March 28, 2013 |
STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A Stroudsburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday in the stabbing death of a pregnant woman two years ago. Ruben Velazquez Jr., 42, entered the plea to two counts of third-degree murder in Monroe County Court. He was charged in the February 2011 slayings of Krystle Ann Vasquez, 24, and her unborn child. Authorities said Vasquez was eight months pregnant. Defense attorney T. Alex Jones said Velazquez faces five to 40 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced June 21.
March 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A pregnant young woman who was feeling ill was headed to the hospital with her husband early Sunday when the car they were riding in was hit, killing them both, but their baby boy was born prematurely and survived, authorities and a relative said. The driver of a BMW slammed into the car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, at an intersection in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, said Isaac Abraham, a neighbor of Raizy Glauber's parents who lives two blocks from the scene of the crash.
January 11, 2013
I WENT to Gettysburg over the weekend, embarrassingly for the first time. I say "embarrassingly" because, given the fact that I've spent a half-century in this state, you would think I'd have taken the time to visit the most sacred and famous battleground in the nation. I'd urge anyone who has yet to stand on that hallowed ground to make the trip, especially this year as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the battle. There is the sense, looking out over the now-quiet fields, that while America was born at Valley Forge and Bunker Hill, the crucible of Gettysburg forged its conscience.
August 24, 2012
THERE ARE NO good guys in the Todd Akin affair, just opportunists. The Missouri congressman, who set off a firestorm by stupidly trying to distinguish "legitimate" from "illegitimate" rape, has managed to do the unthinkable: bring together liberal, pro-choice Democrats and conservative, family-values Republicans in a bipartisan Kumbaya of condemnation. The united front is vaguely heartwarming. There are so many villains in this scenario, it's hard to know exactly where to start. I suppose we should go with the fellow who set the whole darn thing in motion, the one who was going to recapture the "Show Me" seat for the GOP. Until, that is, he opened his mouth.
May 30, 2012 |
The bad blood involving Tovoyia Owens' boyfriend — the father of her unborn child — and two brothers from their West Philadelphia neighborhood reached a boil Feb. 7, 2011, when the three men squared off outside Traffic Court in Spring Garden. Deputy sheriffs rushed from the building at 8th and Spring Garden streets to break up the knockdown fistfight that led to the death of Owens, 21. The young mother, who was three months pregnant, had gotten caught up in the scuffle.
April 27, 2012 |
If you want to exercise dominion over someone, strip him of his humanity. In some cases, it's not just a metaphor. Africans were brought here naked, in chains. But that's rare. Usually, the dehumanization has little to do with exterior insults and more with intangibles, like abusive psychologies and oppressive laws. Blacks were still slaves under Jim Crow, even though they were clothed. Women were second-class citizens until we obtained the right to change government, that precious vote, but even before the 18th Amendment we were fashion plates.
April 3, 2012 |
M OMENTS after a Philadelphia jury on Monday found him guilty of the first-degree murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Tyrell Hart quoted Scripture, thanked God and opined that his victim was in a better place. "It may seem like I lost. But actually, I won because before I came here, I was a lost soul," Hart, 22, said before being led away to begin serving a life sentence without parole. The Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men convicted him of the fatal Oct. 14, 2009, shooting of Selene Raynor, 21. The jury also found him guilty of third-degree murder in the death of the couple's unborn child.
January 22, 2012 |
On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade , we ask how the atrocities committed at the Gosnell clinic in West Philadelphia could have happened. Wasn't Roe v. Wade supposed to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare"? Has it not, instead, allowed for Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who has been charged in a woman's death and with killing infants? What desperate circumstances lead women to frequent such an establishment? One might suggest that more education about contraception might solve this problem, but in fact, 54 percent of women obtaining an abortion were using contraception in the month they became pregnant, according to a 2002 study cited by the Guttmacher Institute.
October 30, 2011
By Hillary Jordan Algonquin Books. 341 pp $24.95 Reviewed by Katherine Bailey In her second novel, When She Woke , Hillary Jordan imagines a totalitarian future world in which life is not worth living. Like The Scarlet Letter , it is a portrayal of an adulterer cast out by society. In many ways, it is a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 19th-century classic. And like Margaret Atwood's 1985 The Handmaid's Tale , it is an exploration of a society's subjugation of women.
October 14, 2011 |
A Chester County prosecutor took issue Thursday with an East Fallowfield man's pleas for leniency so he could support the twin boys he was convicted of assaulting in the womb. In May, a Chester County Court jury convicted Shawn M. Walker-Johnson, 22, of aggravated assault on an unborn child and aggravated assault on his ex-girlfriend for four separate attacks between July and September 2010, during the woman's pregnancy. Judge Anthony A. Sarcione sentenced Walker-Johnson to a prison term of nine to 18 years.