January 4, 2016 |
Prosecutions are like snowflakes, no two the same. Sometimes, you have a low-profile drunken-driving case where the defendant is a first-time offender, the district attorney doesn't have too much skin in the game and is willing to offer a plea deal, and no one except the parties involved will ever know about it. And then there are those cases that catapult a prosecutor into the cable-news firmament, cementing his or her status as a legal and political...
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!"
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.
April 20, 2011 |
KADUNA, Nigeria - Burned corpses with machete wounds lay in roads, and smoke rose above this city where rioting broke out again Tuesday among Muslim opposition supporters who were angered by the announcement that the Christian incumbent president had won the election. On the outskirts of Kaduna, burned out minibuses and cars littered the highways, and at least 31 charred bodies could be seen. Skull caps and sandals were strewed nearby, left behind by those who frantically fled amid the chaos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 6, 2007 |
As the week dragged on and the jackals tore at Donovan McNabb for doing absolutely nothing at all, thoughts naturally turned toward poor Kevin Kolb. If he listened to anything but country hits on his radio, surfed anything but houstoncougars.com on his computer or overheard a single public conversation during his time here, young Mr. Kolb must have been very happy to get home to Texas. His enthusiasm for returning to Philadelphia is likely another matter. This is what awaits you, Mr. Kolb.