February 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Despite his lawyer's assertion that he should be acquitted because of his "good character," the owner of a West Philadelphia auto-repair business was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the shotgun slaying of his girlfriend in front of her family. After listening to relatively brief closing arguments, Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson convicted Anthony Alexander, 62, and sentenced him to the mandatory term of life in prison without parole for the Feb. 26, 2013, murder of Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 37. Asked by the judge whether he had anything to say, Alexander said, "This wasn't anything intentional.
September 13, 2013 |
Darryl Rigney said he had the car and Montez Bethea the idea: "I know where to score some marijuana. " Score proved to be an understatement. When Bethea and another friend, Rashann James, left the house in the 3000 block of Redner Street in Brewerytown, Rigney testified, they took with them a plastic trash bag containing 12 pounds of marijuana and three handguns. And they left behind two bodies. On Wednesday, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson convicted Bethea and James of first-degree murder in the Dec. 8, 2010, shootings of Jemark Glenn Miller Daniel and girlfriend Petranella London, both 24. Bronson called the case "a senseless killing of two young people who were slaughtered over a trash bag full of marijuana.
September 10, 2013 |
DAVE MALMAN doesn't have a girlfriend right now, but the 22-year-old eager beaver from Glen Mills was one of the first in line for "Free Vibrator Day" yesterday at the Feminique sexuality boutique in West Chester. "I came for all these beautiful women," said Malman. "I'm hoping to find the right girl and give it to her. " The good vibrations were hard to ignore as more than 300 people - from Fulbright scholars to college freshmen - lined Church Street in West Chester to receive a free "pocket rocket" vibrator courtesy of Feminique.
December 9, 2012 |
I'll never forget sailing on a glass-bottom boat from Store Bay in Tobago to Buccoo Reef, one of the most spectacular treasures of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. At the Coral Gardens, the boat stopped to allow those who wanted to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive to get off, while the rest of us stayed on to survey the fantastic coral formations and watch the varied marine life swimming in the turquoise water beneath the boat. At the Nylon Pool, a naturally formed pool within the reef itself, I got out of the boat with the other passengers and jumped into the warm water.
February 17, 2012 |
BAYER LEVERKUSEN sporting director Rudi Voeller was dismayed that his players squabbled over the souvenir when Lionel Messi gave the shirt off his back - at halftime. Messi scored one goal, set up another and hit a post in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League win at Leverkusen (Germany) on Tuesday night, when two of the home team's players were a little too keen to collect a jersey from the three-time FIFA player of the year. The eagerness of defenders Michal Kadlec and Manuel Friedrich to acquire Messi's shirt was "definitely a bit too much," Voeller said in yesterday's edition of German daily Bild . Bild reported Kadlec exchanged jerseys with the Argentine star at halftime, only for Friedrich to take it from him after a squabble outside the locker rooms.
December 7, 2011
The Big East will announce the additions of Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and Houston, Central Florida, and SMU for all sports, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey reported Tuesday. The five schools will join in 2013. Temple still is considered a football-only backup possibility if Navy or Air Force or both decide not to join the league for football. But nobody is suggesting that is likely right now. Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia, and TCU all have left the conference in recent months.
September 10, 2011 |
WHILE SPECIFICS were cloudy, a team source confirmed that Union midfielder Keon Daniel will miss tonight's match against Portland at PPL Park (7:30, The Comcast Network). Earlier in the day, another source revealed that Daniel - who missed Wednesday's 4-4 tie with New England because of international responsibilities for Trinidad and Tobago - is dealing with immigration issues. The matter was said to be centered on Daniel's work permits and visa. While team officials would not confirm nor deny the claim, a representative texted that Daniel will "not be available for tomorrow's match.
June 5, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Robbie Findley sounded quiet, slightly unsure, as he leaned into the microphone and answered only the questions directly asked of him, and nothing more. Findley's reserve was understandable. He was sitting next to World Cup veterans: goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Steve Cherundolo. In such company, deference was easy. But given the possible shift in the U.S. team's attacking scheme - presumed starting forward Jozy Altidore sprained his right ankle during Thursday's training - Findley's speedy, attacking game could move him from the bench to the starting lineup.
May 29, 2010
Balloons lift man across Channel LONDON - In a goofy yet mesmerizing stunt, an American adventurer crossed the English Channel on Friday carried by a bundle of helium balloons, ending a quiet and serene flight by touching down in a French cabbage patch. Jonathan Trappe, 36, of Raleigh, N.C., was strapped in a specially equipped chair below a bright cluster of balloons when he lifted off early Friday from Kent, in southeast England. About five hours later, he lowered himself in France by cutting some of the balloons away.
March 21, 2010 |
You will hear, on occasion, expats from Trinidad pine for a lost land - for beaches that are gone, and trails paved over, for the slower boat to Tobago (now it's a two-hour trip, not an overnight), and island architecture washed away by a wave of Americanized design. Last week one of them named Clarence Drakes, an architect himself, happened by Calypso, the homey Trinidadian stand in the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, and he soon fell into a deep, misty-eyed reverie. Ah, but the food, reminded his friend Ayanna Osbourne, who has family ties on the island, that's another matter: No one has torn that page from Trinidad's story.