Strawberry Mansion: Therapist Offers Alternative Form of Therapy


Ronald Crawford sat at his desk in his office at Stop and Surrender, an alcohol and drug treatment facility, as he gathered his curriculum for his latest group therapy session. The difference with this session is he needed his black Logitech speakers. The reason?

Crawford uses hip-hop therapy.

Hip-hop therapy consists of analyzing rap lyrics to teach social counseling skills and allows participants to relate and connect with the content. It’s made to address a group of individuals who are underserved in the behavioral health system.

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San Bernardino Shooting

Inland Regional Center employees were at their holiday banquet when a mass shooting began at 11 a.m on Dec. 2, 2015. The shooting left 14 people dead, 21 wounded and was the start of a four hour manhunt for two suspects. Officers located the black SUV the suspects fled in and gunfire ensued. The two suspects were killed and one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shootout. A third person who was detained was cleared of any connection to the attack and released.
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Strawberry Mansion: Recreation Center Helps Children Learn and Grow


Children gathered their backpacks and lunches as they got ready to leave the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center. The recreation center, located near the corner of 22nd Street and Sedgley Avenue, provides children with a safe learning environment where they can take part in various activities.

C.B. Moore, a three-floor facility, sits on 6.2 acres of land and has a ballfield, pool, sports field, volleyball court, two basketball courts and two tennis courts. It offers an after school program, martial arts, an exercise group for adults, theater arts, cooking class and arts and crafts. The activities are offered during certain days of the week and are open to all children in the community.

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Strawberry Mansion: Widener Library Block Party Teaches Vocabulary


It was a sunny and cool afternoon for the Widener Branch Library’s first Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative block party. Words at Play, hosted by PNC, is a community-wide initiative to show the importance of learning vocabulary at a young age through playing, singing and reading.

“It helps families teach their children how to learn new words,” said Naisha Patterson, PNCWords at Play program director. “It’s just really an important movement for the simple fact that these two neighborhoods have low literacy.”

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Long Road to Recovery Won’t Stop Pellum


The play had been run before, the tackle done a million times, but this time the end result would be much more different. Not even Pellum could’ve guessed what he was in for.

June 14 will mark one year since Romeo Pellum’s life was changed forever.

Pellum was a rookie defensive back for the LA KISS last year and played in 12 games. During this time, he recorded 39 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, and two interceptions — one of which was returned 41 yards for a touchdown in their first home game. Pellum was well on his way to establishing himself as one of the few solid players the KISS had last year. And then came the defining moment.

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Fifth Year Gymnast’s Determination is Unprecedented


Temple Gymnast Jasmine Johnson knew she was in trouble as soon as she took her turn during the first intrasquad meet in 2013.

“I ended up fracturing my [right] wrist,” Johnson said. “It was only a couple weeks before we had our first actual meet at George Washington and as soon as I took my turn I knew I fractured it.”

The injury cost the fifth year senior and kinesiology major the entire 2013 season. She could have called it quits knowing that she would have to redshirt and stay another year in school while rehabbing her wrist, but something else told the Smithtown, N.Y. native that she should stay.

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