How to win an election without even trying — or running

J. Scott O’Keefe is a lucky man. He got a seat on Municipal Court without running for election. Now, he is about to get a seat on Common Pleas Court, even though he withdrew as a candidate in the primary. How could this happen? It helps to have friends on Democratic City Committee. A full explanation follows.

Teenagers with guns: Dodge City comes to Philadelphia

Our newest interactive tool and map tells the story of violence in Philadelphia, revealing information on every shooting and murder in the city since 2003. The numbers do add up: more than 3,400 killed and 15,000 shot during the period we analyzed.
The who and where are revealed by the map. The why often involves the code of the street, the rise of gangs and retaliation.

10 Years of Murders and Shootings

The new wave street gangs


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By Frank Rubino The downtrodden commercial strip on North 60th Street between Market and Arch Streets includes a barber shop, a check-cashing joint, a hole-in-the-wall Chinese takeout and a bar.  The  Market Street end is marked by a prominent, three-foot-high metallic “60” that overlooks the block from its perch on a SEPTA El stop. To passersby, unfamiliar with this West Philly […]