April 7, 2015
ISSUE | POLICE REFORMS Citizens should know the ground rules I would add a section to the recent federal report recommending changes in procedures and training in the Police Department (" 'Significant strife,' " March 24). It would include provisions that we should educate citizens that the police volunteered to protect and serve; that if you want to commit crimes, you should be prepared to be arrested; that if you decide to resist arrest, force will be used to control you; and that if you choose to shoot at officers, they will shoot back.
April 6, 2015 |
Early on the morning of Sept. 28, police and emergency workers responded to a fire at the central New Jersey home of John and Joyce Sheridan, where, we now know, they found the couple in their smoke-filled bedroom with fatal stab wounds. On searching the scene, detectives found two large kitchen knives, a length of melted metal, a half-empty gas can, and a box of matches. They also allegedly found cocaine, baggies, and a scale in a car at the home, which led to the arrest of one of the Sheridans' sons that day. Even if one of the dead were not a political figure as prominent as John Sheridan - who served four Republican governors before becoming the CEO of Cooper Health System, which is chaired by Democratic power broker George Norcross - New Jersey law dictates that most of the information above should have been released immediately.
March 30, 2015 |
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.
March 30, 2015 |
"SLAVERY is not an obsolete relic of the past, it is a global industry that generates $32 billion in profits through forced labor and the bodies of tens of millions of human beings each year. " This is what Ivan Cole, who sits on the board of the Life After Trauma Organization, told an audience yesterday during a conference hosted by the nonprofit at Temple University to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of human trafficking. LATO helps women recover from the trauma of human trafficking.
March 23, 2015 |
The Jinx , Andrew Jarecki's six-part HBO series about perennial murder suspect Robert Durst, is not the first time the filmmaker has told this tale. Subtitled The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , Jarecki's TV documentary ended last Sunday with Durst's Whoa Nelly bathroom soliloquy: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course. " In the preceding episodes, Jarecki, like a good prosecutor, laid out the evidence linking the peripatetic millionaire, now 71, to the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman, a friend believed to have information about the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie.
March 19, 2015 |
TV's latest comic book crime fighter, iZombie heroine Liv Moore (Rose McIver) can't fly. She can't run faster than a speeding train and she most certainly can't stop a bullet. The latest hot young monster to join CW's growing cadre of sexy vampires, ghouls and ghosts, Liv solves the most puzzling, twisted, heinous murders entirely by her wits. And if her smarts can't quite get her there, all she has to do is eat some more brains. Attractive, clever, sarcastic Liv also happens to be a zombie.
March 18, 2015 |
Education is the most important issue to Philadelphians - more important than crime, jobs, and the economy, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. City residents favor eliminating the School Reform Commission, want an elected school board, and "have an extremely low opinion of the performance of the public school system," according to a research study released Monday. Philadelphians were mixed on charter schools in the poll - they view them generally positively, but most back the idea of spending more money on traditional public schools rather than creating new charter schools.
March 6, 2015
I FOUND OUT that my brother had committed suicide from my mother. It was hard, particularly when I saw how devastated and small she looked sitting on the living room couch, as if the life had been siphoned from her in one inhuman pull. But the way that I found out was nothing compared to the way she'd learned of his death about an hour before: a telephone call from a kind, but anonymous police officer who'd investigated the death. There was no gentle preparation from a family member, no call from a priest or nun, nothing but the cold news that her middle child had died by his own hand in his adopted hometown in Massachusetts.
March 6, 2015 |
Critics pricked up their ears two years ago when screenwriter John Ridley, riding high on the critical acclaim of 12 Years a Slave , announced he was developing a TV drama. It would be a different kind of crime drama, he said. Ridley, who won an Oscar the following year, stayed true to his promise: American Crime , which premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC, is one of the most powerful and original dramas to grace the broadcast networks in years. If the first three episodes are any indication, it will rank with HBO's True Detective as the best TV series about crime in America.
March 5, 2015 |
* AMERICAN CRIME. 10 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC. TOMORROW night, ABC will try to get away with much more than murder. Moving into the time slot where Viola Davis ruled in a deliriously over-the-top, hashtag-friendly mystery that wrapped up its first season last week, is "American Crime," an 11-episode limited series that is, apparently quite deliberately, neither of those things. Created at ABC's behest by John Ridley, whose commission came before his Oscar for writing "12 Years a Slave," "American Crime" starts, as so many TV dramas do, with the discovery of a body.