Staff writer Mensah M. Dean joined the enterprise team in January 2016. Since 1997, he has worked for the Daily News, covering a number of beats including, education, welfare reform, criminal courts and City Hall. He began his career at the Washington Times, where he won a handful of regional journalism awards.

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‘God had his back’: Whether Jermaine or Spider-man, he’s praised as a hero in West Philadelphia

They were calling him “Spider-man,” and he was the talk of the Westpark Apartments in Powelton on Friday, a day after he scaled 15 floors of fence-enclosed balconies to alert his bedridden mother to a fire in the 19-story building.

Basketball tourney organizer laments mass shooting at Overbrook playground

The shooting at Baker Playground on Saturday marked the second time in a month that an outdoor gathering in the city had been broken up by bullets.

‘We’re becoming uncivilized’: After alleged carjacker’s beating death, Strawberry Mansion residents debate street justice

Philadelphia Police said Friday that street justice should not be tolerated, after they said a 54-year-old man who stole a car with three children inside was fatally beaten by the father and a group of neighborhood men Thursday night in Strawberry Mansion.

Questions remain in fatal shooting of man, wounding of Sheriff Jewell Williams’ son

The son of Philadelphia’s sheriff remained hospitalized Monday recovering from gunshot wounds he received during a sidewalk attack Friday that killed a man renovating a North Philly house.

Lawsuit alleges Sheriff Williams encouraged chief inspector to kill himself and expressed 'anti-white prejudices'

Richard Verrecchio alleges that Williams even “offered him guidance on how to properly do it.”

24-year-old slain at graduation party was ‘ambitious,’ ‘outgoing’ son of Ivory Coast immigrants

Isiaka Meite, the Southwest Philly man killed during a graduation cookout last Sunday, is remembered as a good son and brother who had dreams of being a filmmaker.

‘This came out of nowhere’: Shooting of 6 at playground BBQ caps bloody Father’s Day weekend in Philly

The gunfire put a grim punctuation mark on a weekend during which 28 people were shot — five fatally — in 19 incidents in the city.

Medical Examiner’s Office: Deputy sheriff killed himself

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday confirmed what many suspected: Dante M. Austin, the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff, whose body was found Friday morning, died by suicide. Funeral arrangements also were announced.

Philly’s Pride Parade: ‘A time when everyone can come out’

Philadelphia's annual Pride Parade drew thousands to Center City. On the minds of many was Dante Austin, whose death last week shocked many in the gay community.

Deputy Dante Austin, ‘big-hearted’ LGBT leader, found dead in Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office

Austin, 27, a U.S. Army veteran who was working in the Civil Enforcement Unit, was scheduled to be promoted to sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office on July 1, Sheriff Jewell Williams said.