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March 28, 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
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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.
NEWS
April 18, 2016
Police investigators were dispatched to 59th and Market Streets in Southwest Philadelphia on Sunday night after an officer was shot in the left leg. The shooting was reported just after 9 p.m. A detective in the Southwest Division said, "We're still piecing it together. We have officers out at the scene getting the details. " Police say the officer, whose name was not released, was chasing a suspect when the suspect opened fire. The officer was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
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May 23, 2016
BENJAMIN Camp and Jacob Winterstein started hatching impish schemes as teens at a Quaker summer camp in New Jersey. They would unscrew enough lightbulbs to throw the entire camp into chaos for at least 20 pitch-black minutes. They would use mealtimes to try out the wackiest ways to eat, sitting cross-legged beneath the tables. For Camp, a suburban kid from King of Prussia, and Winterstein, a city kid from Mount Airy, Camp Dark Waters in Medford cultivated a mischievous creativity.
NEWS
May 23, 2016
Man killed in 4-vehicle crash in Caln is ID'd State police identified the man killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday night in Chester County as Clark "Moosie" Gibbs, 59, of Coatesville. The crash, in which four others were injured, occurred about 9:10 p.m. on the westbound side of the Route 30 bypass, east of Reeceville Road in Caln Township. Gibbs was killed after a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Philadelphia man struck his vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said Saturday in a news release.
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May 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
An 80-year-old man was killed Saturday night after being hit by a car in West Philadelphia, police said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was struck by a private vehicle on the 6100 block of Vine Street, police said. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m. The driver of the car remained at the scene, police said. jlai@phillynews.com 856-779-3220 @elaijuh
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May 22, 2016
Hello there Craig came home to King of Prussia with a bachelor's in drama from Ohio's Kenyon College and assembled a collection of local theater jobs, including directing and backstage work at Lantern Theater Company. A year later, his college friend Jonny joined the Lantern as a production intern. Friends joked that the South Philadelphia apartment Craig and Jonny rented in 2011 would be an epic bachelor pad. But within months, Jonny was dating Theresa, and Theresa brought Laura, her friend and roommate since their days at Hope College in Michigan, to hang out with the guys.
NEWS
May 20, 2016
A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon after being shot once in the chest in West Philadelphia, police said. Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said the victim was a passenger in a car with another 16-year-old boy. They were not from the city, and were going to visit the driver's father's house on the 100 block of Vogdes Street, Walker said. The teen who was driving later told police that after they turned onto Vogdes Street, they heard gunshots from a black car near the intersection, Walker said.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Donald Wesley Huddle, 90, of West Philadelphia, a former assistant highway chief and one of the city's first African American civil engineers, died Monday, May 9, of heart failure at his home. Born in Pittsburgh to Ernest and Helen Walker Huddle, he moved with his family to New Castle, Pa., and graduated from high school there. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1948 from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Huddle served in the Army before being honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
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May 20, 2016 | By Karen Langley and Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers took a major step Wednesday to prevent corrupt public employees from hanging on to their pensions after being convicted. The House approved a bill to expand the list of crimes for which public employees who have committed wrongdoing on the job would have to forfeit their pensions - a step that gained momentum after some Philadelphia legislators caught in a corruption sting cut plea deals to save their retirement benefits. The bill that the House sent to the Senate would expand the list to include a conviction, guilty plea, or plea of no contest to any felony related to public employment, in addition to the crimes that already trigger forfeiture.
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ISSUE | CIVIL FORFEITURE Law needed to protect innocent victims Abusive civil-forfeiture practices are before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in an appeal that will require the court to apply important constitutional protections intended to curb excessive punishment ("Time for high court to rein in Pa. civil-forfeiture laws," May 11). Elizabeth Young, a 71-year-old grandmother, had her West Philadelphia home and car seized for small amounts of marijuana sold by her adult son. Young was not involved in criminal wrongdoing, yet she was thrown out of her home, and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office will get to keep the proceeds from the sale of her home and car if the government prevails.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2016
Mike Kelly  has been appointed president of U.S. operations at the specialty pharmaceutical company  Adapt Pharma.  The Dublin, Ireland, company has its U.S. headquarters in Radnor. Adapt Pharma is the maker of the FDA-approved Narcan Nasal Spray, the first naloxone product, or opioid overdose reversal medication, that is made for and can be used by nonmedically trained professionals and laypeople like police and firefighters. He had been a board member and CEO of Covis Pharmaceuticals and a founding member of Azur Pharma.
NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
Last month, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah took his case to the voters, who booted him from office after a two-decade congressional career. This week, the Philadelphia Democrat will face a smaller panel, 12 jurors, with a much larger concern at stake - his freedom. Opening arguments in Fattah's federal racketeering conspiracy trial are set to begin Monday in what promises to be one of the most closely watched political cases in recent Philadelphia history. The congressman and four close political allies are charged with misusing federal grant funds, campaign contributions, and charitable donations to pay off Fattah's debts and further his career - in which he has risen from West Philadelphia political upstart to member of Congress' old guard and holder of a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
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