October 14, 2011 |
The leader of a gang that tortured and killed a high school student and her boyfriend and buried the couple in a backyard of a Camden rowhouse last year was sentenced today to 30 years in prison. Kuasheim Powell, 25, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of murder and admitted to taking part in the killings of Muriah Huff, 18, of Cinnaminson, and Michael "Doc Money" Hawkins, 23, on Feb. 22, 2010. Powell also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder for shooting and injuring two brothers in an unrelated incident in Pennsauken a day before Huff's and Hawkins' death.
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.
September 22, 2011 |
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.
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.
September 4, 2011 |
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.
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.
August 25, 2011 |
A FORMER budding hip-hop artist-turned-gang leader pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in the brutal double murder of a young woman and her boyfriend in Camden last year. Kuasheim "Presto-P" Powell, 25, pleaded guilty, his attorney said, in exchange for a 30-year sentence with no parole for his role in the torture and murder of Michael Hawkins, 23, and Muriah Huff, 18, in a Berkley Street rowhouse on Feb. 22, 2010. Hawkins, a former friend of Powell's and rival gang member, was beaten and shot, while Huff, a cosmetology student, was beaten and strangled.
August 9, 2011 |
CHICAGO - A lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of personal responsibility for U.S. forces allegedly torturing two American whistle-blowers who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm will be allowed to move forward, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes just days after a similar decision by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that gave approval to an Army veteran - who also alleges that he was tortured in Iraq - to sue Rumsfeld for damages.
August 5, 2011 |
TORONTO - A Canadian Roman Catholic bishop betrayed little emotion during his sentencing hearing yesterday as a court was told his laptop contained hundreds of pornographic images of young boys, including photos of torture. Bishop Raymond Lahey, 71, sat quietly, his right hand trembling slightly as he ran his index finger along his lips and chin, as Detective Andrew Thompson told the court that almost 600 photos, mostly of young teen boys, were found on Lahey's laptop and hand-held device when he arrested in 2009.