Articles by William Kenny

Mumia lawyer nominated to head Civil Rights Division

A U.S. Senate committee last week approved President Obama’s controversial nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, but a bipartisan group of elected officials isn’t done fighting confirmation of the former Mumia Abu-Jamal defense attorney.


Gone, but not forgotten

Danny Boyle’s memory lives on through a scholarship created in his name. The fund has distributed more than a half-million dollars to disadvantaged students.

Danny Boyle died 23 years ago, but hundreds of families continue to harvest the rewards of the slain police officer’s public service and his ultimate sacrifice.


Crime log: February 12, 2014

Jan. 13 through 26


Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Feb. 12

An reward increase for information about NoLibs murder, a local politician seeks re-election, and other neighborhood news in brief. 


Councilman O’Brien proposes Vacant Property Task Force

Large vacant commercial and industrial properties are fire traps, according to City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.


Three teens face assault charges in school beating

Three teenagers are facing assault charges in connection with the videotaped after-school beating of another youth in Castor Gardens on Jan. 28, an attack that some news media have likened to the “knockout game.” According to published reports, the victim attends eighth grade at Woodrow Wilson Middle School at Cottman and Loretto avenues, while the attackers are enrolled at either Wilson or the nearby Northeast High School. A Philadelphia police spokesman reportedly told the Inquirer that a seventh-grade Wilson student videotaped the attack and was among those arrested.


Crime log: February 5, 2014

Dec. 30 through Jan. 12


Robber shoots delivery man in Oxford Circle

Robbers lured a Chinese restaurant delivery man to a vacant Oxford Circle house and shot him on Jan. 28.


Robber sought in Lawndale heist

A robber with brass knuckles and possibly a gun held up a Lawndale mobile phone store and roughed up the clerk on Christmas Eve. Now, detectives seek the public’s help in identifying the thug.


Fox Chase fire displaces 50 families

Fifty families were displaced in a Fox Chase apartment building fire on Thursday, but no injuries were reported to residents or firefighters.