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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.
NEWS
January 8, 1993 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Simon Gratz High student Brian Samuels listens to Temple basketball coach John Chaney at a school assembly yesterday. Chaney and other local figures, such as former Eagle Mike Quick, school board president Rotan Lee, Cheyney basketball coach Keith Johnson and Wilmington, Del., Councilman Ted Blunt, came as part of Project PAVE, a program founded by community sports figure Sonny Hill and Schools Superintendent Dr. Constance Clayton to address growing...
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November 19, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILADELPHIA police lieutenant who once cost the city big bucks in a lawsuit payout was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a fellow officer. Cops were called to Kraydor Street near Ditman, a stone's throw from the old Holmesburg prison, when George Holcombe allegedly got into an argument with the mother of his children. Holcombe, who was off-duty, threatened the woman, and then "struggled" with the responding officers, police said last night. The 42-year-old was charged with aggravated assault on police, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Dozens gathered Wednesday on the steps of Bartram High - the Southwest Philadelphia school where a staffer was knocked out by a student last week - to make a plea: Help us fix this place. "You cannot teach children in an atmosphere of fear, thinking that if you reprimand a student you might get knocked upside the head," said Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who along with the teachers' union organized the rally. That's just what happened Nov. 6, when a student sought out veteran substitute teacher Pewu Johnson after Johnson had corrected the teenager for behaving "inappropriately" with a female student in his class.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I CAN ALREADY hear the blowback over today's Daily News cover story about the use of excessive force in the Philadelphia prison system. I'm sure you can hear it, too. Maybe you're even part of it. "If they can't do the time, they shouldn't do the crime," some will say about my colleague Dana DiFilippo's tale of inmates who died under questionable circumstances or are alleged to have suffered injuries at the hands of prison staffers....
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Princeton University violated a federal antidiscrimination law by not "promptly and equitably" responding to complaints of sexual violence, in one case allowing a sexually hostile environment to continue for one student, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. The university formalized an agreement Oct. 12 with the department that includes revising policies, using a "preponderance of the evidence" standard in investigating complaints, and reexamining all complaints filed from the 2011-12 academic year through Sept.
NEWS
November 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AINE DOLEY knows that kids will be kids, but she draws the line at 60-person melees. "It's not like we want kids to be quiet all the time or stay inside; we want a welcoming environment," said Doley, the block captain of Rockland Street near Germantown Avenue in Germantown. "But we also don't want to have to live with property damage and other issues. " Doley says that a "feud" between two groups of kids who live in houses a few yards apart - one on Germantown Avenue, the other on Rockland Street - is to blame.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Helen Ubiñas, Daily News Columnist
IF YOU LIVE in one of Philadelphia's bubbles of prosperity, it is possible - for some, maybe preferable - to forget what happens in the city's poor neighborhoods. And then you read a story like the one written by my colleague Morgan Zalot about residents of a Fern Rock neighborhood ducking for cover during a deadly shootout outside a sketchy nightclub across the street. And you go to that neighborhood on North Park Avenue, tucked between Chew and Olney, and knock on the door of the grandmother who placed her body in front of her grandson's when she heard the gunshots, and the reality hits you. She shushes me when I say I want to talk about what happened Sunday and ushers me in with a finger to her lips.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
To hear federal prosecutors tell it, James Walsh was an outsider - an ambitious striver with a seemingly insatiable need to prove himself as one of the guys. His drive to impress union colleagues in Ironworkers Local 401 led him first to lead arson attacks on nonunion construction sites, and on Tuesday to a federal courtroom. There, in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson, Walsh admitted his role in one of the union members' most noted crimes, a December 2012 attack on a Quaker meetinghouse construction site in Chestnut Hill.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Shot twice in the face by two men on bicycles as he changed a car tire, Omar Gabaretta, 34, died Sunday and was brought to the morgue in this steamy city, which has the world's highest homicide rate. On Monday, his cousin Claudia, 28 and pregnant, went there in a red pickup with a simple, black-painted coffin to claim his body. Distraught and not eager to talk, she said she did not know why her cousin, a machinist, was killed. He was the first in his family to die violently, she said, and he now is part of a familiar story.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
IT'S IRONIC that the uproar over Ray Rice's brutal beating of his now-wife and the NFL's shamefully lenient response is occurring exactly 20 years after Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation was designed in part to bring public recognition and more government resources to the problem of domestic violence. Despite that act, it's safe to say that domestic violence continued to be considered by many as a "women's issue," lumped with rape, inadequate day care, pay inequity and other social conditions lamented by women's groups.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
I'VE NEVER been a victim of domestic violence, but I've loved people who have been. I say "people" because some of the victims have been men, despite the general "Burning Bed" stereotype of the muscled brute beating the living daylights out of the 100-pound female. Violence is violence, victims are victims and abusers are abusers, regardless of gender, color, religion and affluence. This is an equal opportunity horror. I write this to point out that the sound bites we hear from a ratings-driven media do not tell the whole story about what happened between Ray and Janay Rice.
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