Thursday, October 05, 2006

Philly.com: Innocent Victims, An Inmate Stabbing, & A Missing Penis

Philly.com chronicles random, graphic violence.

The latest round of blood, bullets and knives began at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, when cops said Joyce White, 54, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., was in a car with her husband when she was struck under the left arm by a stray bullet that traveled into her chest.

Blood continued to spill, with the next victim identified as Kyle Brown, 17, of 21st Street near Sigel in South Philadelphia.

Yet another shooting, this time in Southwest Philadelphia, sent the homicide total to 303. Police said an unidentified man was shot once in the head shortly before midnight and was pronounced dead at the scene, Saybrook Avenue near 63rd street.

A fourth homicide brought the tally to 304 yesterday morning when Lance Mears, 30, an inmate of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, was stabbed to death there at about 9:15 a.m., according to prison spokesman Bob Eskin.

Finally, a second stabbing brought the number of fatalities to 305. Cops said a man was stabbed yesterday morning on 58th Street near Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.

Daily News: A Familiar Story

Philadelphia Daily News depicts another young death.

You could see the redness etched in the eyes of the young men gathered on Adrian and Sam Brown's South Philadelphia porch yesterday to pay their respects.

They were silent. Their friend Kyle Brown, a 17-year-old sophomore at Benjamin Franklin High and the youngest of the Browns' four sons, had been killed the night before.

But a deep sorrow in the air gave the block of 21st Street, between Mifflin and Sigel, a disorientingly quiet cast yesterday.

Kyle was the second son to be killed in less than five months.

Daily News: "We Have Terrorists in Our Communities"

Philadelphia Daily News announces anti-violence march.

"We have terrorists in our communities," school district chief executive Paul Vallas said yesterday. "When a young teenager minding his own business is shot and killed, he was killed by a terrorist. That gunman in Lancaster County was a terrorist... .

"School security and our investment in children are as much a homeland-security issue as investing in Iraq and Afghanistan," Vallas added. "Children are vulnerable everywhere, and we need to do something about it."

That something is an anti-violence fundraising march sponsored by the district on Sunday, which is also National Children's Day.

Inquirer: Regulation Required

Philadelphia Inquirer addresses the United States and global warming.

Congress could end this protracted and expensive legal debate over the applicability of the Clean Air Act by passing legislation specific to global warming. Instead, key committee leaders have wasted years villifying respected scientists, second-guessing peer-reviewed studies, and calling novelists as expert witnesses. It's no wonder states set out on their own.

The United States needs to catch up to the rest of the world and, as a nation, work to reduce the human contribution to global warming.