You want to stop gun violence? Listen to the streets

Gun violence has taken our peace, our prosperity, and our people. It’s left far too many of us in a constant state of fight or flight, wondering if the next moment might be our last. In a city where 499 homicides took place last year, we can’t sit here hoping things will get better. We…

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Our Town is a murder scene and things will never be the same

Before COVID-19 shut down the world, I would often take my family to a bowling alley in East Norriton, Montgomery County. Back then, it was called the Facenda-Whitaker Bowling Lanes. Now it’s called the Our Town Alley Bowling Lanes, and it’s called one thing more — a murder scene.   In the days before gunshots…

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Kids and guns don’t mix–lessons from a childhood tragedy

As a father, my heart breaks because a 9-year-old girl was shot dead by another child when they were left alone with a gun.    It happened Wednesday morning, when police responded to a report of a shooting on North Bouvier Street. Officers found the girl in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the…

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Top 5 Live-Friday October 2

Top 5 Live-WURD Friday October 2 1. Philly superintendent wants more school closures and charters The superintendent proposed closures, conversions to charters and even new schools for the Philadelphia School District on Thursday. In all, 5,000 students at 15 schools would be affected by the plan, which requires School Reform Commission approval. It has a…

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Top 5 Live-February 12

Top 5 Live –WURD Thursday February 12  1. Jackie Robinson West stripped of U.S. Little League title for cheating After months of staying mum while cheating allegations circled U.S. champs Jackie Robinson West, Little League International has finally taken action and stripped the Chicago-based team of its title. Jackie Robinson West, an all-black team that was…

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Chief names cop who shot Michael Brown

FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF Thomas Jackson identified the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last Saturday as Darren Wilson. In making the announcement, Jackson reversed course on his previous decision not to release the officer’s name due to concerns for the officer’s safety in the wake of death threats. [blocktext align=”right”]Even as Ferguson Police Chief Thomas…

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