February 28, 2010 |
Don't be taken in by stereotypes of angry tea partyers. First, consider their sense of humor, particularly a video response to Keith Olbermann's lecture to them on diversity. "Why are you surrounded by . . . people who look exactly like you?" the oh-so-multiculturally pure Olbermann asks in the video. The screen then shows the MSNBC lineup. Joe and Mika, Savannah and Chuck, Andrea and Dylan, Chris and Rachel. Turns out they all look exactly like Keith. Racially speaking, at least.
October 21, 2013 |
Growing up in Mount Airy, Alex Baker never knew why his family had moved from the narrow, two-story brick rowhouse on Heather Road in Folcroft, where he was born. Then, when he was in eighth grade, Baker stumbled across a box in his basement filled with newspaper clippings from 1963, the year before his birth, when the Bakers became the first black family to move into an all-white, working-class development in Folcroft called Delmar Village. He read for the first time about the angry mob that swelled to 1,500 while his parents, Horace and Sarah Baker, tried to enter their new home, how the rioters chanted "Two, four, six, eight - we don't want to integrate!"
February 10, 2006
RE SIGNE'S CARTOON about World War III: I found it to be funny, but I fear its truth - That we're headed into a fight with an angry mob of Muslims over some stupid cartoons. These are Muslims who revert to violence and threats instead of using politics to resolve the issue. My greatest fear stems from how many of them live in countries that have democratic governments that value freedom of speech - and the protesters only want to use it to express their violent views. On TV, I saw a report from England showing Muslims who've lived there for years, with one carrying a sign saying "FREEDOM GO TO HELL.
June 3, 2009 |
The 11-year-old girl who was raped on her way to school in Kensington on Monday was released from St. Christopher's Hospital for Children earlier today, police said. The youngster was "trying to rest and take it easy," said her mother, Demetrice Reynolds. Police officials said a man began following the girl as she walked her younger sister to a Kensington day-care center about 8:20 p.m. The man followed the girl after she left the day-care center and threatened to shoot her if she tried to flee.
December 14, 2006 |
Under skies so bright they seemed to belie the grim lynching that had occurred there 95 years earlier, a plaque was dedicated on the edge of Coatesville on Saturday. Officials and citizens 120 strong came together to watch as a blue sign with gold letters was unveiled in a wooded Peco right-of-way near Strode Avenue in East Fallowfield Township. It marked the spot where an angry mob burned to death a black steelworker named Zachariah Walker on Aug. 13, 1911, after Walker shot and killed Edgar Rice, a popular white steel company policeman.
June 5, 2009
If anyone deserves a 2-by-4 upside the head, it's a guy who would sadistically and repeatedly rape an 11-year-old he grabbed on her way to school. And, yes, any time Philadelphia residents and police officers join forces to catch a suspect is a good day. But there is something not quite right about official Philadelphia's response to the Kensington mob attack against Jose Carrasquillo, 26, whom police had identified as a "person of interest" in Monday's rape of the 11-year-old girl.
January 28, 1998 |
Raheem Williams has been portrayed as a young thug full of bravado and thirsting for fistfights. But the teen who took the stand yesterday in the trial of 10 white men accused of beating him in Grays Ferry seemed to be a likable young man with an endearing smile. And he stood up to the rapid-fire grilling of defense lawyers bent on making him a villain. Williams, 18, told a Common Pleas Court judge yesterday he had been trying to defend himself when he jumped into a fight with a group of drunken white men last February.
July 28, 2009 |
The words of a frightened 11-year-old schoolgirl who was allegedly forced into a Kensington alley last month and raped were not heard in court yesterday after defendant Jose Carrasquillo waived his right to a preliminary hearing in her case. Carrasquillo, a brown-haired, bearded man, dressed in a bright-orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled in back, was escorted yesterday by sheriff's deputies into a Family Court room. The 11-year-old was not in the room, but was in the building and would have been ready to testify against him if needed, Assistant District Attorney Catharine Thurston said afterward.
March 22, 2011 |
The angry mob cornered Michael Zenquis on a Kensington street. One man swung a baseball bat. Another wielded a plank of lumber. Others used their fists. The blows came down as a female onlooker screamed "Rapist!" On that steamy June 1, 2009, afternoon, the mob meted out vigilante justice as retribution for the brutal rape of an 11-year-old girl. Only they got the wrong guy. Zenquis, who ended up in the hospital, was innocent. "Not only was he beaten up by a bunch of civilians who jumped him out of the clear blue sky, he was also identified as a rapist and not just a rapist, but a child rapist," said Zenquis' attorney, Jonathan Feinberg.
September 27, 2011 |
This story was updated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. ABOUT 11 P.M. on Sept. 9, dozens of youths with bats and pipes descended on a tidy residential area of Port Richmond looking for white teens who allegedly had attacked an African-American kid at Stokely Playground a couple of hours earlier. Two fearful white teens spotted Mark LaVelle on Indiana Avenue near Belgrade Street and asked for help. Suddenly, the mob appeared. LaVelle, who said that he didn't know the two kids, who looked to be 13 or 14, ran with them into his nearby house.