebounds.
January 21, 2015 |
In October 2006, Crystal Brown was invited to a rally at Temple University to meet an already-famous young senator about to launch a campaign for president. Brown, profiled three weeks earlier in The Inquirer, had never heard of Barack Obama. She was too busy caring for her children, the older two in wheelchairs with a genetic disease. As she spoke with Obama, her fourth child, Brandon, 7, wanted to leave. "A man's got to eat," he said. The future president took $20 from his wallet, Brown said, gave it to the boy, and agreed: "A man's got to eat when a man's got to eat. " Before leaving, Brown talked briefly with Obama about her story.
January 18, 2015 |
A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 17, for Loretta Yvonne Mason, 66, a retired Philadelphia School District teacher, who died last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from complications related to her lifelong battle with sickle-cell disease. A North Philadelphia native, Mrs. Mason had moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2004 after she retired. The daughter of Junius and Marie Hicks, Mrs. Mason helped establish a scholarship fund with her brothers to honor their mother for the role she played as plaintiff in a lawsuit that led to the integration of Girard College, following a 1968 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 10, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer was injured during a traffic stop Thursday in Strawberry Mansion when the motorist he had pulled over tried to grab his gun and then drove into him while making his getaway, police said. As the car sped from the scene, Joseph Kochmer, 32, a five-year veteran of the force, fired one shot at the vehicle, but it did not strike the driver, police said. The incident began at 11:38 a.m., when Kochmer and his partner stopped a Chevrolet Impala with an Ohio license plate at 32d Street and Susquehanna Avenue.