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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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September 14, 2016
Police on Monday identified two officers involved in an exchange of gunfire with a man who allegedly shot at them in West Philadelphia last week. Officers Anthony Panichelli and Jude McKenna, both three-year veterans of the force, were responding to a domestic incident Friday afternoon at a residence in the 200 block of South Millick Street when 24-year-old Kadeem Nelson allegedly shot at them from inside the home. One of the shots hit Nelson's 28-year-old sister in the right forearm.
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September 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Police on Friday identified the 33-year-old woman who allegedly tried to run down officer with a stolen vehicle and was shot in the hand by the same officer Thursday night in the city's Kensington section. Erika Avila, also known as Erica Lopez, of the 5800 block of Harbison Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, and related offenses. Just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday, officers on patrol vehicle spotted a 2004 Jeep Laredo driving the wrong way in the 600 block of Clearfied Street, police said.
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September 3, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Police have identified two men who were shot dead Wednesday outside tennis courts and a community center in Philadelphia. The unrelated fatal shootings are both being investigated as homicides. The first was reported about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, when officers responding to call for an unresponsive person found 20-year-old Sabree Jones near tennis courts on the 400 block of West Abbotsford Avenue in Fernhill. Jones, of East Germantown, had suffered gunshot wounds to his head, chest and stomach.
NEWS
September 1, 2016
A homeless man found shot to death Friday in Coatesville has been identified as a 24-year-old from Pottstown, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. Alex Hartzell's body was discovered around 6 a.m. Friday in a backyard of a home in the 600 block of E. Diamond Street, according to police. He had been shot several times. The Coatesville Police Department and Chester County Detectives are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the shooter.
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August 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Authorities have identified four men and a boy killed in separate incidents in Philadelphia over a 48-hour period. The deadly shootings happened between Friday and Sunday afternoon, and the victims ranged in age from 16 to 52. Investigators were continuing to search for suspects in all five homicides. The most recent of the fatal shootings happened about 2 p.m. Sunday, when the youngest victim, 16-year-old Rodney Anderson, was found shot in a car on the 2000 block of East Orleans Street in Kensington, a few blocks from his home.
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August 16, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
And now, an update from the world of - The election is rigged! They're stealing your vote! Fraud, fraud, everywhere! The election is not rigged. Your vote has not been stolen. The conspiracy theorists who claim these many frauds still can't show us any proof. This, despite claims from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who predicted during a rally in Altoona on Friday that the only way he can lose the vote in Pennsylvania "is if cheating goes on. " There's a problem with Trump's math.
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July 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Thursday identified the pedestrian who was killed on Route 73 in Maple Shade, Burlington County, earlier this week as Eric Orfe, 46, of Palmyra. About 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Burlington County resident was crossing the south lanes of the busy highway, between Route 38 and Regent Avenue, where there was no crosswalk, when he was hit by a car, Lt. Jeffrey Hoch of the Maple Shade Police Department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the car immediately stopped and has cooperated with police.
NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
The fight for Voter ID in Pennsylvania has been over for two years. But the conspiracy theories that drove that now-defunct law still smolder. In 2012, then-Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, signed into law a requirement that voters show photo identification at polling places. He gave up on the legal defense of the law two years later when a state Commonwealth Court judge overturned it, noting that supporters offered nothing but "vague concern about voter fraud. " Speaking of which, have you heard of the American Civil Rights Union?
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July 21, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Police have identified two Philadelphia homicide victims as investigators continue to search for their killers. Authorities on Tuesday identified the slain men as 20-year-old Breon Wills, also known as Shawn Allen, who was killed in a West Philadelphia shooting, and 20-year-old Frankie Mitchell, who died Monday after being stabbed last week in Kensington. Wills, of West Philadelphia, was shot in his pelvis and leg shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday on the unit block of North Paxon Street.
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July 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are asking for help identifying a gunman who robbed a Northeast Philadelphia store Monday night. The man entered the Abreu Mini Market, at 948 Sanger St. in the Summerdale section, at about 8:25 p.m. After getting a drink, he went to the counter and pointed a black semiautomatic pistol at the cashier behind the store's plastic partition, police said Wednesday. "Do you want to die?" the robber threatened the other man. In the video, the gunman is seen going behind the partition and struggling with the male cashier.
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