October 30, 2013 |
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man on trial for gunning down another man last year after an argument over a woman at a trendy Northern Liberties restaurant was convicted of third-degree murder yesterday. Steven Miller, 24, showed no emotion as the jury foreman announced that he was guilty of murdering Maurice Ronnie Kimble, 24, shortly after midnight on June 10, 2012. He shot the Upper Darby man in the chest and groin on the patio of the PYT restaurant at the Piazza at Schmidts retail and residential complex as stunned bystanders looked on, according to trial testimony.
October 29, 2013 |
When it comes to crime in the City of Brotherly Love, should public corruption or gun violence be the priority for the District Attorney's Office? As the race for that office nears in the Nov. 5 election, incumbent Seth Williams and Republican challenger Danny Alvarez have sparred over that question. During a recent debate and in interviews, Williams, who ran on a "smart on crime" campaign four years ago, told of his efforts to transform the office's ways by having more diversionary programs and focusing on prosecuting what he sees as the most important cases - those dealing with gun violence.
October 27, 2013 |
When I was 17, as I was leaving my house to watch a late-night movie at a friend's house, a boy from my block told me he was going to be a father. His expression was more contemplative than jubilant. I will never forget it. He was 19. The next morning, my father came into my room, teary-eyed, and before his lips parted, I knew what had happened. "Your friend . . . basement . . . mother found him . . . gun. " I was paralyzed by these words, by a single bullet that rippled heartache through our community.
October 24, 2013
"You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity. " BRETT BROWN
October 24, 2013 |
BOTH MEN had been drinking, each had an interest in the same suggestively clad woman and both allegedly had illegal handguns just after midnight on June 11, 2012. So is it any wonder that one of them ended up dead on the patio of the trendy PYT bar in Northern Liberties? A Philadelphia jury yesterday began hearing testimony in the trial of Steven Miller, 24, an aspiring Northeast Philadelphia rapper known as Static, who is being tried for murder and related counts in the slaying of Maurice Kimble, 24, of Upper Darby.
October 24, 2013 |
Baseball doesn't warmly embrace innovation. The game's traditions are sacrosanct. Its rules, both written and unwritten, are set in stone. And its basic elements - wood, leather, grass, dirt, and tobacco - are unchanged from Old Hoss Radbourn's days. So it's somewhat surprising that a relatively high-tech gadget has gained a prominent spot in the hidebound sport's toolbox. The radar gun has become as familiar an artifact as batting gloves or bench coaches. It will, of course, play a significant role when the 2013 World Series opens Wednesday night in Boston, measuring the speed of every pitch for TV viewers, broadcasters, ballpark fans, and baseball insiders.
October 21, 2013 |
Did he say, "Get your gun"? Or did he say, "Protect your guns"? In a video posted Thursday by Talking Points Memo, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, a Republican vying for Democratic State Sen. Jim Whelan's seat in the Second Legislative District, can be heard telling attendees at a meeting of the gun rights group New Jersey Second Amendment Society that "when somebody who's been elected for 30 years, and he comes knocking on your door and...
October 12, 2013 |
ABINGTON Gun-safety advocates tried to drum up support Thursday for a stalled state bill that would require background checks for all sales of rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. At a news conference at Abington Memorial Hospital, Democratic lawmakers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, advocates, and doctors urged a vote on the bill, which has been before the Judiciary Committee since March. Unlike handguns, the "long" guns can be purchased from a private seller without a background check.
October 10, 2013 |
ARMED WITH white balloons and candles, hundreds of mourners gathered last night to remember a 22-year-old man killed Sunday during a shooting rampage in a section of Kingsessing that has endured a recent surge of gun violence. The large crowd huddled together at 54th Street and Florence Avenue in front of the Los Papi Deli and Grocery where Devin Hatch and six other people were shot. Police said four or five men wearing hoodies approached a group standing at the corner and opened fire.
October 8, 2013 |
AS I WRITE this, there hasn't been a mass shooting in weeks. I'll use the lull to shoot off my mouth about guns, divorced from the debate that usually follows a massacre in which both sides dance on victims' graves for PR gain. When President Obama tried early this year to get gun restrictions passed - including background checks identical to Pennsylvania's current system - the vast majority of Americans wanted what he wanted. His most important goal was broadened criminal-background checks at the point of sale for guns.