June 7, 2013 |
Given the shrill, overbaked, hyperbolic language that passes for debate between the Right and the Left these days, it's no wonder that the best place to address politics in film may be the horror genre. Enter writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge , a genuinely tense, effective home-invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke ( The Woman in the Fifth ) and Lena Headey ( Game of Thrones ) that opens Friday. A genre picture on its grisly, gritty outside, The Purge tries, not always successfully, to mount a critique of America's culture of violence and our growing obsession with wealth, which according to the film, has robbed us of our last shreds of compassion and empathy.
May 21, 2013 |
Murder charges were filed Monday against three suspects in a West Pottsgrove home-invasion case earlier this month, when Kareem Ali Borowy, 19, was removed from his home and shot to death. Andre Collier, 25, Rasheed Teel, 21, and Charles Freeman, 31, are being charged in the crime, according to a news release from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Collier has not been apprehended. The release says he should be considered armed and dangerous. A fourth suspect has not yet been identified, the release said.
May 19, 2013 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - A Hofstra University junior sharing an off-campus house with her twin sister and several other college students was shot and killed during an early morning break-in Friday that also left the armed intruder dead, police said. The shooting at a private house only steps from the Long Island campus cast a pall over the university community gearing up for commencement this weekend. Hofstra's president said in a statement that the ceremonies would go ahead. It wasn't clear who fired the fatal shots or how many rounds were fired, but authorities said police were involved in the shooting, which happened about 2:30 a.m. A weapon was found inside the house, police said.
May 19, 2013 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - A wanted man with a criminal history dating back nearly 15 years was identified by police Saturday as the masked home invader involved in the death of a Hofstra University student early Friday morning. Dalton Smith, who was wanted on a parole violation related to a first-degree robbery conviction, attempted to rob the off-campus home where he and Hofstra junior Andrea Rebello were fatally shot, Nassau County police said. Authorities said police were involved in the shooting although it isn't clear who fired the shots that killed Rebello and Smith around 2:30 a.m. Friday.
May 8, 2013 |
NEIGHBORS SAID they were inseparable in life. But after 53 years of marriage, Louis Hartdegen separated himself from wife Judith in the most vicious and devious of ways Monday morning when he beat and suffocated her in bed - and then called 9-1-1 to falsely report that a neighbor broke in to rape and kill her, homicide Capt. James Clark said yesterday. Louis Hartdegen, 75, confessed his crime after detectives discovered "discrepancies" in his account of the supposed home invasion, Clark said.
May 7, 2013 |
A 19-year-old Montgomery County man was found dead Sunday after being taken from his home at gunpoint. An autopsy Monday showed that Kareem Ali Borowy died of a gunshot to the back. His death has been ruled a homicide. According to authorities, several armed suspects entered a home in the 1200 block of Manatawny Street in West Pottsgrove just after 2 p.m. Sunday and demanded money. Borowy, 19, was taken by the intruders, according to the District Attorney's Office. Less than a half-hour later, a motorist saw a man, later identified as Borowy, five miles away, lying in the 2100 block of Sanatoga Station Road in Lower Pottsgrove, waving a hand and yelling for help.
May 3, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. admitted this week what many have long suspected - that he handpicks every opponent. He also decides how much they get paid and what the contract details will be. So Robert Guerrero was somewhat prepared when Mayweather picked him to be the opponent for his first fight in a year tomorrow night at the MGM Grand hotel. What he wasn't prepared for was what Mayweather's camp insisted on putting in the contract. "He asked for a rematch clause.
April 23, 2013
Floods threaten near St. Louis ST. LOUIS - The Mississippi River overwhelmed a few farm levees and challenged towns north of St. Louis on Monday as it neared crest from last week's downpours, and more rain was forecast. Officials said the river topped smaller levees north of Louisiana, Mo., and near Elsberry, Mo. In Clarksville, 50 miles north of St. Louis, crews installed a row of metal barriers behind an eight-foot sandbag wall in case weak spots fail. "If the crest numbers we're hearing don't go any higher, we believe we will be OK," Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said.
April 5, 2013
Intruder in South Philly home invasion ID'd * 6th Street near Wilder The intruder shot dead during a home invasion Easter Sunday in South Philadelphia has been identified as Jimmy Lam, 21, of McKean Street near 19th. Lee Heng, 63, told police that two men broke into his home through a second-floor bathroom window about 12:45 a.m. Heng told detectives Lam punched him in the mouth, so he shot at both intruders, who retreated back through the bathroom window. Police found Lam dead outside the window.
April 2, 2013 |
South Philadelphia homeowner Lee Heng, who shot and killed one of two intruders who broke into his home over the weekend, recalled Monday that the fatal encounter "happened so quickly. " The two males had climbed onto Heng's roof on the 1400 block of South Sixth Street at 12:53 a.m. Sunday and entered the rowhouse through a second-floor bathroom. "They broke in and my son started screaming," Heng said Monday afternoon. "I lived here almost 20 years and nothing ever happened before.