August 15, 2014 |
COUNTLESS PEOPLE have hoisted signs and chanted slogans at the top of their lungs on the streets of Philadelphia in recent years. Their causes have varied - covering everything from income inequality to environmental concerns to overseas conflicts - but protesters in this city have all shared one thing in common: They didn't have to gag on billowing plumes of tear gas, or dodge rubber bullets that were fired by cops clad in military gear. Much of the world has watched in horror as protesters and reporters in the small town of Ferguson, Mo., have been met with those nightmarish conditions in the wake of a recent police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an unarmed, college-bound teen named Michael Brown.
February 28, 2013
The surprising acquittal of a former Philadelphia police officer who was caught on video striking a woman at a Puerto Rican Day street party has revived an old Chico Marx line from the movie Duck Soup : "Well, who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan decided Tuesday that seeing isn't necessarily believing in acquitting former police Lt. Jonathan Josey of assault charges. The ruling could pave the way for Josey, a 19-year veteran of the department who was fired after the Sept.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - NBC may beg to differ after a week of prime-time programming, but here in London, Friday felt like the real first day of the Olympics. The Olympic Park looked like old footage from Woodstock, as over 200,000 swarmed the grounds. The 80,000-seat stadium, silent since Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" capped the opening ceremonies, was packed for the first two sessions of track and field competition. If British troops were needed, it was for crowd control - not to fill in the embarrassingly empty seats as they did throughout the first week.
December 11, 2011 |
They started at 10 a.m. Saturday, hitting the bars along South Street, in Old City, and elsewhere, looking for a bracer against the cold and wind on what promised to be a very long and party-filled day. By 3:30 p.m., however, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Santas, scantily clad elves, a few Waldos, and at least two snowmen - one abominable, the other more benign but wearing a hat with the word Guinness on it - had taken up positions in...
October 5, 2011 |
WARREN Messing has two overstuffed, timeworn scrapbooks, painstakingly compiled by his wife, that document his 23 years in the Philadelphia Police Department. There aren't any perp walks here, though. Instead, there's the stocky officer with Elizabeth Taylor. And Sylvester Stallone. And John Travolta. To name a few. Messing, on the force from 1960 to 1983, was a bodyguard to the famous and glamorous who traveled through Philadelphia in an era when star sightings and film crews weren't as common as they are today.
August 9, 2011
I HAVE considerable experience in crowd control - security at various clubs, concerts and sports events in the Philadelphia area. My girlfriend and I were at the 4th of July celebration at 18th and the Parkway as guests of a friend working as security at the outdoor hotel cafe there. There was a delay of about 45 minutes before the fireworks. I saw a crowd of 100 to 150 younger people in our vicinity who then converged on our corner like a school of fish. The group I was with, a half-dozen security types and some friends, were able to disperse the group before they were able to mob the cafe.
July 28, 2011 |
THE ICONIC STEPS of the Philadelphia Museum of Art felt extra celebratory yesterday as patriotic music blasted, bystanders savored free water ice, and the Police Department's Mounted Unit received a donation of two horse trailers. "This will be the first point of embarkation to support the Mounted Unit," said Jimmy Binns, whose CopWheels corporation donated the trailers, worth $14,000 each. The nonprofit, which works to provide equipment to police departments, also donated two motorcycles to the 19th Police District, in West Philly.
March 26, 2011 |
In the chilly morning air Friday at a Bucks County farm, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey introduced the first five horses of his department's reinstated mounted police unit: Johnny, Pat, Stephen, Santiago, and Tiny Tim. The steeds are named in tribute to five officers who died in the line of duty in 2008 and 2009 - Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Officer Isabel [Santiago] Nazario, Sgt. Patrick McDonald, Sgt. Timothy Simpson, and Officer John Pawlowski. "In getting the first few horses, it struck me that if the families would agree to it that it would be something to once again honor the service of their loved ones," Ramsey said, noting that the five officers had died during his tenure.
May 26, 2010 |
The sponsor of a City Council proposal that would force promoters to get approval for every event they host says he's willing to make changes after talking with event promoters and entertainers. Councilman Bill Greenlee says he's in the process of making changes after meeting with promoters, who say the measure's requirements - including getting every event approved 30 days ahead of time - would be difficult to fulfill and would punish everyone for those that don't follow rules such as occupancy limits.