March 29, 2011
By Chris Kelly As a young beat reporter, I covered a Pennsylvania school board that included a member who was opposed to spending money on any educational advance newer than the blackboard. He was especially disdainful of computers, which he characterized as expensive toys that promoted laziness, liberalism, and pornography. "When I was in school, we didn't have no damned computers," he once said at a public meeting. "We had to use our noodle. " It wasn't clear if there was just the one noodle for the whole school, or if each kid got one. What was clear is that this dolt had no business visiting a school district, let alone running one. His statement is a classic example of the "straw man" fallacy, in which a debater creates a caricature of his opponent's argument and attacks it. This way, the dolt was able to sidestep the real problem, which was that the district had fallen behind its peers in acquiring computers.
May 11, 1989 |
Robert Adams, a member of Warrington's Parks and Recreation Board, says that Warrington Supervisor Joseph Bonargo pushed him several times during a heated argument Saturday morning at the Barness baseball fields. Adams has filed a criminal complaint against Bonargo with District Justice Oliver A. Groman because Bonargo's brother, John Bonargo, is the police chief in Warrington. Groman's court clerk confirmed that Adams had filed a complaint against Bonargo, but refused to release the complaint until the District Attorney's Office reviews it and decides whether to press charges.
February 20, 2001
You are to be congratulated on your article on guns (Feb. 13) - an excellent puff piece, probably written by Police Commissioner John Timoney and his sidekicks. It lacked any pretense of fairness. In the chart, "Armed and Dangerous," you list the number of guns used in major crimes in this city during 1999, but nowhere is there a breakdown of lawful gun permit holders vs. non-permit holders. It is obvious that the omission is intentional, so as to make it appear that all those crimes were committed by permit holders.
April 29, 2008 |
A barrage of violence Sunday that left five dead and seven wounded has left a top city police official puzzled. Most of the mayhem began over what William Blackburn, chief inspector of detectives, called "senseless argument. " "Arguments are still the dominant motive," he said in a news conference yesterday, "not just for the homicides, but for the shootings. " Asked to elaborate about violence on recent weekends, Blackburn said, "I'm not going to blame weather conditions.
April 2, 1993 |
The prosecutor compared the alleged rapist to the little man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz. "Damon Thornton says, 'Pay no attention to the man behind the evidence,' " Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Keith Warburton told the jury in his closing argument yesterday. "But the evidence, ladies and gentlemen, is the yellow-brick road that leads to him. " Thornton, 30, who is serving as his own attorney, called the state's case a "bunch of bull" and "a conspiracy" in his closing argument before Superior Court Judge Donald Smith Jr. The jurors - who occasionally giggled and yawned on the seventh day of the trial - deliberated for a half-hour before recessing until 9 a.m. today.
March 30, 2008 |
A team from Overbrook High School won the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Mock Trial Competition yesterday. Overbrook, which also captured the championship in 1997 and 2004, acted as the defense in the final round in Harrisburg, with runner-up Greensburg Salem High School of Westmoreland County as the prosecution. Overbrook teacher Philip Beauchemin coaches the team of seniors Sarah Brown, Kiersten Harris-Andrews, Jamal Hill, Cedric Ingram Jr., Jennifer Josiaste, Lakyra Stokes, Tamika Webb and Ian Wiley.
September 23, 1990 |
Two men were shot and seriously wounded by one of the owners of Homer's Diner during an argument outside the 24-hour restaurant on the Collingswood Circle shortly before midnight Friday, police said yesterday. Collingswood police said Bret Nigro, 23, of Argyle Avenue, Washington Township, was shot in the right back and right shoulder and was listed in critical condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center after surgery. William Palmer, 29, of Wedgewood Drive, also in Washington Township, was shot once in the abdomen and was listed in serious condition at Cooper.
December 1, 1996
Government can't attempt to maintain a status quo simply by spending money simply to maintain areas that are no longer competitive. . . . People, on their own, are going to where they think the greater opportunities are. . . . There's no question in my mind, the cities were overpopulated by the 1950s. - Thacher Longstreth Dec. 29, 1980, as president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
July 22, 1994 |
A 30-year-old Hammonton man was fatally stabbed early yesterday morningafter an argument with several men on the parking lot of a tavern. Detective Capt. Brian Valerio of the Winslow Police Department said the victim, Joseph TomasinoJr., was stabbed several times about 11:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Rustic Tavern on White Horse Pike in the Elm section of the township. No suspects have been charged in the fatal stabbing. Following the stabbing, Tomasino was rushed by ambulance to the William B. Kessler Hospital in Hammonton then transferred by helicopter to the Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center trauma unit.
July 25, 1998 |
A 24-year-old Hunting Park man was killed last night after an argument that police said began as trash talk at an organized basketball game at Temple University's McGonigle Hall was taken outside and settled with a single gunshot. A police officer at the scene said that about 8:50 p.m., a group of people left the game to continue their argument outside and ended up in a little plaza between two buildings on Broad Street south of McGonigle Hall. There, one of the participants pulled out a gun and shot once, striking Dwight Bates of the 3900 block of Ninth Street in the chest, Homicide investigators said.