January 28, 2014
The hypocrisy surrounding U.S. marijuana policy goes all the way to the top. President Obama long ago admitted using the drug as a youth - and recently acknowledged that its risks are comparable to those of drinking - but largely hesitated to advocate mercy toward anyone indulging in the same behavior. American states and cities now mirror these contradictions, spanning the spectrum from full-blown legalization to rearguard drug war. Philadelphia, meanwhile, is nonsensically doing some of both at the same time.
June 18, 2013 |
The story so far: Beau Zabel, a 23-year-old aspiring teacher from Minnesota, was thrilling in his new life in Philadelphia. But that life was cut short 42 days after it began. Chapter 2: The Hunt for a Killer A body in the shadows. A killing, no witnesses. A bump in the night. Detective George Fetters sat in a cramped cubicle watching Beau Zabel's final moments - studying the snowy frames, looking for something, anything, in a case of nothings. Like every aspect of the investigation, the grainy surveillance footage was more frustrating than fruitful.
May 15, 2013
The Obama administration is starting to make extraordinary abuses of power look ordinary. Hard on the heels of the revelation of an IRS crackdown on conservative groups comes news that federal prosecutors orchestrated a roundup of journalists' telephone records, leaving yet another set of federal boot prints on the First Amendment. Any criminal investigation of journalistic activity is a potentially troubling threat to press freedom, but the scope and secrecy of the dragnet at hand make it particularly offensive.
April 28, 2013
From a self-perpetuating legal limbo in the Caribbean to an endless dragnet for airborne pocketknives, much of the policy driven by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks now looks like the counterproductive overreaction of a wounded nation. The Boston Marathon bombing wasn't comparable in scope, but it bore enough symbolic parallels to test our resolve and resilience more than a decade later. And although we are still understandably scarred by 9/11, we've also shown a capacity to learn from our mistakes in its aftermath.
October 14, 2010 |
The FBI is searching for a mother and her autistic son who are wanted in connection with a murder in Las Vegas and who may have fled to Philadelphia. Michelle Costello, 43, and her 19-year-old son, Peter, are being sought for questioning in the Sept. 20 killing of a man inside a North Pecos Avenue apartment. Las Vegas police said the victim was Michelle Costello's husband and her son's stepfather. Police were called to the Las Vegas apartment shortly after noon on Sept. 20 to find the man dead.
October 25, 2008 |
In a sweep officials attributed to an ongoing operation that focuses their resources on catching the most violent criminals, 22 people - eight of them alleged gang members - were arrested in Burlington County on Wednesday. With the arrests, authorities said yesterday, more than 50 street-gang members have been caught since March as a result of an investigation led by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force. Their targets: members of the Muslims Over Everything, Bloods, and Crips gangs.
October 22, 2003 |
A woman and nine men were arrested in a weekend-long dragnet that targeted drug dealers in Camden City, authorities said yesterday. The effort, part of a campaign to improve the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods, was conducted by the Camden Anti-Crime Partnership, which comprises state troopers, Camden police, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said Sgt. Kevin Rehmann of the state police. All of the suspects remain in the Camden County Jail. Friday night, troopers confiscated 59 bags of crack cocaine, valued at $590, and $530 in cash from Carlos Carabello, 21, of Voorhees.
December 14, 2000 |
Hugo Martinez got an incorrect fix on the source of the first call Pablo Escobar made to his family at the Tequendama Hotel in Bogota on a Tuesday in late November 1993. But by the next day, the American surveillance experts at Centra Spike and the Search Bloc's own fixed surveillance teams in the hills over Medellin had pinpointed Escobar's location in the neighborhood called Los Olivos. Hugo's father, Col. Hugo Martinez, knew they were very close. At first, he asked permission to cordon off the entire 15-block neighborhood and begin going door-to-door, but that was rejected - in part because a Delta Force commander and others at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota advised against it. Escobar was an expert at escaping such dragnets.
August 5, 2000 |
The alleged killer of a 5-year-old Hunting Park girl may have been lounging on the front steps of her home the day she disappeared, a family friend said. Police and the FBI yesterday launched a nationwide search for a mysterious boxcar transient with whom the little girl was seen before she vanished. Iriana "Nena" DeJesus was found Thursday in an apartment above a vacant store just a block from her home. Her decomposed body was partially wrapped in a garbage bag and she was still clad in the shirt she was wearing on the night she was snatched, police and family members said.
June 30, 2000 |
Two men bungled an attempt to rob an Evesham bank yesterday, but were able to elude a dragnet that included FBI agents, a helicopter, dogs, and scores of police from several towns, authorities said. About 9:20 a.m., two men in their 20s approached a manager at the Mellon Bank in the Greentree Shopping Center on Route 73 and asked about opening a business account, said James Doherty, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Trenton. One of the robbers was wearing gold wire-framed glasses and was neatly dressed in a blue blazer and slacks, witnesses said.