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Karen Heller: Violent crime is at its lowest since 1978, yet flat from last year. "I'm not satisfied," Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. The department can plan for almost everything, and still stuff happens. Weather, new drugs, social media, anything can affect crime.
Some high-powered, deep-pocketed businessmen are trying to help buy out embattled School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. Which suggests more of us should look into the potentially lucrative field of messing up.
Karen Heller has interviewed Philip Roth and Zsa Zsa Gabor, spent time with Pink and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the celebrated and the exemplary unsung. She's covered Miss America and political conventions. She's been a provocative voice at The Inquirer for nearly 20 years, garnering awards for criticism, feature writing and investigative reporting, and was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.