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November 21, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the arrest last month of Linda Ann Weston, who is accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a Tacony basement, District Attorney Seth Williams said authorities would file as many charges against her as possible. With an FBI investigation under way, law enforcement sources said it appeared increasingly likely that Weston, 51, would be charged under a 2009 federal hate-crimes law that allows for prosecution of those who target the disabled. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, passed in 2009, expanded the earlier hate-crimes law to include victims' sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
NEWS
November 4, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the torture killing of 23-year-old rival gangmember last year in Camden, authorities said today. Lance Fulton, 21, admitted to kicking and punching Michael Hawkins during the Feb. 21, 2010, assault in a home on the 500 block of Berkley Street, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. He also held Hawkins down while others assaulted him, he said. In Camden County Superior Court on Thursday, Fulton said the group believed Hawkins had stolen liquor from the home of another defendant in the case, according to authorities.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscar winner Diane Keaton, 65, starred in some of Woody Allen 's best comedies, including Annie Hall , Sleeper , and Love and Death . She also shared his bed for a couple of years in the early '70s. Their love wasn't always smooth, Keaton says in a new memoir excerpted by Vogue. "I was his endearing oaf," Keaton writes in Then Again . "I had him pegged as a cross between a 'White Thing' and the cockroach you couldn't kill. " Yikes! Keaton says she was besotted with Woody long before they met in '68: "Our entire family used to gather around the TV set and watch him on Johnny Carson . He was so hip. " Keaton and Woody's on-screen neurotic energy wasn't fake.
NEWS
October 15, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Huff could hardly contain his anger in court. To his right was the man who had pleaded guilty to being part of a gang that had killed his niece. To his left was the prosecutor who had agreed to a plea deal that would spare the defendant a possible life term. Huff said he had to resist the urge to put his hands on the murder defendant. But he also took aim on Friday at Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Mary Alison Albright. "You let us down," he said, turning to her. "You made that deal.
NEWS
September 25, 2011
By James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster. 463 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Deen Kogan When the literary lights of the 21st century go marching in, James Lee Burke will be leading the parade. For five decades, Burke has created memorable novels that weave exquisite language, unforgettable characters, and social commentary into written tapestries that mirror the contemporary scene. His work transcends genre classification. Feast Day of Fools is Burke's 30th novel and the third in the Hackberry Holland series.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I don't know how to respond to an e-mail I just got. It was from a girl I dated three years ago for about four months. I was crazy about her and tried hard to make the relationship work, but she was always distant, and I sensed she was not that into me. However, every time I asked, she said everything was fine. She eventually broke up with me over the phone, but did not go into detail about why. In the e-mail she just sent me, she reveals she was dating another guy the entire time.
NEWS
September 15, 2011
WHEN IT comes to removal of Pennsylvania's natural-gas resources, Gov. Corbett says we Pennsylvanians must let the gas industry operate with tax rates lower than other "competing environments" such as West Virginia, Texas or even Canada. If not, investors will show us the door, and the promise of industry jobs for local Pennsylvanians will go with them. But how many "local Pennsylvania residents" are included in the claim of new employment for 70,000 industry workers? Proof is in the workers' license plates - I call this a "Woodstock economy" synonymous with a rock concert in town, only this time the concert is natural-gas extraction.
NEWS
September 4, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
In the aftermath of 9/11, Fox's 24, each season covering a harrowing day in the life of the ultimate counterterrorist agent, expanded beyond its beginnings as a high-powered action show with an original format. With Jack Bauer repeatedly overstepping even the most liberal interrogation rules to get key information quickly, and keep the always preposterous show rolling along on its hour-an-episode schedule, 24 became a lightning rod for the national debate on torture.
NEWS
August 30, 2011
A 20-year-old Deptford woman has pleaded guilty in the February 2010 torture killings of a Burlington County couple in Camden. Shaniqua Pierre entered her plea Monday to an aggravated-manslaughter charge. She faces a 25-year prison term. She is one of 10 people charged in the deaths of Muriah Huff, 18, of Cinnaminson, and Michael Hawkins, 23, of Mount Holly, and the fifth to plead guilty. Prosecutors say Pierre and another woman who previously pleaded guilty beat Huff with pieces of a chair, stabbed her, and strangled her with rope.
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