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Old 12-11-2006, 03:59 PM
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City's Homicide Count Hits 384, Highest In 10 Years

POSTED: 3:32 pm EST December 10, 2006
UPDATED: 10:05 am EST December 11, 2006


PHILADELPHIA -- Four people struck by gunfire died Sunday, all of them falling on the nigger-infested streets of Kensington or West Kensington.

They bring the Philadelphia's homicide count for 2006 up to 384 -- the city's highest total in 10 years.

The latest shooting happened inside a home in the 3400 block of E Street, near Ontario Street, shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Philadelphia Police said two 18-year-old men were shot in the head. One died at the scene, and the other after being rushed to a local hospital. The suspect fled the scene in a silver SUV.

"We're talking with several people who may have witnessed this incident, but we don't have any firm idea of who did this and how they made their escape," said Inspector Carl Holmes.

Another homicide was reported in Kensington on the 2600 block of North Third Street at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

Police said a nightclub dispute spilled into the streets and resulted in two men gunning at each other. One died, while the other is recovering from a gunshot to the earlobe.

"There was one guy on the floor with a puddle of blood," said Zenida Perez, who said she heard two gunshots, then several rapid shots in succession.

Of the rising homicide count and one of the latest occurring so close to her home, Perez said, "It's scary because I've been on this block for 20 years and I've never seen something like this."

Just after midnight, 30-year-old Sean Frazier died as a result of one bullet to the chest on the 2100 block of Elkhart Street in West Kensington. Police said the shooting appeared to be drug related.

"I was upstairs in a room, and I heard a gunshot," said neighbor David Preno, adding that his son heard the shots and was scared, too.

Other shootings this weekend in the city that were not fatal included a cabbie shot in the back during an attempted robbery. A suspect was apprehended after he got locked in the cab.

And a man was in critical condition after being found in a car sprayed with bullets that ended up at Broad and Girard.

With three weeks left in the year, the homicide tally could top 400 for the first time since 1997. There were 418 killings that year, the last of eight years in the 1990s when there were 400 or more.

The total, however, remains far from the record of 500 set in 1990 during the city's crack epidemic, according to the police department's public affairs division. The department previously had reported that year's total as 525.

While the high murder rate in the 1990s was widely attributed to the crack epidemic, police, city officials and victims advocates say this year's shootings don't follow a simple pattern -- except that people are settling many disputes with guns.

"People are getting killed over nonsense, just for no reason," said Lisa Seals, 38, whose sister was fatally shot in August in West Philadelphia, allegedly by a neighbor who had a romantic interest in her. "It's not even about the drugs no more. These young kids are just losing their mind." (Why doesn't the term TNB come to mind?)

Many of the homicides have revolved around simple disputes, such as thefts and arguments.

Police and community activists have been frustrated that the killings have continued despite efforts to stop them.

Over the summer, city officials announced plans to hire 200 new police officers. The department also created a roving 46-member unit to be deployed on nights and weekends in high-crime areas. In addition, Street announced plans to install surveillance cameras in some neighborhoods, a move supported overwhelmingly by voters in the May primary.

The mayor has also come out in support of measures such as limiting gun purchases to one a month and allowing municipalities to enact their own gun control laws.

In the fall, the state Legislature spent three days discussing those proposals and others, but did not pass any bills. State Rep. Dwight Evans, who sponsored legislation that would have allowed municipalities to regulate handguns, said he thinks the session at least got people's attention.

Victims' groups said they are dismayed by the increased violence, but that they are not discouraged from their fight to solve the problem.

"It didn't get this way overnight and it's not going to be resolved overnight," said Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of the advocacy group Mothers In Charge. "While the numbers continue to climb, maybe if we weren't doing what we were doing the numbers would be even more."

Although it became certain early Sunday that the city had exceeded last year's homicide level of 380, the mark might have been reached sooner. Bodies are not always discovered right away and when they are, the deaths are often not ruled homicides until autopsies are conducted.

For example, a beheaded corpse was found Friday stuffed inside a trash bag, but investigators said the severe level of decomposition will make it difficult to determine how the person died.
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Old 12-24-2006, 04:42 PM
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4 Murders Before Christmas Push Philly's 2006 Toll To 400

POSTED: 8:37 am EST December 24, 2006
UPDATED: 2:32 pm EST December 24, 2006

PHILADELPHIA -- Four murders on the day before Christmas pushed the city's 2006 homicide total to 400 for the first time in nearly a decade.

The last time the city reached the 400 mark was 1997, when the year ended with 418 murders. That marked the last of eight years in the 1990s in which there were at least 400 killings, including a record 500 in 1990, according to police statistics.

The spate of overnight violence started when a pizza delivery man was shot while trying to make a delivery in the city's Frankford section at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight, according to Officer Yolanda Dawkins, a police spokeswoman.

About 2-1/2 hours later, a man was found shot to death on a North Philadelphia street and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Shortly before 3 a.m., another man was found shot dead in West Philadelphia, Dawkins said. About 10 minutes later and just over 10 blocks away, the fourth victim was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

The victims' names were not released and police did not immediately announce any arrests of the nigger perps.

Police and city officials have struggled all year to find ways to reduce the violence.

While the high murder rates in the 1990s were widely attributed to the city's crack epidemic, police and city officials say this year's shootings don't follow a simple pattern. Many, however, have revolved around simple disputes, such as thefts and arguments.

Over the summer, officials announced plans to hire 200 new police officers to help combat the violence. The department also created a roving 46-member unit to be deployed on nights and weekends in high-crime areas. In addition, Mayor John F. Street announced plans to install surveillance cameras in some neighborhoods, a move supported overwhelmingly by voters in the May primary.

The mayor has also come out in support of measures such as limiting gun purchases to one a month and allowing municipalities to enact their own gun control laws. State lawmakers spent three days discussing such proposals last fall, but did not pass any bills.

In July, Street gave a televised address in which he begged for a halt to the killings and asked young people to "lay down your weapons. Do it now. Choose education over violence."
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Well Bobster, it sure sounds like typical Nigger News in Philly.
Funny that the blame is on "home grown" TNB these days rather than the infamous inner city Nigger "Crack Wars" of yester-year as if there is really any diff.
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401, 402, 403... and climbing: Death takes no holiday in Philly
By CHRISTINE OLLEY & DAVID GAMBACORTA
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Death is not taking a holiday this Christmas season: The fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man yesterday pushed the city's homicide toll to 403.

The unidentified man was shot once in the head shortly after 1 p.m. on Delancey Street near 52nd in West Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, cops are still trying to solve the puzzle of who killed Reginald Branham, a computer-whiz-turned-bar-owner who became the city's 402nd homicide victim on Christmas night.

Branham was discovered shot several times inside his establishment, the Cognac Corner, after he'd opened up his bar at 21st and Dickinson streets shortly after 10 p.m. Monday. He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania but pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Branham's family declined to speculate on a possible motive behind the entrepreneur's murder, focusing instead on his trademark passion and creativity.

"He was a visionary of sorts," said the victim's brother, Kevin Branham. "He enjoyed seeing his ideas materialize. He had setbacks, but he stayed true to his vision."

While at Overbrook High School, Branham participated in the NAACP's academic and technological Olympics, ACT-SO. At an age when most of his peers were obsessing over the prom, Branham built two computers and programmed the machines to talk to each other. (Another freakin' nigger genius!)

Branham was awarded a four-year scholarship to Drexel University, and went on to become a computer security expert as president of Cyberlock Data Intelligence Inc. Five years ago, Bran-ham migrated to Xlibris, where he became vice president for information technology. The firm helps authors publish and market books.

But a short time later, his family said, Branham moved on to buying and renovating clubs and bars.

His plans to turn his Point Breeze establishment into a top-notch sports club were marred - plasma-screen TVs were stolen almost immediately after they were installed - but Kevin Bran-ham said his younger brother was dedicated to creating an establishment that local residents would feel proud to patronize. (From budding genius to bartender?)

Over the years, Kevin said, his brother renovated more than a half-dozen bars and clubs.

"Each venture brought new challenges (niggers)," he said, "but one constant throughout our lives is that he was always 100-percent committed to his ideas."

In yesterday's West Philly slaying - the city's 403rd - officers on patrol heard gunshots and then found a man bleeding on the ground - while a white vehicle was fleeing the scene. The cops gave chase and caught the occupants a short distance away.

"We heard three shots and then saw the chase begin," said Yussuf Diakite, who runs a computer shop nearby.

Cops said the vehicle was stopped on Melville Street near Spruce, and an unidentified woman and her boyfriend were taken into custody. A weapon was recovered.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the year's 401st homicide, which happened early Sunday morning. McKennon Pigford, 24, was shot once in the head at 2 a.m. on Woodland Avenue near Paxon in Southwest Philadelphia.

Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to call 215-686-3334 or 215-ARREST-A-NIGGER
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Murders Are Up in New York, Other Cities

Dec 27, 4:45 PM (ET)

By KAREN MATTHEWS


NEW YORK (AP) - After many years of decline, the number of murders climbed this year in New York and many other major U.S. cities, reaching their highest levels in a decade in some places. Among the reasons given: gangs, the easy availability of illegal guns, a disturbing tendency among young people to pull guns when they do not get the respect they demand, and, in Houston at least, an influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

In New York, where the city reported 579 homicides through Dec. 24 - a nearly 10 percent increase from the year before - the spike is mostly the result of an unusually large number of "reclassified homicides," or those involving victims who were shot or stabbed years ago but did not die until this year. Thirty-five such deaths have been added to this year's toll, compared with an annual average of about a dozen.

At the same time, Police Department spokesman Paul Browne noted that this year's total is only slightly higher than last year's 539 homicides - the city's lowest death toll in more than 40 years.

Browne blamed the rise in part on the availability of guns, particularly weapons from out of state. The city this year sued dozens of out-of-state gun shops that it says are responsible for many of the illegal weapons on the streets of New York.

In Chicago, homicides through the first 11 months of the year were up 3.3 percent compared with the same period in 2005, reversing a four-year decline. A police spokeswoman said gang violence has been a contributing factor.

In New Haven, Conn., there were 23 homicides as of Tuesday, compared with 15 in 2004 and in 2005. Police Chief Francisco Ortiz said that about half of this year's killings involve young people settling disputes with guns instead of fists.

"They're all struggling with this thing about respect and pride," Ortiz said. "It's about respect. It's about revenge. It's about having a reputation. It's about turf and it's about girls."

Houston police attribute the 15 percent increase in the homicide count to the influx of Katrina evacuees from the Gulf Coast.

"So we expect that to settle," Lt. Murray Smith said. "We're hoping it will go down."

New Orleans, with its post-Katrina exodus, is the only major U.S. city that saw a sharp decline in the number of homicides. There were 154 in New Orleans this year as of Monday, said police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Johnson, down from 210 in 2005. But the city was largely empty during the fall and winter of 2005-06, and even now has only about half of its pre-Katrina population of 455,000.

Some cities, like Cincinnati - which has had 83 homicides so far, up from 79 in 2005 - posted their highest numbers ever. Others saw their highest death tolls in years.

Oakland, Calif., had 148 homicides as of Wednesday, up 57 percent from last year and the highest in more than a decade. Philadelphia's 2006 homicide total was 403 as of Wednesday, the first time the number has topped 400 in nearly a decade. There were 380 killings in all of 2005.

Philadelphia officials have struggled all year to reduce the violence. In July, Mayor John F. Street gave a televised address in which pleaded with young people: "Lay down your weapons. Do it now. Choose education over violence."

A few cities reported slight decreases in murders. Los Angeles' total was down about 4 percent to 464 homicides through Dec. 23. San Francisco's fell about 15 percent. San Francisco Police Sgt. Steve Mannina said the drop is partly due to increased patrols in violence-prone areas and more overtime approved by the police chief.

The FBI does not release its national crime statistics until several months after the end of the year. The bureau's statistics for the first six months of 2006 showed an increase of 1.4 percent in the number of murders in the first half of 2006 compared with the first six months of 2005.

Andrew Karmen, a criminologist at John Jay College in New York, said that while there are various theories for the drop in murders in New York and other cities in the 1990s, no one knows for sure why it happened. And if they are going up again, no one knows the reason for that, either, he said. (You think maybe it was due to all the niggers that were being locked up?)

He noted that police departments tend to take credit when the murder rate goes down. "When crime goes up it will be interesting to see whether they will accept responsibility," Karmen said.
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Homicide Detectives Busy After Bloody Night
(And the beat goes on...)

POSTED: 10:32 pm EST January 3, 2007
UPDATED: 8:53 am EST January 4, 2007


PHILADELPHIA -- Four more people were slain in Philadelphia since Wednesday night, according to homicide detectives.

Just before 1 a.m. early Thursday morning, a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times on the 6500 block of Regent Street. He was pronounced dead a short time later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Around the same time, an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest on the 3000 block of North 13th Street.

Before those two deaths, a man in his 20s was shot dead inside a bathroom in a home in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The shooting occurred before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Just after 8 p.m. Wedneseday, a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest on the 6000 block of Theodore Street and transported to the University of the Hospital of Pennsylvania with unstable vital signs. He was pronounced dead less than a half hour later.
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Philly Mayor, DA Feud Over Crime Fight

Mayor John Street escalated an exchange of insults with the district attorney, blaming her criticism of his anti-crime leadership on a "little temper tantrum" over budget cuts.
Lynne M. Abraham attacked Street in the last week, pleading that he "do something!" to deal with violence that resulted in 406 homicides in the city last year, the most since 1997.
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Moolie Mural Remembers Philly Murder Victims

POSTED: 7:38 pm EST January 4, 2007
UPDATED: 7:50 pm EST January 4, 2007


PHILADELPHIA -- Stroke by stroke, William Freeman has painted a horrifying picture of violence in Philadelphia.

During the past week, he and a few others have created the mural on a wall at the Time Out Carwash at 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue in Nicetown.

Each of the 406 names represents someone who was murdered during 2006.


“It (doesn't) make sense this happen like this. We're the city of bruthaly love and this is going on. We need to take a look at it,”” said Freeman.

The idea for the mural came from Michael TaBon, who recently got out of prison.

“I did almost seven and a half years in prison, and I participated in gun violence,”” said TaBone. “So now it's time to go back and undo some of the things I’ve done.

The organizers said the memorial is just the beginning. Next they plan to start a nonprofit organization that will help kids deal with conflict resolution.
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The yard apes are at it again!

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Man Fatally Shot Inside Germantown Home

POSTED: 2:35 pm EST January 6, 2007
UPDATED: 2:43 pm EST January 6, 2007

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's grim pace of more than one murder per day was being maintained into the first weekend of 2007.

Friday night, a 35-year-old man was shot in the head inside a home on the 5600 block of McMahon Street in Germantown.

He died at the hospital, making it the seventh murder of the year.

Two men were also in critical condition after a double-shooting late Friday in North Philadelphia.

It happened just before 11 p.m. near the intersection of Sixth and Berks streets, police said.

One of the victims was wounded in the buttocks and abdomen. The other was shot in the chest and abdomen, just one block away. Police have not released details about suspects or motives.
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The weekend's still young. Nothing like warm weather to increase the TNB.

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15-Year-Old Stabbed To Death On Street In Germantown

POSTED: 10:10 pm EST January 5, 2007
UPDATED: 11:11 pm EST January 5, 2007

PHILADELPHIA -- Violence on a street in Germantown claimed the life of a 15-year-old Friday night, police said.

The victim was stabbed at about 7 p.m. at Baynton Street and Walnut Lane. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police were still interviewing witnesses and did not immediately release the boy's name.
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