The death penalty debate has flared up again in Pennsylvania, thanks to the death penalty moratorium issued by Governor Tom Wolf on February 13th. And there are many arguments against state-sponsored execution: It’s barbaric; it unfairly targets minorities; it’s not actually a deterrent to crime; and it can cost more than life imprisonment. But the single most convincing argument I’ve heard is this:
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This is Michael Nutter‘s final year as mayor, a/k/a legacy time. He’s talked up everything from his urban planning record to Philadelphia’s recent drop in homicides to its population growth.
But on Thursday, he delivered a speech at Temple University about youth violence that highlighted just how much work remains unfinished:
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Police are warning that a string of robberies in West Philadelphia near the campuses of Penn and Drexel appear to be connected. Cops yesterday released surveillance footage (above) of a robbery on the 3100 block of Hamilton Street that showed three men confronting a 20-year-old Drexel student in the foyer of her apartment.
One of the robbers, armed with a gun, took her cell phone, backpack and $200.
But cops say the suspects are also responsible for three other robberies on the outskirts of the two campuses. On February 12th, a woman entering her home was held up at gunpoint on the 4400 block of Pine Street. On February 16th, a man who went to 41st and Spring Garden to buy a paintball gun was robbed. Fox 29 flagged a fourth robbery, that of a Jimmy John’s delivery driver at 32nd and Baring. Read more »
The FBI today observed the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Richard Petrone Jr. and Danielle Imbo; the pair were last seen on Feb. 19th, 2005 on South Street.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the resolution of the mystery.
AP reports on today’s FBI press conference:
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On Wednesday afternoon, we told you that a Nicki Minaj crew member had been killed outside of a bar in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. And on Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia Police Department announced that there is a $20,000 reward in the case. Read more »
UPDATE: $20,000 reward.
An overnight stabbing at a Philadelphia bar injured one member of Nicki Minaj’s crew and killed another. The musician confirmed the death and connection on her Twitter feed today.
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More than two years since she was charged with murdering a 20-year-old woman in a botched butt-injection procedure, Padge Victoria Windslowe, 33, aka “Black Madam,” is going to trial in Philadelphia, with opening arguments scheduled to begin as early as Wednesday afternoon. Windslowe has pleaded not guilty. Read more »
A bill in the Pennsylvania Senate would create a “domestic predator registry” to track ex-convicts convicted of domestic violence offenses.
The bill would mandate lifetime parole for such offenders, and require they attend monthly therapy sessions for the duration of that parole. Read more »
Gov. Wolf. | Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco
On Friday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf — less than a month into his new job — issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania, saying that it is “error prone, expensive and anything but infallible.” (You can read the full memorandum below.) The Philadelphia and Montgomery County district attorneys were quick to issue statements condemning Wolf’s decision. Read more »
Cops in Falls Township recently found an ATM, pictured above, on the 100 block of Lincoln Highway, near the Oxford Valley Mall. It was behind a Dumpster.
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