Man shot dead in N. Phila.
A 32-year-old man was shot to death in North Philadelphia last night. Homicide Sgt. Bob Wilkins said the victim, whose name was not released, was wounded several times in the back and arm on 4th Street near Norris about 6 p.m. He died at Temple University Hospital at 6:38 p.m. Detectives knew of no suspects or motives. Tipsters can contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or -3335.
Man fatally stabbed in NE
Police were seeking suspects in a homicide early yesterday morning in Northeast Philadelphia. The victim, who authorities hadn't identified, was stabbed in the chest just before 3 a.m. at Frankford Avenue near Orleans Street, police said. Doctors declared him dead a half-hour later at Temple University Hospital. Police reported no suspects or motive.
Health centers get stimulus $
Two Philadelphia health centers will benefit from President Obama's announcement of nearly $600 million in stimulus funds to support major construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers nationwide. The two Philadelphia centers to receive the funds are Esperanza Health Center, in Kensington, $6,552,799; and Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc., in North Philadelphia, $3,937,796.
Homeless-agency head quits
People's Emergency Center announced yesterday that its longtime president, Gloria Guard, has resigned, effective July 1, 2010. Guard, in 1992, founded the community-development arm of the West Philly-based center, which primarily provides services to homeless women and children.
Sex fugitive caught in Mexico
Police in Mexico have arrested a man wanted by the FBI for sexually assaulting two girls in Abington, officials said yesterday. Michael Burke, 43, was first arrested in 2004, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of aggravated indecent assault and was to be sentenced in May 2007, officials said. He failed to show up and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Authorities expect to have Burke extradited to Montgomery County, where he will be sentenced and could face charges for fleeing.
NO DRPA toll hikes till 2011
The Delaware River Port Authority says it's postponing its next scheduled toll increase until July 2011. In the meantime, tolls on the Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman and Commodore Barry bridges will remain at $4. The bistate agency said that it will reallocate $8 million in economic-development funds to help cover the lost revenue and to allow it to pay down debt.