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The Philly Four: Report released studying causes of 2,000 shootings in Philadelphia

Sam Britt
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Man freed after 37 years in prison sues Philadelphia

  • After being wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years, a Philadelphia man is suing the city for "outrageous police misconduct. Willie Stokes filed the lawsuit on Thursday, the same day his conviction in a 1984 murder case was dismissed. The lead witness who identified Stokes as the killer said that he was bribed by the police department with sex and drugs. The witness was convicted on a perjury charge in 2015 but Stokes wasn't alerted.

Philadelphia releases report on causes of shootings

  • The 100 Shooting Review Committee released a study of 2,000 shootings in an effort to identify patterns and inform future policy aiming to cut down on gun violence. The two main causes of shootings were arguments (50%) and drug trafficking (18%). Most shootings used semi-automatic pistols. Police have also struggled to solve shootings, only clearing 37% of fatal shootings and 18% of non-fatal ones.

Joel Embiid named All-Star starter

  • Philadelphia 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid was named an All-Star Game starter for the fifth consecutive year. Embiid was joined by Eastern Conference counterparts Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant and Trae Young. According to Oddsshark, Embiid is currently the favorite to win the NBA MVP Award.

Nor'easter expected to plow through Philly region

  • A nor'easter is expected to drop as much as a foot of snow on Philadelphia. The storm is projected to begin Friday night with the worst of it occurring Saturday morning. Travel is expected to be affected as roads will be difficult to navigate with windswept snow. Temperatures are projected to warm up on Monday and melt away most of the remaining snow by the middle of next week.

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