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February 4, 1986 | By KITTY CAPARELLA, Daily News Staff Writer
Three drug dealers have been killed in a bitter war that has erupted between factions controlled by former Black Mafia members, the Daily News has learned. The war pits those aligned with drug kingpins Jackie Wright and Willie "Cadillac Willie" Rispers, allegedly two of the top heroin wholesalers in the city, against those siding with slain former Black Mafia hit man Russell Barnes, who had allied himself with members of the 20th and Carpenter Street gang, according to several law enforcement officials and street sources familiar with drug trafficking in black neighborhoods.
SPORTS
October 15, 2009
JUST LIKE last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a speed bump in the road between Philadelphia and Destiny. Just like last year, it's Philadelphia vs. Los Angeles, the Phillies fightin' the Dodgers, Red against Blue to earn a berth in the World Series. To put this in terms Los Angelenos can comprehend, it's Bloods vs. the Crips. We're red, the Bloods. The Dodgers are blue, the Crips. An explanation for Philadelphians: The Crips and the Bloods are two mammoth street gangs born in L.A. The Crips, whose signature color is blue, are larger, with an estimated 30,000-35,000 members.
NEWS
March 5, 2006 | By Jack Chang INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Since the day in October when police killed the head of the Friends of Friends gang, the residents of Rocinha, known as South America's largest slum, worried about when the struggle for power would begin. Two weeks ago, they got their answer. More than three dozen members of a rival gang, Comando Vermelho, or Red Commando, swept into the streets at the upper reaches of Rocinha's hillside sprawl. Hurling grenades and firing automatic weapons, they blew up power transformers, cutting off electricity and shutting down traffic lights in the middle of the evening rush hour.
NEWS
January 15, 2005 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A high-ranking member of the local chapter of the Hells Angels was shot and killed early yesterday in a barrage of gunfire on a South Philadelphia street, and police braced themselves for a possible biker war. The victim, Thomas Wood, 36, was vice president of the Philadelphia chapter, based in a two-story brick building that sits behind a foreboding iron gate bearing the metal logo "HA" at 4826 Merion Ave. in West Philadelphia. Wood, of the 100 block of Harvin Road in Upper Darby, was shot once in the head by the two occupants of an SUV. He was driving a gray GMC pickup on a street paralleling the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway.
NEWS
May 26, 2006
MORE COPS, more after-school activities, more academic panels, more political committees, more parental involvement, more jail time, more neighborhood watches, more stop-the-violence marches, more candlelight vigils, more speeches, more and more of the same. Not one of these addresses the root of violent crime in Philadelphia, and throughout the country - the proliferation of gun availability and sales. When I was a teenager in this city, 1970 through 1978, the only time I saw a gun was on New Year's Eve, or at an American Legion parade.
NEWS
August 31, 1995 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A bartender and sometime driver for former Teamster boss Frank Sheeran admitted in federal court yesterday that he drove the getaway car in the gangland slaying of Frank Baldino at the Melrose Diner two years ago. Stephen Weinstein, formerly of Radnor, entered a guilty plea to being an accessory after the fact to the crime of racketeering during a brief hearing before Judge Ronald Buckwalter in Philadelphia. Weinstein, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Courtney 3d, has agreed to testify for the government.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2006 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Waist Deep is tissue thin, a music video's worth of plot stretched over a feature-length frame. O2 (Tyrese Gibson) is a former gangsta, just released from prison after a six-year jolt. Trying to be a responsible father to his young son, he's got a security-guard job that, remarkably, issues firearms to felony parolees. Then, O2's vintage Impala convertible is jacked at gunpoint with his child asleep in the back seat. The boy ends up being held hostage by Big Meat (rapper The Game)
NEWS
March 11, 1994 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Hollywood's new favorite product is the guy-being-chased picture, perfected with "The Fugitive" and continuing with descending quality through "The Getaway" and "The Chase. " With American filmmakers apparently out of inspiration, an Italian import called "Flight of the Innocent" has taken up the slack. Fans of the form should seek it out before it gets lost - a real possibility for a picture that's too violent for the art house circuit and too artsy for the action crowd. The setting is compelling and unusual - rural southern Italy, where warring, family-run gangs of kidnappers are harboring hostages, usually children, stolen from rich Northern Italian families.
NEWS
September 14, 1993 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Officials hope a weeklong lockdown at Holmesburg Prison has quelled turf warring between inmates from different city neighborhoods which resulted in the stabbings of four young men since the Labor Day weekend. Prisons spokesman Robert Eskind said prison officials hoped to end the lockdown today. He said the four victims, all in their teens and early 20s, were stabbed with homemade weapons in two incidents, the first Sept. 4 and the second last Wednesday. The lockdown was imposed after the second incident, which occurred during a disciplinary hearing in the first case, Eskind said.
NEWS
January 21, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A North Philadelphia man who prosecutors say could be responsible for multiple killings in a long-simmering war between two street-corner gangs was ordered yesterday to stand trial in the deaths in 2007 of two alleged rivals. Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon found that there was enough evidence to try Fatih Anderson, 20, in the July 9, 2007, shooting death of James McClain, 21, and the Sept. 20, 2007, killing of Stephen Gates, 25. Witnesses called to testify by Assistant District Attorney Gonen Haklay during yesterday's preliminary hearing described a series of killings going back to 2000, the results of a feud between a group from 18th and Cumberland Streets and another group - to which Anderson belonged - from nearby 15th Street.
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SPORTS
October 15, 2009
JUST LIKE last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a speed bump in the road between Philadelphia and Destiny. Just like last year, it's Philadelphia vs. Los Angeles, the Phillies fightin' the Dodgers, Red against Blue to earn a berth in the World Series. To put this in terms Los Angelenos can comprehend, it's Bloods vs. the Crips. We're red, the Bloods. The Dodgers are blue, the Crips. An explanation for Philadelphians: The Crips and the Bloods are two mammoth street gangs born in L.A. The Crips, whose signature color is blue, are larger, with an estimated 30,000-35,000 members.
NEWS
January 21, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A North Philadelphia man who prosecutors say could be responsible for multiple killings in a long-simmering war between two street-corner gangs was ordered yesterday to stand trial in the deaths in 2007 of two alleged rivals. Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon found that there was enough evidence to try Fatih Anderson, 20, in the July 9, 2007, shooting death of James McClain, 21, and the Sept. 20, 2007, killing of Stephen Gates, 25. Witnesses called to testify by Assistant District Attorney Gonen Haklay during yesterday's preliminary hearing described a series of killings going back to 2000, the results of a feud between a group from 18th and Cumberland Streets and another group - to which Anderson belonged - from nearby 15th Street.
NEWS
October 22, 2007 | By Jan Hefler INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They live in different neighborhoods and come from different age groups, but Stephan Cullins and Fred Mayes have much in common: Both have lost loved ones to the violence that seethes in the city. Yesterday, both men answered the "Call to Action," joining the throngs of African American men at a rally in North Philadelphia to volunteer their services as neighborhood peacekeepers. "I'm trying to find out anything I can do to help out my community," said Mayes, 39, of Mount Airy, as he stood in a line that snaked around Temple University's Liacouras Center.
NEWS
November 6, 2006 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They call themselves the Lemon Crew, the Scorpions, Tiny Rascals and 60 Lansdowne Crips, and there are dozens of others, laying claim to blocks and neighborhoods across the city. They are Philadelphia's gangs, and some are extraordinarily violent, contributing to the surge in shootings and murders engulfing the city. While officials debate the scope of the situation or even the definition of a gang, U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan is certain. "There is a gang problem," Meehan said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2006 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Waist Deep is tissue thin, a music video's worth of plot stretched over a feature-length frame. O2 (Tyrese Gibson) is a former gangsta, just released from prison after a six-year jolt. Trying to be a responsible father to his young son, he's got a security-guard job that, remarkably, issues firearms to felony parolees. Then, O2's vintage Impala convertible is jacked at gunpoint with his child asleep in the back seat. The boy ends up being held hostage by Big Meat (rapper The Game)
NEWS
May 26, 2006
MORE COPS, more after-school activities, more academic panels, more political committees, more parental involvement, more jail time, more neighborhood watches, more stop-the-violence marches, more candlelight vigils, more speeches, more and more of the same. Not one of these addresses the root of violent crime in Philadelphia, and throughout the country - the proliferation of gun availability and sales. When I was a teenager in this city, 1970 through 1978, the only time I saw a gun was on New Year's Eve, or at an American Legion parade.
NEWS
March 5, 2006 | By Jack Chang INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Since the day in October when police killed the head of the Friends of Friends gang, the residents of Rocinha, known as South America's largest slum, worried about when the struggle for power would begin. Two weeks ago, they got their answer. More than three dozen members of a rival gang, Comando Vermelho, or Red Commando, swept into the streets at the upper reaches of Rocinha's hillside sprawl. Hurling grenades and firing automatic weapons, they blew up power transformers, cutting off electricity and shutting down traffic lights in the middle of the evening rush hour.
NEWS
May 20, 2005 | By ELMER SMITH
WE KEPT A running death toll in little boxes near the front of the paper in those days. You could call it a gang war digest. Those with more time could read the full stories of gang deaths with pictures of anguished family members or the chalked outline of the latest fallen warrior. By the mid '70s, the body count had risen to about one a day in a war whose origins and objectives were unknown even to the combatants. "Me, Charlie Harris and Lou Abrams were cops working in civil disobedience at the time," said Charles Patton.
NEWS
February 1, 2005 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fatal stab wound that sliced through Fidel Ibarra's heart resulted from gang warfare, a prosecutor said yesterday. In her opening statement, Chester County Assistant District Attorney Ann Marie Wheatcraft pointed to Jose Manuel Pantoja Palmerin, also known as El Pelon (the bald guy), telling the jury that the evidence would support a first-degree murder conviction for the March 20 slaying in Kennett Square. "The fact that this is a gang killing does not make it less serious," Wheatcraft said.
NEWS
January 15, 2005 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A high-ranking member of the local chapter of the Hells Angels was shot and killed early yesterday in a barrage of gunfire on a South Philadelphia street, and police braced themselves for a possible biker war. The victim, Thomas Wood, 36, was vice president of the Philadelphia chapter, based in a two-story brick building that sits behind a foreboding iron gate bearing the metal logo "HA" at 4826 Merion Ave. in West Philadelphia. Wood, of the 100 block of Harvin Road in Upper Darby, was shot once in the head by the two occupants of an SUV. He was driving a gray GMC pickup on a street paralleling the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway.
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