December 22, 1986
It was barely 50 years ago in Germany that Joseph Goebbels became minister for propaganda and enlightenment. In that capacity he helped orchestrate Hitler's demonic rise and control through his brilliance as a propagandist who ensured that nothing was seen, heard or reported through the media that didn't support his fuhrer's growing political base. With firm control of the press he deftly suppressed the truth, cleverly supplanted a myth, and effectively hid the growing atrocities of National Socialism from the German people and the world.
January 24, 1995 |
The current attacks on public radio and television seem to be almost fun for some, like the singsong taunts of children in the school playground: Public broadcasting is biased. Public broadcasting shouldn't be supported by the government. Public broadcasting is a spendthrift. Public broadcasting is just for the rich and nobody else likes it. Nyah, nyah, teacher's pet. American public radio and television are too important to be made a scapegoat or a symbol of impending federal frugality.
July 23, 1986 |
The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday sued Chester County prison officials in federal court, alleging that inmates awaiting trial for drunken driving are being illegally "shackled" to beds for more than a week at a time while undergoing detoxification. The suit was filed on behalf of Robert H. Wilson, a Chester County resident who was arrested for drunken driving last Jan. 2 and kept shackled by the arms and legs to a bed in the prison infirmary for about 12 days. Wilson had to "beg" to go to the bathroom, was not allowed to exercise or make phone calls and was not "given anything to assist him to pass the time," the suit alleges.
October 9, 2010 |
Alleged cop-killer Rasheed Scrugs was caught trying to undo his shackles with a paper clip before a court appearance earlier this week, authorities said. The career criminal, who allegedly gunned down Officer John Pawlowski in 2009, made the daring move on Tuesday, after corrections officers had taken him from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility to an area hospital for a medical procedure, said city prison spokesman Robert Eskind. "He went in for a procedure, signed some paperwork and got back in the [prison]
March 20, 1996 |
The Woodrow Wilson High School students tumbled into the cavernous audiovisual arts room, slumping back in the folding chairs in typical teenage posture. They chattered and laughed and paid no mind to the orange-jacketed security guards. They thought this was just another class. Then, Wayne Smith strode to the front of the room. He stood, ramrod straight and unsmiling in his perfectly creased blue uniform, the uniform of a New Jersey State Prison Correctional Officer. His muscular arms shot out in front of him, jerking a length of metal chains taut.
March 1, 2004 |
The tiny shackles - once used to confine a child, now rusted and powerless - drew horrified gasps. A woman was almost brought to tears by photographs of black men, whip-scarred or hanging limply, and smiling white faces behind them. "I just can't believe one human could treat another human this way," said Carmen Biollo, 29, looking away from the photographs. "In school, we touched on slavery briefly but you don't really see it. I've never seen photos like this before. It doesn't make sense to me. " Biollo, of Philadelphia, was one of hundreds of people who marked the end of Black History Month yesterday with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center's black history showcase, which included appearances by the Tuskegee Airmen and players from the Negro Leagues' Philadelphia Stars.
September 18, 1994 |
State officials are quietly investigating disciplinary procedures used at the Bensalem Youth Development Center (YDC) after allegations that youths in the facility are being shackled, in direct violation of a class-action lawsuit settled in 1993. On at least two separate occasions in the last eight months, in February and in August, YDC staffers shackled inmates with leg irons after disturbances, according to Guy Vilim, the Philadelphia lawyer who won the 1993 settlement. The state-operated YDC, a maximum-security facility that houses some of Pennsylvania's most violent underage offenders, has been plagued with problems in recent years, including escapes, assaults between inmates and staffers, and reports of drug use by staffers and inmates.
May 25, 2002 |
When a band transforms itself stylistically, not all fans are going to take the leap of faith. Thursday night at the Theatre of Living Arts, you could sense Promise Ring devotees checking out during an hour-long set in which the band treated its straight-and-narrow pop-punk like an afterthought in order to focus on the moody, slow-burning pop of its accomplished new Wood/Water. The Milwaukee quintet tried to free itself from the shackles of its emo-core beginnings with tact. When a fan yelled for a chestnut such as "Everywhere in Denver," singer-guitarist Davey von Bohlen (who played acoustic guitar most of the night)
November 9, 1989 |
A federal judge yesterday ordered the state to remove cuffs and shackles from prisoners at Camp Hill and provide them with "basic necessities" such as toilet paper. Questioning the constitutionality of actions taken by the state Corrections Department in the aftermath of the Camp Hill riots, U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo imposed a series of deadlines on the state for improving living conditions for the 1,501 inmates remaining at the prison. "The court believes the continued use of shackles is not necessary," Rambo wrote.
May 10, 1988 |
A correctional officer has been arrested in the beating of a shackled inmate, as part of a prisons investigation by the district attorney's office. DA's spokeswoman Laura Linton said Clyde Gainey, 33, a sergeant-supervisor, had been identified by another prisoner as among those who beat and kicked William Kennedy, 28, last Feb. 16. Gainey is the 11th guard among 16 persons arrested since the DA's prison probe was announced March 15. The others included both inmates and civilian prison employees.