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Mayor Kenney unveils initiatives to address gun violence

The 32-page report includes a sprawling set of initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence, from new policing capabilities, to public health programs, and efforts to address school truancy, poverty, and blight.

Manhunt for Wilmington suspect led to Southwest Philly car crash that seriously injured 3-year-old boy, mother says

Meghan Stone-Kirts said her son David suffered brain bleeding and skull fractures after police cars that were chasing Dejuan Robinson collided with her vehicle on I-95.

Manhunt still underway after police chase wreaks havoc in South Philadelphia

The manhunt for Dejuan Robinson, sought for questioning in connection with two Delaware murders, continues after a chase left three officers hurt in a crash.

In his first year as Philly’s DA, Larry Krasner has sought to remake the prosecutor’s office

In public remarks, policy changes, and staffing decisions, Krasner, who campaigned on a pledge to curb mass incarceration, has sought in real-time to remake the culture of his agency — if not the system at large. But his first year has not been without controversy and pushback.

Driver charged with homicide in South Philly crash that killed 3

Authorities also confirmed on Thursday that Keith Campbell had been pursued by police in Delaware shortly before the crash.

2018 Philly’s final, bloody weekend: 3 slain, 15 more shot

The incidents brought the city’s 2018 homicide total to 351 through Sunday night -- 12 percent higher than in 2017 and about 42 percent higher than 2013.

Philly Police homicide captain transferred

Capt. John Ryan, who had led the unit since July 2017, is leaving the unit effective Friday, said department spokesperson Jeff Chrusch.

Lower Merion School District moves to seize land near, but not from, Stoneleigh

In the latest development in a long-running saga, the Lower Merion school board voted to use eminent domain to seize about 13 acres of land next to the community garden to create athletic fields for a new middle school.

Drug killings fuel city’s 2018 homicide uptick, officials say

Investigators had listed drugs as the primary motive in 120 of the city’s 335 killings through mid-December, almost double the 62 drug-related murders recorded through the same date last year.

DA’s Office criticizes police detectives, defense attorney in homicide case. Attorney calls accusations ‘ludicrous.’

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed a highly unusual set of documents in an open murder case, accusing two homicide detectives of illegally searching the defendant’s cellphone and seeking to disqualify the defense attorney.