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August 2, 2014
ISSUE | SHOOTING Fantasy scenario for saving lives There is nothing in President Obama's gun-control proposals that would have prevented the Delaware County psychiatrist from applying for a gun permit and receiving it ("Armed doctor saved lives," July 29). On the other hand, if it is true, as commentator John R. Lott Jr. asserts, that there was nothing that would have prevented the hospital shooter from acquiring a gun, maybe that is because people like Lott keep foisting a guns-for-everyone mythology on us and blocking even the smallest reforms.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
His colleagues knew that Lee Silverman carried a gun, a pistol so small it slipped indiscernibly into the psychiatrist's pocket. And Richard Plotts had a deep history with guns - one that even felony convictions wouldn't stop. Four days after the two men clashed in a shootout at a Delaware County hospital, authorities on Monday continued to investigate the violent office visit that left caseworker Theresa Hunt dead and both men injured. Plotts was still hospitalized, awaiting his first court appearance on murder and other charges.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 5-year-old boy was shot dead late Saturday night and his mother seriously injured in what Ridley Township police said was a shooting rampage by the child's father, who then shot himself in the head. The boy, Cion Styles, died of a gunshot wound to the head. His father, Tyrell Styles, 26, of the 600 block of Reinhard Street in Philadelphia, died Sunday afternoon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said. The child's mother, Sheyma Washington, underwent surgery at Crozer-Chester Hospital and was in stable condition Sunday evening.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOTHING WAS GOING to stop Richard Plotts from carrying a gun. Not the law, not his felony record, not his questionable mental health and certainly not a sign. Plotts, who shot and killed his caseworker and shot his doctor at a Delaware County hospital campus Thursday, may have done so because he was offended by the hospital's policy against guns, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "There's evidence that he took offense to the issue that there were signs posted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System indicating that it was a gun-free zone," Whelan said.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER and SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE CITY has agreed to pay $1.4 million and reform its gun-permit procedures after the Department of Licenses & Inspections posted the names and addresses of thousands of gun owners in 2012. The information - released as part of Mayor Nutter's open-data initiative - was included on an interactive map on the city's website that featured clickable revolver icons at addresses where people had been denied a license-to-carry permit, or had their permit revoked, and had then appealed to L&I's Review Board.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When city officials pulled the trigger in 2012 by posting details on gun-permit appeals online, they considered it a public service. Now the data have become a $1.4 million public expense. The Nutter administration said Tuesday it had settled a class-action lawsuit with 3,265 Philadelphians who were denied a license to carry firearms by the Police Department or had a permit revoked and then appealed to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, which posted the information online. The postings - on a new interactive website - came as a result of L&I's effort to be more transparent following an executive order on open data signed by Mayor Nutter in April 2012.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RAPPER MEEK MILL appears to be launching an aggressive legal battle to get out of jail, where he's been since Friday for violating probation. Yesterday, the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, hired two prominent Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys - Dennis Cogan and Christopher Warren. Cogan's clients have included disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, while Warren recently represented former Philly mob consigliere George Borgesi. This morning, the rapper's new legal team is expected to file a motion requesting an emergency hearing to argue that he did not violate the terms of his probation and should not have been sentenced to three to six months in jail.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a rider on the Broad Street Line took a covert photograph of a man who appeared to be armed and sent it to SEPTA police, officers caught up with the suspect in Center City and confiscated several weapons, authorities said Tuesday. "This is a story of great public involvement and tremendous police work," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said Tuesday. Darryl Donahue, 52, was arrested about 10 p.m. Monday near LOVE Park by a detective who knew what the suspect looked like from the photograph, Nestel said.
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