August 9, 2013 |
A DRUNK Italian sparked a sky emergency Wednesday night when he threatened the flight crew on his Barcelona-bound plane, prompting the pilot to U-turn to Philadelphia, authorities said. The scare started when Massimo Fiorani, 35, staggered up the aisle toward the bathroom as US Airways Flight 742 ascended out of Philadelphia on its way to Spain just before 8 p.m., according to an affidavit. A flight attendant approached Fiorani and asked him to return to his seat. When the attendant placed a hand on his shoulder, Fiorani allegedly threatened to kill him. Several passengers scrambled to help crew members restrain him in flexible handcuffs, an investigator wrote.
July 28, 2013 |
HIALEAH, Fla. - A man living with his mother in a South Florida apartment complex set their unit on fire and went on a shooting rampage throughout the building, killing six people before being shot to death by police Saturday. As the eight-hour standoff unfolded, horrified residents hunkered down in their homes, at times so close to the action they could feel the gunfire or hear negotiations between the gunman and police, authorities and witnesses said. In the final hours, Pedro Vargas, 42, held two people at gunpoint for up to three hours in their apartment until a SWAT team entered and killed him, police said.
July 26, 2013
BUCKS COUNTY authorities have identified two bodies found hours apart in a suburban creek as two teenagers who went missing earlier this week, according to published reports. The body of Dan Tadrzynski, 18, was found in Neshaminy Creek yesterday morning in Feasterville. Later that night, about 10:30 p.m., investigators pulled the body of Perry Krewson, 19, out of the same creek. Officials say the two teens went swimming in the rain-swollen creek late Tuesday night and were swept away by rough currents.
July 22, 2013
Vincenzo Cerami, 72, an Italian writer who coauthored the screenplay of Life Is Beautiful , died July 17 in Rome. His death was widely reported by Italian media. The cause could not immediately be confirmed. Life Is Beautiful , starring Roberto Benigni, who also directed, is an award-winning tragicomedy about a father's quest to save his son's life and innocence amid the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. Mr. Cerami, a protege of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the writer and director, was a poet, novelist, and playwright who wrote or cowrote screenplays of more than 40 films.
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers of both parties expressed deep skepticism Wednesday about the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and threatened not to renew the legislative authority that has been used to sanction a program described as "off the tracks legally. " A congressional backlash appeared to be coalescing around the idea that the administration's interpretation of its powers far exceeds what lawmakers intended. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, lawmakers forcefully pressed officials from the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to justify the government's collection and storage of the communications records of vast numbers of Americans.
July 18, 2013 |
Barbara J. Robinson, 85, of Berwyn, author of humorous children's books including The Best Christmas Pageant Ever , died Tuesday, July 9, of cancer at her home. The former Barbara Webb was born in Portsmouth, a river town in southern Ohio that she credits with shaping her literary path. She spent her childhood with her widowed mother and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and the characters who flourish in small towns. Mrs. Robinson began writing - poems at first - at a very early age. By the time she reached adulthood, she was an accomplished short-story writer, with 40 to 50 published stories in McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal, and Redbook magazines.
July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the courts of law and public opinion, congressional Republicans increasingly accuse President Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority for the benefit of special interests, most recently by delaying a requirement for businesses to provide health care for their workers. In one instance, Senate Republicans formally backed a lawsuit challenging the president's appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board without confirmation. The Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling in the case, which found that Obama overstepped his bounds.
July 9, 2013 |
HUMANE OFFICERS late last night were entering a Northeast Philadelphia home where a man in his mid-70s was found unconscious in the sweltering heat, surrounded by cats that were both dead and alive. "He is alive, but when they walked into the house, it turned out to be a house of horrors," said George Bengal, PSPCA's director of law enforcement. "It's a hoarder house, a huge mess. Huge mess. Dead animals, live animals. Really bad. " The house, on Bickley Street near Gregg in Bustleton, did not have air conditioning and was filled, floor to ceiling, with trash and animal waste, officials said.
July 3, 2013 |
Patricia Sikes Sternberg, 82, an author, educator, and drama therapist, died June 23 of respiratory failure in the Hospice of Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach, Fla. She had retired to Florida in 2005 after many years living in Abington. Ms. Sternberg was a professor in the theater department at Hunter College in New York City from 1978 to 2005, commuting from her home in Montgomery County for 27 years. Prior to that, she taught in the theater department at Pennsylvania State University-Ogontz (now Abington)
June 29, 2013
Richard Matheson, 87, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose I Am Legend and The Shrinking Man were transformed into films, died Sunday in Los Angeles, a spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films said. No other details were provided. Several of Mr. Matheson's works were adapted into movies, including Hell House and What Dreams May Come. Mr. Matheson was also responsible for writing several episodes of The Twilight Zone.