September 12, 2013 |
The Philadelphia School District celebrated some good news Tuesday. The number of assaults and other violent incidents reported in city schools dropped 32 percent during the last academic year, and the number of schools on the state's dangerous list fell from six to two. It was the third consecutive year that data reported to the state showed an improved school climate. And the district said the number of schools on the state's infamous roster was at a "historic low. " As recently as four years ago, 19 city schools were listed.
August 29, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter joined 15 other big-city mayors at the White House on Tuesday for meetings with President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder over strategies to stem youth violence. The president wanted to hear ideas on how to create better partnerships between federal agencies and local government to improve crime-fighting efforts, Nutter said after the meetings. "The president acknowledged there may be no significant federal funding or new programs to roll out," Nutter said.
August 28, 2013 |
Beverly Wright has spent more than 2,700 days mourning her 23-year-old son, Emein Smith, who was shot and killed in Chester in 2005. On Monday, at a rally of local leaders, law enforcement officials, and anti-violence advocates, she asked parents to imagine living for all that time without their children. "The pain of losing a son or daughter is the hardest thing a person has to endure," she said, standing before Chester City Hall alongside a quilt she had made from her son's clothing.
August 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed 10 bills Thursday targeting gun violence in New Jersey, including measures requiring that certain mental-health records be submitted to the federal background-check database and increasing penalties for gun trafficking. Christie did not take action on several other measures passed by the Legislature after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., including a proposal to ban .50-caliber guns and another requiring that gun-permit information be encoded on driver's licenses.
August 8, 2013 |
Gun violence surged in Philadelphia late Monday into early Tuesday, leaving two men and one woman dead and a third man clinging to life, police said. Thomas Samarco, 37, of East Frankford, was gunned down about 11 p.m. Monday on the 700 block of East Allegheny Avenue in Kensington, police said. Officers found him on the ground with fatal wounds to his left shoulder and upper back. As medics pronounced Samarco dead at 11:11 p.m., a 33-year-old man was being rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after being shot multiple times minutes earlier on the 500 block of North Creighton Street in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, police said.
August 2, 2013 |
Considering everything from whether drivers honk more when it's hot (they do) to drought's role in the downfall of the Mayan empire, a team of researchers has concluded that violence - everything from wars to personal assaults - will increase as the world warms. Combining 60 previous studies that examined events back to 10,000 years ago, the researchers' statistical analysis found a jaw-dropping pattern - "more violence, whether we're talking domestic violence in India or murder in U.S. cities or civil war in Africa," said Edward Miguel, director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley.
July 27, 2013 |
Philadelphia is fighting "the way of the gun" and striving to end violence, especially among African American boys and men. That was the message Thursday at a City Hall news conference held by leaders of various city departments who pledged to work collaboratively to make the city safer. "The way of the gun is not the way of a successful life," said Richard Negrin, the city's managing director. Picking up a gun offers a young person the kind of power "you can get drunk on - the power of life or death," Negrin continued.
July 24, 2013 |
YESTERDAY, I wrote about young black males being killed in the city. Now let's get real and talk about where that starts and hopefully where it will end - and that's with you, my sisters. We can have a national discussion about race and urban violence. We can push for a long- overdue national movement to combat black-male genocide. We can beg, cajole, even guilt, society to care and act - or at least pretend to. But really, it's on you - mothers of boys. You are the ones with the best shot at changing the bleak reality out there.
July 20, 2013 |
Swarthmore College will hire an advocate for victims of sexual violence on its campus as part of a wide-ranging response to an outside consultant's report on its handling of assaults. The 1,545-student Delaware County campus also will hire a full-time employee to oversee its compliance with federal regulations prohibiting sexual discrimination on campus. That person is to report directly to the college president and be supported by a team of deputies. Swarthmore on Thursday released an interim report from its consultant, Margolis Healy & Associates, with the recommendations adopted by the college and a letter from president Rebecca Chopp.
July 18, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The capture of the notoriously brutal Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales represents a serious blow to Mexico's most feared drug cartel, but experts cautioned that taking down the group's command structure is unlikely to diminish violence in the border states where it dominates through terror. Trevino Morales, 40, was captured before dawn Monday by Mexican marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as the Zetas' base of operations.