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  • Former School Police Officer Hired To Protect Students Raped 22 Boys Instead

    04/18/2015 2:20:27 PM PDT · by Ken H · 75 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | April 18, 2015 | n/a
    Former Pittsburgh school police officer Robert Lellock has been arrested and charged with raping 22 male students he was hired to protect. A federal lawsuit notes that school officials should have known about the abuse, as Lellock was frequently taking boys out of the classroom to rape them in a janitor’s closet. According to the Tribune-Review, Robert Lellock worked for the Pittsburgh public school system as a school police officer where he repeatedly sexually abused at least 22 boys. One victim claims that Lellock removed him from class at least two dozen times to rape him in a janitor’s closet....
  • Marco Rubio in Spanish: Obama’s First Executive Amnesty ‘Important,’ People ‘Benefiting from It’

    04/18/2015 4:31:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 137 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is “important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to...
  • Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

    04/18/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    APNews ^ | 18 APR 15 | Steve Peeples
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up. In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced his candidacy. But Bush allies have started quietly spreading negative information about Rubio's record. Also, supporters of the two Miami politicians are drawing contrasts between Rubio, a 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, and 62-year-old Bush, a member of one of the nation's most powerful political dynasties. "Sparks are going to fly," said Al...
  • Jeb Bush has edge on wide-open 2016 GOP field: poll

    04/18/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a small lead over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a new national poll on the possible 2016 GOP presidential field. Mr. Bush is the choice of 13 percent of Republican voters in the Monmouth University poll, followed by Mr. Cruz and Mr. Walker at 11 percent apiece. Mr. Cruz officially launched a bid for the White House last month.
  • John Bolton: Obama’s Iran deal greatest 'appeasement' in history

    04/17/2015 1:14:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2015-04-17 | Mark Hensch
    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on Friday bashed President Obama as having putting a nuclear arms deal with Iran above America’s safety.Bolton, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, blasted Obama’s negotiations with Tehran as “feckless” and “weak.” ADVERTISEMENT “President Obama is engaging in what I believe is the greatest display of appeasement from a president in history,” Bolton told listeners at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit in Nashua.“The Obama administration has taken a position weaker than the U.N. Security Council.”Bolton accused Obama of a flawed foreign policy based...
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 29 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • Bad news for Jeb: Walker surging in New Hampshire

    04/15/2015 1:40:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 14, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Two weeks ago, I noticed that national polling and noted that the media-fueled boomlet for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might be fading. If that’s true, it’s a phenomenon that is not apparent in a recent poll of GOP primary voters in New Hampshire. The results of a new NH1 survey conducted by the Republican firm Reach Communications from April 8 – 9 suggests that Walker’s appeal to the Republican electorate in this critical Northeaster state continues to grow. The survey found Walker leading with almost 23 percent of the vote, well outside the survey’s 3.0 percent margin of error. Former...
  • New PPP survey shows Jeb Bush in trouble in New Hampshire (Ted Cruz in 2nd place?!!)

    04/15/2015 12:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    SPB ^ | April 15, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    A new poll published by Public Policy Polling shows Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio need to do a lot of work to become competitive in New Hampshire, the site of the first Republican Presidential Primary election next January. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is looking very strong, leading with 24 percent support. That’s 10 percentage points higher than the second-place Republican, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. And what’s most impressive is that Walker was only at 3 percent when PPP surveyed New Hampshire voters back in January. Rand Paul is third with 12 percent, and Jeb Bush comes in...
  • Scott Walker leading by double digits in New Hampshire

    04/16/2015 7:18:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-15-15 | David Sherfinski
    Ahead of a major gathering of Republican presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire later this week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, leading by 10 points against his nearest competitor in a new poll on the Granite State. Mr. Walker is the top presidential choice for 24 percent of GOP primary voters, according to the poll out Wednesday from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Next was Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 14 percent, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 12 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10...
  • GOP contenders gather in NH: 5 things to watch for

    04/17/2015 2:08:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegram - Worchester ^ | April 17, 2015 | AP - Steve Peoples 
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. It's the first gathering of its kind in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year and offers no shortage of intriguing storylines as Republican contenders across the political spectrum deliver speeches, answer questions and work to stand out in the crowd. Five things we'll be watching for: [SNIP] Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be in New Hampshire as well to make sure Republicans don't get a free pass. [SNIP]
  • Jeb Bush: Loretta Lynch deserves a vote

    04/16/2015 7:31:53 PM PDT · by VinL · 84 replies
    NASH96.3 ^ | 4/16/2015 | Nash96.3 (fromCNN)
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested in New Hampshire on Thursday that Senate Republicans should allow a vote on Loretta Lynch, the White House attorney general nominee.</p> <p>“I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said at a “Politics and Pies” event in Concord, where he is testing the message he will deliver if he runs for president. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as attorney general.”</p>
  • Act of Love: Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch

    04/17/2015 6:12:25 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 55 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 16 Apr 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. “I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and “a horde of media,” according to Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General,” Bush said, echoing a talking point that...
  • Walker Support Solid, Establishment Favorite Bush Struggles in N.H.

    04/17/2015 8:56:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    As the Republican presidential candidates gather this weekend in New Hampshire, they’re all chasing a midwestern governor. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans, by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker with a strong lead at 24 percent, followed by a rising Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Establishment favorite Jeb Bush is currently mired in fourth place, with 10 percent support, a drop from the last PPP poll of the first-in-the-nation primary state. Other polls show the race remains tight. The RealClearPolitics average has Walker at 19 percent, followed by Bush at 15 percent and Sen. Rand Paul at...
  • Lawmaker proposes keeping some Pa. bars open until 4 a.m.

    04/16/2015 4:18:49 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 19 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | April 16, 2015 | N/A
    A state lawmaker from Philadelphia says he will propose legislation allowing some bars to stay open until 4 a.m., arguing in part the measure would be one way to keep college students in Pennsylvania after they graduate. "This legislation would create a more attractive Pennsylvania and further a goal of appealing to young professionals and millennials who can greatly improve our local economies," State Rep. Jordan Harris, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday. "Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and cities in between are world-class cities of higher education and we need to create an environment where the nightlife encourages young people who...
  • Gravestone of Hillary Clinton's father vandalized in Pa. cemetery

    04/15/2015 5:41:05 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 38 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | John Luciew
    Is nothing sacred? The question is being raised in wake of a disturbing discovery in a Pennsylvania cemetery: The gravestone of Hillary Rodham Clinton's father has been found toppled over, NBC News is reporting. According to NBC, police say vandals may be responsible for upending the gravestone of Hugh Rodham in the Washburn Street Cemetery in Scranton.
  • Ex-drug officer says he stole cash, planted drugs many times (PA)

    04/14/2015 8:15:06 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 39 replies
    AP on MSN ^ | April 14, 2015 | Maryclaire Dale, AP staff
    PHILADELPHIA — A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count. Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white "college-boy ... khaki-pants types" who were "easy to intimidate." That matches the description of some of the drug dealers who have testified at the six-week police corruption trial that the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during violent, no-warrant raids. Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello always got a cut of the stolen money, while...
  • Mob caught on camera beating homeless man into a coma [Title shortened]

    04/13/2015 5:43:07 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 30 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL [UK] ^ | April 13, 2015 | Wills Robinson
    Shocking surveillance footage shows a mob using a hammer, a rocking chair leg and Mace as they beat a homeless man into a coma during a suspected act of revenge. The video taken in the forecourt of the Sunoco gas station on North 5th Street in Philadelphia shows five people, including two children, storming out of a minivan and attacking the helpless 51-year-old. One of the group takes out Mace as the man is brought to the ground. They then stamp on his head and continue punching him as he lies motionless.
  • Dumped like trash: What would cause her to leave son helpless?

    04/13/2015 5:22:56 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 21 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Monday, April 13, 2015 | JASON NARK
    THE LITTLE PATCH of woods off 59th Street near Cobbs Creek is a place where people drink beer, have sex in the dirt and dump their trash. Dozens of tall cans of cheap beer, a few condom wrappers and old, wet clothes were scattered there yesterday afternoon, right near a line of police tape that stretched from tree to tree. The blanket that Nyia Parler allegedly used to cover her quadriplegic son before she abandoned him there last week was gone. The Bible she allegedly left on his chest, perhaps hoping a higher power could sort it all out, was...
  • Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum Speak to Iowa Homeschoolers (Video)

    04/12/2015 2:48:54 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | APRIL 10, 2015 | SHANE VANDER HART
    The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators held their 8th annual Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day yesterday. The activities started off at the Iowa State Capitol Building with remarks from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Those attending were encouraged to contact their State Representative and State Senator.The afternoon session attended by hundreds of homeschoolers from all over the state picked up at the Airport Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Des Moines. WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson led a panel discussion on education issues in Iowa with Iowa’s Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Melcher-Dallas), Rebekah Maxwell, a homeschooling graduate...
  • Clinton's presidential campaign: world's worst-kept secret ends Sunday - aboard flight to Iowa

    04/12/2015 2:09:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 12, 2015 | Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington and Lauren Gambino in New York
    Hillary Clinton is prepared to formally declare her intention to run for president on Sunday, ending years of speculation over her ambitions to return to the White House as the first female president of the United States. The political world’s worst-kept secret will officially escape out into the wild shortly before noon Eastern time with the launch of Clinton’s campaign website. As the Guardian first reported early Friday, the former secretary of state is scheduled to announce her second presidential candidacy on Twitter – alongside simultaneous video and email messages – while aboard a plane from New York to the...
  • Blacks Lose Ground under Obama - And Republicans should remind them

    04/10/2015 1:27:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2015 | Deroy Murdock Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416735/blacks-lose-ground-under-o
    As a declared presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) should generate even bigger headlines when he addresses black audiences, as he has at Howard University and other venues. When he was executive of mainly Democratic Milwaukee County, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) appealed to black voters; his reelection majorities consistently increased. These and other Republicans should ask black Americans for their votes from now through November 2016. They should do so by challenging blacks to ask themselves an honest question: “What, exactly, have you gained by handing Obama 95 percent of your votes in 2008 and 93 percent in...
  • Campaign Finance Complaints Filed Against 4 Presidential Hopefuls[O’Malley-Santorum-Walker-Bush]

    04/01/2015 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 31 March 2015 | Eric Lichtblau
    For months, White House hopefuls from both parties have been raising millions in unlimited contributions at upscale fund-raisers from Manhattan to Palm Springs, Calif. — all without officially declaring themselves candidates and becoming subject to federal caps on contributions. Only a few of some 20 would-be presidential candidates have even bothered to set up the exploratory committees that were once a time-tested way to declare interest in the White House — and that set off their own fund-raising restrictions. But two leading campaign finance groups charged on Tuesday that the spread of these unofficial campaigns in recent months was not...
  • Woman attacked after 'shushing' teens at movie theater

    04/08/2015 5:52:28 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 8, 2015
    STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman said she was attacked, after urging a group of teens to be quiet during a movie. Cindy Santamaria-Williams, of Stroudsburg, said the three girls were loud and cursing, so she “shushed” them. After the movie, the girls were waiting for her outside with five other teens. Santamaria-Williams suffered a broken eye socket and bruises during the attack. "They immediately jumped on me and knocked me to the ground, punched me in the face," she said. She said she hopes someone will come forward to help police catch the young suspects. “They were in my...
  • Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania Voters Back Marijuana, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds

    04/06/2015 9:30:12 AM PDT · by Ken H · 64 replies
    Quinnipiac University ^ | April 06, 2015 | n/a
    Voters in three critical swing states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, support legalization of medical marijuana by margins of 5-1 or more and also support legalization of recreational marijuana use by smaller margins, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Support for medical marijuana is 84 - 14 percent in Florida, 84 - 15 percent in Ohio and 88 - 10 percent in Pennsylvania, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania because since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these...
  • Healthy but unpopular school lunches cost cafeterias

    04/06/2015 4:25:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Allentown Morning Call ^ | April 5, 2015 | By Dan Sheehan
    The mechanics of buying school lunch haven't changed much over the years: Pick up a tray, move through the line, eat and get on with the day. The problem is, students have been pushing a lot of those healthy alternatives into the trash can, or opting out of school lunch altogether in favor of more palatable fare from home. Food costs have risen and meal participation has declined, so many school programs are struggling. "If I have to write a letter to Mrs. Obama, I will," said Sue Bahnick, who oversees food service in the Northern Lehigh School District. As...
  • Kathleen Kane's chief of staff resigns after 4 months on the job (PA's crooked AG)

    04/06/2015 11:04:40 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 5 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 4 April 2015 | Brad Bumstead
    HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane's chief of staff resigned on Friday, four months into the job. Blake Rutherford, who took the position in December, follows others who left key positions under the embattled state prosecutor. Four aides quit last year as a grand jury investigated Kane for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information. She has replaced five spokespeople since 2013, including one who quit in February. Rutherford surprised staffers by emailing a notice that he had resigned. “Today is my last day at OAG. While I will miss working alongside each of you, I am excited about what this...
  • Kane should step down (Liberal Remorse Over PA's Hillary)

    04/05/2015 6:18:47 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    Pennsylvania's self-destructing attorney general, Kathleen Kane, should resign. This week alone, The Inquirer has reported that she disrupted a second political corruption case, while the Supreme Court upheld a probe into her dissemination of grand jury information that could yield criminal charges. It's now clear that since her early days in office, Kane's attempts to protect legitimate law enforcement targets and smear rivals have been at odds with the public interest.
  • Philadelphia "YoungLioness" Tried to Join ISIS: Feds

    04/03/2015 8:54:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Authorities say Keonna Thomas' use of social media is what led them to make the arrest. Police say she planned to link up with terrorists in Syria. NBC10's George Spencer has a closer look at the woman accused in the case. (Published Friday, Apr 3, 2015) A Philadelphia mother of two who goes by the name of "YoungLioness" on Twitter was arrested by federal authorities Friday and charged with trying to support ISIS with money and resources. Keonna Thomas, 30, appeared in court in full black dress with only her eyes showing just hours after her arrest. According to the...
  • Pa. AG Kane has not reauthorized grand jury that investigated her (PA's Hillary)

    04/03/2015 6:52:21 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | 04/02/2015 | Brad Bumsted
    --SNIP-- Kane's office declined to comment. Lanny Davis, her outside lawyer and spokesman, later said that she signed and sent paperwork to Saylor for a Norristown grand jury. The Norristown grand jury recommended criminally charging Kane with perjury, obstruction of justice, official oppression and criminal contempt for allegedly leaking grand jury information to a Philadelphia newspaper. The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to nullify the grand jury's report. Its evidence remains sealed.
  • GOP hopefuls criticize Obama marijuana policy but hedge on their own

    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....
  • Gun collector gets $1,200 bill (for doing absolutely nothing wrong!)

    04/02/2015 4:19:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    EBENSBURG – In the words of Cambria County Sheriff Bob Kolar: some people collect model cars, some people collect motorcycles, some people collect guns. One middle-aged Cambria County man is a collector of the latter. When an angry lady friend decided to strike out, it was in the direction of those guns that she struck. A total of 306 rifles and shotguns – some of which the woman alleged had been stolen – were removed from the home by Kolar and his deputies. “We wore bulletproof vests. We had no idea what we where getting in to,” Kolar said Wednesday....
  • New Regs Ignore Fact Fracking Doesn't Taint Well Water

    04/02/2015 9:03:55 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: New federal regulations on fracking on public land ignore a study documenting that methane found in well water is unrelated to the location of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells. When the Obama administration recently released its new regulations on fracking — regulations that it said were needed to keep up with the advance and success of the decades-old technology to meet public safety needs — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance immediately filed suit, saying that the new regs were based on "unsubstantiated concerns" that lacked any scientific basis. "Hydraulic fracturing has been conducted...
  • Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right: Democrats have been losing ground in Midwest

    04/01/2015 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2015 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Republicans are debating whether their path to the presidency in 2016 runs through the blue-collar Rust Belt states, or the demographically changing new South and Sunbelt states. For Democrats looking to retake the Senate, however, the formula is more clear-cut: Win back white working-class voters, or be consigned to a longer-term minority. Most of the Senate battlegrounds run through the Midwest—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio—along with New Hampshire, which carries demographic similarities with those older, whiter Great Lakes states. To defeat the vulnerable Republican incumbents, Democrats have a challenging task ahead: Making inroads with blue-collar voters, who have been stubbornly resistant...
  • GOP's Martina White wins 170th House District (PA)

    04/01/2015 11:49:36 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Philly. Com ^ | 26 March 2015 | Chris Brennan
    Martina White became the city's second Republican member in the state House on Tuesday night, with a commanding win in a special election for Northeast Philadelphia's 170th District. Her victory - by a margin of 14 percent with 97 percent of the vote tallied Tuesday night - prompted Republican celebrations and Democratic recriminations. White defeated Democrat Sarah Del Ricci, who was handpicked for the special election by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III. White credited the win - the first pickup by the Republicans of an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years - to the hard work of...
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Hospitalized In “Diabetic Shock”

    03/31/2015 10:12:08 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 87 replies
    News One ^ | 3/31/15
    Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is “not doing well,” his family said Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the Pennsylvania state Correctional Institution in Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville Monday after passing out, his wife Wadiya Jamal said outside the hospital. She says prison officials told her he is in diabetic shock. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer: His blood sugar level was very high – 779 – when he arrived at the hospital and remains at more than 300, she said....
  • Family: Mumia Abu-Jamal treated for diabetes complications

    03/31/2015 2:45:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2015 5:21 PM EDT | Michael Rubinkam
    Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to a hospital to be treated for complications from diabetes, according to family members and supporters who asserted Tuesday that the state prison system has been providing him with substandard medical care. […] Abu-Jamal, 60, is a former Black Panther serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner. His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he’s the victim of a racist justice system. A federal appeals court threw out his death sentence in 2008, citing...
  • PA Supreme Court Rules Against Kane

    03/31/2015 1:12:07 PM PDT · by Renegade · 14 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's highest court says a county judge acted properly when he appointed a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general's office.
  • TERRI SCHIAVO PLUS TEN

    03/31/2015 2:06:54 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    3/31/2015 | Self
    Today is the tenth anniversary of Terri Schaivo's death after a 13 day process of killing by starvation. At 5 pm today a Memorial Mass will be celebrated in memory of Terri by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The 2015 Life and Hope Award Gala will occur at 7:15 pm at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street. The keynote speaker will be Glenn Beck, who invested much time and effort on behalf of Terri and in support of her family. Glenn spoke at a...
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing, supporters say

    03/30/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 84 replies
    philly.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Robert Moran
    A nonprofit advocacy group that supports former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he had been hospitalized Monday afternoon. Prison Radio, which distributes recordings made by Abu-Jamal in prison, said the 60-year-old had been transported from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy in Schuylkill County at 1 p.m. to the intensive care unit at Schuylkill Medical Center.
  • Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate 'humanity' contract

    03/30/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Triblive.com ^ | 3-29-2015 | Eric Heyl
    UNITED FEDERATION OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers filed a cruel, insensitive, unnecessary and ultimately impotent grievance against Steel Valley School District. Said grievance involving a special needs student violates the compassion, decency and concern for others clauses of its collective bargaining agreement with the UFH, hereafter referred to as “humanity.” The grievance was incalculably unintelligent and an enormous public relations gaffe that casts Park teachers as complete cads. Those aren't explicit violations of the CBA but should be noted for the record....
  • Boycott Fail: Chick-Fil-A Opens Slew Of New Stores Nationwide…

    03/29/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 63 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 3/28/2015
    Chick-Fil-A Opens Slew of New Stores Nationwide Despite the occasional negative press, Chick-Fil-A’s franchises are thriving throughout the United States. Shortly after the arrival of spring, new Chick-Fil-A restaurants are cropping up in states like Florida and Pennsylvania, signaling that the chain responsible for “Eat More Chicken” ads continues to outperform competitors, such as KFC and Church’s. As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Chick-Fil-A’s newest restaurant held a grand opening in Delray Beach, Florida on March 26 to hundreds of people anxiously awaiting its debut. For more than 24 hours, customers camped outside the new restaurant hoping to be...
  • Philly Woman Sues Angie's List , Calls Service "Fraudulent,Deceptive" (Obama bot Angie is Outed )

    03/28/2015 2:44:47 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 33 replies
    philadelphia magazine ^ | 3/26/2015 | Victor Firrolla
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/26/angies-list-class-action-lawsuit/
  • Three Mile Island: 36 years ago, the accident few had planned for

    03/28/2015 1:35:25 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 52 replies
    PennLive ^ | 03/28/2015 | Paul Vigna
    It's an anniversary date, but at 36 years it's not one that normally requires the amount of reflection 20, 40 or 50 years after the fact would necessitate. Still, you can never do too much on it, considering the crisis at Three Mile Island that began in the early morning of March 28, 1979, ranks among the top couple of events to ever affect Harrisburg and the midstate. Its repercussions still are being felt today.
  • Nearly 100 Get Food Poisoning; (Philadelphia) Officials Won't Say From What

    03/27/2015 1:42:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/27/2015 | Associated Press
    A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated. Philly.com reported Friday ( http://bit.ly/1HQbZYs ) that dozens of lawyers and law students became sick after a Feb. 27 feast at Joy Tsin Lau in the city's Chinatown. Some said they were bedridden and others had to seek medical attention after becoming sick, but the owner said her restaurant didn't cause it.
  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Female police officer faces murder charges for shooting and killing unarmed suspect (Dauphin,PA)

    03/25/2015 5:32:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    Fox2 Now ^ | March 25, 2015
    DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA – Officer Lisa Mearkle turned herself in to state police to face a charge of criminal homicide in the killing of David Kassick. She’s a 14-year veteran of the Hummelstown Police Department. “Officer Mearkle, by all accounts, has been a distinguished member of the Hummelstown police department so this is certainly a tragedy all around. said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. A tragic ending for Kassick, who was 59. Mearkle tried to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker on February 2nd. He took off and she chased him to his home in south Hanover...
  • Angelina Jolie Has Shown Us Again How Important Obamacare Can Be (barf alert)

    03/25/2015 12:23:55 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:00 AM | Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
    Angelina Jolie published an update this week on her medical condition. In 2013, she revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning that she carried a genetic mutation that significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. (A Field Clinic post on that revelation is available by clicking here.) In an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, Jolie reported on the difficult choices she has confronted and the preventive treatments she has chosen to receive. Last week, she underwent surgery to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries, a procedure known as laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Jolie made her public pronouncements,...
  • GOP takes Boyle's seat in Dem district (Northeast Philadelphia, PA Statehouse 170th )

    03/25/2015 2:32:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Philly.com ^ | March 25, 2015
    Organized labor split apart and provided troops to both candidates. Some took up arms for the Republican. Orders are orders. The result: Democrats lost a state House seat in a district in which President Obama got 57 percent of the vote in 2012 and where Democrats outnumber Republicans, 2-to-1. Republican Martina White, 26, a financial adviser, was elected state representative in the 170th District, which covers the Bustleton-Somerton-Parkwood area of Northeast Philadelphia. White easily defeated Democrat Sarah Del Ricci, 34, a horse trainer and director of the Parkwood Therapeutic Riding Center, in the special election to fill the vacancy left...
  • Officer charged with killing unarmed driver laying facedown

    03/24/2015 11:28:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 54 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03/24/2015 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Harrisburg, Pa. • A police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.Authorities accused Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle of shooting David Kassick, 59, twice Feb. 2 without legal justification. She was jailed without bail.They said Mearkle had attempted to pull over Kassick for expired inspection and emissions stickers before he sped away. She caught up to Kassick near his sister's home, where he got out and ran.