September 14, 2014 |
SAVANNAH, Ga. - "On my honor I will try, to do my duty" . . . the words bubbled up unbidden from the recesses of my brain. Passing through the Victorian archway and catching a glimpse of the long-forgotten trefoil logo unlocked a door to my childhood. The years melted away and suddenly I was 10 years old and a Girl Scout. Savannah is a city steeped in history, with antebellum mansions, a cobblestoned waterfront, and leafy squares dripping with Spanish moss. It boasts connections with notable names of the past 250 years (both distinctive and dubious)
September 9, 2014 |
Eight years old, with an unquenchable curiosity and a vivid imagination, Adrianna delights in exploring her creative side - by kicking up her feet. She loves to dance and recently had the chance to visit a studio, where she quickly learned the steps and moves the instructor showed her. In Adrianna's dreams, Broadway isn't far off. The people who know her best use such words as friendly, playful, and humorous to describe her. She likes to ask questions. Adrianna adjusts well to change, and looks forward to new challenges.
August 18, 2014 |
It was all too much for Praise Martin-Oguike to maintain his composure as he reached the finish line of the most hellish two-year stretch of his young life. So Martin-Oguike, the quintessential strong-but-silent type, was blubbering. Like a baby. It was Jan. 20, the federal holiday that honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Martin-Oguike was addressing Temple's five-member board of inquiry. Three months earlier, charges that he had wrapped the same powerful hands he used to slam football players to the ground around the neck of his 21-year-old accuser and raped her had been dismissed.
May 27, 2014 |
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.
December 10, 2013 |
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.
November 20, 2013 |
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.
November 12, 2013 |
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.
October 16, 2013 |
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.
July 2, 2013 |
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.
April 12, 2013 |
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.