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February 7, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
"Shame on you Hospital and whole America!" "You can not be so arrogant as Croatia can be generous!" "How can you be so cruel????!!???????" "America has always been laughing matter in entire world with their 'pay for health' policy . . . " "Go f--- yourself!" The Facebook page for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was overflowing this morning with nasty comments related to the case of a little Croatian girl with cancer. Nora Situm, 5, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to reports, and, to try to save her life, a campaign in the economically distressed Balkan country collected contributions from thousands of people, raising $600,000 to pay for experimental treatments.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THERE WAS MORE than meets the eye to Main Line ophthalmologist Paul Ezell. Haverford Township police, who raided Ezell's house yesterday, allege the eye doctor and his adult daughter grew and distributed marijuana from their home on Sagamore Road near Allston. The raid was the result of an anonymous tip left on the township's website, according to the search warrant for Ezell's house. "Through a third-party source it has come to my attention that Dr. Ezell is growing marijuana at his residence and selling it to his patients and other individuals," the tipster wrote.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The violent-rap-lyric-as-therapy failed as a defense in the Facebook threat trial. Anthony D. Elonis, 28, who claimed posts on his Facebook page threatening to kill his wife, a classroom of children and an FBI agent were only his way of coping with an emotional crisis was instead convicted in federal court Thursday. The U.S. District Court jury deliberated for about two hours. The quick verdict came after the jurors spent the morning watching Elonis periodically smirk as he was cross-examined by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Stephan.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SOME PEOPLE collect stamps, dolls or autographs. Others collect cars, coins or tea cups. And there's a guy in Australia who holds the world record for the biggest and longest-held collection of belly-button lint. Paul Duffy collects mementos of murder. And then he sells them, to whoever pays. In a macabre industry whose merchants can be counted on two hands, Duffy put the Philly area on the "murderabilia" map last month when he began selling killers' artwork, letters and even hair, blood and fingernail clippings from his Coatesville, Chester County, home.
NEWS
November 30, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
After listing the Philadelphia Police Department as his employer on his Facebook page, Officer Deric Lewis wrote a brief description of his job: "Locking up people that do dumb s---. " But this weekend, the four-year police veteran found himself locked up after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Lewis, 30, works out of the 22nd District, at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue near Temple University in North Philadelphia. He is the 17th city cop to be arrested in little more than a year.
NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lower Merion school officials are warning parents about an outfit that posted a YouTube video of local high school and college students engaging in what appears to be underage drinking and illegal drug use under the name "I'm Shmacked. " In a letter sent home Tuesday, the principals of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools termed the images "reprehensible and cause for great concern. " The video shows binge drinking, marijuana use, window smashing and use of drugs and alcohol in cars by students purported to be from Lower Merion - all presented as a lark.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer
A FACEBOOK page called "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" - the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Aug. 18 - sparked outrage among law-enforcement authorities before it was taken down Sunday. It was created by former Philadelphia restaurant worker Joshua Scott Albert, who became infamous as the creator of the Staph Meal blog, which criticized the restaurant industry. And, as if that's not enough, Albert also launched a Facebook page earlier this month called "Kill Mitt Romney.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Wilmington man has been charged with kidnapping and murdering a 65-year-old woman who was out walking her dog, police said Tuesday. Dwight L. Smith, 24, of West 36th Street, was held without bail after his arrest Monday night. He is accused of killing Marsha Lee of Whittier Road in the Brandywine Hills section of Wilmington. Smith's Facebook page indicates that he is an Army staff sergeant. His father, Dwight Sr., told television news reporters that his son was a combat veteran who was wounded during his second tour in Afghanistan.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A city election official who was previously fined by Philadelphia's Board of Ethics for using her office computer to engage in political activity is in hot water again with the same board - and has had her computer confiscated. Tracey Gordon, who has been a deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. According to an e-mail sent Thursday to the three commissioners by Chief Deputy Commissioner Don Garecht, Gordon was suspended without pay for 90 days pending an investigation by the Ethics Board.
SPORTS
August 6, 2010 | Staff and Wire Reports
The trainer of Preakness and Haskell Invitational winner Lookin At Lucky says the horse came down with a fever this week and won't run in the Travers on Aug. 28 at Saratoga. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says on his Facebook page that the 3-year-old colt is responding well since developing a "little temperature" Monday, the day after winning the Haskell at New Jersey's Monmouth Park. Lookin At Lucky remains at the Jersey Shore track while he recuperates. The track's attending veterinarian said yesterday the colt is "bright and alert" and doing well.
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