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  • Man, 24, Dies In ATM Explosion In Philadelphia

    06/03/2020 8:33:52 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 40 replies ^ | 6/3/2020
    Police now tell us a 24-year-old man is dead after trying to blow up an ATM in the city. SkyFOX was over the scene at North Second Street and West Susquehanna Avenue on Tuesday morning. This happened around 6 a.m. outside Sidekicks Sports Bar. There, investigators were looking over the automated teller machine with a smashed screen, a mangled keyboard, dangling components but a seemingly intact safe at the bottom. FOX 29's Lauren Johnson reported that, according to police, the man was using explosives. He was seriously injured at the scene and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Sources...
  • Looters Have Blown Up 50 Philadelphia ATMs with Dynamite Since Saturday – Bombings Also Reported in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis

    06/03/2020 8:15:20 PM PDT · by rxsid · 50 replies ^ | 06.03.2020 | Jim Hoft
    "Looters Have Blown Up 50 Philadelphia ATMs with Dynamite Since Saturday – One Looter Blew Himself Up – Bombings Also Reported in Pittsburgh and MinneapolisJacqui Heinrich reported tonight on FOX News there have now been 50 ATMs blown up by looters so far this week. There have been 30 calls to police on attempted ATM bombings. Federal investigators are looking at this as a coordinated effort to bomb ATMs for cash.
  • Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll let stay-at-home order end June 4; extends disaster declaration for Pa.

    06/03/2020 1:52:50 PM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 3 June A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Gov. Tom Wolf said he’s going to allow his stay-at-home order to expire as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Wolf had indicated he would allow the last 10 counties under the stay-at-home order, including the Philadelphia region, to be partially reopened by Friday. Now, Wolf indicated Wednesday he is making it official as coronavirus cases drop. Those 10 counties will move to the yellow phase of the governor’s plan to gradually reopen Pennsylvania. The color-coded plan has three phases, just like a traffic light: red, yellow and green. “As phased reopening continues and all 67 counties are either in the yellow...
  • Philadelphia takes down statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo

    06/03/2020 10:50:04 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/3/20
    uthorities in Philadelphia on Wednesday removed a statue of former Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo, days after demonstrators tried to topple the monument. Mayor Jim Kenney ordered city crews to remove the statue from Thomas Paine Plaza, near Philadelphia City Hall, in the early morning hours Wednesday. Demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, a death that has spurred hundreds of peaceful and violent rallies nationwide over the past week, damaged and attempted to set fire to the 10-foot-tall bronze statue last weekend. Rizzo served two terms as Philadelphia mayor in the 1970s after spending three years...
  • Looters Break Into Philly Gun Store. It Doesn't Go Well for Them.

    06/03/2020 9:10:31 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 71 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/2/2020 | Victoria Taft
    Riot-torn Philadelphia contributed two nominees to 2020’s Darwin Award list on Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning, looters decided to raid a South Philly gun store. Amazingly, it turns out if you and your buddies plan to ‘jack a gun store, a person with a gun might be there to stop you. Such was the case in South Philadelphia at Firing Line, Inc., early Tuesday morning after a night of riots by “grief-stricken” looters, arsonists and vandals. NBC Philadelphia reports that the gun shop owner, a 67-year-old man, watched on his surveillance cameras as three or four burglars used bolt-cutters to break...
  • Liberal Cities, Radical Mayhem: Democratic mayors and governors seem unable to stop the destruction of their own cities.

    06/03/2020 8:27:08 AM PDT · by karpov · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 2, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    The “broken-windows” school of policing says that you can help maintain public order by taking care of even small examples of disorder—such as fixing broken windows. Liberals scorned that policy in the last decade as somehow racist. Well, in recent days we’ve learned that America’s left does have a broken-windows policy: Let rioters break enough windows and loot enough stores and maybe their righteous anger will be satisfied. That’s certainly how it looked when the June sun rose Tuesday over the broken glass, looted storefronts, burnt-out cars, and vandalized buildings in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Madison and other American...
  • Trump, Biden win Pa. primary contests amid unrest, pandemic

    06/03/2020 7:32:34 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 37 replies
    PennLive ^ | Jun 02, 2020 | Mark Scolforo | The Associated Press and Marc Levy | The Associated Press
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania held a primary election Tuesday amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county election bureaus to their limits. The result of the highest-profile contest on the ballot was a foregone conclusion: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, uncontested for their party's nominations, both won their primary Tuesday in Pennsylvania. The lack of drama in the outcome of the presidential primary and the huge number of voters who opted to vote by mail meant turnout was light.
  • Philadelphia officials condemn 'vigilantism' in Fishtown

    06/03/2020 5:39:04 AM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 69 replies
    FOX 29 ^ | 6/3/2020 | Shawnette Wilson
    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia residents were asking questions after a group of people armed with bats and other objects took to the streets Monday night in Fishtown. And Mayor Jim Kenney provided his answer during a noon news conference Tuesday: "Going forward, any displays of vigilantism will not be tolerated, period," Kenney said.
  • Philadelphia removes statue of ex-mayor seen as 'deplorable monument to racism, bigotry, and police brutality'

    06/03/2020 5:36:51 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 03 2020 | Reid Wilson
    Philadelphia officials removed a statue honoring the late former Mayor Frank Rizzo overnight, a decision the city's current mayor said was meant to acknowledge Rizzo's mistreatment of African-American and LGBT communities during his controversial tenure in office. Rizzo, who served two terms as mayor in the 1970s after three years as the city's police commissioner, left a legacy of racism and homophobia in his wake. In recent days, the statue honoring him in front of city hall had become a target of those protesting police brutality after the murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who killed while in police...
  • Trump Beating Biden In Pennsylvania Primary

    06/03/2020 4:22:11 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 70 replies
    With 79% reporting, President Trump earned 747,790 votes. With 65% reporting, Biden has 566,045 votes. Despite Biden being the presumptive nominee, more than 20% of PA democrats chose another candidate.
  • Brian Bartels, 20-Year-Old Accused Of Inciting Violence And Riots In Pittsburgh, In Police Custody

    06/02/2020 6:27:45 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 99 replies
    Twenty-year-old Brian Bartels, the man accused of inciting violence and riots in Pittsburgh on Saturday, is in police custody. Bartels turned himself in at police headquarters Monday. He arrived with an adult male and adult female. Bartels is facing charges of institutional vandalism, rioting and reckless endangerment. According to police, he’s responsible for breaking the windows out of a Pittsburgh police car against the wishes of peaceful protesters. After he was arrested, police say they received a call from Bartels’ attorney earlier in the day saying Bartel would turn himself in Monday afternoon. Bartels had no comment as he walked...
  • Dem rep says Philadelphia office was looted during protests

    06/02/2020 6:42:16 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 02 2020 | Ronn Blitzer
    Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., tweeted Monday night that looters broke into one of his local offices as demonstrators continued to take to the streets in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. Boyle represents Pennsylvania's Second District, which includes part of Philadelphia. The city was one of several in the U.S. that fell victim to violence and looting over the weekend. "Just learned one of my district offices has been broken into and is currently being looted. We have notified the authorities," Boyle tweeted Sunday night.
  • South Philly Gun Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Looter, Police Say

    06/02/2020 5:12:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 48 replies ^ | June 2, 2020 | By Miguel Martinez-Valle and Dan Stamm
    A South Philadelphia gun shop owner shot and killed a man trying to break into his store early Tuesday morning amid heightened looting concerns. Philadelphia police said the owner of Firing Line Inc. was staying the night inside the shop on South Front Street because over the last few nights someone had tried breaking in. The owner told police he was monitoring his surveillance camera and saw three or four people trying to get in around 4 a.m. The group was using bolt cutters on the gate. A broken lock could later be seen on the ground. The group then...
  • Looter fatally shot by gun shop's owner in South Philadelphia, authorities say

    06/02/2020 5:10:30 AM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 25 replies
    FOX 29 ^ | 6/2/2020 | Steve Keeley
    PHILADEPHIA - A looter was shot and killed by the owner of a gun shop in South Philadelphia, police say. The incident happened at approximately 4:11 a.m. on the 1500 block of Front Street in the Pennsport section of the city. Officials say the owner of the gun store, Firing Line Inc, was inside his business guarding it because they had experienced a break in attempt on Sunday evening. ...
  • Anti-Trump GOP group slams president over race relations in new TV ad (Lincoln Project)

    06/01/2020 8:26:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 01 2020 | Paul Steinhauser
    A Republican group that opposes President Trump’s re-election is running a scathing new TV commercial on Monday that targets the president over his comments and record on race relations. The spot from the Lincoln Project – which comes amid a wave of racial protests and violence – is titled "Flag of Treason" and highlights people carrying and waving Confederate flags at Trump rallies and other political events. The group says they’re spending a half-million dollars to run the ad on broadcast and cable television this week in the key general election battleground states of Arizona, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,...
  • Biden to deliver remarks in Philadelphia Tuesday on nationwide protests

    06/01/2020 7:16:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 01 2020 | Justine Coleman
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will deliver remarks in Philadelphia on Tuesday addressing the protests across the country sparked by George Floyd’s death. Biden will speak in front of a pooled press on “the civil unrest facing communities across America” Tuesday morning, his campaign announced in a release Monday night. The former vice president had met with African American community leaders in Wilmington, Del., on Monday and said he would be making national speeches on the future and direction of the country. “I need help and advice as we go on as to what I should and shouldn’t be doing,”...
  • PA Governor Wolf gives Democrat Stronghold Counties an extra week to get ballots in. Is this a dry run for November fraud?

    06/01/2020 5:48:44 PM PDT · by Ikemeister · 25 replies
    The Franklin County Journal ^ | 1 June 2020 | Dwight D. Weidman
    In what could be a dry run for massive mail-in vote fraud for November, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has issued an edict granting an extra week for the delivery of mail-in ballots for five Democrat counties: Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Allegheny, Dauphin, and Erie Counties. The ballots will be counted if postmarked by 8 PM, 2 June 2020. The deadline for getting a mail-in ballot DELIVERED TO the county courthouses was 8 PM on June 2nd, 2020 (the normal poll-closing time), and postmarks were not supposed to count, but Wolf arbitrarily added an additional week to get voted ballots in, for...
  • Philadelphia Police Report Homicide Rate Up 21 Percent, Highest In More Than A Decade

    06/01/2020 1:01:07 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    AP via CBS news (Philly) ^ | 06/01/2020 | staff
    Amid the destruction erupting amid protests over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, police in Philadelphia are also reporting a drastic increase in the homicide rate in the city. Police reported eight homicides Sunday and early Monday in different parts of the city, where the 158 homicides as of the end of May constituted a 21 percent increase above the rate last year, which was already the highest number in more than a decade in the city of 1.5 million.
  • Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf Claims Protesters Gathering ‘Peacefully’ as Riots Burn Pennsylvania Cities

    06/01/2020 11:04:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 01 2020 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) provided an update on Sunday of his administration’s response to the civil unrest in the Keystone State and, as cities across the state burn, asserted that Pennsylvanians have been “joining together to speak out against this injustice and make their voices heard, peacefully.” Cities in Pennsylvania — from Harrisburg to Philadelphia — saw violent protests over the weekend, spurred by the death of George Floyd. Two officers in Harrisburg had to be hospitalized as protesters hurled bricks their way, and several officers in Philadelphia were injured as the protests in the streets reached new heights...
  • NYPD’s Terrorism Official Says Unnamed Groups Planned Protest Violence in Advance

    06/01/2020 6:35:52 AM PDT · by karpov · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 31, 2020 | y Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein and Jonathan Dienst
    New York's top terrorism official says there's evidence that members of anarchist groups from outside the city intentionally planned to incite violence at protests calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said there is a high level of confidence within the NYPD that these unnamed groups had organized scouts, medics, and supply routes of rocks, bottles and accelerants for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence. There are strong indicators they planned for violence in advance using at times encrypted communications, he said. One out of every seven arrests, of...