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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 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.
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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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February 7, 2016
A man who was found dead in an abandoned property in Kensington last Saturday has been identified by the city Medical Examiner's Office as Yevginey Dzuba, 26, of Philadelphia. Jeff Moran, spokesman for the office, said Friday the cause of death is still pending. Records from Temple's Fox School of Business show a Yevgeniy Dzuba attended the school in the spring and fall of 2012, majoring in entrepreneurship, spokesman Brandon Lausch said. Court records show that a Yevginey Dzuba with the same date of birth had pleaded guilty in August 2013 to charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment.
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February 7, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo Staff Writer, Staff Writer
Police have identified the victims of three unrelated slayings in Philadelphia on Thursday. In the first case, someone shot Norman Scott Fletcher, 28, in his head and back about 1:30 p.m. on 100 W. Dauphin Street, police said. Fletcher. of the 4200 block of Palmetto Street, died at Temple University Hospital at 2:13 p.m. Another man, 20, remains in critical condition at Temple with gunshot wounds to his thigh and lower back. Police reported no suspects or motive. At 7:44 p.m., someone stabbed James Martin, 63, of the 5600 block of North 15th Street, in the head, neck and body several times in his home, police said.
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January 20, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
More than two weeks after the skeletal remains of a woman were discovered in a Delaware County park, state police are pinning their hopes for identifying the body on three distinctive pieces of jewelry. Authorities on Monday released photographs of three rings believed to have belonged to the woman, whose remains were found Jan. 1 in Ridley Creek State Park by someone walking in the woods. The jewelry was recovered from inside the clothing of the woman, police said Monday. Described by police as "unique," all three rings appear to be yellow-gold, but worn over time.
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January 19, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
Update: Police said John Brock, 32, has turned himself in and will face charges of murder, attempted murder and related offenses for the Sunday morning shooting at Station House shelter in North Philadelphia. Previous report:  Police have identified the man who killed one shelter worker and wounded another early Sunday morning in North Philadelphia as John Brock, 32. Brock, who has 10 prior arrests on his record, remains on the run and is considered armed and dangerous.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
The man whose body was found hanging in a West Chester park on Monday morning was a 56-year-old resident who lived nearby, police said Wednesday. William James Little lived half a mile from Marshall Square Park, where someone walking a dog found his body and called police around 6:50 a.m. Monday. The Chester County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide. Shortly after police received the call, students arrived at the nearby Henderson High School for their first day back after the holiday break.
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January 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
"I got a knife. I want to kill myself. I'm dangerous. " Police said that's what the caller told the dispatcher at the Delaware County 911 center. When three Upper Darby Township police officers arrived at the apartment complex on South Bishop Avenue about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, they found David Zollo, 54, who has a history of severe mental problems, holding the weapon. "Drop the knife, drop the knife," the officers yelled as Zollo came at them, police said. One officer fired a Taser, striking the six-foot, 250-pound man. When Zollo charged at them again, Steven Taylor, a 13-year veteran, and Michael O'Connor, who has been on the force for four years, opened fire 12 times, killing Zollo.
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January 5, 2016
LAS VEGAS police have identified two officers who shot and killed a man holding a cellphone that was mistaken for a gun. Police said Sgt. Robert Bohanon, 37, and Officer Blake Walford, 27, are currently on routine administrative leave. The officers were assisting U.S. marshals in arresting 23-year-old Keith Childress Jr., who was convicted last month of multiple crimes in Arizona including armed robbery and aggravated assault. Police confronted him Thursday and ordered him to drop what they thought was a gun in his right hand.
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December 19, 2015
Police on Thursday released the name of the 82-year-old Overbrook man who was stabbed to death during an argument - allegedly with his son - the day before. Police responding to a 3:24 p.m. call Wednesday found Solomon Gethers in a second-floor bedroom of his home on the 5700 block of Woodbine Avenue. Gethers, who had been stabbed in his left eye and behind his left ear, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police arrested the son, Victor Gethers, 29, and charged him with murder.
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December 17, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Staff Writer
IN THIS SOCIAL-media era, in which a local cop's decision to shoot a citizen can go viral in hours, House Bill 1538 might seem anachronistic, as something that roaring public debates are made of. But the bill is popular in Harrisburg, and protesters - at least in the streets - have been all but nonexistent. The legislation, which has won the backing of police unions across the state, would shield the names of on-duty officers involved in shootings or the use of force while the incidents are being investigated.
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