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August 7, 2012 | Stu Bykofsky
THIS IS KNOWN: On the night of July 23, Don Davis' faithful friend and companion, his dog Bustaah, was shot and killed by a cop. Also known is that Davis, who is homeless, is not friendless. He is surrounded by a caring circle created by Bustaah.   Davis uses the City Hall Coffee House, on South Penn Square, across from City Hall, as his office. Slim and flinty, the 53-year-old Montana native started taking his morning coffee and smokes there about a year ago, after arriving from Atlantic City.
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Troy Graham, and Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Saying he found no evidence that feeding hungry and homeless people on the City Hall concourse was better than on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a federal judge Thursday blocked enforcement of Mayor Nutter's ban on the distribution of free meals in city parks. "It seems to me that . . . the parks provide more dignity than the concrete apron outside City Hall," said U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. "It doesn't strike me that City Hall is an acceptable option. " Yohn said a more comprehensive, written version of his ruling would be filed later.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two days of testimony from witnesses ranging from homeless advocates to Mayor Nutter, a federal judge has set oral arguments for Thursday on the constitutionality of a new city ordinance that bans the public feeding of groups of homeless people in city parks. "We're ready to go now," said civil rights lawyer Paul M. Messing, who represents four religious groups challenging the feeding ban, after testimony ended Tuesday afternoon. U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. smiled and told Messing and lawyers for the city to return Thursday.
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July 11, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After two days of testimony from witnesses ranging from homeless advocates to Mayor Nutter, a federal judge has set oral argument for Thursday on the constitutionality of a new city law that bans the public feeding of groups of homeless people in city parks. "We're ready to go now," said civil rights lawyer Paul M. Messing, who represents four religious groups challenging the feeding ban, after testimony ended Tuesday afternoon. U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. smiled and told Messing and lawyers for the city to return Thursday.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Buscemi of Stratford lost his job as an auto mechanic and his home. He sought help in Camden but spent hours sitting in government offices only to be told to come back another day. A friend gave him $5 for bus fare to Atlantic City. "I didn't know what I was going to do," said Buscemi, 33, now living at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, where he receives drug rehabilitation, job training, and Bible study. "They took me in with open arms. It was like getting a second chance.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Brian Jenkins had a simple explanation for why his Chosen 300 Ministries provides free food to homeless people at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In 1996, Jenkins told a federal judge Monday, God called him to that location and made it his ministry to be there at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and to conduct a worship service at 5 followed by several hundred free meals at 5:20. Jenkins says he has since modified his mission to six months out of the year in an agreement with city officials.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Brian Jenkins had a simple explanation for why his Chosen 300 Ministries provides free food to homeless people at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In 1996, Jenkins told a federal judge Monday, God called him to that location and made it his ministry to be there at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and to conduct a worship service at 5 followed by several hundred free meals at 5:20. Jenkins says he has since modified his mission to six months out of the year in an agreement with city officials.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Living water!" exclaimed Anthony Lee, holding up the bottle of water that he had just received. "I need this. It's in the Bible. " When the thermometer climbed to 94 degrees Saturday, those who live on the city's streets had nowhere to go to escape the heat. Tanya Baker and Myron Page, employees of the Philadelphia nonprofit Project H.O.M.E., drove their van around the city throughout the afternoon and evening, offering conversation, tips on social services, and enticing water bottles so cold that condensation dripped off them.
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