May 2, 2014
As reports of colleges' failure to deal with sexual assault have drawn attention to campuses from Swarthmore to Berkeley and Penn State to Florida State, it's become clear that the problem afflicts higher education at large. The White House and others are beginning to respond accordingly. The first report of a White House task force on the issue this week noted the astonishing finding that, according to a 2007 report for the National Institute of Justice, nearly one in five female students suffers an attempted or actual sexual assault during college.
December 14, 2012 |
"THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE" makes the sardonic point that exoneration rarely gets the same frenzied publicity as conviction, and takes a small step toward redress. Its documentary subjects are the five boys-turned-men (Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray) railroaded in 1989 for the beating and rape of the so-called Central Park jogger, and of course there is much shame to be conferred in this story on police and prosecutors. They buried evidence, coerced confessions, and proceeded with prosecution even when it must have been obvious to them (the DNA didn't match)
December 9, 2011 |
New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow came to Camden Thursday to address the crime wave that has spurred outrage in the city, and left without offering any public inkling that quick help is on its way. The state's top law enforcement officer met separately with Mayor Dana L. Redd and Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, both of whom have said the city needs a beefed-up police presence, somehow reversing Police Department cuts. The killing of a popular bodega owner Monday night by masked gunmen - the city's 48th homicide of the year - has lent urgency to their request.
December 6, 2011 |
Hours after a bodega owner was killed during a robbery, City Council President Frank Moran called for a state of emergency to be declared in Camden to rescue the city. "We are currently a city under siege. We are under siege by criminals. We are under siege by the drug activity. And more, we're under siege by murderers," Moran said today at a news conference in front of Bernard Grocery in the Cramer Hill section, the site of Monday's homicide. The killing was the 48th homicides this year.
October 18, 2011 |
The man who caused a 2008 car accident that killed Philadelphia Police Sgt. Timothy Simpson will spend 19 to 40 years in prison under a plea agreement reached Monday. William Foster, 44, of Levittown, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges in the case. He apologized to the Simpson family. "If I could give my life up for that man's life, I would," Foster said. "He was a giver. I'm a taker. " He said he prayed for the Simpson family every night. Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman called Foster a career criminal whose actions repeatedly put others at risk.
June 27, 2011
DETROIT - Unlike this city, Philadelphia's population is rising. Unlike Philadelphia, Detroit's business community is as galvanized and aggressively optimistic as a Disney theme park. Over the weekend, members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists were bombarded by some biggies from the past, the Big Three automakers, and the future, Quicken Loans, which just brought 1,600 high-tech jobs to downtown - and will add an equal number in the months ahead, jobs dragged from the suburbs because its young staff wanted to be where the action is. The action is still modest, but the downtown bowl has new buildings, refurbished hotels, casinos and a Hard Rock Cafe.
May 31, 2011 |
In Philadelphia, people pilfer peonies, hijack hydrangeas, and abduct azaleas. Victims don't usually report this dirty crime, so no one knows how common it is. But every spring, neighbors trade tales of purloined plants. "It's just irritating, because you're like, 'Really, they're going to steal plants now?' You almost can't have anything nice in front of your house because it's going to get smashed or ruined," said Tara Martello, an occupational therapist who lives in the city's Fairmount section.
January 14, 2011 |
The Guardian Angels are heading to Camden, where about half of the police force is expected to be laid off Tuesday. The volunteer anticrime group, which recently arrived in Philadelphia's Kensington section, will "aggressively patrol" Camden beginning Sunday, its founder, Curtis Sliwa, said Thursday. About 40 leaders of the battalion plan to meet near the Walter Rand Transportation Center in downtown Camden at 11 a.m., then fan out across the city. The group hopes to maintain that presence and recruit members from the city.
January 14, 2011 |
Michel Gondry, the imaginative maker of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , The Science of Sleep , and Be Kind Rewind , makes whimsical, rueful movies about losers who find themselves in their fantasies. Hiring this sensitive fantasist to make the superhero saga The Green Hornet is like hiring satirist John Waters to make Rambo . Hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of filmmaker and material. Seth Rogen cowrote and costars in the movie that aims for irreverence and settles for irrelevance.
December 23, 2010 |
The Guardian Angels have come to Kensington. With their signature red berets and their famous founder, they are bringing more eyes - and even more attention - to the search for a killer who raped and strangled three women there recently. Since Sunday, the Guardian Angels have been patrolling the neighborhood, handing out fliers, escorting women, and offering to be a conduit of information. "Our goal is to be out there several hours a day and do that as many days as we can," said Scott Gallagher, the regional commander for the all-volunteer group of anti-crime activists.