September 17, 2016 |
A band played last Friday evening as guests mingled on the sidewalk over hors d'oeuvres, then took seats in the street at long tables laid with hand-printed placemats, below strings of festive lights. It could've been mistaken for the city's latest pop-up beer garden - but this was American Street, the five-lane, industrial artery at the frontier of gentrification pushing west from Fishtown and north from Northern Liberties. Normally, the street isn't much to look at: Vacant lots sprout high weeds and chain link.
May 12, 2016 |
Two North Philadelphia brothers accused of shooting and seriously wounding an 11-year-old bystander to avenge a street fight have been acquitted of all charges. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for about 21/2 hours Monday before acquitting Marcellus Temple, 27, and Jalaal Spady, 18, of aggravated assault, attempted murder, and two gun counts in the April 6, 2014, shooting that wounded Kashie Crawford. For Spady, Monday was the first time he had been out of jail since he was charged at age 16, defense attorney Leon D. Goodman said.
April 27, 2016 |
An East Germantown man has been charged with killing Najee Rivera, 23, during a street fight on a Kensington corner in December, Philadelphia police said Monday. Khalil Henderson, 22, of the 5700 block of Kemble Avenue, was arrested Friday and charged with murder and related offenses in the shooting death of Rivera at C and Somerset Streets on Dec. 5, 2015, according to police. Rivera died months before he was expected to testify at the trial of two officers accused of beating him after a traffic stop in Kensington in 2013.
December 23, 2015 |
A CONVICTED murderer who came very close to taking another life this weekend is now on the run, according to police, and authorities are seeking the public's help in tracking him down. About 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Rashon Solice, 37, of Philadelphia, allegedly went to a home on Copley Road near Long Lane in Upper Darby looking for a woman named "Nicole. " When the male resident of the home, who had only met Solice on one prior occasion, said he did not know Nicole's whereabouts, an argument ensued, according to Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
December 4, 2015 |
NEW YORK - There he was: Sam Hinkie, the Sixers' invisible general manager, usually harder to find than a snipe in the bushes. But Wednesday night Hinkie was right where a general manager ought to be during a time of crisis: outside the visitors' locker room at Madison Square Garden, basketball's holy temple, ready to explain the club's decrees and actions as it suspended the Big Asset for street fighting. Ready to take ownership, the Sixers' motto in these trying times. The Sixers on Wednesday suspended troubled rookie Jahlil Okafor, but only after universal outrage at video of a second street fight; one that ended with a motionless victim lying face-down, bleeding from the head.
December 4, 2015 |
I was in Milwaukee the December night that Charles Barkley rearranged a heckler's nose during a brief street fight that took place after the guy followed Barkley out of a bar and challenged him to show how tough he was. This was before Twitter and Instagram, before Periscope and Meerkat. It was long before everyone carried a video camera in his or her pocket. Even a conscientious newspaper beat man, one painfully aware that Barkley required considerable monitoring, might not hear of such an incident until the next morning, when a hotel worker mentioned that the Milwaukee Police Department had come to collect Barkley before he checked out. Times change.
November 28, 2015 |
76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by the website TMZ.com. In the video, Okafor - who stands 6-foot-11, weighs 271 pounds, and turns 20 on Dec. 15 - is seen shouting at several individuals, then shoving a man to the ground. After at least one person tries to restrain him, Okafor punches a man who appears to be the same individual he had pushed, knocking him to the pavement again.
November 13, 2015 |
Carolyn Ruggeri went to Camden on Wednesday to help heroin addicts avoid the fate of her daughter, Rose, who died a drug-related death in 2012. Patty DiRenzo was there for her late son, Sal. And for Tom Bush, the effort was likewise personal: He's lost three extended family members - all in their 20s - to heroin in recent years. "We're trying to spread awareness about this epidemic," Bryan J. Bush, assistant business manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, told about 50 law enforcement officers, union members, and other volunteers in front of Camden County police headquarters.
September 25, 2015 |
POLICE NABBED a man charged in a brutal stabbing in West Oak Lane on Thursday after he turned up at the same hospital as his alleged victim. Shortly after 1 a.m., officers responding to reports of a stabbing found a 49-year-old man collapsed in a bloody heap inside the Rodriguez Mini Market, on the corner of Ogontz Avenue and 68th Street, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The store's staff told police that the man had burst through the front door minutes earlier, shouting that he needed help.
May 22, 2015 |
"WHY DON'T you just give him a chance?" "We could have done worse. " "You're being paranoid. " "Maybe the Republican will win in the general election. " All of these statements were posted to my Facebook page on Tuesday night. They were in response to my less-than-subtle comments about the presumptive next mayor. And let me say this at the outset, so I can avoid the awkward insertion of "probable" in every paragraph: The possibility that Jim Kenney will not take up residence in the mayor's office next year is about as substantial as Amal Clooney's waistline.