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.
March 18, 2013 |
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.
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.
July 3, 2011 |
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.
August 25, 2010 |
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.
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.
December 17, 2009 |
"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.
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.
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.