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NEWS
August 25, 2003
THE AMERICAN public can stop with the "there are no weapons of mass destruction" outcries. These weapons have been found already - they are the terrorists who would do anything to keep Iraq a country governed by fear and violence. These weapons are not only located in Iraq but throughout the entire Middle East. Is there a more dangerous weapon than a terrorist with only hate and malice in his heart? Those that have died by the hands of these evil, disgusting people can answer that question.
NEWS
June 19, 2003
NO WEAPONS of Mass Destruction have been found in Iraq. We repeat:No Weapons of Mass Destruction have been found in Iraq. Iraq did not use chemical or biological weapons during the war just past. We repeat: Iraq did not use chemical or biological weapons during the war just past. If you are among the two-thirds of Americans who already know this, you can stop reading here. But if you are among the third of Americans who, according to a recent poll, believe that WMDs have been found in Iraq - or if you are in the 23 percent who believe that Saddam Hussein actually used biological or chemical weapons during the war - PAY ATTENTION.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A Germantown artist is on trial facing charges of weapons of mass destruction and possession of an instrument of crime, following his arrest last year after an item exploded in his hand - ripping off three of his fingers. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was in his yard outside his house on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue about 4 a.m. May 7 when he was fiddling with an "illegal explosive device," according to authorities. Investigators later found three items in his house that they considered to be possible explosives - flash powder in a pill bottle, found in his living room, and flash powder in two small, thin tubes, found in an upstairs drawer.
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April 25, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, but two young Boston bombers did? No doubt many Americans were a bit perplexed Monday when 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was federally charged with "using a weapon of mass destruction," even if the explosions at the Boston Marathon did result in three deaths and injuries to more than 170 people. In the late 1990s, President Clinton and other top officials, in discussing the fears about the Iraq dictator, repeatedly used the term to describe chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons that could kill vast numbers in the Middle East.
NEWS
September 11, 2004 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel, the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, said yesterday that if he could vote again, he would not authorize the war in Iraq. "Absolutely not," Hoeffel said at a news conference at Philadelphia's First City Troop Armory. "I voted for the war because I was convinced we needed to disarm Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction. I am now convinced we were lied to. " Hoeffel, 53, who is trying to unseat Republican Arlen Specter, also reiterated his call to shift the burden of maintaining security in Iraq from the United States to a broader coalition of forces.
NEWS
April 27, 2003 | By Tom Adkins
It was a beautiful fall evening in 1975, freshman year at West Chester University. Friday night's frat party blowout was complete, with idiotic antics, lawn retching, and drunken girls. Lots of drunken girls. Nevertheless, I was bored. I'd just stepped off the porch when a girl from my history class ran up to me in tears. "Tom, you have to help . . . Jane is upstairs, way too drunk . . . with four guys. " My choice was stark: obey the unwritten rule that guys don't interfere with "guy business," or rescue a very nice young lady about to fall into deep trouble.
NEWS
November 5, 2004 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos and Julie Stoiber INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Relaxed and frequently smiling, gangster rapper Tommy Hill seemed as comfortable yesterday as if the microphone before him were part of a recording studio - not the witness stand. Hill testified in a high-profile Common Pleas Court trial against a Kensington man and his two sons, who are the first to be charged under Pennsylvania's new law against weapons of mass destruction - a charge that defense attorneys maintain is being misapplied. Johnnie Bellmon, 61; Harry Bellmon, 41; and Benjamin Bellmon, 30, are accused of amassing an arsenal to protect their alleged marijuana-distribution business.
NEWS
May 4, 2000
The 21st-century technologies - genetics, nanotechnology and robotics - are so powerful that they can spawn whole new classes of accidents and abuses. Most dangerous, for the first time, these accidents and abuses are widely within the reach of individuals or small groups. They will not require large facilities or rare raw materials. Knowledge alone will enable the use of them. Thus we have the possibility not just of weapons of mass destruction but also of knowledge-enabled mass destruction.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A GERMANTOWN artist who blew off part of his right hand after a homemade bomb exploded while he was holding it last year was convicted by a jury yesterday of a felony charge of possessing weapons of mass destruction. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was also convicted by the panel of 10 women and two men of a misdemeanor charge of possession of an instrument of crime. The jury deliberated for just 2 1/2 hours. About 4 a.m. on May 7, Ferrin was in the yard of his home, on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue, when a device he was holding blew up, causing a boom and his neighbor's windows to shake.
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NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a verdict likely to challenge Pennsylvania's law defining a "weapon of mass destruction," a Philadelphia jury Thursday found a Germantown artist guilty of that crime in a May incident in which he blew off most of his right hand with a homemade explosive. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 21/2 hours before returning the verdict against Douglas Ferrin, 55. Ferrin, who spent about six months in prison for blowing up the toilet in a Phoenixville bar in 2011, did not appear to react to the verdict.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A GERMANTOWN artist who blew off part of his right hand after a homemade bomb exploded while he was holding it last year was convicted by a jury yesterday of a felony charge of possessing weapons of mass destruction. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was also convicted by the panel of 10 women and two men of a misdemeanor charge of possession of an instrument of crime. The jury deliberated for just 2 1/2 hours. About 4 a.m. on May 7, Ferrin was in the yard of his home, on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue, when a device he was holding blew up, causing a boom and his neighbor's windows to shake.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A Germantown artist is on trial facing charges of weapons of mass destruction and possession of an instrument of crime, following his arrest last year after an item exploded in his hand - ripping off three of his fingers. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was in his yard outside his house on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue about 4 a.m. May 7 when he was fiddling with an "illegal explosive device," according to authorities. Investigators later found three items in his house that they considered to be possible explosives - flash powder in a pill bottle, found in his living room, and flash powder in two small, thin tubes, found in an upstairs drawer.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, but two young Boston bombers did? No doubt many Americans were a bit perplexed Monday when 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was federally charged with "using a weapon of mass destruction," even if the explosions at the Boston Marathon did result in three deaths and injuries to more than 170 people. In the late 1990s, President Clinton and other top officials, in discussing the fears about the Iraq dictator, repeatedly used the term to describe chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons that could kill vast numbers in the Middle East.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Just in time for inauguration coverage, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. Rice, who served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush's second term, made her debut on Face the Nation Sunday and will be included in inauguration coverage on Monday. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes made the announcement Sunday, saying Rice "will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.
NEWS
December 31, 2007
TOO MANY FAMILIES in this country have been celebrating the holiday season under a shadow of dread -the prospect of losing their homes. The national mortgage meltdown, fueled by an explosion of risky subprime mortgages, is in full swing. In just the last six months, about 800,000 homeowners have entered foreclosure. That's right: 800,000 people who have or are about to lose their homes, with millions more estimated over the next few years as adjustable-rate mortgages continue to reset to much higher, unaffordable levels.
NEWS
November 1, 2005 | By Celeste Zappala and Anne Roesler
The number of U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq war has passed the 2,000 mark. Just a number? Perhaps. To pass the number 2,000, another soldier teetered on consciousness, drew the last breath and was gone. And all the hopes that rode on him and all the prayers that followed him from all the people who loved him are done. Somewhere in America, relatives will get phone calls asking them to come and sit with a father who is too numb to cry, pick up the children because the widow is inconsolable.
NEWS
February 1, 2005
NO ONE should be surprised that the Bush administration may use military force to stop Iran's nuclear capability. Bush, a born-again Christian, informed these anti-Christian nations of the world that they would feel his wrath if they produce any weapons of mass destruction. President Truman, also a Christian, responsible for dropping the bomb that claimed more than 100,000 lives in Nagasaki alone, "thanked God for giving the United States the atomic bomb . . . " Truman was also ready to use the A-bomb on communist North Korea.
NEWS
November 6, 2004 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A U.S. Army officer testified yesterday that three inert grenades found during a police raid of a marijuana-distribution business could easily be loaded with explosive powder and made fully operational. A Kensington man and his two sons are the first to be charged under Pennsylvania's law against weapons of mass destruction. Johnnie Bellmon, 61; Harry Bellmon, 41; and Benjamin Bellmon, 30, are accused of amassing an arsenal - including three vintage grenades, four loaded handguns, more than 20,000 rounds of live ammunition, an artillery rocket, and an inoperable World War II-era machine gun - to protect their alleged marijuana business.
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