Phila. Studies Response To Street-Person Violence

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It seemed safe stroll a busy Philadelphia street on a sunny summer day, but as she crossed the street, a woman heard hollering behind her from a demented man. Before she could turn, a crashing blow to the head sent her staggering, says the Philadelphia Daily News. In another attack, a homeless man last week stabbed an intern from the district attorney's office in broad daylight. A judge this week ordered the accused assailant to undergo a mental health evaluation and set his bail at $750,000. Although Mayor John Street last summer ordered a crackdown on panhandlers . . .

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