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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
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
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.
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 10, 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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August 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
CLARISSA Sadowniczak doesn't yet understand the hole some anonymous villain tore through her young life Thursday night. Friday night, the 2-year-old sat wide-eyed as her family wept around her, their tears catching in the light of a dozen flickering candles. She glanced at the bouquet of balloons tied to the railing in front of her Port Richmond rowhouse, the one she shared with her parents. She spotted a pink one and reached for it, her tiny hands grasping at its ribbon. A family member untied it, passed it to her. The little girl released it immediately, shouting "Bye, mommy" as it spiraled up into the night sky. The tears flowed more freely after that.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Like most 12-year-olds, Gianna takes great pride in her appearance and loves putting outfits together and having her hair and nails done. She also likes to sing and dance, and, during a talent show with her peers, was delighted to display her skills in a song from Frozen . Her other favorite pastimes are listening to music, going to the movies, attending church, and playing with her doll collection. She's also interested in animals and would like to learn how to care for a pet. Outgoing and friendly even with adults she meets, Gianna enjoys being asked questions about herself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Anthony has two passions: sports (especially football) and music (all types). The 13-year-old's favorite instrument is the drums, which he plays very well. His skills on the dance floor aren't shabby, either. Like any sports fan, Anthony is highly competitive; in the past, he has participated in gymnastics classes. But he also finds pleasure in quieter pursuits, such as reading and volunteering. In school, he benefits from a small class size and individual attention. Having endured much trauma in his young life, Anthony struggles to understand his feelings.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JUSTIN GIANI had a head for figures. But along with his proficiency with numbers, Justin was a friendly, cheerful colleague with a contagious smile who charmed everyone who came in contact with him. Justin was the chief financial officer of Breaking Glass Pictures, a Philadelphia-based film distribution company. "Justin was more than an employee," the company said in a statement. "He was a master of numbers, a ball of energy, an even-keeled ray of light that brought smiles to all he crossed paths with, no matter the situation.
TRAVEL
September 14, 2014 | By Larissa C. Milne, For The Inquirer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
August 18, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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