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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.
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.
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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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August 8, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
GENAYA LEE has not personally lost anyone to violence in Philadelphia, but as a member of the organization Mothers In Charge, she wants to help and support people who have. "This is not what I want for my child. It's not. I don't want this for anybody's children," said Lee, 22, of Strawberry Mansion, who has a 4-year-old daughter. "Because they are our future - we can't do without them. " Lee was one of about 125 people who converged on LOVE Park last night as part of an anti-violence rally focused on solutions as well as addressing the recent killings of children in Philadelphia.
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August 5, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A FAMILY STOOD arm-in-arm by the China King takeout in Nicetown last night, their hands gripping a stop sign tightly as if a wave of grief were about to wash them off the corner of Hicks and Bristol streets. There were close to 1,000 people crowded around them, nearly a whole block of Hicks Street dressed mostly in black, holding balloons and candles that reflected in the tears running down their cheeks. They came to remember Terrance "Bird" Cox, 25, who was shot dead a few feet from the stop sign Thursday night, with police still looking for the gunman who killed him and injured two others in what they described as an "execution-style" ambush.
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August 4, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
It's the picture of innocence: a country priest in billowing cassock, strolling a rural road in Ireland's windswept West, encountering a young girl, chatting with her about this, about that. But then her father pulls up in a car, and angrily summons her. With an utterly vilifying look, he warns the cleric off. "That scene encapsulates everything the movie is about," says Brendan Gleeson , the Irish actor who plays Father James, a good priest in a bad world, in John Michael McDonagh's stormy tale of reckoning, Calvary . "It's a powerful, troubling, funny moment," says Gleeson, a familiar face in big Hollywood pictures ( Edge of Tomorrow , the Harry Potters )
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August 1, 2014 | By Stacey Burling and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Last week's shooting at an outpatient office on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital was a reminder that the healing professions can be surprisingly dangerous. Organized nurses and emergency doctors have complained for years about violence at work that is common and frightening but that won't grab headlines like the case in which a patient opened fire, killing a caseworker before he was stopped by a psychiatrist who had his own gun and returned fire. "People get frustrated because everybody pays attention to this particular incident, but don't realize that . . . nurses and other health-care providers are victims of violence every day," said Deena Brecher, president of the Emergency Nurses Association.
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