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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....
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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September 10, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I DON'T BELIEVE for a hot minute that no one from the NFL ever saw the video of Ray Rice cold-cocking fiancée Janay Palmer last Valentine's Day weekend. If TMZ could get hold of the footage - which shows Palmer, now Rice's wife, taking a punch that slams her into the wall of an elevator at Atlantic City's now-closed Revel Casino Hotel - it's a joke that the NFL's powerful legal eagles couldn't get hold of it, too. But, fine, let's go with the fairy tale. Let's believe that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed an indefinite suspension on Rice as a result of seeing that horrific TMZ video yesterday for the first time.
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September 5, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reported violence is down in city schools, and, for the first time since such records have been kept, none landed on the state's "persistently dangerous" list. The improvements, based on 2013-14 school-year data, come despite deep staffing cuts over the last several years, which have left fewer adults to monitor classrooms, hallways, and cafeterias. Philadelphia School District officials reported a 10 percent decline in violent incidents for the 2013-14 school year, to 2,485.
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