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  • Alleged Bucks County gay bashers have December court date

    The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers. Williams did not utter any homophobic...
  • Manhunt for Eric Frein: Pipe bombs, trip wire found in woods, police say

    09/30/2014 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Associated Press
    BLOOMING GROVE, PA - State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt. Lt. Col. George Bivens said the bombs were fully functional but not deployed. He says they could have been set off by either a trip wire or fuse, but appear to be among items that were hastily discarded.
  • Police in hunt for Pennsylvania trooper ambush suspect find pipe bombs

    09/30/2014 12:59:34 PM PDT · by dware · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.30.2014 | AP
    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. – State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt. Lt. Col. George Bivens said Tuesday the pipe bombs were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or fuse, but appear to be among items that were hastily discarded.
  • Fracking is evolving, showing industry can do better

    09/30/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 29, 2014 | Chris Tomlinson
    Fracking is evolving. There are mutant wells in the Eagle Ford that are producing four times more oil and gas than hydraulically-fractured wells did in 2010. In Pennsylvania, the wells are using less water because drillers are recycling. And in North Texas, the number of earthquakes have dropped dramatically since the good people of Azle through a fit and convinced the Texas Railroad Commission to hire a seismologist to investigate. When you include the demand that drillers take more care in completing their wells to avoid contaminating the ground water, the only conclusion is that the oil and gas industry...
  • PA's top judge says colleagues snared in porn scandal will 'have to pay the piper'

    09/30/2014 7:34:16 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 14 replies
    philly.com ^ | 9-30-14 | Chris Brennan
    RON CASTILLE, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, says any judges snared in the pornographic-email scandal unfolding in Harrisburg at the state Attorney General's Office will "have to pay the piper." Castille, speaking yesterday on a conference call with reporters, said he has asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane - in a letter Thursday followed by a telephone call - for the names of any judges who sent or received the hard-core pornography. Castille also wants copies of the emails. "I want to make sure that, if they are involved, they have to pay the piper," Castille said. "It's...
  • Deer hunters allowed in Pennsylvania woods despite manhunt

    09/29/2014 7:48:42 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 29, 2014 | Joe McDonald
    EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The manhunt for the suspect in the ambush that killed a Pennsylvania trooper and wounded another won't stop the opening of deer-hunting season in the Pocono Mountains, one of most prized spots in the Northeast for game, authorities said on Monday. Beginning Saturday, bow hunters can enter the deep woods of the region even if the search for the suspect, Eric Frein, is still under way, more than three weeks after the September 12 shooting. Since then, hundreds of officers, supported by armored vehicles and helicopters, have combed the forests of northeastern Pennsylvania looking for...
  • FBI catches corrupt Philadelphia judge in the act with fake trial

    09/29/2014 11:18:56 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | september 29, 2014 | david boroff
    It was life imitating art. In a move straight out of TV's "Law and Order," FBI agents put on a fake trial — with a pretend suspect — to catch a corrupt judge who agreed to influence the faux case, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Philadelphia Judge Joseph Waters pleaded guilty last week to mail fraud and wire fraud. "As I understand it, none of it was real," Waters' lawyer Michael J. Engle told the Inquirer. "This whole sting was orchestrated." According to court documents obtained by the newspaper, a man identified as David P. Khoury was arrested two years ago for carrying an...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Poconos cop killer taunts police as he's spotted AGAIN before fleeing into remote

    09/28/2014 7:13:09 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 147 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 28, 2014 | Martin Gould
    Fugitive gunman Eric Frein has again evaded the massive police dragnet that has now been hunting him for 16 days as he ran into woods after being spotted in the Pocono Mountains. Frein, 31, wanted for murdering one state trooper and critically injuring another, managed to flee, although MailOnline understands they have a jacket that he left behind. Frein, who is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, was seen just outside the perimeter of the five-square-mile search area that up to 1,000 cops are manning at any one time. The sighting led to a huge shift southwards as heavily...
  • "What Are the Children Who Grow Up to Become Police Officers Learning in School?"

    09/28/2014 1:13:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Toliver
    Lessons from Philadelphia's mandatory African American History classes. This summer, in Missouri, America got an awful tutorial in the realities of racism. We were taught—yet again, through bullets and teargas­—what it means to be black in this country. There is much to be done to prevent future Fergusons, of course. But as a teacher, I find myself wondering what our schools can contribute. In Philadelphia, where I live and teach high school, we have a course that could help to improve race relations. But some students believe that it doesn’t go far enough. Here in Philly, students are required to...
  • Something Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Eric Holder Can All Agree on

    02/25/2014 6:11:46 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | Feb. 19 2014 1:35 PM | Emma Roller
    Sen. Rand Paul brought his national crusade against the war on drugs back to his home state, giving testimony before the Kentucky state senate in favor of an amendment to restore voting rights to felons after they get out of prison.The amendment, which state Republicans have forestalled for years, looks like it may finally pass. Today, only Kentucky and Virginia permanently strip felons' of their voting rights. Most states require a probationary period before felons can vote again, but states like Iowa and Florida have such punitive laws that they may as well be permanent. Only Maine and Vermont have no restrictions on felons voting, including when...
  • In Iowa, Santorum to Push Back on GOP Shifts

    04/12/2013 4:46:41 PM PDT · by yongin · 16 replies
    RCP ^ | April 12, 2013 | Scott Conroy
    Ever since Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign a year ago this week, he has acted as if that defeat was just a brief setback in his running quest for the Republican nomination. Almost three years out from the 2016 Iowa caucuses, the former Pennsylvania senator is set to return Monday to the nation’s first voting state, where he won a come-from-behind battle against Mitt Romney by 34 votes in January 2012. Having witnessed the perils of underestimating him, Santorum’s potential rivals next time around aren’t likely to discount another strong challenge on his part, particularly in the Hawkeye State.
  • Rick Santorum at CPAC: Republicans Need to Be More Like Pope Francis

    03/10/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/09/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Republicans should learn from Pope Francis how to better communicate their message, Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, argued Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Republicans focus too much of their message on attracting business owners rather than workers, attacking President Barack Obama and explaining what they are against rather than what they are for, Santorum claimed. Instead, Santorum urged Republicans to reach out to those who are hurting and to talk about how their policies will help them. And to do that, learn from Pope Francis. "I think we need to take a lesson...
  • Rick Santorum: another slip of the tongue but was it the 'N-word'?

    03/30/2012 10:43:07 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/30/2012 | Paul Harris
    Did Rick Santorum really just come within a few micro-seconds of calling America's first ever black president a "******"?Of course not, comes the rational response. Apart from the fact that it would instantly be a campaign-killing gaffe, it would be in direct opposition to the Santorum image we have seen now for months. This is the man who is almost two goody-two-shoes to be real. He has a large and loving family. He may be ultra-conservative, but he also appears to be the sort of suburban dad who would be more likely to say "Aw, shucks" and "Jeepers creepers" rather...
  • Video: Rick Santorum says Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson was ‘Pretty Accurate’

    12/21/2013 12:35:28 PM PST · by absentee · 11 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/21/13 | Caleb Howe
    As the controversy over recent comments by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson rages on, everyone from twitter users to national figures are adding their perspectives to the discussion. In the below clip. former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, appearing on On The Record, weighs in, saying that what Phil Robertson said was a “pretty accurate” job of quoting the Bible.
  • Rick Santorum Convicts Trayvon Martin Shooter On Hannity Show

    03/23/2012 4:28:30 PM PDT · by red flanker · 149 replies · 2+ views
    The Conservative Review Blog ^ | March 23, 2012 | Marcus Porcius
    Just moments ago on the Sean Hannity radio show, GOP candidate and RINO Rick Santorum took it upon himself to convict George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. He said, and I’m paraphrasing slightly: It was a heinous crime and he did a despicable, unjustifiable thing and the Sanford police should have reacted to that immediately. Again, I am paraphrasing a little as I did not have a recorder running to get his exact words, but that was essentially his statement.
  • Santorum: Zimmerman ‘has a very sick mind,’ motive ‘a malicious one’

    03/25/2012 9:47:28 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 266 replies · 100+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    On “Face the Nation” Sunday on CBS, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum explained that his view of the Trayvon Martin shooting differed significantly from the one held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
  • Rick Santorum Criticizes Ted Cruz's Comments At Christian Event

    09/25/2014 3:35:21 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 25th, 2014 | By Brett LoGiurato
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday criticized comments in US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made earlier this month i n a speech that critics have said was unnecessarily confrontational toward a Middle Eastern Christian group. "We have a responsibility to stand by people who are being persecuted," Santorum told Business Insider in a wide-ranging interview in New York. "This shouldn't be an ideological test — well, you have to agree with us on all of these things, or else we won't be with you. No, we're going to be with you if you are a religious minority that's...
  • Meet Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky’s Dad, Marc Mezvinsky [A Network of Swindlers!]

    09/27/2014 12:40:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 27, 2014 | Erin Dooley
    Meet Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky’s Dad, Marc Mezvinsky By Erin Dooley Sep 27, 2014 Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky has been dubbed “the Clinton baby,” but Chelsea’s new bundle of joy is also part of the Mezvinsky family – and Bill and Hillary Clinton aren’t her only interesting grandparents. Chelsea’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky, is heir to a once-powerful political dynasty. His father, Ed Mezvinsky, was a two-term Democratic congressman, representing Iowa’s first congressional district from 1973 to 1977. But in 2002, the former congressman pleaded guilty to swindling more than $10 million from family and friends in a Ponzi-esque scheme. Ed Mezvinsky himself...
  • RIP Wesley McDonald, scholar on Russell Kirk and Conservatism

    09/26/2014 11:02:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fran Griffin
    Wesley McDonald, a professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, an author, and a leading authority on the scholar, Russell Kirk, died on September 9 at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, after a brief illness. He was 68. For 34 years, he had been a Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College. Students and colleagues at the college describe him as a talented and passionate teacher, a spirited defender of conservative thought, and a loyal friend and mentor whose encouragement brought out the best in each person. Carl J. Strikwerda, Ph.D., President of Elizabethtown College, said: “Wes...
  • Pennsylvania Town May Make All Schools For-Profit

    09/25/2014 7:14:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/25/2014 | Blake Neff
    York, Penn., desperate to turn around major holes in its budget and major shortfalls in academic achievement, is considering the drastic step of turning every school in the city into a charter school run by one of two for-profit companies.To do so, however, it will have to overcome major resistance from both parents and organized labor.York, which already has several small charters in operation, is considering hiring one of two charter school companies, Mosaica Education or Charter Schools USA, to take over all of the city’s remaining schools starting next year.The measure is primarily driven by York’s failing finances and...
  • Suspect in state trooper ambush believed to be toying with police

    09/25/2014 12:23:44 PM PDT · by dware · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.25.2014 | Fox News
    The suspect in the deadly Pennsylvania state trooper ambush earlier this month has been leaving a trail for police and, at times, wears adult diapers to enable him to hunker down for long periods of time like a sniper, police said Thursday.
  • Anti-gay slurs on Twitter account of young woman accused in beating of two gay men

    09/25/2014 9:21:32 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 20 replies
    Philly ^ | 9/24/14 | Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall I
    While the three suspects in the assault of a gay couple in Center City were awaiting arraignment Wednesday, an affidavit revealing new details about the incident emerged, as did social-media postings by one of the accused that contain antigay sentiments.
  • Lithuanian ambassador speaks at ESU about Ukraine conflict

    09/24/2014 8:24:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    wfmz.com ^ | September 24, 2014 | Chandi Lowry
    EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. - The Lithuanian ambassador to the United States made a stop at East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday to talk about his country and what's happening between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is a country in conflict with Russia and as tensions continue to rise between the two, the United States is taking a stand. President Barack Obama vowed to defend the people of Ukraine and impose more economic sanctions on Russia, but Lithuanian ambassador to the United States Zygimantas Pavilionis said the U.S. needs to provide military assistance to Ukraine in order for the country to come out...
  • 3 charged in gay assault; lawyer denies homophobia (Philly)

    09/24/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2014 8:55 PM EDT | Sean Carlin
    A defense lawyer for one of three young adults charged with beating a gay couple during a night on the town insisted the men were injured when a “fist fight … got out of hand,” and not, as Philadelphia police believe, during a homophobic attack. Police said 24-year-old Philip Williams of Warminster; 24-year-old Kathryn Knott of Southampton, the daughter of a suburban police chief; and 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan of Warrington turned themselves in Wednesday morning. The three were charged with criminal conspiracy and two counts each of aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment. Police did not release the names...
  • Police Chief's Daughter, Other Suspects in Beating of Philadelphia Gay Couple Surrender to Police

    09/24/2014 4:54:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    NBCNews ^ | September 24, 2014 | Dan Stamm, Kelly Bayliss
    Police Chief's Daughter, Other Suspects in Beating of Philadelphia Gay Couple Surrender to Police District attorney says "assault on people because of their sexual orientation" has no place in Philly By Dan Stamm, Kelly Bayliss Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 • Three Bucks County residents -- including the daughter of a police chief -- accused of viciously beating a gay couple along a Center City Philadelphia street surrendered to police Wednesday morning.
  • Pre-trial intervention for Shaneen Allen

    09/24/2014 3:47:47 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 21 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jacqueline L. Urgo
    Following a review by state Attorney General, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday announced that it would allow a Pennsylvania woman - charged last year with illegally bringing a legally registered gun into New Jersey - to enter into a pre-trial intervention program and avoid jail time. The county prosecutor's previous stance on the case involving Shaneen Allen, 27, of Philadelphia, was to make the case a "deterrent," by either forcing a plea or bringing the case to trial against the mother of two.
  • Law firm targets Pennsylvania State Police for handling of Eric Frein manhunt

    09/24/2014 6:44:53 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 62 replies
    Leigh Valley Live ^ | 23 September 2014 | Nick Falson
    A law firm is soliciting residents in Pike and Monroe counties who have been affected by police activity related to the manhunt for Eric Frein, the suspect in the Sept. 12 Pennsylvania State Police ambush that left one trooper dead and wounded another. Joshua Prince, of the Bechtelsville, Pa.-based Prince Law Offices, posted a message on the firm's website Monday night encouraging residents to contact the firm if they believe their rights have been violated by police during the search for Frein, who is sought in the shooting outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. "If you...
  • Authorities search for Eric Frein near Snow Hill Road in Price Township (Shelter in Place)

    09/23/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 33 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 23 September 2014 | Staff reports
    Authorities this morning are searching the area of Snow Hill Road in Price Township, near the border with Barrett Township outside Cresco, as part of their ongoing search for alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Police vehicles are parked along or driving along Route 447 and Snow Hill and Beartown roads, which both run off Route 447. There has been police presence in the area for days, and many residents have been unable to leave or return to their homes. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is accused of shooting two troopers, killing one and critically wounding the other, on Sept. 12 at...
  • Police Say They're Zeroing In On Trooper Slay Suspect Eric Frein

    09/22/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22nd 2014 | Ron Allen
    The search area in the manhunt for accused cop-killer Eric Frein is narrowing amid a wave of "credible" tips, authorities said Monday. "I do believe we are close to him at this point," Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said, confirming that search teams were focusing on an area in northern Monroe County near the border of Pike County. Frein, 31, is accused of fatally shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a Sept. 12 ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks that landed him on the FBI's most-wanted list. Police believe he has been hiding...
  • Penn State Officials Threaten to Call Police on Students Handing Out US Constitutions (Video)

    09/21/2014 1:46:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Septe,ber 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Penn State Young America’s Foundation Chapter were told to take down their table from a designated “free speech zone” on campus. They were handing out Constitutions – on Constitution Day.
  • 9 days in, no contact with Pennsylvania trooper murder suspect

    09/21/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    CANADENSIS, Pa. – Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, authorities have had no contact with the suspect they describe as a self-taught survivalist despite an intensive search that shut down the heavily wooded community where he lived with his parents. Though a shelter-in-place order had been lifted in the Pocono Mountains community where police have focused their search, they continued to urge residents to be vigilant Sunday as the manhunt continues for Eric Frein. Frein's father, retired Army Maj. E. Michael Frein, told police that he had taught his son...
  • Police: Harrisburg Lobbyist Arrested On Rape Charges (Dem War on Women)

    09/20/2014 12:13:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 09/20/2014 | Kim Glovas
    --snip-- Marsico is a high-powered lobbyist with Greenlee Partners in Harrisburg. He is married to Channel 6 reporter Annie McCormick. The two were married by former Governor Ed Rendell last year.
  • Pennsylvania police closing in on officer slaying suspect

    09/19/2014 6:31:38 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Ralph Ellis and Sonia Moghe
    Canadensis, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Police in Pennsylvania appeared to be closing in Friday night on the suspect in the slaying of a state trooper. Police have surrounded a home where they believe Eric Matthew Frein is believed to be hiding, a local government official told CNN. The home, which was broken into, is not far from Frein's family home in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, in the Poconos Mountains. Police exchanged gunfire in the area with an individual believed to be Frein.
  • Opinion: In governor’s race, voters should note how pensions came to be under-funded (Pennsylvania)

    09/19/2014 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies
    Biz570.Com ^ | 17 September 2014 | Kelly Lewis
    I have read about 5 percent of the noise surrounding the upcoming governor’s race in Pennsylvania. As a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I’m always amazed at what issues become amplified, minimized, and often buried. Less than 1 percent of the voters will read this little note, but as a son of teachers, and a friend to many current and retired teachers, administrators and state workers, I believe some facts deserve being said. There is no doubt; incoming governors and other elected officials inherit the good, bad and ugly of the preceding budgets and sessions. There is...
  • Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

    09/19/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday... Chevron’s pledges to recycle drilling fluids, not use open waste pits and to reduce methane leaks address “very big” concerns for many people, said Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Chevron also says it now discloses all of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process in the region. Woodwell said his group hopes other drilling...
  • Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

    09/19/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. The penalty is the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry. Range, based in Fort Worth, said in a statement that it accepts the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fine and is “deeply disappointed” over the violations at Washington County wastewater impoundments, about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural...
  • ACLU Sues Police for Using Force to Stop Photos of Arrest (fifth such lawsuit)

    09/17/2014 6:29:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 09/15/2014 | BY JOEL MATHIS
    It’s been almost three years now since Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a directive to Philly Police, letting them know that it’s entirely legal for the public to record officers doing their work and making arrests — as long as the photographer doesn’t interfere with that police work. It seems his officers still haven’t gotten the message. The ACLU today announced another lawsuit — the fifth in a series — against the department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.
  • Gay-bashers apparently dined at upscale eatery before assault

    09/17/2014 3:04:08 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 28 replies
    The Daily News ^ | September 16, 2014 | VINNY VELLA & WILL BUNCH
    A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths Tuesday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut 20-somethings linked to the shocking assault.
  • Suspect ID’d in Pennsylvania trooper ambush a marksman who ‘doesn't miss’

    09/17/2014 10:51:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-17-2014 | FoxNews.com
    <p>Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is "extremely dangerous" and residents in the area should be alert and cautious, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference in which he revealed the suspect's name.</p> <p>"He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Noonan said.</p>
  • 'Extremely dangerous' survivalist named suspect in Pennsylvania state trooper ambush

    09/16/2014 1:12:50 PM PDT · by lightman · 255 replies
    Fox news ^ | 16 September AD 2014 | Staff
    The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist... Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., is still armed with the .308-caliber rifle that he used to open fire on the barracks late Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference where he revealed the suspect's name. Noonan called Frein "extremely dangerous." "
  • Pennsylvania death row inmate asks federal judge for stay of execution (Illegal Alien)

    09/16/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 17 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 16 September 2014 | Brian Bowling
    A Blair County man to be executed for three first-degree murder convictions asked a federal judge on Monday to stay his execution by Pennsylvania while he appeals his sentences. Miguel Padilla, 34, of Gallitzin plans a federal challenge of the constitutionality of his convictions and sentence, said the brief filed by Marshall Dayan, an assistant federal public defender who specializes in death penalty appeals. He's also asking for the court to appoint an attorney to handle his final appeal and waive his filing fees. Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed the death certificate for Padilla. Padilla's state appeals ran out...
  • Students breathalyzed entering Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game (Suburban Philly)

    09/15/2014 4:36:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Times Herald ^ | 09/15/2014 | Frank Otto
    Students heading into the Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game Friday night at Washington Field were breathalyzed to check for under-age drinking. “For many years, the Phoenixville Area School District has breathalyzed students prior to attendance at extracurricular activities,” said Phoenixville Superintendent Alan Fegley. “Students are reminded prior to the events. In this case, they were reminded of the breathalyzing procedure earlier in the week.” Fegley said the breathalyzing procedure can be found in the student handbook issued each year and available online.
  • New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storms and Nuclear EMP

    09/15/2014 2:54:36 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Computer World ^ | 9/15/14 | atrick Thibodeau
    In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. balticservers data center
  • Trayvon Martin's mother to speak at Lehigh: Panel discussion part of MLK programming (PA)

    09/15/2014 2:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WFMZ-TV ^ | September 15, 2014 | Staff
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin will be part of a discussion at Lehigh University Tuesday. As part of the University's MLK Committee, a "Rap Sessions' event discussion will be offered at 7 p.m. in Baker Hall. The panel will feature Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and will be moderated by hip hop artist and activist Jasari X. Martin was a 17-year-old African-American high school student was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in February 2012 in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. Zimmerman was acquitted of the crime in July 2013. Other...
  • Tony Auth, 72, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, died Sunday

    09/15/2014 9:58:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bonnie L. Cook
    Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters announced a fundraising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University. Mr. Auth's remarkable career began in 1971 when the fledgling artist from California flew in to Philadelphia to interview for...
  • Pittsburgh has strong bonds with independence-seeking Scotland

    09/13/2014 8:27:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    triblive.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bob Karlovits
    With its ragged hills, rolling meadows and a climate that often requires wool clothing, Western Pennsylvania can seem like home to a Scot. Gordon Reid, who was born in Glasgow but now lives in Upper St. Clair, says on early mornings at the Ligonier Highland Games when pipers are warming up and mist is rising in the chill air, “You can close your eyes and open them again, and you'd think you were in Scotland.” These days, Scotland and its people are having a moment in the spotlight. Scottish actors are popping up just about everywhere, and the hit new...
  • Pennsylvania trooper killed in shooter’s ‘ambush’ on police barracks during shift-change

    09/13/2014 1:21:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 50 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 13 September AD 2014 | Meg Wagner
    Y Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:31 AM Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:05 PM The Pennsylvania trooper killed in a Friday night police barracks shooting was a hardworking, “stand-up guy,” his friends say. Now, Bryon Dickson’s heartbroken friends and family will lay him to rest. The father-of-two was the only officer killed when a gunman "ambushed" police barracks in Blooming Grove Township during a trooper shift-change, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a Saturday press conference. A second trooper, Alex Douglass, was also injured. And the killer could still be on the...
  • UPDATE: One Trooper Killed In Shooting At State Police Barracks

    09/13/2014 12:55:14 AM PDT · by Tamzee · 159 replies
    WNEP ^ | 9/13/14 | Amanda Kelley
    <p>BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — State police have confirmed there has been a shooting at the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. There is no one in custody at this time. Newswatch 16 has a crew on the scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.</p>
  • Penn State hotels cut bibles from rooms in effort to not favor one religion

    09/12/2014 9:26:48 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 24 replies
    There are certain things everyone assumes will be in a hotel room. Tiny bars of soap. Clean towels. A Gideon Bible in the bedside table. Guests at Penn State’s two hotels now will have to ask for a copy of the Good Book if they feel a late-night need for the New Testament, because of a new policy change. “Penn State decided to remove Bibles from individual guest rooms in both of its hotels, The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, and to place them in public access areas,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. The...
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    Former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced that he was taking “a more serious look” at running for president in 2016 on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”