February 10, 2016
Beyoncé's naughty politics Have a wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl and you'll live to see another day. But woe unto the artist who comes onto the field with a political message. Woe to Beyoncé , whose Super Bowl 50 performance apparently was saturated with a pro-black power and anti-cop political subtext that has angered many a football fan and quite a few politicos, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani . Giuliani told Fox & Friends on Monday that Bey's performance of her new song "Formation," which was released Saturday, was anti-police.
February 3, 2016
Police are searching for three men who were caught on video brutally assaulting a 29-year-old man inside a Chinese restaurant in the city's Logan section late Saturday night. In the video, released by authorities Monday, the men can be seen pushing the victim inside Lucky Garden Chinese Food at 4901 N. Broad St. around 11:40 p.m., then pummeling him with punches to the face, chest, and back. One of the attackers stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, police said. Before leaving, police said, the assailants took the victim's watch and belt.
January 29, 2016 |
Philadelphia's official snowpack from the weekend megastorm is better than 60 percent gone. So far, the record snowfall has been followed by what has to be one of the gentler melts on record, with dry days of temperatures well into the 40s and a benign outlook the rest of the week. "It's exactly the way you want to melt snow," said Jared Klein, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly. For those living on sun-deprived streets or on hills to the north and west of the city, expect to keep bonding with winter wonderland.
November 6, 2015 |
Sam Bradford watched the footage of the Eagles' Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys this week. It caused the type of cringe-worthy reaction reserved for a woebegone high school yearbook photo. "Hasn't gotten any prettier," Bradford said. He could say that about more than just the Cowboys game. Bradford spent the early portion of the bye week scrutinizing film from the season. Then he returned to his native Oklahoma to clear his head. He's back in Philadelphia to prepare for a nine-game stretch that will not only determine whether the Eagles make the postseason, but also whether he will last with the Eagles beyond this year.
October 17, 2015 |
Ayad Akhtar's smart, brutal drama Disgraced will be the most-produced play in the country this season. Philadelphia Theatre Company gets the first local crack at it, with a visually satisfying but stiff production. But then again, this is a play all about how nothing is quite what it seems. Amir (Pej Vahdat), a handsome, successful mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer, is a secular Muslim version of Don Draper. Running from what he considers a shameful past, he has taken a new name, new nationality, and a blond, white, painter wife, Emily (Monette Magrath)
October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.
October 15, 2015 |
In V to X , local playwright Kash Goins touches a lot of nerves, then pushes down hard on all of them. His forceful, searing prison drama evokes the misfortunes of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray, and his characters depict the lives that not only don't matter in the media or society but that "no one even knows are here. " With up to 1.5 million black men incarcerated in the United States, V to X ("five to 10") is a timely, hard-hitting chronicle of their stories told over a three-year span, from an ebullient New Year's Eve celebration in 2012 (lots of mentions of hope after President Obama's second inauguration)
October 14, 2015 |
Two days after Philadelphia police asked for the public's help in solving the brutal murder of a transgender woman in Logan, someone called the department's homicide unit with a tip. The caller gave police a name - Pedro Redding - and said he was known for committing robberies in the neighborhood. And he lived on the same block where, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins had been beaten, robbed, and shot to death. Police stopped Redding on Sunday morning and took him into custody, homicide Capt.
August 11, 2015 |
IN A PERIOD of about 24 hours in Philadelphia this weekend, 10 people were shot - three of whom, including a 16-year-old boy, died from their wounds - and three others were stabbed, only one of whom survived, police said. According to police,the following incidents occurred: * 2:46 a.m. Saturday on Redner Street near 30th, in Brewerytown: A 31-year-old man was shot in his abdomen and leg and taken by a civilian vehicle to Temple University Hospital, where he remained in stable condition.
July 17, 2015 |
"LIKE A PUNCH in the gut. " That's how Keith Hooks said he felt upon hearing that Jasmine Wright, 27, his kind and quiet neighbor, had been found brutally murdered in her apartment. "It's just sick," Hooks, 53, said last night, mere feet from the slain Drexel University grad's front door, directly beside his own. "She was professional and sweet," Hooks said. "She just went about her business and didn't bother anybody. "And she certainly didn't deserve this. " Wright's body was found about 2:30 p.m. inside her third-floor apartment on 50th Street near Locust in West Philly, Homicide Capt.