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Gun Violence

A Wawa display at Philadelphia's Fourth of July celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Is It Time for Philadelphia to Break Up With Wawa?

Check phillymag.com each morning Monday through Friday for the latest edition of Philly Today. And if you have a news tip for our hardworking Philly […]

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Banning “Shiesty” Ski Masks on SEPTA Won’t Reduce Crime

Things have gotten so desperate around here that people and organizations have reached the “Do something, do anything” phase of the Philly gun-violence crisis. The […]

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Tyrique Glasgow Was Shot 11 Times. He’s Dedicated to Helping Others Avoid the Same Fate

Tyrique Glasgow has been shot 11 times. When you spend your 20s selling drugs — a profession that landed him in prison for five years […]

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Why a Temple Trauma Surgeon Is Pushing Journalists to Change How They Cover Gun Violence

At any given moment, Jessica Beard knows she could get “the call.” As a trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital — one of the busiest […]

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A Penn Doc’s Green Initiative Shows How Environmental Factors Impact Gun Violence

It was the repeat customers who really got to Eugenia South. The kids who’d come into her emergency room at HUP after having been shot […]

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How Supporting Those Left Behind by Gun Violence Can Help Break the Cycle

Natasha Danielá de Lima ­McGlynn knows too well that those who lose a loved one to violence rarely get the help and support they need. […]

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Why This Germantown Man Shows Up on the Scene of Every Philly Murder With a Folding Chair and a Bullhorn

Sunday, January 29th, 11:05 a.m. That date might not ring a bell now, but it was the day the San Francisco 49ers came to South […]

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6 Philadelphians With Promising Approaches to Gun Violence Prevention

Every day, we hear about Philadelphians shooting, maiming, killing other Philadelphians — men, women, bystanders, kids. When it comes to gun violence, the trauma is […]

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Absolutely Hold Larry Krasner Accountable, But Not by Impeaching Him

Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying that if he were given just one hour to solve a problem, he would spend 55 minutes defining […]

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Philly’s At-Risk Youth Need Engagement, Not Criminal Records

The moment I saw the viral Wawa video of a group of Black youths ransacking an outpost of the convenience store in Mayfair, I knew […]

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Jim Kenney Said He Hasn’t Met With Murder Victims’ Families. Past Mayors Took a Different Approach

For a while now, Mayor Jim Kenney hasn’t had the look of a man who enjoys his job. Being mayor sounds like a pretty hard […]

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Summer Shouldn’t Be Canceled in Black Neighborhoods Due to Gun Violence

As Philadelphia responds to its ongoing gun violence crisis, I’m noticing that Black neighborhoods are being penalized the most in the name of “safety.” Several […]

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Temple’s Journalism Dean Thinks We Should See the Carnage of the Texas School Shooting

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old with a legally purchased an AR-15 assault rifle and handgun proceeded to murder 21 people, including 19 children, at Robb Elementary […]

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What the Uvalde, Buffalo and Even Philly Shootings Have in Common

I’m not going to lie — it feels exhausting to have to write this. Last week, 10 Black people were murdered by an armed gunman […]

philadelphia district attorney larry krasner, who is being sued by ex-cop Ryan Pownall
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Now That Larry Krasner’s Apologized, Will the Pols Who Flogged Him Do Something About Gun Violence?

There was ignorance, backlash, backpedaling, and finally, shame. Last week during a press conference, District Attorney Larry Krasner made the ignorant decision to try to […]