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  • Authorities search for Eric Frein near Snow Hill Road in Price Township (Shelter in Place)

    09/23/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by RBW in PA
    Pocono Record ^ | 23 September 2014 | Staff reports
    Authorities this morning are searching the area of Snow Hill Road in Price Township, near the border with Barrett Township outside Cresco, as part of their ongoing search for alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Police vehicles are parked along or driving along Route 447 and Snow Hill and Beartown roads, which both run off Route 447. There has been police presence in the area for days, and many residents have been unable to leave or return to their homes. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is accused of shooting two troopers, killing one and critically wounding the other, on Sept. 12 at...
  • Police Say They're Zeroing In On Trooper Slay Suspect Eric Frein

    09/22/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22nd 2014 | Ron Allen
    The search area in the manhunt for accused cop-killer Eric Frein is narrowing amid a wave of "credible" tips, authorities said Monday. "I do believe we are close to him at this point," Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said, confirming that search teams were focusing on an area in northern Monroe County near the border of Pike County. Frein, 31, is accused of fatally shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a Sept. 12 ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks that landed him on the FBI's most-wanted list. Police believe he has been hiding...
  • Penn State Officials Threaten to Call Police on Students Handing Out US Constitutions (Video)

    09/21/2014 1:46:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 60 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Septe,ber 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Penn State Young America’s Foundation Chapter were told to take down their table from a designated “free speech zone” on campus. They were handing out Constitutions – on Constitution Day.
  • 9 days in, no contact with Pennsylvania trooper murder suspect

    09/21/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    CANADENSIS, Pa. – Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, authorities have had no contact with the suspect they describe as a self-taught survivalist despite an intensive search that shut down the heavily wooded community where he lived with his parents. Though a shelter-in-place order had been lifted in the Pocono Mountains community where police have focused their search, they continued to urge residents to be vigilant Sunday as the manhunt continues for Eric Frein. Frein's father, retired Army Maj. E. Michael Frein, told police that he had taught his son...
  • Police: Harrisburg Lobbyist Arrested On Rape Charges (Dem War on Women)

    09/20/2014 12:13:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 09/20/2014 | Kim Glovas
    --snip-- Marsico is a high-powered lobbyist with Greenlee Partners in Harrisburg. He is married to Channel 6 reporter Annie McCormick. The two were married by former Governor Ed Rendell last year.
  • Pennsylvania police closing in on officer slaying suspect

    09/19/2014 6:31:38 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Ralph Ellis and Sonia Moghe
    Canadensis, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Police in Pennsylvania appeared to be closing in Friday night on the suspect in the slaying of a state trooper. Police have surrounded a home where they believe Eric Matthew Frein is believed to be hiding, a local government official told CNN. The home, which was broken into, is not far from Frein's family home in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, in the Poconos Mountains. Police exchanged gunfire in the area with an individual believed to be Frein.
  • Opinion: In governor’s race, voters should note how pensions came to be under-funded (Pennsylvania)

    09/19/2014 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies
    Biz570.Com ^ | 17 September 2014 | Kelly Lewis
    I have read about 5 percent of the noise surrounding the upcoming governor’s race in Pennsylvania. As a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I’m always amazed at what issues become amplified, minimized, and often buried. Less than 1 percent of the voters will read this little note, but as a son of teachers, and a friend to many current and retired teachers, administrators and state workers, I believe some facts deserve being said. There is no doubt; incoming governors and other elected officials inherit the good, bad and ugly of the preceding budgets and sessions. There is...
  • Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

    09/19/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday... Chevron’s pledges to recycle drilling fluids, not use open waste pits and to reduce methane leaks address “very big” concerns for many people, said Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Chevron also says it now discloses all of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process in the region. Woodwell said his group hopes other drilling...
  • Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

    09/19/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. The penalty is the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry. Range, based in Fort Worth, said in a statement that it accepts the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fine and is “deeply disappointed” over the violations at Washington County wastewater impoundments, about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural...
  • ACLU Sues Police for Using Force to Stop Photos of Arrest (fifth such lawsuit)

    09/17/2014 6:29:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 09/15/2014 | BY JOEL MATHIS
    It’s been almost three years now since Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a directive to Philly Police, letting them know that it’s entirely legal for the public to record officers doing their work and making arrests — as long as the photographer doesn’t interfere with that police work. It seems his officers still haven’t gotten the message. The ACLU today announced another lawsuit — the fifth in a series — against the department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.
  • Gay-bashers apparently dined at upscale eatery before assault

    09/17/2014 3:04:08 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 28 replies
    The Daily News ^ | September 16, 2014 | VINNY VELLA & WILL BUNCH
    A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths Tuesday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut 20-somethings linked to the shocking assault.
  • Suspect ID’d in Pennsylvania trooper ambush a marksman who ‘doesn't miss’

    09/17/2014 10:51:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-17-2014 | FoxNews.com
    <p>Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is "extremely dangerous" and residents in the area should be alert and cautious, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference in which he revealed the suspect's name.</p> <p>"He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Noonan said.</p>
  • 'Extremely dangerous' survivalist named suspect in Pennsylvania state trooper ambush

    09/16/2014 1:12:50 PM PDT · by lightman · 252 replies
    Fox news ^ | 16 September AD 2014 | Staff
    The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist... Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., is still armed with the .308-caliber rifle that he used to open fire on the barracks late Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference where he revealed the suspect's name. Noonan called Frein "extremely dangerous." "
  • Pennsylvania death row inmate asks federal judge for stay of execution (Illegal Alien)

    09/16/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 17 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 16 September 2014 | Brian Bowling
    A Blair County man to be executed for three first-degree murder convictions asked a federal judge on Monday to stay his execution by Pennsylvania while he appeals his sentences. Miguel Padilla, 34, of Gallitzin plans a federal challenge of the constitutionality of his convictions and sentence, said the brief filed by Marshall Dayan, an assistant federal public defender who specializes in death penalty appeals. He's also asking for the court to appoint an attorney to handle his final appeal and waive his filing fees. Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed the death certificate for Padilla. Padilla's state appeals ran out...
  • Students breathalyzed entering Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game (Suburban Philly)

    09/15/2014 4:36:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Times Herald ^ | 09/15/2014 | Frank Otto
    Students heading into the Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game Friday night at Washington Field were breathalyzed to check for under-age drinking. “For many years, the Phoenixville Area School District has breathalyzed students prior to attendance at extracurricular activities,” said Phoenixville Superintendent Alan Fegley. “Students are reminded prior to the events. In this case, they were reminded of the breathalyzing procedure earlier in the week.” Fegley said the breathalyzing procedure can be found in the student handbook issued each year and available online.
  • New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storms and Nuclear EMP

    09/15/2014 2:54:36 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Computer World ^ | 9/15/14 | atrick Thibodeau
    In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. balticservers data center
  • Trayvon Martin's mother to speak at Lehigh: Panel discussion part of MLK programming (PA)

    09/15/2014 2:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WFMZ-TV ^ | September 15, 2014 | Staff
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin will be part of a discussion at Lehigh University Tuesday. As part of the University's MLK Committee, a "Rap Sessions' event discussion will be offered at 7 p.m. in Baker Hall. The panel will feature Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and will be moderated by hip hop artist and activist Jasari X. Martin was a 17-year-old African-American high school student was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in February 2012 in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. Zimmerman was acquitted of the crime in July 2013. Other...
  • Tony Auth, 72, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, died Sunday

    09/15/2014 9:58:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bonnie L. Cook
    Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters announced a fundraising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University. Mr. Auth's remarkable career began in 1971 when the fledgling artist from California flew in to Philadelphia to interview for...
  • Pittsburgh has strong bonds with independence-seeking Scotland

    09/13/2014 8:27:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    triblive.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bob Karlovits
    With its ragged hills, rolling meadows and a climate that often requires wool clothing, Western Pennsylvania can seem like home to a Scot. Gordon Reid, who was born in Glasgow but now lives in Upper St. Clair, says on early mornings at the Ligonier Highland Games when pipers are warming up and mist is rising in the chill air, “You can close your eyes and open them again, and you'd think you were in Scotland.” These days, Scotland and its people are having a moment in the spotlight. Scottish actors are popping up just about everywhere, and the hit new...
  • Pennsylvania trooper killed in shooter’s ‘ambush’ on police barracks during shift-change

    09/13/2014 1:21:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 50 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 13 September AD 2014 | Meg Wagner
    Y Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:31 AM Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:05 PM The Pennsylvania trooper killed in a Friday night police barracks shooting was a hardworking, “stand-up guy,” his friends say. Now, Bryon Dickson’s heartbroken friends and family will lay him to rest. The father-of-two was the only officer killed when a gunman "ambushed" police barracks in Blooming Grove Township during a trooper shift-change, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a Saturday press conference. A second trooper, Alex Douglass, was also injured. And the killer could still be on the...
  • UPDATE: One Trooper Killed In Shooting At State Police Barracks

    09/13/2014 12:55:14 AM PDT · by Tamzee · 156 replies
    WNEP ^ | 9/13/14 | Amanda Kelley
    <p>BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — State police have confirmed there has been a shooting at the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. There is no one in custody at this time. Newswatch 16 has a crew on the scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.</p>
  • Penn State hotels cut bibles from rooms in effort to not favor one religion

    09/12/2014 9:26:48 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 24 replies
    There are certain things everyone assumes will be in a hotel room. Tiny bars of soap. Clean towels. A Gideon Bible in the bedside table. Guests at Penn State’s two hotels now will have to ask for a copy of the Good Book if they feel a late-night need for the New Testament, because of a new policy change. “Penn State decided to remove Bibles from individual guest rooms in both of its hotels, The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, and to place them in public access areas,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. The...
  • Santorum Taking 'A More Serious Look' at 2016 Run

    Former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced that he was taking “a more serious look” at running for president in 2016 on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
  • Burger joint shames Philadelphia Eagles star Over Small Tip

    09/10/2014 10:18:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 82 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10 September 2014 | Snejana Farberov
    "Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has been publicly called out by the owner of a local eatery for leaving a 20-cent tip on a bill totaling more than $60. The Philadelphia burger joint PYT shared a receipt online showing what was described as Mr McCoy's paltry tip. 'The twenty cent tip that the Eagles' LeSean McCoy just left our server on his $60 check is going to come in really handy for that new official NFL McCoy jersey he had his heart set on,' the message that accompanied the receipt read. 'That is a .03% tip. New record!'"
  • Burden of proof is on Wolf regarding Delaware loophole (Joe Biden's Tax Haven)

    09/10/2014 4:01:10 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    LancasterOnLine ^ | 09/10/2014 | staff
    --snip-- If not for tax purposes, why did Wolf’s company incorporate in Delaware? The loophole, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, costs the state about $500 million per year in corporate net income tax collections. Hundreds of companies doing business in Pennsylvania use it to lower their taxes. They do so by paying royalties to sister-owned companies in other states that have lower corporate net income tax rates. Then they claim the write-offs as “business expenses” and deduct them from their corporate income tax payments here in Pennsylvania.
  • When Boy Scout Dies Before Achieving Highest Rank, Troop Completes Project for Him

    09/10/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 8, 2014 | Suzan Clarke
    Noah Cornuet was a gentle giant and the ultimate Boy Scout. He was so committed to scouting that he was determined to ascend to the highest rank any Boy Scout could achieve: Eagle Scout. Noah, 16, never realized his dream. On Aug. 6, the high school athlete from Lower Burrell, Pa., collapsed after football practice and died. It was later revealed that Noah had a rare heart tumor. He’d had no symptoms and there was no indication that he had a heart condition, his family said. At the time of his death, Noah was deeply involved in his Eagle scout...
  • Boom in Energy Spurs Industry in the Rust Belt

    09/10/2014 5:14:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 8, 2014 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    Waist-high weeds and a crumbling old Chevy mark the entrance to a rust-colored factory complex on the edge of town here, seemingly another monument to the passing of the golden age of American industry. But deep inside the 14-acre site, the thwack-thwack-thwack sound of metal on metal tells a different story. “We’re holding our own,” said Greg Hess, who is looking to hire draftsmen and machine operators at the company he runs, Youngstown Bending and Rolling. “I feel good that we saved this place from the wrecking ball.” The turnaround is part of a transformation spreading across the heartland of...
  • Dom Giordano holds fitness test to challenge DOJ lawsuit against PA State Police

    09/09/2014 10:14:16 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 10 replies
    Should the Pennsylvania State Police change the difficulty of its physical fitness test to help female applicants pass? Talk show radio host Dom Giordano doesn’t seem to think so and he was willing to bet most people agreed with him. After a recent lawsuit by the United States Department of Justice against the state police was filed, stating that the difficulty of the test discriminated against women, Giordano, host the of the Dom Giordano Program on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, set out to see if the average person could pass. He set up an abbreviated version of the test in...
  • Megyn Kelly Takes On Ward Churchill: How Can You Compare 9/11 Victims to Nazis?

    09/09/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 8th, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Megyn Kelly tonight brought viewers the first part of her contentious showdown with Professor Ward Churchill, best known for his controversial comments about the “little Eichmanns” who were in the World Trade Center when the planes hit on September 11th. ... Churchill stood by the Eichmann comment, saying, “You do not have to be the one who turned on the gas if you’re making it possible for the gas to be there.”
  • 'Peace corps worker' in campaign ad for PA Dem. running for Gov. was star of 'torture porn' films

    09/08/2014 10:39:21 PM PDT · by Stoat · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 8, 2014 | Alex Greig
    Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has had to pull a campaign ad after it emerged that the actor vouching for his stint in the Peace Corps also appeared in a cannibal fetish film.Democrat Tom Wolf's advertisement featured Alan Benyak, 50, sitting on the hood of a Jeep and talking about Wolf's time in India.Benyak has many strings in his bow - he's an attorney who was a Democratic candidate for judge in Washington County, he served in the U.S. Army - and he's something of an actor.
  • Panel on Ferguson draws hundreds in Harrisburg, but few youths

    09/08/2014 6:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Harrisburg Patriot-News ^ | September 8, 2014 | Christine Vendel
    A forum to glean lessons after last month's fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., drew hundreds of people to the Midtown Scholar bookstore in Harrisburg Monday night. But the people who really needed to hear the discussion, young black males, were not necessarily in attendance, said Police Chief Tom Carter and several others who spoke. One audience member suggested city leaders should host a similar forum in a neighborhood to draw more youths. Monday's event, called Ferguson Forum: Lessons for Harrisburg, was co-sponsored by the group Harrisburg Hope and Rep. Patty Kim. It featured Carter and other panelists, including Dauphin...
  • Ted Nugent Urges Americans To Stockpile Weapons Ahead Of Looming 9/11 Threat

    09/08/2014 3:33:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 84 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | September 8, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    As the 13th anniversary of the deadliest attack on American soil approaches, many experts warn of the potential threat posed by terrorist networks including Islamic State, or ISIS. ... Unarmed & helpless Americans and Europeans will be viciously ambushed when they least expect it,” he wrote, “and the death toll will be more brutal and widespread than all the peace & love dreamers could ever imagine.” He declared that the somber date of Sept. 11 will be “the day of infamy again.” According to Nugent’s projection, those who already own firearms should “ammo up no matter where you go,” always...
  • What's Yours Is Theirs: A homeowner challenges Philadelphia's abusive civil forfeiture law.

    09/06/2014 4:34:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Cities have tried all sorts of measures to raise money to shore up their budgets: Chicago sold its parking meters, Detroit considered selling its art collection. In Philadelphia the government is confiscating the private property of its residents. Under civil forfeiture laws, police can seize and sell private property whether or not the target is convicted of a crime. In the City of Brotherly Confiscation, police and prosecutors have run a forfeiture program that took in $64 million between 2002 and 2012, more than Brooklyn and Los Angeles combined. For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, the civil seizure program is threatening...
  • National health survey coming to York County

    09/05/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 29 August AD 2014 | Gary Haber
    National health survey coming to York County By Gary Haber York Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 08/29/2014 11:40:52 AM EDT Workers from the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in York County from Sept. 2 through Nov. 3 to gather data for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Workers from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics will select 515 York County residents to take part in the ongoing survey of Americans' health and eating habits. York County is one of 15 counties across the country in which about 5,000 people will be asked about their health...
  • Pennsylvania justice urges ban on defender group (death penalty appeal lawyers)

    09/04/2014 11:58:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 9:54 PM EDT | Mark Scolforo
    Pennsylvania’s chief justice wants the state Supreme Court to ban lawyers at an organization that currently handles many appeals by convicted murderers on the state's death row. Chief Justice Ronald Castille took that position in a rare single-justice opinion issued late Wednesday that resolved a number of issues surrounding a decision he wrote three years ago. In both opinions, Castille took aim at the Philadelphia-based Federal Community Defender Office, writing that the group has engaged in abusive and unethical practices that warrant removing its lawyers from all Pennsylvania cases. …
  • Phila. schools to offer free meals to all students (Applications Not Required)

    09/04/2014 4:58:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 09/04/2014 | Kristen A. Graham
    All Philadelphia School District students are now eligible to receive free meals, officials said Thursday. Students must simply show up to receive the free food - applications are no longer required. "Our goal is to provide as many students as possible with access to healthy, nutritious meals," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement. "We want to keep students' focus on learning, not hunger." A shift in federal policy means that school systems with at least 40 percent of students living in poverty can now apply to offer universal free meals.
  • Feds approve Corbett's Pa. Medicaid expansion proposal

    09/02/2014 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Philly.vom ^ | August 30, 2014 | Amy Worden
    Ending a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs. The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.
  • US lawmakers condemn crackdown on China's minority Muslims

    07/11/2008 9:15:45 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 143+ views
    AFP ^ | July 12 08
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers on Friday "strongly condemned" what they called Beijing's harsh pre-Olympic crackdown in China's Muslim-populated far northwest Xinjiang region. The bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in a statement cited "credible" reports about a July 9 conviction in a closed trial of 15 minority Muslim Uighurs on terrorism charges that led to "the immediate execution of two" of them. Three others were given suspended death sentences and the remaining 10 received life imprisonment, it said. These are "abuses of due process and rule of law," said caucus co-chairmen Democrat Jim McGovern and Republican Frank...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • Houston Leads Nation for Illegal Immigrant Minors' Destination

    08/29/2014 4:01:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Kristin Tate
    many unaccompanied alien children (UAC) were set free in various counties across the country. More were released in Texas' Harris County--in which Houston is located--than any other county in the nation. ... Dallas County received the second most UAC in Texas ... Educating the foreign minors will not be cheap; David Anderson, the Texas Education Agency General Counsel, recently pointed out that due to cultural differences and language barriers, it will be more costly to education immigrant children than it is to educate students who are U.S. citizens. In Texas, more than $45 million will be spent educating the UAC...
  • State Rep. McCarter hosts global warming hearing

    08/28/2014 11:04:25 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 13 replies
    For many scientists, educators, environmental activists and citizens, the topic of global warming and climate change is alarming. Many agree change is the offset — change in how we live, our legislation and how people are educated about the issue. During a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing about global warming and climate change hosted by state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-154, Aug. 26, professors, a meteorologist, state representatives, representatives from local environmental agencies and residents filled Curtis Hall in Cheltenham Township to listen, question and offer solutions, to what many say is an issue that needs be addressed now. “Numerous studies...
  • A woman’s prized life-size Obama statue was stolen—and she was so distressed she went to a hospital

    08/28/2014 5:47:00 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 96 replies
    Tiffany Bruce of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania had saved up for months to buy a life-size Barack Obama statue for her front porch — and then someone stole it. The loss of the statue, which cost a whopping $1,249, sent Bruce to the hospital, WNEP reports. “I just wanted to wait until I got it on sale, so I started buying my furniture before I purchased the statue, but I had to have it,” said Bruce. “I peeked my head out the door and Obama’s gone and I kind of went into a panic. I couldn’t breathe, and I had to go...
  • Self-Styled Satanic Serial Killer Pleads Guilty to Pennsylvania Death

    08/28/2014 12:41:51 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | AUG. 27, 2014 | nbcnews
    Miranda Kamille Barbour, the self-proclaimed Satanist who claimed to have killed almost two dozen people, unexpectedly pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man she and her husband lured to his death through an online ad. Her husband, Elytte Randle Barbour, who'd been scheduled to testify against her at trial, also pleaded guilty. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, 22, had pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide, aggravated assault and numerous other charges in the stabbing and strangling of Troy LaFerrara, 42, who was found dead in an alley in November...
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • Pickens: Pennsylvania natural gas production approaching that of Texas

    08/27/2014 5:55:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Sam Kusic
    The oil and gas industry is the most dynamic industry in the U.S. and will remain so for a long time, according to T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, who spoke Monday during Gov. Tom Corbett's Jobs 1st Summit in Pittsburgh. "What an opportunity for our country with 30 of our states being producing states," he said. Pickens said the country should take advantage of its energy resources and convert its fleet of commercial heavy-duty trucks over to natural gas. And it should form a strategic energy alliance with Canada and Mexico. Those two things he said could...
  • Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

    08/26/2014 10:41:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/26/2014 | Nick Sibilla
    Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home. The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they’re fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power. Back in March, Chris’s son was caught selling $40 worth of drugs outside of the home. With...
  • Fate of fine wine in Arthur Goldman's case is uncertain ($125K of Wine Down the Drain?)

    08/24/2014 1:28:47 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 08/22/2014 | Tricia L. Nadolny
    The lawyer who peddled fine wines from his Main Line home made out with probation and community service. His wine might not fare as well. Police want to destroy the 2,426 bottles they seized in January from Arthur Goldman's Malvern home, the typical fate for bootleg booze. But this collection is not a typical bounty. It's far more valuable.
  • Ex-CIA Officer: 'There Are ISIS Sleeper Cells In This Country'

    08/22/2014 9:33:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Cathy Burke
    A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil. ... former CIA officer Bob Baer told the network ISIS is already on this side of the Atlantic. "I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country," he said. ... Islamic State fighters suggest their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is planning something for the West – and that attacks could take place through sleeper cells in both Europe and the United States. “The West are idiots and fools," one fighter taunted, according...
  • 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...