April 30, 1999
Pretentiousness and preposterousness are an uneasy mix, or at least an unentertaining one, which "Entrapment" goes to great lengths to prove.The pretense is obvious from the very first shot, when an annoyingly self-important computer readout appears on screen: "New York -- 16 Days to Millennium." The conceit will reappear throughout "Entrapment," which feverishly tries to instill viewers with high Y2K anxiety, even as it piles one absurdity upon another.Just when "Entrapment" looks like the movie that "Mission: Impossible" so desperately wanted to be, it self-destructs with a discordant piece of witlessness.
May 1, 1995
The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department recently purchased the "jaws of life" rescue tool for $12,000. The ladies auxiliary of the department contributed $5,000.Firefighters have been attending training sessions for the past few weeks to learn to use the tool.The department answers a lot of calls in York County, Pa., many of which involve entrapment rescues, said John Krebs, fire chief.
April 23, 1991
WASHINGTON -- After years of refusing to get involved in legal disputes over undercover "sting" operations by police and federal agents, the Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider putting new curbs on the law enforcement technique.A Nebraska farmer, convicted of buying a child pornography magazine through the mail, has urged the court to rule that it is illegal for officers to conduct a "sting" operation if they have no basis for believing that the person they target is likely to commit a crime.
March 31, 1992
Q: My friends have removed a pane of glass from their French door so their cat can come and go. I'm worried that their toddler will get stuck trying to crawl through. Is this a hazard for the child?A: You highlight an important danger for children of which parents may not be aware. The natural curiosity of children may lead them into places where they shouldn't go. We call these places "entrapment hazards." A house with children shouldn't have them.Some of the most tragic instances of entrapment happen when the openings in a guardrail allow a child's body to slip through, but the relatively large head can't pass, and the child hangs, sometimes fatally.
June 14, 2011
Editor: I am responding to the news of yet another drowning in Deer Creek. Many such deaths can be avoided by an awareness of how they occur and of what to do. A person standing on rocks in moving water that is only as high as their knees can easily lose their balance and as their foot slips it can wedge into a crevice in the rocks. The enormous power of the moving water will push them down and hold them down, resulting in a drowning death. To avoid foot entrapment, one can fall backwards into an imaginary inner tube, drawing up the knees and feet out of harms way. Then the hands and arms swing the feet downstream to meet obstacles, protecting the head.
May 5, 1998
LARRY Matthews is an award-winning investigative reporter with 30 years of experience in radio and television in the Washington, D.C., area. A radio documentary Mr. Matthews did concerning Vietnam veterans in 1983 awarded him the prestigious Peabody Broadcasting Award. Now he's under federal grand jury indictment for researching a story about child prostitution on the Internet.According to federal prosecutors, Mr. Matthews violated the federal child pornography act by attempting to gather news.