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  • March 4 Trump

    02/16/2017 7:27:46 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 12 replies
    March for Trump ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Peter Boykin
    over." On January 20th, 2017, President Trump outlined a clear vision for the nation: America first. When was the last time you heard anyone in Washington, D.C., say that, let alone a President? It's inspiring, and after countless years of lies, wars, scandals, soaring debt, and declining esteem, it couldn't come at a better time. That's not to say that it will be easy, unfortunately. In fact, it's going to be difficult and time-consuming to recorrect such a fundamentally altered course. A seditious fringe has resolved to sabotage this restored purpose. An insidious propaganda apparatus intends on further shredding the...
  • Asplundh Tree Execs Charged With Running Undocumented Workers Scheme

    02/16/2017 12:52:13 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Philly Mag ^ | 02/15/2017 | VICTOR FIORILLO
    Willow Grove-based Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is huge, privately owned corporation with more than 36,000 employees and estimated annual sales of $3.5 billion, according to Forbes, which counts it as one of America’s largest private companies. But now, Asplundh finds itself the recipient of some very unwelcome attention thanks to charges just filed in federal court. An Asplundh vice president, Larry Gauger, 45, of Wayne, has been charged with visa fraud and conspiracy relating to his work at the company. Two other Asplundh managers have been charged as well, according to the Department of Justice, but their names have yet...
  • Asplundh Tree Execs Charged With Running Undocumented Workers Scheme

    02/15/2017 3:11:43 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 89 replies
    Phillymag.com ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Victor Fiorillo
    Willow Grove-based Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is huge, privately owned corporation with more than 36,000 employees and estimated annual sales of $3.5 billion, according to Forbes, which counts it as one of America’s largest private companies. But now, Asplundh finds itself the recipient of some very unwelcome attention thanks to charges just filed in federal court. An Asplundh vice president, Larry Gauger, 45, of Wayne, has been charged with visa fraud and conspiracy relating to his work at the company. Two other Asplundh managers have been charged as well, according to the Department of Justice, but their names have yet...
  • Why a local HS hoops team decided to make statement with warmup shirts(ACLU Fund Raiser)

    02/15/2017 9:18:07 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    PhillyVoice ^ | 02/14/2017 | MATT MULLIN
    r the third straight game, members of the Lower Merion High School boys basketball team donned different warm-up shirts on Tuesday night prior to facing Strath Haven for the Central League title. On Sunday, the Aces beat Penncrest at the buzzer to advance to the championship game. In a show of solidarity -- and as a way to explain why some players knelt during the national anthem -- the team wore all-black shirts that featured white writing in the shape of a spade. It read: "I am a Muslim. I am a refugee. I am an immigrant. I am an...
  • Toshiba chairman resigns over huge nuclear business loss

    02/14/2017 3:03:50 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 10 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    TOKYO — Toshiba Corp.'s chairman resigned Tuesday after the company logged such massive losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up. The company projected a 712.5 billion yen ($6.3 billion) loss for its nuclear business related to the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster by its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse. The company also said it will not take on new projects to construct nuclear plants. President Satoshi Tsunakawa said the company also was looking for potential partners to acquire a stake in Westinghouse. He bowed deeply at a news conference to...
  • Executive Director of Allegheny Co. Republican Committee accused of punching girlfriend

    02/14/2017 12:21:50 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 9 replies
    TribLIVE.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 | Megan Guza
    Pittsburgh police arrested the Executive Director of the county's Republican Committee over the weekend for allegedly yanking his 26-year-old girlfriend from the car and punching her, according to the affidavit filed Saturday in support of the arrest. John Schnaedter, 36, is charged with one count of simple assault and released from the Allegheny County Jail on non-monetary bail, court records show. A witness on Bailey Avenue called police after he saw a man, later identified as Schnaedter, and a woman arguing in a Jeep parked on the street, according to the criminal complaint. He told police he heard a woman...
  • Students wear white pins to remind them of white privilege

    02/14/2017 6:56:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    College Fix ^ | February 14, 2017 | Dominic Mancini
    Students at Elizabethtown College this month are wearing white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces to remind them of their white privilege. The campaign was launched over the weekend by the Elizabethtown College Democrats, who say it aims to make students at the small and private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania more introspective about issues of race, especially in their predominantly white region of Lancaster County.
  • Jerry Sandusky’s son arrested for child sex assault

    02/13/2017 12:58:00 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Joshusa Rhett Miller
    The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky – the former Penn State University football coach convicted of child sex abuse – has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
  • Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son arrested for sexually assaulting a child

    02/13/2017 11:28:13 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 48 replies
    wishtv.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Mallory Lane
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WTAJ) – Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jeffrey Sandusky, 41 and charged him with sexually assaulting a child. Sandusky is the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who was convicted on multiple counts of child sex abuse.
  • Is It “Deeply Offensive” to Enforce the Law?

    02/12/2017 6:31:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/12/17 | John Hinderacker
    It is, apparently, if the law relates to immigration. At Penn State, someone put up posters urging students and others to report violations of the immigration laws. This is the poster:Is it a civic duty to report illegal aliens? That is certainly a defensible position. In general, citizens should cooperate with law enforcement. But Penn State’s administration didn’t see it that way: “The posters are unsigned and appear to be designed to provoke anger, fear and hate. The university finds them deeply offensive,” Penn State said in a statement. Is enforcing the law really a sign of “anger, fear and...
  • FAKE NEWS: Melania Trump's RNC Fashion - A Scary Statement

    02/11/2017 6:56:20 PM PST · by Bon mots · 49 replies
    Philly.com, The Inquirer, Daily News ^ | July 19, 2016 | Elizabeth Wellington
    Links to both original articles: Melania Trump's RNC fashion: A scary statementDNC Fashion: Hillary Clinton looked presidential in an all-white pantsuit
  • Anti-immigrant signs being removed at Penn State (Fake News)

    02/11/2017 11:27:55 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Philly.com ^ | 02/11/2017 | Bill Schackner
    Someone has been attaching posters ​to bulletin boards on Penn State University's main campus that tell people to report illegal immigrants. University officials said they do not know who is behind the signs and ​denounced them as "deeply offensive"​ in a statement.​ "​The posters are unsigned and appear to be designed to provoke anger, fear and hate​,"​ it said. Likewise, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials called the signs “bogus,” saying Friday that the agency was not involved and would not solicit information in that manner.
  • Woman [transgender] arrested for threatening judge in Westmoreland County

    02/11/2017 11:24:22 AM PST · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 2/7/2017 | Jonathan D. Silver
    A transgender woman who did prison time in connection with her husband’s death after she performed a botched castration surgery at their rural trailer was arrested Monday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse for threatening a judge. Tammy Felbaum, 58, of Seward had just put her purse on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine just before 11 a.m. when she said, “I have guns and an Uzi in my purse, also a rocket launcher,” according to a police affidavit. Then, police said, Felbaum walked through the metal detector “with an attitude” and said, “I am going to shoot a judge...
  • PENNSYLVANIA CHILD RAPE SUSPECT TO JUDGE: 'I'M SCARED TO DEATH'

    02/10/2017 2:10:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    ABC13 ^ | Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | Katherine Scott
    A man, accused of raping multiple children in Bucks County, Pennsylvania faced a judge for the first time on Tuesday morning. William Thomas, 58, issued a flat denial to the disturbing allegations during his preliminary hearing. He appeared via video from prison. Thomas was arrested late last week on child pornography charges, and five additional counts of child rape were filed on Monday. In court, Thomas told Judge Jan Vislosky, "I'm scared to death, ma'am." He said he "never inflicted any pain on a child, nor would I want to." Thomas did not have an attorney, and the judge repeatedly...
  • Does D.A. Williams’ Withdrawal Mean Philly Democrats Are Finally Learning?

    02/10/2017 1:42:37 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Philly Mag ^ | 02/10/2017 | HOLLY OTTERBEIN
    Something extremely rare in Philadelphia politics happened today: A Democratic elected official who has been under investigation by the FBI announced that he would not run for office again. In a last-minute news conference, District Attorney Seth Williams told shocked journalists that we was dropping out of the primary election because he “made mistakes --SNIP-- Philadelphia Democrats are known for holding onto their dear lives—not stepping aside—when faced with federal investigations
  • Pennsylvania senator to Trump: Come after me, you 's***-gibbon(Child Pimp Alert)

    02/09/2017 8:47:03 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 54 replies
    PhillyVoice ^ | 02/08/2017 | DANIEL CRAIG
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker had strong words for Donald Trump after the president reportedly joked he would "destroy" a Texas lawmaker's career. In a Facebook post, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, linked to a Politico story about Trump's meeting with several county sheriffs, including Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh. According to the website, Harold Eavenson, sheriff of Rockwall County, Texas, brought up the issue of civil asset forfeiture.
  • Belgium: US youth in Pittsburgh linked to cyberattack on Brussels airport

    02/09/2017 7:09:33 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | February 9, 2017
    BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian authorities say that a U.S. youth in Pittsburgh tried to hack into the Brussels airport computer system and disable it the night after the March 22 attacks that killed 32 people. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday that at its request, the FBI interrogated the American minor and said he confessed. The statement said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful and stressed that "it appeared there were no terrorist motives."
  • Teen hockey player from Montco dies from head trauma [many of you prayed for Nick]

    02/08/2017 8:15:19 PM PST · by Phillyred · 16 replies
    Nick Bond, the captain of his hockey team, had scored a goal during the game Sunday morning, but he left the rink after telling his coach -- who was also his father -- that he had a headache. Moments after leaving the ice at the Wissahickon Skating Club in Chestnut Hill, the Springfield (Montgomery County) High School senior collapsed and was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where surgeons operated to relieve pressure on his brain. Bond died Monday afternoon. Coaches and parents said that they did not see Bond take any blows to the head and that he did not...
  • Out of work: Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky shut down his hedge fund in December just

    02/08/2017 6:52:59 PM PST · by simpson96 · 85 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | 2/8/2017 | Chris Spargo
    (Full article title: Out of work: Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky shut down his hedge fund in December just weeks after Hillary lost election) Marc Mezvinsky quietly shut down his hedge fund Eaglevale Partners back in December. Bloomberg reports that Mr. Chelsea Clinton and his partners are now working to return money to investors, including Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein. The decision to shutter the fund came just a few weeks after Mezvinsky's mother-in-law Hillary lost the election to president Donald Trump. Mezvinsky has kept a low profile ever since Hillary's loss in the election, but was photographed by...
  • Gov. Wolf welcomes Syrian family in Allentown -- and pays airfare

    02/08/2017 6:17:08 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/07/2017 | Michael Matza & Michaelle Bond
    "You've been through a lot,” he told six smiling members of the Assali family, and congratulated them for their "perseverance." "It's nice to have you here," he added. "Thank you for wanting to come to Pennsylvania." This was their second attempt to reach relatives in this Lehigh County city. More than a week earlier, brothers Basam and Hassan Assali; their wives, Jozfin and Jurfeet; and Hassan's two children had been turned away at Philadelphia International Airport. All had valid visas, but President Trump's travel ban had rendered the documents meaningless. Back they went to Syria.
  • Are these Pennsylvania Christians wearing hijabs in solidarity with sharia-promoting Muslims?

    02/07/2017 7:10:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2017 | Ed Straker
    According to the New York Times, the Church World Service wants Muslim immigrants from the Middle East to feel welcome.  And they seem to think: what better way to make them feel welcome than to put on a hijab and head over to the local mosque for feminist fun and adventure! These ladies, who likely hate Donald Trump for being "sexist," think nothing of wrapping themselves up in an outfit closely associated with some of the worst sharia law has to offer women – the subservience, the second class citizenship, the beatings, the clitorectomies, the sex slavery, and so...
  • “Behead them in their own homes”: Pennsylvania Muslim drew up assassination list of US military...

    02/06/2017 6:53:09 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/6/17 | Robert Spencer
    “After the hearing, Thornton described his client as ‘a young kid who was tweeting from his bedroom. He’s very sorry that he ever got himself involved in something like this.'”His targets would have been even sorrier if this poor “young kid” had carried out his plans.Meanwhile, is anyone investigating where he learned his understanding of Islam, or is that question being waved away yet again with the claim that he was “radicalized on the Internet”?“Pennsylvania man, 20, pleads guilty to charges he conspired to aid the Islamic State,” Associated Press, January 30, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia): A 20-year-old Pennsylvania...
  • New prof brings millions to Temple(Grants to study college costs)

    02/06/2017 2:52:33 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 21 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/06/2017 | Susan Snyder
    Since education policy professor Sara Goldrick-Rab arrived at Temple University eight months ago, she's brought in two large grants, totaling more than $6 million for research on making college more affordable. They include a nearly $4 million grant, announced Monday, under which she will lead a team researching the effectiveness of “completion grants” aimed at preventing needy college seniors from dropping out. Goldrick-Rab is partnering with the national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to implement the U.S. Department of Education research grant. --SNIP-- Because her plate has been full, she is not yet teaching. She’ll begin with one class...
  • Good Samaritan offers man a ride, winds up 'getaway driver' in Columbia bank heist

    02/05/2017 10:53:31 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 8 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | Jennifer Todd
    A good Samaritan was an unwitting getaway driver in a bank robbery after offering a ride home to a man he met in a Columbia tavern Monday. Greg Kreiser said he was just trying to help out the man when he expressed hesitation about driving after having a few drinks, and didn’t mind as the man asked if they could make a few stops on the way.
  • Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

    02/04/2017 7:01:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/04/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck & Jonathan Tamari
    Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.
  • Black Ivy League student claims ‘trauma’ after white professor refuses to acknowledge privilege

    02/03/2017 8:52:17 PM PST · by RightGeek · 36 replies
    College Fix ^ | 1/31/2017 | Justin Caruso
    A black University of Pennsylvania student recently declared that his fall semester at the Ivy League institution was “traumatic” because he had three white professors who refused to acknowledge their privilege, and one scholar in particular who “constantly perpetuated these systems of oppression … [that] led to me mentally breaking down in the classroom.” Student James Fisher wrote about his experience earlier this month in an op-ed in the Daily Pennsylvanian campus newspaper. In it, Fisher opens by saying: “Last semester was honestly the worst semester I’ve had at Penn so far. And all because of one thing: the white...
  • Philadelphia gay bars ordered to undergo anti-racism training after damning report

    02/03/2017 5:08:27 AM PST · by csvset · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2 Feb 2017 | Jessica Chasmar
    Philadelphia's Commission on Human Relations is ordering owners and staff of 11 gay bars and clubs to undergo anti-discrimination training after a report found that the city’s famed “Gayborhood” has been unwelcoming to minorities and transwomen for decades. The commission released a report last month based on verbal and written testimony from community members that found Gayborhood businesses “are owned by white, cisgender, males who create preferable environments for white, cisgender male patrons.” “Although the expectation is a ‘safe space’ for all LGBTQ people, many people of color, women and transgender individuals experience racism, prejudice and discrimination in these spaces,”...
  • Police seek man who robbed gas station at gunpoint ‘to feed my kids' (BLM robber)

    02/02/2017 6:32:30 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | uncredited
    BELLEVUE, Pa. - Authorities are searching for a man caught on surveillance video robbing a Bellevue gas station at gunpoint. The armed robbery happened Monday night at the convenience store at the Shell gas station in Bellevue, police said. Amber Kalupson was working inside at the time of the robbery. “He didn't take the change. He just took the cash. And as he was taking it, he said, ‘Your paychecks are guaranteed. (Expletive) you. (Expletive) white people, and (expletive) Trump. I have to feed my kids,’” Kalupson said. Kalupson said the armed man entered the store from the parking lot,...
  • Looking a gift Hawg in the mouth

    01/31/2017 7:28:57 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies
    Self | 31 January 2017 | lightman
    I knew that would get your attention! So, tonight I'm a fly on the wall at the United Way of York County (PA)Campaign Victory Celebration, watching the "lucky" donors whittle down to the final two, one of whom will receive a $30,000.00+ loaded up Harley and the other who will receive a $3000.00 travel voucher from AAA. There are two finalists. I know one of them....Lynn Henry, one of sons of Spring Grove area schoolteacher who lived past her 101st birthday, who followed in his mother's footsteps and taught in the Dallastown Schools for a long time before retirement. And,...
  • Harrisburg man admits he conspired to help Islamic State

    01/31/2017 3:48:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    WPXI ^ | 1/31/17
    A 20-year-old Harrisburg man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State group and to tweeting out a list that identified and targeted people serving in the U.S. military. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz faces the potential of up to 25 years and a $500,000 fine after admitting to a charge of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and to transmitting a communication containing a threat, both felonies. Aziz, a natural born American arrested in Harrisburg in December 2015, used about 70 different Twitter accounts and an encrypted mobile messaging application to spread messages from...
  • Liberals may hate Trump’s first 10 days, but GOP base loves it

    01/30/2017 10:05:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 30, 2017 | Joe Garofoli
    Many of the dominant images from President Trump’s first 10 days in office make it look as if the country is turning on him. The millions who protested him at women’s marches across the country. The thousands who jammed airports over the weekend to support immigrants and refugees hurt by his travel ban. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely any of this early backlash will mean much to the swing-state voters who sent Trump to the White House to deliver a message that the political system wasn’t working for them. “Is the white, blue-collar voter in Pennsylvania going to be upset by all...
  • Police: Bucks man allegedly abused child as part of animal-costumed sex ring

    01/30/2017 7:44:54 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/30/2017 | Chris Palmer
    They were called “furry parties,” according to police, gatherings where adult men would dress up as animals and occasionally fulfill sexual fantasies. But on several occasions, according to court documents released Sunday, the strange fetish turned sinister when a Bucks County man allegedly took off his fox costume and raped a boy who was brought to the party and dressed as a tiger.
  • Bucks County Authorities Make Arrest In Fetish-Themed Child Predator Sex Ring

    01/29/2017 6:11:21 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 108 replies
    KYW CBS ^ | January 29, 2017 | By JUSTIN UDO
    Authorities in Bucks County make an arrest in a fetish-themed child predator sex ring they say was going on for the better part of a decade. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said for the last seven years at least four men sexually abused a young boy at sex parties where the men would dress up like different animals. “This child victim was repeatedly abused by a group of criminals who cared only about their gratification, they cared nothing about this young boy,” he said. “This is a horrendous case.” On Friday police in Bucks County arrested 57-year-old Kenneth Fenske...
  • Cheese suspected in pizza delivery theft

    01/28/2017 2:04:54 PM PST · by lightman · 106 replies
    Hanover Evening Sun ^ | 28 January 2017 | Kaitlin Greenockle
    A juvenile thought to be involved in the robbery of a pizza delivery man in Penn Township will be charged as an adult, according to an affidavit. Sheldon Isaiah Cheese, 17, of York, is one of two people allegedly involved in the incident. He and Logan Matthew Alexander, 18, of Littlestown, allegedly robbed the man on Jan. 24 as he was delivering pizzas to them, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge James Miner. Alexander is a senior at Delone Catholic High School, which was confirmed by Delone Catholic Principal Maureen Thiec. A member of the basketball team, he...
  • Newly jailed Chaka Fattah gets some advice from his incarcerated son (Best Headline Ever!)

    01/28/2017 10:01:51 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/28/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck
    AS FORMER U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah prepared to move in to a federal prison last week, his son offered a bit of advice: Bring an extra pair of glasses. "If they get broken or stolen in there," the younger Fattah explained, "it can take three to six months to get them replaced." And Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. - a self-styled "entrepreneur, socialite, and lifestyle mogul" and outspoken offspring of the man who represented Philadelphia in Congress for more than two decades - should know.
  • GOP Philly Meetings Bugged – Mole Sends Recordings to Liberal News Outlets

    01/27/2017 4:21:32 PM PST · by drewh · 83 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan 27th, 2017 1:59 pm | Jim Hoft
    Republican lawmakers are meeting this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Loews Hotel near City Hall. Protesters have been targeting the hotel since the Republican lawmakers came to town. Welcome to Philadelphia @realDonaldTrump #lgbtq #queerrager protest outside the Loews Hotel #philly video sent to me by a friend pic.twitter.com/x0IczPgh4B — MK (@mytweetjawn) January 26, 2017 But it gets worse. Their room is bugged. Someone was taping the GOP lawmakers’ discussions and sent copies to the liberal media. The Washington Post reported: Republican lawmakers aired sharp concerns about their party’s quick push to repeal the Affordable Care Act inside a closed-door...
  • Gas tax increase, turnpike toll hike greet drivers in the new year (already happened by now)

    01/27/2017 5:00:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Decembeer 28, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    The cost of driving in Pennsylvania is going up on two fronts in the new year. First, the state tax on wholesale motor fuels will increase Jan. 1 — 8 cents for gasoline and nearly 11 cents for diesel fuel. Those costs are expected to be passed on to retail prices at the pump. A week later, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase for the ninth year in a row, this time by 6 percent. The change will increase the cost of a trip from Ohio to New Jersey from $48.90 to $51.85 for cash and from $34.93 to...
  • Philly Got a Head Start on Trump Protests With "Queer Rager"

    01/26/2017 5:51:04 PM PST · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Phllly Magazine ^ | 26 January 2017
    More than 1,000 people came out for the “Queer Rager” dance party outside the Loews Philadelphia Hotel last night to protest President Donald Trump and the GOP retreat, which will occupy the hotel until Friday. The protest brought a steady throng of dancers and demonstrators who voiced their concerns about a wide range of issues surrounding Trump and GOP policy on the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ issues, law enforcement, immigration, climate change and more. Philly is in the national spotlight right now – and protestors are showing up. The demonstrations will continue into today and likely grow in size, as...
  • Theresa May: America and Britain will 'lead together again' after Brexit and election of...

    01/25/2017 3:06:13 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1/25/17 | Peter Dominiczak
    Theresa May will say that Britain and America can “rediscover our confidence” and “lead together again” in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. The Prime Minister will address the annual congressional Republican Retreat in Philadelphia and say that the UK and USA will “renew the Special Relationship” now that President Trump is in the White House. Her address will come just hours before she becomes the first foreign leader to meet Mr Trump on Friday. Mrs May will present Mr Trump with an engraved Quaich - an ancient Scottish artefact – and give his wife, Melania,...
  • Crawford Central School Board member defends 'clean head shot' Trump posts

    01/25/2017 2:36:30 PM PST · by doug from upland · 30 replies
    Meadville newspaper ^ | 1-25-17 | Mike Crowley
    A Crawford Central School Board member is facing backlash for trading insults on social media and posting critical comments about President Donald Trump, including using variations of the phrase "clean head shot." A member of the public used the comment period at the end of Monday’s school board meeting to call out the social media activity of board member Glenn Tuttle. “One of our school board members made very inappropriate remarks on Facebook,” Bonnie Van Nort began without identifying Tuttle by name. “We are all entitled to our opinions, but as an elected school board member, I would think that...
  • Philadelphia erects another barrier to employers being able to hire workers

    01/25/2017 12:38:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/25/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Philadelphia may be turning into the new San Francisco under Mayor Jim Kenny, complete with all of the bizarre laws we’re used to seeing crop up on the west coast. Just last night we were talking about his plans for certain bars in the “Gayborhood” and the sketchy legal grounds for those proposals. Now there’s another new initiative rolling out which is going to put the screws to every employer in the city. The City of Brotherly love will now bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history during the hiring process. Despite a threat from cable...
  • Penn maintenance worker says he was sent to drown out religious protesters

    01/25/2017 9:16:13 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 19 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | 01/17/2017 | Sydney Schaedel
    For the third time since Sept. 15, controversial Christian preachers littered Locust Walk with speech railing against Muslims, the LGBTQ community and Jews — but the University’s response appeared to be slightly more aggressive this time. Just before 3:00 p.m., the protesters were stationed in front of Van Pelt Library, and an orange vehicle — often used around campus by Facilities and Real Estate Services employees — was parked in front of them on Locust Walk. A Daily Pennsylvanian editor approached a FRES employee manning the vehicle and asked if the University requested he be there to drown out the...
  • Black Lives Matter Street Theater @ The MLA

    01/25/2017 6:48:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 25, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention in Philadelphia this year, we got to see some of the "Creative Responses to Black Lives Matter." They included: • A filmed street theater presentation on "The Shooting of Africa," presented by Kimberly Welch of UCLA, and featuring actors with signs. • A group called #Justice for Flint, that did a rap & music video which featured such lyrics as "Flintstones, yabba dabba do is a negro spiritual" and "Ready for your poison, the girls and boys in…," which was presented by Elizabeth Anne "Betsy" Wheeler of the University of Oregon. •...
  • Decades-old mistake may have caused bridge beam to fail

    01/24/2017 8:11:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jason Laughlin
    An apparent construction error six decades ago could have caused the fracture discovered Friday in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge, an engineering expert who viewed pictures of the cracked truss said Sunday. An image of the cracked truss - a supporting piece - on the bridge that runs between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington County in New Jersey shows signs of holes that had been mistakenly drilled into the steel beam and then filled with plug welds, a typical solution in the 1950s when the bridge was built, said Karl Frank, professor...
  • Man Bit Roommate’s Ear Off Out Of Fear Trump Would ‘Send Him Back To Mexico’

    01/24/2017 6:08:42 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    pittsburgh.cbslocal.com ^ | January 23, 2017
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Police say a man bit the ear off another man in Pittsburgh as they argued about President Donald Trump. Victim Marco Ortiz, 30, was bitten at his apartment at around 6:45 a.m. Monday in the city’s East Liberty neighborhood after a verbal argument turned physical. He ran to a gas station for help. According to Ortiz, the roommate bit off part of his ear, twisted his finger and threatened to kill him. Not because of anything Ortiz did, but because his roommate feared that Trump will try to send him back to Mexico.
  • 'They shot the wrong guy' says ex-wife of homeowner police shot dead during reported robbery

    01/23/2017 4:18:04 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 41 replies
    Trib Live ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | WES VENTEICHER
    Brenda Thompkins awoke early Sunday morning to find a stranger standing near the bed in which she and her ex-husband, Christopher Thompkins, were sleeping on the second floor of his Larimer home. *snip* When officers tried to enter the house from the front porch, someone inside began shooting in their direction, Toler said. Officers returned fire, killing the 57-year-old homeowner later identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Christopher Thompkins.
  • Philly teachers plan Black Lives Matter week — not all are happy

    01/23/2017 1:28:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/23/17 | Kristin Graham
    Beginning Monday, the Black Lives Matter movement could become a curriculum topic in classrooms across the city. A Philadelphia School District teachers' group has planned six days of action this week, encouraging educators to introduce optional curriculum and activities - from "The Revolution Is Always Now" coloring pages for very young students to a science lesson about the biology of skin color for older ones. "This is a critical issue of our time - in our society, but also in our students' lives," said Charlie McGeehan, an English and history teacher and member of the Caucus of Working Educators, an...
  • Another Election Winner: Academic Who Called It

    01/23/2017 7:50:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 20, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Not everybody made a lousy prediction on this year's election results. In introducing Penn Professor David Eisenhower at the University Club on January 19, 2017, Hadley Arkes of the James Wilson Institute noted that the man for whom Camp David was named was confident in April of last year that the Donald could win. Professor Eisenhower noted that "all the women I know are defending Trump." That turned out to be a more scientific barometer than whatever the mainstream media were using. It should be noted that Professor Eisenhower is the grandson of one president and the son-in-law of another—Richard...
  • URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY

    01/23/2017 6:21:28 AM PST · by metmom · 33 replies
    NWS ^ | Jan 23, 2017
    ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 1 PM TUESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND SLEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 1 PM TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS...CENTRAL NEW YORK AND THE NORTHERN TIER OF PENNSYLVANIA. * HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY WET SNOW... SLEET... AND STRONG WINDS. * ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 9 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW AND SLEET. THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. * TIMING...RAIN WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA LATER THIS MORNING...
  • How Trump made small-town America matter again (Must read)

    01/22/2017 11:06:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Salena Zito
    The first time Donald J. Trump stepped onstage in Pennsylvania in April 2016 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, it was clear something very different was going on in this state, with this candidate. It was not because the rally was massive, or because it was boisterous, or that it was poorly organized, though all those things were true. Having already attended 18 of his rallies throughout primary states across the country, I found, in fact, that it looked very familiar. It was different because it was in Pennsylvania. It was a campaign that was designed to fail from...