February 20, 2015 |
WHEN LEE Daniels took over a room, there could be no other center of attention. "In any crowded room, you could immediately locate Lee Daniels," said longtime friend Jim Nicholson, retired Daily News writer. "Look for that dense-packed knot of people and you could be sure Lee was in the middle, holding forth. " Lee C. Daniels, award-winning sports and crime writer for the Inquirer, Daily News and Courier Post, who became a political activist in Philadelphia and South Jersey in his later career, died Monday of complications of dementia.
February 4, 2015 |
RANDOLPH SANDERS attended Kim Jones' birthday party over the summer and her funeral last month. He shook hands with her friends and family, wearing a smile or a furrowed brow, depending on the occasion. He might as well have been wearing a mask. On the morning of Jan. 13, Sanders, 36, allegedly put a bullet in Jones' head and calmly walked away - then dialed her phone number minutes later to check on her well-being. Sanders hadn't yet seen her that morning, he said on her voice mail.
January 9, 2015 |
JAMES WALSH, one of the most notorious of the "goons" in the local Ironworkers union who committed acts of violence and sabotage at nonunion-contractor sites, told a federal jury yesterday that his actions had the approval of the union's leadership. They were "endorsed, and they were appreciated by the administration of the local," Walsh, 50, testified. That administration included Joseph Dougherty, 73, the former longtime head of Ironworkers Local 401, who is on trial on racketeering conspiracy, arson and extortion charges.
January 8, 2015 |
As sporadic demonstrations continue against the killings of two unarmed black men by white officers last year, annual tallies showing fewer murders in a number of big cities offer a different perspective on policing. Common among cities with fewer homicides are programs targeting not only specific high-crime areas, but also individuals whose history with violence makes them more likely to be involved in a homicide, either as victim or perpetrator. Cities with fewer murders include Chicago: 407, compared with 419 in 2013; New York: 332, compared with 335; Detroit: 300, compared with 333; and Baltimore: 211, compared with 235. New York cut its murder rate to 3.95 per 100,000 residents last year.
January 7, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA ended the year with 248 murders, just one higher than in 2013, when the city saw a historic low of 247, according to crime statistics touted yesterday by Mayor Nutter. Nutter noted that the 2014 murder total represented a nearly 37 percent drop from 2007, the year before he took office, when 391 were slain. The mayor credited the decrease in murders - and a decline in shootings and violent crime overall - to the leadership of Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, the diligence of his officers and a collaboration between police and community activists to fight crime.
December 30, 2014 |
WITH A mouse click, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's blood-curdling screams echoed off the kitchen walls in the old house in Germantown the other day, as clearly as on the chilly Sunday night when a predator snatched her off the dark sidewalk outside. "I hate hearing it," said the man at the kitchen table with his laptop - a Germantown resident for two decades who lives steps from where the 22-year-old woman was abducted Nov. 2. On condition of anonymity, he spoke about the recording that his home surveillance system had caught.
December 19, 2014 |
President Obama granted a presidential pardon Wednesday for a 1980s drug crime to a Bucks County woman who is now chief executive officer of a nonprofit company that operates halfway houses. Diane Mary DeBarri of Fairless Hills was pardoned for a 1984 conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 90 days in prison and five years' probation. DeBarri, formerly known as Diane Mary Wilhelm, is CEO and chairman of the board of the Kintock Group, which is headquartered in King of Prussia and runs facilities in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
December 18, 2014
GUN-CONTROL zealots like Helen Ubiñas don't miss a beat when it comes to exploiting tragedy. Here's a more accurate breakdown: Of the 30,000 "deaths by gun," more than two-thirds are suicides. Not much we can do about this; if guns had any link to suicide rates, Japan would have the lowest suicide rate in the world instead of one of the highest. Of the 10,000 or so homicides by gun, the vast majority are criminal-on-criminal or likely self-defense homicides. Studies have shown consistently that at least three-fourths of homicide victims (regardless of weapon)
December 6, 2014 |
A summer jobs program for teenagers appears to cut the rate of violent crime, according to a new study by a University of Pennsylvania researcher. And not because the youths were too busy working to break the law. Those who were randomly chosen to get the eight-week positions were arrested for violent offenses 43 percent fewer times than their peers, and most of that difference occurred during the 13 months after the jobs were finished. The findings by Sara B. Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn, are reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
November 21, 2014 |
Given local authorities' secrecy about the violent deaths of New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, the reported involvement of state investigators is reassuring. Beyond helping determine what happened to the couple - who died Sept. 28 after being found amid a deliberately set fire in their Skillman home - the Attorney General's Office should make information about the crime and the investigation available in accordance with the public's legitimate interest and state law. The Inquirer reported Wednesday that a team of investigators from the Attorney General's Office has been participating in the investigation, which is being led by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.