November 12, 2014 |
THE CITIZENS up north in Potter County or in Greene County, about 300 miles west of Philadelphia, can usually count the number of annual homicides with one or two fingers. But any law-abiding citizen able to own a handgun there or anywhere else in Pennsylvania could file a lawsuit against Philadelphia, even if he's never been here, to challenge local firearms ordinances, thanks to a statute backed by the National Rifle Association that was signed into law by Gov. Corbett last week.
November 8, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins dug into the pocket of his sweatshirt, grabbed a small, alien trinket, and placed it on the table. The news conference to promote the light-heavyweight title fight Saturday against Sergey Kovalev was in full swing. But Hopkins did not seem interested enough to listen. The 49-year-old fighter reached in again and lined up three more aliens. He offered the aliens a sip of his water. He told the toys to stop making so much noise. His trainer, Naazim Richardson, told Hopkins to behave.
November 8, 2014 |
To his best estimate, FBI Special Agent Bill Shute had stayed awake for 60 hours by Thursday evening, enough to make any person go looney. His last few days had been rather strange. He had meticulously planned his own daughter's kidnapping - all as part of a training scenario - and developed ways to trick authorities searching for her. His best asset: the actors. An FBI agent, Shute's good friend, played "Mr. Uncooperative," the suspect who is not involved but has all the signs of guilt.
November 7, 2014 |
SHE'S ALIVE! After an intense three day manhunt, the news came yesterday that Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was found, alive, in Maryland. That's the news her family prayed for. That's the news the city hoped for. But as time passed, many feared that wasn't how a terrifying abduction caught on tape would end. "You hope, you hope, you hope, but you don't always know that it will end this way," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey...
November 1, 2014 |
HAWLEY, Pa. - Eric Frein, the captured suspected cop-killer who for six weeks was the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, on Friday was ordered held without bail on murder charges. Frein, his hair slicked back and sporting a goatee and bruises on the cheeks, nose, and eyes, answered politely as Pike County District Judge Shannon Muir asked if he understood the charges against him and the purpose of the arraignment in the packed, one-room 19th Century courthouse.
November 1, 2014 |
Struggling to keep her tears under control, Cleotilde Tiacopilco described a day on the job at Olympic Linen & Laundry Service in Lansdowne: Start at 8 a.m., clean 5,000 napkins, put them in a machine, then count and pack them. Finish by 6 p.m., then spend the next hour or so cleaning the office and the bathroom. Her pay over 12 years? No overtime and $5 an hour until November 2013, when she got a raise to $6.50, she said at a news conference held in City Hall on Thursday to announce the filing of a wage-and-hour lawsuit against the company.
October 3, 2014 |
LeSEAN McCOY is not bothered by the questions and speculation that have swirled around the defending NFL rushing champ this week, McCoy insisted, with fans, reporters and talk radio hosts scrutinizing his 39 yards on 29 carries over the last two games. McCoy proclaimed his lack of concern a second time, while stating he was through answering questions about the Eagles' running game, and then yet again, at length, during the walk back to the locker room with reporters, following McCoy's weekly news conference yesterday.
September 26, 2014 |
The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, wanted to clear up some rumors and began Wednesday's news conference at PPL Park with a simple message: The interim tag has yet to be taken off. Curtin was responding to published reports that said it would happen. (The Inquirer reported that the sides were on the verge of a deal but that it was not completed.) This is not to suggest that Curtin won't have the tag removed, but as of Wednesday's news conference, his status had not changed.
September 19, 2014 |
EVER SINCE Ron Washington stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 5, there has been speculation into why a manager would resign before the season ended. Many thought Washington was jumping ship, leaving an injury-depleted team mired in last place. Others thought that maybe his cocaine use, which was made public in July 2009, had resurfaced. They had to take Washington at his word, that he was resigning for personal reasons. Yesterday, at a press conference in a hotel in Irving, Texas, Washington revealed that he had, indeed, resigned for personal reasons, disclosing that he had betrayed his wife Gerry's trust.
August 22, 2014 |
AS A GROUP of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But on Aug. 1, horror enveloped the area after Tynirah Borum, 3, who was getting her hair braided on a porch on Etting Street near Dickinson, was fatally shot. The alleged gunman, Brandon Ruffin, 22, had been released from jail on July 3, after serving 23 months on an 11 1/2-to-23-month sentence after pleading guilty to illegally carrying a weapon.