March 11, 2004 |
Three more males have alleged that they were victims of a township man charged with molesting seven teenage boys in his home while overseeing them as director of a Christian youth group, police said. "We will investigate these leads and all others that we receive," Evesham Police Capt. William Cromie said yesterday. "If we find that there are more victims, then there will be more charges. " John Andrew Baldino Jr., 33, a married father of three children younger than 7, was charged Monday with five counts each of criminal sexual contact and offensive touching.
April 23, 1989 |
Jamal Lewis was standing there in the kitchen, trying to strangle the damned dog, but it wouldn't die. There had been no food in the house all week, so Jamal had gotten a sandwich or something - he can't remember what - from his friend Benny. He was starving, dying for something to eat, and now his sister's dog had jumped up on the counter and stolen his food. When he couldn't strangle it, he grabbed a piece of wood from the living room and whacked the dog over the head. The small animal was no match for Jamal, his anger or his weapon; it died almost instantly.
November 17, 2003 |
A delightful, affectionate and active 6-year-old, Daniel amazes everyone he meets. If he had his way, he would be outside all the time - sliding, climbing on a gym set, or playing tag with his foster brother, despite the fact that he is legally blind, developmentally delayed and wears braces on his legs. Daniel likes to dance and to sing nursery rhymes or the ABCs. But his favorite activity is playing with musical toys, especially those that light up. He also enjoys hugging and petting his foster family's dog. When he is frustrated, he is easily soothed by listening to music, lying down with a soft blanket and having his back rubbed.
December 21, 1990 |
Once upon a time, Peter Pan, who stridently refused to grow up, might have been the top role model for children. Wow! Like Superman, you could fly! Out the window, up, up and away and into some humdinger adventures with the ever- young Peter. And you returned with a smile on your face - unlike the faces of your parents after a hard day. Made you think they should change the spelling of grown-up to groan-up. According to recent reports, children these days are having not just a bad time, but a hard time making it out of childhood alive.
May 2, 2011 |
Rachel Kovach and her six girlfriends had a sleepover Thursday night, but sleep wasn't high on their agenda. The 11-year-olds were up at 5 a.m. to watch royal wedding coverage as they hunkered down in the family room of Rachel's home in Highlands, N.J. Before that, they needed time for decorating mini wedding cakes, pillow fighting, gossiping, and giddy shrieking. And, way deep down, worrying. Tuesday, Rachel will undergo a difficult, daylong surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to remove an ultrarare tumor called Ewing's sarcoma from her right thigh.
June 10, 1998 |
Now that four people have been slaughtered, allegedly by a 17-year-old, it is nearly senseless to suggest that Ivory King started out as a decent young man. Nobody wants to hear about the good things he did in his younger years. It's no longer important that he regularly attended church, volunteered at a hospital in Camden, loved the game of football. All that is important now is that early on May 23, he and two companions - Craig Jones, 20, and Corey McCloud, 21, of Levittown - allegedly sought revenge with a gun. When the noise stopped, four people were dead and one was wounded.
September 26, 2006
On Sunday morning, Casha'e Rivers became Philadelphia's 287th murder victim this year. The death of a child who should be playing happily in her kindergarten class ought to remind state legislators why they are today devoting a special House session to fighting crime. The death of a 5-year-old, innocent by virtue of her youth, should motivate legislators to try new measures for taming gun violence. All of the details of this especially agonizing crime are not yet known.
August 10, 2002
Sometimes, editorials do not need to offer solutions. Sometimes, it is enough to grieve for a little girl and mourn the erosion of childhood. So today, think about the death of 6-year-old Destiny Wright. The so-very-sad truth is that children have always been lost prematurely. Some died because they played harder or more recklessly than others; some by accident; others, in an earlier time, died from hazardous work. Still others, including Destiny, died violently. In that, too, there is nothing new. But what so sears the heart and the conscience is that something is terribly wrong when where you live is so figural in how long you live.
October 8, 2012 |
Four years ago, as MetEast High School teacher Josephine Parr steered her Chevrolet Venture minivan down Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden past a long line of abandoned buildings, she turned to her passenger, Khalil Gibson, a student whom she was advising. "What would you do with a whole block?" she asked Gibson, a young teen who had big ideas for himself and his beleaguered city. Gibson proceeded to describe where he would place a community center for teens, a dance studio, and a music studio.