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  • Montco's Lynnewood Hall up for sale

    07/10/2014 6:35:30 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 6 replies
    <p>Time and taxes have finally forced the owner of Lynnewood Hall, a grand Horace Trumbauer estate in Elkins Park, to put the property up for sale.</p> <p>The listing appeared Monday on the real estate website Zillow.com for $20 million.</p> <p>The sales pitch is short and sweet: "A true neoclassical revival masterpiece. ... Main house 110 rooms. 70,000 sq. ft. of living space & 33.85 gated acres."</p>
  • Alito denies Pa. clerk's bid to halt gay marriage

    07/10/2014 4:11:53 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | 07/09/2014 | AP
    <p>A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a county official's bid to suspend a ruling that overturned Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban.</p> <p>Justice Samuel Alito rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal without comment Wednesday. Santai-Gaffney can appeal to another justice.</p>
  • Supreme Court refuses to rule on city’s illegal immigration law (Hazleton, PA)

    07/10/2014 3:35:49 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2014 | S. Dinan
    The Supreme Court declined Monday to review a ruling that overturned a Pennsylvania town’s effort to fight illegal immigration, leaving the legal situation muddled for communities. Justices declined without comment to hear an appeal from Hazleton, Pa., which saw an appeals court strike down its ordinances prohibiting illegal immigrants from renting rooms and barring businesses from employing them. But a different appeals court last year upheld a similar ordinance from Fremont, Neb., and backers said the Supreme Court should have stepped in to provide a final answer. (Continued)
  • Two-time illegal immigrant charged with rape in Philly’s sanctuary city

    07/07/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | By Dave Boyer
    He could become the Willie Horton of the immigration crisis. Milton Mateo Garcia, 28, was caught one year ago entering the U.S. illegally across the Mexican border and was deported back to his native Honduras. But Mr. Garcia soon re-entered the U.S. illegally — federal authorities either don’t know how, or they won’t say. He settled with relatives in Philadelphia, where Mayor Michael Nutter had signed an executive order in April declaring it a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants. Living and working in sanctuary, Mr. Garcia last month, according to police, approached a 26-year-old Philadelphia doctor who was walking to...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    07/04/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. He had announced recently that he had cancer. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions...
  • Barletta: Agency eyes Hazleton building as refugee center for immigration crisis

    07/03/2014 2:08:51 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 14 replies
    The Times-Tribune (Northeast Pennsylvania) ^ | July 1, 2014 | Kelly Monitz
    HAZLETON — The crisis of unaccompanied children streaming across the nation’s southern border from Mexico and Central America has gone from 2,000 miles away to downtown Hazleton, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said during a press conference Monday morning. Mr. Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, will be traveling to McAllen, Texas, to see the problem firsthand and seek answers to questions regarding the children’s status, medical conditions and where they will be housed when released by U.S. border patrol agents. “We’re not talking about housing unaccompanied children at some military installation in Texas,” he said. “There are people looking into housing them right...
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia sells nursing homes for $145 million

    07/03/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 27 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/3/14 | Lou Baldwin
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced July 1 that it is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services to a Flushing, New York, health care management company for $145 million. The company, Center Management Group, owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey. Under the agreement, the company has pledged to maintain the Catholic character of the nursing homes. The date for the sale has not been set. The $145 million sale price for the nursing homes will be decreased by certain obligations under the terms of the...
  • Bethlehem police chief opposes IDs for 'illegal aliens (HERO !!)

    07/02/2014 4:24:44 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    WFMZ ( Lehigh Valley News) ^ | 07/02/2014 | Randy Kraft
    Bethlehem’s police chief took a pre-emptive shot at the possibility of the city ever issuing identification cards to illegal immigrants. On Tuesday night, Chief Mark DiLuzio told Bethlehem City Council: “I’m a police officer for 34 years and took an oath to uphold the law. I cannot condone the issuing of any state or local identification cards to individuals who are here illegally in this country.”
  • 11 people injured after food truck explodes in Philadelphia

    07/01/2014 9:19:28 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    FOX ^ | 7-1-14 | AP story
    PHILADELPHIA – A propane tank on a food truck exploded in north Philadelphia Tuesday, sending a huge fireball into the sky and injuring at least 11 people, including two who suffered serious burns, police said. The explosion outside an auto body shop in the city's Feltonville neighborhood caused serious burns to a 27-year-old woman and teenage girl, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. He said that four others were listed in stable condition at area hospitals and at least five others were treated and released.
  • Governor refuses to sign state budget (PA)

    07/01/2014 5:56:32 AM PDT · by knarf · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post/Gazette ^ | July 1, 2014 | By Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau Read more: http://www.post-ga
    HARRISBURG -- With an hour left in Pennsylvania’s fiscal year, Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement last night he would withhold his signature from a $29.1 billion budget sent to him by the Republican General Assembly while he considers its effect on the state. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/07/01/Gov-Tom-Corbett-refuses-to-sign-state-budget/stories/201407010110#ixzz36DljvJMq
  • AT LARGE: Let's no longer hear it for the Spartans

    By Ted Taylor Columnist Here’s breaking news! The editor of the student newspaper at Springfield Township High School has just announced that they will no longer use the school nickname, Spartans, in any story so as not to offend any ancient Greeks. OK, I’m kidding. But is that any more off the charts than the Indian-named student newspaper staff at Neshaminy High School nixing the nickname Redskins (origin of which goes back to the 1600s) so as not to offend anyone? To compound the nonsense going on at Neshaminy, the region’s daily newspaper chain (of three) has also decided to...
  • Police: Man charged in connection with fatal West Manheim crash

    06/29/2014 5:21:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 29 June AD 2014
    11:30 a.m.: Police have charged an illegal immigrant from Mexico with homicide by vehicle and other charges in connection with a fatal crash Saturday in West Manheim Township, according to a news release. Steven Miller, 64, of Westminster, Maryland, was killed in the crash, according to the York County Coroner's Office. Police said Carlos Bastida-Martinez, 25, was traveling south on Baltimore Pike when he crossed over the center lines and struck a motorcycle operated by Miller. Miller had fatal injuries at the scene, the release states, Bastida-Martinez suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Hanover Hospital. The 1995 Ford Windstar...
  • Supreme Court to rule Monday in Conestoga Wood Specialties emergency contraception case

    06/29/2014 9:01:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Lancaster Online (PA) ^ | June 29, 2014 | By JEFF HAWKES
    For Norman Hahn, the conservative Mennonite founder of Conestoga Wood Specialties, an anxious wait is almost over. The Supreme Court is expected to rule Monday on the Hahn family's religious challenge to an Affordable Care Act requirement that employee health plans cover emergency contraception. At stake is the Hahn family's ability to continue running their 50-year-old company according to the principles of their faith. If the Hahns lose the appeal, 1,053-employee Conestoga Wood faces a fine of $100 per worker for every day it doesn't cover emergency contraception. The Hahns, owners of the East Earl-based cabinet door manufacturer, object to...
  • O’Toole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasn’t been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesn’t, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Illegal alien deported a year ago, rapes doctor in Philadelphia

    06/28/2014 3:16:07 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | june 28, 2014 | dave gibson
    On Tuesday, police in Philadelphia arrested Milton Mateo Garcia, 28, after he reportedly raped a woman last weekend. Immigrationand Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have conformed that the Honduran national was deported in June 2013, though the agency has declined to say what criminal activity led to his removal. The victim, a 26-year-old doctor at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, left the Ladder 15 bar on Sansom Street, after spending Friday evening with friends. Garcia grabbed her as she was about to enter her apartment building near Rittenhouse Square, according to police. The illegal alien was captured on surveillance footage following the woman....
  • Gosnell associate who saw baby ‘jump’ as she snipped its spine gets 5-10 years in jail

    06/27/2014 10:41:50 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/27/14 | Ben Johnson
    PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Thursday, the Kermit Gosnell legal saga finally came to an end as the last two employees of his “house of horrors” abortion facility faced justice. Former Gosnell associates Lynda Williams and Tina Baldwin became the final defendants to be sentenced in the most publicized abortion case in decades. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Williams, 45, to serve five to 10 years in prison for two counts of third-degree murder. Baldwin, 48, received 30 months of probation after pleading guilty to sustaining a corrupt organization, conspiracy, and corrupting a minor. Williams entered a guilty plea...
  • Police: Stolen Cell Phone Led To Rittenhouse Square Rape Suspect (Deported but returned)

    06/25/2014 4:11:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 06/24/2014
    --snip-- Investigators say 27-year-old Milton Garcia, also known as Milton Garcia-Vazquez, is facing rape and related charges for the assault late Friday night (see related story). Garcia was taken into custody Monday night and was charged sometime overnight. And federal authorities say he is an illegal immigrant who had been kicked out of the US a year ago (see below).
  • Woman Who Killed Alleged Robber: I Forgot My Gun Earlier That Day

    06/24/2014 3:11:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 | David Chang
    Sharon Doyle forgot to bring her gun to work on Monday. Her decision to go home to retrieve it may have ultimately saved her life. The 46-year-old store owner returned to Stan’s Health Foods in the Mayfair section of the city later that day. As she continued to work alone, police say a 47-year-old man entered the store with a knife in hand, immediately announcing a robbery. The man went behind the counter, grabbed the register and threw it to the ground, forcing it open, according to investigators. After grabbing some cash, he allegedly stood up and put his knife...
  • Store Owner Who Killed Alleged Robber Says Police Training, "Guardian Angel" Saved Her

    06/24/2014 3:07:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 | David Chang
    Sharon Doyle may be petite but the 46-year-old store owner is anything but defenseless, as one alleged robber learned on Monday. Police say the unidentified 47-year-old man likely believed Doyle was an easy target when he entered the Stan's Health Foods Store on the 7100 block of Frankford Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. But little did he know, there's more to Doyle than meets the eye. "She was a Philadelphia Police officer and she also was in the Secret Service," said Doyle's mother, Rita Perrell. Investigators say Doyle's law enforcement training was put to the test as the man held...
  • Officer-turned-shopkeeper kills robber in Mayfair

    06/24/2014 4:10:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Inquirer / Philly.com ^ | Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:18 PM | Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
    A former Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man who tried to rob her vitamin store Monday evening, police said. Police did not release the 46-year-old shopkeeper's name, but online business records identified her as Sharon Doyle, who worked as a police officer in Philadelphia as well as Lower Makefield and Warminster Townships. She also served as a Secret Service agent from 2002 to 2004, according to a resumé posted online.
  • Sandusky probe report less critical than Kane, who makes new charges

    06/24/2014 4:03:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The Inquirer, Philly.com ^ | Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:35 AM | Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
    HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's review of the investigation into pedophile Jerry Sandusky was supposed to finally explain why the case took nearly three years to build, and whether it was bogged down by politics. Instead, the 166-page report she released Monday was overshadowed by Kane's own assertion - not included in the document - that two victims alleged they were sexually abused by Sandusky even while he was under investigation.
  • Delaware US Senate: KEVIN WADE could run again 2014, was 2014 GOP nominee

    06/23/2014 2:29:09 PM PDT · by Moseley · 6 replies
    Free Republic ^ | June 23, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    With the July 8 deadline looming, Delaware Republicans still have no declared candidate for United States Senate in 2014 to run against Democrat Chris Coons. However, a distinct possibility emerging is successful businessman Kevin Wade, who was the 2012 nominee of the Delaware Republican Party (DEGOP). As the country's circumstances worsen and it becomes clear to Republicans that really there is no one else actively considering the task, Kevin Wade is taking a new look at the race. Christine O'Donnell has ruled out a rematch, citing -- genuine and serious -- family reasons. Her father passed away last year from...
  • PA Hunters Don’t Support Bill To Legalize Semi-Automatic Rifles For Hunting

    06/23/2014 9:27:51 AM PDT · by holymoly · 61 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | June 23, 2014 | Sarah Fruchtnicht
    A Pennsylvania bill that would legalize AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles for hunting is being criticized by hunters themselves. The bill proposed in 2013 by Republican Rep. Rick Saccone claims that rapid follow-up shots will increase the odds of harvesting game. Saccone says only two states have banned their use and that there is nothing “frightening or extreme in this proposal.” A deer hunter of 54 years who wrote an op-ed for YDR.com says the proposal will make hunting unsafe and unethical. “Marksmanship is the essence of an ethical deer hunt. Spraying 11 shots at a deer (or group of deer)...
  • Former Pa. Gov. Dick Thornburgh hospitalized after mild stroke

    06/22/2014 7:48:12 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    pennlive ^ | 6-22-14 | n/a
    PITTSBURGH — Former U.S. Attorney General and former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh after suffering a mild stroke. His wife, Ginny Thornburgh, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the stroke happened Saturday at their weekend home in Ligonier. She said a doctor told her that 81-year-old Dick Thornburgh "will do well from a recovery point of view." She says he's resting comfortably at UPMC Presbyterian hospital. As governor in 1979, Thornburgh led the state during the Three Mile Island nuclear crisis. The Republican later served as U.S. attorney general under both presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush....
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The Hill.com. As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • Homeland Security issues statement about raids of Asian restaurants in State College [PA]

    06/17/2014 6:00:33 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 8 replies
    centre daily times ^ | 6-17-14 | Lori Falce
    STATE COLLEGE — A spokeswoman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a statement this morning about the raid that took place Thursday at several State College restaurants. “Last week,” spokeswoman Nicole Navas wrote in an email to the Centre Daily Times, “ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents conducted an enforcement action at numerous locations in the State College, Pa. area. During the execution of federal search warrants, HSI special agents encountered and detained 10 individuals from China, Guatemala, Thailand, Mexico and Indonesia, who were identified as being unlawfully in the United States and/or illegally re-entering the country after...
  • The Alarming Reason the Government Confiscated Money From a Member of Glenn Beck’s Staff

    06/17/2014 4:58:58 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 51 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com/ ^ | June 17, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Let’s say you take out a safety deposit box for precious family heirlooms, or create a bank account for your children that you don’t make transactions with regularly. How long would it take you to realize that the government has actually confiscated your property, sometimes without even informing you? That’s what happened to Glenn Beck’s chief of staff, Joe Kerry, and countless other Americans across the United States, many of whom are unaware that the state can legally take hold of your possessions if your account shows no signs of activity for a certain period of time. snip “I guess...
  • Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer

    06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2014 | Ted Siefer
    Ted SieferJune 16, 2014 Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the prime carriers of Lyme disease, which is particularly common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. Abundant snow over the winter and a wet spring have created ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather and try to latch onto hosts, they said. "The next three to four weeks is the peak season of risk," said Sam Telford, an infectious disease...
  • GOP Rep.: House ‘Probably’ Has the Votes to Impeach Obama

    06/16/2014 6:10:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6/16/14 | Josh Feldman
    A Republican congressman said in a radio interview today that the House probably has the votes to impeach President Obama, if things got so bad that impeachment became their only recourse. Congressman Lou Barletta told Gary Sutton that the issue of impeachment is an important one to address with Obama “absolutely ignoring the Constitution and ignoring the laws.” A couple of Republicans have floated the idea of impeachment and the House having enough votes for impeachment before, and Barletta’s no different, claiming there’s a good chance impeachment could pass the Republican-led House if they took a vote. “For those that
  • Pres__ent Obama intervenes to end Philadelphia transit strike

    06/15/2014 7:25:44 AM PDT · by Don W · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo news ^ | 14/06/14 | Dave Warner
    President Barack Obama on Saturday intervened to end a transit strike in the greater Philadelphia area, establishing an emergency board to force the two sides to negotiate. The move, at the behest of Republican Governor Tom Corbett, came hours after about 440 engineers and electricians who operate trains that connect Philadelphia and its suburbs walked off the job. “That’s it. The strike is over," said Arthur Davidson, spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, one of the two unions on strike.
  • 3 GOP presidential hopefuls talk of unifying party

    06/14/2014 2:20:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 3:21 PM EDT | David Pitt
    Presidential hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum are in Iowa to deliver their prescriptions for how to unite the Republican Party. […] It is Paul’s third trip to Iowa since the 2012 election. The Kentucky senator says the GOP should maintain its core message but make the party more attractive to black and Hispanic voters. …
  • LETTER: Children should not be sacrificed for gun rights

    To the Editor: Is this the kind of country we want to be — where our children are sacrificed so that a small minority of Americans can have any kind of gun they want? Your child or my child could be collateral damage just so a small minority of Americans can have the pleasure of owning a grenade launcher if they want. Pick which child you want to sacrifice. How about your oldest so that the younger ones might still have a chance at life? Or should it be the youngest since you have invested a lot of time and...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Report: VA Told Pittsburgh Hospital to Mislead Congress

    06/11/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered a Pittsburgh VA hospital to block attempts by two congressmen to find out about hundreds of patients languishing on the hospital’s wait list, according to a CNN report. Congressional sources told CNN that Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Penn.) received a call from Pittsburgh VA director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf, who said that the hospital had passed an internal audit on patient wait times “with flying colors.” “It is my belief the purpose of the unannounced call was not to provide me the facts on patient wait times at the Pittsburgh VA, but was...
  • Democratshima - Detroit Photos Before and After (VANITY)

    06/09/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Or.. Democratrina. Far more destructive than any bomb or hurricane, Democrat locusts destroy lay waste to Detroit. This is the 'progress' they want for the rest of America.
  • Pa. gave Mondesire $100k to fix a football field. Where did the money go ?

    06/09/2014 5:55:59 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 06/09/2014 | staff
    J. Whyatt Mondesire, the embattled former president of the local and state NAACP, is facing new accusations that he misspent state money. Mondesire’s nonprofit, Next Generation CDC, claimed to have improved the home field for the North Philly Aztecs with a state grant. But according to a report published Saturday on the AxisPhilly.org website, Mondesire did nothing to fix up the field where the Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee Super Bowl champs played.
  • Pittsburgh’s new immigrants: Local students symbolize Asian success story

    06/09/2014 12:06:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 8, 2014 | Mark Roth
    Last month, Rishi and Suvir Mirchandani traveled to sunny Los Angeles. The Fox Chapel Area High School students weren't taking a vacation. They were there to compete in one of the world's most rigorous science competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Rishi, 17, a junior, ended up with a third-place award in the mathematics section of the fair for his work on the most efficient way for traffic to travel along a network of roadways. Younger brother Suvir, 15, got the $1,500 Web innovator award from GoDaddy for his project to allow paralyzed people to interact with a...
  • Mother Courage

    06/08/2014 2:03:58 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-8-2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    JUNE 8, 2014 4:00 AM Mother Courage Miss Pennsylvania USA’s remarkable mother By Kevin D. Williamson Valerie Gatto does not want to talk about abortion. That’s probably prudent, inasmuch as she very much desires to be the next Miss USA, and contestants in that pageant are expected to have ruthlessly anodyne interests along the lines of reading children’s literature to blind dolphins. But she is admirably direct, even bracing, about the aspect of her life that intersects that troublesome issue: She was conceived when her mother, a teenager at the time, was attacked on the streets of Pittsburgh and raped...
  • ABC News Video: First-grader suspended after toy gun found in backpack

    06/08/2014 7:57:31 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 54 replies
    WTAE Pittsburgh, ABC News copied by Top Right News Blog ^ | June 5, 2014 | Marcie Cipriani, ABC News // Gina Cassini Top Right News Blog
    by Gina Cassini | TopRight NewsOnce again, the anti-gun fanatics are running loose in our children's schools. And this time they are punishing a kid who did the right thing! As a mom, this one has steam coming out of my ears. First-grader Darin Simak goes to Martin Elementary in New Kensington, PA. On Wednesday he went to school just like any other day but, when he arrived, he realized there was a toy gun in his backpack. What did Darin do? Darin tried to do the right thing by immediately bringing the toy gun to his teacher and explained that “he...
  • Same-sex marriage protesters find little support

    For the hour that Mike McMonagle and his allies stood in protest Thursday outside Gov. Corbett's office in Center City, they were spared from heat and rain. But little else went in their favor. Drivers paid no attention to the 30 people holding rosaries and signs railing against same-sex marriage. A man spat on the ground at their feet. Soon, they had to share the sidewalk with other protesters - a younger, louder, more organized group. While McMonagle's group spoke of the need to "defend our children" from nontraditional families, a group from Cook-Wissahickon School brought in actual children to...
  • Poll: Wolf leads Corbett by 20 points for governor

    06/06/2014 11:11:48 AM PDT · by bjcoop · 42 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | Peter Jackson
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democratic upstart Tom Wolf leads Republican incumbent Tom Corbett by a formidable 20 points as Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign shifts into gear for the general election, according to a poll released Wednesday. The survey of 1,308 Pennsylvania voters by Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University showed Wolf backed by 53 percent and Corbett by 33 percent.
  • Legal Director of PA Union Disbarred From Practicing Law

    06/06/2014 9:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | June 04, 2014 | Sarah Leitner
    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local's current legal director was disbarred from the practice of law over 20 years ago. Edward C. Chew III is the Executive Assistant to the President and Legal Director of UFCW 1776. Chew is also the Chairman of the UFCW Local 1776 Legal Trust Fund. The Supreme Court of New Jersey disbarred Chew from the practice of law “for the knowing misappropriation of client funds” in 1992. According to the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Review Board’s website, Chew remains ineligible to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania. Chew was admitted as a member of...
  • World War I grave of U.S. Army soldier from Salford Township [PA] adopted by Belgian teen

    06/05/2014 6:34:40 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 7 replies
    We are the dead; short days ago/ We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,/ Loved and were loved, and now we lie/ In Flanders fields. —In Flanders Fields Lt. Col. John McRae John B. Young was born more than a century ago. His parents lived in Salford Township, but he also lived with his maternal grandparents in Telford before being killed while fighting in World War I. Femke Heynderycx is 17 and lives in Ghent, Belgium. At first, it would seem they don’t have much in common, but Heynderycx, who has adopted Young’s Flanders fields grave, says they’re now family...
  • Crucial East Coast highway bridge closed

    06/04/2014 10:01:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsday.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Randall Chase (Associated Press)
    WILMINGTON, Del. - (AP) -- Highway engineers say a crucial bridge on the Eastern Seaboard's interstate highway system could imperil drivers if traffic is allowed back on it. The bridge, near Wilmington, Delaware, was closed Monday when its support pillars were found to be tilting. The Interstate 495 bridge won't reopen anytime soon, highway officials said Tuesday, and the 90,000 vehicles that cross it every day are being diverted onto the main north highway, I-95, further overloading one of the most crowded arteries in America.
  • U.S. Steel Corp. to idle McKeesport's Tubular Products plant

    06/04/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 23 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 2, 2014 | Patrick Cloonan
    Three years after it resumed operation of the last vestige of the old National Tube Works, U.S. Steel is pulling the plug on pipemaking in McKeesport. McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said he is “extremely disappointed” with U.S. Steel Corp.'s announcement on Monday that it will idle indefinitely its McKeesport Tubular Operations effective in early August. “I think it is devastating for the entire Mon Valley region,” the mayor said shortly after receiving word about the shutdown of plants in McKeesport and Bellville, Texas, two of 10 plants in the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker's Tubular Products division. The announcement came 60 days before...
  • Block Communications to lay off hundreds at newspapers in Pittsburgh, Toledo

    06/04/2014 8:49:19 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 3, 2014 | John D. Oravecz
    Block Communications Inc. said it will lay off 136 people at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 131 at the Blade of Toledo, a decision that will help cut costs at the two money-losing dailies where the company has been wrangling with unions for more than a year over concessions. [snip] Negotiations with the unions over a new contract have been ongoing for a year, with Block asking for wage and benefit concessions after years of losses. In March, members of the Newspaper Guild “celebrated” their 3,000th day without a raise with a pie party in the newsroom. Block told employees in...
  • PA DA: Driver licenses for illegal immigrants could attract terrorists

    06/03/2014 12:12:38 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 8 replies
    Lehigh Valley News ^ | 6/2/14 | Will Lewis
    EASTON, Pa. - A resolution passed by Easton City Council is not sitting well with Northampton County John Morganelli, who said giving illegal immigrants driver licenses could open the door for terrorists. Morganelli said he respects the Easton City Council's decision, but he wishes law enforcement would have been consulted. Easton Mayor Sal Panto said the council did its homework. Panto said the resolution is a way to show support for people who are in Pennsylvania illegally but still paying taxes. "It's not an ordinance of the city, it's not a law. We don't have that right," said Panto. "It's...
  • Expenses went up in 2013 for families

    06/02/2014 5:14:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ann Belser
    A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average income for families of all sorts decreased from 2012 to 2013 by $103 to $65,069 before taxes, but their expenses went up by $777 a year to $51,408. ... The biggest share of the increased expenses of the average American household went to transportation, which cost a total of $8,999 a year, or $494 more than the previous year, as a result of purchase prices going up.
  • PA-Gov: Rasmussen Poll: Wolf 51% Corbett 31%

    06/02/2014 1:43:27 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 23 replies
    Democratic nominee Tom Wolf has gotten quite the post-primary bounce. In the first poll released after the former Department of Revenue Secretary won the Democratic primary, Tom Wolf holds a twenty point lead over the Governor. According to Rasmussen Reports, 51% of likely voters would support Wolf while 31% would vote for Governor Tom Corbett. Only 14% of respondents were undecided. As expected, Wolf is supported by 83% of Democrats yet only 59% of Republicans favor Corbett. Wolf pulls away 25% of PA Republicans and holds a ten point lead among independents. Meanwhile, among those surveyed Governor Corbett’s job approval...