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May 25, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Churches burned. Families murdered. Boko Haram was feared in Nigeria even before the fundamentalist Muslim group kidnapped 234 schoolgirls. Despite worldwide hashtag activism keyed to #BringBackOurGirls, the hostages grabbed last month seem no closer to safety. On learning that extremist bombs killed 118 at a market in the Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, Monale Alemika, of Media, scrambled for her cellphone. She was raised in Jos; her parents live there. "Dad, where are you?"
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January 4, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
More people are getting killed in Philadelphia, and fewer of those killings are getting solved. Those are the takeaways from crime data for 2015: After two years of historically low homicide numbers, Philadelphia - like many other U.S. cities - saw its murder rate climb. There were 277 murders here last year, a 12 percent increase from 2014. The rate at which homicides are solved by investigators has dropped - police made arrests in about 52 percent of killings in 2015. As recently as 2013, the figure was 71 percent.
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March 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed and one wounded Thursday night when a pair of would-be armed robbers pulled a gun on a man walking in West Philadelphia - and the man, in turn, pulled his own gun and fired. Police said the man, 27, and his friend, 25, had just gotten off a trolley and were walking along the 5400 block of Media Street when they passed two other men, who announced a robbery. The man and his friend turned around to see one of the alleged assailants holding a gun. The 27-year-old pulled a semiautomatic handgun that he was legally permitted to carry and fired at the other men, emptying his gun, a law enforcement source said.
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March 30, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
One hundred years ago, on April 7, 1915, one of the 20th century's greatest singers was born in Philadelphia. The name on the birth certificate was Elinore Harris, born in Philadelphia General Hospital on Curie Boulevard in West Philadelphia, a tax-supported municipal hospital that ministered mostly to indigent patients. She became known to the world as Billie Holiday, a transcendent singer with a tragic American life. Fans of jazz - of music, period - will observe her centenary worldwide.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
A shooting Wednesday evening in West Philadelphia left a man dead, police said. Khalif Lanus, 32, of West Philadelphia, was shot several times about 5 p.m. at 57th Street and Wyalusing Avenue. He died at the scene. Police had no suspects Wednesday night. - Anthony Campisi
NEWS
July 9, 2010
Two people were wounded in a shooting Thursday night in West Philadelphia, police said. A woman was shot in the left ankle and a man was shot in the right shoulder in the 5500 block of Master Street around 10:30 p.m., police said. The pair were shot outside a house by a male on a bicycle who then rode south on 55th Street, police said. - Robert Moran
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
A teenager was fatally shot Saturday evening in West Philadelphia. Police said the teen, whom they did not identify, was struck several times in the torso. The incident took place in the 800 block of North 41st Street, police said. The teenager was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 6 p.m. Motive for the shooting had not yet been determined, police said. Being sought in connection with the incident was a black man in his early 20s who reportedly fled the scene in a green Ford Crown Victoria with a Pennsylvania license plate.
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February 7, 2016
A federal jury on Friday convicted two city men in connection with a brothel they ran in the Cathedral Park section of West Philadelphia. Kevino Graham, 34, and Raffael Robinson, 30, were found guilty of sex trafficking, and will be sentenced on May 26 by U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones. Between May 2009 and August 2013, the two ran a striptease club and brothel they called "Passionate Touch. " At times they used force and threats to turn young women into prostitutes, officials said.
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February 6, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
Jesse Hartnett, the Philadelphia police officer who, after being shot three times in an ambush, ran after his attacker and returned fire, will be honored by the National Police Defense Foundation as its Man of the Year. "This is in recognition of his heroic efforts in the performance of his duties," said Joseph Occhipinti, executive director of the New York-based advocacy group, which supports the efforts of law enforcement. "He is truly a law enforcement professional who demonstrated professionalism and valor in spite of grave danger.
SPORTS
February 6, 2016 | By Connor Northrup, Staff Writer
In the opening night of the Public League Class AAA preliminary round, Cajuan Sellers stole the ball and scored with three seconds remaining on Thursday to give Randolph a 55-53 win at Southern. Sellers finished the game with seven points. Donte McCrea led Randolph with 18. In other Public League Class AAA action: Sayre's Brandon White scored 21 points and Nasir Blanden finished with 22, scoring 12 in the third quarter in a 77-39 win against visiting Mastbaum. West Philadelphia's Dymeir Shakelford scored all three of his points at the foul line in the final minute of play to defeat visiting Palumbo, 61-57.
NEWS
February 3, 2016
THE AMMON Bundy-led standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is eerily similar to the MOVE crisis that gripped Philadelphia in 1985. Like the armed back-to-nature group MOVE, the Bundy-led militia has a yearslong history of conflict with the government. And while both MOVE and the Bundys engaged government forces in violent confrontations before armed standoffs, there is a major difference between the groups. MOVE was black. The Bundys are white. The Bundys' issues with the government go back to 1993, when the federal Bureau of Land Management began a conservation effort that require ranchers who wanted to graze their cattle on federally protected land to pay grazing fees.
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February 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia man wanted in an aggravated-assault case here was captured in Wilkes-Barre Friday morning after leading police on a chase. Jermaine McLean, 35, who has a history of drug and violent-crime arrests, was wanted in Philadelphia for a November domestic dispute, Jim Burke, supervising deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia, said Saturday. The Marshals' fugitive unit and Wilkes-Barre police got a tip Friday morning that McLean was at a hotel in Wilkes-Barre.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Maybe the third time will be the charm for the place we've grown used to calling University City. Originally an African American neighborhood known as Black Bottom, the portion between Market Street and Lancaster Avenue was a tight mesh of rowhouses and small businesses until the early 1960s, when it was leveled to provide growing room for Penn and Drexel. As a token, the city set aside a full block on 36th Street to build a cutting-edge, science high school. It lasted all of 33 years.
SPORTS
January 28, 2016
Boys' Basketball BICENTENNIAL LEAGUE Church Farm 54, New Hope-Solebury 26 Holy Ghost Prep 48, Valley Forge Military 33 CATHOLIC LEAGUE Archbishop Wood 66, Bonner-Prendergast 51 Lansdale Catholic 58, Bishop McDevitt 54 (OT) Neumann-Goretti 67, St. Joseph's Prep 53 Roman Catholic 73, Father Judge 59 West Catholic 59, Cardinal O'Hara 52 Archbishop Ryan 54, Conwell-Egan 52 CENTRAL LEAGUE Penncrest 57, Conestoga 53 Garnet Valley 71, Harriton 59 Marple Newtown 60, Upper Darby 55 CHES-MONT LEAGUE Unionville 56, Sun Valley 51 Coatesville 71, Avon Grove 50 Downingtown West 61, Downingtown East 45 FRIENDS SCHOOLS LEAGUE Germantown Friends 54, Abington Friends 35 Moorestown Friends 42, Friends Select 35 INTER-AC LEAGUE Episcopal Academy 47, Penn Charter 39 Germantown Acad 59, Haverford School 41 Malvern Prep 90, Springside Chestnut Hill 50 PENN-JERSEY LEAGUE New Foundations 76, Doane Academy 71 PIONEER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Boyertown 63, Methacton 60 PUBLIC LEAGUE DIVISION E Franklin Towne 7, Maritime Academy 43 NONLEAGUE Lawrenceville 77, Solebury School 64 Roxborough 68, Christopher Dock 54 World Communications 67, Olney 58 Hill School 61, Perkiomen School 41 Calvary Christian 75, High School of Future 51 Perkiomen Valley 62, Souderton 47 Girls' Basketball BICENTENNIAL LEAGUE Jenkintown 50, Plumstead Christian 15 New...
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January 28, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Longtime Philadelphia prosecutor Ed McCann will become the second-in-command at the Montgomery County District Attorney's office as it prepares for two of the biggest trials in county history. District Attorney Kevin Steele announced McCann's hiring as his first assistant Tuesday. "Ed brings tremendous experience to our prosecutorial team as well as strong leadership and managerial skills that will benefit the citizens of Montgomery County," Steele said in statement. McCann, 52,resigned in November from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he spent 26 years and rose to the position of first assistant.
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January 27, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
A RESTAURANT owner on West Philadelphia's beleaguered 60th Street commercial strip was beaten and robbed when she tried to open her shop Friday morning. Kum Kim, 54, was confronted shortly after 5:30 a.m. by a man in dark clothing as she tried to lift the security gate at the Uptown Grill, on 60th near Ludlow, according to police. The situation veered from unnerving to violent in a few seconds. The robber demanded that Kim hand over her pocketbook, then punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground.
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January 26, 2016 | By JILL CASTELLANO, Staff Writer
WHEN EXPECTANT mother Brittany Gillette, 21, felt her water break at 5 a.m. Saturday, howling wind was stacking snow in front of her house and she feared she wouldn't make it to a hospital. Gillette quickly woke up her fiancé and her dad, who went outside to shovel a path for the car outside their West Philadelphia home. After a futile hour of work, they called an ambulance. The ambulance got as far as the corner and got stuck. "I was at the top of the block and they told me to walk to the bottom because they couldn't make it through," said Gillette.
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