July 18, 2008 |
DESPITE FIERCE competition from a colorful Rogues Gallery that is arguably the best in comics, The Joker will continue to stand alone as Batman's No. 1 adversary. "That seems to be the case," said Image Comics' Erik Larsen. "Not for any thematic reason - he's not a mirror image of Batman or any of that nonsense - it's more a sense of him being the coolest character of the lot. " "No doubt," said 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner. "Batman is order and The Joker lives to create chaos.
June 22, 2006
'CRIMINALS, hear me loud, hear me clearly: There is law and order in New Orleans," said Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. After a bloody weekend in which six people were killed in population-depleted New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin had had it. He asked the governor to send in the National Guard to help police get a handle on the violence - and she did. Maybe that's exactly the kind of bracing, real-life solution the mayor of our own violence-weary city...
March 1, 1993 |
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND SLAIN TOT TO BE BURIED TODAY Two weeks after his grisly murder sparked a bitter debate over law and order in Britain, 2-year-old James Bulger was to be buried today in this rundown northern English city. The little boy was murdered after he was separated from his mother in a shopping mall. He was last seen - on security videotapes - being led away by two older boys. Two 10-year-olds have been charged with his murder. Bulger's funeral will be held at the Sacred Heart Church in the poor Kirkby area of Liverpool.
October 10, 2007
IWHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Robert Ziemba in his letter "Natural doesn't equal appropriate" (Oct. 8). S. Epatha Merkerson plays a police lieutenant on "Law and Order. " In real life, she wears baby dreds, on the show she rocks the straight wig. Her employers dictate the hairstyle, and she wears the wig proudly. As a black woman who chooses to wear her hair straight, the type of hairstyle I wear does not make me any blacker than the next person who does not share my views. As Mr. Ziemba stated, we must make accommodations for the job we choose to take.
January 19, 2008
I'VE READ several letters regarding the need and purpose of a black caucus in the state legislature. There are many ethnic and non-ethnic caucuses: Democratic, Republican, coal, Irish, Italian, sportsmen and veterans. They discuss legislation that would affect their constituents. I support the Pennsylvania Black Caucus because I understand their need to get legislation passed for the restoration of law and order in the inner cities for the masses of law-abiding, tax-paying, voting, concerned citizens all over the commonwealth.
January 21, 1986
Your front page story Jan. 12 exposing the frightening epidemic of young, black, male homicides has the root of the solution buried within it. Judges, professors and doctors should re-read the words quoted from Sharon McCray, sister of two men dead by violence and another awaiting sentencing for fratricide. She says, "We didn't have a fatherly figure in the house. . . . It's hard to raise a whole lot of kids, especially bigheaded boys, with no fatherly figure. " Is it male irresponsibility, either by neglect or bastardy, that also removes a built-in biological crime deterrent from the family - the father?
October 26, 2007
THE STERLING image enjoyed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu shall be forever tarnished, given that he's using a trip to Pennsylvania to visit with Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Tutu is seen by many as a man of peace and goodwill. Apparently those admirable traits are not extended to the family of Officer Faulkner. There should be no welcome mat for Tutu as he comes to our state to stick his thumb in the eye of society through a blatant and callous contempt for law and order and the proper administration of justice.
April 22, 1987
It is infuriating and depressing that rampaging mobs of young hooligans have trashed yet another Center City celebration. Hundreds converted a parade to honor Julius Erving into a nightmare of looting and violence. Their behavior demeaned the salute to Mr. Erving and hurt the reputation of the city. There is no excuse for it. All arrested for Monday's acts of wanton vandalism should be prosecuted. Perhaps the saddest thing is that this happens with appalling regularity in Philadelphia.
January 11, 2005 |
On Jan. 6, nearly three years after Texas jurors sentenced Andrea Yates to life in prison for drowning her children, an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial. The three-judge panel in the First Court of Appeals cited false testimony by the state's psychiatrist - testimony that, by affecting how the jury deliberated, may have violated the defendant's rights. Who was actually to blame for this error? It is a bit of a mystery. But who is ultimately responsible is not. Expert witnesses should take care to ensure the veracity of their statements - especially in capital cases.
July 1, 1988 |
George Bush may be trying to distinguish himself from President Reagan on the campaign trail, but in the process he is sounding a lot like former President Richard M. Nixon in one key respect. It was Nixon, running for president in 1968, who used "law and order" rhetoric on the heels of urban riots to rally white voters against Democrats whom he suggested were soft on crime. Now, in a strategy many political analysts say could backfire, Bush is trying to cast himself as the modern-day champion of law and order and paint his likely Democratic rival, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, as a liberal who is soft on crime.