December 21, 2013 |
Siarhei Baltutski claims he sold at least 100 pieces of military hardware with names like Thermal Eye Renegade 320 and Scorpion thermal weapon sights to pig hunters in his native Belarus. But a federal judge in Philadelphia didn't buy the 41-year-old arms exporter's story and sentenced him Thursday to more than 25 years in prison for violations of federal arms-control and money-laundering laws. Baltutski, a Minsk businessman who pleaded guilty in January, led an international arms network that recruited U.S. straw buyers, including Belarusians living as legal permanent residents in Philadelphia, to purchase military-grade rifle scopes, goggles, and other similar devices for resale on the black market.
December 17, 2013
AS THE second World Trade Center fell at 10:28 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, so, too, did the old world order. Almost immediately, a new order arose in its place, in the form of the war on terror, a domestic infrastructure called homeland security, a new kind of military engagement with volatile new enemies, and a heightened surveillance culture in which notions of privacy have also been turned upside down. At least initially, few doubted such actions were necessary to curb terrorism, and even doubters felt the trade-off between, say, civil liberties and government scrutiny was a necessary price.
December 6, 2013 |
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., like most of his counterparts, is in search of pitching, and he's intrigued by his most recent acquisition, Brad Lincoln. The 28-year-old righthander was acquired by the Phillies on Tuesday from the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Erik Kratz and minor-league lefthander Rob Rasmussen. (Rasmussen was acquired by the Phillies from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Michael Young trade in August.) Lincoln was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and began his career as a starter, but he pitched entirely in relief during parts of two seasons with the Blue Jays.
November 17, 2013 |
WITH THE score already 28-0 in the third quarter, Imhotep's junior quarterback, Andre Dreuitt, dropped back to pass after a play-action fake and rifled a pass into his receiver's chest for a big-gainer. As Nasir Lewis, a sophomore, strode down the field, coach Albie Crosby turned and said, "best kept secret in the Pub is my quarterback!" Well, after Dreuitt's four-touchdown night in the Panthers' 48-8 takedown of West Catholic for the AA city championship, the secret is out - and in a big way. The Panthers don't pass much.
November 6, 2013 |
The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the public should "not anticipate a change in airport security" after the shootings at Los Angeles International Airport last week. "However, passengers may see an increased presence of local law-enforcement officers" across the country, the agency said. "Security measures will be both seen and unseen. " Friday's slaying of Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA employee killed in the line of duty, was not unlike mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater, a Connecticut elementary school, or the Sept.
October 18, 2013 |
A FELTONVILLE woman has sued the city and two unnamed police officers for civil-rights violations, after she says the officers broke her arm when they handcuffed her without cause in August. Christine Maybin, 48, was sitting on her porch writing letters just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 24, when two officers chased a man out of a vacant house next door onto her porch on Tiber Street near Rising Sun Avenue, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in federal court. After handcuffing the man, they then handcuffed Maybin "with unreasonable and unnecessary force" and kept her in custody for a half-hour before freeing her, according to the complaint.
October 15, 2013 |
AN ALL-DAY standoff with an armed Temple University student began yesterday morning when police were called to a home near campus where a man had barricaded himself in the basement, fired shots and threatened to commit suicide. Negotiations continued late into the night. Gunshots were heard in the morning and a series of shots were heard in the late afternoon, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan told the Daily News . Negotiators continued to communicate with the distraught man last night.
October 12, 2013 |
These first five weeks of the Eagles season have hardly been the showcase for running back Bryce Brown that one once might have thought they'd be. Chip Kelly was coming in with his new-age, run-oriented offense, and LeSean McCoy and Brown seemed bound to form a spectacular backfield. Instead, Brown has gained 75 yards on 28 carries, a paltry 2.7 average. The meager production does not bother him, he said. "It's our first time in this offense," he said. "We're all trying to figure it out. I don't get caught up worrying about playing time and how many plays I get. " And besides, there has been a bright side: He hasn't fumbled yet. If that sounds like an insignificant achievement ( A running back who hasn't fumbled yet?
October 11, 2013 |
I'M HITCHING a ride across the monkey bars on the petite shoulders of one of my managing editors, who is bleeding from a gash on her chin that will take five stitches to close, when a guy with one arm passes us. I'd noticed him at the start of the Spartan Race, which if you aren't familiar, is an obstacle course where paying competitors sign a death waiver to test their grit. I only agreed to it in an attempt to bond with new colleagues. And, well, I'm straddling one of my bosses, so I guess it sorta worked.
October 9, 2013 |
Police have identified a 23-year-old Kingsessing man killed Sunday night in a shooting outside a Southwest Philadelphia corner store that left five others wounded. Devin Hatch, 22, was shot in the arms, legs, abdomen and groin when four to five gunmen unleashed a torrent of bullets around 7 p.m. into a crowd outside Los Papi Deli & Grocery at 54th Street and Florence Avenue, police said. "We know that about four to five males in hoodies walked up to the corner," Homicide Capt.