October 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA By cleaning up the grounds and creek at Pennypack Park on Saturday, Christopher Alvelo had completed the final project needed in his pursuit of the prestigious Eagle Scout rank, his family said. The 17-year-old senior at New Foundations Charter School and three friends were looking forward to a future banquet celebrating their scouting accomplishment as they left the park Saturday afternoon. They were on their way home to Northeast Philadelphia in a 2007 Ford Explorer driven by Alvelo's stepfather, Joseph Snyder, when the 51-year-old fell unconscious.
October 15, 2013
Hundreds of children have been killed by vehicles being backed up while federal officials delayed ordering automakers to equip vehicles with improved rear-visibility technology. The statistic is a grim reminder of the life-and-death stakes of safety advocates' renewed push to mandate backup cameras or other steps to prevent such deaths. Legislation approved by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2008 included a clear directive: Federal transportation officials had three years to draft a rule requiring vehicles to afford drivers better rear visibility or take other steps to reduce the risks of backing up, such as adding sensors.
August 20, 2013
WOW, YOU hypocrites at the Daily News really know how to exploit tragedy to sell papers! Officer Davies is shot and suddenly you guys are on his side? Standard operating procedure at the Daily News is to paint the Philadelphia Police Department as corrupt, abusive and racist. Your staff routinely denigrates the brave men and women who protect us, and by doing so, makes their already difficult job that much harder. As for the alleged shooter in this incident, Eric Torres; isn't he the same kind of career drug dealer that the Daily News has won awards for freeing?
August 15, 2013 |
In the backyard of the home in Pitman, there were reminders of childhood innocence behind the yellow police tape: A bicycle with training wheels on the deck. A mud-stained toy bulldozer and dump truck. A wooden swing set with a blue slide. On Tuesday, Jack Klose, a borough resident, stopped his car near the two-story home with tan siding on Kenton Avenue and stumbled out with the engine running. "They're all gone?" he asked, shaken. Earlier in the morning, Pitman police had found three dead bodies in the home.
August 7, 2013 |
They weathered crises, a horrific smear, a roller-coaster of emotions, and - in the end - heartbreak that still resonates four months later. But what they accomplished, working from a wooden kitchen table, would make any advertising executive envious. And along the way, the family of Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi learned invaluable lessons from an ordeal that bonded them more deeply and led them to redefine their goals and objectives. Sitting at that very same kitchen table in their Center City home last week, Sangeeta and Ravi Tripathi recounted their brother's disappearance, their intensive search, and how those events ended up playing out on a worldwide stage.
July 23, 2013 |
AUTHORITIES SAY a boy pulled from the bottom of a city-owned pool in southwest Philadelphia last week has died. Lt. John Walker, of the Philadelphia police Southwest Detectives division told the Daily News that the boy was taken off life support Saturday night. Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday identified the victim, who was pulled Thursday from the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center pool, as 7-year-old Jabriel O'Connor. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jabriel's parents, family, friends and all of the young people present at the Cobb's Creek Recreation Center on Thursday as they grieve," Nutter said in a statement.
July 17, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 17 years since the raging waters of Pennypack Creek swept away Nicky Simonetti, 15, as he fought the current trying to save his best friend's life. But his mom, Beth Simonetti-Gallelli, still shudders at the memory of the day in 1996 when she lost her oldest child - along with his childhood friend, Chris Busse, who was like another son to her. "It was one thunderstorm the night before. One violent storm. It woke me. And the next day, it was a picture-perfect, gorgeous summer day for July," she told the Daily News . "It was like 86 degrees.
July 11, 2013 |
A SLEW OF Harrisburg heavyweights came to Penn's Landing yesterday and joined the long list of officials who are asking whether regulators can do more to prevent another tragedy like the Center City building collapse that killed six people last month. The group, which included six House committee chairs, heard testimony on a bill from state Rep. Bill Keller that would, in part, add requirements for demolition-permit applicants and raise fees to fund additional training for city inspectors.
June 27, 2013
FIVE YEARS ago, Tara and Dwayne Cuff were rocked to their core after the tragic accidental drowning of their 11-year-old daughter, Trava. In her memory, the Abington couple co-founded Dolphin 11, a swim-advocacy organization. Their goal: to provide inner-city children - and particularly African-American children, like their daughter - with access to water-safety and swim instructions, and encouragement to start lessons. Through Dolphin 11, kids whose families can't afford swimming lessons can even receive a full year of free lessons at two local YMCAs.
June 22, 2013
The Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code By Margalit Fox Ecco Press/HarperCollins. 384 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Richard Di Dio If George Smith, the 19th-century Assyriologist, supposedly stripped and ran screaming with excitement through the British Museum upon finally translating the Epic of Gilgamesh , what might happen with a translation exponentially more difficult?...