July 22, 2015
ISSUE | FORFEITURES Seize criminals' property only I join in applauding District Attorney Seth Williams for stopping his office's practice of using the commonwealth's forfeiture laws to take homes and cars from people who have never been accused, much less convicted, of a crime ("Dirty money," July 6). However, these changes do not go far enough. According to a recent American Civil Liberties Union report, Williams' office takes $1 million in cash annually from Philadelphians who have never been found guilty of a crime.
July 10, 2015
A former employee at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School was arrested this week for having sex with a 12th grade student. Michael Evan Morse, 26, is charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with minors, and other crimes for having sex with a female student while she was under 18. Officials said Morse, who worked as an audio visual technician at the high school, had sex with the student and communicated with her via cell phone...
July 10, 2015 |
Even the most bare-bones renovations to a vacant house - something as simple as replacing a gaping doorway or a broken window - could have an impact on violence in Philadelphia neighborhoods, a study coauthored by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found. With two years' worth of data from the Police Department and the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the researchers looked at the rates of violent and nuisance crimes around houses where property owners replaced doors and windows to comply with a city ordinance to combat blight.
June 25, 2015
IN A BLACK AND WHITE world, the bad guys are locked up in prison and the good guys are on the outside, living blemish-free lives. But the world has never been black and white, and the issue of who gets locked up in jail has become increasingly gray over the past few decades, even as the prison population has exploded by a factor of four in as many decades. The fact is that who gets locked up is not inscribed in the Constitution. Society and its shifting mores has always determined who gets jailed - including the 17th century when people could be imprisoned for incurring debts.
June 20, 2015 |
The arrest Thursday of a suspect in the murders of nine people shot while they were studying the Bible at a Charleston, S.C., church provides little comfort to those trying to understand how such a horrific tragedy could occur. The killings at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church may have been a hate crime. A Facebook photo of suspect Dylann Roof, 21, shows him wearing a jacket with patches resembling the flags of the racist regimes that once led South Africa and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)
June 19, 2015 |
Some lived in Gloucester County; others had moved elsewhere. But many who attended the Victims Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday in Woodbury carried stories - most of them harrowing - that had forever changed them. For former Philadelphia Police Officer Don McMullin, 47, it has been nearly 24 years since his. It was June 27, 1991, when he and his twin, Brian, were on patrol and pulled over a car of drug dealers at 57th Street and Washington Avenue in West Philadelphia. One of the men inside shot Don McMullin, then 23, in the head.
June 13, 2015 |
Police on Thursday arrested a 33-year-old Bucks County man they say tried to set a Levittown church on fire, vandalized a school and community pool, and committed a string of other crimes over the last few weeks. John Paul Serina Jr. confessed to police during questioning Thursday morning, said Henry Ward, a Falls Township lieutenant. The initial charge expected to be filed against Serina was arson, Ward said, in the setting afire of a cross and playground at Restoration Church in the Pinewood section on April 19. Serina also threw a Molotov cocktail through a church window that day, Ward said, but the bottle did not break, and firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly.
June 7, 2015 |
Two different but equally fascinating cable dramas - TNT's Murder in the First and Starz's Powers - return, stretching the boundaries of the crime procedural. Power boasts a unique perspective: It's told through the eyes of a New York City drug dealer. A more traditional piece that stays on the side of the cops, Murder in the First is nonetheless the more accomplished. Dissecting a massacre Premiering at 10 p.m. Monday, Murder in the First was co-created by seasoned 71-year-old genre specialist Steven Bochco ( Hill Street Blues , NYPD Blue )
June 6, 2015 |
"Thunderbirds are go !" That line from the family TV series Thunderbirds had to be one of the most exciting refrains from my childhood. Produced between 1964 and 1966 by British TV genius Gerry Anderson and his wife, Sylvia Anderson, the sci-fi adventure show featured distinctive characters played by marionettes who interacted with the grooviest scale-model props - planes, trains, and automobiles - in a hybrid film technique the Andersons called...
June 5, 2015 |
DURING A BRIEF appearance before a federal magistrate yesterday, a Temple University professor accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China pleaded not guilty. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, dressed in a blue pinstriped suit, stood in the hallway outside the courtroom afterward with his wife. When asked if he had any comment, he told reporters: "Probably should talk to my lawyer. " Attorney Peter Zeidenberg, of the Arent Fox firm in Washington, D.C., later said: "Professor Xi is innocent of these charges.