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September 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
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September 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths Tuesday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut 20-somethings linked to the shocking assault. The chase heated up after cops released video of about a dozen white men and women wanted for questioning in the attack on the two men, ages 27 and 28. That attack, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Chancellor Street near 16th, took place in front of stunned onlookers and sent the couple, together for six years, to Hahnemann University Hospital with bruises and, for one of them, severe facial fractures.
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March 11, 2013 | By Ernesto Londoño and Kevin Sieff, Washington Post
KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a stark taste of the challenges that continue to bedevil Afghanistan, as insurgents carried out two deadly bombings Saturday, one within earshot of the Pentagon chief. The Afghan government, meanwhile, abruptly canceled a ceremony scheduled for Saturday that had been meant to show that Kabul and Washington had finally reached a deal for the handover of a U.S. military prison. Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the last minute balked at the proposed terms of the handover of the Parwan Detention Facility, Afghan and U.S. officials said, dashing hopes that a resolution of a contentious issue that has poisoned the relationship between the two countries was in sight.
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September 17, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Tom Gralish
Philadelphia, state and federal officials conducted a drill yesterday to test their preparedness for a chemical terrorist attack. Firefighters, police and other rescue personnel took part in the exercise, which involved the evacuation of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and included citizens in the role of victims.
NEWS
December 26, 2003
On December 12 at approximately 2:30 a.m. I was awaken from a sound sleep of a vicious dog attacking and mauling to death Joey, a stray cat on the 600 block of East Flora Street. The sound of Joey screaming for help was horrible. The owner of this vicious dog did not even have the dog on a leash and did not even try to stop the attack. Joey never bothered anyone and he did not deserve to die like he did. This was a senseless killing.The dog's owner is a heartless human being for allowing this to happen.
NEWS
October 5, 1987
It's a dangerous world we live in. Killer earthquakes rumbling through Southern California, test Soviet ICBMs splashing close to Hawaii, radon silently poisoning the rec room. And now - Attack video! Imagine. You are sitting in that comfortable chair in the living room, feet on the ottoman, clutching a cool one, watching television. Suddenly, powerful laser beams shoot out from the TV. Zap! Gotcha. Attack video! The reality is less frightening. The only known victim of an attack video is Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D., Del.)
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February 2, 2013 | By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey - In the second deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in five months, a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in Ankara on Friday, killing a Turkish security guard in what the White House described as a terrorist attack. Washington immediately warned Americans to stay away from all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey and to be wary in large crowds. The attack drew condemnation from Turkey, the United States, Britain, and other nations. Officials from both Turkey and the United States pledged to work together to fight terrorism.
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November 30, 1990 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Frankford teenager yesterday was found guilty of robbery, riot and indecent assault for his part in an attack by more than 15 black youths on a white woman who was beaten, robbed and stripped of all but her bra. After issuing the verdict against David Fletcher, 19, of the 4700 block of Hawthorne Street, Common Pleas Court Judge Gene D. Cohen said, "I am particularly outraged by this case. " Cohen did not find enough evidence to convict Fletcher of a charge of ethnic intimidation, although police had said the April 10 nighttime attack was racially motivated.
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September 29, 1992 | By James Cordrey, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Philadelphia man was sentenced yesterday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in Delaware County Prison for sexually assaulting a 24-year-old Drexel Hill woman at a department store in January. Donald Ranson, 48, of the 700 block of North 46th Street, pleaded guilty in Delaware County Court to assaulting the woman in a fitting room at Macy's in Springfield Mall. Ranson was a store supervisor. The attack occurred before the store opened on a Saturday. Ranson approached the woman, who worked as a housekeeper, in the fitting room and asked her to have sex with him. When she refused, Ranson tried to force himself on her; she broke free and ran. Later, he told her that he would try again and threatened to use a gun if she did not remain quiet.
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October 15, 1991 | BY JIM FARBER, New York Daily News
APOCALYPSE '91: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BLACK Public Enemy. Columbia. Talk of Public Enemy usually centers on their incendiary words. And no wonder. On their fourth and latest album, PE, the self-described "prophets of rage," skewer black radio for not playing enough rap, attack Arizona for refusing to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, eviscerate malt liquor companies for targeting black consumers and put down the church as a pacifying distraction in the black community. And that's just for starters.
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September 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police released surveillance video Tuesday showing the attackers in the apparent hate-crime beating and robbery of a gay couple in Center City last week. The video shows a group of about a dozen white men and women in their early 20s who are "clean cut" and well-dressed, police said. About 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Chancellor Street, two men, ages 27 and 28, were approached by the group, police said. The group made disparaging remarks about their sexuality, police said.
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September 18, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
This story has been updated. AN ASSISTANT basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School resigned late Wednesday because of his alleged involvement in last Thursday's savage attack on two gay men in Center City, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday. The coach, identified by a source close to the team as Fran McGlinn, had been "serving as a coach on a contract basis," said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese. McGlinn, 25, along with several other former Wood students, allegedly participated in an attack on a gay couple as the men were walking near Rittenhouse Square.
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September 18, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths yesterday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut twentysomethings linked to the shocking assault. The chase heated up after cops released video of about a dozen white men and women wanted for questioning in the attack on the two men, ages 27 and 28. That attack, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Chancellor Street near 16th, took place in front of stunned onlookers and sent the couple, together for six years, to Hahnemann University Hospital with bruises and, for one of them, severe facial fractures.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
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September 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
LOVE PARK RANGER Erron Williams testified in court last week that he did nothing to provoke a skateboarder's violent attack on him last month. And as Curtis Tanner's punches and kicks rained down on him, Williams said, he did nothing to return the violence. A tourist's video that showed Williams collapsed on the ground, trying to ward off kicks to his shoulder and head, went viral after the Aug. 15 beating. "I'm not trying to have no confrontation," Williams testified yesterday during Tanner's preliminary hearing for aggravated assault and related offenses.
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September 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CALLING HER alleged use of a brick to bash the mouth and face of a Temple University student a "determined" and "vicious" attack, a Philadelphia judge yesterday ordered a 15-year-old girl to stand trial as an adult. Zaria Estes used her shirtsleeves to wipe tears from her eyes as Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner explained why the unprovoked March attack on Abbey Luffey a block west of campus was too serious to be sent to Family Court. The incident, during which two other teenage girls punched and kicked Luffey and her boyfriend, Andrew Mazer, affected the entire Temple community, Lerner said.
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September 5, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writerdifilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
The skateboarding punk caught on video beating a city park ranger last month is a jobless convicted robber who has a long rap sheet and a history of fighting, according to court testimony and records. Curtis Tanner, 19, of Pottstown, "definitely is in a downward spiral," said Assistant District Attorney Joseph Whitehead, as he pleaded yesterday with a judge to add $100,000 to Tanner's $250,000 bail. But Philadelphia Municipal Judge Nazario Jimenez Jr. instead cut bail to $10,000, which is more in line with bail guidelines, saying: "He's not Al Capone.
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