August 22, 2016 |
TANISHA Pratt-Thomas is a Kingsessing mother who works in a hospital call center. Jacqueline Bailey-Davis is a Philadelphia police captain tasked with getting the 6,300-officer department to implement dozens of federally recommended reforms. They had no reason to know one another. But last month, a few days after Pratt-Thomas' son, 15-year-old Tyhir Barnes, was shot dead after watching a Southwest Philadelphia basketball game, Bailey-Davis and another officer showed up at Pratt-Thomas' rowhouse - unannounced - with a picture frame and mugs.
August 1, 2016 |
A pickup truck that crashed through the glass sliding lobby doors at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Center City Friday night was driven by a 38-year-old Folcroft woman who accelerated as she was leaving the parking garage, police said. The Ford F-150 struck four people who were standing in the lobby of the hospital on Race Street between 15th and 16th Streets, police said. A 41-year-old man from West Berlin, Camden County, who had been in the lobby at the time of the crash was in critical condition at Hahnemann University Hospital Saturday with internal bleeding, police said.
June 4, 2016 |
Five days before Tuesday's primary, a debate in the hotly contested First Congressional District race was abruptly canceled. The Gloucester County NAACP, the debate's organizer, said in a statement that a brewing dispute with Democratic candidate Alex Law and his campaign prompted the civil rights organization to halt Thursday's scheduled debate. "The attempt by the Alex Law campaign to hijack the debate by engaging in campaign charades devoid of any substance on issues important to minorities and the general population, has prompted us to cancel this debate," said Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP.
February 21, 2016
By Darryl Pinckney Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 304 pp. $26 Reviewed by Mike Fischer Jed Goodfinch, the protagonist of Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland , is a gay expatriate in 1980s Berlin. In the first paragraph, Goodfinch - after conjuring the ghost of Christopher Isherwood, another gay man who went to Berlin in search of himself - cops to a vision of Berlin as a place featuring "white boys who wanted to atone for Germany's crimes by loving a black boy like me. " In his native Chicago, Goodfinch has dropped out of college, disappointing his Hyde Park parents, and gone through drug and alcohol rehab.
October 26, 2015 |
Harry J. Woehr was an Army Air Corps operations officer at what might have seemed a safe harbor from all the killing during World War II. Though Japanese troops occupied pieces of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Mr. Woehr was at a safer base there. He experienced loss of life there, just not American. As part of a wartime program that transferred American airplanes to the Soviet Union, "he was involved in helping to get the Russian pilots to take off" and head home over a narrow strip of the Bering Sea, daughter Leslie Tuttle said in a phone interview.
June 8, 2015 |
After a three-day manhunt, the South Jersey man charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death was found dead Saturday, police said. Camden County prosecutors said Michael Eitel, 45, had hanged himself in the West Berlin home of a different ex-girlfriend, who "had been out of the home for her own safety. " His body was found about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Eitel had been charged with first-degree murder after Carol Bowne, 39, was found with multiple stab wounds in her Berlin Township driveway Wednesday night.
April 27, 2015 |
Gary Brennan worked as a bank manager for the former Lenape State Bank in Deptford in the 1980s and 1990s. Then he became an accountant in Philadelphia for Cigna, the health services firm. But "he always had the calling to be a pastor, because he loved people and loved serving the Lord," his wife, Christine, said in an interview. So in 1996, he became a licensed Methodist pastor. On Tuesday, April 21, the Rev. Gary Brennan, 64, of Deptford, pastor at Colonial Manor United Methodist Church in West Deptford, died of leukemia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
April 18, 2015 |
Patricia Decatur Fridolph, 80, a former public school coach and teacher in Marlton and Medford, died of heart failure on Wednesday, March 25, at her home in Jensen Beach, Fla. Mrs. Fridolph lived in Voorhees before retiring from teaching in 1994, said daughter-in-law Janine Fridolph. Born in Middletown, Ohio, Mrs. Fridolph graduated from Middletown High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in education at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), and a master's in education at Temple University.
April 15, 2015
The long: Year-old theme park aims to please the truck (and bulldozer, skid steer, excavator . . .) fans in your life by letting 'em climb aboard bright-yellow JCB rigs (the U.K.'s version of Caterpillar). The short: For kids into construction, Diggerland is Disneyland. The demo: Most rides require riders to be at least 36 inches tall - and have a grown-up's lap to sit on. You'll know you're there when: "Spin Dizzy," a humongous excavator with human riders in its scoop, whirls into view.
November 10, 2014 |
I was strolling along Bernauer Strasse during a foggy night typical of Berlin. The low-lying mist shrouded the streetlamps, casting sepia shadows on the neighborhood. The hues were reminiscent of old newsreels from August 1963, when this street became a last-gasp escape route for those seeking to flee over the Berlin Wall, a structure that was erected overnight in its initial crude form of concrete blocks and barbed wire. It encircled West Berlin to keep East Germans from escaping to the lone outpost of freedom behind the Iron Curtain.