April 9, 2015 |
"TODAY IS THE day you're gonna die. " Three masked men threatened a woman with those horrific words Saturday as they took turns pummeling her in the back of a Ford Econoline van. The woman, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Jewelry Exchange, on 8th Street near Chestnut in Center City's iconic Jewelers Row, pleaded with her captors as they punched, kicked and tased her inside the van, police said. They had grabbed her minutes before on the first floor of the garage, across the street from where she works.
January 9, 2015 |
Wednesday's shocking terror attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo should finally awaken Western publics to the threat posed by radical Islamists to free speech worldwide. That threat may seem obvious when 10 journalists from a newspaper that published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad are murdered by masked men with Kalashnikovs shouting " Allahu Akbar . " Yet these assassinations follow a rising number of death threats and violent protests by Islamic fundamentalists against Western books, films, or newspapers they deem offensive.
September 6, 2014 |
To say that Sam Ficken has seen it all in his four seasons at Penn State is not an overstatement. NCAA sanctions thrust him into a starting role. He missed four field-goal attempts in a game and received death threats. He made a school-record 15 consecutive field goals. He had some rough sledding late in the 2013 season. And on Saturday, he went 4 for 4 on field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 36-yarder that saw him run like a frightened jackrabbit away from the celebratory hordes of teammates but not a crushing bear hug from coach James Franklin.
March 18, 2014 |
A PHILLY WOMAN who called Nestle's customer-service department to inquire about the fluoride content in her Nestle Pure Life water was "threatened with a bloody death" by the customer representative who took her call, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Common Pleas Court. Shimrit Ellis claims that on Aug. 5, 2012, she called Nestle's customer service with concerns about the "possible health ramifications" of the fluoride in the bottled water she purchased. Her call was answered by a woman.
November 14, 2013 |
DARRELLE REVIS has a message for Jets fans. The Buccaneers cornerback, whose interception helped seal Tampa Bay's win over the Dolphins on Monday night, told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he is constantly harassed by Jets fans. Revis, who played six seasons with the Jets, said it all started when New York wouldn't meet his contract demands and traded him to the Bucs in April. "They're still not over the fact that I'm not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter," Revis said.
October 7, 2013 |
Early last week, with Congress in disarray over the government shutdown, something astonishing happened. Despite the paralyzing gridlock, one bill was passed by unanimous consent in both House and Senate. Its purpose: to extend by 90 days a special visa program for Iraqis and Afghans who worked for U.S. soldiers and civilians, and who now face death threats for their past ties to Americans. The program expired Monday. But here's the shameful news. The SIV program is still failing thousands of those Iraqis and Afghans.
May 22, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Jodi Arias begged jurors yesterday to give her life in prison, saying she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in an interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail. Standing confidently but at times her voice breaking, Arias told the same eight men and four women who found her guilty of first-degree murder that she planned to use her time in prison to bring about positive changes, including donating her hair to be made into wigs for cancer victims, helping establish prison recycling programs and designing T-shirts that would raise money for victims of domestic abuse.
April 3, 2013 |
Jeff Dunham , world-famous puppeteer and, more important, creator of Achmed the Dead Terrorist ("Silence! I kill you!"), has been the target of Twitter death threats recently, according to Dunham and the police. Now, TMZ is reporting that L.A. police got a warrant to search Twitter's records and trace the tweets ("You have approximately 4 months b4 death . . . CHOOSE what you WILL do b4 you DIEEEEE . . . " or "YOUR NEXT ON MY LEEST ... Guess who's outsideeeee"). We're told they are satisfied they have "neutralized" the malfeasant tweeter and Dunham is no longer in danger, although what that means, who it was, what's going on, and so forth, we dunno.
March 4, 2013 |
WORLD CUP-winning skier Tina Maze was placed under police protection for a super-G race on Sunday after an emailed death threat against her. The Slovenian finished fourth and had two bodyguards close by after the race, won by Anna Fenninger , of Austria, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The threat came in an email received Saturday afternoon after Maze won the downhill on the same slope and become the first skier to collect more than 2,000 points in a season. Aksel Lund Svindal won the men's event in Norway to clinch the World Cup super-G title.
September 25, 2012
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart , said he tightened security at his organization after receiving several death threats during his investigation of cyclist Lance Armstrong . "The Armstrong affair has prompted death threats against me. I received three of them, individual initiatives, in my opinion. Once again, the FBI dealt with that," Tygart said in an interview published on Monday in French sports daily L'Equipe. Tygart said his predecessor, Terry Madden , had previously received death threats during the investigation of Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO)