July 19, 1988 |
Nearly a dozen civilian supervisors in the Police Department's radio room will remain in their jobs while the city appeals a state ruling that uniformed supervisors were unfairly replaced by the civilians last October. The creation of supervisory positions for civilians in the radio room was done at the behest of the blue-collar municipal union, but the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled July 1 that the city should have bargained with the police union even before making the transfers.
December 12, 1989 |
Rebel soldiers who staged this month's coup attempt against the government of President Corazon C. Aquino received extensive financial and logistical support from civilians, Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos said yesterday. Ramos did not name any of those civilians, but he added that military authorities were investigating the possibility that those loyal to former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who died in September, had helped underwrite the unsuccessful rebellion, the most dangerous of the six that Aquino has faced.
September 11, 2006
I'VE READ the Daily News over the last few months and noticed an abundance of people wanting harsher penalties for anyone who assaults or shoots a cop. I have no problem with that. A police officer is in a position of authority and should be respected. But I must ask: Is a cop's life more important than that of any other citizen of Philadelphia? Where is the outrage when everyday citizens are shot or assaulted? No one asks how the police get the information needed when one of their own is attacked, it's just assumed to be good police work, no matter how they get it. Here's an idea: If a person can get a lengthy amount of jail time for assaulting a cop, why don't cops get a harsher penalty for abusing their power?
March 18, 2004 |
As military analysts see it, yesterday's car bombing of a downtown Baghdad hotel is the latest in a surge of attacks on "soft targets" - poorly protected civilians - in the shadowy war to disrupt Iraq's march toward pro-U.S. democracy. Iraqi officials and officials of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority are bracing for even more carnage around the first anniversary - tomorrow in the United States, Saturday in Iraq - of the start of the war to topple Saddam Hussein. The idea, as some U.S. and Iraqi officials see it, is to wreak enough havoc to scare off the foreigners whose capital and engagement are key to Iraq's opening up to the West after decades of isolation.
April 29, 2011 |
GAZAHIYA, Libya - A 22-year-old student balanced an unloaded grenade launcher on his shoulder, grunted loudly in place of an explosion as he pulled the trigger, then handed the weapon to the next man. The military drill on the lawn of a clinic in a remote village in government-controlled western Libya was part of what Moammar Gadhafi's regime has tried to portray as a large-scale arming and training of the home front. Reporters on a government tour were also taken to a school where two teenage boys fired Kalashnikov rifles in the air. The scenes appeared to have been hastily arranged.
November 2, 2008 |
In his recent endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president, retired Gen. Colin Powell, a former secretary of state and chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered a view of American foreign policy that has received little notice. "We have to do a lot more with respect to poverty alleviation and helping the needy people of the world," Powell said, "because when you help the poorest in the world, you start to move them up an economic and social ladder, and they're not going to be moving toward violence or terrorism of the kind that we worry about.
February 2, 1986 |
It's a bright, sunny day here in Texas. Not a cloud in the sky. I step outside to relish the perfect weather. "They'll be having an exciting time in Cape Canaveral," I tell myself. My phone rings. I hurry inside. My secretary, calling from my office, says with obvious excitement: "Have you been watching television?" "I've been working. " "The space shuttle just blew up in Florida. " Long pause. "On the launch pad?" "Offshore. One minute into flight. " Gasp.
May 28, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S.-led coalition on Sunday disputed reports that eight civilians, including children, were killed in a NATO air strike in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan. Afghan officials said an air strike Saturday night killed eight members of a family, but a senior NATO official said that so far, there is no evidence of any civilian casualties. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information. Both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO commanders ordered an investigation into the reports, according to the New York Times.
December 11, 1989 |
Graciela Galiana stared in horror as a Salvadoran soldier pressed his knife to the throat of a young man whose hands were tied behind his back. The soldier yanked the blade, and the young man crumpled to the ground. "We saw him do this," she said nervously, drawing a finger across her throat. "Then his body fell to the ground. . . . I saw that. I saw it. " The young man was one of nine people who died in Santa Ana's La Union barrio on Nov. 12. Graciela, 26, said leftist guerrillas had escaped the area and the soldiers took revenge on the civilians.
March 13, 2006 |
In his March 7 commentary, "Keep state cops policing in labs," former FBI agent Gerald Richards criticized the Rendell administration's plan to put civilians into 68 positions now held by enlisted members of the Pennsylvania State Police. Perhaps Richards doesn't know that the idea of "civilianizing" those jobs did not originate with this administration or the state police. In 1996, the General Assembly's Legislative Budget and Finance Committee reported that nearly 500 state troopers were assigned to jobs that could be performed by civilians.