May 21, 2016 |
Consider Theatre Exile's production of Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand alongside the current season of the podcast Serial . Both examine the conflicting narratives surrounding Americans held hostage by Muslim extremists in Pakistan. Serial focuses on real-life Bowe Bergdahl, a cog in the U.S. military machine who despised his superiors and their exploitation of Pakistani corruption and chaos, while Akhtar's fictive Nick Bright (played by Ian Merrill Peakes) is a Citibank employee, a cog in the U.S. financial machine who despises his superior, and whose company exploits weaknesses in the Pakistani economy.
January 20, 2016 |
On Jan. 25, 1981, days after their long captivity in Iran ended, 52 former hostages and their families watched Super Bowl XV in the Thayer Hotel's wood-paneled Patton Tavern, where American flags were nearly as plentiful as the yellow ribbons at New Orleans' Superdome. If they diverted their eyes from the colorful Eagles-Raiders telecast, these newly minted heroes could look out the tavern's windows and see both the ice-crusted Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy, whose castle-like structures were citadels of a freedom they had been denied for 444 days.
December 26, 2015
Peggy Say, 74, who spent nearly seven years on a tireless quest for the release of her brother, journalist Terry Anderson, and his fellow hostages from kidnappers in Lebanon, died on Wednesday in in Cookeville, Tenn. Anderson, the chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press when he was abducted from the streets of Beirut in 1985 in the midst of the country's civil war, said his sister died after a long illness. A self-described housewife, Mrs. Say quickly became her brother's most prominent public champion, keeping his fate and that of the other hostages in Lebanon in the public eye as the years went by. "We were allowed a radio from time to time, and we did hear about her efforts and the efforts of other hostages' families on the radio, and of course it was always a great comfort," said Anderson, who was held by the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim militant faction Islamic Jihad for 2,454 days.
December 1, 2015
LAST WEEK, local government officials across the state decided they had had it with the long budget impasse in Harrisburg. The statewide organization of county commissioners said it was considering filing a law suit against the state for withholding needed state funding for local programs, especially for social services. Better yet, we like what the county commissioners in Bucks did. Rather than wait for a lawsuit to make its way through the courts, they decided to withhold local payments from taxes and fees due to the state and use them to pay for services to the poor, homeless, elderly, and those with mental and physical disabilities.
April 30, 2015 |
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.
April 2, 2015 |
A former volunteer firefighter in Montgomery County held four fellow firefighters hostage at gunpoint Tuesday morning before being taken into custody, Cheltenham Township police said. Police Chief John Norris said Paul Jordan, 25, had been fired from the LaMott Fire Company in Elkins Park the day before. Jordan allegedly entered the unlocked fire station Tuesday morning with a 9mm handgun and held the other men hostage in the basement for about an hour before surrendering, police said.
September 26, 2014 |
A Gloucester Township man told police he was held hostage during a home invasion Wednesday morning, causing a lockdown of nearby schools and a police K9 search for a suspects. Police responded about 10:55 a.m. to a home along York Terrace after a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity at the home. Police found two people inside and took them into custody. No weapons or drugs were found, but police said the incident was possibly drug-related. The man who said he was taken hostage was not injured, nor were the two suspects, police said.
April 15, 2014
More than 3.7 million jobless Americans may be learning how it feels to fruitlessly search for work, find meals at a food pantry, and skip paying bills for the first time. Out of work for six months or more, they are the long-term unemployed, about two million of whom can't get extended unemployment benefits because House Speaker John Boehner won't post a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate. Federal unemployment funds traditionally kicked in once a worker exhausted his state benefits, typically after 26 weeks.
January 31, 2014 |
CLARENCE SHUFORD's prison was one without bars. There was no escape from the hands of his "caretaker. " Whenever the frail and timid Shuford, who is intellectually disabled, tried to leave — once by trying to jump out a second-floor window — Barbara Floods allegedly beat him with belts, sticks, electrical cords or her bare fists. For years, Floods, 48, not only controlled Shuford, 47, she controlled his money. Because Social Security had named Floods as Shuford's "representative payee," she collected Shuford's monthly disability benefits.
November 17, 2013 |
MEDIA The embattled mayor of Marcus Hook was convicted Friday of charges that he fired a gun in his home while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage. James Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor. In February, Schiliro, who had been drinking, had a police car bring a former neighbor to his home, compelled him to drink wine, and would not let him leave.