March 29, 2014 |
The Inquirer took first place in four categories in the 2014 Keystone Press Awards, announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The newspaper scored the top prize in the category of sports event coverage for reporting on the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club. Staff writer Alfred Lubrano won first place in news beat reporting for his coverage of issues related to poverty. Staff writer Kathy Boccella took first place in feature writing for a story about the 50-year anniversary of one of the ugliest racial incidents in Philadelphia history.
March 24, 2014 |
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
March 18, 2014 |
THE SOUTH PHILLY home of homicide victim Amber Long was the backdrop yesterday for a rally to end gun violence. About 20 members of the advocacy group Heeding God's Call and a handful of other local activists staged the rally on Ritner Street near Bouvier. It included Philadelphia choir the Healing Presence Singers and remarks by Long's neighbor Gene Foschini. "First time I met her, she gave me a big hug when she came to look at the apartment," Foschini told the crowd. "I loved her. She was a great girl.
March 18, 2014 |
Under gray skies, the Healing Presence Singers performed Sunday at the corner of Ritner and Colorado Streets in South Philadelphia. Their voices were raised in song to remind a city about a killing it won't soon forget, and to protest gun violence. They gathered, about two dozen in all, outside what had been the plant-filled apartment of Amber Long. The 26-year-old architect was shot and killed Jan. 19 across town on the 900 block of North Front Street in Northern Liberties during a purse snatching.
February 9, 2014
Calling 'cut' on film incentives In commenting recently on a plan for the Boyd Theater, Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson was able to exclaim with glee that no public funds would be used. Yet she has no problem with her Film Office feeding at the public trough when it comes to lobbying for increased state subsidies to lure film companies to our area ("Uncap Pa. film tax credit," Feb. 4). While this is done under the guise of bringing jobs, these are not permanent jobs.
January 19, 2014 |
Two 15-year-old students were wounded Friday afternoon in what may have been an accidental shooting inside a charter high school in Logan, Philadelphia police said. One of the victims, a girl who was shot through the arm, was treated at Einstein Medical Center, just blocks away from Delaware Valley Charter High School, where the shooting occurred. She was released from the hospital later in the day. The second victim, her boyfriend, was struck by the same bullet, which lodged in his shoulder, police said.
December 3, 2013 |
JOE GROGAN rushed out of his apartment above the Scarlett O'Hara Pub on Torresdale Avenue near Levick Street on Saturday night when he heard the sirens of converging squad cars and police officers shouting at two suspects they had up against the outside wall of the bar. "They were yelling, 'I told you not to take your hands off the f---ing wall!' and 'Don't go putting your f---ing hands in your pockets!' " Grogan, 57, said in the smoky Tacony bar yesterday afternoon, watching the Eagles on TV, gutting out the final minutes of a 24-21 nail-biter over the Cardinals.
November 13, 2013 |
THIS TIME, Justin Bieber is blaming food poisoning for forcing him to stop his show in Buenos Aires - the second stoppage during his South America tour. "I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm out of energy," he told the unhappy crowd, saying he was sorry and blowing a kiss before walking off the stage while the boos escalated. Bieber posted a "selfie" photo on Twitter showing himself receiving intravenous fluids, and his manager, Scooter Braun , came to his defense. Braun said that Bieber's food poisoning was so severe, he spent eight hours on an IV drip before Sunday night's show, and doctors advised canceling, but Bieber didn't want to disappoint his fans.
November 7, 2013
Last spring, city authorities held a meeting with the 45 South Philadelphia gang members they considered most likely to shoot someone or be shot. They told them they would face certain and serious consequences if they or any other members of their crews fired a gun. Just six months later, the results are striking. Compared with the same period in 2012, shootings in the targeted neighborhoods declined by 43 percent, from 39 to 22. Homicides fell by half, from 15 to 7. The police, District Attorney's Office, and Managing Director's Office, working with federal authorities and social-service agencies, have crafted this smart response to gun violence, known as Focused Deterrence.