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June 12, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The North Philadelphia robbery victim should have called police. But Bradley "Cube" Hicks, 19, thought he could track down the robber and administer street justice, Assistant District Attorney Hugh Colihan said yesterday. His plan backfired. It cost him his life. When alleged holdup man Michael Boyd, 24, of Uber Street near 66th Avenue, heard that Hicks was after him, he apparently decided to beat Hicks to the punch - with a gun, said Colihan. On April 18, about two weeks after the holdup, Boyd and a friend ambushed Hicks near his home at 16th and Oakdale streets, said the prosecutor.
NEWS
May 29, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Shoot first and ask questions later. Apparently, that was in the mind of a clothing salesman on May 14. When Winston Webster, 36, thought he was about to be robbed by a gunman, he pulled out his own weapon and began shooting, said defense lawyer Gerald A. Stein. Jermaine Smith died after a bullet tore into his mouth on Overbrook Avenue near 76th Street. Police later found a loaded gun on the ground, next to Smith's body. This week, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Marsha H. Neifield, Webster felt vindicated.
NEWS
October 12, 2012
A SPOTLIGHT has been focused on Samantha Pawlucy, the teen who got grief for wearing a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school - but Thursday it was her father's turn under the lights. A Philadelphia City Paper article published Thursday focused on Richard Pawlucy and his ties to a survivalist Facebook group, "Port Richmond Preparedness. " The page was no longer on Facebook at midday Thursday, but the paper published a screen grab of the page that included Pawlucy's opinions about memorials in his neighborhood and the purpose of Port Richmond Preparedness.
NEWS
January 17, 1995
"Megan's Law" is turning out to be an invitation to vigilante activity and is probably unconstitutional, just as many critics predicted it would be. The New Jersey law, which notifies everybody from teachers to preachers when a sex offender is planning to move into the neighborhood, has been in effect for only a few weeks, and already a judge has temporarily barred the state from applying it, on grounds it would harm the "quality of life" for...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2002 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A heroic firefighter hunts down terrorists, avenging innocent lives lost during surprise attacks on the United States. This, the plotline of Collateral Damage, is no mere wish-fulfillment fantasy hatched in the aftermath of Sept. 11. It is pumped-up, feel-the-burn vigilantism starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, completed before the terrorist attacks and originally scheduled for an October release. As suspense craftsmanship, Collateral Damage is terrifically well wrought by director Andrew Davis, the filmmaker of The Fugitive.
NEWS
October 14, 2014
GOTHAM has Batman. Philly has Bikeman? After what seems like decades of being lectured about the benefits of bicycling (some of which are true) and promises of enforcement against bad bicyclists (almost nonexistent) and entreaties to give and get respect, I thought I caught a whiff of the city doing something to improve bicycling behavior. A friend noticed a poster tacked to a pole near 6th and Bainbridge that had four panels, two on the top and two on the bottom. The poster was edged with miniature Philadelphia city seals.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'The kids in the estate" - sounds kind of like a children's story. Hardly. Michael Caine, in the title role of Harry Brown , is talking about the thugs hanging around the council housing, the projects, where he lives. Running drugs and harassing neighbors, these punks have turned the government-subsidized high-rises in a drab corner of London into an urban nightmare. And when Harry, recently widowed and all shut down inside, loses his best friend to the gangs he can see from his window, well, he takes matters into his own hands.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'This is not a violent film," insists Michael Caine . "It's a film about violence. " The 77-year-old English actor is speaking of Harry Brown , which opens at the Ritz Theaters on Friday and stars Caine - Sir Michael, if you like - as a hard-pressed widower living in a bleak London public-housing complex plagued by drug dealers and vicious hoods. When his best friend is killed by gang members, Harry - a working-class bloke trained in the Royal Marines, not dissimilar to the working-class Caine, who fought in the British army during the Korean War - takes justice into his own hands.
NEWS
January 12, 1995 | By Douglas A. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a normal Saturday night in the ground-floor apartment at 318 Lincoln St., where Barbara Keller, 52, was staying as a house guest. It was a night when the small, sparsely furnished apartment was filled with seven people, including a young man recently released from prison after serving four years for child molestation. Keller decided to finish off the evening watching an Elvis Presley special on television with her boyfriend, Tom Vicari, 41. She flopped on one couch in the front room.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1994 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Director Barry Levinson, whose films range from the gang war of Bugsy to the brotherly love of Rain Man, now combines these clashing sensibilities to bring us Jimmy Hollywood, a misbegotten piece of vigilante whimsy. There's nothing wrong with this enervated film that a mood elevator or a mercy killing couldn't fix. Joe Pesci stars as the title character, actually named Jimmy Alto, a would- be thespian so desperate for a part that he rents ad space on an L.A. bus bench billing himself as "actor extraordinaire.
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October 14, 2014
GOTHAM has Batman. Philly has Bikeman? After what seems like decades of being lectured about the benefits of bicycling (some of which are true) and promises of enforcement against bad bicyclists (almost nonexistent) and entreaties to give and get respect, I thought I caught a whiff of the city doing something to improve bicycling behavior. A friend noticed a poster tacked to a pole near 6th and Bainbridge that had four panels, two on the top and two on the bottom. The poster was edged with miniature Philadelphia city seals.
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March 18, 2013 | By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egyptian vigilantes beat two men accused of stealing a motorized rickshaw, stripped them half-naked and hung them by their feet in a crowded bus station in the Nile Delta on Sunday, according to security officials. Both men died. A witness said some in the crowd of about 3,000 people who watched the lynchings egged them on with chants of "kill them!" The lynchings came a week after the attorney general's office encouraged civilians to arrest lawbreakers and hand them over to police.
NEWS
October 12, 2012
A SPOTLIGHT has been focused on Samantha Pawlucy, the teen who got grief for wearing a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school - but Thursday it was her father's turn under the lights. A Philadelphia City Paper article published Thursday focused on Richard Pawlucy and his ties to a survivalist Facebook group, "Port Richmond Preparedness. " The page was no longer on Facebook at midday Thursday, but the paper published a screen grab of the page that included Pawlucy's opinions about memorials in his neighborhood and the purpose of Port Richmond Preparedness.
SPORTS
July 3, 2011 | By the Inquirer Staff
DALLAS - The Dallas Vigilantes jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed as they defeated the Soul, 58-41, in an Arena Football League game Saturday night. The Soul (5-11) fought to stay close throughout the game, but each score was answered by the Vigilantes (10-5). Donovan Morgan scored three touchdowns for the Soul, all in the second half, on pass receptions of 6, 27, and 28 yards. Syvelle Newton, Ty Nsekhe, and Larry Brockins had the other Philadelphia scores. For Dallas, Derrick Ross led the way with three rushing touchdowns of 2 yards each.
NEWS
August 25, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Antwione Hough appeared taken aback yesterday when, instead of being sentenced to a short probation period, he got 11 1/2 to 23 months of house arrest followed by seven years' probation for orchestrating the capture and beating of the man who raped and impregnated his 14-year-old niece. "I'm just overwhelmed," Hough told Common Pleas Judge Harold M. Kane. "I didn't expect that. " Kane said that the sentence would send a message, while allowing Hough, 39, to keep working to support his family.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'The kids in the estate" - sounds kind of like a children's story. Hardly. Michael Caine, in the title role of Harry Brown , is talking about the thugs hanging around the council housing, the projects, where he lives. Running drugs and harassing neighbors, these punks have turned the government-subsidized high-rises in a drab corner of London into an urban nightmare. And when Harry, recently widowed and all shut down inside, loses his best friend to the gangs he can see from his window, well, he takes matters into his own hands.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'This is not a violent film," insists Michael Caine . "It's a film about violence. " The 77-year-old English actor is speaking of Harry Brown , which opens at the Ritz Theaters on Friday and stars Caine - Sir Michael, if you like - as a hard-pressed widower living in a bleak London public-housing complex plagued by drug dealers and vicious hoods. When his best friend is killed by gang members, Harry - a working-class bloke trained in the Royal Marines, not dissimilar to the working-class Caine, who fought in the British army during the Korean War - takes justice into his own hands.
NEWS
December 17, 2009 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
"FOR better or for worse, this individual has done the most to influence the events of the year. " So reads the preamble to Time magazine's annual Person of the Year distinction, conferred yesterday on Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman. It isn't an "award" in the traditional sense, but an acknowledgment that an individual, group or movement made headlines and influenced people throughout the world in ways nobody else had. As the definition notes, that can be for better or for worse.
NEWS
June 16, 2009
I'M A SINGLE mother of five who'd like to thank those who helped capture the Kensington rapist. There's an epidemic out there that I know about from personal experience. My heart goes out to the little girl who was raped. I know how the mother is feeling. I have two daughters, and I suffer from depressive thoughts of my own child being raped by someone she knew at age 9. I myself was a victim of a similar incident when I was just 6. North Philadelphia is full of men preying on young girls.
NEWS
June 9, 2009
Too quiet a response Re: "No charges for Phila. rape suspect's attackers," Thursday: What struck me most was something Mayor Nutter said - and how, if I can believe what I hear on the news and read in the paper, the exact opposite is true in crime-ridden Philly neighborhoods. While the mayor does not condone "vigilantism out in our streets, it's indicative of the anger and compassion that many of our citizens have. It's a further demonstration that Philadelphians care passionately about this city, about our quality of life, and certainly about our children.
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