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June 11, 2008 | By KITTY CAPARELLA, MICHAEL HINKELMAN & GLORIA CAMPISI, caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
NEVER AGAIN, said the feds, and they meant it. Never again will owner Rosalind Lavin nor the managers of her four personal-care centers in Philadelphia and Media allow more than 210 residents to live in what U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan called "appalling" conditions. Never again will Lavin or her managers allow residents to lie in vomit or feces for days, unattended. Never again will Lavin or her managers serve insufficient food to residents, like a slice of bologna and a piece of cheese between bread, and call it nutritious.
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March 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Tom Torok, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two stories of Camden have emerged. The first comes from Gov. Christie and Camden County officials. They point to 2012 - the city's deadliest year ever - and say crime has dropped dramatically, thanks to a sweeping overhaul of policing that cut costs and added officers to the streets. The second comes from Camden residents and activists, who call comparisons with 2012 misleading. "Just because [the streets] are calmer doesn't mean the danger went away," says Angel Cordero, a community activist.
NEWS
July 25, 2008
AW, SHUCKS! Child rape is not a capital crime. No state may execute for it. In a perfect world, all murderers, rapists, heroin-heads, etc., would be exterminated. Can you imagine? Lawful jurisprudence protecting the innocent instead of protecting the guilty and damning the innocent? Whew! Makes your head spin. M. Anthony Vare, Philadelphia
NEWS
May 16, 2008
Re "If guns are the problem, why aren't Hispanic, Asian and white males killing each other?": First, the press reports more black-on-black crimes. Second, whites are so busy leaving the border open, killing people in schools, molesting in churches, kiddie porn, meth labs, political crimes. Maybe whites are killing whites in the suburbs. There is crime everywhere. Not just blacks - whites, Asians, Hispanics. And whites who run the White House are getting whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics killed every day in a war that isn't necessary.
NEWS
June 28, 2004
The next time John Street, Ron White or any other African-American cries race when investigated by the FBI or any other agency I would ask them to read page 47 of the Daily News on Tuesday, June 22. Maryland's former police superintendent Edward Norris, a white man, was sentenced to six months in prison for misusing thousands of dollars in police funds while he was Baltimore's Police Commissioner. Please spare everyone the race card when the indictments are served and remember crime and graft knows no color.
NEWS
July 3, 2009
I AND A lot of others blame the system for these continous crimes. A suggestion: When criminals commit these horrible crimes with little or no fault of the victim, it really should be a stiff sentence. Jury duty never calls on me because I'll send the criminals to hell. Cissy Benjamin, Philadelphia
NEWS
February 27, 1994
In taking a fresh look at the allegations of womanizing and sexual misconduct by former Warminster Police Chief Elmer P. Clawges, Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein has added fuel to the notion that this case is too hot to handle. A few weeks back, the D.A. said the former police chief's alleged conduct in one instance was "not only criminal, it is reprehensible and it's wrong. " The case involved a former township police clerk, Julie Beekman, who said the chief had sex with her regularly, beginning when she was 16. While he said he wanted to prosecute, Mr. Rubenstein said he was "absolutely barred by the statute of limitations.
NEWS
May 23, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by April Saul
Philadelphia Interfaith Action tried yesterday to present a fiddle to Commissioner Richard Neal at Police Headquarters, saying he and mayoral chief of staff David Cohen are fiddling while the city burns. The group cited a lack of response to rising crime and police scandal.
NEWS
July 14, 1986
On June 30, the Supreme Court of this country declared sodomy a crime. In one fell swoop, millions of Americans were made criminals, punishable with prison terms of up to several years. It is irrelevant to argue that this is simply a "paper" law, one that will not be enforced. The highest court in the land, subject to political pressure and the intolerance of Christian fundamentalists, has made the expression of an act of love between two consenting adults in the privacy of their bedroom a crime.
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July 22, 2015
ISSUE | FORFEITURES Seize criminals' property only I join in applauding District Attorney Seth Williams for stopping his office's practice of using the commonwealth's forfeiture laws to take homes and cars from people who have never been accused, much less convicted, of a crime ("Dirty money," July 6). However, these changes do not go far enough. According to a recent American Civil Liberties Union report, Williams' office takes $1 million in cash annually from Philadelphians who have never been found guilty of a crime.
NEWS
July 10, 2015
A former employee at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School was arrested this week for having sex with a 12th grade student. Michael Evan Morse, 26, is charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with minors, and other crimes for having sex with a female student while she was under 18. Officials said Morse, who worked as an audio visual technician at the high school, had sex with the student and communicated with her via cell phone...
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even the most bare-bones renovations to a vacant house - something as simple as replacing a gaping doorway or a broken window - could have an impact on violence in Philadelphia neighborhoods, a study coauthored by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found. With two years' worth of data from the Police Department and the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the researchers looked at the rates of violent and nuisance crimes around houses where property owners replaced doors and windows to comply with a city ordinance to combat blight.
NEWS
June 25, 2015
IN A BLACK AND WHITE world, the bad guys are locked up in prison and the good guys are on the outside, living blemish-free lives. But the world has never been black and white, and the issue of who gets locked up in jail has become increasingly gray over the past few decades, even as the prison population has exploded by a factor of four in as many decades. The fact is that who gets locked up is not inscribed in the Constitution. Society and its shifting mores has always determined who gets jailed - including the 17th century when people could be imprisoned for incurring debts.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The arrest Thursday of a suspect in the murders of nine people shot while they were studying the Bible at a Charleston, S.C., church provides little comfort to those trying to understand how such a horrific tragedy could occur. The killings at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church may have been a hate crime. A Facebook photo of suspect Dylann Roof, 21, shows him wearing a jacket with patches resembling the flags of the racist regimes that once led South Africa and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some lived in Gloucester County; others had moved elsewhere. But many who attended the Victims Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday in Woodbury carried stories - most of them harrowing - that had forever changed them. For former Philadelphia Police Officer Don McMullin, 47, it has been nearly 24 years since his. It was June 27, 1991, when he and his twin, Brian, were on patrol and pulled over a car of drug dealers at 57th Street and Washington Avenue in West Philadelphia. One of the men inside shot Don McMullin, then 23, in the head.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police on Thursday arrested a 33-year-old Bucks County man they say tried to set a Levittown church on fire, vandalized a school and community pool, and committed a string of other crimes over the last few weeks. John Paul Serina Jr. confessed to police during questioning Thursday morning, said Henry Ward, a Falls Township lieutenant. The initial charge expected to be filed against Serina was arson, Ward said, in the setting afire of a cross and playground at Restoration Church in the Pinewood section on April 19. Serina also threw a Molotov cocktail through a church window that day, Ward said, but the bottle did not break, and firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly.
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two different but equally fascinating cable dramas - TNT's Murder in the First and Starz's Powers - return, stretching the boundaries of the crime procedural. Power boasts a unique perspective: It's told through the eyes of a New York City drug dealer. A more traditional piece that stays on the side of the cops, Murder in the First is nonetheless the more accomplished. Dissecting a massacre Premiering at 10 p.m. Monday, Murder in the First was co-created by seasoned 71-year-old genre specialist Steven Bochco ( Hill Street Blues , NYPD Blue )
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Thunderbirds are go !" That line from the family TV series Thunderbirds had to be one of the most exciting refrains from my childhood. Produced between 1964 and 1966 by British TV genius Gerry Anderson and his wife, Sylvia Anderson, the sci-fi adventure show featured distinctive characters played by marionettes who interacted with the grooviest scale-model props - planes, trains, and automobiles - in a hybrid film technique the Andersons called...
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June 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
DURING A BRIEF appearance before a federal magistrate yesterday, a Temple University professor accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China pleaded not guilty. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, dressed in a blue pinstriped suit, stood in the hallway outside the courtroom afterward with his wife. When asked if he had any comment, he told reporters: "Probably should talk to my lawyer. " Attorney Peter Zeidenberg, of the Arent Fox firm in Washington, D.C., later said: "Professor Xi is innocent of these charges.
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