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March 11, 2004 | By Joel Bewley and Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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April 23, 1989 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2003 | By Paddy Noyes FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1990 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
June 10, 1998 | By Claude Lewis
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.
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May 2, 2011 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Darran Simon and Claudia Vargas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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May 27, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Tyrek, a soft-spoken 13-year-old, is often described as "very laid-back. " He loves watching sports, but also playing them, especially baseball and football. Indoors, he frequently can be found in front of the TV, testing his skills at video games; he loves the challenge, and is willing to take on anyone. A good student, Tyrek routinely receives above-average grades. His grades in history have shown marked improvement, though it's not his favorite class. That distinction goes to gym. In his foster placement, he cheerfully does chores and helps out whenever he is needed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Dahsiyoni, 12, loves to read and visit the library. Imaginative and creative, she writes short stories and poetry. Although most of her stories are fictional, they mirror her life. Writing is an outlet for her feelings. Dahsiyoni hopes to be a teacher some day. For now, she keeps busy with a variety of interests, including drawing, crafts, bowling, and going to movies. She also likes singing in church and participating in youth activities. Although Dahsiyoni can appear to be timid and reserved, she enjoys meeting new people and quickly warms up when she gets to know you. Friendly, loving, and polite, she is respectful toward adults and her peers.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
DEMETRY PRESLEY hadn't even been 21 for half a year when a hail of bullets cut his young life short outside a nightclub on South Street this weekend. "Blessed to see another year. 21 now. Feeling good," the young man, of Sicklerville, N.J., posted on his Facebook page in June. Police say Presley died after he was shot several times in the head and chest on South Street near 2nd in the wee hours of the morning Sunday, after a brawl that started inside a club spilled onto the street.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Ameerah is an appealing 5-year-old with big brown eyes and a sweet smile. One of her favorite pastimes is going to the beach with her foster family. Fascinated by the waves, she loves watching them. She also enjoys playing in the sand. Ameerah looks forward to visiting the park, attending church, and accompanying her foster mother to the hair salon. When at home, she spends many happy hours roller skating, playing on her computer, and watching Dora the Explorer on television. Pleasant and friendly, Ameerah is a good helper in her foster home and her day care, where she delights in being read to and knows her ABCs.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
FIND THE BOYS, Gail Willard said. I had called Willard after coming across an overgrown empty lot in North Philly that was once a memorial park for her daughter. In 1996, Aimee Willard, a 22-year-old college lacrosse star from suburban Philadelphia, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a paroled murderer. Her body was discovered by some neighborhood boys who often played in the trash-strewn lot at 16th and Indiana. After the discovery, it was transformed into a community oasis, a garden where neighbors gathered, and at least one couple was married.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Bright , personable , and outgoing are all words that describe Kri'shon, who recently celebrated his 12th birthday. He has a great sense of humor and enjoys having a good laugh and joking around. Generally very happy, he is very caring and shows his love through words and actions. Kri'shon enjoys playing sports, especially basketball and football. Like many boys his age, he spends many happy hours testing his skill at video games and reading comic books. He also likes spending time with his friends.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CRYSTAL Bene Starnes had everything going for her. She was pretty, intelligent, popular and talented. But in her junior year in college, Crystal began to feel the early stages of multiple sclerosis. Over the next dozen years, the crippling disease gradually robbed her of her ability to walk and speak. The last words she was able to utter, two years ago, were, "God is. " She died April 4 at age 34. "She had a lovely personality," said her father, James Starnes. "She was outgoing and bubbly with a beautiful smile.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old Willingboro High School student was fatally struck in a strip mall parking lot late Friday, police said today. De'Jour Benson was transported to Cooper University Hospital after he was hit by a vehicle shortly before 11:30 p.m. in the East Ridge Plaza parking lot on the 600 block of Beverly-Rancocas Road, Willingboro police said. Benson later died at the hospital. The circumstances of the incident were not clear. The accident remains under investigation by the Willingboro police and Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
In a statement to "Entertainment Tonight," the newlyweds said: "The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. " She's no doubt hoping that the third time will be the charm. Her first marriage, to singer James DeBarge, was annulled after just a year in 1985. She then married Rene Elizondo in 1991 and somehow kept the union secret for nine years. It's unclear exactly how long Janet, youngest of the talented Jackson clan, has been hitched this time around.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Charlayne Woodard began her autobiographical narrative, Pretty Fire , with a fight for life. She was born several months premature, and doctors told her parents she probably "wouldn't last the night. " That beginning could serve as metaphor for Theatre Horizon's production. Friday's performance marked the grand opening of the company's new space in Norristown, a bold venture to undertake during a struggling economy in a town striving for revitalization. The venue sparkled, and its expansive lobby provided room to mingle.
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