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April 16, 1996 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
The Police Department is dropping plans to buy more than 4,000 men's ballistic vests from American Body Armor, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., because fabric for its vests failed penetration tests. The move reopens a heated competition for the contract to replace the older, heavier vests Philadelphia police officers sometimes decline to wear. Police Commissioner Richard Neal said yesterday that ABA, selected last year to provide the vests, would still provide more than 1,000 vests for female officers.
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May 14, 1997 | By John Way Jennings and Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Also contributing to this story was Inquirer staff writer Monica Rhor
A fleeing gunman boarded a NJ Transit bus yesterday afternoon, forced its driver to switch clothes with him, then sat in the bus, surrounded by police, media and crowds of onlookers before surrendering more than three hours later. Police said the suspect, identified as Dwayne Thomas, 34, of the 500 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue, jumped on the bus in downtown Camden about 4 p.m. after hitting a police officer with his gun and firing two shots at other officers as they tried to arrest him as a robbery suspect.
NEWS
October 3, 2006 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. pulled a cable-television advertisement Sunday that Democratic congressional candidate Lois Murphy claimed was false and misleading. The ad, prepared by the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that Murphy opposed a bill that would provide body armor to troops in Iraq. "Hard to believe," the announcer said, as "Source: Vote 669, 12/19/2005" appeared on the screen. Murphy, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) in the Sixth Congressional District, could not have participated in the vote since she doesn't hold office, and has stated she supports funding for body armor, said James Lamb, her attorney in Washington.
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April 30, 1999 | By Carrie Budoff, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For more than 12 hours a gunman, holed up inside an apartment in Asbury Park, N.J., kept law enforcement officials at bay. Finally, Officer Robin Eckel of the Monmouth County Sheriff's Department made the call: Bring in Solo. Minutes later, gunshots rang out, and Solo, a decorated veteran, was fatally wounded. Now, in his memory, private groups in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and across the country are raising money to provide bulletproof vests for crime fighters like Solo.
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March 25, 2000 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Seaman may owe his life to his bulletproof vest and his mother's advice. "Every day, when I leave for work, the last thing my mom always says is, 'Be careful and wear your vest.' Mom was right!" said the 26-year-old Philadelphia police officer yesterday, a grin creasing his face. Almost six hours earlier, Seaman was shot at almost point-blank range inside what he thought was a vacant house in the 2400 block of Howard Street in Fairhill. Seaman's body armor stopped the slug, which left only a bruise on his skin over the top of his stomach where the bullet would have entered.
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February 23, 2006 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eight U.S. Marines have been accused of stealing plates used inside ballistic vests earmarked for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to documents unsealed yesterday in federal court in Philadelphia. Many of the plates were later sold on eBay by a Palm Springs, Calif., woman. The investigation is continuing, and a half-dozen other people, three of them military personnel, remain suspects in the case, officials said. The California woman, Erika Jardine, was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison and six months' house arrest by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 16, 2004
Are active and retired military personnel getting the support and benefits they need? What are your views on veterans' benefits, higher combat pay, material support such as body armor for the troops in Iraq, and better health care for reservists and their families? Send essays of 200 to 500 words to South Jersey Voices, 53 Haddonfield Rd., Suite 300, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002. Fax 856-779-3221. E-mail sjvoices@phillynews.com.
NEWS
October 3, 2006 | FLAVIA COLGAN
AS THE POLITICAL season gets hot and heavy, there are a slew of political ads airing on Pennsylvania TV stations, but none have been so harsh as the ones in the race between Bob Casey and Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum started his ad campaign off kindly enough, with messages of his love for seniors, as he walked around them as they were polka dancing. Now they've become increasingly harsher, with Santorum running an ad that portrays some Casey financial donors spending time in the same jail cell.
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February 27, 2013 | By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide the rebels with equipment such as body armor, armored vehicles, and possible military training and could send humanitarian assistance directly to Syria's opposition political coalition, according to U.S. and European officials. The administration has not provided direct aid to either the military or political side of the opposition throughout the two-year-old Syrian conflict, and U.S. officials remain opposed to providing weapons to the rebels.
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January 8, 2013 | By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The officers struggled to hold back the tears as they recalled the Colorado theater shooting: discovering a 6-year-old girl without a pulse, trying to keep a wounded man from jumping out of a moving police car to go back for his 7-year-old daughter, screaming at a gunshot victim not to die. "After I saw what I saw in the theater - horrific - I didn't want anyone else to die," said Officer Justin Grizzle, who ferried the wounded to...
NEWS
October 22, 2012
THE PRESIDENTIAL race is long and grueling, and a year's worth of stump speeches and debates is bound to produce a few gaffes. Still, when candidate Mitt Romney was asked if he'd support a ban on assault weapons during last week's town hall, his response was bizarre by any measure. He ended up making a speech about his belief in the importance of two-parent families, and if we may follow the long and winding road to the end of his tortuous reasoning, he implied that such households would produce a less-violent culture and fewer murderers, and that in this two-parent paradise, we wouldn't need to worry about banning assault weapons.
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September 21, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karl Urban faced an acting challenge in Dredd 3D not unlike trying to juggle with an arm tied behind his back. As the futuristic lawman of comic-book renown, he spends the entire film, which opens Friday, in a helmet with an opaque visor covering most of his face. "It's a huge challenge," says the 40-year-old New Zealand actor who is emerging as one of cinema's top action stars. "The challenge was how to communicate to the audience without the use of my eyes. "The challenge was compounded by the fact that the character of Dredd operates with a particularly narrow bandwidth," Urban continues in a hotel suite during a promotional stop in Philadelphia.
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September 13, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia police officer accidentally shot by his partner during a car stop left the hospital Wednesday, authorities said, exhausted and sore, but with no serious injuries. SWAT officer Jose Roman was wearing his bulletproof vest when he was hit in the side by a shotgun blast from his partner that ricocheted off either the ground or a car. Roman's partner fired on a suspect Tuesday night in North Philadelphia, police said, after the two stopped a car with three men inside.
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July 25, 2012 | By P. Solomon Banda and Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - His hair dyed a shocking comic-book shade of orange-red, James Holmes showed up in court for the first time, but didn't seem to be there at all. The world's first look at the man accused of killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 58 in a shooting rampage at a packed midnight screening of the new Batman film was of a sleepy, seemingly inattentive suspect. Holmes, 24, shuffled into court Monday in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit with his hands cuffed. Unshaven and appearing dazed, he sat virtually motionless, his eyes drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case.
SPORTS
October 1, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The tools of the trade say it all about baseball's most demanding position. None of the other eight players on the field are required to wear body armor - a mask, shinguards, a heavily padded glove, a chest protector. Oh yes, and a cup which, as Carlos Ruiz was painfully reminded two months ago, is not always sufficient. Catchers are the game's engineers. They call the pitches and position their teammates. They are the line of communication between the dugout and the field.
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September 28, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nasuil Martinez must have been really taken with Carlos Fernandez's watch and diamond stud earrings. On Tuesday, a photo of Martinez, 21, allegedly sporting Fernandez's missing baubles became the evidence that led a Municipal Court judge to order the Kensington man to stand trial in the shooting death of Fernandez. Fernandez's death on Dec. 21 - and two incidents in which Martinez shot at a total of six police officers, wounding one - are part of an alleged crime spree that enabled Martinez to acquire in two weeks the sort of criminal record that takes some people years.
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May 1, 2011 | By Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Throughout history, military gear has been made with the male physique in mind. But for women in today's combat or in jobs close to combat, that can mean body armor that fits so poorly firing a weapon is difficult, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin, and flight suits that make urinating while in a plane nearly impossible. With women taking on new roles, the issue is getting fresh attention from the military. Seven hundred female Army troops are testing a new combat uniform for women with shorter sleeves and knee pads in the right place for their generally shorter legs.
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October 28, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shonna McNeil offered the jurors her best reason why they should spare the life of admitted murderer Rasheed Scrugs, her estranged husband and the father of her two boys, ages 5 and 6. "I think every child deserves to have a father and know who that father is," she told the eight women and four men. "The only ones who are really hurt in the end are the children. . . . I want my kids to know who their father is, that he is not a bad person and has a good heart. " For Kimmy Pawlowski, it must have seemed the final insult.
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