August 8, 2016
On the 234th anniversary of the creation of the Badge of Military Merit - later renamed the Purple Heart, a medal much in the news lately - consider the history of the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania (EAP), a women's organization founded to help wounded soldiers and distressed civilians alike. At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, a plurality of Philadelphians - like most Americans - favored a policy of neutrality toward the European war. However, "in a modern world war, proclamations of neutrality are almost meaningless.
July 11, 2016 |
ECHOING SIMILAR Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Atlanta, Washington, and New York, activists in Philadelphia marched Friday night to protest police violence despite Thursday night's deadly sniper attack at a similar protest in Dallas. The first of several demonstrations in the Philadelphia area started small, with a couple dozen people heading south on Broad Street from Erie Avenue toward Center City. They expressed outrage over the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile near St. Paul., Minn.
June 20, 2016
Shira Goodman is executive director of CeasefirePA ( www.ceasefirepa.org ) Phil Goldsmith is a former president and current board member of CeasefirePA Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando. The list is mind-boggling. Different locations, different shooters, different victims. But they share a common feature - a very specific type of gun, a semiautomatic rifle - a lethal weapon that can quickly unleash 75 to 100 rounds of ammunition. Talk about efficiency. These are efficient killing machines.
April 24, 2016 |
A Philadelphia police detective charged with kicking a man and breaking his right leg will stand trial on aggravated assault and other charges, a municipal judge ordered Friday. Adam O'Donnell, 43, a nine-year member of the force, sat silently during a preliminary hearing as Judge Teresa Carr Deni ruled. Several fellow detectives were in the courtroom in apparent support of O'Donnell. Theodore Life III, 45, testified during the hearing that O'Donnell kicked him in the right knee, fracturing his femur, on Feb. 3, 2015, outside the Special Victims Unit at 300 E. Hunting Park Ave. In addition to aggravated assault, O'Donnell was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and official oppression.
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST U.S. must help allies Much of the U.S. success in Afghanistan and Iraq has been due in part to the native civilians who served as translators for U.S. military and civilian officials and provided intelligence, knowing they were putting a bull's-eye on their heads. ("U.S. abandons wartime allies," Thursday). If the United States wants to continue to use these allies, we must keep our promises of expeditious visa processing or risk going it alone. The Obama administration, unfortunately, cannot figure out the bigger details of carrying out a plan, such as whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should stay or go. How can it be expected to consider smaller details such as refuge for its allies?
February 26, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy took his oath Wednesday as one of the Army's top civilian officials, assuming oversight of the branch's vast business affairs. Murphy, a Democrat who represented Bucks County, was sworn in as undersecretary of the Army, the branch's second-ranking civilian post. He has also taken on the duties of the top job, secretary of the Army, because that job is vacant. He has served as acting secretary since Jan. 7. "We are asking so much of our soldiers and our civilians and their families, and it's so great to be back on the Army team to fight for them," said Murphy, who served as a military lawyer with the 82nd Airborne Division.
May 5, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia police officers and two civilians were all in stable condition Sunday afternoon in area hospitals after a three-car accident in West Philadelphia. A police vehicle and two civilian vehicles crashed at 55th Street and Haverford Avenue at 12:01 p.m., police said. The police officers, one man and one woman, were transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The civilians were both taken to Lankenau Medical Center, police said.
February 12, 2015 |
THERE'S NO chance a story finds a happy ending when a man lies dead on the ground with a bullet in his head. That's the cold, unavoidable truth at the heart of every homicide investigation that unfolds in this city, whether a trigger was pulled by someone settling a drug dispute or by a cop struggling with a suspect. What families of victims strive for instead is justice and truth , words and concepts that have become controversial - and harder to define - whenever someone dies as a result of a police-involved shooting.
February 5, 2015 |
A former Philadelphia Police Department clerk and her husband were charged Tuesday with stealing department-owned ATVs and falsifying documents to cover up the thefts, the District Attorney's Office has announced. Sharon Hammitt, a clerk in the department's Auto Pound Unit for 26 years, and her husband, John Hammitt, have been charged with theft, forgery and related crimes, prosecutors said on Tuesday. District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement that Sharon Hammitt - whose job involved keeping records of impounded vehicles - and her husband stole three ATVs from the unit between 2005 and 2010.