November 1, 2015 |
Room A woman and her 5-year-old are held captive in a garden shed - the only reality the boy, born there, has ever known. Amazing, gripping, scary, beautiful adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel (by the writer herself), deftly directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are extraordinary as the mother and son. R Suffragette Set in 1912 London, a fictional tale built upon the historic fight for women's voting rights. Carey Mulligan is a lowly laundry worker who has a political awakening, joins a band of activists who throw rocks and blow up mailboxes, and gets tossed into prison for her trouble.
October 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia police arrested one man in a violent Kensington home invasion and abduction Tuesday morning - and are asking for the public's help in finding another suspect. Edwin Velez, 28, of Frankford - who was in custody facing charges of robbery, kidnapping, and unlawful restraint - wasn't cooperating with investigators, police said. Just before 2:30 a.m., police said, Velez and another man broke into a home on the 3100 block of F Street. Both were wearing masks and they were armed with a hammer and a knife.
October 9, 2015 |
In "The Final Girls," teen fans watching a retro horror classic step through the screen and into the movie. They mix with the characters - doomed counselors at a summer camp menaced by a masked slasher - and wonder if they are doomed as well. The movie-within-a-movie framework and snarky riffs on horror cliches in "Final Girls" have drawn comparisons to "The Cabin in the Woods. " "Final Girls," though, is a different beast, and tries to locate more genuine emotion than you'd expect to find in one of these meta movies, wherein the knowing characters know, for instance, that the killer appears every time a young woman removes her bra. Jokes aside, "Final Girls" makes a sincere attempt to explore the role of fantasy in understanding love - a "Purple Rose of Psycho," if you will.
September 28, 2015 |
ON THE DAY Pope Francis told the world to care for the most vulnerable, former drug addict Anna Batten was on her knees washing the feet of addicts in Kensington's Harrowgate Park. One of the people was Tiffany, a woman who could have easily been 20 as she could 40 but whose true age is masked by her heroin use. While Batten prepared to wipe her feet with peroxide, a young man came up to ask if she could do his feet next but then walked away to have an older man shoot heroin into his neck.
June 25, 2015 |
In 2009, Chris and Matt were accustomed to the laconic routine of childless adults: Sleep late on weekends, pop out to a movie, play video games for hours. "There was nobody to worry about but ourselves," Chris says. That changed abruptly when the baby came - a newborn boy whom they hoped eventually to adopt. They had already navigated Berks County's training program for prospective adoptive parents; they had the fire extinguisher, the car seat, the FBI clearances. The county's classes had taught them how to manage older children and kids born with drugs in their systems, but not what to do with a baby who cried all night, every night.
May 16, 2015
Hurrying to get aboard At 41, Giuseppe Piras was a jet-setting entrepreneur. His family is well-known in Ittiri, on Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. His father, Luigino, owns a cafe. Piras was a founder of an olive oil and wine cooperative, and had come to the United States to sell his wares. He typically would travel to New York by plane. He took Amtrak Train 188 because he didn't want to be late for a meeting. Minutes before boarding the train, Piras called his family back home, said Andrea Canepari, the consul general of Italy in Philadelphia.
May 15, 2015
Editor's note: For the updated look at all eight victims, click here . Educator, helper, giver A young mother in Brooklyn had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving: Her electricity had been shut off. She had no way to feed her daughter. When the news reached Derrick Griffith, a dean at nearby Medgar Evers College, he sprang into action. Griffith bought food and began cooking. He called a contact at the electrical company and arranged to restore her power. Through a school emergency fund for struggling students, he got her some cash.
April 22, 2015 |
THE DETAILS of an incident that left a Philadelphia woman maimed Friday were horrifying. A 24-year-old woman was run over, allegedly by a 29-year-old romantic rival, and had to have part of her leg amputated. In the chaos, her mother, who had been cooking when all hell broke loose in front of their Nicetown home, raced to help her daughter and left the food on the stove, and their home went up in flames. A family lost their home, a woman lost part of her leg, and another was arrested on two counts of attempted murder and is now in jail.
April 2, 2015 |
The woman in gold in the true story Woman in Gold was Adele Bloch-Bauer, a patron of the arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna, a regal beauty who posed for Gustav Klimt. Her portrait hung in the family's apartment on the Elisabethstrasse until March 1938, when Hitler's Third Reich annexed Austria. The lives of the city's thriving Jewish community were forever changed, and the Klimt, along with other artwork, jewelry, and valuables belonging to the Bloch-Bauers, was seized by the Nazis.
March 29, 2015 |
TWO TEENS who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman Thursday night in Port Richmond were captured separately - one by police and one by the victim's family - moments after the assault. The 19-year-old victim was walking home from the gym and talking on her cellphone when the two assailants, ages 14 and 16, touched her from behind on Richmond Street near Wheatsheaf Lane around 10:20 p.m., police said. The teens tried to start a conversation with the woman, but she continued to talk to her friend on the phone.