Fleeing car hits Philly crowd, killing 3 children

Fleeing car hits Philly crowd, killing 3 children

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A car fleeing a robbery scene and being chased by police Wednesday night jumped a curb and crashed into a crowd, killing three young children in front of their home and gravely injuring a woman, authorities said.

“It’s a tragedy,” police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

The incident in Feltonville, a neighborhood of row houses in North Philadelphia, began with two men stealing a motorcycle at gunpoint, Ramsey said. One man fled on the motorcycle, and the other sped away in a car, he said.

Police spotted the car a few minutes after receiving a report of the motorcycle theft and pursued it for about a mile.

The car jumped the curb with such force it badly damaged the concrete steps of one of the row houses, where the children lived. It became wedged between a house and a pole. The woman it hit is the mother of at least one of the dead children, all of whom were under age 10, authorities said. Continue reading

[video] The Last Rapper vs The Hipsters

Philly’s own BIG CITY intensifies his campaign against the Hipster Movement, this time superimposing the faces of rap’s corniest on the character’s out of The Last Dragon. Can’t ignore the fact that Hamilton has fueled Hipster haters for the next three years, LMAO! Expect the ax to drop on poor Charlie from the label before the month is out.

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Rare Public Enemy Performance Highlights Roots 2nd Annual Picnic

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A number of varied artists are coming together to support the 2nd Annual Roots Picnic this June in The Roots’ hometown of Philadelphia. public-enemy

Public Enemy, Asher Roth, Santigold, The Black Keys, Kid Cudi and The Roots themselves are included in the picnic’s lineup, which will feature a main stage and a second stage to showcase the acts.

In a rare performance, Public Enemy will perform their classic album It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back along with The Roots and Antibalas backing.

The performance marks the first time in history that the seminal Public Enemy album has been recreated using a live band.

The Roots 2nd Annual Roots Picnic takes place June 6, with performances starting at 2:00 PM.

Last year, The Roots launched the picnic with performances by Gnarls Barkley, The Cook Kids, Jazzy Jeff and Sharon Jones & The Dap-King, Diplo and others.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday (March 20) and are priced at $49.50 in advance and $50.00 the day of the show, which takes place at Festival Pier along the Philadelphia waterfront.

The Roots are currently enjoying success as the new house band for the “Late Night Jimmy Fallon” show.

For more information visit www.rootspicnic.com.

Beanie Sigel, Freeway & Gillie Da Kid Show Brotherly Love, Plan Free Concert In Philly

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Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Gillie Da Kid and more have linked with Nike to provide fans with an upcoming “Brotherly Love Concert” in Philadelphia next week.Presented by Nike’s All Conditions Gear (ACG) shoe brand, the Philly-bred emcees will unite to show local fans their commitment to working together despite prior rap beefs in the past.

“ACG’s are the official hood boots and I support what they do in the community,” Sigel said in a statement. “I had an idea to put everyone together in one building and on one stage to start a movement here in Philly and promote unity.”

The free event will also showcase Philly stars like Reed Dollas, Joey Jahad and E-Ness as Beans uses the concert to shed light on his hometown’s talent.

“I want to concentrate on the artist now, as I push my own label here in Philly,” he added. “I want State Property Records to be the vehicle to put them on, so they don’t have to go to New York.”

The “Brotherly Love Concert” is scheduled to take place Thursday, December 11 at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia’s Filmore venue.

East Coast Heat Wave Claims 30 Lives…Still Counting

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Deaths blamed on the East Coast’s recent heat wave climbed past 30 Thursday with various coroner’s reports, and 15 of the deaths were in Philadelphia alone.

The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office said seven people found dead Wednesday died of heat-related causes. On Wednesday the office had reported eight other heat-related deaths in the four days of scorching temperatures.

Most of the victims in Philadelphia and elsewhere were elderly.
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Philly Offers 10K Tax Credit for Hiring Ex-Cons

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One-time thief Heber Nixon Jr. has filled out his share of futile job applications. All said being a felon wouldn’t stand in his way – but the promised calls from managers never came.

He finally got a second chance when he showed up at a construction site looking for work and found a sympathetic builder. Now, the city of Philadelphia is making a concerted effort to encourage the hiring of ex-convicts amid a renewed interest nationwide in dealing with high recidivism, growing crime rates and exploding prison populations.

Philadelphia averaged a murder a day the past two years and has been sued to reduce its overcrowded, record-high jail population. So on his 100th day in office last month, Mayor Michael Nutter announced a program, being headed by an ex-offender, that gives $10,000 a year in municipal tax credits to companies that hire former prisoners and provide them tuition support or vocational training.
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Two Philly Officers Pledging “White Power” Suspended

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Two narcotics officers were demoted from an elite strike force and suspended without pay because of racially offensive stickers found inside a police department locker.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey this week punished officers Scott Schweizer and Eric Dial, transferring the pair out of the Narcotics Strike Force to routine patrol in districts where they started as rookies. The officers were also each suspended for 20 days without pay and prohibited from using vacation days toward the unpaid leave.

Two racist stickers were found inside Schweizer’s locker. One sticker read: “White Power.” The other depicted a cartoon of a man, half as an officer in uniform and half as a Klansman, with the words “Blue By Day – White By Night.”

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Sigel Offers a “Solution” to Philly Crime

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Roc-a-Fella recording artist Beanie Sigel made a STOP THE VIOLENCE PSA which is currently airing in his hometown of Philly.  The Broad Street Bully speaks in depth about his intentions on curbing the rampant crimewave that has registered 300 plus murders this year in the City of Brotherly Love.  For the critics who claim Beans is the inspiration for the teen’s violent ways, he offers this PSA as a solution.  He also speaks on his recent Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam release, The Solution.  Coincidence, you decide…click HERE to see the interview with Mac Mittens.  Shout out to the homie Nahright

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