November 21, 2014 |
To the end, Raghunandan Yandamuri wouldn't say he did it. A Montgomery County Court judge on Thursday sentenced Yandamuri to death for the 2012 murder of a baby and her grandmother during a failed kidnapping plot in King of Prussia. When given a chance to speak, Yandamuri remained unemotional, defiant, and at odds with his court-appointed attorneys, just as he was during his trial. He offered a rambling and sometimes nonsensical allocution that included an apology to the victims for their deaths, but not at his hands.
March 30, 2011 |
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A jeweler was sentenced yesterday to at least 25 years in prison for incinerating his wife in an oil drum, but not before he called the judge prejudiced, the prosecutor incompetent and his wife's family and friends a "lynch mob. " At an extraordinary sentencing in Westchester County Court, Werner Lippe said he was convicted on "assumptions, speculations and lies. " Reading from handwritten notes on a legal pad, and quoting from U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the combative convict said he should not have been found guilty because his three recorded confessions were involuntary and there was no other evidence.
February 14, 1990 |
Before the Geography Bee kicked off at Thomas Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel, contestant Jeff Naumowitz had the look of a champion. As he sat with 10 other sixth, seventh and eighth graders from Harrington, the 13-year-old was conspicuous in his San Francisco 49ers sweatshirt. The 49ers know a little about winning, having crammed four Super Bowl titles into the last eight years, including their most recent last month. By the time the bee ended Thursday, Jeff stood above the crowd, too. Fending off questions the way Joe Montana fends off would-be sackers, Jeff tackled the competition.
July 25, 1989 |
CBS News Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer remembers the time he was assigned to watch President Reagan get in his helicopter for a weekend at Camp David. "Reagan got on the helicopter, turned to the people on the right and waved. He paused and then would turn to the people on the left. He would wave, and then hold that pose. And I realized standing there that he was pausing so photographers could capture each pose. He simply had this tremendous ability to always be on. In the end he was an actor, and he had remembered what he had learned in the movies.
November 10, 2015 |
She was 33 and pregnant when she sat opposite former Mayor Frank Rizzo as his radio-show co-host, and for years Ruth Weisberg had the best seat in the house, each and every day. Yesterday, Theater Exile closed the curtain on the play "Rizzo," by local playwright Bruce Graham . It ran for 3 1/2 weeks at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American St.), in Old City. The play chronicles Rizzo's life as he prepares for his 1991 mayoral campaign, and is largely based on the best-selling book and biography The Last Big Man in Big City America , by former ESPN reporter and former Inky scribe Sal Paolantonio . Weisberg, a Philly native, was Rizzo's co-host in 1988 and '89 on the WCAU-AM radio (now WPHT)
May 15, 2008 |
Occasionally, a distinctive racket shatters the peace and quiet in my ivory tower. Oddly, I relish it. Down a hallway and around a corner from my faculty office at Rosemont College comes a burst of rhythmic taps and snaps and a periodic ring. The outburst puzzles new students, for the sounds are virtually unrecognizable to them. Then they turn that corner and see my colleague, Timothy O'Hara, an associate professor of English, laboring away on his manual typewriter. He is among the last of the faculty here whose preferred instrument of communication is a Smith-Corona, not a Dell or a Mac. (One other faculty member has no computer in his office, and no typewriter either.
September 28, 2009 |
As a light rain fell and jet engines worked feverishly to dry the track next door at Dover International Speedway, Chuck Priestley and four racing buddies from Havertown took refuge inside the new sports book at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Twenty minutes before the Eagles and other NFL teams kicked off yesterday on the oversize, high-definition televisions lining the tall walls of the $5 million bar and lounge, Priestley glanced quizzically at a card - roughly the size of a legal pad - containing pro football point spreads.
February 2, 2007 |
Ellen Robb, who was bludgeoned to death in the kitchen of her Upper Merion home, was likely killed with a crowbar taken from her garage and wielded by her husband, authorities said yesterday. University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb was ordered yesterday to stand trial on murder charges after prosecutors sketched out what they acknowledge is a wholly circumstantial case against him. They contend that Robb pummeled his wife beyond recognition Dec. 22 because he feared the financial impact of a looming divorce.
July 13, 1990 |
William Yale Giles, the fatherly, white-haired, chain-smoking, gentle- speaking president of the Phillies, leaned forward in the enormous leather desk chair in his enormous office in the innards of Veterans Stadium. In front of him was a huge mahogany desk, practically clear, save for a yellow legal pad. Behind him was an oil portrait of his father, the late Warren Giles, the former National League president. In this baronial setting, Bill Giles, lifelong baseball man, was talking about the new definition of his role.
June 25, 1997 |
Outside, under a bright and dawning sun, the cleaning crews worked to prepare Veterans Stadium for another game. Most of the Phillies' employees had not yet arrived for work when the large black sedan pulled up outside the entrance to the executive offices. Bill Giles, who had remained incommunicado to the outside world since the bombshell announcement Friday that he was stepping aside as president of the struggling Phillies franchise, stepped out of his car shortly before 8:30 yesterday morning, greeted the security guard and took the elevator to his office on the 400 level.