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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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