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March 17, 1994 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An envelope containing a death threat and a .22-caliber bullet was pushed under a City Hall door leading to the chambers of Common Pleas Court Judge Lisa A. Richette yesterday afternoon, prompting a police investigation, stepped-up security and a renewed complaint by Richette that City Hall needs metal detectors. "Judges have been shot in other jurisdictions, and I just don't take this lightly," Richette said. Neither do city or court officials, they said last night, although they rejected Richette's proposed solution.
NEWS
July 31, 2006 | By Jim Geraghty
There's always been nasty rhetoric in politics. In 2004, partisans on both sides contended that their opponents were allied with the devil: Conservative columnist Ann Coulter labeled the Democratic gathering in Boston the "Spawn of Satan convention" while Wayne Madsen, head of Catholics for Kerry, warned that several of President Bush's traits, including his "blood lust" and "references to 'evil doers'. . . bear all the hallmarks of the one warned about in the Book of Revelations - the anti-Christ.
SPORTS
April 3, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Erin Andrews has been getting death threats in a stream of e-mails to a media outlet, an attorney for the ESPN reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant said yesterday. Attorney Marshall Grossman said that the media outlet, which he did not identify, had received at least a dozen e-mails since September threatening Andrews and passed them to her representatives Thursday. The e-mails were at first sexual, but the most recent were explicitly violent and "threatened Erin with murder," Grossman said.
NEWS
March 18, 1988 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
The story unfolding at the James C. Giuffre Medical Center has taken a nasty turn. At least four current or former officials and staff members of the medical center have received anonymous death threats, sources close to the hospital's board said yesterday. The threats were received by phone or in the mail, the sources said. Mail took the form of a single sheet of paper that held pasted letters spelling out the threats, kidnap-note style, they said. They declined to divulge the exact contents of the letters.
SPORTS
June 4, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins has been receiving death threats despite repeatedly apologizing for a collision with San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey. The collision at home plate on May 25 left Posey with a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle. He's had surgery and is done for the season. Giants general manager Brian Sabean criticized Cousins on his weekly radio show on KNBR this week, calling the play malicious and unnecessary. Sabean also said "if I never hear from Cousins again, or he doesn't play another day in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy.
NEWS
October 12, 2004 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The letters turn up on more front doors every day: Quit your job, they read, or, in the name of Allah, we will kill you, burn your home, and slaughter your family. In months past, such grim threats - and the bloody violence that reliably follows them - usually were limited to soldiers, police officers, and high-profile public officials. But the campaign of intimidation has widened to include secretaries, laborers, doctors, drivers, scientists, janitors - seemingly anyone whose paycheck is cut by coalition forces, Western companies, or the interim government.
SPORTS
March 1, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds declined to elaborate yesterday about death threats he said he is receiving. "We're not going anywhere with that," Bonds said while walking off the field following yesterday's workout at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Stadium. The 42-year-old Bonds, 22 home runs from passing Hank Aaron's career record of 755, told San Francisco's KGO Radio on Tuesday that he has been receiving threats. "There's a lot of times I want to say I'm sorry to some of the fans.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Delaware County park police officer has been suspended without pay after being accused of making telephone death threats to two county employees at their homes, county officials said. Kenneth Brown, 36, of the 200 block of South Fairview Road in Upper Darby, faces a preliminary hearing in Springfield District Court tomorrow. He is accused of calling Michelle Stamm, a financial administrator with the District Attorney's Office, on April 2 and threatening to kill her because she would not go out with him, according to a police affidavit.
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April 9, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"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.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
September 6, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
SPORTS
November 14, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 4, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
SPORTS
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)
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