October 1, 2014 |
RABBI DAVID KUSHNER is having a rough start to the Jewish New Year. "We're trying to look at this situation positively," Kushner, of Rhawnhurst, told the Daily News last night. "The year can only get better from here. " Early Thursday, his Ford Explorer was torched as it sat parked in the lot next to the Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Atlantic City, the rabbi said. Kushner recently became the synagogue's rabbi, and had parked the SUV in the lot Wednesday night before conducting Rosh Hashanah services.
September 7, 2014 |
A 10-year-old boy who was struck and dragged by an SUV while riding his bicycle Thursday in Northeast Philadelphia died early Friday morning, police said. About 8:20 p.m. Thursday, Mekhi Freeman was riding near the intersection of Loretto and Longshore Avenues in Castor Gardens, police said, when a Cadillac Escalade stopped at a stop sign at Longshore. Riding west through the intersection, Mekhi was struck by the accelerating SUV, which was heading south. The boy was dragged about 50 feet, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
September 5, 2014 |
Two of the three Bucks County teenagers killed in an SUV crash last weekend apparently were not wearing seat belts when the vehicle flipped multiple times off a northeastern Pennsylvania road, police said Wednesday. The third victim died despite wearing his seat belt, police said, but a fourth passenger, also a student at Council Rock South High School, was unbuckled in the vehicle and escaped with minor injuries. As accident reconstruction experts continued their investigation, State Police also confirmed that the driver, an unlicensed 15-year-old from New York who may have been speeding, will be charged in juvenile court.
September 4, 2014 |
The SUV that flipped and rolled off a northeastern Pennsylvania road last weekend, killing three Bucks County teenagers, was driven by a 15-year-old New York girl who may have been speeding, authorities said Tuesday. As Council Rock South High School and its community opened the school year facing a numbing succession of funerals and memorial services, investigators prepared possible charges in the case. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards declined to identify the driver or the charges, except to say they would be processed in juvenile court.
August 17, 2014 |
Lexus invented the luxury crossover SUV when it introduced its RX model 16 years ago. For that Edisonesque accomplishment, the upmarket manufacturer was issued a license to print money. The RX sells more than 100,000 copies a year, making it this country's top-selling luxury vehicle. That many sales of a vehicle that starts at $40,795 translates into yumongous yens, particularly when you're talking about premium-brand profit margins. Now, it seems, the king of the Lexus showrooms will have to cede a little floor space to a new kid brother, the Lexus NX. Due in the dealerships in late November/early December, the NX is Lexus' new entry-level crossover, a somewhat smaller, sportier, and cheaper variation on the RX. Unlike the pioneering RX, however, the NX is rather late to the compact crossover party.
August 12, 2014 |
THE HOT August sun beat heavily on 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue yesterday. But that didn't stop Jameer Greer, 10, and Jhafi Sexton, 15, from standing at the corner, directing drivers to a car wash on the block. Greer and Sexton spent the day working the event at Time Out Car Wash, in Nicetown, as part of a fundraiser for WANPAE - Worry About Nothing Purpose is Alive in Everyone - a Philly organization that teaches preteens and teenagers entrepreneurship and how to pursue their passions.
August 6, 2014 |
Three small white caskets stood open at the front of the church, covered in flowers. One man doubled over in grief at the sight. Another sagged into the arms of relatives, who struggled to hold him up as he choked out two words: "My boy. " Relatives and friends clung to each other as they made their way down the aisle at the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church. One woman rushed down the aisle, crying, "It's not real. " As the bodies of three siblings lay in the white caskets on a bright Monday morning, hundreds filed past to pay their respects - politicians and pastors, teachers from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, and even a local motorcycle club, decked out in leather vests.
July 31, 2014 |
Hundreds of people gathered at a rally and vigil Tuesday evening on the grassy lot where three children were killed by a carjacked SUV that veered out of control at Germantown and Allegheny Avenues last week. Cassandra Alexander, a relative who spoke on behalf of the family, described their anguish and bewilderment. "Our hearts are broken. We can't believe this is our new reality: a nightmare with no end," she told the crowd. Killed in the crash were 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Joseph Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Moore.
May 21, 2014 |
GREG JENKINS was awakened early yesterday morning by a "loud thump" against the side of his rowhouse in West Philly. "It sounded like something was about to come through the walls," Jenkins said last night outside his home, on Daggett Street near Girard Avenue. He had no idea that the noises were blows allegedly being rained down on his elderly next-door neighbor by her 15-year-old foster son. "I always got a bad vibe from that kid, to be honest," he said, "but I never pictured anything like this; he never struck me as violent.