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June 11, 2008 | By KITTY CAPARELLA, MICHAEL HINKELMAN & GLORIA CAMPISI, caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
NEVER AGAIN, said the feds, and they meant it. Never again will owner Rosalind Lavin nor the managers of her four personal-care centers in Philadelphia and Media allow more than 210 residents to live in what U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan called "appalling" conditions. Never again will Lavin or her managers allow residents to lie in vomit or feces for days, unattended. Never again will Lavin or her managers serve insufficient food to residents, like a slice of bologna and a piece of cheese between bread, and call it nutritious.
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March 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Tom Torok, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two stories of Camden have emerged. The first comes from Gov. Christie and Camden County officials. They point to 2012 - the city's deadliest year ever - and say crime has dropped dramatically, thanks to a sweeping overhaul of policing that cut costs and added officers to the streets. The second comes from Camden residents and activists, who call comparisons with 2012 misleading. "Just because [the streets] are calmer doesn't mean the danger went away," says Angel Cordero, a community activist.
NEWS
July 25, 2008
AW, SHUCKS! Child rape is not a capital crime. No state may execute for it. In a perfect world, all murderers, rapists, heroin-heads, etc., would be exterminated. Can you imagine? Lawful jurisprudence protecting the innocent instead of protecting the guilty and damning the innocent? Whew! Makes your head spin. M. Anthony Vare, Philadelphia
NEWS
May 16, 2008
Re "If guns are the problem, why aren't Hispanic, Asian and white males killing each other?": First, the press reports more black-on-black crimes. Second, whites are so busy leaving the border open, killing people in schools, molesting in churches, kiddie porn, meth labs, political crimes. Maybe whites are killing whites in the suburbs. There is crime everywhere. Not just blacks - whites, Asians, Hispanics. And whites who run the White House are getting whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics killed every day in a war that isn't necessary.
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June 28, 2004
The next time John Street, Ron White or any other African-American cries race when investigated by the FBI or any other agency I would ask them to read page 47 of the Daily News on Tuesday, June 22. Maryland's former police superintendent Edward Norris, a white man, was sentenced to six months in prison for misusing thousands of dollars in police funds while he was Baltimore's Police Commissioner. Please spare everyone the race card when the indictments are served and remember crime and graft knows no color.
NEWS
July 3, 2009
I AND A lot of others blame the system for these continous crimes. A suggestion: When criminals commit these horrible crimes with little or no fault of the victim, it really should be a stiff sentence. Jury duty never calls on me because I'll send the criminals to hell. Cissy Benjamin, Philadelphia
NEWS
February 27, 1994
In taking a fresh look at the allegations of womanizing and sexual misconduct by former Warminster Police Chief Elmer P. Clawges, Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein has added fuel to the notion that this case is too hot to handle. A few weeks back, the D.A. said the former police chief's alleged conduct in one instance was "not only criminal, it is reprehensible and it's wrong. " The case involved a former township police clerk, Julie Beekman, who said the chief had sex with her regularly, beginning when she was 16. While he said he wanted to prosecute, Mr. Rubenstein said he was "absolutely barred by the statute of limitations.
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May 23, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by April Saul
Philadelphia Interfaith Action tried yesterday to present a fiddle to Commissioner Richard Neal at Police Headquarters, saying he and mayoral chief of staff David Cohen are fiddling while the city burns. The group cited a lack of response to rising crime and police scandal.
NEWS
July 14, 1986
On June 30, the Supreme Court of this country declared sodomy a crime. In one fell swoop, millions of Americans were made criminals, punishable with prison terms of up to several years. It is irrelevant to argue that this is simply a "paper" law, one that will not be enforced. The highest court in the land, subject to political pressure and the intolerance of Christian fundamentalists, has made the expression of an act of love between two consenting adults in the privacy of their bedroom a crime.
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April 24, 2016 | By Kim Campbell Thornton, Universal Uclick
COZY OR NOIR? Thriller or mystery? Talking cat or working dog? Whatever your poison in literary murder and mayhem, there's a book for you. And chances are good that a dog or cat is a character in his own right, either as a four-footed detective or as a sidekick to a human protagonist. Think Lilian Jackson Braun's Siamese sleuths Koko and Yum Yum, who first made an appearance about 50 years ago; or feline Mrs. Murphy, her Persian nemesis Pewter, and their corgi buddy Tee Tucker in the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.
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April 24, 2016
The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts Murder and Memory in an American City By Laura Tillman Scribner. 256 pp. $26 Reviewed by Michael E. Young This poetically titled book about the most horrifying of crimes weaves together a tale of true crime and the sociology of the dirt-poor border town where it took place - Brownsville, Texas. Author Laura Tillman arrived in Brownsville as a newspaper reporter five years after a couple murdered their three children in a decrepit apartment.
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March 29, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man characterized by police as "a one-man crime wave" has been charged with three knifepoint purse robberies in Upper Darby and he is a suspect in two others, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "The method of operation is the same: A woman walking by herself, comes home late at night, is confronted by a man with a knife who threatens to kill her, and then takes her handbag," Chitwood said Sunday. About 11 p.m. Friday a woman, 17, returned home from work and put a key in her front door on Wembly Road when a man, later identified by police as Sultan Akbar-Abdullah, 27, put a knife to her neck, and demanded her handbag, Chitwood said.
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March 26, 2016
It's almost as disturbing as the alleged embezzlement of $200,000 from Visit Philadelphia that the tourism agency's board - which at the time included Gov. Tom Corbett, Mayor Michael Nutter, and Councilman Jim Kenney - decided to let the accused thief escape prosecution. Only now is District Attorney Seth Williams prosecuting former Visit Philadelphia chief financial officer Joyce Levitt on charges of theft, forgery, and fraud for allegedly stealing $200,000 between 2005 and 2012.
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March 14, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
Cristian Cocuzza was working the counter of his family's Powelton Village pizza shop last Sunday when a college-age customer stormed in holding his phone like it was toxic. Cristian did not need to ask him what was on the screen. He knew exactly what it was. It was the story. The horrible story that so many mistakenly thought had something to do with his family's business. "It no us!" Cristian told the customer, something he feels like he has said a thousand times this past week.
NEWS
March 13, 2016
And Then There Were None. Fans of British mysteries might not expect to find the U.S. premiere of this two-night adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic on Lifetime, but here it is, with a terrific cast that includes Miranda Richardson, Sam Neill, Charles Dance ( Game of Thrones ), and Aidan Turner ( Poldark ) as characters who find themselves together in a mansion on a remote island. 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime. Crowded. Patrick Warburton ( Seinfeld ) and Carrie Preston ( The Good Wife )
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The dots and lines on the printout resemble a family tree. But this one signifies a gang, with detectives trying to weave the connections among its members. Typically, it could take months, even years, to capture the full picture of a criminal organization. Even just examining one person's connections can take hours. Now, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office is trying to speed up that process. Through training provided by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., the prosecutor's office is learning new ways to more quickly identify relationships, pulling information from multiple databases and records systems.
NEWS
February 23, 2016
ISSUE | JUSTICE Trial by media Whatever happened to the legal principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty? A police officer has not had his day in court, yet District Attorney Seth Williams is trying him in the media by calling the incident "a senseless attack" and saying he hopes the detective "understands the severity of his crime" ("Phila. detective charged with breaking man's leg," Thursday). Was a crime committed? Does Williams plan to prosecute the detective "to the fullest extent of the law" on social media and in the newspapers and on TV?
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February 18, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
On the freezing-cold morning of Feb. 17, 1887, a Bensalem carpenter walking by an ice pond noticed a parcel wrapped in brown paper and marked "handle with care. " Inside, he found a male torso of indeterminate race. The limbs and head were nowhere in sight. So begins Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso , the new book by historian and African studies scholar Kali Nicole Gross. It's the type of tale you don't often hear during Black History Month: the biography of an antiheroine who made her way in the world through violence, deception, and adultery.
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