August 13, 2011
ALLENTOWN - A woman who donned a clown suit and robbed a bank a year ago was ordered Friday to spend two to 10 years in prison. Carolyn Williams, 44, was sentenced in Northampton County Court. She pleaded guilty in June to a felony robbery charge. Williams made off with about $7,000 after wearing a garish outfit, red nose, and rainbow wig into a Bethlehem Township bank last August and saying she had a bomb. - AP
July 8, 2011 |
Florence "Flossie" A. Picariello, 61, known for her work as a volunteer clown, died of brain cancer Tuesday, July 5, at her Bensalem home. Mrs. Picariello donned a blue wig and costume and, using the name Blue, did clown ministry at churches and charity fund-raisers in the Philadelphia area. She was president of the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association for three years, until 2008. In 2009, Mrs. Picariello won the association's Clowntarian Award for organizing the annual conventions of the roughly 300-member group, according to Sandi Smith, the treasurer and a longtime friend.
June 10, 2011 |
There's nothing funny about dressing like a clown to rob a bank, says an Eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor. "I'm going to ask for the maximum sentence," which is 20 years, said Patricia Mulqueen, assistant district attorney for Northampton County. Last Aug. 6, someone with a rainbow wig, a red nose, whiteface, striped socks and a riotously colored frock walked into a KNBT Bank in Bethlehem and, warning of a bomb, demanded cash. Within a couple of hours, police found Carolyn A. Williams in a nearby park, smoking in the getaway car with clown clothes and makeup, more than $7,000, a phony bomb, two real guns, and a big excuse: Men said they'd hurt her kids if she didn't pull off the heist.
May 10, 2011 |
There are indeed parallels to be drawn between training pit bulls for dogfighting and soldiers for war. The Kevin Augustine-helmed Lone Wolf Tribe, in its production of Hobo Grunt Cycle , takes an unusual approach to connecting these dots, while adding a few extra in the form of life-sized puppets and clowns. The results - maddening, touching, manipulative, ridiculous, often all at once - highlight Augustine's considerable artistry, while simultaneously showcasing his equally considerable hubris.
January 19, 2011 |
"Higher, higher!" the kids squealed, peering up from the marble floor of the Franklin Institute at a bumbling clown who had just launched a rotating spool into the air from a tightly pulled string. The students were watching physics in action. "Higher," they pleaded, until the clown launched the prop, known as a diabolo, again, about 50 feet high this time, towards the lofty, ornate glass and stone ceilings of the Ben Franklin Memorial hall. As they applauded, the students yelped and laughed, and with any luck picking up a little science in the process.
October 12, 2010 |
Edward A. Papa, 79, of Somerdale, a Crescent Temple Shrine clown who for more than 30 years put a smile on the faces of handicapped and injured children by performing at area fund-raisers, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, following complications of a stroke, at Vitas Hospice in Stratford. With his signature butterfly glued to his red clown nose, Mr. Papa attracted children of all ages during his appearances. "He knew just how to treat a sick child," his wife, Patricia, said. "He teased them and made them laugh.
October 8, 2010 |
America may still be searching for solutions for high unemployment, the outsourcing of jobs to Asia and our addiction to foreign oil. But we're finally getting to the bottom of "Bozogate" - one of the more bizarre political kerfuffles of a bizarre 2010 midterm election. No joke - the TV clown "scandal" loomed as a new controversy flaring this week over whether GOP Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, under fire for past statements on everything from her college resume to witchcraft, was at it again.
August 25, 2010 |
DALLAS - Nick Rainone found his identity in face paint and clown shoes. His father is a clown. His mother was a clown. His fate, it seemed, was set from the beginning. But as a teenager, Rainone rebelled. He joined a punk rock band, got some bad tattoos, and began running from his parents' influence, only to find that what gave him the most happiness was the laughter of others. He found it again on a recent Friday when he earned a chance to become a traveling clown with the Ringling Bros.
August 4, 2010
By Peter Vaira When a serious accident occurs during a circus performance - a trapeze artist falls, a lion trainer is mauled - the clowns are sent in to distract the audience. In the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music , the singer of "Send in the Clowns" has gone through so much romantic tragedy that she feels, "There ought to be clowns. " Philadelphia's Family Court situation deserves similar treatment. It is indeed a circus performance with a serious accident. Millions of dollars in public funds have been spent on a construction project that has yet to get under way; legal fees are running in the millions; and legal community leaders are squabbling with the state's chief justice over questions one might find on a first-year law school exam.
July 15, 2010
I'M THINKING that the actions of the New Black Panthers on Election Day in 2008 were more about TV than turnout. Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson posted up outside the old Richard Allen Homes at 12th Street and Fairmount Avenue, which is in the 14th Ward's 4th voting division. In November 2008, there were 1,535 voters registered there. Only 84 of them were Republicans. Not exactly a location where an African-American running for president would seem to need much assistance. In 2000, George W. Bush got 8 votes to Al Gore's 382. In 2004, John Kerry bested George W. Bush 501 to 24. Maybe it was that explosive growth from 8 votes to 24 that caused these knuckleheads to show up in 2008, when then-Sen.