2 men shot in Kensington

Two men are recovering from wounds after being shot during the early morning hours yesterday in Kensington, police said. About 1:30 a.m., unidentified gunmen opened fire near Kensington and Indiana avenues, striking a 22-year-old man in the ankle and a 17-year-old boy in the back.

The teen was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the other victim transported to Episcopal Hospital. Both were listed in stable condition. Police reported no arrests.

Man shot in Germantown

A 28-year-old man was shot in the groin about 8 a.m. yesterday on Morton Street near Rittenhouse in Germantown, police said. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.

High-school Santa suspended

Michael Hance had this great preholiday idea. He would dress up as Santa Claus and hand out candy canes at his school, Strath Haven High, in Wallingford.

Michael, 18, said that he told his principal his plans and the principal said that he didn't think it was a good idea. In fact, when Michael showed up Tuesday in a Santa suit over his regular clothes, he wound up getting a one-day suspension for "defiance of authority."

Michael said that he thought the punishment was a bit severe. They could have just given him detention, he said.

Woman killed at her mailbox

State police in eastern Pennsylvania say that a man has been charged in the death of an elderly woman who was hit by a car as she was trying to check her mailbox.

Police say that Marion Yannotti, 79, of Upper Mount Bethel Township, had parked her car in the opposite lane of traffic about 6 p.m. Wednesday to pick up her mail. She was climbing out of her car when she and it were struck by another vehicle. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek says that Yannotti was pronounced dead at the scene.

John Gorman, 34, was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. He was taken to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Chesco man in Del. drug ring

A Chester County man faces up to five years in prison for tax evasion after he admitted helping to launder money for the leader of a Newark, Del., drug ring.

Leonard W. Daniels, 44, of

Cochranville, pleaded guilty to tax-related charges in federal court in Wilmington.

Daniels' attorney, Charles M. Oberly III, said Wednesday that his client played a minor part in Andrew Pollner's drug operation.

Pollner, who was arrested in April, has pleaded guilty to federal trafficking charges but hasn't been sentenced yet.

- Staff and wire reports