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  • School orders boy to "tolerate" undressing with girl and make it "natural"

    03/24/2017 7:32:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/22/17 | Todd Starnes
    A teenage boy was told by school leaders that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female student and to make it as “natural” as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court.The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center, alleges the Boyertown Area School District shamed the teenage boy and violated his personal privacy. They are also alleging sexual harassment. “No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy,” ILC attorney Randall Wenger said. “We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like...
  • Authorities: Man errantly texted prosecutor about drug swap

    03/22/2017 6:52:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    WTOP/AP ^ | 3/21/17
    Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin. Luzerne County prosecutors say Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews received a text Nov. 2 using drug lingo that they called an “obvious text for a drug deal.” They say she later received a photo of a plastic bag containing a green substance on a scale.
  • DA Seth Williams' prime target - his mom's money, feds say (Philly DA Stole from Mom)

    03/22/2017 11:44:25 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 03/22/2017 | Craig R. McCoy & Dylan Purcell
    District Attorney Seth Williams unlawfully reached into the bank account of his 84-year-old mother, siphoning more than $20,000 promised for her nursing home care, a federal grand jury says. In the indictment of Williams on Tuesday, the grand jury charges Williams with six counts of wire fraud, alleging that he use the money for restaurant tabs, mortgage payments and other personal expenses. While the indictment says Williams, 50, took money from an unnamed relative, people familiar with the investigation have identified the relative as his mother, Imelda.
  • Paycheck protection: Tough to swallow

    03/21/2017 10:47:41 PM PDT · by 198ml · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 3/20/17 | Tribune Review
    As union honchos for government workers describe it, the paycheck protection legislation that passed the state Senate last month amounts to a political gag order on workers. But if there's any actual “gagging” going on, it's in attempting to swallow this union shibboleth. The Senate bill bars state, local government and school district employers from deducting any portion of union dues from workers' paychecks that fund political activity. Deductions for contract negotiations and other costs remain unchanged.
  • Conservative groups sue school district over transgender student

    03/21/2017 2:21:23 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | Kathy Boccella
    Boyertown Area School District was sued Tuesday by a high school student and his parents who say his “bodily privacy” was violated when he saw a transgender student -- identified as female in the filing -- undressing in the locker room as he also was changing. Two conservative faith-based organizations, Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It claims the Berks County school district did not notify parents or students that it was allowing transgender students at Boyertown Area High School to use restrooms and locker rooms...
  • Mob attack at Philadelphia subway station caught on camera

    03/21/2017 8:04:58 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 50 replies
    Narrative Collapse ^ | 18 March 2017
    Update: Police just released a collection of photos of the perpetrators. There was another mob attack caught on camera in Philadelphia. It occurred on March 16th inside a SEPTA subway station. A large group of young black males can be seen knocking down a victim and then brutally stomping on him. FOX 29 blurred the face of the victim so you can’t see what race he is. However, an unedited version of the cellphone video has been placed on youtube. You can clearly identify the victim as a young white male. The victim is assaulted. He tries to defend himself...
  • Letter from Pennsylvania: Problems & Possibilities for State System Schools

    03/18/2017 11:58:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 18, 2017 | Colin McNickle
    The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education must reduce capacity and/or consolidate degree programs at its 14-member schools if they are to survive and prosper, says a scholar at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. The system is a state-owned group of universities. Its schools range in size from Cheyney University, with just over 700 students, to West Chester University, with more than 15,000 full-time students. But enrollment has been flagging. The number of Pennsylvania high schoolers graduating each year -- which represents the largest pool of State System students -- has plateaued and is expected to fall. That, and...
  • US man charged with hate crime for assaulting, abusing Indian

    03/18/2017 11:30:25 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Saturday, March 18, 2017 | PTI
    Jeffrey Allen Burgess has been accused of harming Ankur Mehta because of his "perceived race, colour and national origin". (Photo courtesy: Less WASHINGTON: An American man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin man and hurling racial slurs, mistaking him for a Muslim. Jeffrey Allen Burgess, 54, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has been accused of intentionally harming a man named Ankur Mehta on November 22 because of his "perceived race, colour and national origin". A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Burgess of a hate crime charge in connection with the alleged assault at a Red...
  • Philadelphia's Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration Canceled in Fear of Immigration Crackdown

    03/18/2017 7:40:39 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 84 replies
    NBC News(Philadelphia) ^ | 03/17/2017 | Brian X. McCrone and Rita Portela
    One of Philadelphia’s most prominent Latin American events, El Carnaval de Puebla, has been canceled this year because of what one organizer called “the severe conditions affecting the immigrant community.” The annual parade through South Philadelphia has taken place in late April or early May for the last decade and is the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. Organizer Edgar Ramirez said as many as 15,000 gather from as far as New England and Chicago.
  • HD-197: Supreme Court Keeps Democratic Candidate Off the Ballot

    03/17/2017 5:52:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    PoliticsPA ^ | March 13, 2017
    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania confirmed the Commonwealth Court’s ruling that the Democratic candidate, Emilio Vasquez will not appear on the ballot in the special election for the 197th House district.  Republican Lucinda Little will be the only candidate on the ballot.   In a per curiam ruling, the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey.  Democratic Party officials have already said they are prepared to run a write-in campaign for the seat.   Despite the ruling the Democrats have an 85% to 5% registration in the district which will help – especially in a special...
  • ICE targets 'sanctuary city' Philadelphia in arrest of 248 criminal illegals

    03/16/2017 6:35:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 16, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    "In the Philadelphia area, ICE arrested several at large criminal aliens in which the agency had issued detainers but the City of Philadelphia failed to honor them and released the individuals from custody — a situation that puts the public at unnecessary risk. ICE will continue to conduct targeted enforcement operations, whether local jurisdictions intend to cooperate with ICE or not," said Ritchey.
  • 2 Penn State ex-administrators plead guilty in Jerry Sandusky abuse case

    03/15/2017 6:49:39 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3/13/2017 | AP
    Two former Penn State administrators admitted Monday to mishandling child-sex allegations against Jerry Sandusky, pleading guilty more than five years after the scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football coach Joe Paterno. Tim Curley, a 62-year-old former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, 67, a one-time vice president, could get up to five years in prison for misdemeanor child endangerment. No sentencing date was set. They struck a deal in which prosecutors dropped three felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy that carried up to seven years each. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, 68, was also...
  • Anti-Religious Group Fighting Proposed Villanova Bridge

    03/15/2017 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Philly Magazine ^ | 03/15/2017 | DAN MCQUADE
    --SNIP-- Main Line Media News reports that a lawyer for the Freedom from Religion Foundation sent “strongly worded letters” to the Radnor Board of Commissioners and the state Department of Transportation about the crosses on the bridge. “It is illegal for the Department of Transportation to use public funds to construct permanent Latin crosses, even if part of a larger secular project,” Ryan Jayne said in the letter. “The Establishment Clause strictly prohibits the government from advancing religion. The Supreme Court has struck down grants to religious schools, even when the funds will not be used to advance religion directly.”
  • Pennsylvania Court: Automatic Knives not Protected by Second Amendment

    03/15/2017 5:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    ammoland ^ | 10 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A Pennsylvania Court has found that automatic knives are not protected arms under the Second Amendment. The case is not precedential, and is unlikely to be appealed. The finding was made on 9 March, 2017. On July 29th, 2014, William Battle entered the Pike County Administrative Building for an appointment with a probation officer.  Battle had plead guilty to aggravated assault involving a firearm in 2009, when he was 18, for a crime committed eight months earlier, when he was 17.  He was convicted as an adult. Aggravated assault is a felony in Pennsylvania.  Under Pennsylvania law Battle may...
  • 248 foreign nationals apprehended in Pa., Del., N.J., W.Va., in two-week sweep by ICE

    03/14/2017 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 03/13/2017 | Michael Matza
    --SNIP-- Ritchey highlighted the ongoing strain between ICE and Philadelphia, a so-called sanctuary city, which limits its cooperation with federal immigration agents. She said ICE had issued detainers — requests to hold prisoners beyond their normal release times — for several of the people arrested but that Philadelphia “released the individuals from custody” instead of honoring the requests. She said that created “a situation that puts the public at unnecessary risk.” Late Monday night, Mayor Kenney issued a response to Ritchey’s statement. “Like ICE, we want to keep Philadelphians safe but we can’t do that if we are asked to...
  • Jake Tapper’s son does a ‘fake news’ impression when the CNN host bothers him

    03/13/2017 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies ^ | March 13, 2017 | by Nick Vadala
    Back in January, President Donald Trump assailed CNN as “fake news” at his first press conference as president — an insult that has apparently taken hold in the home of Philly-raised CNN anchor Jake Tapper. But only when his 7-year-old son is mad at him. Tapper last week told MTV’s Ana Marie Cox that his son uses the “fake news” term when the CNN host is annoying him, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “[My son] now does an impression where whenever I’m bothering him he says, ‘fake news,’” Tapper said. Deadline reports that Tapper added that his “7-year-old knows it’s...
  • 40% of households in Philadelphia can't pay their water bill

    03/08/2017 9:45:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 06 March 2017 | Cory Doctorow
    America is in the midst of an "invisible water crisis" as the post-war water infrastructure reaches the end of its duty-cycle and cash-strapped public utilities struggle to find the money to rebuild it. The estimated bill for upgrading the end-of-lifed American urban water infrastructure is $1 trillion. Cities that have tried privatization as a means of pushing the bill onto investors have been shocked by the bills: in Atlanta, the private water provider charges $325.52 a month, which only qualifies as "affordable" if your household income tops $87K.
  • Haverford activists press school board for transgender student policy (Narcissists for Freaks)

    03/08/2017 1:37:30 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 03/08/2017 | Kathy Boccella
    On Nov. 9, stunned and depressed over the election of President Trump, Allie Armstrong of Havertown took to social media to ask her friends how to spin something positive from a result they viewed as not just a defeat but a national crisis. ---SNIP-- Less than four months later, nearly 60 members of the group they founded – the Havertown Area Community Action Network, or HCAN – packed a standing-room-only Haverford Township School District board meeting to demand an inclusive policy toward transgender students in response to the Trump administration’s retreat on the issue. Last week's big turnout impelled district...
  • Soda Tax Causes Layoffs and Losses in Philadelphia

    03/07/2017 5:49:22 PM PST · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 7, 2017 | Ali Meyer
    Since Jan. 1, the city of Philadelphia has implemented a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages, causing businesses to incur losses and lay off workers, the New York Post reported. PepsiCo announced last week that it saw a 43 percent drop in business because of the new tax and would lay off 80 to 100 employees over the next few months. Canada Dry also has eliminated positions due to declining business.
  • 'Idiotic' flash mob disrupts Center City

    03/07/2017 11:53:44 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies ^ | 03/07/2017 | Chris Palmer & Stephanie Farr
    Ridiculous. Idiotic. Inexplicable. That’s how Police Commissioner Richard Ross described a disruptive flash mob that descended upon Center City Monday night, as hundreds of teenagers caused chaos around City Hall at about 5:30 p.m. Ross said Tuesday that some estimates pinned the number of participants around 1,000, most of whom seemed to show up because of information circulating on social media. About 20 teens were cited for disorderly conduct, Ross said, while at least four were being investigated for assaulting about a half-dozen other teens in the group. “I don’t know why you would want to come down to Center...
  • Police: Teens Attack Victims Near SEPTA Subway Stations In Robbery Spree

    03/07/2017 10:54:22 AM PST · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 3/6/2017 | Greg Argos
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One suspect is in custody, and police are looking for others, following three attacks just steps away from SEPTA stations. The robbery spree happened over a span of a month and within a few blocks in South Philadelphia. Police say the group watches their victim, sometimes as that person leaves the subway, walk with them for a block and then attack. “They came up behind a person and assaulted them, knocked them to the ground, kicked them and stole some money,” said Capt. Frank Milillo. (snip) The first attack was a violent beating on the 1200 block...
  • Sanctuary bill in Pa. could cost Westmoreland County up to $65 million

    03/04/2017 1:51:38 PM PST · by 198ml · 5 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 3/4/17 | RICH CHOLODOFSKY
    Continuing to refuse federal immigration detainees at the Westmoreland County Prison could cost $65 million in state funding under a pending sanctuary cities bill being considered in Harrisburg, county officials said. “This is really a horrible piece of legislation,” Commissioner Ted Kopas said of the proposed law overwhelmingly passed by the state Senate in February and now being considered in the House. “We don't have an immigration policy because that is not our job.” The law, if passed, would slash hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies to cities and counties that refuse detention requests from U.S. Immigration and...
  • Saccone declares challenge to Casey for U.S. Senate seat

    03/03/2017 9:54:36 PM PST · by 198ml · 18 replies
    Pennsylvania's 2018 race for U.S. Senate is getting underway. Rick Saccone, a fiery Republican state lawmaker from suburban Pittsburgh, formally declared his candidacy Tuesday to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Saccone held the event in the Pennsylvania Capitol, where he was joined by conservative supporters. The 59-year-old Saccone is one of the state Legislature's staunchest conservatives and is a strong backer of President Donald Trump.
  • Vandalism at Jewish cemetery predated reports, superintendent says(Local Yutes?)

    03/02/2017 11:34:33 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies ^ | 02/28/2017 | Stephanie Farr,
    The toppling of about 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section occurred at least five days earlier than the first report to police on Sunday, according to another cemetery's superintendent who visited the site last week. --SNIP-- After more than three decades in the cemetery business, Doran said, he's seen his fair share of tombstone vandalism. "My personal opinion is, I think it was just kids with ants in their pants because of the warm weather," he said. "The amount of trash in that cemetery because of parties and stuff was unreal."
  • Local Hispanics Living in Fear for Themselves and Their Children

    03/01/2017 7:18:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 78 replies
    Daily Local News ^ | 02/25/17 | Chris Barber
    Concerns over deportation threats issued by President Donald Trump were evident at a community conversation on immigration hosted by La Comunidad Hispana on Friday evening. La Comunidad, a nonprofit agency that offers medical and social services mainly to the largely Hispanic population of southern Chester County, assembled a panel of lawyers and representatives of Philadelphia’s Mexican Consulate to answer questions and give advice to those who feared they and their families would fall victim to widespread roundups and deportations. About 250 people, including many from the non-Latino community, gathered inside the agency’s modest meeting room on the west side of...
  • Bleak picture emerges at hearing on city finances under Trump

    02/28/2017 10:56:33 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 02/28/2017 | Tricia L. Nadolny
    --SNIP-- The hearing, which stretched nearly three hours, came four days before Mayor Kenney will deliver his budget address. He will do so in a starkly more turbulent political climate than the one that faced him for his first budget last year. The city received more than $340 million in federal grants in fiscal year 2015, much of it targeted by the Trump administration under an executive order to pull funding from so-called sanctuary cities. Up to $638 million more in state funding could dry up if a Senate bill also tied to Philadelphia's policies regarding federal immigration officers becomes...
  • VA’s New Chief Of Staff Instructed Employees To Stonewall Congressmen Looking Into Secret Wait Lists

    02/27/2017 6:44:21 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 02/27/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    The new interim chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly ordered employees in 2014 not to disclose information about secret wait lists to members of Congress. The VA released a statement Friday listing Vivieca Wright-Simpson as the interim chief of staff effective Sunday. ... Wright-Simpson was instrumental in blocking an investigation initiated by two Pennsylvanian congressmen, who wanted to know more about veterans waiting years for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA. According to a 2014 report by CNN, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy and Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle felt like the VA was running interference to...
  • ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ signs sprouting up on lawns in Glenside area

    02/26/2017 7:32:46 AM PST · by Phillyred · 101 replies
    It all started with a sign from a neighbor. Two months and 6,000 signs later, interest in “Hate Has No Home Here” signs has shown no sign of abating. After a neighbor asked Glenside resident Kate Thomson, a marketing consultant with two young children, in mid-December if she wanted one of the yard signs, Thomson said she thought “maybe 20 friends might be interested,” so she texted them and they wanted not one, but six or 10, she said. She decided to do her own print run of 100, but “one thing led to another and it turned into 700,”...
  • Democratic Mayor Touts Soda Tax Success After Sales Plummet 50 Percent

    02/25/2017 2:56:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    Daily caller ^ | February 25, 2017 | Steve Birr
    The Democratic mayor of Philadelphia is touting the success of the city’s beverage tax and lashing out at the “greed” of retailers as sales crater by as much as 50 percent. City officials say the unpopular soda tax is already exceeding expectations, raking in $5.7 million in revenue in January. The revenue is more than double what officials estimated, which goes towards early childhood education programs in the city. Despite the supposed success of the policy, sales among retailers are getting crushed. Stores are reporting beverage sales down 30 to 50 percent and are planning layoffs to cope with the...
  • Rape investigation leads to arrest of undocumented workers in Palmerton [PA]

    02/25/2017 4:54:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | Feb 24th, 2017 | Dan Sheehan
    A sexual assault allegation against two undocumented immigrants in Palmerton led to the arrest of three other men who were also in the country illegally, officials said. Jose Antonio Corripio Martinez, 36, of Jim Thorpe, and Rafael Alberto Escobar Garcia, 29, of Palmerton, were charged Wednesday with assaulting an 18-year-old woman at a party in mid-December.
  • Undocumented immigrant arrested after double stabbing, kidnapping [once deported for felonies]

    02/25/2017 2:32:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    news4jax/CNN ^ | February 24, 2017 | LAUREN DEL VALLE
    (CNN) - An undocumented immigrant previously deported for felony convictions was arrested Friday as a suspect in a double stabbing and kidnapping, authorities said. Oscar Hernandez took off with his 6-year-old daughter, Aylin, around 3 a.m. Friday after fatally stabbing Aylin's mother and wounding another female victim, according to police in Bridgeport, Connecticut. A citizen of El Salvador, Hernandez was deported in November 2013 with felony convictions for assault and threatening and several misdemeanor convictions, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Shawn Neudauer. Early Friday, a fight broke out after Aylin's mother, Nidia Gonzalez, 26, and the other...
  • Philly Charter School Had 9,190 Applicants for 96 Spots

    02/23/2017 6:44:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Philly Magazine ^ | 2/22/17 | Dan McQuade
    By all accounts, MaST Community Charter School is a success.The Philadelphia school opened in 1999, and eventually consolidated all its grades into an old steel factory on Byberry Road in the Far Northeast. The “MaST” in the school’s name stands for Math, Science and Technology, and it has been recognized as an excellent school on numerous occasions.The school serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and even opened up a second school in September on Rising Sun Avenue in the old St. William’s school building in Lawncrest.As such, people want to send their kids to MaST. And so there were...
  • Philadelphia Soda Tax Leads To 30-50% Plunge In Sales, Mass Layoffs

    02/22/2017 10:50:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/22/2017
    When Philadelphia became the first US city to pass a soda tax last summer, city officials were eagerly looking forward to the surplus-tax funded windfall to plug gaping budget deficits (and, since this is Philadelphia, the occasional embezzlement scheme). Then, one month ago, after the tax went into effect on January 1st we showed the tax applied in practice: a receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water carried a 51% beverage tax. And since  PA has a sales tax of 6% and Philly already charges another 2%, the total sales tax was 8%. In other words, a purchase...
  • Ivy League Student Claims Classroom ‘Trauma’ After Professor Refuses to Acknowledge White Privilege

    02/22/2017 6:55:47 AM PST · by simpson96 · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/20/2017 | Tom Ciccotta
    University of Pennsylvania student James Fisher took to the Ivy League school’s student newspaper to complain that a professor’s refusal to acknowledge white privilege was a traumatic experience for him. Fisher claims that fall 2016 semester was his worst semester at the University of Pennsylvania — because a white professor refused to acknowledge his privilege. "Last semester was honestly the worst semester I’ve had at Penn so far. And all because of one thing: the white professors I’ve had at Penn. It appears that the term “privilege” does not apply to them. Nor do they care to learn what it...
  • Students, Faculty Rejoice as PA School Drops Federally-Regulated School Lunch Program

    02/21/2017 3:09:57 PM PST · by davikkm · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2017
    A Pennsylvania high school is no longer bound by federal food regulations after the district decided to do away with the National School Lunch Program. Penn-Trafford High School had been struggling to comply with federal regulations as cafeteria revenues and student lunch participation took a dive, the Tribune-Review reported. The school’s lunch program is now free from restrictions on calories, fat, sugar, salt, and other elements, but lost federal funding to help cover free and reduced-priced lunches for some students. However, district business manager Brett Lago said the district has still been able to provide free and reduced-price lunches to...
  • King of Prussia man charged with smuggling aliens into U.S

    02/21/2017 12:36:18 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Times Herald (Montgomery County, PA) ^ | 02/21/2017 | Digital First Media Staff
    Three Turkish nationals — including a Montgomery County man — have been charged in federal court with conspiring to smuggle undocumented Turkish aliens into the United States for private financial gain, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Izzet Kurt, 53, of King of Prussia, Ozcan Kose, 34, of Rize, Turkey, and Oguz Kose, 35, of Rize, Turkey, were indicted by a grand jury --snip-- Upon the arrival, the government alleges, they were coached on how to avoid detection by U.S. Customs officials, and at times provided with fake IDs with the names of crew members.
  • Trump appoints Philly native, Valley Forge grad to lead NSA

    02/20/2017 4:29:52 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Philly.Com Blog ^ | 02/20/2017 | Robert Moran & Mari A. Schaefer
    President Trump on Monday named a Philadelphia native, Army Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, to serve as his National Security Adviser. Herbert Raymond "H.R." McMaster, 54, was tapped after Trump's first NSA chief, Michael Flynn, was forced out last week and another candidate, retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, turned down the position. Known in military circles as an intellectual strategist, McMaster grew up in the city's Roxborough section and graduated in 1980 from Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Radnor Township. Four years later, he graduated from West Point.
  • March 4 Trump

    02/16/2017 7:27:46 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 14 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
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  • 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 ^ | 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...