November 13, 2015 |
'I don't feel comfortable killing people unless I have to," says Scary Mob Guy No. 1 to Scary Mob Guy No. 2. It's a typical scene from Esquire Network's brilliant, mordant crime dramedy Spotless . "I saw this thing on National Geographic about karma," Scary Mob Guy No. 1 continues. "If you choose to do something bad instead of having to do it, it increases the sum of negative energy. " The first scripted series from the basic-cable channel, the French-British co-production - which first played in March on Canal+ in France - has its U.S. premiere at 10 p.m. Saturday with a 10-episode first season.
October 31, 2015 |
When Jessica Cruz's coworker walked over to her Monday afternoon and said a homicide detective had been on the phone, looking to speak with her, Cruz knew something had happened to her boyfriend. Omar Lopez, 24, was supposed to have spent the previous night with his best friend and to have returned home that morning. When he failed to show, a worried Cruz called the friend's house, but he, too, said Lopez had never appeared. Cruz left for work with a sense of mounting dread. And when the homicide detectives called that afternoon, "I thought the worst," she said.
October 7, 2015 |
MANNY ANDRADE surrounded himself with flowers. At work, at home, everywhere he went. Even now, brightly colored geraniums line the sidewalk in front of his house in North Philly. They're in bloom, growing, just as Andrade was. He told friends in recent months that he had "finally arrived" in life: a marriage, a home he renovated himself, a schedule that allowed him to eat dinner with his family every night. But two heartless punks took all of that away, gunning down a family man on his way home from work.
September 4, 2015 |
A civil-rights lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court against Philadelphia and two police officers in the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was fatally shot by one of the officers during a struggle following a traffic stop in December. The suit, filed on behalf of Tate-Brown's mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, seeks to be certified by a judge as a class action, opening the door for other people who were subjected to excessive use of force by Philadelphia police to seek nonmonetary relief.
June 12, 2015 |
The city is paying $490,000 to the family of a man murdered by a rogue Philadelphia police officer who opened fire after his girlfriend's cellphone got wet during a neighborhood squirt gun fight, officials announced Wednesday. Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter, said the city also is paying $85,000 to a woman who was wounded when former Officer Rudolph Valentino Gary Jr. - who is serving a 25- to 60-year prison sentence for third-degree murder and aggravated assault - started shooting.
May 22, 2015 |
AT JOSEPH BLASS' funeral, the family got into a discussion about the ranking of his passions. All agreed that family came first. But after that? There was some disagreement about what was second. The Ferko String Band, of which he was past captain, had to be up there. But what about his country? Joe was devoted to the country he had served in fire and death on a bombed ship in the South Pacific in World War II. OK. A compromise was reached. After family, second place in Joe's hierarchy would be divided equally between Ferko and his country, Joseph H. Blass Jr., award-winning captain of the Ferko String Band, whose idea of a great time was to march with the band on Broad Street in the Mummers Parade, blasting away on his saxophone, General Electric toolmaker for 42 years, Navy veteran of World War II, and devoted family man, died May 13. He was 94 and was living in Havertown, but had lived most of his life in South Philadelphia.
March 20, 2015 |
IF YOU WANTED to see a face light up with a happy smile, all you had to do was say the words "Lou Voci' to anyone who had known the man even slightly. Lou Voci was a single-copy supervisor for the Daily News and Inquirer for more than 30 years, a man known for his devotion to his job, his meticulous attention to detail and a friendly nature that endeared him to everyone he met. "Everybody loved Lou," said Bob Palmo, retired regional manager in the newspapers' circulation department and Lou's onetime boss.
February 26, 2015 |
IT WAS AN UNUSUAL dentistry practice. Vernon Morley Jr. traveled to five states, from Texas to Pennsylvania, treating federal prisoners. It might be news to many that the Bureau of Prisons of the U.S. Attorney's Office employed dentists, but that's where Vernon Morley worked for a big part of his career. He was a Navy officer for 42 years, then took immense satisfaction in treating prisoners in federal penitentiaries in Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and New York.
December 19, 2014 |
AL FERGUSON was an exuberant and excitable sports fan. During one of the Flyers' runs for the Stanley Cup in the 1970s, he got so excited watching a game on TV that he leaped up and knocked a tile out of the ceiling. It's not recorded what his wife thought of that mishap, but Al treated it with his usual good humor. "That didn't stop the excitement of the game," his family said. "Instead, it was something to laugh about. " Alfred F. Ferguson, who overcame polio as a child; a lifelong civil servant, holding important positions in state and federal agencies; a devotee of the Jersey Shore and all its delights; and a loyal family man, died Dec. 13 after a long battle with cancer.
November 28, 2014 |
PERRY FENNELL had this peculiar habit. A dedicated runner, he always searched the ground ahead for a penny. He probably wouldn't have turned down something with a larger value, but it was a penny he coveted. "He always felt it was a special day when he found a penny," his family said. Perry, a prominent dentist and longtime community leader, ran the annual Broad Street Run, a number of other races, and one marathon. What did he do with the pennies? He collected them in jars, and, knowing what kind of a man he was, he probably ended up using them in some worthy cause or other.