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  • 2 Officers Hurt, Protesters Arrested Outside Police Chief Convention in Center City

    10/22/2017 3:43:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    WCAU ^ | 10/22/17 | David Chang and Aaron Baskerville
    Two police officers were injured while several protesters were arrested during a demonstration outside the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Center City Saturday afternoon.A group of protesters, describing their demonstration as "Abolition Weekend," gathered on Arch and 12th streets near the Pennsylvania Convention Center around noon where the conference is taking place. On a Facebook page promoting the rally, organizers outlined the reason for the protest."The International Association Of Chiefs Of Police is coming to have their national convention in Philadelphia," they wrote. "However, we are clear of the damage that these individuals inflict on communities...
  • 'I always call on my black women students first': Penn teaching assistant under fire [tr]

    10/21/2017 5:11:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 63 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2017 | Matthew Wright
    A University of Pennsylvania teaching assistant is under heavy fire after they tweeted that they would call on 'white men' last when doing student participation. Stephanie McKellop, a Ph.D. student studying marriage and family (using them, they pronouns), has since set their tweets to private but shared that they were trying to encourage classroom participation by minority students. 'I will always call on my Black women students first. Other POC get second tier priority. [White Women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,' they said in the tweets on Monday.
  • Police: Teacher Violently Assaulted After School, Hit With Brick To Face

    10/18/2017 5:14:21 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 57 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | October 18, 2017 | Marty Griffin
    A Pittsburgh Public School teacher was seriously injured after officials say she was followed in her car and assaulted on her way home from school, allegedly in a dispute over a child’s cellphone. *snip* The teacher, identified as Janice Watkins, had just left school for the day when a black SUV carrying a man and woman approached her vehicle. When the teacher rolled down her window, police say the woman in the SUV threw at brick at her. Both suspects then pulled the teacher from her car, and continued to assault her until police arrived at the scene.
  • Al Gore brings global warming message to Pittsburgh, warns of its effect on Pennsylvania

    10/18/2017 8:16:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | October 18, 2017 | by Wes Venteicher
    Climate change is impacting life in Pennsylvania, and its effects will become increasingly obvious as the century progresses, former vice president Al Gore told a room of 1,300 people at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Gore tucked state-specific stats into a two-hour presentation peppered with images of melting roads, collapsing glaciers, flooded cities and other dramatic weather events scientists have linked to climate change. The presentation was part of a Climate Reality Leadership Corps meeting, the 36th in a series in which Gore trains attendees to advocate for changes that could help slow global warming....
  • Swarthmore students burn American flag on Columbus Day

    10/17/2017 8:45:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 17, 2017 | Matthew Stein
    On Columbus Day, the Swarthmore Indigenous Students Association (SISA) burned the American flag and issued a set of demands, including removal of the flag from campus. The demands, posted on flyers in the campus dining hall, also called on Swarthmore College to “admit and recruit native students,” asserting that “Swarthmore has consistently had a student body that is less than 1% indigenous,” possibly because it “does not recruit on any reservations or at any of the Native schools.”
  • Pa. insurance department says Obamacare rates to rise 30.6 percent

    10/17/2017 7:27:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Post-Gazette ^ | 10/16/2017 | Kris Mamula
    Pennsylvania insurers offering Obamacare plans will need to raise premiums an average 30.6 percent in 2018, nearly four times the increase that had been anticipated before President Donald Trump scrapped government subsidies five days ago. The new numbers come from the state Insurance Department, which on Monday released the rate hikes that it had approved after calculating the impact of the president’s move. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department had projected an average 7.6 percent rate hike for individual health insurance plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act’s government exchange in this state. Acting Commissioner Jessica Altman said she...
  • Radnor Township BOC President Phil Ahr charged with possessing, distributing child porn

    10/13/2017 8:09:09 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 30 replies
    Main Line Media News ^ | 10/13/2017 | Richard Ilgenfritz
    Radnor Township Board of Commissioners President Philip Ahr was charged Wednesday with numerous counts related to the possession and distribution of child pornography, including images of infants, prosecutors announced late Wednesday morning. According to a press release from the office of District Attorney, Ahr is facing “possession and distribution charges for images that depict children as infants engaged in sex acts with adults.”
  • President Trump calls Penguins 'incredible patriots' during their White House visit

    10/12/2017 5:59:00 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 32 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | Oct 10, 2017 | Cody Benjamin
    Hosting the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House on Tuesday, U.S. president Donald Trump lauded the team as role models on and off the ice, touting the Pens' chance at a three-peat in 2017-18 and calling the group "incredible patriots." "You are true champions and incredible patriots," Trump told the team, as seen on CBS News. President Donald Trump addresses the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House. CBS News
  • Pedro Cortes, Pa. secretary of state, steps down

    10/12/2017 4:24:41 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 38 replies
    philly dot com ^ | 10-11-17 | Chris Brennan
    Pedro Cortes, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, abruptly resigned from office Wednesday, three weeks after his agency came under criticism for a glitch that may have allowed thousands of ineligible immigrants statewide to vote. Cortes’ departure was announced in a 349-word “personnel update” emailed from Gov. Wolf’s office that offered no reason and focused almost entirely on his replacement, interim Secretary of State Robert Torres. Just 14 of the words were about Cortes, who also served as secretary of state from 2003 to 2010 under Gov. Ed Rendell. J.J. Abbott, a spokesman for Wolf, said he could not offer an explanation...
  • Trump: Lou Barletta is 'going to win big' in Pennsylvania Senate race

    10/11/2017 6:19:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Alex Weaver
    President Trump offered some kind words for Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., and his bid to unseat Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., in 2018, saying that the Republican congressman is "going to win big" in the race. Trump made the remarks while opening up an event in Harrisburg, Pa., early Wednesday evening on tax reform.
  • EPA Chief Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power-Plan Rule: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

    10/09/2017 2:11:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/09/17 | Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.” Speaking at an event in Hazard, Ky., with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt said his agency will publish the new proposed rule Tuesday. “Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be a signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” Pruitt said.
  • Philly eased police residency requirements. Then the exodus began

    10/07/2017 12:58:52 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 10/06/2017 | Claudia Vargas & Chris Palmer
    More than 1,000 Philadelphia police officers have abandoned city living since the department’s residency rules were softened five years ago — many lured to the suburbs by the prospect of better schools, cleaner streets, and safer neighborhoods. ---SNIP-- “They should hang in the neighborhoods and help make the schools better,” said Mayor Kenney, a lifelong city resident who now lives in Old City. “All of our residents need to pitch in and help with our schools.”
  • This die-hard Democratic city is about to turn Republican

    10/07/2017 10:55:59 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    If John Persinger wins the mayoral race in Erie, Pa., next month, it just might be the greatest local political upset in America this century. A Republican candidate has not been elected mayor here since 1961, when JFK was president.
  • How Immigration Foiled Hillary

    10/06/2017 1:48:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | OCT. 5, 2017 | Thomas B. Edsall
    Democrats point to a thousand reasons that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. Here is another. In political circles, it’s common knowledge that in four key states President Trump unexpectedly carried counties that Democratic presidential campaign strategists had failed to recognize as crucial terrain — sparsely populated areas of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In “What I Got Wrong About the Election,” for example, published right after Clinton lost, David Plouffe, who had managed the Obama campaign in 2008, wrote that Trump’s margins in rural and exurban counties were off the charts. For example, in Madison County, an exurban area...
  • Anti-abortion Rep. Dr. Tim Murphy to quit Congress after urging mistress to get abortion. (Tr)

    Headline only. Sources in DC confirm he sent resignation letter to Ryan today. Yesterday he announced he will not run again. Today he quit. On September 6, 2017, Murphy publicly admitted to having conducted an extramarital affair with forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards, after a judge upheld a subpoena for Murphy to be deposed in the divorce proceedings by Edwards' husband Dr. Jesse Sally, who contended that Murphy's testimony would be relevant to Edwards' alimony request. A report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Edwards wrote Murphy "you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance...when you had no issue asking me...
  • Scandal Plagued Congressman Tim Murphy Won't Seek Another Term

    10/05/2017 9:01:02 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 23 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh suburbs) ^ | 5 Oct 2017 | Tom Fontaine and Wes Venteicher
    U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday that he will not seek a ninth term in Washington as a marital scandal envelops him, including allegations that the married, pro-life Republican asked his mistress to get an abortion. “After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term,” Murphy, 65, of Upper St. Clair, said in a statement. “I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting...
  • Rep. Tim Murphy, popular with pro-life movement, urged abortion in affair, texts suggest

    10/03/2017 4:35:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office's public account. "And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options," Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in...
  • Eagles QB Carson Wentz on Vegas shooting: 'The world needs Jesus in a bad way'

    10/03/2017 4:31:24 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies
    Penn lIve ^ | 10/02/2017 | Candy Woodall
    The morning after a 26-24 win in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was sharing messages of concern about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. "So much hate and evil," Wentz said in a tweet. "So sad. The World needs Jesus in a bad way. Praying for all those affected in Vegas." His words are drawing mixed reactions, with some followers praising his "light" and others saying prayers aren't enough
  • Candidate admits US rep's campaign paid him for leaving race

    10/03/2017 9:11:38 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies ^ | 3-Oct-2017 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA— A onetime challenger to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady pleaded guilty Monday to hiding a $90,000 payment from the powerful Philadelphia Democrat’s campaign in exchange for dropping out of a 2012 primary. Jimmie Moore, a 66-year-old former city judge, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of filing a false campaign finance report, and agreed to cooperate with any investigations related to the primary campaign. “I don’t disagree with what the government said I did,” Moore told Judge Jan DuBois.
  • Nickel Mines and Las Vegas

    10/02/2017 7:10:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    personal | 2 October A.D. 2017 | lightman
    Today is the 11th anniversary of the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting. Just like eleven years ago, it is Monday the 2nd of October. Just like eleven years ago--and sixteen years ago on the 11th of September--the northeastern United States is swathed in deep azure cloudless skies. And, just like eleven years ago, on the Catholic calendar it is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Eleven years ago a milk hauler gone rogue backed his pickup truck the door of the one-room schoolhouse, heavily armed, and possessing implements for other crimes, intent on deflowering the innocent schoolgirls within. As police...