August 1, 2016
Liz Dow is CEO of Leadership Philadelphia It's a late afternoon on a warm spring day. I stand watching passersby on a crowded downtown street. As I take in the normal ebb and flow of activity, in my left peripheral vision I notice a man slowly opening a door in a curious crouching position. He continues to crouch as he emerges, with one hand behind him. I yell, "Stop!" He keeps moving. I yell it again, much louder, but still he does not. My adrenaline surges as his arm moves.
July 13, 2016 |
Restaurateur Alex Capasso, accused of molesting and taking sexually explicit photographs of a young girl, was described in court Monday as a "violent sociopath" by the child's mother, who asked a federal judge in Camden to turn down his request for bail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams agreed that Capasso, 42, of Collingswood, should remain jailed pending trial because of the severity of the crimes and the age of the victims, and because he would pose a threat to the community.
May 16, 2016
ISSUE | ADOPTION Finally, a chance to find my birth mom My mom in heaven - you adopted me, loved me, and left me with so many unanswered questions. The young girl who gave birth to me - I know you loved me, I know you were forced to give me away, and I understand you could not keep me. If you are searching for me, I know you cannot find me, because I cannot find you. Our records are sealed; our existence is hidden away. We were told to forget - how can we? I think about my mom in heaven, how I miss her and wish she could have answered my questions.
February 27, 2016
A Cherry Hill man has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison on 66 counts related to child pornography, authorities announced Thursday. Sylvester Chew, 67, was sentenced Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Richard F. Wells. According to authorities, Chew used small cameras hidden in a bathroom and bedroom at his home to secretly photograph and videotape a young girl when she was nude between April 2008 and August 2011. The girl was between 9 and 12 years old and was living at Chew's home.
February 24, 2016 |
A Delaware County Court jury has found a Prospect Park man guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl while babysitting her last year. Patrick Fries, 48, was convicted Friday on charges of rape of a child and indecent assault, as well as related offenses, the county District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Fries, trusted as a babysitter by the family of the girl, was arrested in January 2015. According to authorities, the 12-year-old and her younger sister spent the night at Fries' house on Jan. 10, 2015, where he was the sitter.
February 8, 2016
Montgomery County health officials are searching for a middle-aged man they think may have been exposed to rabies this week when he came to the aid of a young girl in Lower Merion as she was attacked by a rabid raccoon. Health Department officials for the county said the man, described as a 6-foot white male in his 50s or 60s, encountered the girl Thursday around 4 p.m. while driving near the Bridlewild Trail in Gladwyne as she attempted to stave off a raccoon that had begun attacking her leg. The man, whom authorities are calling a "Good Samaritan," stopped his car and beat the raccoon with a hockey stick until it released its clamp on the girl.
January 23, 2016 |
In the scope of all things teenybop, Alessia Cara is not your typical kid pop star. Not if her anthemic "Here" (which just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, finally toppling Drake's "Hotline Bling") or her accompanying Know-It-All album on Def Jam Records are any indication. This weekend, Cara is set to play the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street to prove that, despite "Here's" antisocial rhetoric, she's ready to party. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter - Canadian-born Alessia Caracciolo - grew up in an Italian household as a theater kid who wrote her own poetry.
January 10, 2016
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi . Islamic militants storm the American diplomatic compound in Libya, and Transformers mastermind Michael Bay does his best to recreate the chaos and carnage in this based-on-true-accounts drama about six members of a security team fighting to fend off the attackers. Adapted from Mitchell Zuckoff's book 13 Hours. R Mustang . On the short list for the Academy Award foreign-language contenders, and a winner on the international festival circuit, a Turkish drama about five free-spirited sisters and the strict religious and cultural views they find themselves fighting to break free from.
January 5, 2016 |
IN THE DOCUMENTARY about the making of "Star Wars," the venerable Walter Cronkite lauded the first movie for lifting the United States out of our "depression of the '70s," the mood induced by the trauma of Vietnam and the skullduggery of Watergate. We were ready to believe in heroes again, and to affirm an intergalactic morality tale wrapped in dazzling special effects. Since we knew not our preternatural need for "Star Wars," it hit us with the force of The Force. We can't reasonably expect J.J. Abrams to deliver the same kind of experience that George Lucas did back then, nailing the zeitgeist with a product we couldn't ask for because we didn't know we needed it. We have asked and asked; finally, he's delivered an engaging flick.
November 1, 2015 |
A former Main Line school tennis coach was sentenced to five years' probation Friday for sending suggestive text messages to a 15-year-old girl on his team. Charles Meredith, 54, is to be under sex-offender supervision during his probation but will not have to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court in June to one count of corruption of minors. Meredith coached tennis at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Radnor, and was arrested in December 2013 after the 15-year-old reported to police that he had kissed her and sent her inappropriate text messages.