May 22, 2015 |
"WHY DON'T you just give him a chance?" "We could have done worse. " "You're being paranoid. " "Maybe the Republican will win in the general election. " All of these statements were posted to my Facebook page on Tuesday night. They were in response to my less-than-subtle comments about the presumptive next mayor. And let me say this at the outset, so I can avoid the awkward insertion of "probable" in every paragraph: The possibility that Jim Kenney will not take up residence in the mayor's office next year is about as substantial as Amal Clooney's waistline.
September 25, 2014 |
NONE OF THE bullets fired during a street fight Monday afternoon along North Broad Street had high-school sophomore Aisha Abdur Rahman's name on it. But the world is cruel, and one of those bullets traveled a half-block from where the gunman stood near Somerville Avenue and tore into the beautiful 15-year-old girl's back as she walked home from a day of classes at nearby Delaware Valley Charter High School, fatally wounding her just steps from...
July 18, 2014 |
IF YOU FOUND Thomas Piketty's inequality best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century a bit too wonky, consider seeing "The Purge: Anarchy. " In this quickie sequel to the offbeat 2013 horror hit, a 1 percenter resembling Ann Romney presides over a gathering of rich people who watch fellow swells hunting unarmed members of the middle and lower classes. The rich people carry fancy fowling pieces and wear Wellington boots as they try to flush a covey of middle-class people, sort of like Dick Cheney going after pet quail on a game preserve that's more of a free-range zoo for the doomed.
June 27, 2014 |
A CIVILIAN employee of the Philadelphia Police Department has been charged with assault after she allegedly got into a street fight Sunday afternoon in South Philadelphia. Kathy Pugh, 52, a 27-year veteran assigned to the Reports Control Unit, was charged with aggravated and simple assault, criminal conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person for the 1 p.m. brawl with a 38-year-old woman on American Street near Porter, police said. Pugh, of 18th Street near Carpenter, also has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, police said.
June 26, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA cop who allegedly pushed her own children to fight other kids - and who, on at least one occasion, allegedly jumped in a fight to punch a 14-year-old girl - was arrested yesterday on numerous assault and child-endangerment charges, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Officer Tamika Gross' propensity for fighting has twice been detailed by the Daily News , once in 2009 when she got into a street fight with another woman while she was on duty and once in 2013, when she allegedly brought her 16-year-old suspended daughter back to Lincoln High School to fight a 14-year-old girl over a boy. In the latter instance, which prosecutors said was caught on cellphone video, Gross is accused of jumping into the fight when her daughter started losing and punching her daughter's rival in the eye - twice.
April 11, 2013 |
POLICE ARE asking the public for help to identify the gunman who opened fire during a street fight in Kensington on Tuesday night, killing a woman and injuring three men. The four victims were "totally innocent bystanders," homicide Capt. James Clark said. The incident started just before 6 p.m., when two women began fighting on Somerset Street near Lee, Clark said. About 20 to 30 other people joined the battle, leading one man to pull out a gun and begin blasting. One bullet hit Amanda Martinez, 20, of Luray Street near Front in Feltonville, in the chest, Clark said.
January 16, 2013 |
GERARD SHAFFER JR. cried enough tears to douse a small fire Monday after a Philadelphia jury rejected a third-degree-murder charge against him and instead convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser crime. Shaffer, 23, who aspired to be a city firefighter like his late father, Gerard Sr., could face three to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced March 8 by Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom. Shaffer was tried for the April 2010 death of pedestrian Mark Wallace, 54, who slipped into a coma and succumbed to head injuries from a street fight with Shaffer and his father, who also was charged but died of a heart attack in December 2011.
February 15, 2012 |
ON NOV. 21, 2009, William Panas Jr. was just being a "wiseass" when he dared off-duty Philadelphia cop Frank Tepper to shoot him during a Port Richmond street fight, a city prosecutor told a jury yesterday. "You're not going to shoot anybody," Panas, 21, said upon seeing Tepper point a Smith & Wesson 9mm semiautomatic handgun at him, Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry told the jury, on the first day of Tepper's murder trial. "Rather than just letting the kid be a wiseass, he pulled the trigger and shot him," Barry said during his opening argument.
September 12, 2011
FOOTBALL Team Record Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Holy Spirit (1) 1-0 Donta Pollock ran for 201 yards, and Nigel Jones ran for three TDs as the Spartans beat Oakcrest, 41-16, in what coach Charles Roman called "a street fight. " Next: Home Friday at 7 vs. Absegami. 2. Cherokee ( 2) 1-0 Defensive end Brandon Rapp's 27-yard interception return for a TD kick-started a second-half rally to a 27-13 victory over Lenape. Next: At Eastern Friday at 7. 3. St. Joseph (3)