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Former Philly Gang Member on Honor, Reform and the Next Generation

Peak Johnson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Peak Johnson

Kevin Wilkins remembers the summer day long ago when he stared down a member of The Valley, a notorious gang that inhabited the streets of North Philadelphia in the '60s and '70s.

Reflections of a Temple Grad II

Peak Johnson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Peak Johnson

I remember when walking across the stage on graduation day, just last May, and how uncertain I was about entering the "real world" with a bachelors in journalism. Would I be accepted in the field? Would I be able to obtain a job? What challenges would I be facing next?

A New Place to Call Home

Peak Johnson | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Peak Johnson

The idea of having a wellness center placed in the heart of North Philadelphia had first come to Sister Mary Scullion, Executive Director of Project HOME, when civic leader Stephen Klein had approached her about building a community center.

Philadelphia Officer Shot Dead In The Head Trying To Stop A Robbery

AP | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects tryin...

Reflections of a Temple Grad

Peak Johnson | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Peak Johnson

So many thoughts started to form in my mind as my row started to join the long line of graduates. It amazed me at the time, and it still does on occasion, that a kid from North Philadelphia who originally had no plans on attending an institution of higher learning was now graduating from college again.

How A Petty Spat Robbed This Mother Of Her Only Son

OWN | Posted 07.14.2014 | OWN

John's bedroom in North Philadelphia looks like the typical bedroom of an 18-year-old boy. Trophies line the shelves, jerseys are pinned to the walls....

MAP: Thousands Killed Since Newtown

data.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

The Huffington Post compiled news reports of gun-related homicides and accidental deaths in the U.S. since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. on the morni...

Jason Cherkis

'I Dropped The Phone And I Ran To Him, Screaming'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

One Month On the morning of his murder, Feb. 11, Devin Aryal, 9, dressed to the ticking of his race car clock. His collection of stuffed animal...

Philly Park Gets Brotherly Love From Community

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Hunting Park has a surrounding community plagued with violence and poverty working against it. But Leroy Fisher is trying to change that by making t...