March 17, 2016
ISSUE | DONALD TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN Candidate's threats Donald Trump started the confrontations between supporters and protesters, such as at the canceled rally in Chicago on Friday, by encouraging violence ("Chaos derails rally for Trump," Saturday). Trump has said about a protester, "I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you that," and has offered to pay the legal expenses of those who commit violence against those who don't agree with him. He has also reminisced about the "good old days" when protesters were taken out on stretchers.
March 15, 2016 |
AS ANTON MOORE and Nakia Carr got out of a car at Hollywood and Morris Streets in South Philly on Friday night, gunshots rang out. "We heard 'pow, pow, pow.' I said, 'What the hell?' It was not even a half a block up the street," said Moore, 30, president and founder of Unity in the Community. Not that they were surprised, really. Gunshots are an all-too-familiar sound in that neighborhood. Two days earlier, they'd been there going door-to-door imploring parents to monitor their children and to ensure there were no illegal guns in their houses.
March 15, 2016
In January 2015, a worker at the federal government's immigrant detention center in Berks County was arrested for repeated sexual contact with a 19-year old who was being held there. One incident was witnessed by an 8 year-old child detainee. Later that year, a human rights group found that the Berks detention center staff performs "night checks" every 15 minutes, using flashlights that repeatedly wake up the women and children held there. That kind of nighttime disruption is especially alarming to the detainees, almost all of whom are fleeing violence and oppression in their home countries and seeking asylum.
March 11, 2016 |
A day after six people were slain in Philadelphia, one man was killed and five others, including a police officer, were wounded Wednesday on city streets. A 27-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday after being shot eight times in North Philadelphia, police said. The man was shot in the 2800 block of Huntingdon Street about 7:50 and was pronounced dead 20 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. A man was arrested and a vehicle seized at 25th and Cumberland Streets, a few blocks away, police said.
March 3, 2016 |
In the second meeting in as many days on Philadelphia's ever-present problem of gun violence, a group of clerical and civic leaders concluded that stopping young men from arming themselves and shooting themselves and others has no easy solutions. "We are in a war, a real war, where casualties are every day in our community," Kenny Gamble, the Grammy-winning record producer and developer, who has focused his attention on the South Philadelphia neighborhood of his birth, said Tuesday during a faith-based roundtable discussion at City Hall.
March 2, 2016 |
More than 100 people attended a rancorous community meeting Monday night in South Philadelphia to discuss solutions for dealing with gun violence. The gathering at Vare Recreation Center, originally billed as for "men only," was opened to anyone after Mayor Kenney asked to attend. Kenney touted his forthcoming budget, which he said included the borrowing of hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild recreation centers and other facilities throughout the city. He also highlighted his proposal for universal pre-kindergarten and programs in schools that would provide access to dental, vision, nutrition, and psychological services for children.
February 18, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a topic I haven't seen addressed in your column, namely being sexually abused by a spouse. I ended my marriage because my husband was waking me at 2 a.m. demanding sex. He expected me to have sex only a week after I had our baby, although my doctor had said I should wait six weeks. If I thought something he wanted me to do was degrading, he insisted I do it anyway. It amazes me that the subject of spousal abuse isn't mentioned in premarital counseling. No one seems willing to acknowledge this kind of abuse exists.
February 16, 2016
I JUST HAD one of the hardest days of my teaching career. The reason was not because of student behavior or the lack of funding for Philadelphia schools. The reason was that my fourth-grade students and I had discussed the very real problem of gun violence in our city and its neighborhoods, and how close to home it hits for many of Philadelphia's students. We read Helen Ubinas's column from the Daily News - "Who is crying over Philly's children who live amid our gun culture?" - and watched the Public Service Announcement from Unity in the Community, "Stop the Violence," which featured Philly children who have lost fathers to gun violence.
February 12, 2016
By Andrew Stober Last week, a woman and her two children, one 5 years old and the other an infant, were struck and injured in a hit-and-run while crossing a street around the corner from my home in South Philadelphia. On the same day, the Kenney administration announced plans to appoint a "complete streets commissioner. " In a single day, then, the city had seen a brutal example of its traffic violence crisis as well as some hope for a solution. Our neighbors and children are hit by vehicles while crossing Philadelphia's streets with alarming frequency.
February 4, 2016
Police investigating what witnesses thought was an abduction Sunday in Center City say they now believe it was a domestic-violence incident. Around 6:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Walnut Street, a man and woman were in an argument that turned violent, police said. The woman appeared to have been knocked unconscious and was put into a minivan that drove away. Police said the man and woman were in a relationship and the incident was being investigated as domestic violence. The alleged abduction, however, could not be officially ruled out until detectives interviewed the woman.