December 9, 2015
IN HER RECENT column, Christine Flowers writes, "I reject the premise that language, even harsh language, can trigger havoc. Words don't kill. Sick, evil people do. " Therefore, she claims, the inflammatory language of the anti-abortion movement has nothing to do with the violent attacks against abortion providers. Ms. Flowers also indicates that she is an "unapologetic Christian. " She should remember, then, the flyers that were circulated in El Salvador in the '70s and '80s instructing soldiers to "Be a patriot!
December 8, 2015 |
New research from Penn Medicine suggests that environmental predictors and behavioral choices - where you go and how you get there - can mitigate or increase the risks of exposure to violence by gunfire and other weapons. Penn researchers interviewed 10- to 24-year-old males, primarily African Americans - just after they were treated for gunshot wounds or other injuries from violence - at the emergency trauma centers of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
December 7, 2015 |
After finishing her shift Tuesday evening at Farm Fresh Produce in Drexel Hill, Joyce Crocker took the subway back to South Philadelphia, where she lives and where Mayor-elect Jim Kenney was holding a town-hall meeting. Crocker moved to South Philadelphia's Whitman neighborhood two years ago, and has already seen the effect that street violence and unresponsive city services can have on a residential block. She wanted to tell the mayor-to-be about the issues on the 2500 block of South Reese Street, where she lives, in the hope that something will be done when he gets into office.
December 4, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have collected about 700 used cellphones to distribute to domestic violence victims as part of a yearly drive supporting women's shelters in the city. Now in its 12th year, the program encourages Philadelphians to donate their used cellphones at Fraternal Order of Police lodges and at all 21 police districts around the city. The phones are collected and sent to Verizon's Hopeline program, which refurbishes them and distributes them to anti-domestic violence agencies all over the country.
November 20, 2015 |
RAY RICE gave some unsolicited advice to Greg Hardy on the subject of domestic violence on Thursday. We kid you not. "One thing I would encourage Greg (to do) is to take a deeper look into what the severity of domestic violence is," Rice told WFAN's "Boomer & Carton Show. " "It's better late than never. " Rice, you'll remember, is a former Ravens running back who last year knocked his fiancée out and then dragged her from an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. He wasn't found guilty in a court, but was indefinitely suspended by the NFL. He has since been cleared to play, but no team will sign him. Rice said that if he can't return to the field, he'd like to work with players to raise awareness about domestic violence.
November 20, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER recently did some semantic gymnastics with the word "terrorism. " In an Associated Press interview Monday following a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, he said gun violence in American cities was a form of "domestic terrorism" and comparable to international terrorism. While all gun deaths are unacceptable, it is a serious stretch to equate everyday criminal violence in America with vast international terrorism conspiracies such as ISIS. He is correct that both have the effect of making citizens feel afraid and insecure.
November 8, 2015 |
GREG HARDY'S presence on the Dallas roster, after a 10-game league suspension was reduced to four games by an arbitrator, was already controversial. Now, the Eagles fly to Dallas on Saturday with Hardy suddenly overshadowing everything else involved in this Sunday night prime-time meeting of NFC East rivals. There was no media access to the Eagles on Friday, after the website Deadspin published graphic photos of the abuse inflicted by the defensive end on his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder.
November 4, 2015 |
I AM A BAD Philadelphian. I just started reading A Prayer for the City , a book I was repeatedly told was pretty much required reading when I moved here three years ago. The book by author Buzz Bissinger is about Mayor Ed Rendell's first term. It's 400-plus pages, but I barely got through the prologue before a quote from Rendell stopped me cold: "Gratuitous, senseless, f---ing violence," Rendell roared in response to violence that was bringing down the city. What a brutally familiar ring that has, on another mayoral Election Day and in the wake of an especially violent weekend in which 14 people were shot, one of them a 16-year-old who later died.
October 26, 2015
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Teach peace The recent string of terrorist attacks in Israel has shocked the world with images of senseless violence. Even more surprising has been the age of the attackers: Most have turned out to be Palestinians who are 16 to 25 years old. When Israel is subjected to terrorism, many of us try to understand the attackers' motivation based on our own moral codes, experiences, or mind-sets. However, the most important factor is overlooked: the persistent cycle of young Palestinians being educated about the glories of terrorism and dehumanization of Jews.
October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.