State of Our City | May 20-27

Charles Peruto
Image | Courtesy of Charles Peruto


The current number of homicide victims year-to-date under Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner’s leadership. That’s a 40 percent increase over last year at this time.

It’s up to Chuck

With incumbent D.A. Larry Krasner’s win in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, it appears that it will be up to Republican Charles Peruto to pull a Ron Castille in the upcoming General Election if Philly streets are to get any safer. Castille, you’ll recall, was the last Republican to be elected district attorney, way back in the mid-1980s. If the crime stats keep going up – and who’s betting against that? – he has a shot, at least.

Image | Clayton Robbins

Guess the murders, win a prize

Philly’s murder rate is on the climb, as noted elsewhere on this page, and the D.A.’s race is set up between incumbent Democrat Larry Krasner and Republican Charles Peruto. What do you think the city’s murder tally will be on Nov. 2, General Election day? Send your best guess to We’ll keep track of all of the entries and send the winner (whoever comes closest to the right number) some sweet swag. Send your entries by the end of the month. Guessing tip: Look up whatever the murder count was last year on Nov. 2 and add 50 percent to it. Time to break out the calculator (or calculator app).

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