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July 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rapper Meek Mill called next Saturday's concert at Temple University's Liacouras Center his "Homecoming Tour," a return to Philadelphia to "play in front of his hometown at the height of his career. " That concert and other bookings abruptly fell through Friday when a Philadelphia judge sentenced the rising music star to three to six months in prison for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley seemed by turns infuriated and saddened during the four-hour hearing.
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June 11, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Pennsylvania has more inmates convicted as juveniles for murder and sentenced to life without parole than any other place in the world. That distinction was reinforced Monday by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court declined to hear an appeal by juvenile-justice advocates to revisit the sentences of those prisoners. "We are obviously disappointed," said Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel of the Juvenile Law Center, a national, nonprofit, public-interest law firm for children, based in Center City.
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February 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On calendars and in his head, Stephen Gallo tracks the number of days that have passed since his 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed by an intoxicated driver. Gallo's mother, Donna, has watched her daughter's friends graduate from college, and seen her son pass his sister's age. Life moves on. But for the Gallos, time stopped the day Rachael Jankins killed Nicole in August 2009. When the Gallos learned that Jankins, 25, was up for parole last year, they took part in a new program that lets crime victims meet privately with the state parole board and testify about the impact of the crime.
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February 2, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Despite his lawyer's assertion that he should be acquitted because of his "good character," the owner of a West Philadelphia auto-repair business was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the shotgun slaying of his girlfriend in front of her family. After listening to relatively brief closing arguments, Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson convicted Anthony Alexander, 62, and sentenced him to the mandatory term of life in prison without parole for the Feb. 26, 2013, murder of Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 37. Asked by the judge whether he had anything to say, Alexander said, "This wasn't anything intentional.
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December 23, 2013 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ARTHUR BASELICE Jr. is a lost soul, a man destroyed by the Catholic Church. His son, Arthur Baselice III, died at age 28 of a drug overdose, and the father has blamed Charles Newman, the Franciscan friar and former president of Archbishop Ryan High School, for his death. Newman was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school and his religious order. He was sentenced in May 2009 to three to six years in state prison, followed by 10 years' probation. On Monday, he is scheduled to be released on parole and sent to the Self-Help Movement community correction center - a halfway house - on Southampton Road in the Far Northeast, according to a letter by the Office of the Victim Advocate, provided to the Daily News by Baselice Jr. The fact that Newman could soon be free to walk the streets outrages Baselice Jr. The father, the son (when he was alive)
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November 1, 2013
STU Bykofsky wrote, regarding gay marriage: "First one change, then another?" Your point is that allowing gay marriage risks polygamy and all sorts of sordid damage to our society. Since you say you focus on the argument, not who raises it, let me ask about the following changes in our society in the past 50 years: * Allowing African-Americans to eat lunch at Woolworth's and drink at "white" fountains? (Remember: For millennia, slavery was traditional and even sanctioned in the Bible.)
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October 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford man who as a 14-year-old fatally stabbed his neighbor 95 times lost his fourth appeal Wednesday when a state appeals court upheld his conviction and life sentence. Kenneth Houseknecht was tried as an adult for killing Kim Anderson after breaking into the 12-year-old girl's home on April 19, 1988, and stealing $50 to pay for pornographic magazines. In 1991, he was sentenced to a life term, with eligibility for parole after serving 30 years. In 2010, Gloucester County Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson denied one of Houseknecht's appeals, which alleged that he had ineffective counsel and that the sentence was cruel for a juvenile, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
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October 19, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man sought on a pair of warrants was shot by U.S. marshals Thursday in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River, authorities said. Eugene Dykes Jr. was wanted in connection with a stabbing in South Philadelphia and a violation of his parole on an aggravated-assault conviction, said Tom Smith, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia. Marshals and state parole officers on a fugitive task force had received a tip that Dykes would drop off his girlfriend for work at the Chart House restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, Smith said.
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September 21, 2013
Armed, vulnerable The tragic shooting in Washington presents a response to National Rifle Association officials who contend that the solution to school shootings is to arm the teachers and staff. The Navy Yard had armed guards at every entrance but the shooter still managed to kill 12 innocent people and wound 14. Marie L. Rice, Cape May Point Limits will work The next time you hear a politician say that new laws won't do any good, just enforce the ones on the books, remind them of what happened in Australia ("Rampage in D.C.," Sept.
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September 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
MERCER, Pa. - When he finally stopped swinging a metal bar at her, Rafael Robb said, he glanced down at his wife crumpled on the kitchen floor. Her battered face was unrecognizable. "Like one of those horror movies," he said. "Like Frankenstein - except it was in my house. " Robb was a University of Pennsylvania economics professor when he bludgeoned his 49-year-old wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, in their Upper Merion home seven years ago. The killing shocked the region.
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