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April 16, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MAYOR NUTTER is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow that will significantly limit collaboration between Philadelphia police and federal immigration authorities. The order is expected to preclude police from honoring detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases where a person is convicted of a first- or second-degree felony involving violence, and only when ICE secures a warrant to support the detainer. Michael Resnick, the city's director of public safety, had testified about that pending change at a City Council hearing last month.
NEWS
April 25, 2008
IF PEOPLE put as much effort into stopping violence on the streets of Philadelphia as they do into things like arguing over politics and minding celebrity lifestyles, the city would be on its way to peaceful living. As a public high-school student, every day I wonder if I'll make it safely through the day. Jennifer Smith, Philadelphia
NEWS
September 7, 2006
Even as two faces now gaze out from a wall of Benjamin Franklin High School, last-minute work needs to be done for the All Join Hands: Visions of Peace project. On Saturday, you have one last chance to join this antiviolence project. About a year has passed since residents from throughout the region began work on the mural. It is rising on the long wall of the school, located at Broad and Spring Garden Streets. The mural's mission: to remind its viewers of the high cost of violence and the high hopes for a safer future.
NEWS
December 22, 1990
It should come as no surprise, but a study of young children has confirmed that physical abuse at home is more strongly linked to later aggressive behavior than such factors as poverty, divorce or marital violence. In other words, as often as not, violent people learned to be that way because as kids, they were the victims of violence. Sparing the rod needn't spoil the child if effective alternative discipline is applied, and it could help a kid develop into an adult who doesn't misbehave.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1995 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Intensity is the order of the day. The top three new movies on video this week offer both intense drama and intense comedy. NATURAL BORN KILLERS 1/2 (1994) (Warner) 119 minutes. Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones. Love it or hate it, you have to see director Oliver Stone's sort-of satire about violence and the media and how they have blood-soaked our culture. This trippy tale of gun- crazy lovers on the lam is like channel-surfing through hell - and every station has a laugh track.
NEWS
October 17, 1994 | ANDREA MIHALIK / DAILY NEWS
Children carry lighted candles during a procession yesterday at St. Carthage Roman Catholic Church, 63rd Street and Cedar Avenue, to honor 54 children killed by violence last year. The observance marks the beginning of the third annual Children's Sabbath, a month-long interfaith observance across the nation, aimed at raising awareness of the extent of violence in children's lives.
NEWS
July 31, 1987 | Los Angeles Daily News
The trouble on California roadways escalated yesterday with two law officers becoming targets of random violence, which included a new round of shootings, rock-throwing and at least two reports of motorists pointing guns at cars. The latest round of violence came despite stepped-up patrols of freeways by officers from all 48 municipal police departments within Los Angeles County.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | BY SYLVESTER F. HENRY JR
We all are saddened when we hear of a child murdered or victimized by violence. We are even more saddened when the perpetrators are also children. We ask ourselves, why are the children of today so violent? People blame the inner city, or poverty, or a single-parent household, or lack of a male role model or the easy access to guns. But that doesn't explain why violence affects suburban communities where both parents are present and the poverty does not exist. The primary factor is the attitude of adults toward violence.
NEWS
July 23, 1986
There's something wrong with people who consider pornography, even as mild as Playboy, to be more conducive to violence than movies on television today. Even children can watch acts of violence any time of day. I doubt that reasonably sane adults well past their formative years will be brainwashed into committing sex crimes after prolonged exposure to sexually explicit material. After all, members of the Meese commission viewed a lot of pornography before releasing their report.
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NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER TWP. Chester High School boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray was arrested Friday on multiple felony charges for an alleged incident of domestic violence. According to Chester Township police, Yarbray was involved in an altercation Thursday night at his girlfriend's home in Brookhaven Borough during which he grabbed the woman and her son by the throat. Yarbray, who has led Chester to two PIAA state championships since becoming head coach in 2008, grew up in Chester and played basketball at the high school in the 1980s.
NEWS
April 5, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
Trouble persists at Bartram High. A brawl erupted in the school cafeteria this week, with teenagers punching and stomping on one another and on school police. Students set off firecrackers inside the building. And the student who last month knocked a staffer unconscious was back in the halls of the Southwest Philadelphia school. "It's normal for Bartram," said one teacher, insisting on anonymity. "It's our new normal. " Two weeks after "conflict resolution specialist" Alphonso Stevenson suffered a fractured skull and other injuries at the hands of a 17-year-old student, Philadelphia School District officials have sent a team to assess conditions inside the school, and added veteran troubleshooter Ozzie Wright as coprincipal.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
A photograph that appeared Monday with a story on violence at John Bartram High School and Tuesday with letters to the editor on the situation was actually of Tilden Middle School.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | BY NAVEED AHSAN, Daily News Staff Writer ahsann@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
THE SOUTH PHILLY home of homicide victim Amber Long was the backdrop yesterday for a rally to end gun violence. About 20 members of the advocacy group Heeding God's Call and a handful of other local activists staged the rally on Ritner Street near Bouvier. It included Philadelphia choir the Healing Presence Singers and remarks by Long's neighbor Gene Foschini. "First time I met her, she gave me a big hug when she came to look at the apartment," Foschini told the crowd. "I loved her. She was a great girl.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN Kerlis Moncion and her family were looking to move to a bigger house in 2007, they settled on a home in Lawndale, on a quiet, residential street called Martins Mill Road. The area had everything Moncion was looking for: a Shop-Rite at the end of her street, friendly, helpful neighbors, a nearby bus stop for easy access to other parts of the city. Then, she started to notice some changes. She heard stories about muggings in the surrounding area. During the closing months of last year, her husband's trailer was stolen out of their back yard.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
LAWNSIDEGrowing up gay in Jamaica, Jason Latty-Travis was "one of those boys who were supposed to be beaten. " He's referring to four young men whom fellow Northern Caribbean University students believed to be battyboys and bashed with wooden planks in February 2001. Had he not stopped to talk politics with an acquaintance on the street that night, Latty-Travis recalls, he might have been among the victims. Not long after that incident, which made international headlines, he fled his beloved homeland.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his Chestnut Hill Quaker meetinghouse construction site was torched in December 2012, builder Robert Reeves Jr. immediately knew whom to blame. Weeks of aggressive confrontation with members of the Philadelphia ironworkers' union had led up to the attack. But despite his confidence in their involvement, he remained reluctant to pursue a criminal case. "This type of retaliation has been going on all of my lifetime, my entire career," he said. "What was going to change here?"
NEWS
February 22, 2014
One person's harassment is another person's free-speech exercise. Thus sayeth Pat Gillespie, business manager for the Philadelphia Building and Trades Council, which may help to explain the indictment of 10 Ironworkers Local 401 members for allegedly ordering various acts of violent harassment to protect union jobs. Gillespie's statement last year wasn't about the federal indictment announced Wednesday, but the issue is the same. He believes unions must do whatever it takes to get their members work.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
When the ironworkers saw a wall of union pickets blocking entry to a King of Prussia construction site early one morning in June 2010, it seemed like the latest speed bump in a project that had already suffered several acts of vandalism. But then, as the five ironworkers waited in a nearby parking lot, the scene turned into something out of a gangster movie. A dark car pulled up and three men jumped out, wielding baseball bats they used to shatter the back windows of the workers' trucks.
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