January 21, 2008
JUVENILE ENFORCEMENT teams have existed in other cities for years. Now Philadelphia finally has its own JET program in the 17th Police District in South Philadelphia. JET is designed to keep juvenile offenders from becoming repeat offenders. The 17th Police District has a reputation for being home to many a bad juvenile. Juvenile crime was so bad there that in 2006, the 17th and the neighboring 1st District became home of the city's first teen curfew center. Police saw shootings drop markedly - 83 percent in the 17th District.
August 7, 2008
The fatal stabbing of a homeless woman in broad daylight in Center City's JFK Plaza on Tuesday raised the stakes exponentially in the city's efforts to wrest control of its prized downtown squares. In a setting nicknamed LOVE Park, the irony of a killing arising from a supposed lovers' quarrel made headlines that underscore the city's homeless problem. Before LOVE Park hit the news, the city got another black eye over homeless people in Rittenhouse Square - where they camped overnight, bathed in a fountain, and even engaged in park-bench sex. The Nutter administration's initial reaction to Rittenhouse activities was underwhelming, with police officials downplaying any crackdown.
November 6, 2008 |
The 76ers call it "tough love. " Their definition: Making rookie Marreese Speights carry the bags, having him bring two dozen Dunkin' Donuts - glazed is the favorite - for game-day breakfasts, and ensuring that he always does things the right way. "He's a really good kid," center Samuel Dalembert said. "He can't stop smiling. He's just enjoying being here. And we're all looking over his shoulder, making sure things go well for him. Everything we do is to better him. " A grin crept across Dalembert's face as he added, "We can't make it too easy for him, though.
June 4, 1993 |
An attractive married woman on the brink of middle age visits a priest in his study. The woman, Mary, opens the consultation with an admission that she is neither a parishioner of his church, St. Theresa's, nor, in fact, even a Roman Catholic. She says she attends an occasional mass at St. Theresa's purely for theatrical recreation and the opportunity to think in tranquility. "I miss the Latin liturgy," she says. "Latin is my favorite 'white noise.' " The priest, Father Michael, a man of about the same age as she, is new to the parish; he has yet to fully unpack his belongings.
December 12, 1989 |
TV's perfect father, Bill Cosby, and true-life daughter, Erinn, are not communicating, and he says he's turned to "tough love" in dealing with her. "It's going to take her hitting rock bottom where she's totally exhausted and at that point where she can't fight anymore," the comedian said in a Sunday Los Angeles Times interview. "Right now we're estranged. She can't come here. She's not a person you can trust. " Erinn, 23, checked out of a drug rehab facility in September after acknowledging drug and alcohol abuse.
April 5, 2000 |
Proposing tiny carrots but a big stick, GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush came to the Philadelphia region for the first time in 2000 to say that American schools need to be whipped into shape - with tough love. The Texas governor, who won yesterday's uncontested Pennsylvania primary and will return here in late July to accept the Republican nomination, did propose tripling - to a modest $25 million - the amount that Washington gives schools for building character. But the gist of Bush's message to a small gaggle of educators and reporters crowded into the library of Abington High School - especially for fiscally troubled urban schools like Philadelphia - was to improve quickly, or lose federal dollars.
March 4, 1997
In fairness, the little incident concerning the inhospitable vitriol dumped on a young couple from Pottstown who were wearing New York Rangers jerseys to a Philadelphia Flyers game should not be held against a city trying out its new slogan. You remember the one unveiled last week? "Philadelphia: The Place That Loves You Back"? Flyers fans just haven't gotten with the program. Yet. To recap: A Pottstown couple attending the Flyers-Rangers game on Feb. 23 dressed in their red-and-blue best were the target of so much foul language that, by the end of the third period, they were escorted out of the CoreStates Center by security guards who feared for their safety.
March 29, 2012 |
Kale is about as unlikely a food star as you can imagine. It's tough and fibrous. Bite a piece of raw kale and you'll practically end up with splinters between your teeth. Nevertheless, kale has become a green of the moment because, given a little special care, it's not only edible but delicious. You can cook it, of course, the lower and slower the better. But surprisingly, one of the most popular ways to use kale these days is in salads. Though kale leaves have always been found on almost every salad bar, it wasn't for reasons of edibility - it was for decoration, because this was one green so tough it would last forever without wilting.
December 9, 1999 |
As clearly as he remembers his own birthday, John Derkits remembers that "we had to do something. " The 1998 Public League soccer season had just ended for John Bartram High, but the nagging question of what to do about the volatile behavior of a sophomore star, Alpha Doumbouya, lingered for the sixth-year coach. Doumbouya, a midfielder-forward newly arrived from the African country of Guinea, was blessed with terrific talent but hindered by a terrible temper. He had been ejected from the Maroon Wave's final game, a loss to Lincoln.
October 21, 2011 |
Matt Brown thought his career at Temple was over. Never mind the team-leading 830 rushing yards he had last season. Disregard that the 5-foot-5, 170-pounder earned second-team all-Mid-American Conference honors. At home in Baltimore this past summer, Brown believed that his tenure with the Owls was finished. The never-back-down bravado that enables him to excel on the field despite his small stature had ended his college career on North Broad Street . . . or so he thought.