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.
September 10, 2014 |
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.
September 5, 2014 |
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.
August 8, 2014 |
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.
August 5, 2014 |
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.
August 4, 2014 |
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 )
August 1, 2014 |
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.
July 26, 2014 |
As the Gaza war drags on and the terrible civilian death toll keeps rising, it's necessary to look to the past to find a way to stop the killing. It's particularly vital to revisit the moment in 2005 when Israel made a strategic error by unilaterally withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. I wrote then that Israel should have negotiated its withdrawal with the moderate Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, and let him take the credit. The failure to do so undercut Abbas: Hamas claimed that violence, not negotiations, forced Israel to exit.
July 22, 2014 |
A paraplegic man shot and killed his brother while trying to stop him from beating his sister, police said, in one of three violent episodes late Saturday night and early Sunday morning that also left two other men dead - one shot, the other stabbed. Police said John Mapp, 40, was found lying in the street outside a home at 58th and Filbert Streets in West Philadelphia with a gunshot wound to the chest about 3:40 a.m. Sunday. The victim's brother, who police did not identify, said Mapp had become physically abusive to both him and his 38-year-old sister, police said.
July 13, 2014 |
Two men were killed in unrelated incidents late Thursday and early Friday in the Fairhill section, Philadelphia police said. At 11:11 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of a person with a gun on the 2800 block of North Fairhill Street. When they arrived, police said, they found Miguel Aguilar, 53, lying in the road. Aguilar, who lived on the block, had sustained blunt force trauma to his head and died a half-hour later at Temple University Hospital, police said. No motive has been determined.