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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.
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2006
WHO CAN stop the killings in our neighborhoods? To see a crime and not report it, to know who committed the crime and not tell who did it, makes you as guilty as the one who did it. We can stop the killing, and we can get guns off the streets, all we have to do is step up and speak on what we see. Tell the police what you know and what you saw - and let the killers out there know you're not taking anymore. If the shooter knew that people were going to tell the cops just what they saw, I bet there wouldn't be that many killings.
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NEWS
July 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN THE LATE '90s, John Phillips had everything he'd dreamed of. A street-smart kid from North Philly, he had built a small empire: He owned delis, bought a condo at 17 and drove a tricked-out Lexus, complete with TVs in the headrests hooked up to a Nintendo 64. It was life in the short-term, and it was funded by crime: Phillips was a gang member, a "hustler," by his own admission. Around the same time, Harun Fox was already about 20 years into a life sentence on a first-degree-murder conviction.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 89-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man facing extradition to Germany to face Nazi war-crimes charges was hospitalized over the weekend, throwing into doubt the future of U.S. efforts to quickly remove him. Johann Breyer, a retired tool and die maker, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, has been in federal custody since last month, when the U.S. Department of Justice initiated extradition proceedings against him. The department's efforts...
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A study by two Philadelphia researchers has found that crime in the immediate area of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia's Fishtown section has not increased since the casino opened 2010. The study, by Lallen T. Johnson, assistant professor of criminal justice at Drexel University, and Jerry H. Ratcliffe, chair of Temple University's department of criminal justice, says crime rates in Fishtown were largely unaffected by the arrival of SugarHouse in the 1000 block of North Delaware Avenue in September 2010.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - There was no fanfare and little advance notice. Instead, on Tuesday shiny new golden plaques were quietly placed below the stately portraits of certain high-ranking legislators that hang along the Capitol's hallways. That would be lawmakers convicted of crimes. After several years of fielding public and internal questions about whether it was appropriate to display portraits of convicted legislators, House and Senate leaders made a decision: Let history be. Just tell it more fully.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
One man was killed and two were seriously injured in a Bristol Township shooting early Tuesday, casting a pall over a crime-scarred Bucks County neighborhood where at least three homicides have occurred in the last decade. No suspects were identified and no weapons recovered, and, with authorities releasing only limited information, dozens of residents gathered near the roped-off home on the 900 block of Winder Drive searching for answers about a crime police described as a home invasion.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that 192 people were getting health care benefits to which they weren't entitled. An audit had identified 192 beneficiaries as possibly ineligible, but the investigation whittled that number to 39. Incompetence, rather than fraud, led to nearly 40 people improperly receiving health-care benefits from Bucks County last year, at a cost to taxpayers of over $450,000, District Attorney David Heckler...
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stooped, slightly dazed, and hobbling with a cane for support, 89-year-old Johann Breyer shuffled into a federal courtroom Wednesday to account once again for his role in atrocities committed nearly a lifetime ago. Federal authorities arrested the retired Northeast Philadelphia toolmaker, who worked as an armed guard at two Nazi death camps during World War II, and said they would support a bid to send him back to Germany, where he was charged Tuesday...
REAL_ESTATE
June 15, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Randall Bell and I crossed paths about 11 years ago in San Diego, when he was a guest speaker for breakfast at a real estate conference I was attending. If the name - forgive me - doesn't ring a bell, this is the man known as the "Master of Disaster," called in by owners of properties where terrible events have occurred to determine their effects on the properties' value. According to Bell, he has a nuclear pellet in a bookcase at his Laguna Beach, Calif., office that makes his secretary nervous, and a photo of his children flanked by pictures of a pipeline explosion and the Chernobyl disaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Miss Phryne Fisher is a most remarkable woman. The Australian adventurer hobnobbed with Parisian artists and poets before World War I, then spent the war driving an ambulance. Approaching 40 (or has she already passed that dread mark?), she has settled back home in Melbourne, a lady of leisure with a handsome income and no husband to weigh her down. What's a restless soul to do? Why, become a "lady detective" is what. Portrayed with sensual sentience and mordant wit by Essie Davis, Fisher catches out killers, blackmailers, rapists, and all manner of rogues (and roguettes)
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confronting a recent rash of homicides, Chester Mayor John Linder said Wednesday that he wants at least a tenfold increase in the number of security cameras monitoring the streets of his city. So far this year, 14 homicides have been reported in Chester, the first time in at least a decade the number has reached double digits this early, according to state data. No suspects have been arrested in any of those cases, Linder said. Installing more than 100 cameras around the city would make residents feel safer and help police solve crimes when witnesses are reluctant to step forward, he said in an interview.
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