Gun Violence

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Pat’s Steaks Owner Speaks Out Following Two Homicides at His Iconic Cheesesteak Shop

Pat’s Steaks owner Frank Olivieri says his heart is broken after a man was killed amid a dispute outside Olivieri’s shop just before 2 a.m. […]

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Philly’s Budget Treats Gun Violence Like It’s a Tomorrow Problem

Putting your money where your mouth is means nothing if you’re working with a bad script. Someone should tell that to the Kenney administration as […]

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Mayor Jim Kenney Doesn’t Care About Black People

In 2005, during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rapper Kanye West declared on national television that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” It was […]

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Helen Ubiñas on Covering Gun Violence in Philly, Newsroom Diversity, and Making Herself Heard

Ten years ago, journalist Helen Ubiñas left the Hartford Courant, where she was the paper’s first Latina news columnist, to become the Inquirer and Daily […]

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Philly Needs a Much Bolder Approach to Gun Violence. Here Are Three Big Ideas

As we witness the worst gun violence the city has seen in more than 50 years, Mayor Jim Kenney has committed to spending just 0.67 […]

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Kenney Must Do More Than “Acknowledge” Philly’s Gun-Violence Emergency

A lot was made of Mayor Jim Kenney’s meeting with anti-gun-violence hunger striker Jamal Johnson this past Friday, and I’m still wondering why. The scene […]

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Philadelphia’s Homicide Rate Hit a Record High. Now Can We Get Serious About Defunding Police?

At the start of a new year in Philly, I’ve come to expect two initial headaches: the Mummers doing something stupid, and another disappointing annual […]

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To Combat Philadelphia Gun Violence, We Must Dismantle the Office of Violence Prevention

At this point, to describe our city as a broken record in how it responds to gun violence would be an understatement. Here’s how it […]

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Mayor Kenney’s Thursday Zoom Press Conference Didn’t Go So Well

A roundup of Philly news. This article may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Mayor Kenney Really Didn’t Want to Talk […]

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The Best Thing This Week: Finally, a Fresh Reason to Oppose Gun Violence!

We continue to be astonished at this country’s slavish adoration of the ethically (and soon, pray God, actually) bankrupt NRA and firepower in general. No other nation […]

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The Disastrous Consequences of DA Larry Krasner’s “Reforms”

It was an interesting social experiment: What happens in a major metropolitan city like Philadelphia when you elect a district attorney whose primary goal is […]

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Want Philly to Stop Being Written Off as “Killadelphia”? Get Serious About Poverty.

From Friday through Sunday this Father’s Day weekend, there were 22 shootings, 32 victims, and six homicides in Philadelphia. Amid these multiple tragedies, more Philadelphians […]

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Philly’s Weekend Violence Has Officials Eager to Find Answers — and Place Blame

Officials in Philadelphia are searching for ways to curb gun violence after a particularly bloody Father’s Day weekend — and looking to pinpoint causes. On Monday evening, […]

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Philly Cops to Have Increased Street Presence This Summer

Philadelphia Police commissioner Richard Ross announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the city will be increasing its deployment of police officers on the ground this […]

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Movita Johnson-Harrell Might Become the First Muslim Woman Elected to Pa. House

On Sunday night, Movita Johnson-Harrell, former interim supervisor of Victim Services in Philly’s District Attorney’s Office, surprised many when she became the new Democratic nominee […]