September 16, 2016 |
THE FOLKS at Disney seem to be paying attention to those diversity memos. With featured roles this fall for a chess-playing Ugandan girl and almost her entire village ( Queen of Katwe ) and a Polynesian princess ( Moana ), with Black Panther soon to start shooting, the Mouse House is getting more colorful both in front of and behind the camera. Now word came yesterday from Deadline.com that the studio and director Ava DuVernay ( Selma ) have cast 13-year-old Storm Reid ( 12 Years A Slave )
September 8, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: When my husband was a teenager, he had an ongoing affair with his mother's 20-plus-years-older friend "Nicolle. " He would call her by a nickname to signal he wanted sex. Fast-forward three decades. His family, unaware of their illicit and illegal relationship, regularly invites Nicolle to our family functions. They even call her by that pet nickname, unaware of the connotations. Their affair ended years before I met my husband. But whenever she is around, she follows him like a lost puppy.
August 22, 2016 |
Over eight weeks this summer, 17 students from Camden have worked a criminal case as though they were detectives, peered through microscopes to see the markings on shell casings, learned about crime-scene investigation techniques, and visited the FBI's Philadelphia offices. Before joining the Camden County Police Department's Blue Knights program for students, 16-year-old Nyiasha Torres wanted to be a police officer. "After going to the FBI, now I want to be a bomb technician," she said.
August 8, 2016 |
In the fall of 2008, filmmaker Daniel Meirom turned a group of Camden teenagers loose on the streets with handheld cameras they used to interview friends, neighbors, parents, local historians, and people they met along the way. The goal was for the students to use their burgeoning filmmaking skills to learn about their city's past, present, and future. But over the years the project morphed into a full-fledged documentary in which they were both stars and collaborators. The final product, a 75-minute film called Camden Love Hate , was completed earlier this year by Meirom and Ron Lipsky, who codirected and coproduced.
August 5, 2016 |
Police are looking for a group of teenagers who assaulted an 11-year-old boy at an Olney playground at gunpoint. Authorities on Wednesday released surveillance footage of one of the suspects in the July 12 attack near A and Champlost Streets. The boy was playing basketball at a playground there about 4:50 p.m. when a group of four male teenagers began chasing him, police said. The assailants caught the 11-year-old in a nearby alley, pulled a handgun, forced him to take off his clothes, and punched him in the stomach, authorities said.
June 20, 2016 |
Classes were not yet underway at Camden High School when the two teenagers slipped out of the building unnoticed. Half a mile from school they came across an unlocked silver Cadillac DeVille, police said, and they began cruising through the city's streets. They were driving north on the cobblestone-paved Seventh Street in the city's Lanning Square section just before 10 a.m. on April 25 when they passed a police cruiser. By then the owner of the Cadillac had reported it stolen, and the officer made a U-turn behind them.
April 28, 2016
A woman and four teenagers face burglary charges stemming from a Camden rowhouse fire that sent six people to the hospital and damaged neighboring homes, displacing 26 residents. Asia Williams, 35, of Camden, a former tenant at the home at 828 Haddon Avenue, had planned to burglarize the property with the teenagers before the fire, which happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Authorities are still investigating who set the blaze. Williams was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, terroristic threats, and employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime.
April 4, 2016
American Girls Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers By Nancy Jo Sales Knopf. 416 pp. $26.95. Reviewed by Hillary Rea Selfie. Thot. Yik Yak. Savage. Aesthetic. Slut pages. Emoji. Kik. Tinder. Tumblr. Snapchat. Such jargon pops up on page after page in Nancy Jo Sales' engrossing exposé, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers . Sales, 51, is the author of The Bling Ring , which inspired the movie of the same name.
March 16, 2016
A teenager was struck by a police cruiser Monday evening while he was walking in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia, authorities said. An unidentified officer was responding to what was described as a priority call shortly after 6 p.m. when his cruiser hit the teen, said Sgt. Eric Gripp, a police spokesman. Additional details surrounding how the accident happened or how fast the cruiser was traveling were not available Monday night. The accident occurred in the 1700 block of 56th Street, Gripp said.
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.