Archive for October, 2012
I’m proud of my town
I’m proud of my town

Post by Jason Plotkin It’s a little after 6am as I’m sitting here in the kitchen of the Wrightsville fire department writing this blog post. A photo below is what the rest of the station is currently doing. When I first got here at 11pm last night, I was ready to follow this group of […]

Giving kids a leg up
Giving kids a leg up

One of my biggest pet peeves as a journalist is when people ask me if all I do is chase cop cars and photograph murders. For one thing, I’ve only chased a cop car once, and even then, I had to park my car in a hotel parking lot and hike half a mile up […]

Which would you publish?
Allison Bradley, 2, of Dover, throws the ball to her mom, Sara Bradley, after the costume contest at YMCA in York Thursday, October 25, 2012.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

I’m a total pushover for kids in costume. All of the sudden any mundane thing they do is a riot. Tonight I photographed the York YMCA’s first Halloween family fun night. After the costume contest in the gym a few of the kids started playing basketball. I absolutely loved this girl with her pink princess […]

Dealing with those teenage years… and autism
Brianna Davis, center, celebrates her 16th birthday with friends and family at the Goldsboro Fire Hall Saturday, February 25, 2012. "This is the best night of my life," said Brianna. Brianna has Asperger's syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Brianna Davis, center, celebrates her 16th birthday with friends and family at the Goldsboro Fire Hall Saturday, February 25, 2012. "This is the best night of my life," said Brianna. Brianna has Asperger's syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.   DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

It’s not easy being a teenager. It’s even more difficult being a teenager with Asperger’s. Brianna Davis knows this all too well. For about 9 months I’ve been photographing Brianna and her family in their everyday life. Like any disability, autism doesn’t just affect the person who has it, it affects the whole family. I […]

Chunkin’ pumpkins
Chunkin’ pumpkins

When metro editor Kara produced a “pumpkin chunkin’” assignment for me on Saturday, I anticipated people throwing pumpkins around. Then I read that my contact in the assignment was a guy named Fat Jimmy — no real or full name provided — and that a catapult would be involved. Silly me. So Fat Jimmy and […]

Breaking ground for a wounded soldier
Breaking ground for a wounded soldier

A few weeks ago, I produced a video about a local third-grade class that made cards to comfort Matthew Hanes, a wounded soldier who graduated from their district. Today, that same class got to break ground for an expansion of the Hanes family’s home that will accommodate him once he can leave a rehabilitation facility […]

How in the heck can these guys hear each other?
How in the heck can these guys hear each other?

Post by Jason Plotkin So I’m photographing a training drill for a mock chemical release. By saying “mock” what I really mean is that I, as part of the media, am allowed to get closer than the multi-block radius than I usually am if this was real. At some point, members of the York County […]

Etters doesn’t exist
Etters doesn’t exist

The news came down from the top today, Etters is not a municipality. Neither is Emigsville, Thomasville, Spry, and a whole bunch of other places I’ve been saying people are from for the past 4 1/2 years The York Daily Record/Sunday News style dictates that we identify where a person lives based on their municipality. […]

Keeping a B-24 airborne and memories alive
Keeping a B-24 airborne and memories alive

Last time I flew in a non-commercial aircraft, I got pretty bad motion sickness that lasted for hours after we landed again. Today, I got — and seized — the opportunity to fly in a Boeing B-24J Liberator plane, which saw combat in the Pacific theater in World War II. It was a lot bigger […]

VIDEO Walk gently at the scene of a shooting
A group gathers to pray near a memorial that was placed in the yard in the 100 block of West Jackson Street in York where Denzel Turane, age 18, was found mortally wounded and then later died and girl in the kitchen with a wound to her arm. Several bullet casings in the dining room. Sunday October 7, 2012. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

VIDEO I never know what I will find at the scene of a shooting. Grieving family members, a single shell casing, and often nothing when arriving hours later. People usually don’t want to talk, sometimes you can’t stop them from talking. Witnesses with street smarts know that a low profile equals survival. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL

VIDEO Catching the courthouse moment, Stephen Stetler sentencing
VIDEO Catching the courthouse moment, Stephen Stetler sentencing

VIDEO Bad light, limited access, catching a glimpse of people who would rather not expand on a difficult moment in their life. A quick hug before sentencing by a wife, a defense attorney looks back over his shoulder. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL

Some see tears, I see compassion
Anita Banks, left, and Julie Klinedinst, right, console McKinley Elementary School first grader Lyanni Flores as Megan McCullin gives her a flu shot in the nurses office

Post by Jason Plotkin There have times in my career where people have questioned my compassion. Said to me that I am cold and heartless for taking the photos I have. I once covered a fire where a woman lost her 2-year-old daughter. The photograph I took was of an EMT consoling the mother outside […]

Independence
Darnell Rias looks out the back door of an apartment he was considering renting at Colony Park in York, Pa., Thursday, June 7, 2012. After high school, Rias went straight into the Marines. While serving in Afghanistan, the MATV he was driving was hit by an IED and after being released from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he went back home to live with his mother while he continued to recouperate. This will be the first time Rias has lived on his own.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

I’ve been photographing veteran Darnell Rias for several months now. Rias was a Marine serving in Afghanistan when the MATV he was driving was hit by an IED. He shattered vertebrae and still feels the effects of the traumatic brian injury that explosion caused. His life changing injuries ended his career as a Marine and […]

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