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  • Apparent Bucks suicide points up transgender stresses

    08/21/2014 8:30:05 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 61 replies
    Jessica Moscatel came out as transgender in 11th-grade English class this spring. The teen asked classmates and teachers to call him Riley Matthew Moscatel from then on. They did. The request met little resistance at Bucks County Technical High School, which has other transgender or openly gay students. "Everyone supported him," said a friend, Kate Cimino, who will be a junior this year. "Everyone loved Riley. He was everyone's best friend." But on Monday, the 17-year-old appeared to commit suicide, the county Coroner's Office said. Police recovered surveillance video that showed the teen stepping in front of an Amtrak train...
  • Labor Organizer Calls for Cops to ‘Suffer’ in Ferguson

    08/21/2014 10:07:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2014 | Staff
    A prominent Philadelphia union official said that police officers should “suffer” in the wake of the Ferguson riots. Stewart Acuff, organizing director of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees local 1199, says police should “suffer” in order to win justice for Mike Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed man shot dead in a small Missouri city. Stewart Acuff @stewartacuff The cops are pawns who should suffer for what they did. #TrayvonMartin #MikeBrown #EricGarner #inequality 9:53 AM - 18 Aug 2014 In addition to his current local organizing role, Acuff is a former organizing director for the AFL-CIO, according to the...
  • Temple Student Assaulted During Argument About Israel-Palestine Conflict

    08/21/2014 6:53:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 • Updated at 8:45 AM EDT | Vince Lattanzio
    A Temple University student was assaulted at a student activities fair apparently during a heated exchange over the conflict between Israel and Palestine. University officials say the disagreement also reportedly included an exchange of anti-Semitic remarks. […] Temple Students for Justice in Palestine said the assault took place at their table after a student made disparaging remarks and refused to leave. In a statement, the group said the assaulted student approached the table and allegedly called the members terrorists and reportedly made other racist and anti-Semitic remarks. The man was apparently asked to walk away several times, but refused. A...
  • Temple Univ. Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack

    08/21/2014 6:36:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 8.20.2014 | Daniel Mael
    A Jewish student on the campus of Temple University was assaulted on Wednesday afternoon and called “kike” and “baby killer” by members of the anti-Semitic student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow and a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by a violent member of the anti-Israel organization SJP at “Templefest” which is organized for students on campus to gain new information about campus clubs a week before the start of classes. Vessal is a managing information systems major at the Fox School of Business at the...
  • Christie defends Perry; Corbett steps back

    08/19/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 5 replies
    Philly.com ^ | August 19, 2014
    POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 1:07 AM CHRISTIE CHRONICLES The political ramifications of last week's indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry were evident Monday on both sides of the Delaware River. While Gov. Christie, in his role as chair of a national GOP group, came to Perry's defense, Gov. Corbett sought to distance himself from the fellow Republican. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140819_Christie_defends_Perry__Corbett_steps_back.html#vuyHPJOeYtv3V6dU.99
  • Free Shaneen Allen From New Jersey’s Gun Laws

    08/18/2014 5:35:48 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Second Amendment: An African-American single mom on her way to a birthday party for one of her kids faces 10 years in prison for straying into the Garden State carrying a firearm in her purse licensed in Pennsylvania. Shaneen Allen is less well-known than Michael Brown, the man shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., and it's doubtful Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton will pay her a visit anytime soon. They're busy elsewhere. A mother exercising her Second Amendment right not only to keep but to bear arms to protect her family is of little interest to them. Allen is a...
  • Homeowners sue Philly D.A. over seizure of property

    08/17/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 08/14/2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    --snip-- This week, he and two other Philadelphia homeowners whose houses have become targets of civil forfeiture actions sued the District Attorney's Office, the city and the Police Department, seeking to close down what their lawyers call one of the most aggressive forfeiture units in the nation. "The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has turned this tool into a veritable machine, devouring real and personal property from thousands of residents, many of whom are innocent, and converting that property into a $5.8 million average annual stream of revenue," said Darpana Sheth, a lawyer with the Virginia-based Institute for Justice, a nonprofit...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Carrying a gun way worse than beating your wife

    08/13/2014 3:46:10 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    USA Today | 08/10/2014 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/10/ray-rice-shaneen-allen-gun-column/13862831/
  • Blame for blighted properties in Monessen reaches across globe

    08/12/2014 7:17:52 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 12 August 2014 | Richard Gazarik
    Mayor Lou Mavrakis drove slowly through Monessen, block by block, pointing out one vacant, blighted building after another in the city of 7,700 along the Monongahela River. “That belongs to me,” he said, pointing to a house with a collapsing roof that has become the responsibility of the city and the mayor. Tax records show the building is one of 264 structures and lots in the city that have been abandoned by their owners. More than 26 percent of the city's 734 blighted properties are owned by people from 24 states and five foreign countries, beyond the legal reach of...
  • Frustrated small businesses give Pennsylvania a ‘D’ grade

    08/12/2014 2:30:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | August 11, 2014 | Stacy M. Brown
    Pennsylvania has turned its back on small business owners, according to a recent survey. […] “After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide, we’ve heard directly from Pennsylvania’s small businesses that the state could do more to support them,” said Jon Lieber, chief economist of Thumbtack.com. “Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Pennsylvania’s small businesses think the state could do a better job.” […] Marie Page, owner of Marie Page Cleaning Service in Reeders, said […] “We are taxed like crazy. It is hard to get...
  • A Look at the 2014 Gubernatorial Landscape: 36 statehouses up for grabs, a dozen very competitive.

    08/11/2014 9:38:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/11/2014 | Scott Elliott
    A lot of focus this election season is trained on the battle for Capitol Hill. And rightly so, with the majority in the Senate up for grabs and Democrats hoping to avoid another harmful midterm election in the House. But there are also a host of gubernatorial battles being waged this year. In fact, the midterm elections every four years mark a bonanza of statehouse contests. Thirty-six of the nation’s fifty states will be choosing their chief executive this November.In 2010, the last midterm election, thirty-seven gubernatorial elections produced a staggering 17 partisan takeovers – 11 by Republicans, 5...
  • Navy shipbuilding crisis has far-reaching consequences

    08/10/2014 10:30:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | August 7, 2014 | Steve Wilson
    The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding crisis is demonstrating far-reaching effects on the nation’s economy and foreign policy goals. Take, for example, Ingalls’ recently closed composite-construction yard in Gulfport. First, the Coast Guard passed on composite deckhouses for its new class of fast-response cutters, going to a different design. When the Navy decided to transition from a composite deckhouse like on the first two Zumwalt-class destroyers to a steel one constructed at Bath Iron Works, that proved the knockout blow. The yard closed in July, putting 400 shipbuilders out of work, according to local TV station WLOX. The decision was announced last...
  • Feds: Afghan doctor in Philly tied to anti-Western insurgents

    08/10/2014 2:06:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | David Shortell
    Hayatullah Dawari is a former doctor in Philadelphia who treated American troops in his native Afghanistan while working with the American Red Cross, according to his lawyer. But in the eyes of the United States government, Dawari has been working with an anti-Western insurgent group in Afghanistan with ties to al Qaeda. According to court documents, Dawari has been in touch with HIG associates in Pakistan and in January was the intended recipient of a book sent from Pakistan containing a secret message glued between two pages.
  • Mother of [Philadelphia] carjacking crash victims dies; suspects face 4th murder charge

    08/08/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 13 replies
    Action News ^ | August 8, 2014 | Action News, Philadelphia
    TIOGA (WPVI) -- Action News has confirmed that the mother of three children struck and killed by a carjacked vehicle in the Tioga section of Philadelphia has died, and that the two men police say were responsible now each face an additional murder charge. Keisha Williams was critically injured in the crash two weeks ago at Germantown and West Allegheny Avenues. It happened as Williams and three of her children, 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Moore, were helping sell fruit to raise money for their parish. Funeral services for the three children were held Monday in...
  • Pennsylvania mother smells foul odor, finds son died 4 days earlier

    08/07/2014 1:10:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.reuters.com ^ | Mon Aug 4, 2014 3:37pm EDT | By David DeKok
    A mother, alerted by a foul odor, found out her son died four days earlier in their Pennsylvania home, and on Monday an autopsy was under way and the boy's father remained jailed in the case. The 8-year-old boy, Jarrod Tutko, Jr., was among five children in the family who suffer from medical or developmental problems, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News website. He was being cared for by his father in an upper bedroom of the Harrisburg home while his mother, Kimberly Tutko, tended to his 10-year-old sister, who is comatose, on another floor, according to the Patriot-News website. The...
  • Philly mom will stand trial for bringing gun to N.J

    08/06/2014 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 08/06/2014 | JASON NARK
    ---snip--- Her story has garnered national attention, and Nappen says it's proof that New Jersey's gun laws are "out of control." Gun-control advocates say there's a positive side to all the attention Allen's case has received. "Fortunately, the notoriety of this case will make it less likely Pennsylvanians will carry concealed and loaded handguns in New Jersey, thereby making them and the Garden State safer from gun violence," said Bryan Miller, executive director of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
  • Marcellus Region’s natural gas production reaches record high

    08/05/2014 8:44:47 PM PDT · by shove_it · 3 replies
    FuelFix/ ^ | 5 Aug 2014 | Robert Grattan
    HOUSTON — Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, the most productive period ever recorded there, according to a government analysis. The Marcellus Region, located largely in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, now accounts for almost 40 percent of U.S. shale gas production. The field’s rapid growth has had a major effect on the surrounding markets for gas and isn’t expected to ebb soon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Marcellus Region’s natural gas productivity has surged since 2010, when production totaled 2 billion cubic feet per day. New wells...
  • Feds charge Fattah's son in $206,000 bank fraud scheme

    08/05/2014 3:28:04 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 08/05/2014 | Mark Fazlollah and Jeremy Roebuck
    Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), turned himself in to federal authorities Tuesday as prosecutors unsealed a 23-count indictment charging him with bank and tax fraud. Prosecutors said the 31-year-old consultant swindled at least seven banks by constructing a fraudulent picture of his own financial status and that of several companies he created in order to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in business loans. He used much of the money, they said, to pay personal expenses including gambling debts, car payments, and tabs at restaurants and night clubs and then attempted to take...
  • Marcellus Region production continues growth

    08/05/2014 5:04:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | 8/5/2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) through July, the first time ever recorded, according to EIA's latest Drilling Productivity Report. The Marcellus Region, mostly located in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is the largest producing shale gas basin in the United States, accounting for almost 40% of U.S. shale gas production. Marcellus Region production has increased dramatically over the past four years, increasing from 2 Bcf/d in 2010 to its current level. The rig count in the Marcellus Region has remained steady at around 100 rigs over the past 10 months. Given...
  • Phila. mom bought gun, made mistake: She took it to N.J

    08/04/2014 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 08/04/2014 | JASON NARK,
    --snip-- Allen obtained a license-to-carry permit and legally purchased a .380 Bersa Thunder, a gun with two safeties and a trigger lock. She even signed up for lessons at a local gun range. But she made one mistake: She brought the gun to New Jersey. And now she has a new fear - three to five years in prison.
  • Obama Administration Suing Pa. State Police Over Physical Fitness Tests

    08/03/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | july 30, 2014 | chuck ross
    Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women. “Through the use of these physical fitness tests, Defendants have engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in [Pennsylvania State Police's] selection process for entry-level trooper positions in violation of Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964],” reads the DOJ’s lawsuit. At issue are the state agency’s 2003 and 2009 physical fitness tests that are one of...
  • Couples marry, hundreds gather at Equality Fest in York

    08/03/2014 3:50:32 PM PDT · by lightman · 44 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 3 August AD 2014 | Tec Czech
    Couples marry, hundreds gather at Equality Fest in York The inaugural event, held at the city's Cherry lane, was a celebration of equality for all, its organizers said By Ted Czech tczech@ydr.com @TedCzechYDR on Twitter Updated: 08/03/2014 05:50:22 PM EDT Carey and Michele Jenkins clasped hands, gazed in each other's teary eyes, and whispered things to each other, as they became legally married at York's first-ever Equality Fest on Sunday. The Jenkinses, along with five more lesbian couples, were married by York Mayor Kim Bracey before several hundred who attended the event. After Bracey married the couples, the crowd erupted...
  • Mom: I didn't know boy was dead until smell set in

    08/03/2014 10:16:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 2, 2014
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of their home said Saturday she didn't know he had died until noticing the smell. Kimberly Tutko said her husband was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son, and he waited several days to tell her the boy had died, Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/1rXiJbV ) reported. Police were called to the home Friday and found the boy's body.
  • When Nancy Pelosi Gets Owned on the House Floor, She Reacts in Unbelievable Way

    08/02/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 120 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 8-2-14 | "Soopermexican"
    Normally, the Congressional votes are about as exciting as watching paint dry on growing grass, but when House Representative Tom Marino accused the Democrats of not being brave enough to pass immigration reform when they controlled the Congress, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi jumped up and came at the guy! Marino struck a nerve by pointing out that the Democrats owned the entire Congress and White House for two years and did nothing about illegal immigration. Nancy Pelosi then crept up on Marino and began taunting him. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said it best: “What is she doing?”...
  • Pelosi Chases Republican Tom Marino Across House Chamber

    08/02/2014 5:42:46 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 97 replies
    ABC News ^ | John Parkinson and Chris Good
    In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.
  • FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S.

    08/01/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 8 replies
    BenSwann.com ^ | 07/28/14 | Joshua Cook
    The imam, Fethullah Gülen, came to the United States in 1999 due to cited health problems and has stayed in the United States after gaining his visa with help from former CIA officials. The FBI previously resisted granting permanent residency status to Gülen. According to leaked cables, parts of the U.S. government believe that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda.” ---- Gülen-inspired schools are the largest charter network in the U.S. and receive approximately $150 million a year in taxpayer money. There are about 130 of these charter schools in 26...
  • Bill Clinton On 9/10/01: ‘I Could Have Killed’ Bin Laden

    07/31/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT · by bkopto · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Just hours before the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, former president Bill Clinton was in Australia telling businessmen that he “could have killed” Osama Bin Laden during his presidency, but chose not to, MSNBC reports. “I nearly got him,” he says on newly-released recordings of the September 10 meeting. “And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.” Michael Kroger, one...
  • Testimony, advocates clash at EPA coal hearings

    07/31/2014 3:44:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAE-TV Pittsburgh ^ | July 31, 2014 | by JOE MANDAK
    PITTSBURGH —Union miners and others opposed to stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency clashed inside and outside the city's federal building on the first of two days of public hearings on the new regulations. About 5,000 union members, led by the United Mine Workers of America, on Thursday marched to the William S. Moorhead Federal Building chanting, "Hey, hey, EPA! Don't take our jobs away!" A few members of a Pittsburgh-based union, Boilermakers Local 154, traded shouts and insults with some 300 environmental activists who stood on a nearby street corner as the...
  • War on Who? Eric Holder Sues Police Dept. for Treating Women as Equals

    07/31/2014 6:52:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Town Hall ^ | July 31, 2014 | By Michael Schaus
    Forget about that phony IRS scandal… The DOJ apparently has a real problem to handle. The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by Eric “The Extortionist” Holder for alleged sexual discrimination. No, the Penn police didn’t do anything as egregious as force women to pay for their own birth-control; but apparently it was enough to persuade the DOJ to file a lawsuit. The offense: Women are being held to the same standards as their male counterparts! Apparently, requiring all candidates to pass the same standard physical fitness test is sexist. See, women are having a tough time passing the test...
  • FEDS: Ironworkers' goons targeted elementary school construction sites

    07/30/2014 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 07/30/2014 | Sam Wood
    Five leaders of Ironworkers Local 410, previously indicted in February by federal prosecutors, are facing additional charges of extortion for targeting nonunion workers who were building elementary schools and other public facilities in the Philadelphia suburbs. According to a federal grand jury, business agents of the union would approach nonunion contractors working at the job sites and demand they hire union ironworkers. If their demands were not met, a crew from the ironworkers union called the “Shadow Gang” would “sneak into the construction site at night, use sledgehammers to smash the anchor bolts of the building, and damage equipment.”
  • Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed

    07/29/2014 5:49:18 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    Yahoo UK News ^ | 29th July 2014 | Megan Gannon
    'In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood. At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship. Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more,...
  • Doctor Who Stopped Shooter Will Not Lose Job, Hospital Praises Actions[The rest of the story]

    07/30/2014 4:30:35 AM PDT · by HammerT · 23 replies
    Concealed Nation. ^ | 07/27/2014 | Brandon
    There you have it. The hospital with a gun free policy is praising the actions of a Doctor who was carrying his concealed firearm while at his office. The Doctor’s name is Dr. Lee Silverman, and we are so thrilled to see this response from the hospital: Post by Mercy Health System. We are thankful for the swift action of Dr. Lee Silverman, Dr. Jeffrey Dekret, John D’Alonzo and the other colleagues and visitors who took brave and difficult action during yesterday’s tragic event. We extend our condolences to Theresa Hunt’s family, and we are praying for Dr. Silverman’s speedy...
  • Constable Shoots and Paralyzes Man While Serving Warrant Over Unpaid Parking Tickets

    07/29/2014 8:16:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Reason.com ^ | July, 28, 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    Imagine a company hiring a debt collector that sends armed representatives to customers’ homes and threatens to put them in cages if they don’t pay up. That’s not allowed in America, unless your company is the government. NBC Philadelphia reports on the latest instance of police brutality during petty law enforcement to make the news:
  • Police charge 2 men in fatal Philly carjacking

    07/29/2014 3:24:38 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 38 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 12 hours ago | Associated Press By MARYCLAIRE DALE
    Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said. Jonathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford were each charged with three counts of felony murder and other crimes, police announced at a news conference. Police said they believe Rosa, 19, and Crawford, 23, forced a real estate agent into her sport utility vehicle on Friday, then took off at high speed. The three children, killed by the SUV crash about 15 minutes later, were siblings who...
  • For one frustrated claimant, VA scandal a lightbulb moment

    07/28/2014 4:31:13 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 07/28/2014 | Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
    ---SNIP-- Weeks after the disclosure that 68 bins of old mail from veterans had been found at the Philadelphia office - and after VA officials pledged immediate action - it has become clear that its problems surrounding document management run deep. Last week, at least 84 boxes of mail that had been returned to the Philadelphia VA when it didn't reach its intended recipient were piled up, one employee told The Inquirer. The center's director estimated that the facility's return-mail backlog was 18,000 envelopes deep and had been sitting since March 2012.
  • Gunman was offended by hospital's 'gun-free' policy

    07/28/2014 4:14:35 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 31 replies
    nbcphilly ^ | 7/27/2014 | nbc philly
    NOTHING WAS GOING to stop Richard Plotts from carrying a gun. Not the law, not his felony record, not his questionable mental health and certainly not a sign. "There's evidence that he took offense to the issue that there were signs posted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System indicating that it was a gun-free zone," Whelan said. "That's the only motive we have been able to determine at this point in time . . . he was upset about that policy." And, if not for an armed doctor and two other brave staffers who subdued him, Plotts may have claimed many...
  • 3 Siblings Killed, 3 Hurt After Carjackers Run Down Crowd at Fruit Stand

    07/26/2014 6:01:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | 7/26/2014 | Vince Lattanzio
    Three siblings who were helping their mother sell fruit along a North Philadelphia street are dead after carjackers ran them down, police say. Their mother, another woman and the carjacking victim are fighting for their lives as police search for the men responsible.
  • Gerlach calls for U.S. military aid to Ukraine

    07/25/2014 1:53:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    riponadvance.com ^ | July 25, 2014
    Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) recently called on President Obama to support Ukrainian efforts to deter pro-Russian separatists with military aid, equipment and weaponry. Gerlach, a co-chairman of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, called for additional U.S. support after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet claimed 300 civilian lives in eastern Ukraine, according to a press release. “The president’s response (on Friday) to this reckless act of violence was tepid, and it is clear to anyone paying attention that the White House’s attempt to hit the reset button with Russia has failed miserably,” Gerlach said. “(July 17) was a wake-up...
  • Philadelphia carjackers ram crowd, killing three, police say

    07/25/2014 1:01:05 PM PDT · by South40 · 21 replies
    LATimes ^ | 7/25/2014 | James Queally
    Philadelphia carjackers ram crowd, killing three, police say
  • Another House of Horrors in Philadelphia? Abortion Clinic Injures Woman, Ignores Health Laws

    07/25/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/25/14 | Eric Scheidler
    After the macabre findings from notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia charnel house were made public in 2011, lawmakers in Pennsylvania enacted legislation that ensures, among other things, that state inspectors will regularly visit abortion facilities in the state.Recently the results of inspections [PDF] conducted recently at the Philadelphia Women’s Center (PWC) abortion facility were released — and, like so many other abortion clinic inspections, they really throw a spanner in the works of the “pro-choice” movement’s claims that heightened oversight of abortion clinics is “onerous” and “unnecessary.”Photocopies of Doctor’s Signature on Consent Forms On October 9, 2013, state officials investigated...
  • Doctor ‘Saved Lives’ By Shooting Hospital Gunman

    07/25/2014 7:27:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/25/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Plotts had shot and killed a 53 year-old female case worker. He sustained several critical gun shot wounds himself from the gun of a hospital psychiatrist. The psychiatrist suffered a graze wound to his head. Plotts was taken into custody.
  • More than 500 illegal border kids sent to Pa.

    07/24/2014 4:09:11 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Pottstown Mercury ^ | 07/23/2014 | staff
    More than 500 children who crossed into the U.S. illegally are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, Berks County.
  • Gunman shoots two at Darby hospital, doctor returns fire

    07/24/2014 3:41:17 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 07/24/2014 | Ben Finley, Allison Steele and Laura McCrystal
    A gunman opened fire inside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, killing a female caseworker and grazing a psychiatrist in the head, police said. Officials believe the doctor then drew his own weapon and shot the assailant, hitting him three times and critically injuring him, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. The psychiatrist , 52, is expected to recover. Donald Molineux, chief of the nearby Yeadon Police Department, said the doctor "without a doubt saved lives" by firing back.
  • 1 Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Hospital (PA)

    07/24/2014 12:25:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    My Fox Philly ^ | July 24, 2014
    DARBY, Pa. - We are following breaking news in Darby, PA where multiple people have been shot at a wellness center inside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital located on the 1500 Lansdowne Avenue.
  • Public Hearings: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

    07/23/2014 10:00:09 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 3 replies
    EPA will hold public hearings in four locations for the proposed Clean Power Plan the week of July 28, 2014. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action. EPA is pleased by the tremendous public interest in the proposed Clean Power Plan. Already, we have received nearly 300,000 written comments on the proposal. We have found that there are some additional speaking slots still available in Pittsburgh on August 1st, and are reopening the registration for Pittsburgh ONLY. Register for the Pittsburgh hearing on August 1st. The other hearings in...
  • Undocumented children already arriving in state

    07/23/2014 5:14:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat (PA) ^ | July 22, 2014 | by John Finnerty
    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth. Those include 120 children staying at two temporary centers and 386 others who have been placed in the care of relatives or religious groups that have agreed to house them, said Kathaleen Gillis, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare. The federal government manages the care of the unaccompanied immigrant children. State officials received information about the children in Pennsylvania from the federal Department of Health...
  • White flags flying from Brooklyn Bridge, cops probe breach ( NYC )

    07/22/2014 7:51:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Natasha Velez and Larry Celona
    In a stunning security breach, the giant American flags at the top of both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by white flags overnight, cops said. The two new flags appear to be American flags that were painted over white — the traditional symbol for “surrender” — and were flying Tuesday morning from both towers. ... The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit will is replacing the white flags with American flags as they set up a crime scene
  • Deadly home invasion in Carrick reported near set of Hollywood film (2nd. Amendment triumphs again)

    07/22/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 26 replies
    WPXI ^ | 07/22/2014 | uncredited
    CARRICK, Pa. — A deadly home invasion was reported in Carrick early Tuesday morning near the set of a Hollywood movie being filmed in the area. Police said the invasion happened around 2:20 a.m. on Merritt Avenue. Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported that the victim opened fire on the two men accused of breaking into his home, killing one and critically injuring the other. Detectives said the men demanded the victim’s belongings, but instead he pulled out a shotgun and opened fire. Investigators said one of the men tried to run away after he was shot, but fell as he...
  • Mechanicsburg [Pennsylvania] children's home asked to prepare to take in immigrant children

    07/22/2014 3:14:59 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Penn Live ^ | July 21, 2014 | Anna Orso
    A local home for children has been asked by the federal government to prepare itself to take in unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who continue to cross over into the United States. The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg has not taken in any children from Central America yet, and it continues to assist children sent to it from the local county courts systems, the group's Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Best said Monday. But the agency has been contacted to prepare itself to provide shelter and care for unaccompanied minors, she said. The home has been approved...