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January 27, 2015
ON JAN. 16, as I was riding down Market Street, I witnessed a boy lying in the street with a bike close to his body. I thought he was maybe riding the bike and had just been hit by a car. I was just speculating about what happened because I didn't see a car anywhere in sight. SEPTA and Philadelphia police were just then arriving at the scene. He appeared to not be breathing. I could see them performing CPR on him. The incident started to draw a crowd, and I said a prayer and continued on my journey.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writerzalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
EVERY TIME she closes her eyes, Jamellia O'Neal sees the face of her 14-year-old nephew, Nafis O'Neal - his wide, handsome smile that could light up a room, caught somewhere between boyhood and manhood. And because of a spat among high schoolers and a 16-year-old boy who couldn't let it go without resorting to violence, that's the way Jamellia O'Neal and the rest of Nafis' family will remember the West Philadelphia High School freshman. Nafis, a standout football and basketball player who loved to ride his bike and spend time with his little brother, was murdered after school Friday when a schoolmate allegedly plunged a knife through his young heart during an argument at 46th and Market streets, police say. Monday night, O'Neal joined about 200 people on the sidewalk where Nafis took his last breaths to say prayers, light candles and release blue and white balloons in memory of the teen, who O'Neal said strove to emulate his father, an Ironworker, and was the middle child of five siblings in a tight-knit family.
NEWS
January 19, 2015
T. MILTON STREET SR.'S fighting spirit has not died, and neither has his desire to be mayor. The former state senator, 75, says he's poised to announce another run at the city's top job. Street garnered 36,000 votes in the 2011 Democratic primary. That's a not-too-shabby tally for a guy who served time in federal prison in 2008 for three misdemeanor counts of tax evasion. Street, the brother of former Mayor John Street, says he'll once again run on a platform to fight violence and empower the city's poor and downtrodden - those disregarded as "throw-aways.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"YOU COULD get hurt being out here, because there are a lot of weirdos out there. " Robert Palen allegedly gave that warning to a woman he approached on a late-summer night in 2010. Not long after Palen offered that advice, the woman later told police, he allegedly raped her on a park bench in a secluded area. Judging by his criminal record, Palen knows a lot about hurting women. Palen, 38, was hauled back to Philly on Dec. 26 after rotting in a Wisconsin prison for more than a year, police sources told the Daily News last night.
NEWS
December 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHATEVER REASON we eventually settle on for the latest deadly shooting spree, this time in Montgomery County yesterday - mental illness, easy access to guns, a world gone mad - we know one thing for sure: A gun shattered families, a community and our sense of safety. A gun. Again. Just hours after the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, and in the midst of a siege in Sydney, Australia, that eventually ended with three dead, including the assailant, another shooting spree unfolded closer to home.
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The predicted violent reaction to a grand jury's decision not to charge a Missouri police officer in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager must be seen in its broader context. While many of the rioters Monday in Ferguson, Mo., used the grand jury decision as an excuse to loot and burn, others wrongly chose violence to vent their frustration not only with the exoneration of Officer Darren Wilson, but with a justice system they believe treats African Americans unfairly.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | By Helen Ubiñas, Daily News Columnist
I UNDERSTAND, and support, the thousands of people across the nation who are showing their solidarity with Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown. What I don't understand is why we don't show the same kind of sorrow and support to people in Philadelphia whose lives are also being torn apart by violence. Why we don't take to the streets for children being terrorized and traumatized by a daily dose of fear and chaos right in our own back yards.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
You'll know Philadelphia CeaseFire's newest tool to combat gun violence when you see it. A converted 33-foot 1995 Winnebago branded with the words "Stop. Shooting. People. " doesn't exactly blend in. And that's the point. "This tool gives us a constant opportunity to show residents and those just driving by that we're really out here, on the streets, working toward a reduction in youth violence," said program director Marla Davis Bellamy. Bellamy spoke Tuesday outside Temple University's Student Faculty Center at 3300 N. Broad St., moments after the ribbon was cut on the mobile office by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE BALLOONS were up, the streamers were flying and the bouncy house was on its way. Then gunshots rang out. "We heard the six shots," said David Chiles, executive director of the Providence Center, a community organization on 4th Street between Huntingdon Street and Lehigh Avenue. "I was kind of away from the rest of the group and remember looking at them and everyone just stopped and faced the sounds. It was just still for a while and we were all just waiting, thinking, 'OK, what's going to happen next?
NEWS
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.
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