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  • Pennsylvania junior sues his school district because he felt ‘embarrassed’ after seeing a.....

    03/21/2017 4:28:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 21, 2017 | AP
    FULL TITLE: Pennsylvania junior sues his school district because he felt ‘embarrassed’ after seeing a transgender teen change in the boys’ locker room A Pennsylvania high school student on Tuesday sued his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy. The action, filed Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, comes a few weeks after the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era regulations that had instructed schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in line with their expressed gender identity as opposed to their sex assigned at birth. In October, the...
  • Letter from Pennsylvania: Problems & Possibilities for State System Schools

    03/18/2017 11:58:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • How Local Citizens Can Take Up the Fight Against Public Corruption

    03/17/2017 6:15:09 AM PDT · by milton23 · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 3/16/17 | Brandon Muir
    We hear it all the time from politicians: They are finally going to stop the “waste, fraud, and abuse” in government. In states with more corruption, like Pennsylvania, New York, or Illinois, calls to clean up government are frequent as well. The problem is that these promises rarely come to fruition. This week—Sunshine Week—is a perfect time to stop waiting for someone else to fix these problems. Let’s look to citizens, and a push for more open government, to get the job done. As the saying goes, sunlight is the best disinfectant of all.
  • Two Pennsylvania Women Charged In Fight Over Shoveled Parking Spot

    03/16/2017 7:22:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Associated Press (AP) CBS Pittsburgh ^ | March 16, 2017 | Associated Press (AP)
    <p>ASHLAND, Pa. – State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street.</p>
  • Carefree prairie dog rescued from Pennsylvania house fire

    03/11/2017 1:29:09 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    upi ^ | March 10, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A pet prairie dog became a viral sensation for its carefree attitude after it was rescued from a house fire in Pennsylvania. Red Paw Emergency Relief Team shared photos of Vern the prairie dog, one of three "dogs" rescued after a fire broke out in Montgomery County. Vern captured the hearts of the group's Facebook followers with his relaxed facial expression as he lay next to one of his canine housemates with his belly exposed. Volunteers from Red Paw Emergency Relief Team joined emergency crews at the scene of the fire to help rescue the pets and ensure they had...
  • Auditor General DePasquale Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana as Right Move to Deal with Issues

    03/06/2017 5:26:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Auditor's Office ^ | March 6, 2017 | Press release
    HARRISBURG (March 6, 2017) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to add a stop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” DePasquale said during a news conference at the state capitol. “I make this recommendation because it is a more sane policy to deal with a critical issue facing the state. Other states are...
  • Pennsylvania Senate Democrats resist ransom in cyberattack

    03/06/2017 2:11:04 PM PST · by davikkm · 22 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | MARC LEVY
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s top state Senate Democrat said Monday that no ransom has been paid to resolve a cyberattack that shut down the caucus’ network and prompted an FBI investigation. Senate Democrats’ computer network, including their email system, remained inaccessible Monday, three days after the “ransomware” attack was discovered by technology staff who received an alert that the network had been breached. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, would not say what sort of ransom had been demanded, but he said none had been paid, and he and other Senate Democrats said they were not inclined to do...
  • 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...
  • Cyberattack hits Pennsylvania Senate Democrats' computers

    03/04/2017 3:18:21 AM PST · by tired&retired · 13 replies
    Trib Live ^ | March 3, 2017 | AP
    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Senate Democrats say they are in contact with the FBI and state attorney general's office after a “ransomware” cyberattack shut down their computer systems. The attack Friday left lawmakers and staff in the caucus unable to access their computer network or data. Sen. Jay Costa says the ransomware attack was discovered Friday morning. Citing the investigation, caucus officials aren't saying what, if any, ransom was demanded.
  • Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (55 years ago today)

    03/02/2017 10:06:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is widely considered one of the greatest records in basketball. Chamberlain set five other league records that game including most free throws made, a notable achievement, as he was regarded as a poor free throw shooter. The teams broke the record for most combined points in a game (316). That season, Chamberlain averaged a record 50.4 points per...
  • Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100 workers, citing Philadelphia tax

    03/01/2017 4:14:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2017 3:55 PM EST
    Pepsi says slumping sales from Philadelphia’s new sweetened-beverage tax are prompting layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city. The company sent out notices Wednesday saying layoffs will occur at plants in north and south Philadelphia and in Wilmington, Delaware, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Dave DeCecco, spokesman for the Purchase, New York-based company that employs 423 people in the city, said the tax has cut sales by 40 percent there. …
  • Port Authority says it won't use racial profiling when T system goes cashless [Pittsburgh]

    02/27/2017 11:16:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 25, 2017 12:21 AM | Ed Blazina
    Although it’s still putting together its enforcement policy for when the light rail system goes cashless in July, Port Authority said Friday it does not intend to use racial profiling or other methods to identify illegal immigrants. The authority explained its plans after a handful of riders expressed concerns at the agency’s monthly board meeting that it would use fare checks to identify people with improper immigration papers. The authority expects to switch to a prepaid system on the T in July, where riders will be on the honor system for paying their fare. To encourage payment, the authority will...
  • Senate Dems Facing Tough 2018 Races Avoid Town Halls

    02/27/2017 6:25:32 AM PST · by scooby321 · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/2017 | Kerry Pickett
    Town halls centered around rowdy crowds disrupting Republican members of Congress grabbed headlines recently, but certain Senate Democrats facing tough reelection races next year have avoided in-person town halls in their own states all together. The Associated Press reported Friday Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Bill Nelson of Florida, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Joe Manchin West Virginia all decided against going to town halls to speak to and answer questions from their constituents, preferring to communicate through tele-town halls, e-mail opinion surveys, social media and speeches.
  • Yough mom charged with having sex with son's teen friend after high school football game

    05/14/2015 2:01:23 PM PDT · by Rodamala · 70 replies
    WTAE.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Ashlie Hardway
    SOUTH HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP, Pa. —A Westmoreland County woman is suspected of having sex with a 15-year-old boy at an underage drinking party at her home after a Yough High School football game and telling him to keep their encounter between them, according to a criminal complaint.Sherry Lee waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and was ordered by District Judge Charles Moore to stand trial at a later date. She declined to comment, but her attorney said Lee is denying that anything happened with the teenage boy.Lee picked up the boy and two of his friends after the Cougars...
  • Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom

    02/22/2017 3:15:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 11:00 AM EST
    Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they’re gearing up for layoffs because the city’s new soda tax has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent, worse than the city predicted. An owner of six supermarkets tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he expects to cut 300 jobs, and a soft drink distributor predicts a 20 percent workforce reduction. City officials expect business to rebound once customers get over sticker shock. …
  • 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.
  • Pedophile Jerry Sandusky's son, 41, is charged with sexual assault of a .......

    02/13/2017 1:17:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 69 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Daily Mail Staff
    FULL TITLE: Pedophile Jerry Sandusky's son, 41, is charged with sexual assault of a child after 'asking his girlfriend's daughter for nude photographs' Jeffrey Sandusky, the 41-year-old son of Jerry Sandusky, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child. The younger Sandusky was arraigned on charges on Monday afternoon in Belleftone, Pennsylvania. Court records filed Monday claim the 41-year-old was charged with 14 counts, including criminal solicitation and corruption of minors. The online court docket said Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $200,000. He's currently in the Center County Correctional Facility. The papers list...
  • Hundreds expected to walk off work in Philly on ‘day without immigrants’

    02/15/2017 8:29:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Metro ^ | February 15, 2017 | Sam Newhouse
    President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House has been accompanied by increasingly harsh rhetoric about immigration. In response, local immigrant rights activists have decided to give Philly a taste of what the world would be like if proponents of mass deportations had their way. They've planned a “Day without Immigrants” (Un Dia Sin Immigrante) protest on Thursday. “What if a good chunk of Philadelphia society was gone in one day? This is what we’re talking about,” said Miguel Andrade, an organizer with Juntos, an immigrants' activist group that is coordinating the protest. Immigrants will be “closing shops, not sending...
  • Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son arrested for sexually assaulting a child

    02/13/2017 11:28:13 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 48 replies
    wishtv.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Mallory Lane
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WTAJ) – Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jeffrey Sandusky, 41 and charged him with sexually assaulting a child. Sandusky is the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who was convicted on multiple counts of child sex abuse.
  • Are these Pennsylvania Christians wearing hijabs in solidarity with sharia-promoting Muslims?

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

    02/01/2017 6:41:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/30/17 | Jose A. DelReal
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Hookah smoke drifted through the restaurant as Elias Shetayh and Aziz Wehbey spoke intently about their support for President Trump, whose temporary halt on immigration from war-torn Syria — their homeland — had touched off a political firestorm. Nearby, a waitress carried out several platters of Mediterranean food to a large Arab American family. Trump is right, in a way, to do what he’s doing,” Shetayh said, discussing the executive order banning certain immigrants from entry into the United States. “This country is going into a disaster. Allentown and surrounding Lehigh County have one of the country’s...
  • Looking a gift Hawg in the mouth

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

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

    01/28/2017 2:04:54 PM PST · by lightman · 106 replies
    Hanover Evening Sun ^ | 28 January 2017 | Kaitlin Greenockle
    A juvenile thought to be involved in the robbery of a pizza delivery man in Penn Township will be charged as an adult, according to an affidavit. Sheldon Isaiah Cheese, 17, of York, is one of two people allegedly involved in the incident. He and Logan Matthew Alexander, 18, of Littlestown, allegedly robbed the man on Jan. 24 as he was delivering pizzas to them, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge James Miner. Alexander is a senior at Delone Catholic High School, which was confirmed by Delone Catholic Principal Maureen Thiec. A member of the basketball team, he...
  • GOP Philly Meetings Bugged – Mole Sends Recordings to Liberal News Outlets

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

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the state’s public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • Decades-old mistake may have caused bridge beam to fail

    01/24/2017 8:11:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jason Laughlin
    An apparent construction error six decades ago could have caused the fracture discovered Friday in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge, an engineering expert who viewed pictures of the cracked truss said Sunday. An image of the cracked truss - a supporting piece - on the bridge that runs between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington County in New Jersey shows signs of holes that had been mistakenly drilled into the steel beam and then filled with plug welds, a typical solution in the 1950s when the bridge was built, said Karl Frank, professor...
  • Philly teachers plan Black Lives Matter week — not all are happy

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

    01/23/2017 3:09:00 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    AP via NBC news ^ | 01/23/2017 | staff
    Women, minorities and transgender people have felt unwelcome and unsafe in Philadelphia's gay neighborhood for decades, according to a city report issued Monday. To address the issue, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations recommended that Gayborhood bars and nonprofits undergo training for racial bias and hire more diverse staff. The agency has issued an action plan for the next three months and said organizations that do not cooperate could be punished or face legal action.
  • Man Assaulted in East Liberty (Ear bitten off during Trump argument)

    01/23/2017 11:10:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The City of Pittsburgh ^ | January 23, 2017 | Emily Schaffer
    PITTSBURGH, PA – At approximately 6:45 a.m. Zone 5 Officers responded to a gas station on Baum Boulevard in East Liberty. Officers located a 30-year-old male victim who had been assaulted at his apartment in the 300 block of Amber Street by a known male actor. According to the investigation, the victim and actor were arguing about President Donald Trump. The argument turned physical and the actor bit the victim’s right ear off. The victim ran to a nearby gas station to seek help. Paramedics transported the victim to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition. Officers recovered the ear in...
  • How Trump made small-town America matter again (Must read)

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

    01/19/2017 10:44:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | January 19, 2017 4:19 PM
    A Philadelphia-area college is offering a religion class to its students titled “Is God a White Supremacist?” According to Swarthmore College’s course catalog, the course “will focus on representations of race in religious discourses and social practice.” […] Tariq al-Jamil, the head of the school’s religion department, will be teaching the course. …
  • 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...
  • MLK Symposium looks at black lives under Trump

    01/17/2017 6:28:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Pennsylvanian ^ | January 17, 2017 | Roberta Nin Feliz
    Spoken word artists and community organizers filled the Goodhand Room at the LGBT Center on Sunday, reading poems about the terror of racial violence, lynching and systemic injustice. The poetry readings marked the kick-off event, “Will Black Lives Matter during the Presidency of Donald Trump?” of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change. The symposium is a series of events from Jan. 15 to Feb. 2 on campus honoring King’s legacy. The kickoff event hosted artists and activists from the National Black Author’s Tour. They spoke about dismantling systems of oppression, the fear many black people...
  • These eight US states have shrunk in 2016

    01/16/2017 11:55:05 AM PST · by fwdude · 71 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Shannon Roberts
    New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois, and West Virginia all experienced shrinking populations in 2015-2016 according to figures recently released by the United States Census Bureau. This was in part due to internal migration by people seeking new employment opportunities, warmer weather or retirement in other states. Despite some states benefitting from migration and higher birth rates (Utah was the fastest growing state with a 2 percent gain), the overall growth rate of the United States population reached its lowest point since the Depression era. The annual growth rate of below 0.7 per cent was the lowest since...
  • Company re-starting U.S.Steel in Pennsylvania !

    01/14/2017 10:48:51 AM PST · by knarf · 106 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | January 12, 2017 | Lee Boselevic
    Dura-Bond Industries has purchased equipment from U.S. Steel’s idled McKeesport plant and hopes to begin producing tubular products primarily for the energy industry within six to nine months, the president of the Export-based company said Thursday.
  • Bucks County School District Apologizes For Homework with "Adult" Content

    01/13/2017 4:39:25 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    WPVI.COM ^ | 13 JANUARY 2017 | 6ABC.COM
    PERKASIE, Pa. (WPVI) -- A school district in Bucks County is apologizing to parents and students after one of its high school teachers assigned mathematics homework that included what the district is calling "adult content without a proper context." It happened at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pa. The assignment focused on Maya Angelou and her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Two of the questions were captured in a photograph sent to Action News from Pennridge Reform.
  • Teachers in Philadelphia plan a Black Lives Matter week

    01/13/2017 8:51:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 6:19 PM EST | Kristen DeGroot
    A teachers’ organization in Philadelphia is encouraging teachers to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts and buttons and provide lessons on the movement every day for one week. The Caucus of Working Educators, a faction of the teachers union, is developing lessons plans and curriculum ideas for teachers of grades from kindergarten through high school for the week of Jan. 23. The plans, distilled from the movement’s 13 guiding principles, such as embracing diversity and globalism, will be available online, organizers said Friday. “The vast majority of students that we serve are black, and it’s important to affirm the lives of...
  • Yuengling announces distribution expansion into Indiana

    01/12/2017 3:58:34 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    POTTSVILLE, Pa. - America's oldest brewery has announced that it is expanding its distribution. Pottsville-based D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., will soon be delivering its brands to Indiana. Yuengling said three wholesalers have been assigned to distribute the beer. They are Monarch Beverage, Five Star Distributing, and Indiana Beverage. "Our family has been in business in Indiana for five generations and to be able to partner with the America’s Oldest Brewery is both humbling and powerful," said Bruce Leetz, owner of Indiana Beverage.
  • She was angry she always lost. So this woman threatened to kill lottery officials, police say.

    01/06/2017 4:14:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | January 6, 2017 | Lindsey Bever
    A Pennsylvania lottery player who kept buying losing scratch-off tickets called her string of losses a conspiracy and threatened to kill employees at state lottery headquarters, authorities said. Towanda A. Shields is wanted on 53 charges, including harassment, stalking and terroristic threats, for phone calls and voice-mail messages that police said started as a “nuisance” last year and escalated into a “relentless” stream of hostile, sexually explicit and threatening statements to Pennsylvania Lottery officials in Lower Swatara Township. Police there issued a warrant for her arrest Tuesday and are working with authorities in Philadelphia, where Shields lives, to bring her...
  • Family: Soldier attacked after Mummers Parade (Philadelphia, Pa.)

    01/04/2017 12:19:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WTXF-TV ^ | January 2, 2017
    PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A soldier’s mom is speaking out after a brutal attack on her son. The serviceman became a target for a violent group after the Mummers parade. He is now in the hospital with a long recovery ahead of him. "He's such a good kid. He did not deserve this." Lori Freni was supposed to see her 19-year-old Army serviceman son Austin head back to base after the holidays....
  • Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Jerry Knowles vowss to stop "sanctuary campus" movement.

    01/02/2017 4:25:26 PM PST · by Rod Rammer · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Jan. 1, 2017 | Rod Kackley
    Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Jerry Knowles wants to put a stop to the sanctuary campus movement in his state. He circulated a co-sponsorship memo in December in an effort to find like-minded lawmakers to help push a bill that would cut off state funding to any institution of higher education that sets itself up as a “sanctuary campus” to protect illegal immigrants. Knowles’ memo followed by only a few days the news that two Pennsylvania schools — Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania — had pledged to refuse to allow federal authorities on campus without a warrant. They directed their...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Professor behind 'white genocide' tweet says he has university support

    12/28/2016 3:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 27, 2016 | Ian Simpson
    A Drexel University professor, whose tweet that he wanted "white genocide" for Christmas sparked a firestorm of criticism from the school and social media, said on Tuesday that administrators supported his right to take part in political debate. George Ciccariello-Maher, a white associate professor of history and politics at the Philadelphia university, has said his Christmas Eve posting of "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide" on Twitter was aimed at poking fun at white supremacists. He is an expert on Latin American social movements with about 10,000 Twitter followers. But his attempt at satire triggered a backlash from...
  • Man Creates 'Christmas Vacation' Theme Display

    12/24/2016 11:41:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    WBTV ^ | Friday, December 23rd 2016
    Forget Santa and his reindeer, a Pennsylvania man's unique holiday display is getting quite a lot of attention. Dan Hartman says he just wanted to spread a little bit of holiday cheer, so he created a Christmas Vacation themed display. There’s a busted station wagon carrying the uprooted Christmas tree and a tired-looking camper with Christmas lights.
  • College student driven out of school for backing Trump; out of control hostility, harassment

    12/24/2016 4:51:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 24, 2016 | Blake Neff, DCNF
    A freshman student at Bryn Mawr College has dropped out after what she says was unbearable harassment from her fellow students for supporting President-elect Donald Trump. In September, shortly after starting at the Pennsylvania women’s school, Andi Moritz made a post on the Bryn Mawr’s ride-sharing Facebook page, asking if anybody wanted to accompany her during a Saturday spent campaigning for Trump.Moritz said she wanted another girl along to ensure her safety since she was carpooling with a man she didn’t know. The request turned out to be a big mistake, as Moritz was bombarded with hundreds of comments from...
  • Robert Reich Plots to Help Trump

    12/22/2016 2:11:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 22, 2016 | Jeffrey Lord
    It was a simple Facebook post. And former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich got right to the point as headlined here in Mediaite: Former Secretary of Labor Proposes ‘Freedom Concert’ To Overshadow Inauguration The former Secretary’s post (full disclosure: Mr. Reich and I have been occasional sparring partners on CNN) read as follows: Robert Reich on Sunday The Trump people are upset that the only musicians willing to perform at the Trump inauguration are Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. Someone just suggested to me a televised “freedom concert” to air at the same time as the inauguration — with...
  • 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...
  • Pa. electors get police protection: 'This is stupid'

    12/18/2016 9:43:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 17, 2016 | Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley, the Harrisburg Bureau
    Facing a wave of calls, Pennsylvania electors sounding unshakable 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. Such has been the life of Pennsylvania's 20 electors for President-elect Donald Trump since the Nov. 8 election. 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...