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Vice-President Joe Biden recently received a set of letters from a classroom of third-graders from North Philadelphia. The topic was gun violence. Today, the White House released audio of Biden reading excerpts from the letters. Here is a sampling:"Camilla says, 'I want to discuss with you why you want to stop gun violence. I think it's because you want less people passing away.'""Ishmael says, 'I heard you take care of gun violence. Maybe no guns at all, but the police can get safety guns. That will change the world.""Jacob: 'You can go out on the stage and just say, I
Yesterday, police released this video of what appeared to be a ten-year-old kid brazenly pointing a gun at the head of a young woman in North Philadelphia. 20 minutes later, a 14-year-old boy seems to have brandished it again, prompting a 911 call from the man he was aiming at. Skip to the 00:32 mark to observe the first incident.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7XWrK75i2MNow police are reporting that was a toy gun (although they can't seem to locate it). That would explain the relative calm of the two stick-up 'victims' in the video. Later on, the 14-year-old with the backup proceeds to 'hold up'
Among major U.S. cities, has the highest percentage of its residents--12.9%, or 200,000 people--living in deep poverty. For a single person, that's an annual salary of $5,700. For a family, $11,700. The results are based off data from the U.S. Census's American Community Service, and are no surprise, considering the city's worst-in-the-nation ("regular") poverty rate of 28.4%. [Inquirer]
The Inky reports: "A raid on a "filthy and uninhabitable" house in North Philadelphia turned up 10 distressed German Shepherds, officials said. Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers descended this afternoon on a rowhouse on the 2100 block of East Tioga Street. Nearby neighbors and businesses owners complained about the conditions at the house, officials said. SPCA officials said they served a search warrant to rescue 10 German Shepherd dogs from the site."
NBC10 reports: "Police are searching for three men, two armed, who they say tied up and robbed a Temple student and her three roommates. Investigators say it happened on the 1800 block of North 18th Street around 7:30 last night. A female Temple student was walking home to her off-campus apartment when three men began to follow her, according to police. One of the men then allegedly forced her inside her second floor apartment at gunpoint. … The men fled the scene with computer equipment, cellphones, money and credit cards, according to authorities."
Next City reports on efforts to train doulas in North Philly because of the ever-diminishing number of maternity wards in town. The result, officials say, is a crisis in Philadelphia's maternal health care system:Fifteen years ago, Philadelphia had 19 maternity wards. Now there are six. Wards have closed one by one, many citing financial burdens. Maternity wards lose money, Medicaid reimbursement rates fall short of the costs of births, and Philadelphia doctors pay high fees for medical malpractice insurance due to historically high levels of expensive lawsuits.“We need people to recognize that we’re having a crisis in Philadelphia,” said Vivian Lowenstein,
On Sunday night, the power went out at Community Education Center's Hoffman Hall in North Philadelphia. Four inmates used seized the moment and darted out an unlocked door, marking the first escape from Philly's prison system since 2010. Police are still looking for the four men and urge anyone that sees them to call 911. Their rap sheets are mostly populated by drug offenses and probation violations.Rafael Zayas, 34; Robert Collins, 22; James Foulk, 25; and Erik Gomez, 27, were "low-custody" inmates at the hall, the city's only subcontracted jail, prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. The hall, on
Meek Mill—the rapper and North Philly native who dropped his Dreams and Nightmares album on Tuesday—says that he was "harassed and violated" by Philly cops on Wednesday night. He tweeted a picture that might show him in handcuffs, though the Philadelphia Police Department says that he wasn't arrested or detained.Williams was in a vehicle stopped at 1100 W. Girard Avenue at 8:04 p.m. Wednesday but "He was not arrested or detained," said Officer Tanya Little, a Philadelphia Police spokeswoman.Little said she was not sure why the car was stopped, nor if Williams was driving, and declined to
Police arrested a man in North Philly for supposedly looting from a collapsed building in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Authorities say that the man was underneath the rubble of an abandoned building on Cumberland street trying to find items he could sell. Firemen pulled the man from the rubble and police arrested him and will charge him with disorderly conduct. [NBC News]UPDATE: Or maybe not.