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January 24, 2002
Now that you're back in the U.S., here's a reminder of what happened while you were away on your quest for spiritual fulfillment with the Taliban.
NEWS
December 4, 2001
I AM APPALLED by the notion that an American could be swayed by the Taliban to fight for their cause. If this so-called American, "John Walker," is really an American, he deserves to die a traitor's death. All Americans home and abroad who conspire against this great nation should be executed and their bodies should not be allowed to be buried in the United States. There is plenty of land in Iraq or Afghanistan for these losers to be disposed of. Larry Collins, Philadelphia President Bush has repeatedly stated that anyone who harbors terrorists will be considered terrorists themselves.
NEWS
December 20, 2001 | By MICHAEL KINSLEY
ALL RED-BLOODED Americans hate the Taliban. But what did red-blooded Americans think of the Taliban seven months ago? That's about when John Walker, 20-year-old American citizen, disappeared from sight until he surfaced earlier this month in a prisoner-of-war camp for Taliban fighters. Now many Americans want Walker tried, punished, executed . . . nothing is too terrible to contemplate doing to this traitor who abandoned his country and joined up with that rats' nest of anti-Americanism, that oppressor of women, that harborer of terrorists: the Taliban.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told the Associated Press. He had continued to work until just a few weeks ago, making his last concert appearance in Los Angeles in March, Klemmer said Sunday. Walker had his greatest success as the guitarist and vocalist for the Walker Brothers, which produced such 1960s hits as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Love Her," "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "My Ship Is Comin' In. " While the Beatles and other British groups were remaking the face of rock 'n' roll during the so-called British invasion of America in the mid-1960s, Walker moved from the United States to England.
NEWS
May 13, 2011
John Walker, 67, the American-born musician who was the front man for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock and roll, died Saturday of liver cancer in Los Angeles. He had his greatest success as the guitarist and vocalist for the Walker Brothers, which produced such 1960s hits as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Love Her," "Make it Easy on Yourself," and "My Ship Is Comin' In. " While the Beatles were remaking the face of rock and roll during the British invasion of America in the mid-1960s, Mr. Walker moved from the United States to England.
NEWS
January 4, 2002 | By LEON FRIEDMAN
NOW THAT THE Justice Department has listed the charges it is considering against John Walker, the 20-year-old American from California who joined the Taliban, it is possible to draft the outlines of a defense strategy. Against these charges, at least, Walker may be able to put on a surprisingly strong case in federal court. Making his case in the court of public opinion is another matter. The Justice Department has identified six crimes possibly committed by Walker: treason, murder of a U.S. government employee (Michael Spann, the CIA agent who interrogated Walker and was later killed when the Taliban prisoners at Mazar-i-Sharif revolted)
NEWS
January 18, 2002
HERE'S A terrifying thought: We applaud John Ashcroft. The attorney general was right to bring criminal charges against American Taliban John Walker Lindh instead of the military tribunal that could have led to the death penalty. It's not that we think Walker should be given an easy ride: to the contrary, we have already called for him to be tried for treason. But a treason charge would require two witnesses, and the criminal charge, which could carry a life sentence, would ensure due process for Walker and make it easier for the government to move forward on the case.
NEWS
December 7, 2001
JOHN WALKER IS a gentle boy who was within his rights to pursue religious freedom when he converted to Islam and later, moved to Pakistan and then Afghanistan. That he was captured fighting with the Taliban could only mean he was brainwashed. Maybe, like Patty Hearst, he underwent conversion-under-duress that made him take up guns against his own country. But he committed no actual crime. Hell, even joining the Taliban wasn't against the law. In fact, joining the Taliban was his God-given (or would that be Allah-given?
NEWS
April 16, 1990 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe it happened when he was modeling athletic shorts on the runway for Macy's, or maybe it happened when he was doing a test shoot for Calvin Klein underwear. Or maybe it was when he was standing in line for a K mart ad behind Rick Edwards, one of the top fashion models in the world. He isn't quite sure. But sometime in 1987, after a year in front of the cameras and circulating with America's beautiful people, John Walker, from a horse farm in Burlington County, decided to take the focus off himself and put it back on horses.
NEWS
January 18, 1994 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One North Philadelphia man was convicted yesterday of third-degree murder and a second was acquitted in the street-corner slaying of Robert Burns, whose death in July 1992 heightened racial tensions in Kensington. Rudis Moreira, 20, who witnesses said fired the gun that killed Burns, was convicted of third-degree murder, nine counts of reckless endangerment, possession of an instrument of crime and related charges. He was acquitted of nine counts of aggravated assault. John Walker, 22, who drove the car from which Moreira fired the fatal shot, was acquitted of all charges.
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May 11, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were arrested in connection with an armed-robbery spree Thursday night that targeted iPhones and victimized nearly a dozen people in West Philadelphia. The first holdup involved a rowing coach and rower from Clarkson University in Upstate New York who were visiting Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Around 8:30 p.m., the coach and rower were confronted at gunpoint at 45th and Sansom Streets, Walker said. The victims gave up an iPhone, wallet, and bag. About 15 minutes later, three men at 43d and Regent Streets were robbed at gunpoint and surrendered three iPhones, Walker said.
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April 13, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Overbrook High School student was killed and two other young males were wounded as gunfire broke out Thursday afternoon at a playground across from the school, authorities said. About 3:45, two teens began fighting on the field at Tustin Playground, 59th Street and Lancaster Avenue, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. When one side started losing, "the guns came out," Walker said. A driver on 59th saw a teenager bent over with a gunshot wound to the stomach and drove him to Lankenau Medical Center, where he was admitted in critical condition, police said.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A quick-acting Philadelphia detective caught two suspects who allegedly pistol-whipped and robbed a 58-year-old man late Friday afternoon in Chinatown, police said. Around 5:30 p.m., the man was attacked inside a rental property he owns in the 1200 block of Vine Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The victim was forced into the basement, where he was beaten with a .357 caliber pistol and forced to strip to his underwear. Detective Rob Conway was driving down Vine Street returning from an investigation when he spotted the victim, who was outside and screaming for help.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 60-year-old man from France was arrested Wednesday evening after trying to impersonate a pilot and taking a seat in the cockpit of a plane that was about to depart from Philadelphia International Airport, police said. Whether the man, identified as Philippe Jeannard, was engaged in a sinister plot or a mental flight of fancy was unclear, police said. That he tried to impersonate a pilot on the plane was "definitely concerning," Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said Thursday.
NEWS
August 5, 2012
Philadelphia police are searching for the gunman who was caught on surveillance video during two violent West Philadelphia nail salon stick-ups. A store camera appears to have caught a clean shot of the man, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. Around 11 a.m. Thursday, the gunman burst into the Myly Nail Salon on the 6200 block Lansdowne Avenue and pointed a small handgun at the store owner as she was working on a customer. He told the woman "to shut up unless you want to die," Walker said, before fleeing with $100.
NEWS
August 5, 2012 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for the unidentified man who robbed and beat an elderly woman after following her from a West Philadelphia convenience store. The brazen daylight attack occurred just before 9 a.m. Friday, after the 66-year-old woman used a cash machine at the Lucky Food Market at 57th and Arch Streets, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. The attacker, described as a black man about 35 years old, wearing a dark shirt and shorts and carrying a hooded sweatshirt over his shoulder, followed the woman into the store and watched her as she used the ATM, Walker said.
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