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  • Penn State football needs to be suspended at least two years (calls for the death penalty)

    07/12/2012 9:06:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Rick Morrissey
    I want to hear the silence on Saturdays in State College, Pa. I want to experience the hush of an empty stadium. I want to feel the emptiness as an institution serves its penance for putting a football program above the safety of young boys. Silence in exchange for silence — that’s the price Penn State needs to pay for looking away as a sexual predator ruined lives. The school needs to shut down its football program for at least two years. Or, if university officials can’t quite locate their humanity, let the NCAA do it for them. The Freeh...
  • Big Labor gives Obama, Democrats big cold shoulder with alternate convention

    07/12/2012 2:20:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 12, 2012 | Michelle Fields
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his union will not be at the Democratic convention, “do[es] not intend to put any money into the convention” and will be hosting its own convention — without Obama. Speaking in Washington, D.C., Trumka said the labor group “will not be doing extravagant events” at this year’s convention like “we’ve done in the past.” Instead of giving money to the Obama campaign and Democrats they are focusing on their own event that rivals the Democratic convention. The event, called “Workers Stand for America” will be held on August 11 in Philadelphia. “We will...
  • Freeh Report on Penn State and the Sandusky Scandal Released Today

    07/12/2012 6:16:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 69 replies
    The Freeh Report on PSU ^ | 07/12/2012 | Louis Freeh
    The independent report by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, into the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child sexual abuse committed by a former employee, Gerald A. Sandusky, will be available at 9am today. Mr. Freeh’s statement is available now by clicking on the Download the Press Release link below.
  • Here Is The Official Report Of Louis Freeh’s Investigation Into Penn State

    07/12/2012 6:12:38 AM PDT · by John W · 31 replies
    Deadspin ^ | July 12, 2012 | Dom Cosentino
    II. Findings Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.
  • Ambridge man [300 lb sodomite] accused of assaulting boy, 14 [more victims]

    07/12/2012 5:56:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    TimesOnline ^ | Jul 11, 2012 | Bill Utterback
    AMBRIDGE -- An Ambridge man is facing multiple charges for serving alcohol to teenagers and then sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy, according to an Ambridge police report. Von Gene Barbee, 44, of 616 Olive Lane was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child for assaulting the boy, according to the criminal complaint. Barbee was charged with two counts each of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors for providing beer to the teens in his home. The victim said he and two teen girls were drinking beer in Barbee’s home on...
  • Paterno, in letter, defended Penn St. football

    07/11/2012 3:02:15 PM PDT · by dead · 34 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 7/11/12 | GENARO C. ARMAS and MARK SCOLFORO
    Joe Paterno defended his football program's integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of a report that could forever mar his legacy. In the letter, written shortly before his death and confirmed as legitimate by his family, Paterno rejected the notion that Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of boys amounted to a ''football scandal'' or in any way tarnished the accomplishments of his players or Penn State's reputation as a whole. The results of Penn State's internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal are set to be released Thursday in a report that should answer many of the troubling...
  • Amtrak plans 37-minute train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

    07/10/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 9, 2012 8:20pm EDT | Dave Warner
    Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour). However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality. The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston—both about 200 miles (350 km) in distance—would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the...
  • Scranton's Public Workers' Pay Cut To Minimum Wage

    07/09/2012 6:54:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Fire Engineering/NPR ^ | 08 July 2012
    SCOTT SIMON: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Scranton, Pennsylvania sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. The mayor has reduced everyone's pay, including his own, to the state's minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. Scranton's mayor says that his city has just run out of money. NPR's Jeff Brady joins us from Philadelphia where he's been following the story. Jeff, thanks for being with us, and explain what's going on? JEFF BRADY: Well, Scranton has had financial troubles for a...
  • Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries

    07/09/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT · by Harley · 13 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 09, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Employees of a Pennsylvania city, who have all seen their salaries cut to minimum wage as the mayor grapples with budget problems, are hoping a judge restores their paychecks in full.
  • Judge: Scranton, must pay employees full wages

    07/09/2012 3:49:08 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri, Jul 6, 2012
    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ordered the city of Scranton to pay employees full wages, but the mayor says the cash-strapped government can't afford it. Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse on Friday granted an injunction to unions challenging Mayor Chris Doherty's decision to impose minimum wages to nearly 400 employees. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports paychecks containing the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour had already been issued. Doherty says he can't print money and that City Council has to fulfill the obligations of their budget. City Administrator Ryan McGowan says the city would have only $83,000 available...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage

    07/08/2012 3:05:32 PM PDT · by kingattax · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | July 7, 2012 | JEFF BRADY
    The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone's pay — including his own — to the state's minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. Doherty says his city has run out of money. Scranton has had financial troubles for a couple of decades — the town has been losing population since the end of World War II. But the budget problems became more serious in recent months as the mayor and the city council fought over...
  • Victim Speaks After Violent Attack Inside Germantown Restaurant

    07/08/2012 8:25:46 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 07/02/2012
    --snip-- The video shows the 72-year-old male victim, who we are not identifying, enter the store and approach the counter to pick-up his order. As the victim was waiting at the counter, two males, who police believe may be as young as 14 years old, entered the restaurant and acted as if they were customers. A short time later, one of the suspects stood next to the victim and without warning, threw a blind-sided punch that struck the elderly man in the face. The victim immediately fell to the ground
  • Campaigns seek edge with edgy Twitter blitz

    07/08/2012 6:38:07 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 1 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via Philly.com ^ | 7/8/2012 | John Timpane
    Can Twitter matter? The Republican and Democratic Parties think so. In this tight presidential race, a national battle is on. And the ammo includes thousands of tweets, 140-character messages shot off to hundreds of thousands of followers, a blizzard of news, talking points, zingers, datelines, and instructions to the faithful. Nowhere is it fiercer than in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth has lost 45 percent of its electoral clout since 1932, and it hasn't backed a GOP presidential candidate since 1988. But in a year when every electoral vote is golden, Republicans swear it's in play and Democrats are fighting as if...
  • Obama’s CMU stop to target W.Pa. youth

    07/06/2012 5:07:42 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 6, 2012
    PITTSBURGH — President Obama almost certainly cannot win Pennsylvania again on Nov. 6 without Pittsburgh. He also needs a resurgence of the young voters who helped carry him in 2008, renewed enthusiasm in urban Democratic strongholds and sweeping faith in his economic vision, political analysts said. Winning Ohio, another pivotal battleground state, would not hurt, either. All of which could explain why the president is making Oakland a high-profile stop early in his re-election campaign, the political watchers said. Obama is set for a 2:10 p.m. rally on Friday at Carnegie Mellon University, part of his “Betting on America” bus...
  • (Philadelphia Eagles Owners) Luries call it quits after 20-year partnership

    07/05/2012 8:45:51 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | July 5, 2012 | John F. Morrison
    THE LURIES were a team within a team. Co-owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, partners in various civic and community endeavors, Oscar-winning filmmakers. In the 20 years of their marriage, Christina and Jeffrey Lurie seemed the ideal teammates. For the Eagles, he ran the business of trying to make a winning team; she had a voice in the team logo, the cheerleaders' costumes, the designs of the stadium and practice facility, but primarily the charitable work of the Eagles Youth Partnership.And that original kelly green of the uniforms! Yuck! That had to go. They even co-authored a story in the Inquirer...
  • Atheist files complaint over Lancaster County restaurant's church-bulletin discount

    07/04/2012 10:19:55 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 56 replies
    The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA) ^ | July 2, 2012 | Sue Gleiter
    For more than a year, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Lancaster County has offered a Sunday special: Diners who bring in a current church bulletin receive 10 percent off the purchase of their dinners. But, the promotion has rubbed some people the wrong way, including John Wolff of Manheim Twp., Lancaster County, an atheist and member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Wolff, who said he's never been to Prudhomme’s, recently filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission claiming the 22-year-old restaurant should not give discounts based on religion. “I bear them no ill will but they...
  • Presbyterians still divided on same-sex unions

    07/04/2012 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 4 July 2012 | Jason Cato & Bob Kerlik
    Same-sex marriage continues to be a major dividing point among members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as the issue moves closer to a vote this week by the denomination’s governing body. The 220th General Assembly is expected to address the subject of gay marriage and the church before its biennial conference wraps up on Saturday in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Groups on opposing sides of the debate met separately on Tuesday as the church’s committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues considered proposals both for and against gay marriage. A church survey released in February showed that...
  • Lancaster store clerk shoots at bandits during hold-up (PA)

    07/04/2012 7:17:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    ydr.com ^ | 30 June, 2012 | BRETT HAMBRIGHT
    A Lancaster city store clerk pulled a gun of his own and fired at a pair of armed robbers early Saturday morning, police reported. One robber, 30-year-old Rodney Green, was shot in the chest and is receiving treatment at area hospitals, according to officials. He underwent life-saving surgeries and is scheduled for further procedures, officials said. The other man fled on foot and is being sought this morning. Police didn't immediately release a description of the man. Two armed men in masks entered Andromeda Grocery Store at 158 S. Queen St. at 12:30 a.m. and demanded money, police reported. During...
  • Former FBI employee 'saw angels guarding Flight 93 site after deadly crash on 9/11'

    07/03/2012 9:41:50 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 46 replies
    MAIL online ^ | 07/04/2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Former FBI employee 'saw angels guarding Flight 93 site after deadly crash on 9/11' A former FBI employee sent to the Flight 93 crash site on September 11, 2001 has claimed she saw a legion of angels guarding the scene when she arrived. Lillie Leonardi has made the bizarre claims in a book written after she retired from the FBI due to post-traumatic stress disorder which began after the terror attacks. In the book, she explained she arrived at the still-smouldering scene three hours after terrorists hijacked the passenger jet and it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • Erie Group Walks to Demonstrate Second Amendment Right(PA)

    07/02/2012 7:28:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    erietvnews.com ^ | 1 July, 2012 | Ashley Doerzbacher
    A group on Sunday afternoon walked through parts of downtown Erie, demonstrating their Second Amendment right of bearing arms. Around twenty individuals met for this Open Carry of Fire Arms walk, organized by Justin Dillon. Dillon had an encounter with an Erie police officer last week, after he was seen carrying his weapon. Pennsylvania state law does not prohibit openly carrying a weapon. Dillon said he did not organize this to cause any conflict with the police, he just wanted to public to be aware of the laws, along with their constitutional rights. "I just wanted to do this to...
  • Uncovered e-mails close book on (Penn State football coach Joe) Paterno's legacy

    07/01/2012 4:27:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 30, 2012 | Scott Ostler
    The Penn State horror story has taken a twist for the sicker. And Joe Paterno's legacy is now more clearly defined. E-mails have been uncovered by NBC. Three scared sheep - Penn State's president, vice president and athletic director - were going to alert the real authorities to the possible misdeeds of Jerry Sandusky, until the athletic director spoke with Paterno and persuaded the other two Sheep not to be so rash. Subsequently, at least four more young boys were molested by Sandusky. Paterno apparently persuaded the group to go easy on old Jerry. The athletic director, Tim Curley, e-mailed...
  • Disturbing e-mails could spell more trouble for Penn State official

    06/30/2012 9:34:42 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/30/2012 | Susan Candiotti
    With convicted serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky behind bars, new questions are surfacing about what Penn State officials knew about a 2001 incident involving the former assistant football coach's encounter with a boy in the shower -- and whether they covered up the incident. After the 2001 incident, Sandusky sexually abused other boys over the course of years until his arrest. CNN does not have the purported e-mails. However, the alleged contents were made available to CNN. The messages indicate former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former university officials knew they had a problem with Sandusky...
  • Philadelphia and the Burqa Bandits

    06/30/2012 7:02:57 AM PDT · by BCW · 7 replies
    Islamist Watch ^ | 27 JUN 2012 | David J. Rusin
    Some scoff at the idea that face-covering Islamic veils endanger public safety in any Western nation, let alone the United States, but Philadelphians do not have the luxury of blissful ignorance. As recent events highlight, their city has become the American epicenter of robberies and murders carried out by criminals disguised as fundamentalist Muslim women. Several factors help explain Philadelphia's place at the forefront of this trend. Will other U.S. cities be next? (Photo on website)
  • Eastern U.S. storms leave 2 dead in Va., 2 million without power

    06/30/2012 5:04:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2012 | Jeffrey McMurray (Associated Press)
    Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States and caused two fatalities in Virginia — including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home, a police spokeswoman said Saturday. Widespread power outages were reported from Indiana to New Jersey, with the bulk of the service interruptions concentrated on Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas. Earlier Friday, the nation’s capital reached 104 degrees — topping a record of 101 set in 1934.
  • Congressional Democrats’ Pennsylvania Problem

    06/29/2012 5:30:18 PM PDT · by randita · 36 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 6/29/12 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Congressional Democrats’ Pennsylvania Problem Stuart Rothenberg June 29, 2012 · 3:48 PM EDT As Democrats struggle to net 25 seats and win back the House majority in November, no single state reflects the party’s challenges more than Pennsylvania. After all, Pennsylvania has gone Democratic in the past five presidential contests, and the apparent movement of the Philadelphia suburbs away from the GOP during the past two decades suggests a fundamental political shift in the state. But if the southeastern corner of the Keystone State has started to resemble New Jersey and Connecticut, Western Pennsylvania increasingly looks like West Virginia or...
  • US Mint in Philly reopens to public with new tour

    06/28/2012 3:06:28 AM PDT · by shove_it · 10 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 27 Jun 2012 | JOANN LOVIGLIO
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The last time the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia upgraded its public exhibits, Richard Nixon was in the first year of his presidency and The Beatles had just performed their final concert. On July 3, the Mint opens to the public with a new $3.9 million self-guided tour that is the first update since 1969. The two-level exhibit includes displays of artifacts and coins from the Mint's earliest days, as well as windows overlooking the production floor with new touch screens and interactive features that describe the coin-making process. [...]
  • House Dems' campaign chief urges candidates to steer clear of convention

    06/27/2012 11:16:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 27, 2012 | NA
    The top Democrat in charge of getting other Democrats elected to the House is urging his party's candidates to steer clear of the national convention later this year. The piece of advice from Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, came during the Reuters Washington Summit Tuesday. "If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts," Israel said of Democratic congressional candidates, according to Reuters. The comment follows decisions by several vulnerable Democrats to skip this year's national convention -- to be held in early September in Charlotte, N.C. "A trip...
  • Quinnipiac: Swing states inch toward Obama‎

    06/27/2012 4:03:31 AM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 6-27-12 | Alexander Burns
    Quinnipiac University's latest three-state poll of 2012 battlegrounds shows modest improvement for President Barack Obama, after what's been perceived as a rough political month: Voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania support President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy and are divided on whether the president or Gov. Mitt Romney would be better for their personal economic future, as they give Obama leads in these three critical swing states, a razor thin 4 points in Florida, a healthy 9 points in Ohio and 6 points in Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. This compares to the results...
  • On Tape, Sandusky’s Son Matt Talks Of Sex Abuse

    06/26/2012 4:17:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | June 26, 2012
    Jerry Sandusky’s son told police he was sexually abused starting when he was 8, a decade before the former Penn State assistant football coach adopted him, according to a police interview recording obtained by NBC News. Matt Sandusky, who was adopted by Jerry Sandusky as an adult, described for investigators showering with the ex-coach and trying to avoid being groped in bed. He also said he was undergoing therapy, that his memories of abuse were only now surfacing and that he was coming forward so his family would know what happened. “If you were pretending you were asleep and you...
  • Tell Us: Are You OK With Guns on the Rail Trail? (PA)

    06/26/2012 8:40:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    patch.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Josh Popichak
    A comment thread recently begun by an individual on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association's (PAFOA) online forum focuses on a "no weapons" rule in effect along the Saucon Rail Trail. A bench dedicated to the memory of fallen Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso--who was shot to death by George Hitcho in August 2011--is located along the trail in Hellertown's Water Street Park. A PAFOA user from Northampton County named Micky writes that when walking the popular trail in the borough, he stopped to read a sign that outlines rules for its use. "Now, for once, I did not have my...
  • Despite Obama’s Policies, The Rust Belt’s Revival Could Save His Campaign

    06/25/2012 9:05:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 25, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    Barack Obama’s political base always has been more “creative class” than working class—and his policies have favored that base, seeming to cater to energized issue and identity constituencies including African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, and greens, often at the expense of blue-collar workers. Yet improving conditions for those workers—particularly in the industrial heartland—could save his flagging presidency. The industrial zone’s four key states—Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania—constitute the most critically contested territory in this year’s contest. Fifty-four electoral votes are at play here, with Pennsylvania’s 20 votes alone equaling all those at stake in the much-ballyhooed battleground of the Intermountain West (Colorado,...
  • Major work begins on Murtha ship

    06/24/2012 5:51:29 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 6-16-2012 | staff report
    June 16, 2012 Major work begins on Murtha ship The Tribune-Democrat PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Major construction has started on the John P. Murtha, another in a series of amphibious transport vessels that includes the USS Somerset. The Navy held a “keel authentication” ceremony June 7 for the LPD 26 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The Navy tradition signifies that the boat’s keel has been “truly and fairly laid.” The authenticator – Mobile, Ala., resident Wilfred Bolds – marked his initials on a keel plate, which will be affixed to the vessel. The USS John P. Murtha – named for the late...
  • Yes, Pennsylvania Really Is Up for Grabs (Best Reporter in Pa)

    06/24/2012 6:23:00 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Rea Clear Politics ^ | June 24,2012 | Salena Zito
    What those reports missed was that Romney pulled off a spontaneous visit to a location lacking any staged comforts. Except for a handful of supporters who learned of the venue change, Romney was on his own: No handmade signs from devoted fans. No local elected officials to ease his transition or to crack jokes. No balloons. No perfectly timed advance movements. It was the sort of unstructured event that causes campaign staffers to prematurely gray. Despite a reputation for being awkward among regular folks, Romney proved to be capable of acting on the fly. He found a way to take...
  • At Gettysburg, history or propaganda? (Libs Complain about Gadsden Flag)

    06/23/2012 9:46:50 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 64 replies
    The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA) ^ | June 22, 2012 | Tim Prudente
    The name might not be recognizable, but you've probably seen a Gadsden flag, typically yellow with a coiled rattlesnake and the warning "Don't tread on me." The flag was flown by colonists rebelling against British rule. And more recently, it's become the adopted symbol of the Tea parties and conservative Republicans, prompting questions as to whether it's an appropriate theme for merchandise sold at the Gettysburg battlefield bookstore. There shoppers will find Gadsden flag shot glasses, mugs, magnets and pins. The souvenirs are the only items representing the Revolutionary War sold in the bookstore, said an employee. Mostly, the store...
  • Udall and Bennet Side With Obama on Key Energy Vote

    06/23/2012 6:32:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Colorado Observer ^ | June 21, 2012 | Mark Stricherz
    Colorado’s two Democratic senators sided with the White House on Wednesday when they voted to affirm what one GOP senator called “the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on coal.” The rule, which proponents say is necessary to limit harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants, but that opponents say will destroy jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket, narrowly survived an attempt at repeal yesterday. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet opposed a measure that would have overturned the controversial EPA rule. The measure failed on a 46-to-53 vote yesterday. ... Udall and Bennet joined seven other Senate Democrats from major coal-producing...
  • Jerry Sandusky verdict: Complete breakdown of charges

    06/22/2012 7:52:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 6 replies
    The Patriot-News/ PennLive ^ | Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:45 PM
    BELLEFONTE -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty this afternoon of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Sandusky faced 52 original counts of abuse, four of which were dismissed during trial. Here's a breakdown of all the charges with verdicts from the jury. VICTIM 1 Count 1: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse Verdict: Guilty. Count 2: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse Verdict: Guilty. Count 3: Indecent assault Verdict: Guilty. Count 4: Unlawful contact with minors Verdict: Guilty. Count 5: Corruption of minors Verdict: Guilty. Count 6: Endangering welfare of children Verdict: Guilty. VICTIM 2 Count 7: Involuntary...
  • BREAKING: Jerry Sandusky Guilty On 45 Of 48 Counts (AWESOME VIDEO)

    06/22/2012 7:52:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/22/2012 | CBS
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (CBS/AP) —The jury in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial has found him “guilty” on 45 counts and “not guilty” on three counts. His bail has been revoked and he will be sent to the Center County Correctional Facility. NOW LIVE: Eyewitness News With Verdict Results The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach fought 48 counts that accused him of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. The jury announced the verdict sometime after 9:45 p.m.
  • Jerry Sandusky verdict: Victim 1's mom says 'I cried, I'm very happy'

    06/22/2012 7:43:48 PM PDT · by bd476 · 15 replies
    The Patriot-News/Penn Live ^ | Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:32 PM | By SARA GANIM, The Patriot-News
    BELLEFONTE -- When her son finished testifying against his molester, Victim 1's mom said, it wasn't over until Jerry Sandusky was locked up forever. Tonight, 'over' got that much closer. With only 20 minutes to get to court, Victim 1 and his mom were forced to hear about Sandusky's guilt on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse the way the rest of the world heard -- on television. Victim 1, 18, was on his way to work. He didn't want to disrupt his normal routine, his mom said. "I called him, I cried, I'm happy. I'm very happy,"...
  • Sandusky guilty on 45 counts

    06/22/2012 7:17:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    philly.com ^ | 6/22/2012 | Jeremy Roebuck
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A Centre County jury found Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child sex abuse late Friday night, closing the first chapter in a scandal that tarnished a university and led to the ouster of four of its top administrators. The panel of seven women and five men returned their verdict after about 21 hours of deliberations over two days. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. Over the course of his eight-day trial, jurors heard from eight accusers who said Sandusky, 68,...
  • Jerry Sandusky Found GUILTY of Molesting Children

    06/22/2012 7:10:38 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 208 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/22/12 | Aurelius
    Jerry Sandusky, the former Assistant Coach for Penn State, was found guilty today of molesting children. The high-profile began last year when almost a dozen people came out, revealing that Sandusky has molested them, which then resulted in the firing of Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky was found guilty of at least some of the almost 50 that were levied against him. The jurors deliberated for two days, starting yesterday. Sandusky leaving court earlier today Sandusky's stepson also stated yesterday that his father had abused him. However, jurors were not aware of this as they were sequestered. Sandusky...
  • Verdict Reached in Sandusky Trial; Will be Released Momentarily

    06/22/2012 6:33:05 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 153 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/22/12 | Aurelius
    The jury in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case has reached a verdict. The media has received a twenty-minute verdict notification, which means that the result will be announced in twenty minutes. Jerry Sandusky is a former Assistant Coach for Penn State The high-profile began last year when almost a dozen people came out, revealing that Sandusky has molested them, which then resulted in the firing of Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky faces 48 counts against him and up to 400 years in prison. Most legal analysts have predicted that he will be found guilty on most, if...
  • Team Obama Kills Another 750 Coal Jobs in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia

    06/22/2012 9:47:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | June 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.” He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. He wasn’t kidding. Now thanks to Barack Obama’s radical energy policies, electricity rates are skyrocketing across the country and coal plants are shutting their doors. New regulations by the Obama Administration is forcing Arch Coal, Inc. to lay off 750 workers in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.
  • BNY Mellon plans to restore once-occupied Mellon Green (Occupiers destroy park)

    06/22/2012 6:44:56 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 22, 2012 | Mark Belko
    BNY Mellon is moving to restore Mellon Green, the privately owned Downtown park that was taken over by Occupy Pittsburgh protesters for four months last fall and winter before they were evicted in February. Representatives for the bank will brief city planning commission members Tuesday about their plans for the park, which has been closed to the public since the last of the protesters marched out of the encampment on Feb. 8, two days after a court-ordered eviction deadline. In a filing with the planning commission, BNY Mellon calculated the cost of the restoration at $485,000, much higher than the...
  • Delta gets approval for pipeline transfer {Airline buys refinery}

    06/22/2012 5:02:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 22, 2012 | Associated Press
    State regulators have approved a pipeline transfer that’s part of Delta Air Lines’ plan to buy a suburban Philadelphia oil refinery and produce its own jet fuel. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved the transfer involving ConocoPhillips to Monroe Energy, LLC, the Delta subsidiary that will operate the facility in Trainer, Delaware County.
  • Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade and Festival feature lewd acts, Porn booth, sadomasochists

    06/22/2012 3:20:51 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 49 replies
    AFTAH ^ | June 21 2012 | Peter LeBarbara
    The following are some photos taken at Philadelphia’s homosexual (“Gay”) Pride Parade and “PrideDay”festival Sunday, June 10, 2012, by this reporter for Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). The Philly parade and the festival at Penn’s Landing that followed it were small compared to much larger homosexual “pride” parades and festivals in cities like Chicago and San Francisco — but both events were attended by many young children. I witnessed dozens of children from the very young to teenagers marching in the parade and there were also many observing it from the side streets. Perhaps even some of AFTAH’s homosexual...
  • Why did NBC not air the most damning part of Jerry Sandusky-Bob Costas interview?

    06/19/2012 11:48:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/18/2012 | Joe Cowley
    ....Then came the sound bite NBC should have aired on every television set around the country as soon it was muttered from Sandusky’s mouth. “Well — you might think that,’’ Sandusky said. “I don’t know. In terms of — my relationship with so many, many young people. I would — I would guess that there are many young people who would come forward. Many more young people who would come forward and say that my methods and — and what I had done for them made a very positive impact on their life. And I didn’t go around seeking out...
  • After 28 years David A Hemler tells the truth [USAF Deserter]

    06/19/2012 9:04:37 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    DN.se (Sweden) ^ | June 16, 2012 | Dagens Nyheter
    In October 1984, a 21-year-old American Airman deserted and hitch-hiked from an Air Force base in Augsburg, Germany to Stockholm. He built himself a life in Sweden – never sharing his secret with anyone, while becoming one of the U.S. Air Force’s eight most wanted fugitives. Today, David A. Hemler, 49, comes forward in an exclusive interview with Dagens Nyheter (DN), Stockholm.
  • Yes, Pennsylvania Is Still a Swing State (Romney expands playing field)

    06/19/2012 7:25:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    New Republic ^ | 06/19/2012 | William Galston
    The past month has seen the momentum of the 2012 presidential election shift significantly. The national race is now in a virtual dead heat, and most key swing states are within the margin of error. And most important, it appears that Mitt Romney has expanded the playing field to include some states previously thought to be securely in President Obama’s column—including, in my view, Pennsylvania. I base these conclusions on an analysis of surveys conducted since the beginning of June. Here’s what they show. (When there are multiple surveys, as there are in most cases, these figures represent averages.) Wisconsin...
  • Negotiators talking with NJ cop in Doylestown Twp (PA) standoff

    06/17/2012 7:17:59 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 7 replies
    phillyBurbs ^ | June 17, 2012 | Theresa Hegel and Matt Coughlin Staff writer
    One police officer is injured and two police cars are damaged as a standoff continues with an off-duty New Jersey police officer Sunday afternoon on Bittersweet Drive in Doylestown Township. Police said Richard Klementovich, 42, an officer with Clifton, N.J., contacted his ex-wife earlier today to meet her and their children elsewhere and then he entered his wife's home instead and barricaded himself inside. Police said they believe there is nobody else in the house.