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  • Philadelphia Keeps Criminals on Its Voting Rolls – Why?

    05/09/2017 6:52:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2017 | Robert Knight
    In the City of Brotherly Love, you can retain your voter registration no matter what crime you commit. That’s because election officials refuse to take convicted felons off the voter rolls even if they’re still serving time in jail. One potential voter is convicted baby murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell. In May 2013, in a case that shocked the nation, Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for killing fully developed babies born alive at his abortion clinic by severing their spines with scissors. He got three life terms, the latter for killing a baby that he joked was so large it...
  • Cops: 'Summer of Rage' anarchists cause at least $100K in vandalism in Philly

    05/02/2017 10:45:06 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 05/02/2017 | Stephanie Farr, William Bender, Jason Nark & Chris Palmer
    As many as 50 protesters believed to be with the anarchist group “Summer of Rage” caused at least $100,000 in damage to new buildings and high-end vehicles in a developing part of North Philadelphia Monday night, police said, in an apparent attempt to protest what they regard as gentrification in the area. --SNIP-- In Suchocki’s backpack, police said, they found a mask, a scarf, a device used for shattering windows, and a “mission statement on how to disrupt capitalism.”
  • Coca-Cola: Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks is hurting

    04/29/2017 6:16:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 10:46 PM EDT
    Coca-Cola says Philadelphia’s new tax on sweetened drinks is seriously hurting their business in the city. According to a story on the beverage company’s website, the company’s volume in Philadelphia is down 32 percent from a year ago. Fran McGorry, president and general manager of the local bottler known as Philly Coke, says because of the lost sales, the company’s workforce has been reduced by about 40 positions. The company has more than 700 workers in the region. …
  • Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director, Is Dead at 73

    04/26/2017 10:27:35 AM PDT · by Cecily · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2017 | Bruce Weber
    Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock ’n’ roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73. His publicist, Leslee Dart, confirmed the death. Mr. Demme disclosed that he had cancer in 2015. Mob wives, CB radio buffs and AIDS victims; Hannibal Lecter, Howard Hughes and Jimmy Carter: Mr. Demme (pronounced DEM-ee) plucked his subjects and stories largely from the stew of contemporary American subcultures and iconography. He created a body...
  • Several Cars Damaged After Rocks, Steel Rebar Were Thrown On Pennsylvania Turnpike

    04/07/2017 7:50:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | April 3, 2017 | Anita Oh
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–A Sunday drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike nearly turned deadly for Tracy Andrews.“I noticed a guy standing near the concrete barrier with a rock, throwing it across the barrier. He hit my windshield,” said Andrews.The damage left behind: a sizable crater, shards of glass and shock.“I was horrified,” Andrews said. “It could’ve killed me very easily.”Corporal Steven Ranck with the Pennsylvania State Police confirms around 5 p.m. Sunday near mile marker 357, at least two men hurled rocks and steel rebar at passing cars in the westbound lane.Photo/ Anita Oh The two were reportedly standing at ground level behind...
  • Delaware River Turnpike Bridge to Reopen Late Tonight (reopened early in March)

    04/01/2017 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ^ | March 9, 2017 | Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
    Delaware River Turnpike Bridge to Reopen Late Tonight Crossing was closed for seven weeks as fractured truss member was repaired. Officials from the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) today announced that they expect to reopen the jointly owned Delaware River Bridge sometime late tonight. The 1.25-mile-long bridge, which carries traffic between the two states, first closed Jan. 20 when a complete fracture was discovered in the superstructure beneath the westbound lanes on the Pennsylvania side in Bristol Township, Bucks County. “Many people were greatly inconvenienced by this closure over the last seven weeks, and...
  • Philly soda tax: Pepsi tells grocery stores it won’t offer 2-liters or 12-packs

    03/22/2017 9:12:10 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 38 replies
    BillyPenn.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Mark Dent
    Philadelphians will soon no longer be able to purchase 2-liters or 12-packs of Pepsi soda products at local stores, according to grocers. Managers of two independent Philly grocery stores confirmed they’d received letters from Pepsi saying the company would no longer distribute 2-liters or 12-packs to Philadelphia stores, as of March 20.
  • D.A. Seth Williams indicted on corruption, bribery-related charges [Philly]

    03/21/2017 1:08:36 PM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 43 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | Jeremy Roebuck
    Federal authorities accused Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday of accepting travel to the Dominican Republic, a custom sofa and other gifts in exchange for offers to fix cases and ease law enforcement troubles for a friend and business owner.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. …
  • 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...
  • 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. …
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

    02/04/2017 7:01:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/04/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck & Jonathan Tamari
    Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.
  • IBEW on board with Trump (Electrician's union)

    02/02/2017 1:35:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 1, 2017 | Dom Giordano
    WHEN I COVERED the protests of President Trump and the Republicans on retreat in Philadelphia last week, I was struck by the sheer number of signs that were carried by protesters. Many were straightforward about stopping the repeal of Obamacare. Many beat to death the meme of Trump as Hitler. Some were very crude, and others were really clever. Signs like "We want a leader not a creepy tweeter" were interesting. As a Sixers fan, I think "Trust the protest" was probably my favorite. They mostly reflected anger and desperation. However, I noticed two signs hanging from a construction site...
  • Woman impersonated lawmaker’s wife, snuck into GOP retreat

    01/29/2017 2:22:10 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 28, 2017 | By Erica Werner | AP
    WASHINGTON — A woman impersonated the wife of a GOP lawmaker and snuck into the congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, the same day President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared, retreat organizers told lawmakers late Saturday. The revelation came as the nonprofit Congressional Institute that organizes the retreat investigates how audio of the gathering leaked. In an email to GOP lawmakers, institute president Mark Strand did not directly say that the impersonator was the same person who leaked the audio, but that was the implication. “The Congressional Institute is continuing to investigate this breach in order to...
  • LIVE STREAM: President Donald Trump Speech at GOP Retreat 2017 In Philadelphia, PA (1/26/2017)

    01/26/2017 10:32:06 AM PST · by RummyChick · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/26/17 | youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JObdqrq4o2s