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July 9, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SHAFFIAT ALI is a man who should not have a car, judging by how he's allegedly used his red Mitsubishi Eclipse since early May. Two months after he was arrested in a road-rage incident in Center City, Ali, 31, was arrested again Sunday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was crossing Market Street near 2nd about 1:20 a.m. and then tried to speed away, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Some friends of the injured pedestrian gave chase, and officers on routine patrol spotted them and pulled Ali over, Russell said.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IRIS MONTANEZ hasn't slept since Friday. The image of Antonio Pedraza, her next-door neighbor and good friend, being shot to death at point-blank range just in front of her doorstep keeps playing over and over again in her mind. "The guy had no reason" to shoot him, Montanez, 41, cried yesterday afternoon at her home on 5th Street near Cambria. "I remember everything. Two days, I don't sleep or nothing, because I've got everything in my head. " In Spanglish and with translation help from her 10-year-old daughter, who also witnessed part of Pedraza's brutal slaying Friday night, Montanez recounted the harrowing ordeal that unfolded on the busy Fairhill block, leaving the 32-year-old man dead on the sidewalk: Pedraza had been out to see the new "Transformers" movie with an ex-girlfriend earlier in the evening, Montanez said.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"IT'S NOT WORTH IT," Theodore Johnson said. He couldn't understand why a New Jersey man allegedly killed his cousin over something as petty as a traffic dispute. "It's silly," he said last night at the Logan house where his cousin, Todd Riley, lived. "It's not worth him dying, and it's not worth that man sitting in prison for the rest of his life. " Riley, 43, whom Johnson described as a kindhearted family man who treated him like a brother, died early Sunday at Temple University Hospital, police said.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* GANG RELATED. 9 tonight, Fox 29. * THE NORMAL HEART. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. " - Michael Corleone, "Godfather III" It's not easy going legit when crime pays so well, but that's never stopped fictional gangsters from trying. From "Sons of Anarchy" to "Breaking Bad," TV's most notorious bad guys tend to be like those people who are always planning to quit smoking - next year. Next year's probably never going to come for Javier Acosta (Cliff Curtis)
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have charged a South Philadelphia man, a registered sex offender under Megan's law, in Saturday night's road-rage incident in which a vehicle's window was shot out. Police said Shaffiat Ali, 31, of the 1400 block of South 12th Street, was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. He was accused of using a BB gun to shoot at a car with two women and a 4-year-old girl in the backseat about 7:20 p.m. on the 400 block of South Broad Street. The 28-year-old driver told police that the incident began on the 500 block of Lombard Street when a red Mitsubishi Eclipse began to follow her vehicle, and the man behind the wheel of the Eclipse began blowing the horn and hanging out the driver's side window.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
For more than 50 years, South African playwright Athol Fugard used his writing to fight apartheid in his native land. Apartheid ended in 1994; the Lantern Theater's stirring, if exhausting, production of Fugard's 2010 The Train Driver shows the playwright still needs something to fight against. The Train Driver opens on Simon (Kirk Wendell Brown), a black gravedigger whose daily life is interrupted by Roelf (Peter DeLaurier), a white train driver traumatized when his locomotive killed a young black woman who walked onto the tracks with her baby.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MY COLUMN last Thursday enraged readers like Bill Gradwell on behalf of Christina Sankey. "I can't get this story out of my head," emailed Gradwell, of Cape May. "Even with an endless pyramid of useless bureaucrats, a poor human being is dead and tossed away! What are we, The Black Hole of Calcutta? What was Christina, human garbage?" Also among those concerned about Christina: the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Deputy D.A. Ed McCann tells me that the office, along with Philly homicide detectives, will investigate the disappearance and death of the severely disabled and nonverbal 37-year-old.
SPORTS
December 5, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BEFORE THE BALL is snapped, Archbishop Wood junior Jake Cooper lurks at middle linebacker. His eyes dart side to side, reading offensive keys he picked up from film study. He gesticulates furiously, playing maestro while his teammates move to the rhythm of his hands. Opposing running backs must also see this from the backfield. The irony is thick, because both ballcarrier and defender must decipher where the line will fracture. What happens next comes down to something else. And, only one outcome is on Cooper's mind.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carlos Rivera told police that Atlanta Deveney was "the love of my life" and that she and her 12-year-old son were "all I had. " Still, when Deveney told him they were through, Rivera - fueled by PCP and two bottles of brandy - went into what he called a "blind rage. " When it was over, police say, Deveney, 35, was strangled and 12-year-old Elijah Rosado stabbed repeatedly and left with two blades still in his body. Rivera's four-page statement to Philadelphia Homicide Detective Brian J. Peters was the only evidence introduced Tuesday at a preliminary hearing where Rivera, 26, was held for trial on two counts of murder and related charges by Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  DOYLESTOWN Bucks County commissioners spent an hour at their meeting Wednesday discussing an audiovisual system for the new courthouse, farm soil quality, and new chairs for the 911 call center. But when the floor was opened for public comment, the first five residents addressed the same topic, and it was none of the above. "I think that this whole gay-marriage thing and gay-rights thing in general is a new development," said Bill Tribley, 58, of Telford, later adding, "I would just encourage you to support traditional marriage in all ways.
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