May 11, 2015 |
It didn't take long for Walter Mitchell, 16, to draw a connection between teenagers without jobs in Philadelphia and the recent looting and vandalism in Baltimore. "If those kids would have been at work," they would not have been out on the streets, said Mitchell, of North Philadelphia, a high school student with ambitions to study mechanical engineering in college. "They wouldn't have risked losing their jobs. Mitchell stopped to talk last week outside the Philadelphia School District's central administration building.
May 10, 2015 |
The private police contractors driving Hasheem Singletary down Osage Avenue on Wednesday night had traveled with him from Jacksonville, Fla., to West Philadelphia. They had been tasked with bringing Singletary, who this week turned 17, to the city to face charges in three gunpoint robberies. And by all accounts, the journey had gone smoothly - until the contractors were within a block of the police station where he was to be booked. That's when, police say, their charge, still in handcuffs, slipped out a backseat door of their rental car and disappeared down an alleyway.
April 2, 2015 |
A teenage boy is recovering after getting shot in his left buttocks during an argument on a South Philly corner, police said. Just before 1 p.m., the victim, 14, was at the intersection of Christian and 13th streets when he got into an altercation with three other teens, a police source said. It's unclear what the fight was about, but it escalated into gunfire. Ultimately, the teen was struck in his left buttocks and was taken by police to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the source said.
March 1, 2015 |
Susan Funck got the horrible news on her 47th birthday - Aug. 27, 2012. Her 13-year-old daughter, Hannah Duffy, had a brain tumor. A biopsy later confirmed that the tumor was malignant. It would be fatal. Funck swore from the beginning that she would tell Hannah the whole truth about her diagnosis. Over the next year, Hannah confronted her mortality, sometimes tearfully. She also scored a winning soccer goal in double overtime two weeks after her biopsy. She laughed and celebrated.
September 26, 2014 |
TWO LONG LINES of mourners waited patiently and quietly to enter the doors of the Philadelphia Masjid in West Philadelphia for the funeral services, or Salat al-Janazah, yesterday for Aisha Abdur Rahman, the 15-year-old killed by a stray bullet as she left school Monday. The women, most of them dressed in black outer garments and black head scarfs stood in a line that stretched from the front steps to the end of the block on Wyalusing Avenue to get inside the crowded mosque. Many greeted one another with silent hugs.
August 27, 2014 |
The FBI is searching for two Maryland teenagers who law enforcement officials say disappeared under suspicious circumstances this month. Authorities said Jesse Grant Veasey Jr., 16, and Ricardo Eugene Levenberry, 19, both of Elkton, may have been taken across state lines and are asking for the public's help in locating them. Veasey and Levenberry disappeared about a day apart, Veasey on Aug. 18 and Levenberry on Aug. 19. Both were last seen getting into a blue four-door Chevrolet in Elkton's Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood.
August 12, 2014 |
Bryan Eichen, 13, grew up watching his older brothers compete in JCC Maccabi Games soccer tournaments and is eager to play now that he's old enough. "I want to be a part of it," he said, eyes wide, as he and his parents, Lisa and Eduard of Voorhees waited in the cafeteria of Eastern Regional High School for three towering 16-year-old soccer players from California. The Eichens are a host family for the teens from Woodland Hills, Calif., who will be among 1,200 athletes participating in Cherry Hill, one of three host cities for the annual Olympic-style event for Jewish teens.
August 8, 2014 |
HOLLYWOOD, an industry notoriously starved for ideas, has become very good at repurposing old junk. Some of the brightest people in the business earn their money taking the rubbish of yesteryear, adding irony and wit, and coming up with something both nostalgia-driven and new. If you can do it with "21 Jump Street," you can do it with anything. Except maybe "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " This reboot feels less like an affectionate tribute to the '80s kiddie phenomenon than a low-grade version of some stale "Transformers" sequel, and lo and behold, it's produced by Michael Bay. Bay has his purported strengths, but wit and irony are not among them.
July 28, 2014 |
Matt Greenwood seemed to hold his breath as he stared at his robot rolling through a maze on the floor Tuesday night. The robot crossed the finish line, and the 9-year-old boy's face lit up. "It did it!" he said. "You want to keep programming?" his father, Dan, asked. "Yeah!" Matt said, grabbing the robot and rushing to a laptop that Hannah Tipperman had set up to control it. "They think they're playing with toys, but they're learning some pretty advanced concepts," said Tipperman.
July 24, 2014 |
In the tough part of Brooklyn where she spent her younger years, Bridgette Brawner saw neighbors strung out on drugs, arguments that turned violent, families like her own struggling to get by. But most frightening was watching as other kids grew to accept, and expect, a bleak future. "You get to a certain age and you're shot. Or you get to a certain age and you have a child," she said, recalling Flatbush. " . . . There had to be something else outside of what I was seeing. " A profound thought for a young girl, especially one struggling with personal issues as dark as sexual molestation.