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  • Prosecutor on Cosby allegation: 'I thought he did it'

    11/19/2014 3:49:44 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 63 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/19/2014 | Jessica Parks
    When Bruce Castor, then the Montgomery County District Attorney, decided not to file sexual assault charges against comedian Bill Cosby in 2005, it wasn't because he didn't believe the woman who said Cosby had drugged and groped her. "Now I can say I thought he did it," Castor said in an interview Wednesday. "But back then I would have been accused of tainting the jury that was going to hear the civil case." Castor's revelation is not exactly new; since leaving the district attorney's office he has discussed the case and has said he believed some crime occurred, though winning...
  • Obama Launches Global Warming 'Toolkit' as Nation Freezes

    11/19/2014 3:00:24 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | Wynton Hall
    resident Barack Obama announced the release of a global warming “toolkit,” one day before all 50 U.S. states fell below freezing temperatures. The White House says its “resilience toolkit” is an extension of Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” .. A recent Gallup poll finds that just two percent of Americans rate “environment/pollution” as a top concern.
  • Illegal immigration rising in Pennsylvania, study finds

    11/19/2014 5:56:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | James McGinnis
    Illegal immigration is falling in Arizona, California and New Mexico, but rising in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Drawing on data provided by the U.S. Census, Pew researchers reported a 21 percent increase in the number of people living in Pennsylvania illegally between the years 2009 and 2012. The Keystone State was home to an estimated 170,000 residents here illegally as of 2012, according to the study.
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Blue Cross Affordable Care Act rates to rise (Pennsylvania)

    11/18/2014 4:09:04 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies ^ | November 17, 2014 | Michael Iorfino
    Members enrolled in Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Affordable Care Act plans will see their premium rates rise by an average of 6.9 percent in 2015. Officials for the Wilkes-Barre-based insurer declined to specify how many members are covered by its Affordable Care Act plans. Its website shows 12 available 2014 “Blue (Affordable Care Act) Metal” plans. “The increases are necessary to meet the coverage requirements, including essential health benefits, of the (Affordable Care Act) and to keep up with the cost of care for members in our ACA products,” said Anthony Matrisciano, spokesman for Blue Cross of NEPA, which...
  • Rick Santorum: White House decision around June

    11/17/2014 9:21:23 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 | Kyle Cheney
    Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who nipped at Mitt Romney’s heels in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, says he’s eyeing mid-2015 for a decision about a second White House bid. “Four years ago, we ended up announcing in June of 2011. If past is a portent of the future, that’s probably a ballpark,” he said in a phone interview. Santorum said he’s actively engaged with party donors and activists to assess whether he has a path to the nomination. “We’re doing everything consistent with making an effort,” he said. “We’re talking to donors, we’re looking at talking to people in...
  • Introducing Homosexuality-based Affirmative Action (University of Pennsylvania)

    11/15/2014 1:59:26 PM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania, reports that admissions officials are actively trying to guess who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or “ally” based on their applications. Or as my colleague Greg Piper at The College Fix notes: UPenn is practicing gaydar in reading student applications. And although it’s unclear what exactly admissions officers consider “gay” and how that affects applicants’ chances, apparently they are pretty good at it. “Since 2010 when the tracking of LGBTQ applicants started, the Office of Admissions has seen huge growth in the number of LGBTQ or ally applicants, plus...
  • VIDEO: Man Stabs McDonald’s Employee After Argument Over Closing Time

    11/13/2014 12:00:49 PM PST · by mykroar · 22 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 11/13/14 | Steve Beck
    Philadelphia Police are searching for a man who stabbed a McDonald’s employee after an argument over the store’s closing time.The entire altercation was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras.The incident happened at about 11 p.m. on November 3rd inside the McDonald’s Restaurant located at 2851 Grays Ferry Avenue. The suspect and a companion were eating inside the restaurant when they were told the dining area was closing and they were asked to leave. The suspect became irate and began to argue with several employees. The suspect then followed one of the employees outside and continued to argue. When the employee...
  • Setback for Pennsylvania Democrats

    Democrats in Pennsylvania cheered Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s ouster last week. But winning the governorship may not assuage the loss of their top Republican ally, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, who was deposed in a GOP leadership election on Wednesday. Notwithstanding the Republican governor’s 10-point defeat to Democrat Tom Wolf, Republicans picked up eight seats in the state House and three in the Senate. The gains bolster the GOP majority in the Senate to 30-20 and 119-84 in the House. That’s not strong enough to override a veto, but Democrats will now have a hard time passing legislation merely by...
  • Court Documents: NCAA, Freeh Worked Together

    11/12/2014 8:04:14 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 19 replies
    espn ^ | 11-13-14 | Don Van Natta
    Court documents filed in Pennsylvania show that the NCAA and investigators from a firm hired by Penn State University to conduct a wholly independent investigation of the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal worked closely in the investigation. The firm, led by former FBI chief Louis B. Freeh, published damning conclusions about Penn State's "lack of institutional control" that were used by the NCAA as the basis for its sweeping sanctions against Penn State in July 2012. The court documents filed Tuesday but released publicly Wednesday, obtained by "Outside the Lines," strongly suggest the NCAA provided...
  • Arrest made in beating death of Port Jervis man

    11/11/2014 9:13:53 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    Times Herald Record (Middletown, NY) ^ | 11/11/14 | Heather Yakin
    GOSHEN – Most of Port Jervis and much of the Tri-State area knew Josef Kucher. A cobbler in the Old World tradition of his native Austria, the 77-year-old was a proud U.S. citizen and military veteran, a long-time presence in the downtown business district, an usher at St. Mary’s Church. He was, Port Jervis police Chief William Worden and Mayor Kelly Decker said Monday at a press conference to announce an arrest in his slaying, a fixture in the community, a good man. Josef Kucher's wife, Hannelore Kucher, spoke briefly on Monday at her home. "I have no words for...
  • Merchants say cigarette tax is a business-killer (War on Small Business)

    11/10/2014 3:28:04 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/10/2014 | SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA,
    --SNIP-- "It's really bad right now. We're in real bad shape," he said, adding that the decrease in cigarette sales has had a ripple effect on the rest of his business. He has let go of four employees in the past month. "Now it's just me, my wife and my sister." Martinez isn't alone. Other store owners and distributors in the city said they have seen a dramatic drop in revenue since the tax was added, causing them to wonder what the collateral damage will be on their livelihoods. "It's detrimental all over the city. There are probably over 2,000...
  • For Congress, a final term for Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania)

    11/10/2014 12:45:03 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Assessing the candidates vying to represent Bucks County in Congress, it’s easy to get hung up on the residency issue. But it’s a mistake to do so. Incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick is a Bucks County native. He grew up here, went to school here, climbed the political ladder here, eventually serving as county commissioner and then as our congressman. It’s Fitzpatrick’s second run, having been unseated several years ago but reclaiming the seat and now making what he said would be his final bid to represent Bucks and a portion of Montgomery County in Washington, D.C.
  • Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country

    11/09/2014 8:12:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-9-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country by Daniel Greenfield People are funny that way. They cling to their bibles and guns. And then if you declare war on them, they don’t want to vote for you. Coal-heavy districts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois that had been steadily moving away from Democrats in recent elections appear to have completed that shift Tuesday, when they overwhelmingly backed Republicans who vowed to oppose what they call President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.”In West Virginia, once a long-time Democratic stronghold, Republicans will take control of both houses of the state...
  • Philadelphia Abduction Suspect Delvin Barnes on Suicide Watch

    11/08/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by bgill · 15 replies
    Delvin Barnes, the man suspected of abducting a woman in Philadelphia and a teenager in Virginia, was put on a suicide watch in a Virginia jail today. Barnes' arrest Thursday ended a five day manhunt following the violent abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither off a Philadelphia street Sunday night. At his only court hearing, Barnes agreed to be taken to Virginia where there was a warrant for his arrest accusing him of the Oct. 1 kidnapping a 16-year-old girl, raping her and trying to kill her. The girl escaped.
  • Pa. House GOP says new margin is largest since '58

    11/08/2014 7:10:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    AP, via ^ | November 5, 2014 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania Republicans said Wednesday their majority in the state House will be the largest in more than half a century after a sweeping Election Day victory. The party gained at least eight seats and a western Pennsylvania race in which the incumbent Democrat was holding a narrow lead was considered too close to call.
  • Police: 3-year-old hung up by feet, beaten, killed in Pa.

    11/07/2014 7:13:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 51 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Friday, November 07, 2014 | staff
    WEST CALN TWP., Pa. -- Police say a man and his girlfriend are charged with murdering the girlfriend's 3-year-old son in what a prosecutor described as an "unspeakable act of depravity.". Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrests of Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait Thursday morning. He says Fellenbaum, his wife, and girlfriend, Tait, all lived together in a mobile home in West Caln Township and worked at a local Walmart. On Tuesday authorities were called to their residence for the report of an unresponsive child. Responding EMTs found 3-year-old Scott McMillan suffering from bruises, lacerations and puncture...
  • 15,000 to Light Candles to Honor Scotty McMillan

    11/07/2014 6:51:40 PM PST · by beaversmom · 22 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | November 7, 2014 | Alison Burdo and Dan Stamm
    EDITOR'S NOTE: The details of this case are graphic and may be upsetting for some readers. Thousands of people will be lighting candles at 7 p.m. Friday to remember Scotty McMillan, the 3-year-old Philadelphia-area boy who prosecutors said was tortured and killed by his mother's boyfriend. "How could you do that to a 3-year-old boy?" asked Jeff Messantonio, of Norristown, Pa., who started the Facebook page calling for people to simultaneously light candles, wherever they are, to "light the way to heaven" for Scotty. More than 16,000 people joined the event and plan to honor the Chester County boy, who...
  • Two charged in Chesco killing of 3-year-old Read more at

    11/07/2014 8:48:20 AM PST · by Phillyred · 17 replies
    In a killing described as "an American horror story," a man and his girlfriend were charged with murder for beating her 3-year-old son to death in their West Caln mobile home, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Hogan said his office would seek the death penalty against Gary Fellenbaum, 23, and Jillian Tait, 31, for torturing Tait's son Scott McMillan to death over three days with a homemade whip, a curtain rod, a piece of aluminum siding, and their fists, at one point while he was taped to a chair. The boy was discovered Tuesday after he died,...
  • Pennsylvania Breakdown (of results)

    11/05/2014 9:44:10 AM PST · by knarf · 29 replies
    Department of State ^ | November 5, 2014 | knarf
    Here's how PA went ...
  • Joe Garcia defeated in traditionally Cuban American Florida District, GOP Picks up seat

    11/04/2014 7:07:53 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 3 replies
    This one was one of the most competitive races
  • Republicans pick up 2 more Senate seats in Montana, Colorado, Fox News projects [GOT MAJORITY!]

    11/04/2014 7:15:38 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-4-2014 | Unknown to me
    Fox News projects that Republicans are making another two pick-ups in the battle for the Senate. This brings their total so far to five, with just six needed to take control of the Senate. In Montana, Republican Steve Daines is projected to defeat Democrat Amanda Curtis, flipping control of the seat to the Republican Party for the first time since 1913. In Colorado, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner is projected to oust first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, one of the most closely watched contests in this election cycle Republicans have picked up three Senate seats, Fox News projects, bringing them halfway...
  • Per CNN: CNN says Fairfax co. all in, Gillespie still alive

    11/04/2014 7:32:56 PM PST · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    Someone's twitter acct
    CNN says Fairfax co. all in, Gillespie still alive.— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) November 5, 2014
  • GOP's Tom Marino wins 3rd term in 10th District

    11/04/2014 7:02:30 PM PST · by conservative98 · 2 replies
    Chron ^ | November 4, 2014 | Chron
    <p>HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican Tom Marino has won a third term representing Pennsylvania's 10th District in Congress.</p>
  • GOP governor ousted in Pennsylvania

    11/04/2014 5:33:24 PM PST · by conservative98 · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 04, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Voters in Pennsylvania chose first-time candidate Tom Wolf (D) over Gov. Tom Corbett (R) as their new governor on Tuesday. Multiple outlets called the race for Wolf immediately after polls closed on Tuesday evening. With the loss, Corbett became the first governor in the state’s modern history to lose a reelection race. Wolf, a longtime businessman who turned around his family’s cabinet company, had maintained a strong and steady lead in polling ahead of the election, though the incumbent’s campaign claimed that the tide was shifting and momentum had turned in his favor in recent days. Corbett’s approval ratings in...
  • Live election results tonight: Governor and other key races in Pennsylvania

    11/04/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by P.O.E. · 18 replies
    Patriot News ^ | 11/4/14 | Nick Malawskey |
    Reddit Welcome to PennLive's live coverage of the 2014 general election. Below you'll find a map widget that will track elections around the nation, as well as results from the Pennsylvania's Governor's race
  • Obmacare,a Demoralized Electorate and the spectre of Romney

    11/04/2014 4:06:01 AM PST · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    11/4/2014 | Self
    Go out and vote today, I will. There are good folks to vote for in some cases. One in my case and I will write-in names for others. I hope Scott Walker wins today in Wisconsin because he should not be punished for demanding concessions from government employee unions and getting his state's fiscal house in order. I'm not endorsing Walker's back down regarding same sex marriage. I'm also not endorsing Walker for president in 2016 either. I wish my governor would have done the same in Pennsylvania, but it hasn't happened. Governor Tom Corbett raised gasoline taxes, agreed to...
  • Police: Man Arrested For Kicking Heinz Field Barriers, Trying To Bribe Officers (Lois Lerner & Co)

    11/03/2014 5:18:04 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 12 replies
    KDKA ^ | 11/3/14
    A man was arrested after injuring a woman by kicking a steel barrier at Heinz Field Sunday evening. According to police, 29-year-old Stephen Sapp was intoxicated at the time of the incident. According to the criminal complaint, Heinz Field security alerted Pittsburgh Police officers on duty at the stadium to Sapp’s disorderly conduct. Sapp was yelling and screaming near Gate C when officers arrived. At that time, officers told Sapp to leave the stadium, but he refused. Sapp allegedly began, “to violently and recklessly push and throw the steel dividers around in a dangerous, disorderly manner.” Officers informed Sapp that...
  • Curtain Draped to Hide Empty Seats

    11/03/2014 8:45:33 AM PST · by Hoodat · 31 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 03 NOV 2014 | Keith Koffler
    A giant black curtain was draped to hide half an arena of empty seats during an Obama campaign appearance Sunday in Philadelphia. “A long way, for the president, from 2008 when he had Greek columns, and adoring crowds,” said Fox News White House reporter Ed Henry. Meanwhile, there was pandemonium in the hall during an appearance earlier in Bridgeport, Connecticut as immigration activists heckled the president.
  • Our Opinion: Re-elect Gov. Tom Corbett for concrete way forward

    11/02/2014 9:14:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader ^ | October 30, 2014 | Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
    We wanted to like Tom Wolf. With many aspects of the commonwealth struggling under the leadership of Gov. Tom Corbett, we went into our endorsement process – like so many Pennsylvanians – assuming Wolf would come out on top. But when it came time to pit Corbett’s record against Wolf’s rhetoric, we couldn’t bring ourselves to support the Democratic challenger. We don’t know where Wolf stands on too many important issues that affect Northeastern Pennsylvania. From capturing methane gas to restoring rail service from New York City to Scranton, Wolf is the candidate who just won’t commit to a position....
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Tom "Tax and Spend" Wolf's $1 billion myth

    Tom Wolf's $1 billion myth By David Spigelmyer Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 8:55 p.m. Tom Wolf's pledge to add a severance tax on energy producers is irresponsible and does not take into account the downside for most Pennsylvanians and the communities where they live. His potential job-crushing energy tax on shale development would harm Pennsylvania's economy, cost jobs and shortchange the potential benefits for the long-term success of our state. New and higher energy-tax advocates wrongly assume that capital investments being made by the natural gas industry won't be impacted by such a tax. Wolf, the Democrat candidate for governor,...
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane injured in car accident, AG's office says

    10/31/2014 5:20:46 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 13 replies
    morning call ^ | 10-31-14 | Angela Couloumbis
    HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is recuperating from a mild concussion after an early- morning car accident last week, her office said Friday. The accident occurred in a town outside Scranton, while Kane was being driven by her security detail to "morning appointments," said spokeswoman Renee Martin. "She's on the mend," said Martin. Martin said the agent who was driving dropped his iPad on the floor of Kane's state-issued Chevy Tahoe, reached down to grab it and accidentally hit a parked car on a residential street in the town of Dunmore. Kane was not wearing a seatbelt, said...
  • Family Convicted Who Starved 32-Year-Old Man With Down Syndrome to Death

    10/31/2014 11:41:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/31/14 | Dave Andrusko
    It seems like only yesterday, not for a good reason, but because the horror of the case made the memories so vivid.A year ago last June we reported on the arraignment of the mother and sisters of Robert Gensiak. The women were charged in the starvation death of the 32-year-old Taylor, Pennsylvania, man.Mr. Gensiak, who had Down syndrome, weighed 69 pounds at his death, ”his shrieking flesh raked by scabies and lice,” wrote Chris Kelly for the Scranton Times Tribune.I just learned today that earlier this month all three were sentenced by Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle. The mother,...
  • Anti-Violence Activists Charged in Vicious Attack ( Pittsburgh )

    10/31/2014 9:34:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KDKA ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    Two “Stop the Violence” organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said. The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the anti-violence group, and...
  • Michelle Obama Inspires Federal Office to Ban Halloween Candy…From Kids’ Halloween Parade

    10/30/2014 7:47:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies ^ | october 29, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs office announced Wednesday that it would hold a Halloween parade on Friday for children of VA employees, but warned employees not to hand out any candy or sweets to the kids. Instead, the VA said the day care center in the office has “joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program,” which means the kids should be given things other than candy. “Please help us teach our children to make healthy food choices!!” the VA said in an email to employees. “If you would like to hand out treats during the parade, please give healthy snacks...
  • FOX NEWS NOW--trooper killer caught in PA

    10/30/2014 3:49:00 PM PDT · by Recovering Ex-hippie · 100 replies
    fox news tv
    Killer of trooper caught
  • Sources: Eric Frein captured

    10/30/2014 3:39:34 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 176 replies
    hit the link
  • Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie in Washington (PA)

    10/30/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | uncredited
    Two “Stop the Violence” organizers in Washington County allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said. The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the...
  • Pennsylvania coroner auctioning off guns used in suicides

    10/30/2014 8:51:09 AM PDT · by dware · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.30.2014 | AP via Fox News
    GREENSBURG, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths. Corner Ken Bacha says the Nov. 8 surplus weapons sale is Westmoreland County government's first since his father was coroner in the 1980s.
  • Balloon doesn't locate Frein

    10/29/2014 4:24:59 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    PHILADELPHIA — The helium-filled balloon that was deployed to search for Pennsylvania fugitive Eric Frein has been returned to Ohio. “Due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of our search area, the balloon was not as helpful as everyone hoped it would be,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Tom Kelly. The dense woods of the Poconos have hampered every method of searching for Frein, police have said. The terrain has made it difficult for officers to search for the slaying suspect on foot, with search dogs, with helicopters and now the unmanned balloon.
  • Surveillance balloon no help in Frein search, police say

    10/29/2014 2:45:31 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 20 replies
    wfmz ^ | Oct 29 2014
    BARRETT TWP., Pa. - Another tool in the police arsenal used to try to find an accused cop killer has not been as useful as hoped, officials said. A surveillance balloon borrowed from the Ohio Department of Transportation has been returned, according to State police spokesman Tom Kelly. The unmanned mylar balloon was not helpful, due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of the search area, Kelly said Wednesday. Authorities have been searching for 31-year-old Eric Frein for more than six weeks. Frein is the lone suspect in the ambush shooting of two state police officers in the parking...
  • Pennsylvania: Governor to Sign Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow (THIS IS HUGE!)

    10/28/2014 3:10:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    Tomorrow, October 28, Governor Tom Corbett (R) will sign House Bill 80 into law, strengthening Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption statute. This bill takes effect in sixty days. After four years of hard work, your NRA looks forward to this momentous event in a culmination of all the efforts that NRA members, Second Amendment supporters and Pennsylvania legislators finally accomplished. If you are able, please attend the bill signing ceremony with Governor Tom Corbett and pro-gun members of the Pennsylvania legislature. Event details and information is provided below: Bill Signing Ceremony for House Bill 80 Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00 P.M. Dormont...
  • 105 being monitored for Ebola in Pa.

    10/28/2014 11:31:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Allentown Morning Call / The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 28, 2014 | Wendy Gillette, CBS News
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Public health workers are monitoring 105 people in Pennsylvania for Ebola symptoms, the state Department of Health announced Monday.. That figure includes everyone in the state known to have arrived from three Ebola-ravaged West Africa countries in the last 21 days, according to new state monitoring rules. The department did not immediately indicate how many of the travelers had potential exposure to the virus in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Those with possible or likely exposure to Ebola could face mandatory travel restrictions or quarantine, state health officials said last week. They have declined to make available county-by-county tallies...
  • Tom Corbett Wins With Campy Halloween Campaign Ad (PA Governor Race)

    10/28/2014 10:54:35 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 10-28-2014 | Victor Fiorillo
    Tom Corbett Wins With Campy Halloween Campaign Ad “You think this is scary? Have you seen Tom Wolf’s plan for raising the state income tax?” BY VICTOR FIORILLO | OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 10:23 AM If you believe most of the pollsters, Tom Corbett is down by double digits, though a new poll released on Monday claims the gap between Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf is only 7 points. But whatever the outcome of the election, Corbett has a winner with this campy Halloween ad. Watch: Tom Corbett Halloween Ad .....

    10/27/2014 6:30:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Watchdog Wire - Pennsylvania ^ | 10-27-2014 | Jana Benscoter
    October 27, 2014BILL CLINTON SUPPORTS TOM WOLF’S TAXING AGENDA By Jana BenscoterSound bites echoed throughout Pittsburgh on Monday as the notorious former Democratic President Bill Clinton stumped for his party’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Clinton used the same message he has used in other states for other candidates, personalizing his speech to Wolf, and keeping in step with his folksy brand.The well-known Clinton was used to try to influence voters into believing “trickle-down government” isn’t working—the use of tax breaks and other economic benefits to stimulate the economy—and that Democrats have the answers to creating, growing and sustaining middle-class...

    10/27/2014 4:17:32 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    WPVI (ABC News Philadelphia) ^ | 10/27/2014 | staff
    Uber, the popular car service, launched what it calls UberX this weekend in Philadelphia but this less expensive alternative has the Philadelphia Parking Authority threatening hefty fines and big penalties. Only Action News was on scene as an UberX driver was busted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Lee Rudakewich's car was impounded and he received a $1,000 fine. "The first time I heard it was illegal was right now when I get busted for driving, nobody told me it was illegal before this," said Rudakewich. "They are an illegal service provider. They're not licensed in the state of Pennsylvania or...
  • Slain girl's family sues over investigation

    The family of Autumn Pasquale, the Clayton, Gloucester County, girl killed days shy of her 13th birthday, have filed a lawsuit claiming her death could have been avoided if the investigation into her abduction had been properly handled. The lawsuit was filed last week in Gloucester County against several townships that aided in the investigation as well as against the county Prosecutor's Office, said Gregg Zeff, the Mount Laurel lawyer who represents the girl's estate. "They didn't do the appropriate perimeter search," Zeff said Sunday. "They were told specifically by someone who came in where he believed the child was,...
  • VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

    10/26/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by cutty · 10 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency told Congress. David Cord, deputy director of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System since June 2012, will become director of the Erie VA Medical Center within 60 days, the VA informed Congress. The VA disclosed the Legionnaires' outbreak that killed at least six and sickened at least 16 others on Nov. 16, 2012 — two days after Cord told a VA spokesman not to alert the public about it, according to an internal email from the spokesman...
  • Havertown man charged with running statewide counterfeit credit card ring

    10/25/2014 9:55:38 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 1 replies
    Main Line Times ^ | 10/25/2014 | staff
    A Haverford man has been charged with running a statewide counterfeit credit card ring, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The ring is believed responsible for the theft of tens of thousands of dollars and purchases made with stolen bank account data used to make counterfeit credit cards, officials said.