October 6, 2014 |
OFFICERS Josh Daniels and Arne Vaughn were pounding the pavement on Frankford Avenue, nodding and talking with passers-by, when a kid toting an iced coffee bigger than his forearm walked right up to them. "It's free-coffee day," he proudly told the officers, before running to catch up with his friends. Later encounters were less benign: A woman fearing for her safety at home; a group of high schoolers reeling from a violent robbery. The interactions had one thing in common: Panicked people had sought out the two officers - and had gone away considerably more calm.
January 16, 2013 |
ON APRIL 16, 2012, Suhaila Teran Ponce, of Peru, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and almost died because of it. Six months later, the 5-year-old arrived in Philly, a medical mecca that is the right place for her to rebuild her life. But until the Daily News got involved, Suhaila's father, Florentino Teran Vasquez, worried that bad timing, once again, might derail his daughter's future. Her recent past has been hell. On that lovely April afternoon, Florentino, 37, was working at the hotel where he tends bar. Suhaila, her mother, Beatriz, 32, and her other daughter, Diana, 9, were strolling home from Diana's school in Cajamarca, Peru, north of the capital of Lima.
April 15, 2012 |
Fresh out of the police academy, six rookie cops are put on foot patrol in the hellzapoppin' neighborhood of Morningside Heights in upper Manhattan. That's the deceptively simple premise of NYC 22, a gritty new CBS series premiering Sunday, created by novelist Richard Price and executive-produced by a quartet that includes Robert De Niro. But these are no ordinary wet-behind-the-cuffs flatfeet. Take Jayson "Jackpot" Toney (Harold House Moore). He's a basketball star who washed out of the NBA for his party ways.
December 7, 2011 |
RICHARD DeCoatsworth, a five-year veteran police officer who was hailed as a hero after being shot in the face by a suspect in 2007 but who more recently drew controversial headlines, left the force last week. DeCoatsworth, whose most recent assignment was with the Marine Unit, took disability retirement from the department after it was determined that injuries from the 2007 shooting prevented him from continuing to do police work, said spokesman Lt. Ray Evers. After he caught the shotgun blast to the face as a rookie cop in 2007, DeCoatsworth was invited to attend a February 2009 presidential speech.
May 25, 2010 |
Pennsylvania state inmate BB8134 was expecting someone else. From time to time he had a woman visitor at Graterford Prison, and when he ambled into the guests' lounge that morning back in September 2007 and spotted me with my notepad, his look said, who the hell are you? He sat with me anyway, and talked about what it felt like to be charged with murder, 41 years after shooting a cop. William J. Barnes didn't look to me like a danger to society, but that wasn't the reason he was being tried.
February 25, 2009 |
Richard Decoatsworth, the Philadelphia police officer who was shot in the face during a traffic stop, was rewarded last night for his valor by sitting right next to the first lady during the presidential address. Decoatsworth, wearing his dress blue uniform, and 19 other Americans from across the country were invited to sit in the box reserved for Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden. Decoatsworth, 23, was a rookie cop in September 2007 when he stopped a car in West Philadelphia and asked four teenage boys to get out. One of them pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired at the officer's head as he stood by his cruiser.
July 21, 2008 |
The painting of the lean-faced, bearded man with the penetrating stare is unmistakably a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh. An art historian can tell by looking at the riot of bold, colorful brushstrokes. Researchers at Pennsylvania State and Princeton Universities, however, use an analytical tool that surely the troubled Dutch master never imagined: The computer. Their method is far from foolproof, but the two teams, along with a third one in the Netherlands, were able to distinguish dozens of van Gogh's works from those painted by others - including an infamous forgery.
February 11, 2006 |
Jeff is an apartment-house doorman, and he may as well be stuck in the door he spends all night guarding. Maybe his life is getting better because at least he has the ruthlessly boring doorman job, having been ejected from the Navy for smoking weed, then losing lots of money on a stupid bet. But mostly, he's stuck, and too smart and glib for his own good, and coated all over with naivete. Or is he just a down-to-earth, honest guy who respects the truth? Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, in which Jeff is the prime character, is absorbing in a paragon of a production by the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio.
March 17, 2000 |
The rookie cop who stopped Joe Frazier for driving under the influence, the veteran sergeant who OK'd the pinch, and the officer who gave Smokin' Joe a Breathalyzer test all testified yesterday that the ex-champ had been drunk. Frazier, 56, was acquitted of drunk driving in September 1998, and now he's suing the city for damages. But much of Frazier's case either was knocked out of court yesterday by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III or withdrawn by Frazier's attorney.
September 15, 1999 |
With a month to go before its Oct. 15 premiere, a Fox-TV series about a rookie cop in Philadelphia finally has a new name: "Ryan Caulfield: Year 1. " That's a long way from "The Badland," the title that had gotten Police Commissioner John Timoney's Irish up when he first heard it in July. That's because, even without the final "s," it referred to a nickname he's trying to discourage for the North Philadelphia neighborhood in which the show is set. Kevin Fox, the show's co-creator, said yesterday that it was always the producers' hope to name the show after the lead character, a 19-year-old rookie whose name is a play on J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" hero Holden Caulfield.