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February 10, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
IN THE OPENING moments of "Safe House," rogue agent Denzel Washington endures bullets and waterboarding with the air of a man getting a spa treatment. He's relaxed and cool, and the audience laughs, because Washington wears his movie star history/charisma like armor. He wants his star stature to blend with his character - Tobin Frost, a celebrity in the CIA for having built its modern spy machine before he mysteriously went AWOL. Now Frost is back, and in possession of sensitive data that many intelligence agencies will kill to suppress.
NEWS
May 15, 1990 | By Robert J. Terry and Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Leroy "Bucky" Davis, a former amateur boxer who was the reputed head of the Junior Black Mafia's operations in Southwest Philadelphia, was shot to death early yesterday on the front porch of a JBM safe house in West Philadelphia, authorities said. Davis, 22, wearing a gold and diamond-studded necklace that said "Bucky," was struck four times from a fusillade of gunfire that left the street littered with shell casings and the white brick and stucco house on Creighton Street pocked by bullets.
NEWS
January 31, 1996 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Government witness Brenda Colletti, whose testimony last year helped convict Philadelphia mob boss John Stanfa and seven associates, says she has been "kicked out" of a safe house provided by the FBI and will soon be "living on the streets. " "I'm homeless," a distraught Colletti said yesterday, one day after being arrested on a shoplifting charge in Somerdale. "I'm going to be living in a cardboard box in front of the courthouse the next time I have to testify. " Colletti, who has been living in a government-furnished condominium in Ocean City for the last six months, was arrested for taking a container of sleeping pills from a Shop Rite store Monday afternoon.
NEWS
July 6, 2000 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Her lipstick expertly drawn, Dalida tried to look older and harder than she was. But she could not hide the pimples and wispy hair of a girl, or gloss over the beatings and prostitution she had to endure after being kidnapped from her native Romania. She had sex with 70 men and handed over $7,000 to her pimp. She kept a few hundred dollars for herself, spending it on shiny clothes to look alluring in Tirana's dusty hotel lobbies. Most girls like Dalida never escape the guns and threats.
NEWS
February 8, 1987 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two developers who want to build an apartment complex near West Chester University say they will take their proposal to county court to appeal the borough's rejection of the plan. In a unanimous vote Monday, the Zoning Hearing Board turned down a request by developers Edward Cunius and Roger Carlton to convert a warehouse on Mechanic's Alley in the southeast end of town to a complex of 15 to 19 apartments. The board said the project failed to provide safe parking and violated borough guidelines because it would be situated on an alley.
NEWS
July 23, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
The FBI arrested two more people in connection with an alleged plot to blow up the United Nations and other New York City landmarks. The arrests bring the number in custody to 12. Matarawi Mohammed Saleh, 44, and Ashraf Mohammed, 31, were arrested last night at a beachfront motel in North Wildwood, James C. Esposito, head of the FBI office in Newark, said today. They were to be arraigned today. Saleh has been a fugitive since he was charged along with eight others in the terrorist conspiracy, the FBI said in a statement.
NEWS
June 15, 2006
WHILE I take no particular joy in seeing your paper bought and sold like a used Volkswagen, or people being laid off in the newsroom, I have an observation: You brought it on yourselves. For an outfit that bills itself as the People Paper, you consistently, predictably, incessantly and annoyingly align yourselves on the left of every relevant (and irrelevant, see Cheney quail-hunting accident) issue of the day. From endorsing Kerry, to Iraq, to the National Security Agency, from trashing Roberts and Alito, to worshiping at the Altar of Gore, and on and on. To say that your editorial board leans left is a gross understatement.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, screaming "God is great!" as they scaled its outer walls and descended on the main building, a witness and a senior Libyan security official said Thursday. The account, the most detailed yet of the rampage that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, came as the Libyan government said that four people suspected in the attacks had been arrested and more were being sought.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IF ONLY all murderers were as unlucky as Montez Bethea and Rashann James. Yesterday, they each were handed two life sentences in state prison for killing a North Philadelphia marijuana dealer and a New York woman visiting him. But the murderers' luck actually ran out just six minutes after they pumped more than 20 bullets into the bodies of Jemark Daniel, 24, and Petrella London, 25, in a house on Redner Street near Oxford on Dec. 8, 2010, and...
NEWS
September 11, 2006
IT WAS heartbreaking to read about 2-year-old Taalib Norwood, who had to be hospitalized because of severe lead poisoning and whose suffering continued when the safe house the city's lead program offered his family while removing the lead hazards from his house was infested, dirty and rundown. The program, which has made great strides, must do better in providing temporary housing for families and making homes lead-safe in a more timely manner. But progress has been remarkable in the last five years in getting lead out of houses and preventing children like Taalib from being poisoned in the first place.
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January 24, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
InterAct Theatre Company's world premiere of Jen Silverman's The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane examines the "new" South Africa. Postapartheid, it's a progressive nation (it was the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage) except when it isn't. With the 2010 World Cup as its backdrop, foreign journalists arrive to cheer and toast a new day, while for Noxolo and her lover Pretty, lesbians living under constant threat of violence, little has changed. Noxolo (Aimé Kelly) is a soccer star who managed to escape to London on an athletic scholarship while Pretty (Lynette Freeman)
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March 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE WALLS of the rowhouse are bare, whiter than the snow on the stoop, but two friends inspired by a sad tale see a vivid future for the empty North Philly home. Rusty Doll, 32, has been pouring his own money into the house, which he bought in 2012, doing work on the weekends with whatever help he can drum up from the neighborhood. His friend Lisa Sipes has been raising money and awareness about their plans, hoping to decorate the home with the intricate, handwoven quilts she makes for a living.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* THE AMERICANS. 10 tonight, FX.   SO, OK, two main characters were tortured - and one sustained a serious gunshot wound - but FX's splendid spy drama, "The Americans," may have been a little too much fun in its first year. The wigs. The on-the-job sex. The perfectly chosen music. And were there ever sleeper agents for the KGB who got so little sleep? Don't worry: The wigs are as wild as ever (and the sex, too), but as Season 2 opens tonight, undercover suburbanites Philip (Matthew Rhys)
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IF ONLY all murderers were as unlucky as Montez Bethea and Rashann James. Yesterday, they each were handed two life sentences in state prison for killing a North Philadelphia marijuana dealer and a New York woman visiting him. But the murderers' luck actually ran out just six minutes after they pumped more than 20 bullets into the bodies of Jemark Daniel, 24, and Petrella London, 25, in a house on Redner Street near Oxford on Dec. 8, 2010, and...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE SURE HOPES Sheena Monnin has a good day job. Who's Sheena Monnin, you ask? She's the former Miss Pennsylvania who gave up her title after claiming this year's Miss USA pageant was fixed. Bad move, Sheena. Pageant owner/birther/"Apprentice" host/conspiracy theorist Donald Trump doesn't take kindly to people questioning his integrity. Now an arbitrator has ordered Sheena to pay Miss USA $5 million for defamation. In a decision signed last week, arbitrator Theodore Katz found that Sheena's comments were false, harmful and malicious.
NEWS
November 2, 2012
DENZEL WASHINGTON came to the set of "Flight" every day with no idea what he was going to do. At least that's what he told his director, Robert Zemeckis, who didn't believe Washington for a minute, because every day, Washington ended up doing everything exactly right. "I love Denzel because he never really lets you know exactly what he's up to," Zemeckis said, laughing. He was in town for the city's recent film festival, which closed with his engrossing new movie, a character study about a pilot (Washington)
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September 14, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, screaming "God is great!" as they scaled its outer walls and descended on the main building, a witness and a senior Libyan security official said Thursday. The account, the most detailed yet of the rampage that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, came as the Libyan government said that four people suspected in the attacks had been arrested and more were being sought.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2012 | By Helen Anders, COX NEWSPAPERS
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - At sunset, storm clouds were gathering and a breeze blew ripples in the Choptank River as golfers finished up their rounds and a hand-in-hand couple walked out on a wildlife-viewing boardwalk. It was hard to picture this placid scene as the setting of high tension in the mid-1800s, when local heroine Harriett Tubman guided many slaves across the river on their way north to freedom. The Choptank, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay, extends north through land that at the time was populated by Quakers and other abolitionists, so it was important to the Underground Railroad.
NEWS
February 20, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rihanna may have moved past the assault she suffered at the hands of former boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009. (The two are reportedly collaborating on a new single.) But country star Miranda Lambert isn't about to let it go. During the Grammy Awards last week, at which Brown was both a winner and a featured performer, Lambert, who was also in attendance, tweeted: "I don't get it. He beat on a girl. " It seems Lambert, who is married to The Voice judge Blake Shelton , was just heating up. It's clear that she doesn't feel that domestic violence is a matter that can be glossed over - even after the passage of time.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
IN THE OPENING moments of "Safe House," rogue agent Denzel Washington endures bullets and waterboarding with the air of a man getting a spa treatment. He's relaxed and cool, and the audience laughs, because Washington wears his movie star history/charisma like armor. He wants his star stature to blend with his character - Tobin Frost, a celebrity in the CIA for having built its modern spy machine before he mysteriously went AWOL. Now Frost is back, and in possession of sensitive data that many intelligence agencies will kill to suppress.
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