August 7, 2014 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program. So Allen walked back into court, turned down a plea deal that would have given her a 3 1/2-year sentence and decided to go to trial in October, hoping a jury would use some common sense and not send a working mother of two to prison for not knowing New Jersey's gun laws.
August 4, 2014 |
Police late Saturday charged a man in the killing of a 3-year-old girl as she was getting her hair braided on her Grays Ferry porch the night before. The death of Tynirah Borum - one of five people hit in the blaze of gunfire during a dispute in the 1500 block of South Etting Street - sparked an outpouring of grief in the neighborhood, and a LOVE Park protest against gun violence Saturday afternoon. Douglas Woods, 22, was charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder, and related charges.
July 16, 2014
New Jersey schoolchildren might have returned to their classrooms this fall shielded by one of the nation's most progressive measures in response to mass shootings - a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But now it seems they will have to wait at least two years, and maybe until after the 2016 political conventions, for the state to recalibrate its gun-safety laws. Gov. Christie's recent veto of the sensible gun-control reform - which was the focus of a 55,000-signature campaign by the grieving parents of children slain in Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre - is being widely read as driven by Christie's need to toe the line on red-state issues to enhance his presidential aspirations.
July 16, 2014 |
IT MAY BE a longer, hotter summer for the gun freaks than they have had in some time, mainly the National Rifle Association, which approaches every election with a strategy to oppose everything and dole out money only to candidates who pledge allegiance to the industry's policy of no firearms restrictions, period. Michael Bloomberg is planning to give the NRA and its minions a dose of their own medicine at the same time a movement is gaining momentum among some states to take guns away from those identified as potentially dangerous because of mental problems.
July 11, 2014 |
Terry Rumsey fights for gun safety. Before that, it was mental health reform. And reducing homelessness. And fair voting laws. And ending the death penalty. "The thread between all the work I've done is a belief in nonviolence," said Rumsey, 59, of Media. His current crusade is universal background checks on gun sales. Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, 48, his wife and business partner, created Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
June 6, 2014 |
* POWER. 9 p.m. tomorrow, Starz. LELA LOREN is spending her summer hanging out with crime bosses looking to go legit. Loren, who has a recurring role in Fox's "Gang Related" (9 p.m. Thursdays), also stars opposite Omari Hardwick ("Being Mary Jane") in the new Starz drama "Power," where she's playing Angela Valdes, a government lawyer and the long-lost love of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Hardwick). Ghost, who she once knew as Jamie, is a now-married drug lord who dreams of making his nightclub sideline his only business.
June 2, 2014 |
Three men were killed early Saturday in Philadelphia in separate shootings, police said. The first occurred about 12:30 a.m. in a bar on the 2000 block of Dennie Street in Nicetown. Officers found a man inside, shot once in his back near his left shoulder. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Police did not release his name, or those of the other victims, pending notification of family. Another man was shot once in the chest just before 1 a.m. on the 600 block of Spring Garden Street, on the edge of Northern Liberties.
May 23, 2014 |
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.
April 29, 2014
Saints alive John XXIII and John Paul II did not become saints on Sunday with their canonization in Rome ("Saints day," April 28). They were simply added to the official list - the canon - of those whose sanctity has been recognized. Catholics believe that everyone who lives a good life according to gospel values is a saint, a holy person. If the former popes are saints, it is because they did the best they could to lead lives of faithful witness, not due to an elaborate ceremony. Marie Conn, Hatboro, email@example.com Chester's secret On the way to the lacrosse championships at PPL Park, I was amazed that there was no stadium signage at the I-95 or Route 322 exit ("Chester still awaits a big score in soccer," April 27th)
April 1, 2014 |
IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.