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  • Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing, supporters say

    03/30/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 70 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.
  • Video captures man pummeled by mob at Philadelphia subway station

    03/23/2015 4:07:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03/22/2015 | staff
    A violent mob ambushed a Philadelphia man while he was sitting on a subway platform in a vicious attack caught on video. Police are now searching for the dozen or so young men who are seen suddenly swarming around the unsuspecting victim Thursday evening at the SEPTA Walnut-Locust Station. One young man is seen smiling as he and several others, many wearing backpacks, comes up behind the victim around 4:14 p.m. on the northbound Broad Street Line platform. He and another suspect then leaps on him, kicking and punching from above as the rest incredibly follow suit.
  • Passerby With Concealed Carry Permit Stops Slaughter In Philly

    03/23/2015 7:19:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 3/23/2015 | Bob Owens
    If you ask a concealed handgun permit holder why they choose to carry a concealed weapon all of the time, they’ll sometimes dryly reply that it’s because criminals are rarely considerate enough to put their deadly crimes on the intended victim’s calendar. Such was the case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania yesterday, when a man with a concealed carry permit heard gun shots as he passed by a barbershop, ran in, and stopped a massacre in the making by shooting a man who had opened fire on employees and customers
  • There Is No Republican Middle

    03/23/2015 6:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaled · 29 replies
    Esquire ^ | 03-19-2015 | Charles Pierce
    Already, we have the greatest video of the 2016 presidential election cycle. Rick Santorum -- And have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick Rick Santorum is? -- was down in the home office of American Sedition for one of those mock "summits" designed to lift the wallets of terrified caucasian separatists. A lady got up in the audience, opened her mouth to speak, and huge bats flew out. Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this Communist dictator destroy my country? Y'all know what he is and I know what he is. I want him out of the...
  • Ex-Penn State president Spanier files defamation suit against Freeh

    03/21/2015 6:02:21 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 03/18/2015 | Karen Langley
    Former Penn State president Graham Spanier on Wednesday filed a defamation complaint against Louis Freeh over claims made in the former FBI director’s searing report on the Sandusky case. An attorney for Mr. Spanier in 2013 had indicated the intention to bring a suit but asked the courts to stay the case because of criminal charges pending against the former university administrator. With pretrial issues on appeal, Mr. Spanier decided to move forward with his civil complaint, said Libby Locke, one of his attorneys. “The criminal trial is basically on hold for now,” she said. “Dr. Spanier is anxious to...
  • Perry, Cruz to speak at NRA meeting

    03/20/2015 10:02:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 7:09 a.m. CST March 3, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Several potential Republican candidates for president are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville in April. The speakers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The NRA's annual meeting takes place April 10-12, and the GOP politicians are scheduled to appear as part of an event put on by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.
  • 15-year-old boy arrested, another teen sought in Overbrook murder

    03/20/2015 3:40:29 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    Police have announced charges against two 15-year-old boys in the murder of James Stuhlman, who was shot and killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section last week. One of those boys remains and large, and is considered by police to be armed and dangerous. Police say they have in custody 15-year-old Brandon Smith. He has been charged with murder, robbery and related charges. A warrant has been issued for 15-year-old Tyfine Hamilton - the alleged gunman. Hamilton is also charged with murder, robbery, and related offenses. Lesser charges are expected to be filed against a third boy, who...
  • Two 15-year-olds to be charged with murdering dog walker (and a 14 yr old)

    03/19/2015 3:49:33 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 47 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 03/19/2015 | Matt Gelb
    The three Overbrook boys, armed with a gun and fresh from a game of basketball, searched for their target, police said. It was 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday. The boys - ages 14, 15, and 15 - first eyed a man and his dog. Then Jim Stuhlman appeared on the 6400 block of Woodcrest Avenue with his labradoodle, Molly. Stuhlman, 51, was older than the first man. And Molly, the boys later told police, looked "weak or soft
  • Penn State fraternity suspended over alleged nude Facebook pictures

    03/18/2015 6:24:38 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 14 replies
    cnn.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Ray Sanchez
    A Pennsylvania State University fraternity has been suspended after allegedly posting on a private Facebook page compromising photos of women, including some who appeared to be asleep or passed out. The suspension of Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) fraternity comes as State College Police as well as university officials investigate the fraternity's alleged use of the online page with up to 144 active members, including current and former students. "No arrests are being made at this time," State College Police Lt. Keith Robb said. "Unfortunately, we aren't able to identify any suspects right now because the accounts on Facebook were sanitized,...
  • Penn State Professor Arrested For Ranting and Yelling About “U.S Imperialism”

    03/17/2015 8:51:15 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 83 replies
    Pennsylvania woman was arrested at Miami International Airport for allegedly being disorderly on a flight and not complying with the flight crew, according to a police report. Karen Halnon, 52, was on an American Airlines flight headed from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami on Saturday. Officials and passengers said Halnon, a Penn State University professor, started ranting about halfway through her two and a half hour flight. “The United States has declared war on Venezuela! The United States has declared war on Venezuela!” the woman repeatedly said, according to iPhone footage shot by a fellow passenger. “Venezuela has been declared an...
  • Gun-toting advocates rally in Lower Merion; official says it's "an armed occupation.

    03/15/2015 1:09:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 03/15/2015 | Justine McDaniel,
    Several dozen gun-rights supporters descended on a Lower Merion park Sunday afternoon in a peaceful show of force protesting a local gun ordinance. The rule does not ban legal guns from parks, but rally organizers say it is vaguely written and should be repealed. Some said it is illegal. Demonstrators carried firearms in Bala Cynwyd Park. Gun-control advocates said earlier they would avoid the demonstration. Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian McGuire declared the rally an "armed occupation
  • Club for Growth gives Ted Cruz, Mike Lee perfect marks

    02/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Washington Time ^ | Monday, February 24, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The conservative Club For Growth released its annual scorecard for 2013 on Monday, bestowing two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and four GOP congressmen with 100 percent ratings for their voting records “based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.”The four congressmen with perfect ratings for 2013 are Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona and Tom McClintock of California. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan got a 99 percent rating in 2013 “but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore,” the group said.“2013 saw...
  • Senator slams Penn State plan for Weather Underground speech (William Ayers)

    03/13/2015 5:36:41 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    AP via Allentown Morning Call ^ | 03/13/2015 | 03/13/2015
    Penn State's president should cancel plans to have a co-founder of the violent anti-war group the Weather Underground speak on campus next week, the state Senate's presiding officer said Friday. cComments Got something to say? Start the conversation and be the first to comment. ADD A COMMENT 0 President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Jefferson County Republican, told university president Eric Barron in a letter he wants to know how much it is costing the university to host Bill Ayers next week. "The decision to allow Mr. Ayers to address your students and faculty in light of his violent past...
  • Philadelphia transit authority ordered to run pro-Israel group's Hitler ad [with Grand Mufti]

    03/13/2015 3:41:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | 3-13-15
    Philadelphia’s transit system has been ordered to accept provocative ads that include a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader after a federal judge ruled in favour of a pro-Israel group’s free-speech lawsuit. The proposed bus ads carry a tagline saying: “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran”. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority believes the ads violate “minimal civility standards” and will consider an appeal. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on Wednesday’s ruling by US district judge Mitchell Goldberg. The ad in question features a photograph of a 1941 meeting between Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, described...
  • Pa. Senator Proposes Automatic Voter Registration Law

    03/12/2015 8:47:55 PM PDT · by MilesVeritatis · 17 replies
    ABC 27 News (WHTM) ^ | 03/11/2015 | Myles Snyder
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania senator says he plans to introduce a bill that would automatically register people to vote when they use the services of certain state agencies. Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) said his proposal would essentially change Pennsylvania’s voter registration system from an “opt-in” system to an “opt-out” system. Pennsylvanians currently may fill out voter registration forms when they apply for public benefits, services or licenses through the Department of Transportation and other state agencies. Under his proposed legislation, Hughes said the state agencies would automatically collect voting-related information with the application and electronically send it to...
  • Man rolls in dog waste to try avoiding arrest; plan fails

    03/11/2015 5:24:32 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    Police say a Pennsylvania man dropped to the ground and rolled around in dog waste to avoid being arrested for public drunkenness, but he was taken into custody anyway.
  • Up to 44 years for man in fatal Pittsburgh police dog stabbing

    03/10/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | uncredited
    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog has been sentenced to 17 years, 9 months to 44 years in prison. A judge said Tuesday that John Lewis Rush must also serve 8 years of probation following his release. Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic reports the judge sentenced John Rush on each charge and the sentence will run consecutively. The 22-year-old Stowe Township resident was convicted in December of torturing a police animal, aggravated assault on the dog's handler, who was stabbed in a shoulder, and three other officers and other offenses. Police say Rush stabbed the dog in...
  • Fears for 20-year-old woman who went missing three days ago after her car broke down (PA)

    03/10/2015 5:26:03 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 7 replies
    dailymail.com.uk ^ | March 9, 2015 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    A 20-year-old woman has been missing from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for three days, after her car allegedly broke down on the side of the road. Deirdre Magolon was last seen leaving her Royersford home around 6:40 and 7pm on Friday. At 11:30pm that same night, authorities found Magolon's 2005 black Mazda 'abandoned and unoccupied on eastbound Route 422 near King of Prussia - about a 20 minute drive from her home. Family members believe her car broke down, and says she didn't have a phone on her at the time. Magolon hasn't been seen since, Upper Providence Township police say....
  • Pennsylvania’s new Dem Governor may tax his state out of the energy boom

    03/09/2015 6:43:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Unlike its foolish neighbors to the north in New York, Pennsylvania has been enjoying the fruits of the energy boom for several years now. Natural gas drilling in particular has been paying benefits to the government and the citizens, with thousands of new jobs and all of the secondary growth which is associated with higher employment levels. In November of last year, however, the citizens of the Keystone State decided to oust incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett and replace him with Democrat Tom Wolf. Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to what one of the new guy’s...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Police Officer Gunned Down During Attempted Robbery Inside North Philly GameStop

    03/05/2015 7:54:02 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 10 replies
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | 03/05/2015 | David Chang
    Philadelphia police are in mourning after the loss of one of their own. Officer Robert Wilson III, an 8-year veteran with the 22nd District, died from his injuries after he was shot several times from two sides during an attempted robbery inside a North Philadelphia GameStop.
  • Police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia dies

    03/05/2015 7:11:02 PM PST · by PROCON · 58 replies
    6abc.com ^ | March 5, 2015
    NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia has died and two people have been taken into custody. The shooting occurred around 4:45 p.m. Thursday in a shopping center at the intersection of West Lehigh Avenue and North 21st Street. Officer Robert Wilson III, a 22nd district officer, was shot three times, once in the head, once in the chest and once in the eye.
  • Nutter proposes hiking property taxes by 9.3 percent Read more at

    Mayor Nutter will ask City Council on Thursday to approve a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes to fund the beleaguered School District. In his final budget address as mayor, Nutter will ask Council - in an election year - to approve a $3.95 billion spending plan that would raise property owners' taxes by hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Currently, the tax bill for a home assessed at the median of $113,000 is $1,112. If Nutter's proposal was approved, it would go up to $1,216. Details of the budget were disclosed to Council members Wednesday morning in...
  • Poll: Walker and Bush lead crowded GOP field

    03/05/2015 3:59:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Politico | March 5, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush head a crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates in the latest national poll released Thursday. Walker, the Wisconsin governor, polls at 18 percent, and Bush, the former Florida governor, is at 16 percent. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 8 percent each; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent each; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 5 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 2 percent; and South Carolina Sen....
  • Delta's Trainer Refinery Calls In Federal Mediator, Hoping To Avoid Strike's Spread To Northeast

    03/04/2015 9:56:57 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jeff Reed
    At Delta Airlines' Philadelphia refinery, the local chapter of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) and Monroe Energy (a Delta subsidiary) have called in a federal mediator to resuscitate talks between the two parties in the hopes of averting the spread of the largest US oil worker strike in 35 years to the US east coast. National negotiations between Shell (on behalf of the oil companies) and the USW are set to resume Wednesday. In April 2012, Delta acquired the Trainer refinery (located near Philadelphia in Delaware County, PA) from Phillips 66 through subsidiary Monroe Energy for $180 million . The...
  • Harrisburg residents freed from school property taxes in Wolf's budget plan

    03/03/2015 8:55:57 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 14 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 3, 2015 | Christine Vendel
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday drastically changes education funding and represents a windfall for Harrisburg residents, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The new governor's proposal completely wipes out school property taxes for Harrisburg homeowners. School taxes currently represent the bulk of homeowners' property taxes. "This is news everyone in Harrisburg needs to hear," said Papenfuse, who could hardly contain his enthusiasm. Harrisburg was among several distressed cities whose residents would get to zero out their school property taxes. Specifically, Harrisburg is in line for a 155-percent property tax reduction. That means the state would provide relief representing...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • (Democrat Governor) Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

    03/03/2015 1:07:25 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 26 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 3, 2015 | Karen Langley
    Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to call today for the Republican-controlled General Assembly to send him a budget that boosts state education funding and provides relief for school district property taxes while raising the rates of the sales and personal income taxes. His plan for doing so includes a proposal to raise the personal income tax rate in July 2015 from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent, while increasing the eligibility for a poverty exemption, according to a briefing document prepared by the administration. He will propose increasing the state sales tax in July 2016 from 6 to 6.6 percent while...
  • Olbermann Returns to ESPN After Suspension, Apologizes for ‘Stupid’ Tweets

    03/02/2015 7:22:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 03/02/2015 | Josh Feldman
    video Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN tonight after a short suspension for a tweet last week that looked like he was being insensitive to Penn State students who raised millions to fight pediatric cancer.Olbermann likened Twitter to batting practice, where people are so eager to be “one of those screaming baseballs” flinging themselves at something outrageous without looking at the context.But he didn’t excuse himself in all this, saying, “I was not a victim here. I brought this on myself. This is my fault.”Olbermann saw a tweet from a Penn State fan, and didn’t know there was a link...
  • Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling

    03/01/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road. The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.” He is its chief and sole officer. He is a force of one. And...
  • It's a new day at the Flower Show (When Liberals Get Mugged)

    02/28/2015 8:53:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/28/2015 | Ronnie Polaneczky
    I HAVE A FAVOR to ask of the union members who've been picketing the Pennsylvania Convention Center: Leave the Philadelphia Flower Show alone. As in for real, guys. If you're planning to disrupt the show the way some members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters disrupted the Philadelphia Auto Show on Feb. 7 - don't argue they didn't; we're not idiots - please just don't.
  • ISIS suspects had connections in Philly, Dover

    02/26/2015 4:22:50 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 2 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/26/2015 | Michael Matza, Jeremy Roebuck and Dylan Purcell
    A man accused by federal authorities of attempting to funnel fighters and financial aid to the terrorist group ISIS had connections to Philadelphia and nearby Delaware. Up until August, Abror Habibov lived in a garden-apartment complex on Dover's Greenway Square and operated a cellphone repair kiosk at the Dover Mall, according to police and public records. The business was one of a string of kitchenware and repair kiosks Habibov, 30, ran at malls in Philadelphia and other cities along the East Coast, according to court filing
  • Wolf tax proposal puts Beaver County Shell plant at risk

    02/26/2015 7:28:10 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 27 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | David Conti
    Royal Dutch Shell warned Gov. Tom Wolf that policies which hurt gas production could affect the company's decision on whether to build a multibillion-dollar plant in Beaver County to turn ethane into plastics, the head of a gas industry group said Wednesday. “I sat in a meeting with Gov. Wolf in August, where leadership from Shell looked the now-governor directly in the eye and said, ‘If you jeopardize the ethane supply, we likely don't invest here,' ” Marcellus Shale Coalition President David Spigelmyer told Tribune-Review editors and reporters. “That's a big deal. We need to make sure we have opportunities...
  • Fattah Jr.'s Dreamchasers plan may now be his nightmare

    02/25/2015 5:01:20 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/25/2015 | WILLIAM BENDER
    --SNIP-- Fattah Jr.'s previous businesses - the government contends that they were mostly scams - include Boy Genius Web Design, a high-end concierge service called American Royalty and a photo company called Fattahgraphy. He's earned money over the years by defrauding wealthy "clients" and taking photos for the Congressional Black Caucus and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus, prosecutors said.
  • Fracking pushes New York towns to consider secession, join Pennsylvania

    02/25/2015 5:10:42 AM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    NEWSDAY ^ | February 22, 2015 | NEWSDAY
    ...According to WBNG in Binghamton, 15 New York towns in the southern tier of the state are considering seceding from New York and joining neighboring Pennsylvania because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fracking ban. A local group called upstate New York Towns Association is examining whether such a plan is possible, and if it's worth the cost. James Finch, Conklin Town supervisor, told Capital New York that "everybody over the border has new cars, new four-wheelers, new snowmobiles," because of the stronger economy in Pennsylvania, which allows fracking.
  • Secession talk in New York State continues: 4 counties upstate pondering adoption by Pennsylvania.

    02/24/2015 8:45:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Lawmakers in fifteen towns across four counties in upstate New York are pondering the possibility of seceding from the Empire State and being adopted by Pennsylvania. Fifteen towns in upstate New York have expressed interest in secession after the state banned fracking, according to an interest group researching the economic benefits of such a move.The Upstate New York Towns Association said 15 towns expressed interest breaking away to join Pennsylvania, which allows fracking, according to television station WBNG. Although the group declined to name specific towns involved in the effort, WBNG reported the towns are located in Broome, Delaware, Tioga...
  • US prisons outsource inmate healthcare to private companies. My son died in their care

    02/24/2015 7:54:55 AM PST · by redreno · 86 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | 02/24/2015 | Tomi Lynn Harris
    One pill. I lost my son over one pill. On the first Saturday in January this year, my son arrived at the Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania. On Monday – not long after midnight – he was declared dead by Mercy Hospital. If the guards and the Corizon staff (a for-profit correctional healthcare company) at the hospital had been willing to provide him with the medicine that he needed to stay alive, he would not have died. You see, my son had seizures. The last major seizure he had was so bad that he bit off a piece of his...
  • DA Kearney: Wolf's death penalty moratorium a slap to victims' families

    02/17/2015 5:34:41 PM PST · by lightman · 29 replies
    The York Dispatcj ^ | 17 February AD 2015 | Thomas L. Kearney, Sr.
    After much thought and careful consideration, I am deeply saddened and disturbed at the actions taken by our governor this past Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf elected to place his own personal beliefs above the law of this commonwealth. As an elected district attorney, I took an oath to uphold the constitution of our commonwealth as well as the Constitution of the United States of America. Gov. Wolf recently took a similar oath; however, he has decided to usurp the roles of our Legislature, our courts, and the will of the people of this commonwealth. What Gov. Wolf does not understand...
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the party’s nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" — establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...