March 30, 2016 |
The gunmen lodged three bullets in Jayvon Mitchell-Pendleton's body on the evening of March 2 in North Philadelphia. The 20-year-old died a few hours later at Temple University Hospital. Several days later, police charged Nasir McNamee, 15, and Khalil Davenport, 20, with Mitchell-Pendleton's murder. Both live only blocks away from the victim's home. It's become a common story in the city: boys and young men shooting other young men, often in retaliation for previous incidents.
March 26, 2016 |
A man was fatally shot overnight in Philadelphia, following a day that saw an unusually high number of violent crimes across the city. The deadly shooting occurred shortly before 1:45 a.m. Thursday on the 100 block of East Indiana Avenue, on the border of the city's Fairhill and Kensington sections. A man in his 40s was found suffering from several gunshot wounds to his upper torso and abdomen, police said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 a.m. The shooting victim hadn't been identified as of Thursday morning.
March 25, 2016 |
OUR YOUTH are the most important resource we have, so we must protect them from senseless acts of gun violence if we hope to build a better future for Philadelphia. As a young man who grew up in South Philadelphia, I have watched illegal guns proliferate around the city. More guns are confiscated now than when I was younger, and the weapons recovered are more dangerous assault-style weapons. My own cousin was killed in an act of gun violence at 17th and Dickinson Streets in the 1990s, inspiring me to become a public servant and work full time to reduce youth gun violence.
March 23, 2016 |
Friday evening, March 11, inside the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion at South Racine Avenue and West Congress Parkway, a few dozen protesters waited uneasily amid supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, a crowd about 6,000 strong. The protesters, mostly African American, Latino, and white UIC students, planned to disrupt Trump's xenophobic stump speech by chanting and locking arms, age-old techniques of resistance. As the Trump campaign crowd began chanting "USA!
March 17, 2016
ISSUE | DONALD TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN Candidate's threats Donald Trump started the confrontations between supporters and protesters, such as at the canceled rally in Chicago on Friday, by encouraging violence ("Chaos derails rally for Trump," Saturday). Trump has said about a protester, "I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you that," and has offered to pay the legal expenses of those who commit violence against those who don't agree with him. He has also reminisced about the "good old days" when protesters were taken out on stretchers.
March 15, 2016 |
AS ANTON MOORE and Nakia Carr got out of a car at Hollywood and Morris Streets in South Philly on Friday night, gunshots rang out. "We heard 'pow, pow, pow.' I said, 'What the hell?' It was not even a half a block up the street," said Moore, 30, president and founder of Unity in the Community. Not that they were surprised, really. Gunshots are an all-too-familiar sound in that neighborhood. Two days earlier, they'd been there going door-to-door imploring parents to monitor their children and to ensure there were no illegal guns in their houses.
March 15, 2016
In January 2015, a worker at the federal government's immigrant detention center in Berks County was arrested for repeated sexual contact with a 19-year old who was being held there. One incident was witnessed by an 8 year-old child detainee. Later that year, a human rights group found that the Berks detention center staff performs "night checks" every 15 minutes, using flashlights that repeatedly wake up the women and children held there. That kind of nighttime disruption is especially alarming to the detainees, almost all of whom are fleeing violence and oppression in their home countries and seeking asylum.
March 11, 2016 |
A day after six people were slain in Philadelphia, one man was killed and five others, including a police officer, were wounded Wednesday on city streets. A 27-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday after being shot eight times in North Philadelphia, police said. The man was shot in the 2800 block of Huntingdon Street about 7:50 and was pronounced dead 20 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. A man was arrested and a vehicle seized at 25th and Cumberland Streets, a few blocks away, police said.
March 3, 2016 |
In the second meeting in as many days on Philadelphia's ever-present problem of gun violence, a group of clerical and civic leaders concluded that stopping young men from arming themselves and shooting themselves and others has no easy solutions. "We are in a war, a real war, where casualties are every day in our community," Kenny Gamble, the Grammy-winning record producer and developer, who has focused his attention on the South Philadelphia neighborhood of his birth, said Tuesday during a faith-based roundtable discussion at City Hall.
March 2, 2016 |
More than 100 people attended a rancorous community meeting Monday night in South Philadelphia to discuss solutions for dealing with gun violence. The gathering at Vare Recreation Center, originally billed as for "men only," was opened to anyone after Mayor Kenney asked to attend. Kenney touted his forthcoming budget, which he said included the borrowing of hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild recreation centers and other facilities throughout the city. He also highlighted his proposal for universal pre-kindergarten and programs in schools that would provide access to dental, vision, nutrition, and psychological services for children.