May 28, 2015
ISSUE | GRADUATION Upgrade at-risk help Even with the much-needed improvements in the graduation rates of youths under the supervision of the city Department of Human Services, 64 percent of juvenile justice-involved youths and 56 percent of foster children fail to graduate ("Dropout crisis has been lessened in city, study says," May 20). We must do more. Philadelphia is not unique. Challenges persist across Pennsylvania: Fostered youths are often forced to change schools and retake courses due to lost records or lost credits.
September 25, 2013 |
Erwin Boyd was driving a Volkswagen sedan, allegedly fleeing from police Sunday morning on the Vine Street Expressway, when he pulled over and switched seats with his passenger. The chance of eluding capture did not improve with Tikeena Isreal at the wheel. Boyd, 40, and Isreal, 41, were arrested after a wild run from pursuing officers that included a U-turn on the Schuylkill Expressway into oncoming traffic while Isreal was driving, prosecutors said. About 10:45 a.m., Camden County police attempted to pull over a 2011 Volkswagen CC near the Ben Franklin Bridge, according to Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
April 22, 2013 |
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested over the weekend in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said Sunday. Michaels was pulled over at about 9:30 p.m. Friday after officers manning a DUI checkpoint witnessed him make an illegal U-turn, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said. Michaels, the play-by-play man for "Sunday Night Football," was taken to the station, where he registered a blood alcohol level over the .08 percent legal limit, according to Lewis.
January 19, 2013 |
A Bear, Del. man was arrested this morning in Rehoboth Beach on suspicion of a sixth incident of driving under the influence of alcohol. Delaware State Police say the incident occurred about 1:15 a.m. when a trooper spotted an SUV driven by Jeffrey W. Barnes traveling northbound on state Route 1 make an illegal U-turn into the southbound lanes. The trooper said he followed the vehicle, which then crossed over the concrete median and back. He pulled Barnes over in a Walmart parking lot as the SUV was heading west onto Old Landing Road.
January 18, 2013 |
THURSDAY'S SESSIONS with Chip Kelly, Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman gave us a little more insight into the stunning turnaround that led to Kelly being named the Eagles' coach, 10 days after telling the Eagles he was staying at Oregon. What seems apparent now is that the matter was never really completely dead. The way Kelly told it Thursday, he wanted to go to the Eagles after that 9-hour meeting Saturday, Jan. 5, but didn't feel comfortable making a life-altering decision under such scrutiny.
February 3, 2012 |
AN ENORMOUS book sits on a shelf near my Rutgers-Camden diploma, just a few steps from the closet where my old black-and-red Rutgers wrestling singlet lies stuffed inside a duffel bag. One of my semesters there was spent studying Milton's Paradise Lost , lugging that book around like a slab of granite. I never really gave Milton a chance and never won a wrestling match there, but eventually I forged a love for words and language in those Camden classrooms. Yesterday hundreds of students, faculty and alums gathered inside the Walter K. Gordon Theater, most dressed in Rutgers scarlet, all concerned that their small campus, their paradise near the Ben Franklin Bridge, was being threatened by Gov. Christie and by South Jersey power broker George E. Norcross III. Last week, Christie put his stamp of approval on an advisory committee's proposal to merge the Camden campus of New Brunswick-based Rutgers University into Glassboro-based Rowan University.
January 18, 2012 |
STATE REP. Cherelle Parker appeared near tears and refused to speak with reporters after leaving a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday. The Northwest Philadelphia Democrat had reason to weep, and her attorney, Joseph Kelly, had reason to promise an appeal and declared himself "shocked. " That's because Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick reinstated Parker's drunken-driving charges after ruling that Municipal Judge Charles Hayden in November had "abused his discretion" by throwing out all evidence against Parker.
December 17, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The last American prisoner in Iraq, a Hezbollah commander linked to the kidnapping deaths of five U.S. soldiers, was turned over to the Iraqi government Friday, the White House said. U.S. officials have long feared that such a transfer would lead to Ali Mussa Daqduq's release from prison. But his case became enmeshed in both international diplomacy and the Washington political debate over how best to prosecute suspected terrorists. Under President George W. Bush, prosecutors had planned to someday charge Daqduq in a U.S. criminal court.
August 12, 2011 |
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that Britain would look to the United States for solutions to gang violence after nights of riots and looting, and promised that authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again. Cameron told lawmakers that he was "acting decisively to restore order on our streets," as police raided houses to round up suspects from four nights of unrest in London and other English cities. He told lawmakers that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration, and mentioned former Los Angeles, New York and Boston Police Chief William Bratton as a person who could help offer advice.
June 5, 2011 |
For leading candidates in the Republican presidential race, confession is the price of admission. An ideological purge is under way, and they have to be righteous. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, and Jon Huntsman have all spent time renouncing policy positions that once were considered conservative, market-oriented solutions to problems but that in today's GOP are dangerous liberal heresies. Bring on the show trials! During a Fox News debate last month, Pawlenty squirmed in the dock as a moderator played an old radio ad of him calling on Congress to "cap greenhouse-gas pollution now!"