January 9, 1998 |
Wallace Shawn doesn't want you to have a good time at the theater. He doesn't want you to leave feeling entertained, or instructed, or purged, or uplifted, or validated, or anything else that might suggest that a play of his did anything other than pose a vital question. He would be quite happy, though, if you left feeling honked off - at either the ideas in his play or the method by which they're presented. That would mean you paid attention. Shawn is a moralist masquerading as a playwright, a man who believes that if audiences are to respond to the theater's only legitimate purpose, which is to help us understand our world and cure its ills, they must be disabused of the idea that the playwright can do their work for them.
April 5, 1992 |
It's not a slick idea to take issue with Jen Nash. "I've always loved to argue," said Nash. "My parents will swear to that. " Through the years, the Nash home in Mount Laurel has resounded with heated dialogues. "My dad and I had extremely different views," she said, "both political and philosophical. " Being of firm convictions, neither would ever admit the other might be right, Nash said, but home is one of the few places where she cannot out- elocute opponents. The reason is clear.
March 4, 1986 |
A seemingly minor family dispute, coupled with a more serious argument, apparently provoked a 17-year-old Bucks County youth to shoot and kill his grandparents Friday night, according to sources close to the investigation. An argument before the shooting may have concerned the grandparents' refusal of a request by the youth, Richard Mazeffa, to use the family car, the sources said. However, they added that a more serious argument occurred earlier in the day and that the real cause of family tensions "goes back years and years and years.
January 12, 2014 |
A custodian at Einstein Medical Center was charged with assault after he allegedly stabbed a fellow employee during an argument at work Friday, police said. Both men were on duty about midnight when Vernon Richardson, 56, of North Philadelphia, allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and began stabbing his coworker, police said. The victim, whose name was not released, was stabbed once in a hand and once in the chest. When the man turned to run, Richardson allegedly stabbed him once more, in the back.
July 18, 1994 |
A 23-year-old North Camden man was fatally shot by his stepfather last night during a heated argument in the family's Cedar Street home, authorities said. Dean Braswell was killed by a single shotgun blast to the chest, said Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. A 9mm handgun "fully loaded and cocked" was later found at the victim's feet. Borden said he had not decided whether to charge the victim's stepfather, Charles Derrickson, 44. Borden said the incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. when the victim's sister, Cynthia Braswell, and her boyfriend, whose name was not available, were talking in an upstairs bedroom of the home in the 900 block of Cedar Street where Cynthia and the victim lived with their mother, Mildred Derrickson, 48, and their stepfather.
April 20, 2012 |
A 31-year-old man was shot and killed early today during an argument in the entranceway to his apartment building in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane section, police said. The victim, whom police identified as Quasay Johnson, left his apartment and went to the vestibule of the building on the 7000 block of N. 15th Street about 12:30 a.m. after receiving a phone call, police said. Witnesses told police they heard some men arguing and then a round of gunfire. The victim was shot three times in the chest and once in an arm, police said.
July 10, 1999 |
Is political spending the same as political speech? The Supreme Court says it is, and it used this argument to weaken the campaign finance reforms passed after Watergate. One of the justices even coined the shorthand phrase by which this argument is now known: Money is speech. It has been a favorite of reform opponents ever since. Rep. Tom DeLay (R., Texas), for example, claims that the 1999 version of the Shays-Meehan bill "threatens the First Amendment and political participation in the American political process.
May 16, 1995 |
The 21-year-old man died trying to be a peacemaker during a domestic argument between his mother and stepfather last year. When Terrance Smallwood, of Manheim Street near Schuyler, knocked a shotgun out of the hand of his stepfather, Michael Watkins, 44, a postal worker, Watkins called him a "punk" and ordered him to "pack your bags and get . . . out," said Assistant District Attorney Bill Fisher. Watkins then pulled out a handgun and fired one shot into Smallwood's arm, the prosecutor added.
January 26, 1996 |
Amin "Joel" Tucker tried everything to discourage Darryl Hawkins from picking a fight with him on June 29, Tucker's lawyer said. He even showed Hawkins the pistol he had in his belt, said F. Michael Medway. The lawyer quoted Hawkins as snorting, "You're not going to use that. What are you going to do?' " He said Tucker, 25, started to walk away, but Hawkins "sucker--punch-ed" him. "My guy turned around, pulled out a gun and shot him," Medway said. Municipal Judge Louis J. Presenza granted Medway's motion to dismiss a first-degree murder charge against Tucker, 25, but held the South Philadelphia man for trial on a third-degree murder charge.
April 28, 1995 |
It was a dispute over drugs, police said. Jason O'Neill, 20, of 61st Street near Eastwick Avenue, firebombed a Southwest Philadelphia house last month because his sister had argued with one of the occupants over drugs, police sources said yesterday. Three people died and three others were injured in the March 26 fire on Glenmore Avenue near 61st Street. Police issued a warrant for O'Neill, who they believe is staying with a cousin in Florida. "We want him in the worst way," said Chief Inspector Vincent DeBlasis.