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April 26, 2002 | Daily News wire services
William Webster, a former director of the CIA and FBI, urged the Pentagon yesterday to administer truth serum drugs to defiant Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners if needed to obtain information that could prevent fresh terrorist attacks. Webster said any information gleaned from prisoners injected with medications such as sodium pentothal should be used only "for the protection of the country" and not to prosecute prisoners from the Afghan war. Webster said he would not support the use of torture.
NEWS
August 7, 1986 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before his very eyes, the go-go dancer began to sprout devil's horns and a tail as she walked through a Camden bar in her skimpy outfit, Joseph Guagenti told a psychiatrist. That, he said, was when he pulled out his gun and shot at least eight bullets into her body while shocked patrons dived for cover at the Admiral Liquor Store & Bar on Admiral Wilson Boulevard nearly a year ago. Guagenti's attorney, who plans an insanity defense to the murder charge, wanted to show a jury a videotape of Guagenti's statement about the devil, elicted while he was drugged with sodium amobarbital, a so-called truth serum.
NEWS
August 7, 1986 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph Guagenti says it was the devil he shot eight times last year in a Camden bar, not go-go dancer Patricia Nace, his former girlfriend. He told a psychiatrist he saw the 23-year-old Cherry Hill dancer turn red and grow horns as she performed at the Admiral Lounge on Aug. 8, 1985. The psychotic delusion proves Guagenti was insane when he killed Nace, which provides the only defense that can save him from the death penalty, said defense attorney Glen Zeitz. But the prosecution argues that the devil delusion is illegal evidence that should never be presented to a jury because Guagenti revealed it while under the influence of sodium amytal, which experts and the courts agree is not a reliable "truth serum.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
Why is "The Trouble with Spies" as stupefyingly, as profoundly, boring as it is - so boring that its scant 89 minutes seem like 890? It may be because of the plot, which is about a bumbling British secret agent named Appleton Porter (Donald Sutherland - and it's never explained why he doesn't talk with an English accent) who's sent to a Mediterranean island to ferret out a truth serum developed by the Russians. It's not only ludicrous and hard to follow but hopelessly out of date, the kind of mock-Bond nonsense that proliferated in the late '60s but hasn't been seen much since.
NEWS
April 10, 1987 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
A Camden jury yesterday rejected the claim that a spurned lover was insane and thought he shot the devil when he killed his ex-girlfriend inside a Camden go-go bar. The panel found Joseph Guagenti guilty of murder. Today the jury will decide on life in prison or death by lethal injection for Guagenti, 29, of Williamstown, N.J. Under the influence of the drug sodium amytal - sometimes referred to as truth serum - Guagenti told a psychiatrist he saw go-go dancer Patricia Nace, 23, of Cherry Hill, turn into the devil - complete with horns and tail - as she danced at the Admiral Lounge in August 1985.
NEWS
August 25, 1993 | The Los Angeles Daily News contributed to this report
QUOTE "The show will have sex in it. But why not? On any given day you won't meet a person who doesn't have the thought cross their mind. " - Peggy Lipton, star of the new CBS show "Angel Falls" ALL RIGHT, LONI, THIS IS WAR! The War of the Reynoldses is getting stranger and stranger. On national TV last night, Burt Reynolds said he and his estranged wife, Loni Anderson, agreed to an amicable divorce, but she broke the pact by tipping off two gossip columnists, Liz Smith and Variety's Army Archerd.
NEWS
June 22, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Knight and Day" is by no means a period piece, but it's certainly dated - another '80s flashback, this time to the Classic Coke version of Tom Cruise. Watching "Knight and Day" is like watching the Greatest Hits of '80s Tom. He pushes his shades down the bridge of his nose and peers over the lenses, Vogue-ing the poster for "Risky Business. " Jumps on a motorcycle "Top Gun"-style, co-star in tow. Does some daredevil driving à la "Days of Thunder," with a war whoop and breezy smile.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This just in: The Phillies are not the best baseball team in the world. In fact, they looked more like one of those college teams invited to play a big-league club early in spring training during their exhibition game Tuesday afternoon against a collection of all-stars from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican team tuned up for its World Baseball Classic opener Thursday in Puerto Rico by teeing off on Cole Hamels, a three-time all-star and former World Series MVP who has no desire to add WBC MVP to his resumé.
SPORTS
December 20, 1999 | By Anthony L. Gargano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 15th week of the Eagles' lost season was played on a chilly December day doused in holiday distraction. It was played on the heels of 11 losses that had sealed the Eagles' fate with a kick. It was played against a team supposedly hankering for the playoffs. It was played on the cusp of a beloved bye. So it was played with bags packed and flights booked and thoughts of home. It was played with a third-string quarterback in the game and a first-string running back with the flu. It was, if anything, a week for the Eagles to wearily rationalize.
NEWS
August 3, 2006 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
BOOZE IS truth serum. Anyone who's had one too many knows it. People reveal their secret thoughts when they drink and get chatty. That's why the Mel Gibson situation is confirmation of like father, like son. I first wrote about Gibson and anti-Semitism a year and a half ago when "The Passion of the Christ" was about to be released. The New York Times Magazine had done a story about Gibson's role as benefactor of a California Catholic church not affiliated with the local archdiocese.
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March 7, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This just in: The Phillies are not the best baseball team in the world. In fact, they looked more like one of those college teams invited to play a big-league club early in spring training during their exhibition game Tuesday afternoon against a collection of all-stars from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican team tuned up for its World Baseball Classic opener Thursday in Puerto Rico by teeing off on Cole Hamels, a three-time all-star and former World Series MVP who has no desire to add WBC MVP to his resumé.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Knight and Day" is by no means a period piece, but it's certainly dated - another '80s flashback, this time to the Classic Coke version of Tom Cruise. Watching "Knight and Day" is like watching the Greatest Hits of '80s Tom. He pushes his shades down the bridge of his nose and peers over the lenses, Vogue-ing the poster for "Risky Business. " Jumps on a motorcycle "Top Gun"-style, co-star in tow. Does some daredevil driving a la "Days of Thunder," with a war whoop and breezy smile. (OK, that was 1990.
SPORTS
June 11, 2010 | by Paul Hagen
At some point, usually around the seventh inning, the official paid attendance for that game is announced in the press box. For the Phillies lately, that's followed by a brief addendum. Last night, for example, it would have been something like: "That's the 71st consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park. " And isn't that what all pro sports franchises aspire to? It's a good thing, right? Well, mostly. But, believe it or not, there can be some drawbacks to being so wildly popular that every game plays to a full house.
NEWS
August 3, 2006 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
BOOZE IS truth serum. Anyone who's had one too many knows it. People reveal their secret thoughts when they drink and get chatty. That's why the Mel Gibson situation is confirmation of like father, like son. I first wrote about Gibson and anti-Semitism a year and a half ago when "The Passion of the Christ" was about to be released. The New York Times Magazine had done a story about Gibson's role as benefactor of a California Catholic church not affiliated with the local archdiocese.
NEWS
April 26, 2002 | Daily News wire services
William Webster, a former director of the CIA and FBI, urged the Pentagon yesterday to administer truth serum drugs to defiant Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners if needed to obtain information that could prevent fresh terrorist attacks. Webster said any information gleaned from prisoners injected with medications such as sodium pentothal should be used only "for the protection of the country" and not to prosecute prisoners from the Afghan war. Webster said he would not support the use of torture.
SPORTS
December 20, 1999 | By Anthony L. Gargano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 15th week of the Eagles' lost season was played on a chilly December day doused in holiday distraction. It was played on the heels of 11 losses that had sealed the Eagles' fate with a kick. It was played against a team supposedly hankering for the playoffs. It was played on the cusp of a beloved bye. So it was played with bags packed and flights booked and thoughts of home. It was played with a third-string quarterback in the game and a first-string running back with the flu. It was, if anything, a week for the Eagles to wearily rationalize.
NEWS
August 25, 1993 | The Los Angeles Daily News contributed to this report
QUOTE "The show will have sex in it. But why not? On any given day you won't meet a person who doesn't have the thought cross their mind. " - Peggy Lipton, star of the new CBS show "Angel Falls" ALL RIGHT, LONI, THIS IS WAR! The War of the Reynoldses is getting stranger and stranger. On national TV last night, Burt Reynolds said he and his estranged wife, Loni Anderson, agreed to an amicable divorce, but she broke the pact by tipping off two gossip columnists, Liz Smith and Variety's Army Archerd.
SPORTS
March 4, 1991 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In baseball, there is an informal law that says that everyone must wait his turn. Even Mickey Mantle waited for that DiMaggio fellow to move out of his way. Even Mike Schmidt waited for Don Money. And now it is Wes Chamberlain's turn. In front of him in the Phillies' outfield are three people named Von Hayes, Dale Murphy and Len Dykstra. None of them is planning on going anywhere to make room for Wes Chamberlain or anyone else. But there is enough talent oozing out of Chamberlain's every pore that he might make those plans change one of these days - maybe even one day before this spring training is over.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
Why is "The Trouble with Spies" as stupefyingly, as profoundly, boring as it is - so boring that its scant 89 minutes seem like 890? It may be because of the plot, which is about a bumbling British secret agent named Appleton Porter (Donald Sutherland - and it's never explained why he doesn't talk with an English accent) who's sent to a Mediterranean island to ferret out a truth serum developed by the Russians. It's not only ludicrous and hard to follow but hopelessly out of date, the kind of mock-Bond nonsense that proliferated in the late '60s but hasn't been seen much since.
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