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.
June 2, 2015
WHILE READING Julie Shaw's Thursday article on the shooting of Jose Gabino Aparicio-Jeranimo for his backpack, there were many thoughts processing through my mind. Seeing what Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik stated about the victim having a green card, being here legally and believing that coming to the United States for a better life was the right choice most definitely gave me the urge to speak up. In my opinion, it is ultimately in the hands of our failing justice system, not as a state but the entire nation.
June 1, 2015 |
WHEN CHRIS Rodriguez drives his patrol car down streets in Mayfair and Oxford Circle that are known crime hotspots, he is always accompanied by his K-9 partner, Misha, and he always wears his licensed 9mm Glock 17. When he and Misha, a German Shepherd wearing a black K-9 Unit harness, do foot patrols through the playground and courts of Max Myers Rec Center, he is unarmed. Either way, Rodriguez, 30, who wears the black uniform of Homeland Intelligence and Protective Services LLC and a black K-9 Unit vest, feels that he and Misha help deter street crimes that plague parts of the 2nd and 15th police districts.
May 24, 2015 |
The chairman of Temple University's physics department lost his leadership post Friday, one day after federal authorities accused him of illegally sharing sensitive U.S. technology with entities in China. Xiaoxing Xi, a naturalized U.S. citizen, however, would remain on the faculty, officials said. The case against Xi, who was charged with four counts of wire fraud, left colleagues, researchers, and former students perplexed and wondering how the professor they knew as a leading luminary in the field of superconductor research had ended up the latest target in the government's efforts to stanch the theft of trade secrets by China and Chinese businesses.