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updated: 8/22/2011 10:23 AM

Philly extends youth curfew after flash mobs

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Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia officials are extending the curfew for minors for two more weeks until the regular school-year curfew takes effect.

The 9 p.m. curfew was put in place downtown and near the University of Pennsylvania in response to violent "flash mob" attacks that severely injured several people in recent months. Mayor Michael Nutter's administration says he's extending it another two weeks.

Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald says there have been no major problems in the few weeks since the curfew was put into effect. Philadelphia police on Monday reported 32 curfew violations over the weekend.

The school-year curfew starts Sept. 6.