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  • Philly cigarette tax a boon for Bucks border businesses

    10/20/2014 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times. ^ | 10/20/2014 | Jo Ciavaglia
    ---SNIP--- What’s the draw at this Bensalem store? Cigarettes, some priced at under $6 a pack. No more than a mile away in Philadelphia, the same cigarettes cost more than $8. “We used to get between 300 and 400 cartons of cigarettes every other night. Now, we’re getting about 1,500 cartons. I would say sales have gone up from about 2,000 packs a day to between 4,000 and 4,500 packs daily,” inventory manager Jim Watson said. That adds up at least $24,000 a day in sales, an increase of $12,000-plus since nearby Philadelphia increased its tax on a pack of...
  • Police: Woman spotted suspected cop killer in woods with gun and mud on face

    10/20/2014 9:25:51 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.18.2014 | Fox News
    The search for a Pennsylvania state trooper’s accused killer took on new urgency Saturday after a woman told police she spotted the man in a wooded area with his face caked in mud and carrying a rifle. State police said the new sighting appears to be highly credible because it took place near the Pocono Mountain East High School where survivalist Eric Frein attended classes. The woman told authorities she saw Frein dressed all in black a little after 9 p.m. Friday and that the distance between them was only 15 or 20 feet.
  • New poll finds Corbett closing to 7 points Read more at

    10/20/2014 7:50:05 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 6 replies
    A new survey shows Gov. Tom Corbett (R) trailing Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, 49 percent to 42 percent, the tightest margin between the two candidates in any public poll so far. The poll, released Friday by the news website Keystone Report, was conducted by Magellan Strategies, a GOP-leaning research firm based in Baton Rouge, La. It suggests a much closer race than other recent surveys, and is in line with what Pennsylvania Republicans say they have been seeing in private polls. A poll conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5 by Quinnipiac University, for instance, found that Wolf was leading...
  • Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

    10/20/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals. Two nurses caring for an Ebola patient flown into...
  • In Ferguson, activists in search of a revolution

    10/19/2014 4:59:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 19, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    FERGUSON, Missouri — It took seven University of Pennsylvania students piled into a rental van nearly 16 hours to drive to St. Louis. They had raised $600 in three days from a Go Fund Me account that was supposed to last them through the weekend. They slept wherever they could crash for free — the basement of a St. Louis couple’s home, or packed on the floor of a church at night. But once in Ferguson, it was nothing like the war zone they had seen splashed on their television screens exactly two months earlier. Instead of armored vehicles blocking...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 October 2014

    10/19/2014 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 146 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 19th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert...
  • Top Liberian Official Tells City Council Air Travel Ban Would Only Make Ebola Crisis Worse

    10/18/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 10/18/2014 | Mike Dunn
    he growing cry for a complete ban on air travel to those countries most stricken by Ebola prompted an emotional plea this past week in Philadelphia by a top Liberian official. She says a ban would be “a death sentence.” City Council members heard from Gurly Gibson, an official at the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s situation is dire and that officials believe a halt to air travel would only make things worse. “It is going to be a death sentence, just thinking about halting all flights going in, because it will only escalate the...
  • Democrat Lawmaker Credits Concealed Carry With Saving Two Lives

    10/17/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 10/17/2014 | Bob Owens
    A pair of Pennsylvania State Democratic Representatives are alive today because one of them was able to draw and fire his concealed weapon, driving an armed robber away: A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near the Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun. State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun, said he believes he probably would have been killed if he had not used the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 pistol that he conceals...
  • AP analysis: Top donors in (PA) gubernatorial campaign

    10/16/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 11 replies
    TOP 10 DONORS TO TOM CORBETT 1. Republican Governors' Association, $5.85 million 2. John M. Templeton Jr., president and CEO, Templeton Foundation, $920,000 3. Republican Party of Pennsylvania, $352,000 4. John S. Middleton, former owner, John Middleton Inc., $300,000 5. Pennsylvania Future Fund political action committee, $276,500 6. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner, Interstate General Media (parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News), $252,000 7. Terrence M. Pegula, president and CEO, East Resources, $250,000 8. Albert Boscov, chairman and CEO, Boscov's Department Store LLC, $150,000 9. Lance Shaner, CEO, Shaner Enterprises, $150,000 10. A. Ross Myers, CEO, American Infrastructure,...
  • Video: This Is What the Streets of Philadelphia Look Like After... (Obama Care Hits)

    10/16/2014 4:57:34 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jason Howerton
    Protesters flooded the streets of Philadelphia on Thursday to protest the School Reform Commission’s recent decision to cancel the teachers’ union contract. Officials say the move will require members to pay into their medical plan and should save the School District of Philadelphia about $50 million a year. But parents, teachers and even students reportedly joined forces to protest the decision, where they completely blocked off Broad Street, where the SRC is scheduled to meet on Thursday night.
  • Michelle Obama Mocks Democratic Voters: 'I Ain’t Going to Vote... I Couldn’t Wake Up'

    10/16/2014 9:43:46 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10-16-2014 | Jeryl Bier
    October 16, 2014 Michelle Obama Mocks Democratic Voters: 'I Ain’t Going to Vote... I Couldn’t Wake Up' by Jeryl Bier In speeches designed to fire up Democrats to vote in midterm elections, President Obama has at times described voters in his party as having a "congenital defect." Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama suggested the problem might just be that they're sleepy.Mrs. Obama spoke at a rally in Philadelphia for the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf. In an effort to boost turnout in November, the first lady told the crowd that she runs across voters "who are like, no, I ain’t going to...
  • Two State Lawmakers Exchange Gunfire With Would-Be Robber

    10/15/2014 9:12:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Two Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania traded gunfire with a would-be robber Tuesday night near the state capitol in Harrisburg. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rep. Marty Flynn of Luzerne and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie were heading home from dinner at around 11 p.m. when a man approached them. The assailant “pointed a gun first at Flynn and then at Bizzarro and demanded their wallets,” The Inquirer reports. A second man was reportedly issuing instructions to the gunman from across the street. According to the state’s Democratic Caucus, Flynn, a former corrections officer, pulled out his own weapon and “exchanged...
  • Rx for Pa. Dems' turnout worries: Michelle Obama

    10/15/2014 7:56:13 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 7 replies
    First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged a partisan crowd in Northwest Philadelphia to "step up" and work to elect Democrat Tom Wolf governor. Her visit was aimed at fighting off a worry of party strategists - that Wolf's solid and long-standing lead in the polls, coupled with the typical midterm falloff in turnout among core Democratic voters, could be disastrous Nov. 4. "If we want change here in Pennsylvania, then we need to take responsibility," Obama told several hundred cheering people at a morning rally at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in East Mount Airy. President Obama, too, will come...
  • Pa. legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber near Capitol

    10/15/2014 11:49:56 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 10/15/2014 | uncredited byline
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday. Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner with other legislators when two males accosted them and demanded their wallets just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Flynn is a former Lackawanna County prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun. He drew his pistol and fired during the attempted holdup. At least one of the two would-be robbers was armed, police said, but neither Flynn nor the...
  • Two lawmakers involved in shoot-out with robbers near Capitol

    10/15/2014 10:23:45 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 20 replies
    Two Democratic Pennsylvania lawmakers escaped harm Tuesday night when one of them engaged in a shootout with a would-be robber on a street four blocks from the state Capitol in Harrisburg, officials said. Rep. Marty Flynn (Luzerne), a former corrections officer, traded the gunfire with the robber after he and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (Erie) were stopped on their way back to their Harrisburg residence. Four teenagers were charged in the holdup Tuesday night after the two alleged assailants were caught a few blocks away. Two additional teenagers were arrested as accomplices following an investigation, Harrisburg police said Wednesday. Arrested were...
  • Pocono property taxes are worst in Pa.

    10/14/2014 5:09:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Oct 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM | David Pierce
    Pennsylvania property tax relief should be targeted to taxpayers in the few school districts—most particularly in Monroe County—with the highest tax burdens, without completely eliminating school property taxes statewide, says a new report. High property taxes are a problem in only 30 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center report released last week. Monroe County’s four school districts rank among the top five districts statewide for percentage of taxable household income going to pay property taxes. […] The average total property tax bill in Monroe County is between $3,000 and $4,000. Households in the...
  • Helen Novak, 90, was viciously beaten to death by a 10-year-old boy, police say

    10/14/2014 4:29:05 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | October 14, 2104 | Christian Savoy
    A 10-year-old boy has been charged with criminal homicide after he brutally beat 90-year-old Helen Novak to death. Tristen Kurilla, apparently angry because the 90-year-old woman shouted at him, hooked a cane around Novak's neck and then held her down and beat her to death while she was in bed, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said today that they have charged the child as an adult for the murder of Helen Novak, a woman who was under the care of the child's grandfather. The Associated Press reported that the incident occurred on Saturday when the boy was visiting his grandfather's house...
  • TOM WOLF HAS NO IDEA WHY HE HAS NO IDEA ABOUT THE SPECIFICS OF HIS 188% INCOME TAX HIKE

    10/14/2014 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 72 replies
    HARRISBURG – The Corbett-Cawley campaign today drew attention to Secretary Tom Wolf’s ever-evolving excuses as to why he cannot provide the details on his plan to raise the income tax rate by 188 percent. Wolf embraces his inner-Nancy Pelosi in his latest excuse, arguing that the voters are not allowed to see what is in his tax plan until the election is over.
  • Police: Behavioral analysis suggests trooper's killer looking to strike again if he has chance

    10/14/2014 12:19:47 PM PDT · by dware · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.14.2014 | AP via Fox News
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police fear the man suspected of killing one trooper and wounding a second is looking to strike again. Police Commissioner Frank Noonan spoke about the more than monthlong effort to capture Eric Frein (freen) after updating lawmakers at the state Capitol.
  • 10-Year-Old Charged as Adult in Death of Woman, 90

    10/14/2014 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 94 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    State Police have arrested a 10-year-old boy and charged him as an adult in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Authorities say the boy was visiting his grandfather, the woman's caretaker, on Saturday when the woman shouted at the child for entering her room. They say he punched her in the throat numerous times.
  • PA Lawmakers support rising cost of Frein manhunt

    10/14/2014 5:13:13 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 31 replies
    ABC News WHTM ^ | October 13, 2014 | Dennis Owens
    It is likely the most intense manhunt in the history of the Pennsylvania State Police, which insists it will spend every waking moment to find Eric Frein, the man they believe ambushed two of their own. But that's not all they're spending. Three hundred troopers a day are filling the woods in Pike and Monroe Counties in a 24-7 search for Frein that began more than a month ago. State police say they don't have cost estimates but calculations by the Allentown Morning-Call show that PSP is spending $1.1 million a week just in added labor costs. Throw in hundreds...
  • Army Vet to Knife-Wielding Man at Pathmark: 'I don't want to shoot you'

    10/13/2014 6:04:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Monday, October 13, 2014 | Morgan Zalot
    William Lawler didn't want to shoot the man who threatened his girlfriend and him with a 13-inch knife Sunday outside a Pathmark store near his Northeast Philadelphia home. But even after Lawler, 38, an Army veteran and longtime firearms instructor, showed his 9mm Glock, the knife-wielding madman didn't want to back down. "At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop. The last time, I said, 'I don't want to shoot you, but I will,' " Lawler said Monday, recounting the bizarre run-in outside the supermarket, on Frankford Avenue near Megargee Street near Holmesburg. "Then, after I shot him,...
  • Frein fled earlier prosecution on theft charges

    10/13/2014 12:39:50 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 5 replies
    The Citizens Voice ^ | October 1, 2014 | Terrie Morgan-Besecker
    This isn’t the first time Eric Matthew Frein fled to avoid prosecution. The Canandensis man suspected of gunning down two Pennsylvania state troopers was set to go to trial in Schuyler County, New York on theft charges on April 6, 2006. But when the case was called, it was learned he had fled — possibly to the very same woods police say he has now taken refuge as he continues to elude the massive manhunt. The decision to skip his New York trial cost Frein 109 days in jail for a charge the prosecutor in the case, Matthew Hayden, said...
  • Eric Frein manhunt costs $1.1 million per week

    10/13/2014 6:57:42 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 38 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Jason Molinet
    The manhunt for accused Pennsylvania cop-killer Eric Frein is costing at least $1.1 million per week and has drawn in 300 troopers. Frein, 31, a self-described survivalist and military reenactor, has been hiding out in eastern Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountain region after he allegedly gunned down one state trooper and wounded another on Sept. 12. Up to 150 state police working in 12-hour shifts have been searching the steep, rocky and wooded terrain for five weeks, the Allentown Morning Call reported. But authorities may catch a break with the change in seasons. Price Township locals are already reporting a thinning of...
  • For Second Time, High School Forced to Reverse Ban on Christian Student Group

    10/12/2014 9:46:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 12, 2014 | Gabriella Morrongiello
    High school students in Long Island, N.Y., were recently denied the right to establish a club for Christian students by their school administrators. This marks the second time they’ve run into trouble. Last year, John Raney, a 17-year-old student at Ward Melville High School, created Students United in Faith as an extracurricular club where Christian and non-Christian students could come together to discuss faith and pursue hunger-relief charity projects. “I wanted to start the club because I thought it would provide a safe space for Christians to meet and talk about their faith,” Raney told Fox News. Administrators at Raney’s...
  • Asset seizures fuel police spending

    10/12/2014 8:53:49 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 119 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2014 | Robert O'Harrow Jr., Steven Rich
    Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles. Stop and Seize: In recent years, thousands of people have had cash confiscated by police without being charged with crimes. The Post looks at the police culture behind the seizures and the people who were forced to fight the government to get their money back. “In tight budget periods, and even in times of budget surpluses, using...
  • Philadelphia Eagles give teen battling cancer one-day contract

    10/11/2014 12:20:54 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 10/11/2014 | staff
    The Philadelphia Eagles, in conjunction with Ronald McDonald House, have made the day for Colin Delaney, a 15-year-old battling leukemia. The Eagles gave the former middle school fullback a one-day contract and invited him to sit on the bench for Sunday night's game with the division rival New York Giants. Delaney was given his contract by Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, who presented the teen with a No. 1 jersey with his name on it.
  • Halloween Canceled in PA Town Due to Eric Frein Manhunt

    10/11/2014 11:01:11 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 51 replies
    WPVI ^ | 10/10/2014 | ABC News
    A Pennsylvania town has banned trick-or-treating this year while hundreds of law enforcement officials search nearby woods for accused cop killer Eric Frein. The Barrett Township said its annual Halloween parade and 5K Scarecrow Race are canceled indefinitely, and trick-or-treating is banned this year, as the dragnet for Frein is now in its fourth week. The suspect is believed to be hiding out in thick woods near the town. "This parade is probably one of the biggest events that the town has every year," Ralph Megliola, chairman of the township's Board of Supervisors, told ABC News today. "Everyone looks forward...
  • Lost Electricity Generation Capacity 7X Higher Than EPA Estimates

    10/10/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Power plants generating 72 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in 37 states have either closed or are scheduled to shut their doors to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, according to the Institute for Energy Research (IER). The loss of generating capacity is “over seven times the amount originally predicted by EPA modeling,” IER’s updated report, released October 7, noted. “Originally, EPA calculated that only 9.5 GW of electrical generating capacity would close as a result of its MATS (Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (Cross State Air Pollution Rule) rules,” the report stated. “Before President Obama’s...
  • Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree after plagiarism finding ( Montana )

    10/10/2014 5:13:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | October 10, 2014
    The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, a college spokeswoman said. ... The board found that then Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his Master's Degree and status as graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," War College spokeswoman Carol Kerr said in a statement.
  • Cruz rallies Kansas conservatives

    10/09/2014 9:26:50 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 56 replies
    The Hill (.com) ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    WICHITA, Kan. — Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) waded into the Kansas Senate race Thursday, touting beleaguered Republican incumbent Pat Roberts as the contest’s only true conservative. The conservative hero's support is crucial as Roberts tries to energize his campaign and ward off a challenge from well-funded independent Greg Orman in a race that could jeopardize the GOP's hopes of winning Senate control. Cruz vouched for Roberts despite raising money earlier in the cycle for the Madison Project, a conservative group that supported Roberts’s primary challenger Milton Wolf. Wolf has not yet endorsed Roberts in the general election....
  • Survivalist, suspected cop killer Eric Frein’s college records eyed by authorities

    10/10/2014 11:17:23 AM PDT · by dware · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.10.2014 | Cristina Corbin
    Stroudsburg, Pa. – When survivalist and alleged cop killer Eric Frein's photo appeared in the local paper as an ongoing manhunt unfolded in the rugged terrain of northeastern Pennsylvania, something jogged Lawrence Squeri's memory. The name and face were dimly familiar to the retired professor, who taught Russian history to thousands of students during his longtime career at East Stroudsburg University. Then it clicked: The man police believe gunned down a State Trooper and wounded another had indeed sat in his class nearly a decade ago, attending for the beginning of a semester before dropping out and failing the course.
  • Ground is broken for American Revolution museum Read more at

    10/10/2014 10:46:24 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 19 replies
    An array of politicians, benefactors, and nonprofit leaders gathered Thursday morning beneath a vast party tent beside a very deep hole along South Third Street to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking of the Museum of the American Revolution. When the deep hole is filled and the $119 million building opens in two years, it will be, officials believe, the nation's first museum to tell the whole story of the American Revolution - from the disgruntled grumbling over British taxes in the 1760s through the desperate days of the Continental Army in the 1770s and on to eventual independence in the 1780s....
  • School workers say they were fired because they weren't Hispanic ( New Jersey )

    10/10/2014 7:33:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    New Jersey ^ | October 09, 2014 | Brian Amaral
    Two former school district employees, including the one who oversaw its affirmative action policies, filed race discrimination suits in September, saying they were fired because they're not Hispanic. Bernice Marshall, the former human resources manager, and Edmund Treadway, the former transportation manager, argue in Superior Court filings that the Perth Amboy School District is favoring Hispanic job candidates and employees. "No one's paying attention to the kids," said Marshall, who is African-American
  • The NRA Wants Your Submission(whiney dolt against your rights alert)

    10/10/2014 9:40:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | 10/8/2014 | Joel Mathis
    The NRA is coming, folks. It will have your tax dollars or your submission to its pro-gun agenda — and, by God, maybe it will have both. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the text of House Bill 1243, which passed the Pennsylvania House this week, and which now sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee waiting passage. Here’s what the bill does: It discourages Pennsylvania cities and municipalities from passing gun laws that are more restrictive than state-level gun laws, or from keeping such laws that are already on the books. Here’s how the bill does that: It...
  • Clinton, Christie lend clout to Pennsylvania race

    10/09/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:23 PM EDT | Marc Levy and Ken Thomas
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made dueling pitches Thursday in Pennsylvania’s race for governor, appealing to voters in a state that could factor into potential 2016 presidential campaigns. Clinton implored Pennsylvania Democrats to back Tom Wolf’s gubernatorial campaign in large numbers, warning against complacency despite his large lead in the polls against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. “You never know what can happen in an election,” she said. […] The governor’s race served as a backdrop for Clinton and Christie, who secured exposure in a state likely to be an important trophy in...
  • New Jersey Customs Agent: We're Not Prepared for Ebola

    10/09/2014 3:07:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    A federal customs official at New Jersey's Newark International Airport says that they are not trained or equipped to face passengers who might be infected with Ebola. ... The agent, who wanted to stay anonymous, noted that no doctors or CDC personnel had been assigned to his airport for any flights from Africa or countries with connecting flights to Ebola effected areas. ... This unnamed Customs agent isn't the only one saying that few are prepared for Ebola. A nurses union recently contradicted the CDC's Dr. Thomas Frieden who claimed that all of America's hospitals are ready for Ebola. The...
  • 'CRUSH CORBETT' RALLY HELD IN PITTSBURGH'S ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

    10/09/2014 9:08:53 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 40 replies
    'CRUSH CORBETT' RALLY HELD IN PITTSBURGH'S ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH 10/8/2014-- 8:20 PM The Internal Revenue Service does not look kindly to church involvement in political campaigns, but one Pittsburgh church seems to be weighing into the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial race in a manner you probably don't expect. According to a source in Pittsburgh's North Side (who is not voting for current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett), a 'Crush Corbett' rally was literally held tonight at 7:30 inside the city's Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church. 'Crush Corbett' and 'Dump Corbett' banners and signs can be seen outside the church building, where organizers...
  • New Jersey yanks abortion doctor's license

    10/09/2014 9:05:50 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 14 replies
    Abortion doctor Steven Brigham's decades of disciplinary trouble came to a head Wednesday when the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners yanked his last remaining medical license. The board cited Brigham for doing late-term abortions that began in New Jersey and ended in Maryland, violating the laws of both states. It ordered him to pay a $140,000 penalty and as-yet-unspecified costs of prosecution, even though Brigham revealed that he is in dire financial straits from IRS liens imposed on him for not paying employee taxes. Without a New Jersey license, Brigham will lose his eight clinics in the Garden State,...
  • Fattah nonprofits paid millions to ex-staffers

    10/08/2014 4:09:33 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 10/06/2014 | WILLIAM BENDER,
    CHAKA FATTAH has been walking the halls of Congress for nearly 20 years, but he never forgot his friends back home. Tax records reviewed by the Daily News show that between 2001 and 2012, nonprofits founded or supported by the Philadelphia congressman have paid out at least $5.8 million to his associates, including political operatives, ex-staffers and their relatives. Three people who had ties to the organizations were later convicted of federal crimes.
  • Students 'strike' in support of teachers

    10/08/2014 11:08:20 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 21 replies
    Students from at least two Philadelphia public high schools are refusing to go to classes this morning to protest the cancellation of their teachers' labor agreement. "We're striking because every single teacher in the districts benefits are at risk and being played with through politics," organizers said in a Facebook post. Dozens of students protested outside the High School for Creative and Performing Arts on South Broad Street and the Science Leadership Academy at 55 N. 22d St. in Center City. The School Reform Commission on Monday canceled the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in a move...
  • Denver Census staffer brings data falsification to light

    10/07/2014 9:14:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    NYP ^ | October 6, 2014 | John Crudele
    A field supervisor in the Census Bureau’s Denver region has informed her organization’s higher-ups, the head of the Commerce Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected by her office is being falsified. And this whistleblower — who asked that I not identify her — said her bosses in Denver ignored her warnings even after she provided details of wrongdoing by three different survey takers. The three continued to collect data even after she reported them. ... Census is broken up into six regions. Cheating has already been proven in the Philadelphia region. And with this whistleblower’s letter,...
  • Philadelphia teachers irate after losing union contract (Teachers to Pay for Health Care)

    10/07/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums of as much as $140 a month. The teachers union, with about 15,000 members, accused the state-led School Reform Commission of ratcheting up its “war on teachers.” However, district leaders said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools. Many Philadelphia schools operate without a nurse or librarian on duty
  • Allentown woman charged after admitting leaving threatening messages for Rep. Mario Scavello

    10/07/2014 2:31:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    pocono rocord ^ | Andrew Scott
    FULL TITLE Allentown woman charged after admitting leaving threatening messages for Rep. Mario Scavello An Allentown woman is awaiting a district court preliminary hearing, charged with leaving threatening, vulgar messages at state Rep. Mario Scavello's Pocono Township office last month. "With your backwards (expletive) views on abortion, you should be taken out back and shot," Sharon Marie Manning, 47, is accused of saying in one of two Sept. 18 voice mails to Scavello's office. "You're a (expletive) and an (expletive) and and you deserve to die." Manning allegedly left a followup voice mail minutes later, stating, "If your jackass self...
  • SRC cancels teachers' contract

    10/07/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.philly.com ^ | 10/06/2014 | Kristen Graham and Martha Woodall
    In a stunning move that could reshape the face of city schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to unilaterally cancel its teachers’ contract. The vote was unanimous. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was given no advance word of the action — which happened at an early-morning SRC meeting called with minimal notice — and which figures to result in a legal challenge to the takeover law the SRC believes gives it the power to bypass negotiations and impose terms. Jerry Jordan, PFT president, called the move "cowardly" and vowed to fight it strongly. "I am taking nothing off...
  • Clerk Who Boxes Beats up Would-Be Robbery Suspect

    10/07/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 7, 2014
    A would-be robbery suspect was beaten up when he found out the hard way that a convenience store clerk on the University of Pittsburgh campus is also a former Golden Gloves boxing champ. The boxer, Eric Sydnor, told KDKA-TV he just did what he had to do when 45-year-old Leverett Johnson walked into the convenience store with a gun Saturday night. "He got slammed," Sydnor told the station. Johnson was still in the hospital Tuesday, recovering from the beating Sydnor administered, police said.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars Apologized For Their Mascot’s ‘Towels Carry Ebola’ Sign

    10/07/2014 3:39:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    uproxx.com ^ | 10/6/14 | Brian Sharp
    The Jacksonville Jaguars’ mascot Jaxson de Ville was seen on the field Sunday carrying a sign that read ‘Towels Carry Ebola’ in an apparent attempt to make fun of Steelers fans’ use of the Terrible Towel. On Monday, Jaguars team President Mark Lamping apologized for the incident....
  • Teachers Sue Union for Censoring Charitable Donations ( Pennsylvania )

    10/06/2014 9:13:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Dail Signal ^ | October 04, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Two teachers have taken Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union to court over its attempt to decide which charities may be supported by teachers as an alternative when they decline to join the union on religious grounds. The teachers, Chris Meier from Lancaster County and Jane Ladley from Chester County, are required—as a condition of employment—either to be a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association or pay a nonmember “fair share” fee of $435. Last spring, PSEA accepted Meier and Ladley’s status as religious objectors. In lieu of paying membership dues, state law instructed the teachers to pay a “fair share”...
  • Imprisoned former death-row inmate addresses grads

    10/05/2014 7:44:50 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 18 replies
    PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) - A one-time death row inmate now serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer spoke to students graduating from a Vermont college on Sunday, encouraging them to strive to transform the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal spoke by video to 20 students receiving bachelor degrees from Goddard College in Plainfield. He earned a degree from the college in 1996. "Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better," Abu-Jamal said in the video. He said his studies at Goddard allowed him to learn about important figures...
  • Confederate flag in dorm roils Bryn Mawr campus

    10/05/2014 7:42:15 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 42 replies
    Two students at Bryn Mawr College tacked up a Confederate flag in their dormitory hall and taped a "Mason-Dixon line" across the floor - a move they said was merely a display of their Southern pride. But that display sent the small Main Line women's college into an uproar, with cries of protest from the student NAACP group and others, who called the items symbols of white supremacy, slavery, and hate. "I shouldn't have to walk past a Confederate flag on the way to my Black American Sociological Perspectives class, where we literally watch videos and learn about how that...