April 12, 2015 |
Two more members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 were sentenced to prison this week for participating in an organized campaign of violence, sabotage, and intimidation intended to pressure builders into hiring union workers. William Gillin, 43, was sentenced to 51/2 years Friday. He is one of 11 members of the union who confessed to a list of crimes last year, including a December 2012 arson at a Quaker meetinghouse under construction in Chestnut Hill. That attack prompted calls from builders to crack down on what they described as Philadelphia's entrenched culture of union intimidation and violent retribution.
September 24, 2014 |
Two members of a Philadelphia Ironworkers union admitted roles in 13 acts of sabotage and intimidation Monday on behalf of a group that prosecutors say routinely damaged school, business, and even church construction sites to pressure builders into hiring union workers. Francis Sean O'Donnell and William Gillin, both 43, each pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and arson during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson. Theirs were the first of eight pleas expected from members of Ironworkers Local 401 during the next two weeks.
September 10, 2014 |
Matt Cook loves to enchant an audience. As a high school student in Palos Verdes, Calif., he once performed as a close-up magician in front of Hollywood greats including Daniel Day-Lewis and Sylvester Stallone. Now pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Cook was once a member of the Magic Castle Junior Society in Los Angeles, where young performers sharpen their magic acts. Now, he's found another outlet for creating alternative realities. His first thriller novel, Sabotage , is being published Tuesday by Tor/Forge Books, followed by a release party and book signing at the Penn Bookstore at 6 p.m. Sabotage follows the adventures of a team of graduate students working to take down a villain with dangerous weapons technology who controls a hijacked cruise ship and could be linked to the disappearance of a Stanford University professor.
March 28, 2014 |
SOMETIMES I think I'd feel better about our nation's future if people worshipped David Ayer the way they do Wes Anderson. Ayer, if you didn't know, is a guy who grew up in South Central L.A., served in the Navy, then started writing and/or directing movies - hard-boiled stuff about mean streets and meaner cops ("Harsh Times," "Dark Blue," "Training Day," "Street Kings," "End of Watch. ") You wouldn't mistake his work for strict realism, but there's an urgency to it - "Harsh Times" remains one of the most interesting, unpredictable movies yet made about a contemporary war vet. Last fall's "End of Watch" was a vivid, patrolman's-eye view of the war on drugs.
March 28, 2014
IN 2014, Joe Manganiello will appear in a Terrence Malick movie and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, an acting feat surely never to be duplicated. As if being voted favorite pop-culture werewolf of all time were not already enough. The "True Blood" regular (Alcide Herveaux) just learned that he made the final edit for director Malick's latest mystery opus, "Knight of Cups. " He also plays one of Schwarzenegger's posse in "Sabotage," opening today. You may also know him as the stripper Big ---- Richie in "Magic Mike.
June 28, 2013 |
ANDREA STRAUB was a shark when it came to marketing high-end homes and luxury living space in Philadelphia and on the Main Line. The 34-year-old Prudential Fox & Roach Realtor was ranked among the top half of Realtors worldwide, according to her website. But Straub and her Realtor husband, Jonathan, were so desperate to sell their own home, authorities said, that they crossed the line by putting dead animals in their next-door neighbor's driveway because that house was also on the market for about $1 million.
June 8, 2013 |
The actress and writer Brit Marling, virtually unknown only a few years ago, has now starred in three modest but memorable indies: Another Earth , an eerie sci-fi tale; Sound of My Voice , an eerie suspenser about a cult and its enigmatic leader; and now The East , a taut espionage drama that pits global corporations against a radical band of ecoterrorists. It's more than a little eerie, too. In The East , Marling - piercing, perceptive, charismatic in an un-movie-star-like way - is Sarah Moss, an ex-FBI agent who lives with her boyfriend (Jason Ritter)
April 26, 2013 |
When a surgeon removed one of Mike Adams' ribs last winter, the pitcher finally felt at ease. His right arm, which could once throw a fastball at an average of 93 m.p.h., was no longer numb. The Phillies paid him $12 million to provide stability in the eighth inning. Then a 5-3 Phillies loss to Pittsburgh happened Wednesday, and it resembled the nightmares of a season ago for both pitcher and team. Adams could barely top 91 m.p.h. He never looked comfortable during the span of four batters, all of whom reached base.
December 30, 2012 |
The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor. Although no suspects have been identified in the Dec. 21 incident, Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives said Friday that he was certain the small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor.
October 5, 2012 |
OLYMPIC BRONZE medalist speedskater Simon Cho has told investigators that he sabotaged the skate of a Canadian rival at the insistence of U.S. national coach Jae Su Chun, who was placed on administrative leave earlier this month following allegations of physical and psychological abuse by 14 elite athletes. In an interview with the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, the 20-year-old Cho provided a detailed account of the circumstances, including the tool he used to inflict the damage and the cultural pressure he felt to obey his coach, a fellow South Korean native and elder; the remorse he felt the moment Canada's Olivier Jean fell while competing on a damaged blade at the world championships in Poland in 2011; and his hope of qualifying for the 2014 Sochi Olympics after serving whatever punishment awaits.