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January 29, 2013
AS A LIFELONG resident of this city I have seen and heard of a lot of things. What happened to me recently made me so mad that I wanted to get up and just leave this city. I received a $50 citation for putting out my trash early. Are you kidding me? The fact that the city wastes time and money on something like this is absurd. OK, so I find out that trash is not allowed out until after 7 p.m. and I put mine out around noon the day before. The reason is, I worked 2-11 that day and didn't want to have to do it at 11:30 when I got home.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Kathleen Kane, a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County, made history twice Tuesday when she took the oath as Pennsylvania attorney general, becoming the first woman and first Democrat elected to that post. With hundreds of people cramming the Capitol Rotunda floor and dozens gazing down from staircases three stories high, master of ceremonies Dan McCaffery, Kane's onetime rival, said to soaring applause: "You're witnessing history. " Thus, too, began an unusual dynamic in the Capitol.
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January 2, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mayor Nutter took office in 2008, he set some audacious goals for ending Philadelphia's long run as one of the nation's most violent big cities. Within two years, homicides had dropped by nearly a quarter and shootings by more than 15 percent. But the flush of early success has since been tempered by the city's toughest streets, where violent crime has proven once again to be deeply rooted. Progress in recent years has been more incremental. And with homicides - the most closely watched barometer of crime - ground has been lost.
NEWS
January 1, 2013 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Mayor Nutter took office in 2008, he set some audacious goals for ending Philadelphia's long run as one of the nation's most violent big cities. Within two years, homicides had dropped by nearly a quarter and shootings by more than 15 percent. But the flush of early success has since been tempered by the city's toughest streets, where violent crime has proven once again to be deeply rooted. Progress in recent years has been more incremental. And with homicides - the most closely watched barometer of crime - ground has been lost.
NEWS
December 31, 2012
AS A FORMER law-enforcement officer, homeland security inspector and intelligence analyst for both federal and municipal jurisdictions (and a law-abiding registered voter), I have written to my elected officials to plead for their support in common-sense solutions to recent rising trends in violent crime, to include tragedies such as the mass-murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. As a citizen with a specific skill set in crime suppression, I believe in the inalienable right to self-defense, and am aware of the statistical disparities between crimes committed by legal, responsible gun owners and those who succumb to criminality or are afflicted with a mental-health disorder.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The number of murders in New York City is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years, officials said Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credited police efforts, including the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk, and Bloomberg said the statistics showed "that the safest big city in America is safer. " So far, there have been 414 homicides citywide this year, 19 percent less than last year and the fewest since reliable record-keeping for killings began in 1963.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The number of murders in New York City is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years, officials said Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credited police efforts, including the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk, and Bloomberg said the statistics showed "that the safest big city in America is safer. " So far, there have been 414 homicides citywide this year, 19 percent less than last year and the fewest since reliable record-keeping for killings began in 1963.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Norristown is home to two unfortunate trends - violent crime and witness silence. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono are hoping that a $5,000 reward will prod people who may have information in the slaying of Ryan Ladson-Singleton to talk to authorities. Ladson-Singleton, 21, was found in the early morning of Oct. 20 on a Norrsitown sidewalk on Green Street after being shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with an autopsy finding he had died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
NEWS
November 27, 2012
By Enrique Peña Nieto Both Mexico and the United States held presidential elections this year, and the results offer an opportunity to redirect our relationship. The U.S. election demonstrated the growing demographic bonds that connect our countries' futures. The election in Mexico heralded a new style of governing based on pragmatism. To build a more prosperous future, we must continue strengthening our deep economic, social, and cultural ties. It is a mistake to limit our relationship to drugs and security concerns.
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