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January 9, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's firefighters have been awarded a new four-year contract that increases salaries by 9.25 percent over the life of the agreement. The new contract with member of Firefighters and Paramedics Union Local 22 was reached through arbitration and will cost the city about $70 million, according to Mayor Nutter. The contract permits union members with five or more years of experience to live outside the city, a provision that was included in the last contract with the city's police officers.
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January 8, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Cheryl L. Stephens was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for lying to a federal grand jury during a loan-sharking investigation. Stephens, 48, a 10-year police veteran, gave false testimony about a $100 loan she got from another officer who was convicted in the same investigation. Prosecutor Anthony Wzorek told U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones that after initially making false statements to the grand jury, Stephens helped the government make its case against codefendant Gary Cottrell.
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January 8, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
T. Milton Street Sr. is set to run for Philadelphia mayor. All he needs is an empty funeral parlor. It seems that the former state senator and tax-dodger wants to predicate his campaign on fighting violence in the city. And what better way to highlight the issue than to formally announce his mayoral bid in a mortuary? "I'm going to try to put emphasis on the young people who have come through funeral parlors prematurely because of this violence we have in the city," Street said Tuesday.
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January 7, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Two Philadelphia Democrats who allegedly have admitted accepting cash during a "sting" operation are to be sworn in Tuesday, each for another two-year term. State Reps. Ronald G. Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown were charged last month by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams with bribery and other crimes for taking cash or money orders from an undercover operative in an investigation. Williams said both admitted wrongdoing while testifying before a grand jury in the case.
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January 7, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police say they have made arrests in two homicides last weekend, and are looking for help with a third. On Friday, police arrested Jahkere Moore, 16, of Olney, and charged him as an adult with the murder of 18-year-old Hyneaf Harris. Harris was found dead in his basement early Thursday with multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Police also arrested five people in the shooting death of Gerald Sawyer, 24, of Strawberry Mansion. He was shot in the right side of his head Friday on a playground at 29th Street and Chalmers Avenue in North Philadelphia, and pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.
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January 6, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chionque Mines, 22, was not sure how to react to the news that she'd been chosen to introduce President Obama at the recent White House College Opportunity Summit. It was the last week of classes at Goucher College, and the senior from North Philadelphia was trying to finish a paper for one class and prepare a presentation for another, and the summit was just three days away. "I didn't know if I should be excited or cry," Mines recalled. So the young woman summoned the grit, good humor, and smarts that have been attracting notice since she was a fifth grader at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.
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January 5, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Philadelphia's murder total fell to a historic low in 2013, officials believed it was no fluke. Now, with 2014 at the same rate - and other violence also down - experts say the city is indeed getting safer. With 248 slain, the toll is one above last year's - and a 25 percent drop from 2012. But statistics show police in 2014 solved fewer killings than in 2013. Overall, violent crime fell 7 percent. The number of people who were shot but survived fell to 1,047 this year from 1,128 in 2013, down 7 percent.
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January 4, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first person to announce a run for Philadelphia mayor in 2015 became the first to drop out of the race, when she announced Friday that fund-raising concerns had led her to end her campaign. Terry Gillen, a former head of the city Redevelopment Agency, said that while she had raised more than $225,000 from 500 donors, it was too little to stay competitive. "The money was a big factor," Gillen said. "It was a question of whether we would have the money to run the kind of campaign we wanted to run. " Gillen said she had waited until Wednesday to see if she could pull through.
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December 31, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ivan B. Hewitt, 84, of Philadelphia, who led Thankful Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for 25 years, died Friday, Dec. 26, of heart failure at Cliveden Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Mount Airy. Pastor Hewitt was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Philadelphia. He attended city public schools, graduating from Bartram High School. He also attended La Salle College and the Manna Bible Institute. He was a preacher's son - his mother, Linda, was a minister, and her example led Pastor Hewitt to begin preaching himself as a child.
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