Crime

 By Jimmy Viola and Peter Dorchak

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Sitting in the courtroom after her cousin was murdered, Rose Middleton told the shooter that she forgave him. Middleton’s cousin, Robert Selvy, was 53 when he was murdered by someone who lived just a few streets down from him in 1997. Selvy was working to put his son through college. “It was open season on […]

 By Bryant Maddrick

Philadelphia Cell Phone Ban

Philadelphia Cell Phone Ban

No matter where you drive throughout Philadelphia, chances are you’re going to see a motorist on the phone. With a statewide effort in place to ban cell phone use while behind the wheel, Philadelphia’s law is showing signs of success. The ban, which targets the use of a wireless telephone while driving, has been enforced […]

 By Stephen Zook and Morgan Zalot

Fox Chase: On the Watch Years After A Tragedy

Fox Chase: On the Watch Years After A Tragedy

When Stephen Phillips saw a group of teens brutally beating Eddie Polec to death from his doorstep and no police responded to his 911 calls for help, he and a group of community members decided something needed to be done. “You’d rather be proactive than reactive,” Phillips, who raised three children in the neighborhood, said. […]

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

North Philadelphia: Library Computers Back Online After Theft

North Philadelphia: Library Computers Back Online After Theft

The Cecil B. Moore Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s recently stolen computers were replaced quickly due in large part to public outcry.  The library’s information technology department provided older, unused monitors and computers so that the community’s resource could be restored as soon as possible. “The computers actually still have floppy drives on […]

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