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NEWS
September 9, 2014
BEING A SOUTH Philly resident for more than 40 years and being a big supporter of the quality of life, I am baffled at Wednesday's front page story, "Disguntinued. " I support the residents who are protesting the sale of play guns from a corner store to minors. I grew up in Point Breeze and I witnessed how the crime decayed a once great neighborhood. But what I am confused about is the timing and the location of the protest. It's great that 50 to 100 protesters came out in the sweltering heat, some carrying lettered signs, some chanting "Stop selling BB guns.
SPORTS
August 26, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In any discussion of Christian Hackenberg - his personality, his skills as a quarterback, his future at Penn State and beyond - Micky Sullivan acknowledges his prejudice at the start. If there's a benefit of the doubt to be given, Sullivan is going to give it to Hackenberg, and he makes no apologies for it. He coached Hackenberg at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He plays golf with him in the spring and summer. He traveled down to St. Petersburg, Fla., in January 2013 when Hackenberg played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | BY SHIRA GOODMAN & NICHOLAS RAMSEY
ON AUG. 1, just before 10 p.m. on Etting Street near Dickinson, in Grays Ferry, neighbors filled the street enjoying the mild summer evening. Three-year-old Tynirah Borum sat on a porch getting her hair braided. Two young men from the neighborhood arrived on a bicycle, began arguing and with complete disregard for life, fired off several rounds from a handgun. Tragically, they shot four people, one of whom was Tynirah. Shot through the left side of her chest, she died not long after.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
HOMICIDE investigators are probing a shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in Frankford on Thursday night. Police were called to Josephine Street, a dark, desolate stretch of an alley off Orthodox Street near Torresdale Avenue, at 10:17 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim, whose name has yet to be released, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Medics pronounced him dead on the sidewalk in the weeded alley. His body was splayed under a white sheet next to a pickup truck that was loaded down with trash bags.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant sparked an Internal Affairs probe this month after he showed up at a police district off-duty, handed over three handguns and then refused to cooperate when officers began to ask questions, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran, walked into the 35th Police District, at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in Ogontz, at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 with three handguns - a 9 mm Taurus, a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, and a Bryco Arms .380 - in a maroon handbag, according to a police incident report.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AS A GROUP of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But on Aug. 1, horror enveloped the area after Tynirah Borum, 3, who was getting her hair braided on a porch on Etting Street near Dickinson, was fatally shot. The alleged gunman, Brandon Ruffin, 22, had been released from jail on July 3, after serving 23 months on an 11 1/2-to-23-month sentence after pleading guilty to illegally carrying a weapon.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AN EX-COP WHO lost his job at the University of Pennsylvania will undergo a mental-competency evaluation after he walked into the FBI field office in Center City this week with a loaded gun and falsely claimed to still be a cop. Melvin Anthony Ramos entered the federal building on 6th Street near Arch about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He was able to pass through the lobby security with his firearm after he allegedly identified himself as a police officer. On the eighth floor, after Ramos showed an FBI receptionist a Penn police ID card and "badge," a duty agent allowed him to keep his gun, according to an FBI affidavit.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AS PHILADELPHIA mourns the violent deaths of so many children - including a 3-year-old girl killed Friday by a stray bullet in Grays Ferry - Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church has installed a memorial of 201 T-shirts, each bearing the name and age of a 2013 shooting victim. "There is one shirt for every victim of gun violence within the borders of the city in 2013," the Rev. Keith McClain said. He partnered with Heeding God's Call - a faith-based campaign to end illegal-handgun sales - and erected the activist group's traveling "Memorial to the Lost" on his church's front lawn along Loretto Avenue near Lansing Street, where it will remain through Aug. 16. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at which the public is invited to walk through the memorial, reflect on what it means and, if moved to do so, quietly say a prayer for an end to gun violence.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
A Delaware County psychiatrist who drew his own gun to stop a patient who fatally shot a caseworker deserves to be called a hero for preventing the tragedy from becoming a massacre. But the incident isn't evidence that more people ought to be carrying guns. One cringes at the thought of what might have happened at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital's wellness center had Lee Silverman not been able to draw a pistol he kept in his pocket and shoot Richard Plotts, who had fatally shot caseworker Theresa Hunt.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of a South Jersey gun-trafficking ring bought guns in South Carolina, brought them to New Jersey via Amtrak, and sold them in Camden, Clementon, and Lawnside, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday, announcing charges against six people. The arrests came after an investigation, begun in April 2013, in which Special Agent Renee Repasky of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives oversaw a confidential informant's purchase of more than 20 weapons, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, and, in one case, an assault rifle.
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