Monday, September 25, 2006

Inquirer: Philadelphia Projects

Philadelphia Inquirer discusses proposed programs.

There are no quick and easy answers to the city's crisis of youth violence, so a group of academics and doctors led by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is taking a long-term approach to violence prevention that they hope can lead to lifesaving programs.

"The trick is to make something practical and sustainable happen and that's no small challenge," said Joel Fein, 43, a pediatric emergency physician at Children's and director of the newly formed Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center.

With $4.2 million in federal funding over five years, the center this month entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a "centerpiece" project and pilot projects that will be based in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

The center, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Temple and Drexel Universities, will spend the next year researching possible programs to implement.

Congratulations Eagles (2-1)

Eagles defeat San Francisco 49ers 38-24.

Brian Westbrook rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, also catching a scoring pass from Donovan McNabb, who passed for 296 yards -- but (Mike) Patterson's kooky fumble return was the most memorable moment of an otherwise methodical win.