June 12, 1999 |
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.
May 29, 1999 |
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.
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.
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...
February 8, 2002 |
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.
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.
May 14, 2010 |
'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.
May 9, 2010 |
'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.
January 12, 1995 |
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.
March 30, 1994 |
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.