July 19, 2014 |
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
June 25, 2014 |
A KNIFE-WIELDING robber tried to bilk Sharon Doyle out of a hard day's pay at Stan's Health Food, her store on Frankford Avenue near Wellington Street in Mayfair, police said. But he didn't realize that Doyle, 46, spent more than a decade working in law enforcement, including stints in the Philadelphia Police Department and the Secret Service. He also didn't know that he had brought a knife to a gunfight. And he ended up in the morgue with a bullet in his chest from Doyle's .38-caliber revolver, according to police.
January 7, 2014 |
GLOUCESTER COUNTY A team of Gloucester County students is learning how to tackle what President Obama has called "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation": the cyberthreat. The 30 students, ages 12 to 18, are members of the Gloucester County Composite Squadron of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the Air Force. The squadron is similar to ROTC. It helped distribute food to people in a Shore town in the aftermath of Sandy, led a toy drive for children with autism, and participated in other community activities.
January 10, 2013
Glass markers with personality Wine markers are great for stemware, but we've been to one too many gatherings where we try to remember where we set down our stemless glass. Solve the problem with these colorful figures that stick with tiny suction cups. And have fun assigning markers to your party guests. Who is Sneaky? Macho? Curious? Vacu Vin Party People Glass Markers, $6.95 for 12 at Sur La Table stores, or www.surlatable.com . - Ellen Dunkel iPad slipcover Many a cook has discovered the joy and convenience of cooking with an iPad, with literally millions of recipes and images at your fingertips.
January 24, 2012 |
Police are looking for the masked gunman who walked up to the clerk in a North Philadelphia bodega Monday night and shot her four times, killing her. The victim was identified this morning as Rosemary Fernandez-Rivera, 33, who lived above the Caribe Mini Market on the corner of Westmoreland and Mutter Streets. Investigators, who suspect the woman was targeted for the shooting, are studying video from surveillance cameras in the area in the hopes it will give them clues to the gunman's identity.
November 4, 2011 |
Law enforcement officials in Montgomery and Lehigh Counties on Thursday reported busting up a retail-fraud scheme in which thieves resold online merchandise they had bought at knockdown prices from Target. The knockdown, officials said Thursday, was done by the thieves themselves. In 46 cases from February to July, they affixed fake UPC labels they had created to pricey items on Target's shelves. The UPC stickers allowed the thieves to buy items at steeply discounted prices.
December 3, 2009
Tim Tam sandwich cookies, top-selling treats Down Under, are available now through March on these shores. Two flavors, chocolate creme and caramel, will be at all major supermarkets, but Classic Darks can be found only at Target stores. All three chocolate-covered cookies are addicting. Pick your favorite. The newest in Oxo's line of Good Grip measuring cups is this 1/4 cup mini, perfect for smaller measurements and calibrated in tablespoons, ounces, and milliliters. Like its larger siblings, this Oxo provides angled measurement marks inside the cup. Dishwasher safe; no-handle stability.
October 19, 2007 |
Put the house into frightening form for Halloween with this scary stuff. Our night to haunt and howl is less than two weeks away! Set these mini-totes ($12 for 2) all around, filled with candy and other goodies. Available at www.williams-sonoma.com (online/catalog sales only). Let this glowing grapevine pumpkin ($10) greet visiting ghouls. Sold at Target stores; see www.target.com for availability. John Derian's Trademark paperweight ($60) puts the eerie fun deskside.
October 31, 2002 |
Robert Berman is standing in the middle of his showroom floor, talking loudly, and wearing a 3-foot foam cheesesteak on his head. It is not an especially remarkable scene. Berman, 35, makes goofy, outrageous and otherwise bizarre headgear and costumes for a living, to the tune of about $2 million annually in sales. His wares can be found in Target stores nationally, and in area Halloween stores seasonally. His business, Rasta Imposta, was born when the economics-graduate-turned-playwright spent the summer on Long Beach Island in 1992.
January 23, 2002 |
Although Kmart's blue light will remain on and Martha Stewart plans to keep pitching products, the struggling discount retailer voluntarily placed itself under U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection yesterday. Kmart Corp., battered by intense price competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a better image projected by Target Corp., filed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Chicago. The 102-year-old Troy, Mich., company said it was determined to stay in business and keep open all of its 2,114 stores, including 43 in the Philadelphia region.