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  • Pennsylvania is sitting on major untapped lithium ‘white gold mine’ that could generate new billion-dollar industry, government study finds

    05/27/2024 7:00:15 PM PDT · by caww · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/2024 | Matthew Phelan
    Government scientists have shown that they can filter the precious metal from the state's shale gas wastewater: pulling tons of lithium per day, with little left behind. They concluded that Pennsylvania alone could produce nearly half of the total US demand for lithium — starting in the first year — supplying this key compound that's needed to power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles to solar panels. A project on this scale could make Pennsylvania a rust-belt Saudi Arabia, ending US dependence on lithium from China, which now controls 90 percent of the market. People compare it to the Gold...
  • Pittsburgh may have violated city and state ethics code by paying former employee via PayPal

    05/24/2024 7:36:52 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 5/13/24 | Hallie Lauer
    One of the people allegedly connected to multiple incidents of harassment and ethnic intimidation on the North Side is a former Pittsburgh employee who has been receiving payments from the city that may violate city policy and could potentially violate the state ethics act, according to internal correspondence between city leaders obtained by the Post-Gazette. Mario Ashkar, 36, of Perry South, was arrested last week on multiple charges of ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct regarding an alleged antisemitic incident in April in the Mexican War Streets. Ashkar indicated during interviews with other media that...
  • In Pennsylvania, the Cost of the American Dream Is Out of Reach

    05/24/2024 6:27:12 PM PDT · by bitt · 22 replies ^ | 5/24/2024 | By Athan Koutsiouroumbas
    The American Dream in Pennsylvania has a price tag: $230,464. That’s the cost for a family of four to live “comfortably” in The Keystone State. The tally is based on the “50/30/20 Rule,” which holds that half of a household’s income should be spent on housing and necessities, a third on nonessentials like eating out and entertainment, and the rest on savings and debt. Here’s the problem: the average household income in Pennsylvania is $100,837, which falls short of the American Dream sticker price by more than a factor of two. In fact, only 10% of Pennsylvania households have an...
  • A political realignment in PA: Despite recent Dem wins, the GOP is gaining momentum, analysts say

    05/22/2024 6:22:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/22/24 | Charles Creitz
    Top political analysts in Pennsylvania say the state is in the midst of a major demographic and electoral shift, which is likely to prove beneficial for the GOP. According to the latest figures coming out of the commonwealth, Republicans gained more than 10,000 new registrants in the last two months. snip "Republicans have been gaining on the Democrats in Pennsylvania for a number of years, and the gap right now is very narrow," Gerow said, noting how Democrats once outnumbered Republicans by 1 million in the commonwealth. When asked about recent Republican losses in light of Democrats' declining registration advantage,...
  • Complaint: Illegal Memo Lets People Who Fail ID Checks Onto Pennsylvania’s Voter Rolls Anyway

    05/21/2024 3:48:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/21/2024 | BRIANNA LYMAN
    Pennsylvania’s State Department issued a directive in 2018 that may allow noncitizens and other ineligible applicants to register to vote in violation of the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA), according to a complaint brought by America First Legal (AFL) and obtained first by The Federalist.HAVA requires a voter to provide a valid driver’s license number — or, if and only if he has no driver’s license, the last four digits of his Social Security number — on his voter registration form. Election officials are then required to confirm whether the numbers provided are valid by checking them against state...
  • 'Scranton Joe' no more: Here's why voters are backing Donald Trump over 'decrepit old' Biden in his OWN hometown

    05/21/2024 10:16:49 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21 2024 | JON MICHAEL RAASCH
    Voters in Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, told they are not backing hometown hero Joe in 2024. President Joe Biden likes to invoke his humble beginnings in the foothills of Pennsylvania when addressing the country and potential voters. He even made a highly-publicized trip to the town last month to gather support. But voters here don't see eye-to-eye with the 81-year-old commander-in-chief, telling that life was better for them under former President Donald Trump.
  • REVEALED: Man accused of raping woman on Philadelphia SEPTA train as passengers 'filmed it' is an illegal Congolese immigrant with sex abuse and drugs rap sheet who should have been deported in 2015

    10/20/2021 7:36:01 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 October 2021 | | KEITH GRIFFITH and HARRIET ALEXANDER and RONNY REYES
    The man accused of raping a stranger on a metro Philadelphia train full of bystanders who cops say stood and filmed is a Congolese national present in the US illegally, according to a new report.
  • Fetterman: Biden Is Trying to ‘Have Both Sides’ on Israel–Hamas War

    05/19/2024 8:08:17 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/19/2024 | Pam Key
    Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that President Joe Biden was trying to have “both sides” on the Israel–Hamas war. Anchor Jake Tapper said, “You’ve become famous or infamous depending on your point of view for your stalwart support of Israel since the October 7 attacks, especially, but before then as well, Israel recovered the body of yet another hostage yesterday. That’s for hostage bodies recovered this week. The U.S. is assessing that Israel has amassed enough troops to launch a full-scale ground operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, despite President Biden’s...
  • Small sample--a sliver of hope

    05/15/2024 8:27:29 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    PennLive ^ | 15 May A.D. 2024 | Advance Media
    Have changes in the economy impacted you personally this year? I am doing the same financially as I was at this time last year (25 Votes, 19.53%) • I am doing worse financially than I was this time last year (82 Votes, 64.06%) • I am doing better financially than I was at this time last year (21 Votes, 16.41%) Do you support or oppose recent pro-Palestinian protests on US college campuses? Oppose (69 Votes, 71.13%) • Support (11 Votes, 11.34%) • Not sure (17 Votes, 17.53%) In the Middle East Situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or...
  • Looking back on Philadelphia's MOVE bombing, 39 years later

    05/14/2024 2:49:03 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 59 replies
    NBC Philly via MSN ^ | 05/13/2024 | STAFF
    May 13, 1985 is a day that changed Philadelphia forever. On that day, police dropped a bomb on the MOVE compound on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, near Cobbs Creek, leaving 11 people, including children, dead. The ensuing fire destroyed the neighborhood and left decades of scars for everyone involved. The armed confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE has boiled for years. The day before it escalated and by Monday morning the shooting had begun and ended as a bomb was dropped from a state police helicopter onto the group's row house at 5:27 p.m., igniting a...
  • Exton (PA) carnival canceled after being shut down by police due to unruly crowd of juveniles

    05/13/2024 11:11:10 AM PDT · by workerbee · 34 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | 5/12/24 | Jessica Macaulay, Chase Morrison, Eva Andersen
    **SNIP** Police initially shut down the carnival in Chester County Saturday night after a group of juveniles created what officials described as an "unsafe environment" for those at the fair. Additional officers from agencies around the county were also called in to help with crowd control. While they didn't specify exactly what happened, police said the large crowd in the outer lot of the Exton Square Mall was creating a disturbance. **SNIP** Police are also investigating a fight that they say occurred inside the mall after the carnival was shut down. The department released surveillance footage captured by a business...
  • AARP Poll: Pennsylvania Voter Survey

    05/13/2024 12:37:22 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies
    AARP Poll in Pennsylvania ^ | 12 May 2024 | AARP
    Former President Trump narrowly leads President Biden in both the 4-way and head-to-head ballots in Pennsylvania. • Among voters 50+, Trump leads by wider margins on both ballots, while voters 18-49 are closely divided. Within voters 50+, Trump has a sizable lead with 50- 64 year olds, but the race is very close among seniors. • On the 4-way ballot, 19% of voters 18-49 either choose a third-party candidate or are undecided compared to just 10% of voters 50+. Biden improves among younger voters when the third-party options are removed. • Trump is ahead in large part due to more...
  • Pa. state trooper who arrested a Philly LGBTQ official is no longer on the force

    05/10/2024 11:26:44 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via MSN ^ | 05/10/2024 | Chris Palmer
    ---SNIP--- The now-former trooper arrested Celena Morrison-McLean, the city’s executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, and her husband, Darius McLean, an official at the William Way Community Center, on the morning of March 2 after a traffic stop and heated confrontation on the Vine Street Expressway. A video of their arrests, captured by Morrison-McLean, circulated on social media shortly afterward and appeared to show McLean lying on the shoulder of the highway, begging the trooper to let him go. “I work for the mayor! I work for the mayor!” Morrison-McLean yelled before the trooper could be heard telling...
  • Pittsburgh (Hispanic invader) man charged in $25,000 regional theft scheme at Lowe's stores

    05/10/2024 10:54:51 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | RENATTA SIGNORINI
    A Pittsburgh man was arrested Thursday in connection with what state police described as an organized retail theft scheme involving $24,800 worth of merchandise from Lowe’s stores in Westmoreland, Butler and Allegheny counties. Jesus A. Serna-Real, 38, of the city’s Knoxville neighborhood, is accused in a number of retail thefts at the home improvement chain, including the most recent one on Feb. 22 in Rostraver, according to court papers.
  • At MIT, Administrators Allow Unlawful Encampment To Displace Lawful Israeli Independence Day Event

    05/08/2024 3:41:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2024 | Jessica Costescu
    President Kornbluth assured us … that the encampment would be removed in time for our Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration,' letter from Jewish group says.. In the run-up to an annual Israeli Independence Day celebration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, university president Sally Kornbluth assured student organizers that an unauthorized anti-Israel encampment—located in the same area where the Jewish students planned to hold their event—would be cleared in time. It wasn't, prompting school officials to walk back their promise and press the Jewish students to reschedule or relocate the event, messages obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show. On April 24,...
  • Pennsylvania State Department Told Voters To Cast ‘Cured’ Ballots Against County Rules, Filing Alleges

    05/08/2024 11:11:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/08/2024 | BRIANNA LYMAN
    Two voters are trying to use the courts as a cudgel to force Butler County to accept the new ‘cured’ ballots, according to a Tuesday filing.After the Pennsylvania State Department allegedly instructed voters who cast invalid mail ballots to vote a second time via provisional ballot, two voters are trying to use the courts as a cudgel to force Butler County to accept the new “cured” ballots, according to a Tuesday filing by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which seeks to intervene in the court battle.Along with the Pennsylvania GOP, the RNC is asking to intervene as a respondent in...
  • School Enlists ‘Genderqueer’ Witch To Speak To Students About Dating, Survey Them About Their Sexuality

    05/08/2024 9:26:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 32 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | May 7, 2024 | Leif Le Mahieu
    Pennsylvania parents are demanding answers after a “queer witch” was brought into the school to speak to 14-year-olds about dating violence and survey the children on sexual topics. The controversy began last year when parents at the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District in Chester County found out that Deni Tobin, a “genderqueer” woman who uses male pronouns, spoke to high school students about dating. Tobin is a “practitioner astrologer and rune reader” with an organization called Prana House, where Tobin regularly hosts meetups for “queer witches.” After she was brought to Unionville High School to give a talk on “safe dating,”...
  • Fetterman: Biden Should Stop Delaying Arms to Israel, I Support Rafah Invasion

    05/07/2024 5:56:50 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/07/2024 | Ian hatchett
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) stated that while President Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel, the administration delaying arms sales to the country is wrong and the only conditions should be on Hamas and their enablers. Fetterman praised Biden’s speech earlier in the day and stated that Biden “been very supportive [of] Israel, but I don’t agree with him on everything, like, for example, I was public and I said that I don’t think we should be withholding any kind of munitions and I think, I said I...
  • AARP poll: Trump leads in Pennsylvania

    05/07/2024 2:03:57 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 24 replies
    AARP ^ | 5/7/2024 | Emily Pickren
    Former President Donald Trump (R) leads over President Joe Biden (D) by 4 percentage points – 49% to 45% ...
  • UPenn student fundraising for mariachi band to play anti-Israel encampment off campus: ‘Best money I spent all week’

    05/06/2024 4:35:36 PM PDT · by chickenlips · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 4, 2024 | Olivia Land
    Can they face the music? A frustrated fundraiser is looking to hire a mariachi band to incessantly serenade the anti-Israel encampment at the University of Pennsylvania — and supporters are donating to the idea in droves. The protesters occupying the Philadelphia campus’ College Green are reluctant to converse with outsiders, according to CNN — but have no problem shouting their ideals for all to hear, according to fundraiser Rob Martinez. “I believe these protestors (sic) should be serenaded for their efforts, just as they have constantly serenaded my efforts to study for finals with a megaphone and drum set,” Martinez...