April 27, 2016 |
An ex-Philadelphia prison inmate testified Tuesday that Rudolph Churchill admitted raping and killing two North Philadelphia women in 1989 and bemoaned the fact that he would have gotten away with it but for DNA. Richard Simmons, 44, described an April 2014 conversation he said he had with Churchill in a day room in the city's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center. Simmons was awaiting trial on a charge of bringing marijuana into prison; Churchill had just been charged with raping and strangling 19-year-old Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible, 33. "He said he wouldn't have got caught if he didn't give his DNA," Simmons told the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury in the fifth day of testimony in the rape-murder trial of Churchill, 54, of Paulsboro, Gloucester County.
April 26, 2016 |
Funds from the sales of a party game are paying one area student's way through college. Sona Dadhania, 19, of Voorhees, Camden County, is the first recipient of the Science Ambassador Scholarship, which is funded by Cards Against Humanity. This scholarship will cover the rest of Dadhania's education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a freshman in the materials science and engineering program. Dadhania applied for the award at the end of November 2015 and found out she was the winner in early April.
April 25, 2016 |
Mary Katherine "Kathy" McKinney Miller, 69, a prominent women's rights activist, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, April 17, at her Chestnut Hill home. Ms. Miller was born to a Quaker family in Central City, Neb. After graduating from Scattergood Friends School, a boarding school in Iowa, she enrolled in Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. She transferred from there to George Washington University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in counseling.
April 24, 2016 |
Calling unequal pay for women "a great injustice," and vowing to fight for issues such as paid family leave and gun regulations, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with a small group of supporters at a Jenkintown café Friday. The conversation at Curds & Whey, in a room filled mostly with young mothers, was personal. Clinton gave advice to young women on standing up to criticism, sexism, and online bullying. "Don't take it personally, because it can knock you to your knees," Clinton said.
April 22, 2016 |
Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible were raped and strangled in 1989 in a part of North Philadelphia since obliterated by redevelopment. But the years did nothing to dim the emotions of their friends and relatives Wednesday as testimony began in the trial of Rudolph Churchill, the South Jersey man whose DNA allegedly linked to their slayings a quarter-century later. Hanible's sister sobbed and wiped away tears as Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik projected autopsy photos of the two women, cords tightly wrapped around their necks.
April 15, 2016 |
Bank of America is doubling its investment in the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program that includes Philadelphia, providing a total of $20 million in loans for women entrepreneurs for 2016 and 2017. Entrepreneur Works is the community development financial institution administering the funds in Philadelphia. Through that partnership, it will be able to offer a 2 percent interest-rate reduction on loans for qualifying borrowers, according to a statement by Bank of America. Since the Tory Burch program's inception in 2014, Entrepreneur Works has issued $173,000 in loans to 16 women owning small businesses in Philadelphia.
April 14, 2016 |
Police are looking for two young women who allegedly stabbed an employee at a Center City store after shoplifting from the business. Philadelphia police on Tuesday released photos of the two suspects in the incident Friday at the Five Below store at 1529 Chestnut St. After the women allegedly shoplifted from the store at about 6 p.m., a female employee followed them outside to 16th and Chestnut Streets and tried to retrieve the unspecified stolen...
April 14, 2016 |
Affleck commits to Africa "I felt like I was always chasing the next job, singing for my supper," Ben Affleck , 43, says in Glamour's May issue. "I didn't feel like I had anything that I could point to and say - and I know this is a cliché - 'I gave back; here are the footprints I left in the sand.' " He found a worthy cause during a 2007 fact-finding journey through war-torn regions of Africa, including Eastern Congo. "What I saw was people trying to work and keep their families upright after the child soldiers and the sexual violence," says Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps former child soldiers and women subjected to systematic rape.
April 12, 2016 |
After last year's World Cup championship, the U.S. women's soccer team appears even hungrier as it approaches this summer's Olympic Games. The Americans continued their dominance Sunday with a 3-0 win over Colombia in an international friendly before 17,275 at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Union. Defender Julie Johnston, who is engaged to Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, scored twice for a U.S. team that applied relentless pressure. Johnston, who has seen the passion of fans at Eagles games, said playing in the Philadelphia area was a big deal.
April 11, 2016 |
Two women who suffered multiple stabbing wounds were in stable condition Saturday evening at Einstein Medical Center. Police officers from the Fifth District arrived at a home in the 5900 block of Champlost Avenue and found the two wounded women, who were transported to the hospital by city medics, police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said. A 31-year-old woman was stabbed in the right knee, right forearm, and left thigh, and had been sprayed with Mace hot-pepper spray. A 27-year-old woman was stabbed several times in the left shoulder.