August 14, 2015 |
GOD FORGIVE me, but I couldn't care less about Pope Francis coming to Philly, and not just because I'm a lapsed Catholic who still remembers the sting of hearing my name read over the loudspeaker along with other students who were behind on our Catholic-school tuition. Actually, God forgive those public-shaming nuns, but back to the pope. I get that having the pontiff come to town is a big deal for a lot of believers, businesses and politicians, and that potentially it's going to bring a whole bunch of people, cash and cache to the city.
August 5, 2015 |
THE TWO MEN argued loudly inside Tustin Playground in Overbrook. One accused the other of ogling a young girl. The other denied it and said people needed to mind their business. They went at it for several minutes. Everyone in the park watched and waited to see what would happen. The guy who eyeballed the girl stormed off, but paused on the street overlooking the park to yell once more. Standing by a memorial for a man who had recently been shot 13 times while children played and swam nearby, he warned: "This ain't over!"
August 1, 2015 |
Marla Davis Bellamy sees violence the way a doctor sees the flu: an infection that can be prevented. She leads Philadelphia CeaseFire, part of a growing international movement tackling violence as a public health crisis. So it makes sense that CeaseFire is teaming up with the city's trauma centers. The aim: along with offering medical care for victims of violence at hospitals, try to prevent them from striking back and escalating the cycle of violence. "A gunshot victim one day is a perpetrator the next," said Davis Bellamy, who holds joint appointments at Temple University's School of Medicine and its Beasley School of Law, and who is a former chief of staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
July 7, 2015 |
Four people, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed in a series of shootings and one stabbing that began late Saturday as the city closed out its Independence Day celebrations. The violence began with the shooting of a 26-year-old man in Southwest Philadelphia. Police were called to the 1700 block of 53d Street at 8:44 p.m. when they discovered the victim, who had been shot multiple times. The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
June 19, 2015
SO ENDS A week bracketed by strange, conflicting bookends: On one end, the news of a white woman appropriating a black identity. On the other, the news of a white man bent on eliminating black lives in a horrible shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. And while Rachel Dolezal sparked many conversations, let's call that story what it was : a novelty, an aberration. The other story - the hatred that led to a mass execution of nine black lives who had gathered to study the Bible in an historic black church in Charleston - is, alas, not an aberration.
June 5, 2015 |
ONE OF A parent's most important jobs is to decide whether and how to intervene in his or her children's battles. Kids squabbling over who gets the last brownie? Let 'em figure it out. Kids getting bullied? Let the fact-finding begin. Each situation calls for a different parental response, depending on everything from a child's age and temperament to her maturity or lack thereof. But no kids' conflict ever ends well when intervening adults go crazy themselves.
June 2, 2015 |
The group of several dozen marched down Woodcrest Avenue, singing. When they came to the place where James Patrick Stuhlman was gunned down, near a fire hydrant in the middle of a leafy Overbrook block, the people - men and women, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - paused to act out what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called "a vocation of agony. " "We are brothers and sisters who are growing up without seeing what our siblings would become, and we want to end the killing," the Rev. David Brown said.
May 28, 2015 |
The first time Saleem Nurid-Din heard gunfire on his Overbrook street, it was the sound of the shots that killed his daughter. Hafeezah Nurid-Din was struck by stray bullets fired in an endless fight between neighborhood street crews in October 2011, a spate of shootings maddening in their frequency and their triviality. Symbolic of the violence that cycles through some Philadelphia neighborhoods seemingly without end. When the shooting started, Hafeezah and her father were getting into his car for a short trip to the grocery store.
May 21, 2015 |
Two people were killed and four wounded in shootings across the city that began late Tuesday afternoon and continued into the night, police said. Gunfire erupted at 5:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Redfield Street in West Philadelphia, where a 35-year-old man was shot in the upper left back, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police took the victim to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:42 p.m. At the same scene, a 28-year-old woman was shot once in the left buttock.
May 8, 2015 |
SOMEBODY SEND Tommy DeVito to Cleveland. Maybe the "Goodfellas" character - played by actor Joe Pesci - can get an answer as to why the Cavaliers thought it was OK to make fun of domestic violence. Funny how? That's what we want to know. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers showed a 1-minute video during their playoff game against the Bulls that was supposed to be spoof on a television commercial. You know, the one in which a couple come crashing down on a table while re-enacting a scene from "Dirty Dancing.