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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Urban planners love an organizing concept. Cities originally built their economies around financial districts, but over the years they have pinned their hopes on other specialized centers, like arts districts, enterprise zones, science centers, and festival marketplaces. Today, every ambitious city dreams of having an innovation district. This month, Drexel University and its development partner, Brandywine Realty Trust, outlined plans to shape 14 acres on the west side of 30th Street Station into a conglomeration of offices, labs, apartments, shops, and landscaped public spaces where the Steve Jobses and Bill Gateses of the future can invent stuff and recreate together.
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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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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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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.
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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April 21, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Family members of a bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run crash in West Philadelphia over the weekend pleaded Tuesday for the driver to surrender to police. Jamal Morris, 27, who is from New York and stayed in Philadelphia after graduating from Drexel University, was pronounced dead at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center at 10:10 a.m. Monday. He was hit about 3:45 a.m. Saturday while riding near 45th and Market Streets and sustained massive head trauma.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
In just 23 years of life, Scott Griffin has racked up 14 arrests, police said, but the case he's sitting in prison on may be his most serious yet. Griffin has been charged with attempted murder, robbery, and related offenses, accused of shooting Officer James McCullough in a leg Sunday when McCullough, 24, intervened in a carjacking by Griffin and another man, police said. Acting on a tip, narcotics officers arrested Griffin at 1 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Alden Street in West Philadelphia, Homicide Capt.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
What if buying life-giving literature were just as easy as buying a bag of Herr's Original Crisp 'N Tasty potato chips or Goldenberg's Peanut Chews? There's a vending machine for that. Nic Esposito is the founder of Fishtown craft book publisher the Head & the Hand Press. Among his many duties, he is mixing his passions for literature and food - with a vending machine that dispenses tasty, nourishing books of locally themed fiction and poetry. Esposito sees an abiding connection between writing and growing food.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Stephanie Farr, and Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITERS
Four-year-old Tahirah Phillips was watching TV with her brothers and sisters in their Kensington rowhouse Saturday afternoon when, authorities say, her father accidentally shot her in the head. Before fleeing, Maurice "Stephon" Phillips allegedly smeared blood on Tahirah's 5-year-old sister to try to make it look as if she had pulled the trigger. About 12 hours later - and less than a mile away - 46-year-old James Elijah Dickson barricaded himself inside a house after firing three shotgun blasts into the heads of three people.
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April 19, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA police officer, identified as Officer James McCullough of the 18th District, was shot in the left thigh while chasing two suspects during a botched car theft on Sunday night in West Philadelphia. Investigators said McCullough, 24, was shot during the foot pursuit. After he was struck once in the leg, he managed to apply a tourniquet over his wound and kept pursuit of the suspects. McCullough remained in the hospital at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in stable condition with a flesh wound.
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April 19, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Police are still looking for the gunman who wounded a Philadelphia police officer Sunday night in West Philadelphia, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday morning. Police took two people into custody after the shooting but Ross said neither of them was the suspect who shot Officer James McCullough in the left thigh while he was chasing two suspects during a botched car theft on Sunday in West Philadelphia. Investigators said McCullough, 24, was shot during the foot pursuit.
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April 18, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia police officer was involved in a crash with another driver early Saturday in West Philadelphia, authorities said. The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. at the intersection of 52nd Street and Wyalusing Avenue, a police dispatcher said. The dispatcher said she did not have information on the officer's condition, but 6abc reported that the officer was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and was expected to be fine. The news station said the 16th District officer was responding to a call for help from another officer who was dealing with an armed man. It said the driver of the other vehicle was not seriously hurt.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Tia Yang and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
A University of Pennsylvania junior was struck and killed by a Market-Frankford Line train at the 40th Street station in West Philadelphia at the start of Monday's morning rush hour. Penn officials identified the woman as Ao "Olivia" Kong, 21, a finance major in the Wharton School. She was a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Central High School. The death was an apparent suicide, authorities said. In the last three years, 10 other Penn students have committed suicide. Kong was a member of Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega coed service fraternity.
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