Man slain outside N. Lib. club

Jeremaine Hardy, 30, of Bayard Street near Phil-Ellena, West Oak Lane, was killed early Saturday when he was shot multiple times near the entrance of a Northern Liberties nightclub, police said.

Homicide Lt. Phillip Riehl said Hardy was shot about 3:40 a.m. after he and others got into an argument outside the Fuzion Grille and Social Club on 2nd Street near Spring Garden. Hardy was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Heater blast burns NE woman

A 27-year-old woman is hospitalized after suffering second-degree burns to both her arms last night, a fire official said. The woman, who has not been identified, was burned shortly after 9 p.m. after a space heater she tried to light exploded in her home on Vandike Street near Magee Avenue in the Northeast, the official said. She was reported in stable condition at Temple University Hospital. There was no damage to the building and no one else was harmed, the official said.

Counseling for cop families

Philadelphia police families are being offered psychological help after the on-duty deaths of five officers in the last 14 months. The counseling comes as officers say they are more concerned about their children's fears than their own.

About a dozen parents and children attended a counseling session in Northeast Philadelphia over the weekend. Psychologist Paul DiKun advises parents that young children need assurance that their parents will come home at night, while teens understand there is always some risk.

Thurgood Marshall Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section is to present this year's Thurgood Marshall Award to criminal defense attorney Michael Coard and to Maureen Rowley, chief of the Federal Defender Office in Philadelphia.

Retired police Detective Bill Wynn is also to be honored with another award at the bar's annual holiday reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Bus on fire in Ridley Park

A Chester-bound SEPTA bus caught fire at about 4 p.m. yesterday while it was traveling east on Sellers Avenue near Route 291 in Ridley Park. There were a few passengers on board, and no one, including the driver, required hospitalization. The fire is under investigation.

He's a real stick-in-the-mud

A man became stuck in mud Saturday about a half-mile south of Avalon Boulevard in Middle Township and had to be pulled out by a Coast Guard helicopter.

The man, who was not identified, was treated by emergency medical personnel. There was no information about how he got stuck. *

- Staff and wire reports