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October 4, 2005
DO YOU REALLY believe that elections in Philadelphia are fair and square - or is it just OK to cheat if you are in a Democratic liberal city like Philly? Everybody in Philadelphia knows that there hasn't been an honest election there in 50 years. How about coming up with some real solutions other than the "stolen elections in 2000" (your words). Get over it, Bush won both times in spite of the cheating that went on in many major Democratic cities. I think there should be some proof of who you are on Election Day, or are you saying that some people aren't capable of obtaining an ID?
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March 15, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania is home to one of the nation's toughest photo-identification laws for voters, less than eight months before the presidential election. Gov. Corbett signed the bill yesterday, a few hours after the Republican-controlled state House passed it, 104-to-88, largely along partisan lines. The photo-ID requirement would take effect for November's presidential election in Pennsylvania, traditionally a swing state that is expected to be a battleground again this year.
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August 2, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A dispute over the number of voters who could not obtain proper identification to vote in last year's election delayed closing arguments in the voter ID trial Wednesday. Witold Walczak, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing petitioners in the case, said at least 50 voters would not have received IDs needed to vote last fall and would have been disenfranchised in November's election, based on conservative estimates produced by the state. "There were hundreds of people who went to PennDot and came away without an ID," Walczak said, adding that problems existed even after the state created a Department of State ID for voting that did not require registered voters to produce a birth certificate.
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March 10, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
This time, the 7-year-old Southwest Philadelphia boy was sure. He stared at Michael Robinson, 28, in court and said he saw him shoot and kill Don "Rico" Campbell, 30, on Madison Place near Lindbergh Boulevard, on Aug. 24, 1993. It wasn't always that easy. Two months after the killing, during a preliminary hearing, the boy's testimony was so shaky, the case was almost dismissed. When he was asked if he could identify the shooter in the courtroom, the boy looked around and said, "I don't see him. " Robinson sat at the defense table smiling.
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March 31, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 17-year-old South Philadelphia girl says she wanted her dying 67-year- old father to know who had shot him. But he didn't want to know. As Acquanetta Joyce's father, George, lay dying in a hospital bed on Jan. 30, 21 days after being shot inside his South Philadelphia home by robbers who then spit and stepped on him, he shook his head no. She told him anyway. After first naming Darnell "Woo" Jones, 17, as one of the holdup men, she told him the name of the shooter.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - A former policy director for Pennsylvania's Department of State defended the state's tough voter identification law yesterday as a reasonable compromise that followed intense negotiations, even though it omits changes that the department proposed to ease some of the requirements. Lawyers for plaintiffs seeking to overturn the mandatory photo ID requirement yesterday questioned the official, Rebecca Oyler, about memos and emails describing negotiations over the legislation in late 2011.
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | BY SARA KHAN, Daily News Staff Writer
ONE TRIP to PennDOT should now be enough to get that elusive photo ID. After being criticized for its effort to distribute free IDs that will comply with a new strict voter-ID law, the Pennsylvania Department of State announced Tuesday that it is simplifying its process by removing the proof-of-residence requirement for one type of identification. Submitting a name, address, date of birth and Social Security number will now suffice for a voting-only Department of State ID. PennDOT employees are expected to verify that the applicant is registered to vote while he is waiting.
NEWS
March 14, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
MAKE UP a name, snap a mug shot in front of a blue towel and send it to China with $200. Abracadabra, you're 21. The China-based website www.idchief.com sells IDs that look a lot like Pennsylvania and New Jersey driver's licenses. And police, government agencies and bar owners in both states are seeing red. ID Chief claims it's just a novelty business, selling items like rubber chickens and fake mustaches. Except that the items they acutally sell are more expensive and illegal to use, like a fancy glass bong packed with nontobacco products.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
THE Pennsylvania Department of State on Monday ramped up its voter-outreach efforts by enhancing VotesPA.com and launching it on Facebook and Twitter. The effort is part of an ongoing marketing campaign by state officials to inform people about the new voter-ID law that requires voters to show an unexpired photo ID at the polls if they want to cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 general election. VotesPA.com features a new layout to help voters find information about which photo IDs are acceptable and how to obtain a valid ID. The website also has a "resource center" where voters can link to frequently asked questions about the voter-ID law, voter registration, absentee and alternative ballots, and locations of polling places.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the weekend's three homicides, police have released two of the victims' names and made several arrests. In the most recent case, a domestic dispute led to the stabbing death of a Crescentville man early Sunday morning, police said. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., Shawn Rodgers, 30, was found with a stab wound to the chest inside his residence in the 600 block of East Carver Street in the Northeast neighborhood. He was pronounced dead at 4:21 a.m. at Einstein Medical Center. A woman was arrested, but police this morning could not confirm reports she was his girlfriend.
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June 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday released an image of a man suspected of shooting another man outside a West Philadelphia motorcycle club last month. The 23-year-old victim was critically injured. The shooting happened about 4:30 a.m. May 7 outside the "Family" Motorcycle Club on the 5100 block of Haverford Avenue, police said. Police found the victim outside the club right after the shooting and took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. According to the preliminary investigation, police said, the victim had been inside the club with a woman before he was shot.
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June 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Orlando police identified the gunman who killed South Jersey singer Christina Grimmie as Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, saying he heavily armed himself and specifically came to her concert to attack the popular star of "The Voice. " The shooter, who apparently did not know the entertainer, traveled more than 100 miles from his home to Grimmie's concert venue by car, packing two small-caliber handguns, two loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, police said. About 30 minutes after the concert ended, he walked toward the 22-year-old singer as she signed autographs, firing several shots at her from one of his guns and triggering chaos among dozens of fans still at The Plaza Live.
NEWS
June 4, 2016
Philadelphia police on Thursday were looking for the female driver of a stolen Prius that struck and killed an 18-year-old man in the city's Hunting Park section. The victim was identified Thursday as Kevin Maldonado, who attended North Philadelphia's Edison-Fareira High School. In his Facebook page, he called himself "Kevin Rican Maldonado. " The car, which had been reported stolen from Lansdowne, was found abandoned two blocks away after the victim was struck about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the 3900 block of Old York Road, police said.
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June 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Update: Chester County Coroner's Office also has confirmed the identity of the body. The body of a woman found Monday attached to a cinder block in a popular Chester County swimming hole was identified Thursday as that of a 24-year-old teacher, described as "outgoing and sociable. " District Attorney Tom Hogan said that the body of Ryan Stevyn Benjamin, of East Vincent Township, had been thrown into the Pigeon Creek pond in East Coventry Township "like a piece of trash. " The District Attorney's Office said that the woman was a graduate of Juniata College and a prekindergarten teacher.
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June 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Police on Wednesday identified the man found slain inside his Southwest Philadelphia home as a well-known 78-year-old neighborhood handyman who lived alone. Joseph Daly was found "beaten and strangled" Tuesday inside his home on the 6300 block of Theodore Street by officers who had gone there to check his well-being, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at a news briefing. "He's lived in the neighborhood most of his adult life," Clark said. "He's a hardworking individual. " "It's senseless and it's a tragedy," Clark said.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A motorcyclist who died Saturday after he crashed on Roosevelt Boulevard was identified by police Tuesday as Ezekeil Cruz, 23, of Albanus Street in Olney. About 12:40 a.m. Saturday, Cruz was riding a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle on C Street and crossing the boulevard, at the border of Olney and Feltonville, near his home, when he lost control of his bike, police said. The motorcycle slid down onto the road and skidded into a 2004 Nissan Murano SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction on C Street, and was about to turn left onto a southbound lane of the boulevard.
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June 2, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 20-year-old woman who was fatally struck by an SUV on Roosevelt Boulevard last week was identified Tuesday by police as Christelle Charles, of Clarkson Avenue in Olney. It was about 5 p.m. Friday when Charles was hit by a 2012 Chevy Equinox in the outer southbound lanes of the boulevard near Bingham Street in Olney, not far from her home. The initial investigation showed she was crossing the outer southbound lanes of the boulevard, where there was a crosswalk, but was going against a red light, police said.
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June 2, 2016 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer
Police on Tuesday identified two men found fatally shot in vehicles in over the weekend in Southwest Philadelphia. Both victims shared the same last name - Turner - but police said they did not believe the two were related. George Turner, 39, of the 500 block of Fern Boulevard in Upper Darby, was found dead inside a Chevrolet Uplander on the 5100 block of Woodland Avenue about 5:10 a.m. Sunday. He had been shot multiple times in the head, police said. Police said they are still seeking a motive in the slaying and had not identified any suspects.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Authorities have identified the man who died in Pennypack Creek on Memorial Day, apparently trying to rescue his dog. Philadelphia police on Tuesday said 67-year-old Alexander Rus, of the city's Rhawnhurst section, was pulled from the rain-swollen creek near the 8500 block of Verree Road. People who had been fishing found his body in the water at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. A preliminary investigation indicated Rus went into the water to save his dog, but it remained unclear exactly what happened.
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May 29, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
An industrial complex and a former factory were the sources of pollutants found this week in a Montgomery County creek that was the site of an illegal discharge earlier this month, officials said Friday. The pollution found in Tookany Creek in Cheltenham Township originated from SPS Technologies Inc.'s industrial complex, in neighboring Abington Township, and from the oldest building in Wyncote Commons, a former factory site in Cheltenham, said Bryan Havir, Cheltenham's township manager.
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