Helen Ubiñas is an award-winning metro columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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If there’s something wrong in your West Philly neighborhood, who you gonna call? These guys. | Helen Ubiñas

Tired of seeing their neighbors surrender to crime and blight, a group of men stepped up.

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Philadelphia is a city in trauma. Now what are we going to do about it? | Helen Ubiñas

Behind every Philadelphia shooting is a city in trauma.

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Angry families of murder victims protest DA Larry Krasner | Helen Ubiñas

“I just want him to listen to us, to hear us, and consider that we are actually sentenced to life when we lose our children.”

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This column left me with a little less hair, but a lot more appreciation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Helen Ubiñas

Brothers and barbers who lost their mother to breast cancer honor her memory by cutting ribbon designs into clients' hair.

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Three years after her son’s death, a mother gets justice. And it still feels empty. | Helen Ubiñas

One Philadelphia mother finally gets the justice she sought in the name of her murdered son.

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When you hold a silent protest against unsolved murders and the police commissioner shows up | Helen Ubiñas

At a silent protest against unsolved murders, grieving families find they can be silent no more.

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In a city with a staggering number of unsolved murders, this grieving mother is leading a protest | Helen Ubiñas

“What about us?” loved ones of unsolved murder victims ask.

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A suburban teenager read about a Philadelphia teen shot and paralyzed and decided to help | Helen Ubiñas

It was the kind of moment that took your breath away, and renewed your faith in humanity.

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They were born minutes apart, and were shot minutes apart last year on July 4th. | Helen Ubiñas

Twin brothers who were shot within minutes of one another fight to overcome shared trauma.

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Paralyzed gunshot survivors are coming to their support group, but they need more | Helen Ubiñas

At the second meeting of paralyzed gunshot survivors, some new faces and lessons.