Watchdog group seeks

volunteers for election day

The Committee of Seventy is looking for volunteers for the May 15 primary - what could be one of Philadelphia's most exciting election days in memory.

The nonpartisan watchdog group is recruiting volunteers to help observe voting at the polls and to serve at its headquarters to answer voters' calls.

Training will be provided.

Register online at or call Ahmed Abassi at 215-557-3600, Extension 112.

Kensington drive-by shooting

injures 3-year-old boy, 2 men

Three people - including a 3-year-old boy - were shot and wounded Saturday in what police said was a drive-by shooting on 4th Street near Cambria in Kensington.

A 24-year-old man was struck in the back and a 23-year-old man in the left hip and groin when shots were fired about 6:30 p.m., said Lt. Martin Bernard, of East Detectives.

The toddler was hit in the elbow and taken by his mother to Temple Children's Hospital, Bernard said.

The two adults were admitted to Temple University Hospital. Bernard said a blue-green car was seen fleeing the scene with three men inside. One had a .357 gun, Bernard said.

Woman's body is found

at Front and Oregon

The body of a woman was found about 5:20 p.m. yesterday at Front Street and Oregon Avenue, in South Philadelphia. It was discovered by an employee of Dockside Transportation Co., police said.

Police were looking at the possibility that the body was someone reported missing April 13.

Comcast to introduce

enhanced mailbox

Philadelphia's Comcast Corp. is planning to roll out a jazzed-up mailbox for high-speed Internet that can play, log and forward voice-mail messages.

Called SmartZone, the mailbox will show up as a highlighted window shaped like a TV remote control in the upper left hand corner of The system will have tabs for regular e-mail, as well as voice mail and a TV planner. -