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September 6, 1990 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Like Neil Young and too few others in rock and roll, John Doe kicks up a throttling roar that goes beyond pure wattage. Unafraid to sound wounded (or puzzled) when singing songs of open desperation, he puts blood and guts into his performance - and because he's willing to risk such self-revelation, every little phrase acquires an intense luster. In his hands, even a charming pop song such as John Hiatt's "The Real One" is tinged with a trembling woe. Those who followed Doe in X know this; his mere presence on stage was one of the things that made the Los Angeles band a compelling force in the early '80s.
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October 10, 2002 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
JAYNA DAVIS - the dogged Oklahoma City investigative reporter who thinks she can link Middle East terrorists and the bombing of the Murrah Building - has been waiting seven years to share her dossier with a senior member of our government. Today, she gets her chance. At 4 p.m., Jayna Davis has an appointment on Capitol Hill with a member of the U.S. Senate. And not just any senator. Davis will meet with none other than Arlen Specter. He's the perfect man for this job. Think about it. He's a brilliant mind; a man whose politics we may question from time to time, but never his ethics; a former prosecutor; author of the single-bullet theory; the controversial but incisive cross-examiner of Anita Hill.
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July 29, 1986 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
He might be somebody's grandfather. Maybe he used to sit contentedly on a porch swing, sipping lemonade and watching the children play nearby. He might be somebody's best friend. Maybe he used to spend his evenings in a neighborhood tavern, tipping beers and trading wisecracks with his buddies. But whomever he might once have been, he is now known officially as John Doe. That's the name the state has put on the plastic wristband he wears for identification, in case he wanders off from Building 53 at Norristown State Hospital.
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August 1, 1986 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
An elderly man known only as John Doe, who spent the last eight months in Norristown State Hospital because no one could identify him, has been reunited with his family. State police from the Limerick barracks in Montgomery County said yesterday that they had learned the man is William Harris, 72, of the 2200 block of North Colorado Street in Philadelphia. Harris - dubbed John Doe by hospital officials - had been a ward of the state since November, when he was found wandering in Plymouth Township.
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June 24, 1992 | By JACK MATTHEWS
Virtually overnight he becomes a major political force. One day he is unknown to most Americans, then a network appearance brings his simple, no- nonsense views into homes all over the country and he is a national obsession. His picture is on the cover of Time magazine, a massive grass-roots movement forms across the United States, leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties are scrambling to derail what might become a runaway third- party presidential campaign. No, not him. Him!
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January 27, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police said Sunday that the body of a white male was found at 1:18 p.m. Sunday on the bank of the Schuylkill River in the 4400 block of Kelly Drive. The man, identified as "John Doe," was found caught in a tree line on the river bank by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue. The scene was held, police said. Police said they would not likely release on Sunday the identity of the person found. The discovery has raised questions that it could be that of a missing Bucks County teacher, Christopher Tully, 40. But police emphasize there are others missing in the area besides Tully and that no name will be released until after any family members are notified and an autopsy is conducted.
NEWS
January 18, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Not having AIDS turned out to be almost as traumatic as actually having it for the man known as John Doe. When Doe found out that he had been misdiagnosed as being HIV positive, he went to pieces, he claims. He said he suffered "night sweats, nausea, loss of sleep, skin lesions, rashes, recurring headaches, hair loss, scalp irritation, recurring crying fits, and loss of concentration. " He also complained of "extreme anxiety, depression, belief that he was going to die of AIDS within a few years, post-traumatic stress disorder, permanent lack of trust in medical providers, despondency, humiliation, and social isolation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2005 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
During John Doe's blistering set at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, last month, the punk-rock godfather and part-time actor prefaced "Hwy. 5" by saying: "California is . . . mythic. Say what you want about it. It's mythic. " "I can only hope that my songs and lyrics have one-tenth of the mythic quality that California and Los Angeles have," Doe, a founding member of the seminal Los Angeles punk band X, said over a post-show beer. He plays the World Cafe Live on Tuesday, promoting his stripped-down, bluesy new album, Forever Hasn't Happened Yet. "Certainly we based a lot of X on the decline of Western civilization," he said, referencing the 1981 Penelope Spheeris documentary featuring the band, with Doe's first wife and X singer Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake.
NEWS
February 18, 2004 | By Daniel Rubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Been "sharing" Bruce Springsteen, Nelly or Nas on the Web lately? You might be interested in a suit filed yesterday that lists 203 Comcast Internet customers named John Doe. Let the paranoia begin. It's impossible to tell how many of those accused of illegally trading copyrighted material are from the Philadelphia area. In all, 17 record labels sued 531 people across the country yesterday, filing the paperwork in the cities where the Internet service providers are based.
NEWS
November 29, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To the SEPTA manager who calls himself "John Doe," it was an invasion of his constitutional right to privacy. A powerful SEPTA official had made him suspect that behind every unreturned greeting by a co-worker was the secret he had tried so hard to hide: He had the AIDS virus. To SEPTA officials, it is a case of "no harm, no foul. " Officials of the regional transit authority say they accidentally found out Doe was HIV- positive while reviewing an audit of prescription benefits that happened to include the names of SEPTA workers.
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May 1, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN WHAT THEIR attorney called a "significant step" in the healing process of two survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled the first civil suits filed in 2011 after a damning grand-jury report on sex abuse by area priests. The settlements with survivors - identified in court documents as John Doe 10 and John Doe 187 - were made earlier this year, the second coming in February the day before jury selection was to begin for the trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, said attorney Dan Monahan, who represented both men. Monahan and attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements yesterday.
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May 1, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN WHAT could turn out to be a real "Modern Family," Nick Loeb , the ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara , is suing the Colombian bombshell to prevent her from destroying the fertilized eggs they created when they were a couple, TMZ.com reports. Loeb, it seems, still wants to have her baby. Is this going to be another Diane Sawyer interview? According to TMZ, Loeb claims that he and Sofia made a contract nearly two years ago in which they agreed to attempt to have children by means of in vitro fertilization.
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January 27, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police said Sunday that the body of a white male was found at 1:18 p.m. Sunday on the bank of the Schuylkill River in the 4400 block of Kelly Drive. The man, identified as "John Doe," was found caught in a tree line on the river bank by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue. The scene was held, police said. Police said they would not likely release on Sunday the identity of the person found. The discovery has raised questions that it could be that of a missing Bucks County teacher, Christopher Tully, 40. But police emphasize there are others missing in the area besides Tully and that no name will be released until after any family members are notified and an autopsy is conducted.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Swarthmore College has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by an expelled student in a case that questioned whether the school's policies for handling sexual assault allegations were biased against men. The young man at its center - an honors student and former high school class president from Durham, N.C. - had maintained that he was wrongfully found guilty of sexual misconduct by a school eager to quash criticism that it did not take assault allegations...
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September 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE ruled yesterday that a former Temple student who sued the school in a sexual-misconduct case cannot proceed under the pseudonym "John Doe" and will have to use his real name in future court filings. The "potential harm to Doe and those similarly situated is not enough to outweigh the public's interest in an open proceeding," U.S. District Judge Anita Brody wrote in an opinion. "Sexual assaults on college campuses and the measures universities are taking to respond to these incidents are important issues commanding national attention," she noted, adding that the "dispute, and Doe's name, will contribute to the current debate about sexual assault.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2014 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
John Doe, bassist/vocalist for X, recognizes one noticeable difference in audiences for the band's current tour. "In 1980, parents weren't bringing their children to the show," Doe says. The 1980s have passed, but X will turn back the clock when the band performs Thursday at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. "We had four really good records," Doe says of Los Angeles , Wild Gift , Under the Big Black Sun , and More Fun in the New World , which came out between 1980 and 1983.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
He called it consensual. She called it rape. Their college, Swarthmore, acted decisively. He was expelled. Those spare facts make up the little that the parties can agree upon in a lawsuit working its way through federal court in Philadelphia. The young man at its center - an honors student and former high school class president identified in court filings only as John Doe - says he was wrongfully accused and found guilty of sexual misconduct by a school eager to quash criticism that it did not take assault allegations from female students seriously.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER MAYOR Frank Rizzo is having an artistic resurgence in Philly.   Man about town Harry Jay Katz has discussed making a film version of Sal Paolantonio's book, Rizzo: the Last Big Man in Big City America. Katz pitched the treatment to Frank Stallone , who approved of the potential film and is taking it to his bro, Sylvester Stallone , about starring as Mayor Frank. In the current treatment, Frank would play Rizzo's brother, ex-Fire Commissioner Joe Rizzo . The movie will be written and directed by Katz's son, David Bar Katz ("The Pest")
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The FBI ramped up its efforts Wednesday to help identify the subject of sexually explicit photographs that have circulated on the Internet for a decade. The photos, of an underage girl, have been viewed on child-pornography forums since February 2003, and agents also are seeking the public's help in identifying two men who may have had contact with the victim, the FBI said. The only clues the FBI has are images. They are of two unknown men, of a yellow T-shirt containing the outline of a basketball with the phrase "New Market Basketball," and of a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an aboveground swimming pool.
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