May 4, 2013 |
SAN'A, Yemen - The cleric preached in his tiny Yemeni village about the evils of al-Qaeda, warning residents to stay away from the group's fighters. The talk worried residents, who feared it would bring retaliation from the extremists, and even the cleric's father wanted him to stop. In the end it wasn't al-Qaeda that killed Sheikh Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber - but a U.S. drone. Yemeni security officials confirmed that three extremists - along with Salem and his cousin, who were going to meet them apparently to discuss his sermons - were killed in a drone strike in August.
November 22, 2011
T he Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal has riveted the nation since criminal charges were announced Nov. 5. Requests for records that might reveal what school officials knew, and when, have placed the state's Office of Open Records in the cross fire - especially because Penn State, as a state-related and not state-run university, is exempt from the open-records law. On Monday, the office's executive director, Terry Mutchler, answered...
September 14, 1988 |
Two young children playing on the front porch of their Hunting Park home were shot and wounded last night in a heavy exchange of gunfire between a man on the sidewalk and two others in a van, police said. A two-tone beige van rolled up to the intersection of North Franklin and Pike Streets about 6:50 p.m., according to police. Moments later, a rapid series of shots was exchanged between two men inside the van and a man on Franklin Street. Alberto Santiago, 5, and his sister, Theresa Colon, 18 months, were struck by stray bullets while playing on the front porch of their home on Franklin Street, several doors north of the intersection, police said.
November 28, 1986
The Nov. 11 article "Medicare threatens doctor fees: Unnecessary care won't be paid for" made me lose my patience in this frustrating and endless war involving doctors, hospitals, patients and third-party payers. The tone of the article was set in the first paragraph, which talked of Medicare "taking aim at the pocketbooks of incompetent and greedy doctors. " Let me tell you who else gets caught in the cross fire of this destructive war. As an emergency physician, I am bombarded daily by problems that arise from the antagonistic mentality of these parties.
January 1, 2012 |
Two men - one in a wheelchair, the other using a cane - who were struck by cross fire in West Philadelphia remained hospitalized Saturday as police continued to investigate their shootings. Police said a young man on foot exchanged fire with at least one person in a moving car near 41st and Parrish Streets in the city's Belmont section about 9 p.m. Friday, striking the two men at locations about a block apart. "We have at least eight fired casings," Chief Inspector Scott Small said shortly after the shootings.
September 14, 2011 |
A SEPTA bus driver was injured by shattered glass during a shooting Tuesday night in the city's Cedarbrook section, only a week after another SEPTA driver was shot in South Philadelphia. Police said the shooting occurred at 9:38 p.m. in the 7600 block of Ogontz Avenue. The bus driver, a man, was transported to a hospital for treatment and was in good condition, police said. A 22-year-old man outside the bus was shot twice in the arm and taken by a medic unit to Albert Einstein Medical Center in stable condition.
February 22, 2013 |
An 89-year-old woman killed in a shootout between police and a Bucks County man has been identified as Marie Zienkewicz. Warminster police said Zienkewicz was in her apartment Tuesday night when she was hit by cross fire. Zienkewicz lived in the apartment below the man who was shooting at police, authorities said Wednesday. Police and the Bucks County District Attorney's Office did not say who shot Zienkewicz; the District Attorney's Office is still investigating. On Tuesday afternoon, Andrew G. Cairns, 49, began fighting with his girlfriend, authorities said.
January 8, 1988
It is not news that violence pervades some sections of Philadelphia. But though this reality is known, it is especially felt when young people - decent kids with prospects and dreams - are randomly struck and killed by stray bullets. Yvonne Hunter, 18, a recent graduate of Muriel Dobbins Technical High School who had plans to enter the Air Force, was celebrating the new year on the porch of a friend's house in North Philadelphia when her life came to a sudden and senseless end. A bullet, apparently fired in revelry, pierced her left ear and lodged in her brain.
May 25, 2012 |
NEIGHBORS packed onto a narrow block of Myrtlewood Street between Cumberland and Huntingdon in Strawberry Mansion Thursday night for a prom celebration. Children played in the street, with red, white and blue streamers overhead and gold balloons spelling out "2012" undulating in the evening breeze from their post on a rowhouse porch. But the peaceful scene was torn to shreds about 6 p.m. Two 13-year-old girls, who had been playing on the sidewalk, were left bleeding on the street after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout.
December 25, 2000 |
The front porch is the only part of the house that is intact, so that is where the Kesseih family gathered on the weekend for an impromptu Christmas toast with the neighbors. They sipped tiny cups of coffee, downed glasses of brandy, passed around the nargila water pipe burning fragrant apple tobacco, and reminisced about the days not so long ago when they had a home. "This is all we will do to celebrate. How can we enjoy ourselves at times like these?" asked Michelle Kesseih, 30, a mother of three who was forced to flee her house.