November 15, 2015 |
FOR THE 12 days since 16-year-old Saleem West was gunned down on a bike in North Philly, his mom has been unable to speak publicly. It hurt too much. But yesterday, the day police arrested Saleem's alleged killers, his mom, Acquanetta Sutton, could finally speak of her only child. "My son is at peace now," Sutton told reporters yesterday at police headquarters near a police lieutenant who announced that two teenagers were in custody. "I'm just glad that he's where he needs to be," she said.
October 4, 2015 |
Barbara Mangan Pitocchelli, 87, of Rosemont, a teenage tennis champion who later made her mark as a respected player, umpire, and coach, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, of a digestive ailment at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Pitocchelli's life revolved around tennis and family. Born in Washington, she moved to Villanova in 1942. She attended the Shipley School, where she played varsity tennis all four years. At age 17, she reached the Merion Cricket Club singles championship final, and she captured the title in 1973.
September 11, 2015 |
WHEN A MONSTER snatched her beautiful teenage daughter off the street, raped, beat and strangled her and then left her like trash in a vacant Kensington house, a homicide investigator warned 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado's mourning family that bringing her killer to justice could take time. "The first detective told me: 'You're going to have to wait. You have to be patient.' I thought he meant next week," Anjeanette's mother Paulette Smith, 59, said yesterday. Now, nearly 19 years after Anjeanette was murdered on her walk to school, Smith's long wait for justice has ended.
August 19, 2015 |
A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody Monday in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in North Philadelphia late last month, police said. The teen was positively identified by the girl and was facing charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, rape, and related offenses, police said. The girl was taken from inside her home in the 2600 block of North Hutchinson Street late July 27 or early July 28. She told police that she got up during the night and was walking in a hallway when the suspect appeared from behind a closet door.
June 8, 2015 |
For Christina Williams, 19, rebellion against type 1 diabetes set in during her middle school years. "I would refuse to test, refuse to give myself my insulin doses," the Pennsburg teen said. "I wanted to have a normal life and live just like my friends without diabetes. " The result was consistently elevated blood glucose, which translated into constant tiredness for Williams, a competitive swimmer. What finally turned the Lock Haven University sophomore around was her diabetes educator telling her during her freshman year of high school that if she wanted to think about driving a car, she had to lower her A1C, the test that shows the average of blood glucose readings spanning three months.
May 31, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The debut of 17-year-old Brooke Henderson at the ShopRite LPGA Classic was a roller-coaster ride of birdies and bogeys, and ended with her within only 2 shots of Morgan Pressel's first-round lead. Playing on a sponsor's exemption, Henderson carded eight birdies, five bogeys and five pars in her round of 68 that left her in a group of nine players at that number. Henderson, who started on the back nine, was 2-over for her first six holes before six birdies on her next eight.
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.