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.
January 26, 2015 |
A Notre Dame University law professor says the legal and moral issues related to the U.S. government's use of unmanned drones to kill individuals in war zones could be more difficult than similar issues on torture. "There is a seductive quality of killing with drones" because they are high-tech and sleek, said Mary Ellen O'Connell. She referred to targeted deaths by drones as "extrajudicial" killings. "International law does not support what the United States and other countries are doing with drones," she said.
March 28, 2014 |
When Bashar al-Assad's forces gassed the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh in August, the fumes penetrated Qusai Zakaria's apartment within minutes. A female neighbor knocked on his door with two unconscious children, but he couldn't breathe or talk. The 29-year-old struggled to the street, where women and children were running about wildly and dropping dead; he saw a young teenager with pale blue eyes on the ground "staring at nothing. " Then his heart stopped, and his body was thrown on a pile of corpses with white foam dripping from their mouths.
October 10, 2013 |
Most of the 3,350 furloughed federal civilian employees at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 947 others at New Jersey National Guard facilities have returned to work as the government shutdown continues, officials said. The Guard workers came back Tuesday, Joint Base employees Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rescinded furloughs imposed Oct. 1, saying the employees contributed to military readiness. Nationally, nearly all of the 350,000 who were sent home without pay last week were recalled by the Defense Department.
September 13, 2013
HATED DOING it, but it had to be done, and in full view of thousands of my FFFs (Fake Facebook Friends). Late Tuesday night, I posted a remembrance of 9/11 - the thousands of civilian lives lost, plus a thank you to our military, the first responders and the nameless heroes in our intelligence services. You know how they say there's one in every crowd? On Facebook, among the thousands of normal people (more or less) there are the likes of Steve Forman, who posted: "Why did Bush take so long to react to a horrible disaster planned by himself, his brothers, and anyone with him?"