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Summerís beginning: 6 dead in one day (in Philadelphia)
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ^ | Fri, Jun. 22, 2007 | Andrew Maykuth,Vernon Clark and Art Carey

Posted on 06/22/2007 8:09:53 PM PDT by new cruelty

On the first day of summer, two violent outbursts less than 15 hours apart and about two miles from each other left five people dead and a sixth person clinging to life. And before the night ended, another homicide was recorded, this time in Kingsessing.

Thursday's six slayings - three young men gunned down in North Philadelphia in the early hours; two people killed, one critically wounded, in Kensington in the afternoon; and an unidentified man shot to death about 10:30 p.m. in Southwest Philadelphia's Kingsessing neighborhood - pushed the year's homicide total to 195, compared with 177 at the same time last year, police said.

Few details were available in the Kingsessing shooting, other than that the victim was found near 54th Street and Willows Avenue. He had been shot in the chest.

In Kensington, police said gunfire erupted at Somerset and Emerald Streets about 5:10 p.m., leaving a man and woman dead and another woman in critical condition.

Police said Raheem Haines, 20, was declared dead at the scene. Two sisters were taken to Temple University Hospital, where one, Diana Patrick, 30, was pronounced dead. The surviving sister's name was not released because she was a witness. She was in critical condition.

Initial reports indicated that police were looking for two men who drove off in a vehicle. They were later arrested away from the scene, and were being interviewed late Thursday night at Police Headquarters. A homicide investigator said they would likely be charged overnight.

At the scene, a detective said the shootings apparently resulted from an argument, but it was unclear over what.

The slayings occurred in a neighborhood of tattered rowhouses that one resident described as "a melting pot - black, white, Hispanic, all kinds." Alleys are littered with tires. Vacant lots sprout waist-high weeds. The yards of supply houses and body shops are protected by chain-link fences topped with concertina wire.

Hours after the shooting, detectives were still working the neighborhood, and about a dozen markers near Haines' body indicated where the spent cartridges had fallen during the fusillade.

Dozens of neighbors gathered behind the yellow crime-scene tape that cordoned off the intersection.

"Didn't see nuthin'," one middle-aged man said gruffly in reply to a reporter's question. "You know how it goes down here."

When it came time to remove the body, the police surrounded it with vehicles, and two members of the crime scene unit held up a sheet to block the view of spectators.

"That's . . . ignorant," a woman complained.

"No, it's respect or something," said a man next to her. Another man saw the corpse as an object lesson, a warning.

"Get the . . . out of Philadelphia," he remarked to a bystander. "It will . . . grab y'all."

Less than 15 hours earlier in the Ludlow section of North Philadelphia, three young men were killed in a burst of gunfire in the 1600 block of North Sixth Street.

Police said they had no suspects and no witnesses in the triple slaying, which occurred about 2:30 a.m.

The three men were approached on foot by "either an individual or several individuals," said Homicide Sgt. William Gallagher. About a dozen spent casings were left on the pavement on the tree-lined block, along with the three bodies.

The victims apparently were not armed or did not return fire, police said.

One of the victims, Bruce Burman, 23, lived on the block. The other two were identified as a cousin of Burman's, Bobby Lundy, 25, of the 6400 block of North Broad Street, and Sean White, 19, of the 1400 block of North Marshall Street.

Police said the three victims had "been through the system" before - including narcotics arrests. Although two of the men had survived previous shootings, neighbors and relatives insisted that they were not thugs.

"They were not dummies, and they had families that loved and supported them," said Marcia Green, who described herself as Burman's godmother and Lundy's cousin. She was aroused from sleep by the gunfire and rushed out to the street to find her relatives dead. "None of them had been involved in crime," she said.

According to family members, Burman was a graduate of Kensington High School, Lundy had a GED, and White was planning to attend Opportunities Industrial Center in the fall.

Lynette White, the mother of the youngest victim, said her son was shot in his left side three months ago, and he still ha a bullet lodged in his chest.

Lundy's relatives said he had survived a shooting last summer.

Scott P. Charles, trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital, said it was not unusual to see a gunshot victim who had been shot before. Often, gunshot victims return to the street intent on settling scores.

"We're patching them up, and they're sending us back a couple more, if they don't come back dead themselves," Charles said.

Protest marches and expressions of moral outrage had proven ineffective at curbing the culture of violence, he added.

"We might just be past the tipping point; shootings have become so normative that it becomes part of the neighborhood culture," he said. "I don't know how you fix that with a protest march."

Though the city's homicide total is growing at a pace to surpass last year's total of 406 homicides, the city is still behind the city's worst year for homicides, 1990, when 500 were recorded.

While the total number of homicide is still far shy of the record, the city's murder rate is getting perilously close to the high point. Philadelphia had a murder rate of 27.8 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2006, compared with 31.5 in 1990. The rate was 18.9 per 100,000 in 2002 when 288 murders were recorded.

Thursday's slayings followed a busy night with two homicides on Wednesday.

At 11:16 p.m. Wednesday, police found a man shot in the chest, arm and groin in the 400 block of North Sickels Street. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and remained unidentified.

A few hours earlier, police said Theophilius Mason, 46, was gunned down near his home in the 200 block of North Paxon Street. Shot in the chest, back and arm, Mason was pronounced dead at 5:36 p.m. at the same hospital.


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I just overheard an update on nbc10, "13 dead in one week".
1 posted on 06/22/2007 8:09:56 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Let me guess- Eagles fans?


2 posted on 06/22/2007 8:10:43 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (THOMPSON NEEDS TO CLARIFY HIS POSITION ON THE SPP BEFORE I SUPPORT HIM.)
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To: new cruelty

Quagmire!


3 posted on 06/22/2007 8:11:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Pyro7480

Funny you say that. nbc10 lead the story with camera shots of various people (mostly children I think) crying that the war isn’t in Iraq, it’s here in Philadelphia.


4 posted on 06/22/2007 8:12:31 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Six dead in one day? We need to abandon the plan and pull out.

(Psst, you RAT cut-and-runners, it is safer in Ramadi than Philadelphia.)


5 posted on 06/22/2007 8:15:49 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ "There is no honor for the man who runs from battle." Spc. Josh Lott)
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To: ovrtaxt
“Let me guess — Eagles fans?”

Hardly, mate. But one heartening note to traditional Philadelphia inner-city mayhem:

Ever fewer Democrats to sully the process —downstream !

Always a bright aspect to everything ! **S**

6 posted on 06/22/2007 8:16:21 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: Jemian

Ahmadinejad must be sneaking terrorist into philly.


7 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:18 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.


8 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:47 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.


9 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:47 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.


10 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

Sorry about the triple post.


11 posted on 06/22/2007 8:18:23 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty
In the seventies, I was living in Des Moines and dating a guy from Philadelphia (out in the sticks to go to medical school). While there, a murder of four people took place in Des Moines. Since it was such a rare event it was all the news for days. My boyfriend was incredulous that we would make such a fuss about a few murders. I guess this is nothing new for Philadelphia
12 posted on 06/22/2007 8:18:56 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Pyro7480

I work at Temple. Seems safe enough, though I recall last year a shooting occurred just a block off campus.


13 posted on 06/22/2007 8:19:11 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Pyro7480

eh.... come again?


14 posted on 06/22/2007 8:19:22 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (THOMPSON NEEDS TO CLARIFY HIS POSITION ON THE SPP BEFORE I SUPPORT HIM.)
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To: new cruelty

Global Warming...:)


15 posted on 06/22/2007 8:22:56 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: dk/coro
Ever fewer Democrats to sully the process —downstream ! Always a bright aspect to everything ! **S**

A "bright aspect" to people being murdered?

Tell me that's not what you meant.

16 posted on 06/22/2007 8:24:28 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Pyro7480
I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.

I grew up right outside Philly and had around 4 jobs in the city lasting several years.

I can tell you for a fact that center city is far safer these days then it was in the 70's.

17 posted on 06/22/2007 8:27:40 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: ovrtaxt

LOL!


18 posted on 06/22/2007 8:28:06 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Jorge
I can tell you for a fact that center city is far safer these days then it was in the 70's.

Well, that's good to hear. I was actually up there in February to see the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute, and I felt quite safe as well, though it was probably too cold even for the criminals. ;-)

19 posted on 06/22/2007 8:29:37 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

Gee I wonder if CNN will run a daily talley for Philly like it does for Iraq. Hey CNN, Which was the deadliest month for Philly?


20 posted on 06/22/2007 8:31:56 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Impeach Hillary 08')
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To: new cruelty

At first, I thought this was an MSM “Iraq is a quaqmire” headline! LOL!


21 posted on 06/22/2007 8:36:23 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: new cruelty

Let’s pull out.


22 posted on 06/22/2007 8:37:22 PM PDT by crunk
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To: Jorge

23 posted on 06/22/2007 8:37:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Good question. The philly inquirer had an interactive murder map for 2006... http://inquirer.philly.com/graphics/murders_map/

not sure if they have one for 2007 yet

24 posted on 06/22/2007 8:38:08 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty
For those of you in Rio Linda, or anywhere else in California, these are NOT illegal immigrants doing the murders in Philly, so don't hijack this thread.

Philly could use an influx of immigrants, preferably legal. New York and Central New Jersey are filled with immigrants, and we aren't in the same quagmire as Philly is.

25 posted on 06/22/2007 8:39:31 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Pyro7480
I was actually up there in February to see the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute,

How was it? Some friends of mine went recently. Everybody says it's great, but I'm wondering if it's worth the cost.

and I felt quite safe as well, though it was probably too cold even for the criminals. ;-)

Actually Center City has been cleaned up very nicely, but from what I hear at the expense of the other lower class areas of the city.

26 posted on 06/22/2007 8:41:06 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: new cruelty

Baad Times For Some Folks...

http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/wwl062107tpsafe.5bdb00.html

IS NEW ORLEANS SAFE FOR MOST PEOPLE?

Is N.O. safe for most people?

Judge says if you aren’t a black male between 18 and 35 who is involved in the drug trade, you’re likely safe

05:25 PM CDT on Thursday, June 21, 2007

WWLTV.com

Despite statistics that show New Orleans is at or near the top of the nation in the dubious category of most killings per capita, some local law enforcement leaders say the city is safe for most of its residents.

Video: Watch the Story Juvenile Court Judge David Bell told a criminal justice hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday that most of the crime in New Orleans occurs among a relatively narrow group of people.

“We have a very violent city if you’re between 18 and 35 years old, an African-American male, and you are involved in the drug trade,” he said. “But if you don’t fall in that category, we are a very safe city.”


27 posted on 06/22/2007 8:43:56 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Jorge
How was it? Some friends of mine went recently. Everybody says it's great, but I'm wondering if it's worth the cost.

I didn't pay for it. It was a gift from my sister. But I still thought it was a good investment. The artifacts in there are wonderous. I would suggest the audio tour if you go.

Actually Center City has been cleaned up very nicely, but from what I hear at the expense of the other lower class areas of the city.

More evidence that the Democrats don't really care about the poor.

28 posted on 06/22/2007 8:51:52 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

Is the Liberty Bell still there?

I hope our ancestors can’t see what a mess our current leaders have made.


29 posted on 06/22/2007 8:59:40 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: new cruelty
At the scene, a detective said the shootings apparently resulted from an argument, but it was unclear over what...TV tonight says the two women who were shot were confronting drug dealers who were selling on their street - too bad the Philly cops aren't available to perform such services - maybe with a new police commissioner under Mayor Nutter things will change.....
30 posted on 06/22/2007 9:05:47 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Pyro7480
I was born and raised in Philly, and even way back then, the North Philadelphia and Kensington areas were bad. They’ve probably gotten worse over the years.

My mother grew up in Germantown, in a lovely neighborhood, which unfortunately has declined terribly over the past few decades.

Oh well, I guess you could say the same thing about a lot of American cities.
Detroit comes to mind...

31 posted on 06/22/2007 9:24:44 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Jorge

For God’s sake man — lighten up a bit.


32 posted on 06/22/2007 9:53:59 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: dragnet2

They would conclude that Pennsylvania had run out of rope.


33 posted on 06/22/2007 9:56:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: dk/coro
For God’s sake man — lighten up a bit.

You're right. People dying is funny! LOL

34 posted on 06/22/2007 9:56:35 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: new cruelty

When you have a Rotten Mayor...and a Rotten bunch of Politicians and it has been the same party for 50 years the town is a disgrace... Look at how the Unions have decimated this town..


36 posted on 06/22/2007 10:29:00 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (80% of dust under your bed is dead flaky skin...)
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To: Deo volente

Germantown... I wouldn’t go around there after dark....

even south Philly has become dangerous...


37 posted on 06/22/2007 10:32:53 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (80% of dust under your bed is dead flaky skin...)
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To: Jorge

Not Funi If It Was Yo’Mama’s Kid,,,Is It ??...


38 posted on 06/22/2007 11:05:14 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: philly-d-kidder

I thought Philly was a “gun free” city.


39 posted on 06/22/2007 11:07:34 PM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: new cruelty

Quagmire?


40 posted on 06/22/2007 11:10:01 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: new cruelty

from the article the word “normative”.

Is that one of the new words?


41 posted on 06/22/2007 11:36:52 PM PDT by Global2010 ( Once I went Nanny Goat at the Ocean and then a Rip Tide hit me.)
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To: dk/coro

Probably more likely to vote (democrat) dead than alive.


42 posted on 06/23/2007 4:32:01 AM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: new cruelty
Pretty high death rate for a city. Seems damned high, compared to a war zone like Iraq and Afghanistan. Filthydelphia's run by Demoncrats, right? What are they going to do about their murderous city? Pull out?

To all those considering a visit to Filthydelphia.....don't go. You'll keep your car, your wallet, your health. Stay alive and stay in one piece. Your families will appreciate your presence a few more years.

43 posted on 06/23/2007 4:42:57 AM PDT by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: Jorge
I can tell you for a fact that center city is far safer these days then it was in the 70's.

In a craphole, like Filthydelphia, it's called "retrenchment".

44 posted on 06/23/2007 4:46:48 AM PDT by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: new cruelty

“The slayings occurred in a neighborhood of tattered rowhouses that one resident described as “a melting pot - black, white, Hispanic, all kinds.” Alleys are littered with tires. Vacant lots sprout waist-high weeds. The yards of supply houses and body shops are protected by chain-link fences topped with concertina wire. “

I’m sure it is the conservative government that represents this area that is causing this strife...Sounds like part of the DNC/Blue State Plantation.


45 posted on 06/23/2007 4:54:30 AM PDT by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: dragnet2

“I hope our ancestors can’t see what a mess our current leaders have made.”

Unfortunately, the people running our governments are not leaders. I’ll leave it at that for now.


46 posted on 06/23/2007 4:59:26 AM PDT by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

The papers in Baltimore do not even bother to write up each murder. I did find that the SUN has made a new use of a Google map.

http://essentials.baltimoresun.com/micro_sun/homicides/

I think that Baltimore has already had 149 murders, making our rate way higher than Philadelphia’s.


47 posted on 06/23/2007 5:01:01 AM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: Pyro7480

Sadly, all these big cities that have corrupt mayors are hell-holes, yet the people BLAME the REPUBLICANS!! Idiots.


48 posted on 06/23/2007 5:37:30 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Nightshift

ping...


49 posted on 06/23/2007 5:48:31 AM PDT by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: Suzy Quzy; All

I once saw mayor john street address a group of 14-18 year old boys that were enrolled in a program. Many of the questions they asked concerned funding for youth programs to buy computers, replenish basket ball courts, etc. The mayor noted that while those things are important, the bigger issue was gun violence. He noted that he did not think more police on the streets was the answer, rather, it was up to the children and their parents to make a difference before anyone else would be willing to help them. He repeated this several times throughout their discourse, but the questions usually fell back on whether or not the city would be providing funding for youth programs.


50 posted on 06/23/2007 7:05:23 AM PDT by new cruelty
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