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  • Kenney: I'd take George W back in a minute (Far Left Terrified)

    01/19/2017 1:44:45 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 66 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 01/19/2017 | staff
    In an interview with Politico, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the uncertainty cities face with the incoming Trump administration leaves him feeling that he would "take George W. back in a minute." "If it was [George W.] Bush, [Ronald] Reagan, [Mitt] Romney, [John] McCain, you’d kind of know what to get ready for," the Democrat said, referring to two past Republican presidents and two losing GOP presidential candidates. "I don’t know what to get ready for." Kenney gave the interview Tuesday while in Washington for the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting
  • Crosses planned for pedestrian bridge spark controversy (Villanova U)

    01/19/2017 10:07:59 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Main Line News ^ | 01/19/2017 | Linda Stein
    --SNIP-- “What message does this ornament send to those who drive on Lancaster Avenue?” asked Roberta Winters, president of the Radnor League of Woman Voters. The world has changed since the days when public school students would start the day with a prayer, she said. She wondered if the crosses would send a “welcoming” message to motorists as they pass through Radnor. “Symbols can bring both positive and negative connotations to individuals and groups,” said Winters. “Are there less ostentatious ways to reflect a Catholic institution?” Winters also wondered what precedent this would set in the township if approved. Rick...
  • [Philly] City attorney in Trump graffiti incident nominated for lawyer of the year

    01/19/2017 8:58:15 AM PST · by Phillyred · 15 replies
    Duncan Lloyd, the assistant city solicitor who was caught on camera with a second man seen vandalizing a Chestnut Hill grocery store with anti-Donald Trump graffiti in November, was nominated for Above the Law's "Lawyer of the Year." Lloyd was not charged with any crimes and remains employed with the city but his story went national where he became known as 'the wine swilling vandal.' His friend, Evan Brown, 33, who police say did the actual spray painting of an obscene anti-Trump phrase on the wall of the Fresh Market on Germantwon Avenue, was charged with a misdemeanor. The national...
  • 800 turn out in King of Prussia to learn how to confront a Trump administration

    01/19/2017 8:47:19 AM PST · by Phillyred · 34 replies
    A standing-room crowd of 800 packed the auditorium of Upper Merion Middle School on Wednesday night to listen to one speaker after another outline ways to mobilize against the man about to be inaugurated as president of the United States. Those who turned out for the gathering organized by Democratic State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County had come following two months of anger and frustration over Donald Trump's win in November. They were told to form Facebook pages with like-minded friends and try to expand followers; consider putting their "bodies on the line" in acts of civil disobedience...
  • 800 turn out in King of Prussia to learn how to confront a Trump administration

    01/19/2017 6:10:25 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 34 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 01/19/2017 | Maria Panaritis
    A standing-room crowd of 800 packed the auditorium of Upper Merion Middle School on Wednesday night to listen to one speaker after another outline ways to mobilize against the man about to be inaugurated as president of the United States. Those who turned out for the gathering organized by Democratic State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County had come following two months of anger and frustration over Donald Trump's win in November. They were told to form Facebook pages with like-minded friends and try to expand followers; consider putting their "bodies on the line" in acts of civil disobedience in...
  • Rev. Herb Lusk, an ex-Eagle, says conservative blacks are being intimidated by liberal ones

    01/18/2017 6:46:48 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 01/18/2017 | Jenice Armstrong
    African Americans are quick to snatch somebody's black card.For the uninitiated, taking someone's black card is tantamount to kicking an offending party out of the proverbial club. It's a way of saying, "You're no longer one of us," as in, "Stacey Dash be gone." --SNIP-- "Conservative blacks are being intimidated by liberal blacks," he tweeted. "Why take my black card because I don't think like you? Why?" I called Lusk, a former Eagles running back, Tuesday to see if he cared to elaborate and I got an earful.
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Bill Clinton’s Lawyer Asks Obama to Pardon Chaka Fatta (Lanny Davis)

    01/14/2017 8:57:32 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Philly Magazine ^ | 01/13/2017 | CLAIRE SASKO
    --SNIP-- Fattah was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month after he was convicted on charges including participating in a racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bribery, and falsification of records, among other counts. He was found guilty of stealing charitable donations to refund an illegal $1 million loan he used during his 2007 mayoral campaign, using campaign funds to pay off his son’s college tuition debt, and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds to pay a political strategist. Lanny Davis, who served as Clinton’s lawyer and spokesman during the Monica Lewinsky scandal,...
  • Pa. high school math question asked which member of family sexually assaulted girl

    01/13/2017 2:03:56 PM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 13, 2017 | Mari A. Schaefer
    A Bucks County high school is feeling the heat after math students were given a question to solve that involved sexual abuse. The students at Pennridge High School in Perkasie were given a homework assignment that involved trying to figure out which family member assaulted a young girl. In a statement, Superintendent Jacqueline A. Rattigan apologized and said the question was “downloaded from a website that allows teachers around the world to share educational resources.” They were given the question: “y = x+2, 3x+6y = 12, Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her...
  • Philadelphia mayor blames retailers, not new tax, for increased soda prices

    01/13/2017 6:46:36 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 43 replies
    The Extract ^ | 1.13.17 | Editor
    Despite backing what became one of the nation’s first successful soda taxes, Mayor Jim Kenney is now blaming businesses for the resulting spike in the cost of sugary beverages. “They’re gouging their own customers,” he said of retailers who have been passing along some of the costs associated with the new tax.
  • Philly Mayor Blames ‘Price Gouging’ for Outrage Generated by City’s New Soda Tax

    01/13/2017 12:39:16 PM PST · by oblomov · 60 replies
    Reason ^ | 11 Jan 2017 | Eric Boehm
    After driving up the cost of soda and other sugary drinks with a new tax, the mayor of Philadelphia is now trying to blame businesses for charging higher prices (and for the outrage those prices have generated). Mayor Jim Kenney, who proposed the soda tax and championed its passage through city council last year, told reporters on Tuesday it's not the new 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax that's making it more expensive to buy a can of Coke in Philly. No, according to the mayor, those higher prices are caused by city businesses price gouging their customers in order to stir up opposition...
  • In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

    01/12/2017 9:08:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2017 6:31 PM EST | John Raby
    A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge’s previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn’t done in decades. […] The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when...
  • Mayor Passes Massive Soda Tax, Blames Business For Rising Prices

    01/12/2017 4:26:57 AM PST · by kevcol · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 11, 2017 | Steve Birr
    Mayor Jim Kenney, who lead the charge for the passage of his city’s “soda tax,” is lashing out at the business community over higher prices, even accusing retailers of attempting to stir up resentment for the tax in the community . . . The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning that retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. . . . “From Jan. 1, it’s been completely dead,” Mohammad Alqtaishat, owner at Roxborough’s M&M Market, told Billy Penn. “I’m not making money at...
  • Why some Philly women are clamoring for contraception before Inauguration Day

    01/11/2017 1:03:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Why some Philly women are clamoring for contraception before Inauguration Day by Sarah Horvath, M.D. Twitter icon @phillyhealthsci “As long as it’s before the inauguration.” “Anytime before the new Congress takes over.” “Before Obama leaves office…” Women are frantically calling our Philadelphia contraceptive clinic to get their IUDs, implants and sterilizations before Jan. 20. It used to be that women scheduled contraception around life events – weddings, desired number of children, education and career goals. Now they are scheduling appointments around the congressional calendar. They fear that a new administration will take away their contraceptive coverage. And for good reason....
  • 'Civil Whites Act': White-Guilt Sunday Brunch Begins in Philadelphia

    01/10/2017 11:41:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 10, 2017 | J.Christian Adams
    Organized neighborhood Sunday brunch events centered on messages of white guilt are beginning in Philadelphia. Social media and neighborhood postings have appeared in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, inviting white neighbors to come to monthly brunch to hear about white racism at Philadelphia's London Grill. The London Grill advertises itself as a "place to kick-back outside of the grind of center city. To guzzle Willie Sutton Ale and sip fine wine."
  • Penn prof called out her racist dad; now she's taking aim at faculty hiring (Moral Narcissist)

    01/07/2017 1:39:56 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 30 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/06/2017 | Susan Snyder
    Marybeth Gasman made an awful disclosure standing before the crowd at Indiana University. "My father was a racist, the worst kind," said Gasman, a University of Pennsylvania education professor, whose work has focused on historically black colleges and universities. "He hated African Americans, even though he never met an African American." --SNIP-- As of fall 2013, 79 percent of all full-time faculty nationally were white, according to the most recent numbers available. Only six percent were black and 5 percent Hispanic. Gasman acknowledged that too few minority candidates exist in some disciplines, such as engineering and physics. But that's not...
  • Union: Baltimore City Police in ‘Crisis’ Due to Officer Shortage

    01/06/2017 8:42:59 AM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    WJZ ^ | January 5, 2017 | Mike Hellgren
    Baltimore City’s Police Union is sounding the alarm because they say the department is in crisis due to the fact that it has too few officers. According to a new report, there are more than 100 fewer Baltimore City PD officers than last year, with the union saying this poses a safety concern as officers are being overworked. The police union president calls the situation “dire.” ... You don’t have enough police officers to patrol the streets safely protecting themselves, much less protecting the citizens of Baltimore,” said Lt. Ryan. Baltimore ended last year with the second highest number of...
  • Federal judge orders state to provide Mumia Abu-Jamal with (expensive) hepatitis C treatment

    01/04/2017 6:02:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 4, 2017 | Robert Moran
    A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal should be provided new medications by the state to treat his hepatitis C infection. [Snip] The state has about 7,000 inmates with hepatitis C, and treating them - at a cost of $84,000 to $90,000 per person - would cost $600 million. [Snip] Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and sometime radio reporter, was found guilty of the Dec. 9, 1981, slaying [of a 25-year old police officer]. He was sentenced to death in 1982, but that sentence was overturned by a federal appeals court and reduced to life without parole.
  • Massive New Soda Tax In Philly Is Leaving Residents In Shock

    01/03/2017 6:59:43 PM PST · by kevcol · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 3, 2016 | Steve Birr
    The contentious soda tax secured passage in June but consumers in Philadelphia are still flabbergasted by the price increases the tax is sparking. In some cases, shoppers found that they were paying more for the soda tax than the actual product they were purchasing. The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. A 12-pack of Lipton Diet Green Tea at a Save-A-Lot in the city is now priced at $8.03, instead the $4.99 it costed in December,...
  • Attacked for serving his country: Soldier, 19, was beaten by '15 men who spotted his army jacket[tr]

    01/03/2017 7:21:32 AM PST · by kevcol · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 3, 2016 | James Wilkinson
    A soldier who was gifted with a plane ticket to see his widowed mother on Christmas saw his holiday turn to horror when he was left with severe facial injuries by a gang in Philadelphia, his family said. . . . Freni, his mom and girlfriend were strolling through Philadelphia after the parade when they the large group of young men walked by them and made 'derogatory' comments about Freni's jacket, she said. She says that one of those men then hit Freni, and the others leaped in to attack him as well.
  • Analysis: A Complete Breakdown of PA’s Presidential Results (Maps)

    01/02/2017 10:48:30 AM PST · by OddLane · 34 replies
    Politics PA ^ | January 1, 2017 | Nick Field
    On November 8th, Donald Trump became the first Republican to win Pennsylvania since 1988, emerging victorious by just 44,292 votes. To put that in perspective, the last time the GOP won PA: the Berlin Wall was still up, Jimmy Stewart was still alive and I wasn’t even born yet. How did the Keystone State shift from blue to red after so long? That’s what this piece aims to find out. Regional Breakdown: There’s an oft-cited apocryphal James Carville quote that Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in the middle. Like many myths, this one takes a kernel of truth...
  • Former Pa. commissioner charged with indecent assault for groping 103-year-old woman in nursing home

    01/02/2017 7:28:06 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 12/29/2016 | Candy Woodall
    A former Pennsylvania commissioner was arrested and charged with three counts of indecent assault on a person with a mental disability after police said he groped a 103-year-old woman with dementia. Bill Spingler, a 75-year-old Chester County resident who previously served as a commissioner in Radnor Township and Delaware County, is accused of touching the victim's breasts during three visits this month, according to court documents.
  • Man charged with false unemployment claims in 3 states

    12/30/2016 3:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Dec 2016
    A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to student visitors on a cultural exchange to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers, federal prosecutors in Iowa said in court documents. Nikolai Monastyrski is charged in federal court in Iowa with wire and mail fraud related to the scheme that prosecutors say he perpetrated there as well as in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A complaint filed Nov. 10 by Dana Johnson, a Chicago-based U.S. Department of Labor special agent, says Monastyrski was able to...
  • 10 Places With the Highest Rates of Car Theft in the U.S.

    12/29/2016 8:01:37 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | Devon Thorsby
    U.S. News compiled data on car thefts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2014 – the most recent year for complete data from the bureau – to determine which of the 100 largest metro areas in the country had the highest rate of car theft. Albuquerque, New Mexico, takes the top spot for highest rate of car theft, with a total of 6,131 thefts in 2014 and 676.9 thefts per 100,000 people. The City of Albuquerque acknowledges its high rate of auto theft on its website, noting New Mexico’s shared border with Mexico gives car thieves added incentive because...
  • Rookie NFL quarterback gifts shotguns to offensive linemen, gun control group sends gun locks

    12/30/2016 7:40:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Guns.com ^ | December 29, 2016 | Brian Seay
    Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz bought personalized shotguns for his offensive line this Christmas, and now a gun control group says they'll be sending the players gun locks. The 23-year-old rookie quarterback is a North Dakota native and a hunter. He bought the Beretta long guns for his teammates with their numbers engraved on the butt of the guns, according to ESPN. Offensive guard Allen Barbre, a fellow hunter, says the guns are the Beretta model known as the Silver Pigeon, which retails for about $2,000. "This is an awesome gun. I'm excited about it," said Barbre. "I don't...
  • Cops: Veteran Politician Groped Victim, 103 (Another Democrat from Pennsylvania)

    12/29/2016 6:35:49 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 7 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | DECEMBER 29, 2016 | Unknown
    DECEMBER 29--A veteran Pennsylvania politician is facing indecent assault charges for repeatedly molesting a 103-year-old woman confined to a nursing home, according to investigators
  • Signs of the times in Montco meant to combat hate [Glenside, PA holier than thoughs]

    12/29/2016 9:26:38 AM PST · by Phillyred · 18 replies
    Been seeing these disgraceful signs popping up all over my area. They are based on a complete fabricated LIE! This "do-gooder" started the signs in response to hate crimes after the election, not one of which has turned out to be an actual event! But now they can all pat themselves on the back for being so loving and accepting (for everyone but their fellow Trump voting neighbors and relatives). Nevermind if it is all based on ACTUAL VERIFIED FAKE NEWS!
  • Carson Wentz reportedly buys shotguns for offensive line; CeaseFirePA sends gun locks

    12/29/2016 8:50:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/29/2016 | Emily Babay
    After news spread that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was buying personalized shotguns for his offensive line this Christmas, the players were quickly offered another gift: gun locks. The gun-violence-prevention group CeaseFirePA said it was sending gun locks to the Eagles players who were receiving the shotguns from Wentz. The rookie quarterback, who is a hunter, is buying the offensive line Beretta shotguns, each with the player's number engraved on the butt of the gun, according to ESPN.
  • New Year’s @ the MLA

    12/29/2016 7:53:05 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 29, 2016, | Malcolm A. Kline
    While you're getting started on your New Year's resolutions, we're knocking one off of our own bucket list: We’ll be kicking off 2017 with our friends at the Modern Language Association (MLA) at their annual convention in Philadelphia. Several thousand English professors will be in the City of Brotherly Love to attend about 800 panels featuring a couple thousand of their peers on topics near to the heart of most academics: Not only do they give a new twist to old favorites of theirs but they also preview the studies and core curricula of college students everywhere. Thus, you can...
  • Toshiba's record fall highlights U.S. nuclear cost nightmare

    12/29/2016 5:20:54 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 23 replies
    Bloomberg News ^ | Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
    Toshiba Corp. shares plunged by the most on record as the once-heralded U.S. nuclear renaissance turns into a nightmare for the Japanese company. The shares fell by 20 percent, the most since 1974, according to available data, to close at 312 yen in Tokyo following a 12 percent drop Tuesday. Toshiba said it may have to write down billions related to an acquisition made by U.S. unit Westinghouse Electric that was geared toward completing the newest generation of reactors at two U.S. facilities. The projects, overseen by utilities Southern Co. and Scana Corp., are years behind schedule and billions of...
  • Hundreds of youths storm Philadelphia mall on a SECOND night of holiday chaos caused [tr]

    12/28/2016 5:57:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 77 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 28, 2016 | Ashley Collman
    Four people were arrested after a second night of violence at a Pennsylvania mall that was organized on social media. Authorities say about 200 teens converged on the Philadelphia Mills Mall Tuesday evening to start a disturbance, after planning the ruckus on Snapchat. Police were prepared for the flash mob though, after battling a smaller crowd of teens who came to start a similar disturbance the previous night. In fact, the Philadelphia Mills Mall was just one of dozens of shopping centers across the nation that were victim to such flash mobs on Monday.
  • Snapchat-planned, rowdy teens fight again at former Franklin Mills mall

    12/28/2016 4:49:15 AM PST · by dirtboy · 40 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/28/2016 | Robert Moran
    Three teenage boys were arrested after a large crowd of juveniles caused a disturbance Tuesday evening at the Philadelphia Mills mall in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. It was the second night in a row that rowdy teens caused trouble at the mall, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. And it appeared they were using the social media service Snapchat to plan their convergences, he said. No one was injured. Police and mall security met Tuesday morning to prepare a detail in anticipation of further incidents this week because the juveniles have the week off from school, Small said. About 6:45 p.m.,...
  • Recounts or no, US elections are still vulnerable to hacking

    12/26/2016 7:01:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2016 9:13 AM EST | Michael Rubinkam and Frank Bajak
    Jill Stein’s bid to recount votes in Pennsylvania was in trouble even before a federal judge shot it down Dec. 12. That’s because the Green Party candidate’s effort stood almost no chance of detecting potential fraud or error in the vote — there was basically nothing to recount. Pennsylvania is one of 11 states where the majority of voters use antiquated machines that store votes electronically, without printed ballots or other paper-based backups that could be used to double-check the balloting. There’s almost no way to know if they’ve accurately recorded individual votes — or if anyone tampered with the...
  • Bryn Mawr student hounded after asking to share ride to Trump event

    12/23/2016 12:14:24 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/23/2016 | Susan Snyder
    Andi Moritz couldn't get the comments out of her head. A Facebook post the Bryn Mawr College freshman made on the school's ride share page earlier that September day had drawn harsh backlash from dozens of other students, most of whom she didn't know. She was looking for someone to share a ride to a campaign event for Donald Trump. ---SNIP--- Being a young Republican and Trump supporter on a largely liberal college campus can be a rough road. "People did say things to us that you would call insulting," said Sean Egan, 20, president of the University of Pennsylvania...
  • BIDEN: As I watched a Trump rally in October, I said, 'Son of a gun — we may lose this election'

    12/23/2016 11:15:28 AM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 22, 2016 | Chris Sanchez
    After President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory in November, Joe Biden is joining other Democrats pleading the party to refocus its attention on a voting bloc with which they failed to connect in 2016: working-class voters. In a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times, Biden said he noticed issues with Hillary Clinton's campaign early in the election. And when Trump seemed to strike a chord with voters a rally near his childhood home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in October, he became unsettled. "Son of a gun. We may lose this election," Biden said.
  • Police: Subway employee shoots would-be robber; 2 in custody in related SWAT incident

    12/23/2016 9:00:18 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    WPXI ^ | 12/23/2016 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - An armed man who was attempting to rob a business Friday morning on Pittsburgh’s South Side was shot by an employee, authorities told Channel 11 News. The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. at the Subway restaurant in the 2700 block of East Carson Street. Authorities said the armed man entered the Subway and demanded money. One of two Subway employees told officers that he felt threatened and shot the man in the chest. "One of the employees who has a concealed carry permit and has a firearm apparently felt threatened for him and the other employees...
  • East Stroudsburg man stole Toys for Tots donation jar and tip jars, police say

    12/23/2016 4:49:49 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | December 22, 2016 | Frank Warner
    An East Stroudsburg man was arrested Wednesday on charges he stole tip jars from at least four restaurants and the Toys for Tots donation jar from the Arlington Diner in Stroud Township. Michael M. Moya, 23, was identified earlier in the week as a suspect in the Toys for Tots theft at 834 N. Ninth St., and investigators already were gathering evidence on the other thefts, Stroud Area Regional police said.
  • Feds to investigate Upper Dublin schools in racial discrimination complaint

    12/21/2016 8:58:57 PM PST · by Phillyred · 15 replies
    The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has agreed to investigate allegations that the Upper Dublin School District discriminated against black students by disproportionately giving them out-of-school suspensions, contacting police over infractions, and placing them in lower-track courses. The complaint was filed last year by the Public Interest Law Center on behalf of a group of parents who alleged that African Americans made up 7.3 percent of the Upper Dublin student population, but received 45 percent of the suspensions in 2014-15, 48 percent in 2013-14, and 63 percent in 2012-13. Federal investigators declined to look into two other...
  • Judge orders Fattah to prison despite appeal

    12/20/2016 11:15:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2016 | Cristina Marcos
    Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) will have to appeal his corruption conviction from prison starting in January, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Fattah, 60, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison on charges of fraud, bribery and money laundering after a jury convicted him on more than 20 counts. He has been ordered to report to prison by Jan. 25. Fattah had argued a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that limits the legal definition of bribery would likely help his appeal, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. In his opinion, however, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III...
  • The Case for Philly Statehood

    12/20/2016 11:04:26 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    Philly Magazine ^ | 12/20/2016 | BRIAN HOWARD
    Back in July, as the world was reeling from the U.K.’s Brexit vote, Harper Polling asked Pennsylvanians which part of the state they’d like to see exit the Commonwealth. Half of respondents weren’t sure, but nearly-two thirds of those who were said it should be “Philadelphia and the Southeast.” Let’s start with the obvious: The Philly region will never become a state. Ever. Legislators in Harrisburg wouldn’t let its southeastern population center and economic engine ghost. Nor would a Republican-controlled U.S. Congress admit a new, predominantly Democratic state to the union. But that doesn’t mean Philly, and what have become...
  • PA's 20 electors vote for Trump - Snowflakes whining (delicious salty tears).

    12/19/2016 9:57:38 AM PST · by dirtboy · 116 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/19/2016 | Karen Langley
    Twitter feed at source. PA was one of the top Hamilton elector targets as it did not bind electors. Waaaah!
  • School's 'Christmas Carol' Play Dropped After Parents Object to Tiny Tim

    12/19/2016 9:24:35 AM PST · by kevcol · 55 replies
    Fox News insider ^ | December 18, 2016
    Two parents at a Pennsylvania elementary school reportedly objected to a famous line in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', leading the principal to cancel its Christmas play. . . . Tom Kramer, the principal of the school, said in a statement that the school's decision is "rooted in the desire to be respectful of the many cultural and religious backgrounds represented by the students."
  • Obama rushes out 11th-hour regulations targeting coal mining

    12/19/2016 6:52:07 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Ben Wolfgang
    At virtually the last possible moment, the Obama administration on Monday rolled out new regulations making it even more difficult and more costly to mine coal in the U.S., a final shot against the already beleaguered coal industry as the president leaves office. The Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule will go into effect 30 after its official release and publication in the federal register, meaning it likely will be implemented Jan. 19 — one day before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Mr. Trump has vowed to undo much of his predecessor’s environmental regulations, including rules that target coal mining. The...
  • Electoral College members from Pa. issued state police protection: Report

    12/18/2016 7:12:07 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 64 replies
    Members of the Electoral College from Pennsylvania say they are receiving thousands of phone calls and emails from around the world ahead of Monday's vote in Harrisburg, according to a report from Philly.com. One elector told the website that each elector has been assigned a plain clothes state police trooper for protection. "Such has been the life of Pennsylvania's 20 electors for President-elect Donald Trump since the Nov. 8 election," according to the report. The state's electors will convene inside the state House chamber at the Capitol at 12 p.m. to cast their votes.
  • Facing a wave of calls, Pa. electors sounding unshakable

    12/17/2016 8:16:33 AM PST · by dirtboy · 44 replies
    philly.com ^ | 12/17/2016 | Angela Couloumbis
    HARRISBURG - Thousands of emails land in their inboxes every day. Copies of the Federalist Papers and other books urging political courage are being mailed to their homes. They are even getting phone calls in the middle of the night. On Monday, they will travel to the state Capitol to cast their votes to assign Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes to Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence during what has, in the past, been a ceremonial and largely unnoticed event. Not this year. This time around, the electors will be greeted by organized protests, urging them to assign Pennsylvania's electoral votes...
  • The "Election Hack" Stack

    12/16/2016 4:08:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 16, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You want to hear another example of journalistic malpractice? Last night Donald Trump went to another thank you rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This was huge last night. It was just phenomenal. I had email from a Republican strategist who's seeing the light who kept talking to me. He kept writing, "This is genius, Rush! This is genius," referring to Trump and how he was handling himself last night, what he was saying, what he was doing. And last night and in tweet, Trump really went after Josh Earnest. Are we talking about the same cyberattack where it...
  • Trump Displays His Humility in Hershey, As Hillary Holds Pity Party at the Plaza

    12/16/2016 3:11:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 16, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The fact they lost to Trump, they just they just can't abide it, they can't figure it out, they can't make sense of it, because they can't come to grips with the fact that they had one of the worst candidates in the history of presidential candidates as their nominee. You know, do you realize how silly it was, Obama there at the Democrat National Convention and he tells the audience, looking right at Bill Clinton, he said (imitating Obama), "Bill, you know what? I gotta be honest, Bill, she's more qualified than either of us. She's...
  • City Screws Up Royally by Not Firing Attorney Involved in Trump Graffiti (Momma's Boy)

    12/15/2016 10:36:14 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Philly Magazine ^ | 12/12/2016 | VICTOR FIORILLO
    --SNIP-- It turns out that Lloyd’s mother is Sandra Lloyd, the historian for Historic Philadelphia, the organization that runs Franklin Square, the Betsy Ross House, and Once Upon a Nation. Her name has come up in local media outlets like Philly.com and the Jewish Exponent, and she was profiled by Philly Voice last year. If Duncan Lloyd needed a get-out-of-jail-free card, his mom didn’t need to go far to find it. The Historic Philadelphia board is a veritable who’s who of Philadelphia power players: city tourism honcho Meryl Levitz. Ed Rendell. Prominent businessman Tom Knox. And, oh yeah, Mayor Kenney.
  • LIVE:Trump-Pence Thank You USA Tour in Hershey, PA @ 7pm ET (12-15-16)

    12/15/2016 3:31:13 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 467 replies
    Thursday, December 15, 2016: Join President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence for the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Giant Arena in Hershey, PA. RSBN will be on scene and the rally will begin at 7:00 PM ET. Giant Arena
  • Tom Wolf administration pledges to seek spending cuts to fill estimated $600M budget gap

    12/14/2016 10:02:44 PM PST · by 198ml · 9 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | 12/14/16 | Kevin Zwick
    Facing a budget shortfall that has grown to more than $600 million, the Wolf administration has pledged to cut agency spending before turning to tax increases to shore up revenue as Republicans clamor for a sweeping restructuring of government services. Budget Secretary Randy Albright on Wednesday estimated the current fiscal year shortfall has grown to $603 million, up from roughly $500 million projected a month ago by the Independent Fiscal Office. Albright said the administration will first look to restrain or reduce state spending before seeking additional revenues through tax increases.