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  • Family Convicted Who Starved 32-Year-Old Man With Down Syndrome to Death

    10/31/2014 11:41:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 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 · 19 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
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  • Sources: Eric Frein captured

    10/30/2014 3:39:34 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 152 replies
    ABC Philly ^ | 10-30-14 | n/a
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  • 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.
  • Corbett cuts $72M from state budget, calls for action on pension reform

    10/24/2014 10:33:38 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | July 10, 2014 | Paul J. Gough
    Gov. Tom Corbett blasted the General Assembly and line-item vetoed more than $70 million from the budget but signed the rest of it into law Thursday. The line-item veto removed $65 million in proposed spending from the General Assembly's own funding, which he said was equivalent to the legislators' surplus, as well as $7.2 million from general appropriations. (snip) Corbett reserved more ire for the General Assembly in what he said was its failure to address the public-pension crisis, an issue he has campaigned for big changes including a move toward a 401(k)-style system for new state employee and public...
  • Wolf says he'll end food-stamp asset test if elected governor

    10/24/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 38 replies
    If elected governor, Tom Wolf plans to end the asset test, a measure that ties federal food stamp benefits to people's bank accounts and car ownership. The Democrat would also work to reestablish General Assistance (GA), which used to pay $205 a month to people who were both poor and disabled. Both moves would reverse initiatives by Gov. Corbett, who saw the asset test as a way to cut down on fraud and waste, and GA as an unnecessary institution from the 1930s whose elimination has saved the state $150 million a year. The Republican governor added the asset test...
  • CB West football season canceled amid hazing allegations

    10/23/2014 3:40:25 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/23/2014 | Kathy Boccella and Chris Palmer
    The Central Bucks School District said Thursday that it had canceled the remainder of the football season for Central Bucks West High School because of hazing by its players. In a letter to parents, Superintendent David Weitzel said an investigation determined that rookies on the team had been required to grab the private parts of other players while fully clothed in front of the rest of the team. Most of the players took part in the pre-season initiation activities, which he called "offensive and disrespectful." Players who did not directly participate, but witnessed and failed to report the activities, were...
  • Chaput speaks against some views voiced in recent Vatican synod

    10/23/2014 8:01:51 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 6 replies
    Same-sex marriage and Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics "can't be a reality in our lives," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a gathering of conservative Catholics this week. His remarks seemed to signal that next year's World Meeting of Families here would send no mixed messages such as those coming from the Vatican's recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family. "The public message" from the synod, or bishops assembly, that ended Saturday in Rome "was confusion," Chaput told an New York audience Monday night. "Confusion is of the devil," he added. In September, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host the...
  • Public jumps to help man mistaken for Frein

    10/23/2014 3:53:16 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | October 22, 2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully, of Candensis, does not own a car and walks to work through the search area. He has been stopped and questioned by authorities numerous times, eventually being forced to the ground at gunpoint. The man who has been stopped by police numerous times while walking to work through the manhunt search area has been overwhelmed by the public's response, according to his mother, Linda Waddington Tully. There have been offers of vehicles, a fundraiser, and lots of media attention. James Tully, 39, lives off Snow Hill Road in Canadensis, which has been a key area in the search...
  • Penn Judge Suspended Over X-Rated Emails

    10/22/2014 11:17:02 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | October 21, 2014 | LANA MORELLI
    (CN) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffrey on Monday amid allegations that he sent or received hundreds of pornographic emails over a four-year period. In its order, the court cited a "compelling and immediate need to protect and preserve" the integrity of state's courts. Although McCaffrey has been suspended, with pay, on only an "interim basis," the justices also ordered the state's Judicial Conduct Board to determine within 30 days if there is probably cause to file formal judicial misconduct charges against the 64-year-old judge. According to published reports, the emails, which evidently were exchanged with members...
  • Law Curbs Cop Killer's 'Obscene Celebrity' (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

    10/21/2014 3:23:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10-21-2014 | Sky News US Team
    October 21, 2014Law Curbs Cop Killer's 'Obscene Celebrity' By Sky News US Team Pennsylvania's governor has signed into law a measure aimed at curbing the "obscene celebrity" cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill on Tuesday near the spot where Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot dead by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981. The measure passed with unanimous approval after Abu-Jamal delivered a pre-recorded commencement address earlier this month to graduates of Goddard College in Vermont. It allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an offender's conduct "perpetuates the continuing...
  • Canadensis man targeted repeatedly as Frein suspect

    10/21/2014 1:47:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 105 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 10-20-2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully of Canadensis, who has to walk to work in the heart of the Eric Frein search area, has been stopped by police more than 20 times, including an encounter Friday night when he says he was roughed by an officer. Police searching for Eric Frein have questioned James Tully so many times that he started carrying his driver’s license and work identification on a neck lanyard to prove his identity. But that wasn’t enough to keep him from being forced to the ground by gunpoint Friday on Route 447, and being held there, face down in the gravel,...
  • Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

    10/21/2014 11:32:24 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 65 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Oct. 21, 2014 | Patrik Jonsson
    Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team. The pressing question of how a single man has outmaneuvered 1,000 trained law enforcement officers in the Pocono Mountains for over five weeks suggests that Frein has used a home-field advantage, long-term planning, and survival skills to resemble a “wilderness ninja,” a term some use to describe a rare breed of native scouts...
  • Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

    10/21/2014 10:47:47 AM PDT · by dware · 60 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10.21.2014 | Patrik Jonsson
    Atlanta — Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.
  • Another potential sighting reported of ambush suspect

    10/21/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by dware · 12 replies
    WITF ^ | 10.21.2014 | AP via WITF
    Authorities say they might have spotted the suspect in a deadly Pennsylvania state police ambush. A law enforcement officer reported seeing Eric Frein on Monday near the Swiftwater Post Office in the Pocono Mountains. That's near Pocono Mountain East High School, where a woman out for a walk Friday night spotted a rifle-toting man police believe was Frein.
  • Philly cigarette tax a boon for Bucks border businesses

    10/20/2014 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times. ^ | 10/20/2014 | Jo Ciavaglia
    ---SNIP--- What’s the draw at this Bensalem store? Cigarettes, some priced at under $6 a pack. No more than a mile away in Philadelphia, the same cigarettes cost more than $8. “We used to get between 300 and 400 cartons of cigarettes every other night. Now, we’re getting about 1,500 cartons. I would say sales have gone up from about 2,000 packs a day to between 4,000 and 4,500 packs daily,” inventory manager Jim Watson said. That adds up at least $24,000 a day in sales, an increase of $12,000-plus since nearby Philadelphia increased its tax on a pack of...
  • Police: Woman spotted suspected cop killer in woods with gun and mud on face

    10/20/2014 9:25:51 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.18.2014 | Fox News
    The search for a Pennsylvania state trooper’s accused killer took on new urgency Saturday after a woman told police she spotted the man in a wooded area with his face caked in mud and carrying a rifle. State police said the new sighting appears to be highly credible because it took place near the Pocono Mountain East High School where survivalist Eric Frein attended classes. The woman told authorities she saw Frein dressed all in black a little after 9 p.m. Friday and that the distance between them was only 15 or 20 feet.
  • New poll finds Corbett closing to 7 points Read more at

    10/20/2014 7:50:05 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 7 replies
    A new survey shows Gov. Tom Corbett (R) trailing Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, 49 percent to 42 percent, the tightest margin between the two candidates in any public poll so far. The poll, released Friday by the news website Keystone Report, was conducted by Magellan Strategies, a GOP-leaning research firm based in Baton Rouge, La. It suggests a much closer race than other recent surveys, and is in line with what Pennsylvania Republicans say they have been seeing in private polls. A poll conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5 by Quinnipiac University, for instance, found that Wolf was leading...
  • Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

    10/20/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals. Two nurses caring for an Ebola patient flown into...
  • In Ferguson, activists in search of a revolution

    10/19/2014 4:59:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 19, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    FERGUSON, Missouri — It took seven University of Pennsylvania students piled into a rental van nearly 16 hours to drive to St. Louis. They had raised $600 in three days from a Go Fund Me account that was supposed to last them through the weekend. They slept wherever they could crash for free — the basement of a St. Louis couple’s home, or packed on the floor of a church at night. But once in Ferguson, it was nothing like the war zone they had seen splashed on their television screens exactly two months earlier. Instead of armored vehicles blocking...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 October 2014

    10/19/2014 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 147 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 19th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert...
  • Top Liberian Official Tells City Council Air Travel Ban Would Only Make Ebola Crisis Worse

    10/18/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 10/18/2014 | Mike Dunn
    he growing cry for a complete ban on air travel to those countries most stricken by Ebola prompted an emotional plea this past week in Philadelphia by a top Liberian official. She says a ban would be “a death sentence.” City Council members heard from Gurly Gibson, an official at the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s situation is dire and that officials believe a halt to air travel would only make things worse. “It is going to be a death sentence, just thinking about halting all flights going in, because it will only escalate the...
  • Democrat Lawmaker Credits Concealed Carry With Saving Two Lives

    10/17/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 10/17/2014 | Bob Owens
    A pair of Pennsylvania State Democratic Representatives are alive today because one of them was able to draw and fire his concealed weapon, driving an armed robber away: A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near the Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun. State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun, said he believes he probably would have been killed if he had not used the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 pistol that he conceals...
  • AP analysis: Top donors in (PA) gubernatorial campaign

    10/16/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 11 replies
    TOP 10 DONORS TO TOM CORBETT 1. Republican Governors' Association, $5.85 million 2. John M. Templeton Jr., president and CEO, Templeton Foundation, $920,000 3. Republican Party of Pennsylvania, $352,000 4. John S. Middleton, former owner, John Middleton Inc., $300,000 5. Pennsylvania Future Fund political action committee, $276,500 6. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner, Interstate General Media (parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News), $252,000 7. Terrence M. Pegula, president and CEO, East Resources, $250,000 8. Albert Boscov, chairman and CEO, Boscov's Department Store LLC, $150,000 9. Lance Shaner, CEO, Shaner Enterprises, $150,000 10. A. Ross Myers, CEO, American Infrastructure,...
  • Video: This Is What the Streets of Philadelphia Look Like After... (Obama Care Hits)

    10/16/2014 4:57:34 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jason Howerton
    Protesters flooded the streets of Philadelphia on Thursday to protest the School Reform Commission’s recent decision to cancel the teachers’ union contract. Officials say the move will require members to pay into their medical plan and should save the School District of Philadelphia about $50 million a year. But parents, teachers and even students reportedly joined forces to protest the decision, where they completely blocked off Broad Street, where the SRC is scheduled to meet on Thursday night.
  • Michelle Obama Mocks Democratic Voters: 'I Ain’t Going to Vote... I Couldn’t Wake Up'

    10/16/2014 9:43:46 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10-16-2014 | Jeryl Bier
    October 16, 2014 Michelle Obama Mocks Democratic Voters: 'I Ain’t Going to Vote... I Couldn’t Wake Up' by Jeryl Bier In speeches designed to fire up Democrats to vote in midterm elections, President Obama has at times described voters in his party as having a "congenital defect." Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama suggested the problem might just be that they're sleepy.Mrs. Obama spoke at a rally in Philadelphia for the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf. In an effort to boost turnout in November, the first lady told the crowd that she runs across voters "who are like, no, I ain’t going to...
  • Two State Lawmakers Exchange Gunfire With Would-Be Robber

    10/15/2014 9:12:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Two Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania traded gunfire with a would-be robber Tuesday night near the state capitol in Harrisburg. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rep. Marty Flynn of Luzerne and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie were heading home from dinner at around 11 p.m. when a man approached them. The assailant “pointed a gun first at Flynn and then at Bizzarro and demanded their wallets,” The Inquirer reports. A second man was reportedly issuing instructions to the gunman from across the street. According to the state’s Democratic Caucus, Flynn, a former corrections officer, pulled out his own weapon and “exchanged...
  • Rx for Pa. Dems' turnout worries: Michelle Obama

    10/15/2014 7:56:13 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 7 replies
    First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged a partisan crowd in Northwest Philadelphia to "step up" and work to elect Democrat Tom Wolf governor. Her visit was aimed at fighting off a worry of party strategists - that Wolf's solid and long-standing lead in the polls, coupled with the typical midterm falloff in turnout among core Democratic voters, could be disastrous Nov. 4. "If we want change here in Pennsylvania, then we need to take responsibility," Obama told several hundred cheering people at a morning rally at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in East Mount Airy. President Obama, too, will come...
  • Pa. legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber near Capitol

    10/15/2014 11:49:56 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies ^ | 10/15/2014 | uncredited byline
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday. Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner with other legislators when two males accosted them and demanded their wallets just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Flynn is a former Lackawanna County prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun. He drew his pistol and fired during the attempted holdup. At least one of the two would-be robbers was armed, police said, but neither Flynn nor the...
  • Two lawmakers involved in shoot-out with robbers near Capitol

    10/15/2014 10:23:45 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 20 replies
    Two Democratic Pennsylvania lawmakers escaped harm Tuesday night when one of them engaged in a shootout with a would-be robber on a street four blocks from the state Capitol in Harrisburg, officials said. Rep. Marty Flynn (Luzerne), a former corrections officer, traded the gunfire with the robber after he and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (Erie) were stopped on their way back to their Harrisburg residence. Four teenagers were charged in the holdup Tuesday night after the two alleged assailants were caught a few blocks away. Two additional teenagers were arrested as accomplices following an investigation, Harrisburg police said Wednesday. Arrested were...
  • Pocono property taxes are worst in Pa.

    10/14/2014 5:09:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Oct 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM | David Pierce
    Pennsylvania property tax relief should be targeted to taxpayers in the few school districts—most particularly in Monroe County—with the highest tax burdens, without completely eliminating school property taxes statewide, says a new report. High property taxes are a problem in only 30 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center report released last week. Monroe County’s four school districts rank among the top five districts statewide for percentage of taxable household income going to pay property taxes. […] The average total property tax bill in Monroe County is between $3,000 and $4,000. Households in the...
  • Helen Novak, 90, was viciously beaten to death by a 10-year-old boy, police say

    10/14/2014 4:29:05 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies ^ | October 14, 2104 | Christian Savoy
    A 10-year-old boy has been charged with criminal homicide after he brutally beat 90-year-old Helen Novak to death. Tristen Kurilla, apparently angry because the 90-year-old woman shouted at him, hooked a cane around Novak's neck and then held her down and beat her to death while she was in bed, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said today that they have charged the child as an adult for the murder of Helen Novak, a woman who was under the care of the child's grandfather. The Associated Press reported that the incident occurred on Saturday when the boy was visiting his grandfather's house...

    10/14/2014 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 72 replies
    HARRISBURG – The Corbett-Cawley campaign today drew attention to Secretary Tom Wolf’s ever-evolving excuses as to why he cannot provide the details on his plan to raise the income tax rate by 188 percent. Wolf embraces his inner-Nancy Pelosi in his latest excuse, arguing that the voters are not allowed to see what is in his tax plan until the election is over.
  • Police: Behavioral analysis suggests trooper's killer looking to strike again if he has chance

    10/14/2014 12:19:47 PM PDT · by dware · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.14.2014 | AP via Fox News
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police fear the man suspected of killing one trooper and wounding a second is looking to strike again. Police Commissioner Frank Noonan spoke about the more than monthlong effort to capture Eric Frein (freen) after updating lawmakers at the state Capitol.
  • 10-Year-Old Charged as Adult in Death of Woman, 90

    10/14/2014 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 94 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    State Police have arrested a 10-year-old boy and charged him as an adult in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Authorities say the boy was visiting his grandfather, the woman's caretaker, on Saturday when the woman shouted at the child for entering her room. They say he punched her in the throat numerous times.
  • PA Lawmakers support rising cost of Frein manhunt

    10/14/2014 5:13:13 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 31 replies
    ABC News WHTM ^ | October 13, 2014 | Dennis Owens
    It is likely the most intense manhunt in the history of the Pennsylvania State Police, which insists it will spend every waking moment to find Eric Frein, the man they believe ambushed two of their own. But that's not all they're spending. Three hundred troopers a day are filling the woods in Pike and Monroe Counties in a 24-7 search for Frein that began more than a month ago. State police say they don't have cost estimates but calculations by the Allentown Morning-Call show that PSP is spending $1.1 million a week just in added labor costs. Throw in hundreds...
  • Army Vet to Knife-Wielding Man at Pathmark: 'I don't want to shoot you'

    10/13/2014 6:04:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Monday, October 13, 2014 | Morgan Zalot
    William Lawler didn't want to shoot the man who threatened his girlfriend and him with a 13-inch knife Sunday outside a Pathmark store near his Northeast Philadelphia home. But even after Lawler, 38, an Army veteran and longtime firearms instructor, showed his 9mm Glock, the knife-wielding madman didn't want to back down. "At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop. The last time, I said, 'I don't want to shoot you, but I will,' " Lawler said Monday, recounting the bizarre run-in outside the supermarket, on Frankford Avenue near Megargee Street near Holmesburg. "Then, after I shot him,...