December 17, 2014 |
The hostage crisis at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia, unfolded in a way impossible a decade ago. Much of it played out on Facebook and text messaging (already there as of 2004), and on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media as yet unborn in 2004. To be a hostage-taker or hostage as of 2014, it seems, you need good social-media skills. "There's an unprecedented degree of immediacy to such crises now," says Lawrence Husick, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and codirector for the Center for the Study of Terrorism.
April 8, 2014 |
USED TO BE that when Philly criminals heard that police were looking for them, they went looking for Chuck Stone. They'd find him in the ivory tower at Broad and Callowhill - a trustworthy Daily News scribe who would facilitate their surrender to a Police Department they felt they couldn't trust. Men accused of murder, assault, shootings and burglaries called Stone at all hours of the night, asking for his help. Some wanted to clear their names. Most, of course, were guilty.
September 18, 2013
HOUSE Republican leaders are having trouble stopping their colleagues from shooting themselves in the foot - again. Having failed to approve any of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund federal agencies, Congress has to pass a stop-gap spending bill by Sept. 30 to keep much of the federal government from shutting down. But rank-and-file Republicans in the House are resisting their leadership's proposed stop-gap because it wouldn't necessarily block funding for the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a/k/a ObamaCare.
January 22, 2013 |
An attack on a remote natural-gas complex in the Sahara desert was conducted by an international band of Islamist militants, apparently including two Canadians, who wore Algerian army uniforms and had help from the inside, Algeria's prime minister said Monday, in his government's first official accounting of the bloody four-day siege. Three Americans died in the violence and seven U.S. citizens survived, the State Department said Monday. The Algerian government captured three of the militants alive, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters in Algiers, in remarks carried by the state-run news agency.
January 3, 2013
John Sheardown, 88, an unflappable Canadian diplomat in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis who helped shelter six U.S. "house guests" until they were secretly shuttled out of the country, died Sunday at an Ottawa hospital. He had Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Zena Sheardown. On Nov. 4, 1979, an Iranian mob seized the U.S. Embassy and took 52 Americans hostage in retaliation for Western support for the recently deposed shah. As was retold in the Ben Affleck film Argo , six Americans managed to evade the hostage-takers.
April 18, 2012
NEW YORK - Retired Associated Press feature writer Sid Moody, 83, who chronicled major events of the 20th century from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the Iranian hostage crisis, has died. Moody's son Clarke Moody said Tuesday that his father died Sunday at a hospital in Morristown, N.J. A longtime resident of Bernardsville, N.J., Moody spent his last years at a retirement community in Bernards Township, N.J. During his almost four decades at the AP, Moody covered such events as the Warren Commission report on Kennedy's assassination, the trial of Lee Harvey Oswald's murderer Jack Ruby, the Detroit race riots, the My Lai massacre, North Korea's capture of the spy ship USS Pueblo, the kidnapping of a bus full of school children in Chowchilla, Calif.
September 21, 2010
Hostage debacle targets officials MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino 3d said Monday that Manila's mayor, a recently retired police chief, and journalists were among a dozen people who could be charged over last month's disastrous hostage standoff that killed eight Hong Kong tourists on a bus and damaged ties with China. The recommended charges were part of a government investigation report on the Aug. 23 hostage crisis that has been handed over to the Chinese ambassador.
September 4, 2009 |
Among the many mysteries of All About Steve (mystery #1: Why?) is the rationale behind its insufferably kooky protagonist's choice of footwear: the same pair of cherry red go-go boots, every day, every night. A crossword puzzle constructor for a Sacramento newspaper, Mary Horowitz - played with alarming pep by Sandra Bullock - trots around town beaming proprietarily as she spies this person and that, on the bus or in a park, laboring over her crosswords. And everywhere she goes, she's in those boots.
October 16, 2005 |
Relatives of former U.S. hostage and Norristown native Joseph Cicippio, who said they "put their lives on hold" to seek his release, have won a $91 million judgment for emotional distress against the Islamic Republic of Iran. A federal judge in U.S. District Court in Washington issued an order Oct. 7 that 14 Cicippio relatives or their estates will receive $6.5 million each, court records state. "The Cicippio family is very appreciative of the award," said Thomas Cicippio, 82, of Norristown, Joseph Cicippio's brother and a family spokesman during the hostage crisis.