July 28, 2013 |
Fruitvale Station Michael B. Jordan gives a deeply nuanced performance as Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Oakland, Calif., man who was shot and killed by a transit cop in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009. Writer/director Ryan Coogler reconstructs - in some instances, reimagines - the events leading up to that tragic episode. R The Hunt Mads Mikkelsen in a bracing, complex performance as a schoolteacher falsely accused of sexual abuse. Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's parable about mob mentality and the fabric of trust is a sad, sobering, and powerful thing.
June 27, 2011 |
DOZENS OF West Philly boys - ranging in age from 11 to 19 - stormed a Sears store in Upper Darby on Thursday as part of a "flash mob" and made off with thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise, police said. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said he believed that the group organized the mass theft through social networking, although the exact networking site was not yet clear. He said that the kids traveled together on public transportation and arrived at the store on 69th Street en masse about 7:10 p.m. The kids - Chitwood estimated there were around 40 boys - scattered throughout the store and began to "rob, steal and pillage," he said.
May 20, 2011 |
A Souderton man accused of raping and murdering a 9-year-old neighbor will waive a preliminary hearing next week, in part because of concerns for his safety, his attorney said Thursday. James Lee Troutman, 24, has been kept in a one-man cell since his arrest in the slaying of Skyler Kauffman last week. Though he has been treated well there, his lawyer, Craig Penglase, said he worried about exposing his client to a public setting so soon after a crime that drew such a visceral response from the community.
May 19, 2011 |
A Souderton man accused of raping and murdering a 9-year-old neighbor will waive a preliminary court hearing next week, in part because of concerns for his safety, his attorney said Thursday. James Lee Troutman has remained in a one-man cell since his arrest in the slaying of Skyler Kauffman last week. And though he has been treated well there, his lawyer, Craig Penglase, said he worried about exposing his client to a public setting so soon after a crime that drew such a visceral response from the community.
July 15, 2010
LAST WEEKEND I was at a conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and on Sunday afternoon one of them asked me about the "riot that closed South Street. " I knew nothing about it, but later learned that whatever it was - maybe a flash mob - it wasn't a riot. There were "minor injuries" and 15 arrests. Just Saturday night fun? No one was killed or seriously hurt this time. People have been hospitalized by previous flash mobs. Philadelphia has a colonial tradition of peace and brotherly love, but that's our mythic history.
November 27, 2009 |
Not everyone will be out and about today to buy and revel in one of the biggest-selling retail days of the year. Instead, some may observe "Buy Nothing Day," a day of activism for the anti-consumerism crowd, who oppose what they say is the massive consumption that Black Friday promotes. Although there are no planned "Buy Nothing Day" events in Philadelphia, there are scheduled activities set for many cities worldwide, including Oklahoma City, Kyoto, Japan, and Minneapolis, where organizers plan to screen the Morgan Spurlock documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?"
November 7, 2004 |
Spurned by her lover and run out of town years ago as a young pregnant girl, Claire Zachanassian - now the wealthiest woman in the world - is back. She wants revenge, and she's willing to pay for it. The town is now bankrupt, the townspeople desperately poor when Claire arrives with her weird entourage and makes an irresistible offer in this dark comedy, The Visit. But there is one condition to seal the deal, and that involves her former lover, Alfred Ill, the popular store owner who not only jilted her years ago, but bribed others to bear false witness against her. The rich, eccentric Claire, played by Villanova University theater professor Joanna Rotte, has waited 45 years for justice.
October 1, 2001 |
Chances are, you've never heard of Jeanette Rankin. It was immediately after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that she became, for a moment, famous. Or maybe the word is, infamous. Congress was in session to consider a declaration of war. For most Americans, this was little more than a formality. So it was something of a surprise when Rankin, a Republican representative from Montana, cast the lone vote in opposition. Her dissent so outraged onlookers that an angry mob chased the committed pacifist through the corridors of the Capitol, finally cornering her in a phone booth.
September 21, 2000 |
The politeness and generosity of the local fans hits you before anything else, belying their call for a mob mentality whenever one of their athletes fails to achieve the desired results. "Watch out," one boxing fan inside the Sydney Exhibition Centre told other spectators yesterday. "This place will go bonkers if the judge doesn't rule in our favor. " The judges did not rule in their favor, but peace and tranquility prevailed. The arena had fallen quiet after Australian Daniel Geale's loss in a 147-pound match Saturday.
April 19, 1999 |
Not long ago, we flew down South for a family visit, and it was with some amusement that we noted that Grandpa appears to be hoarding toilet paper. My grandparents' is a fine old plantation-style house with large, airy rooms and high ceilings that made perfect sense before air conditioning. Now those vast rooms and high ceilings are brimming with toilet paper. The shelves and cupboards overflow. Now, I'm the first one to take advantage of a good sale, and there's no harm in stocking up when supplies are cheap.