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April 15, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Antoine Gardiner was waiting for a red light on Lancaster Avenue by North 59th Street on Thursday afternoon when he heard it: "Pop, pop, pop. " "As I heard the gunshots, I looked to the right, I see this kid shooting like crazy into a crowd and the crowd was a bunch of kids. So the kids start running, scattering all over the place," said Gardiner, of Villanova, who owns a property-management company. "My first instinct was just, 'Let me get the hell out of here.' " As Gardiner called 911, a youth ran up to his pickup truck and shouted that he had been hit, but friends quickly dragged him to safety.
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February 27, 2013 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
LUXOR, Egypt - The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot-air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame, and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths. Nineteen people were killed Tuesday in what was likely the deadliest hot-air-ballooning accident on record. A British tourist and the Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned, were the sole survivors.
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February 25, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
By all accounts, Luis Medina is a gentle giant, a burly 21-year-old who lives with his parents. The autistic young man often retreats into "his own world," a neighbor said. The Camden police officer who lives across the street is known in his department as a quiet man, too: a "good cop" and a 12-year, second-generation veteran of the force, Police Chief Scott Thomson said. He and the Medina family had moved to the 2800 block of Arthur Avenue around the same time, almost two decades ago. On Friday afternoon, the police officer, reportedly believing someone was breaking into his house, shot Medina and his caretaker as Medina banged on his front door and the caretaker tried to get him back to his own house.
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February 5, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two classmates lost their lives last month. Now, the Neshaminy High School community is again shaken, this time over the terrifying bus crash Saturday night in Boston that injured dozens of students and chaperones from a variety of Bucks County schools and that left a Neshaminy sophomore athlete in critical condition. Matt Cruz, 16, of Penndel, was on the Calvary Coach headed back to Bucks from a visit to Harvard University when it struck an overpass, injuring more than 30 of the 42 aboard.
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January 28, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anita Garimella Andrews takes no chances. When a contractor shows up at her Spring Garden condo, she has a can of pepper spray in her hand. Once a worker is inside, she never lets him get between her and the door. And she keeps the windows open so people can hear if she screams. "I'm pretty careful," said Andrews, 36, who works in Internet marketing. It doesn't feel extreme to her - nor to others shaken by the killing of Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, who police say was slain by an exterminator making a scheduled appointment.
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January 25, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
The score of 22-14 in football wouldn't sound like a blowout to anyone who hadn't watched the game unfold. This understanding applies to David Robson's Assassin , a brutal gridiron drama now receiving its world premiere at Interact Theatre Company in a co-production with Ambler's Act II Playhouse. Robson based Assassin on the hit delivered by Oakland Raider Jack Tatum on New England Patriot Darryl Stingley in a 1978 preseason game that left Stingley paralyzed from the neck down.
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January 1, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, people around the world feel compelled to help. They send donations, prayers, and condolences, but often have no way of knowing whether their efforts reached the victims. On Sunday, two Pennsylvania residents took comfort in knowing that their support had indeed reached Newtown, Conn. Cliff Robbins, a coach at Council Rock North High School in Newtown, Pa., organized a 5K run in memory of Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler, 6, who with 19 other students and six adults was gunned down Dec. 14 in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
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December 31, 2012
WASHINGTON - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association's proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The president made his comments Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press. " Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines.
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December 30, 2012 | By John Christoffersen, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Religious leaders from different faiths gathered Friday on a windswept, snowy soccer field to mark two weeks since the Connecticut elementary school massacre and pray for healing. A few dozen residents joined representatives from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Congregational, Buddhist, Muslim, and other places of worship. "Your faith leaders want you to know that we continue to stand with you as we all continue to deal with this great tragedy that has befallen our beloved community of Newtown," said the Rev. Jack Tanner, of Newtown Christian Church.
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December 27, 2012
By Joseph A. Califano Jr. If ever there were a moment for President Obama to learn from history, it is in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown. The lesson to be drawn from Lyndon B. Johnson is this: Demand action on comprehensive gun control immediately from this Congress or lose the opportunity during your presidency. In the aftermath of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (just weeks after the fatal shooting of Martin Luther King Jr. and only a few years after President John F. Kennedy was shot)
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