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September 11, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a recycling twist, Upper Darby Township police are taking more than 150 weapons from their evidence room - seized in domestic-violence incidents, assaults, shootings, drug busts, and suicides - to a trash-to-steam plant. "Our way of addressing the gun issue in America is to destroy them all," said Michael Chitwood, township police superintendent. He said the weapons would be taken to the Delaware Valley Resource Recovery facility, in the City of Chester. "Gun violence is a way of our life," said Chitwood.
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July 20, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles Stone III's name was first up in lights in 2002, when he directed the entirely fun Drumline , about a college drum corps, and launched the career of Nick Cannon. But before that, he was the brains behind Budweiser's "Wassup?" commercials, and even before that, the son of revered Daily News columnist Chuck Stone. Stone is behind the camera again for Lila and Eve , in theaters, a film about two mothers (Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez) and the spree they go on in the wake of their children's murders.
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June 27, 2015 | By Chris Hepp and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws and collect legal fees and other costs if they won. The NRA used the measure to sue Philadelphia. Other municipalities have repealed ordinances to avoid similar suits. In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the law, known as Act 192, violated the state constitution because of the way it was enacted by the General Assembly.
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June 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church. But that shooting added a fresh, raw layer of emotion to Tuesday's inaugural Sandy Hook Promise dinner here. Arranged by relatives of victims in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre, family members and lawmakers gathered in the hope of furthering their work to prevent gun violence. Last week's slaughter underscored that mass shootings have failed to change the politics of gun control.
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June 2, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The group of several dozen marched down Woodcrest Avenue, singing. When they came to the place where James Patrick Stuhlman was gunned down, near a fire hydrant in the middle of a leafy Overbrook block, the people - men and women, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - paused to act out what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called "a vocation of agony. " "We are brothers and sisters who are growing up without seeing what our siblings would become, and we want to end the killing," the Rev. David Brown said.
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May 21, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed and four wounded in shootings across the city that began late Tuesday afternoon and continued into the night, police said. Gunfire erupted at 5:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Redfield Street in West Philadelphia, where a 35-year-old man was shot in the upper left back, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police took the victim to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:42 p.m. At the same scene, a 28-year-old woman was shot once in the left buttock.
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April 24, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When it comes to protecting Philadelphians from the most violent criminals, the mayoral contenders have a hard act to follow in Mayor Nutter and his top cop, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The murder rate is down sharply, and all the city's violent crime has declined - as it has nationally. Also on Nutter's watch, the city has taken the lead in spurring efforts to stem the tide of illegal guns across Pennsylvania. While handguns - the weapons used to commit most murders - remain readily available in inner-city neighborhoods, the mayor, joined by City Council, ushered in new gun limits that were potent enough to spark a fierce and continuing legal battle with the National Rifle Association.
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March 17, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE SPECTER of people openly toting guns several yards from a kids' jungle gym isn't something you see every day. But if Citizens for Liberty's Steve Piotrowski - and about 60 gun supporters who joined him yesterday for a rally at Bala Cynwyd Park - have anything to do with it, it might become a more common sight. "We're all here because we believe that real patriotism is a will to challenge the government when it is wrong. That's what we are doing here today," Piotrowski, 32, of Lower Providence, told the crowd.
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March 11, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quahmier Wilson turned 10 years old Monday. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey attended Quahmier's birthday party at Dave & Buster's, then somberly participated in a vigil for the boy's father, Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty last week. "Obviously, he's struggling. He's struggling real hard," Ramsey said of Quahmier, the older of the officer's two sons. Wilson, an eight-year officer assigned to the 22d District, was visiting a GameStop store at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue on Thursday afternoon to buy a video game to reward his son for good grades when two armed men attempted to rob the business, located in a shopping center called Hope Plaza.
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January 5, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Philadelphia's murder total fell to a historic low in 2013, officials believed it was no fluke. Now, with 2014 at the same rate - and other violence also down - experts say the city is indeed getting safer. With 248 slain, the toll is one above last year's - and a 25 percent drop from 2012. But statistics show police in 2014 solved fewer killings than in 2013. Overall, violent crime fell 7 percent. The number of people who were shot but survived fell to 1,047 this year from 1,128 in 2013, down 7 percent.
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