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August 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Authorities have identified four men and a boy killed in separate incidents in Philadelphia over a 48-hour period. The deadly shootings happened between Friday and Sunday afternoon, and the victims ranged in age from 16 to 52. Investigators were continuing to search for suspects in all five homicides. The most recent of the fatal shootings happened about 2 p.m. Sunday, when the youngest victim, 16-year-old Rodney Anderson, was found shot in a car on the 2000 block of East Orleans Street in Kensington, a few blocks from his home.
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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.
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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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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
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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
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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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August 20, 2016
ISSUE | SEPTA Mass-transit system is too critical to fail It was sad to read the Inquirer's analysis of the SEPTA Regional Rail network ("Why your train is late," Sunday). The SEPTA system and PATCO Speedline are two of our area's crowning achievements. In the late 1970s and early '80s, millions of federal, state, and local dollars were poured into transit projects: the Center City commuter tunnel, Broad Street subway cars, the Airport Line, West Philadelphia trolleys, and the subway closed-circuit TV surveillance.
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August 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
The second of two suspects in a string of armed home invasions targeting Asian business owners across the city surrendered to police early Wednesday. Anthony Campbell, 33, turned himself in at the Sixth District in Center City around 2 a.m., said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Campbell, of the 100 block of North Dewey Street in West Philadelphia, will be charged with multiple counts of robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and related offenses in connection with eight cases between May 8 and Aug. 8. Norman Bowen, 29, of the 5500 block of Addison Street in West Philadelphia, was arrested Friday and charged with the same offenses.
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August 19, 2016 | By Christine Flowers
ON THE WHOLE, I'm an imperfect Catholic, but there is one particular area of my Christian identity in which I excel: guilt. Jews talk a lot about the concept, and have even built some cultural traditions around it, but, to my knowledge, no one else has actually created an entire sacrament devoted to cleansing your culpable soul. Again. And again. And, my mea maxima, again. I can feel guilty about stepping on the cracks in the sidewalk (my mother's back was quite fragile,) guilty about killing the mosquito that is harpooning my upper arm, guilty, even, about the homeless person who looks at the sandwich I've offered and says, "I don't eat meat.
NEWS
August 18, 2016
THE PARENTS: Jenny Lunstead, 35, and John Pappas, 38, of West Philadelphia THE CHILD: Samuel Ray Lunstead, born May 7, 2016 JENNY'S THEORY ABOUT WHY SHE FINALLY GOT PREGNANT: A "good luck" votive candle lent by some neighbors and lit on the night of her successful embryo transfer. At some point in her simultaneous quests for partnership and pregnancy - though not necessarily in that order - Jenny decided to reboot her OkCupid profile. She wrote that she was seeking a "real adult," someone with emotional intelligence.
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August 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Authorities have identified four men and a boy killed in separate incidents in Philadelphia over a 48-hour period. The deadly shootings happened between Friday and Sunday afternoon, and the victims ranged in age from 16 to 52. Investigators were continuing to search for suspects in all five homicides. The most recent of the fatal shootings happened about 2 p.m. Sunday, when the youngest victim, 16-year-old Rodney Anderson, was found shot in a car on the 2000 block of East Orleans Street in Kensington, a few blocks from his home.
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August 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Four deaths. Four temperature records. Triple-digit heat indexes. A six-day heat wave. And at least one more day of dangerously brutal heat. That's some of the toll, and what's yet to come, as Philadelphia remains caught in a scorching heat wave. A fourth death related to the heat wave was reported Monday, the Health Department said. The 72-year-old man from West Philadelphia also suffered from diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, officials said. His name was not released.
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August 15, 2016 | By Chris Mondics and Joseph N. DiStefano, STAFF WRITERS
As a heat wave gripping Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic stretched into a third day, city health officials said Saturday that there had been two heat-related fatalities, both of them older women suffering from cardiovascular disease. The city, along with the National Weather Service, extended its heat warning through Sunday evening and urged pregnant women, the elderly, and children at risk to avoid strenuous activities and working or playing in the hot sun. The two heat-related deaths, of a 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and a 82-year-old woman from the Port Richmond area, brought the total number of heat-induced fatalities in Philadelphia this summer to six, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
An unidentified man died after being shot in the face late Friday afternoon in West Philadelphia, police said. About 5:25 p.m. in the 5600 block of Osage Avenue, the man, described as 18 to 20 years old, also was shot in the right side of his chest and the right wrist. He was taken by police to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6 p.m.. No arrests were reported, police said. - Robert Moran
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Police on Friday were seeking the public's help in locating two suspects believed to be responsible for a string of home-invasion robberies and burglaries targeting Asian business owners across the city. The two have broken into businesses where the owner's residence is attached, tie up the occupants at gunpoint, and then made off with cash, jewelry, electronics, and cigarettes, police said. In some cases, the victims were struck and a 9-yer-old child was thrown against a wall, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
A 32-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot in the groin while riding a motorcycle Friday night in West Philadelphia, police said. The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. at 59th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway. The victim was taken by police to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. No arrests were reported, police said. - Robert Moran  
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