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  • John McCain, the 2008 Election, and Civil Unrest

    04/21/2012 12:56:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-21-2012 | J. Christian Adams
    April 21, 2012 John McCain, the 2008 Election, and Civil Unrest J. Christian Adams There is an interesting story about the 2008 election coming out of Wikileaks. Memos from Stratfor released by Wikileaks say that widespread voter fraud occurred in Ohio and that “black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly.” The McCain campaign knew about the fraud but feared taking action because of the “possibility of domestic violence” if they challenged the results in Pennsylvania and Ohio.The memos say campaign staff urged candidate John McCain to act in court:“Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to...
  • Male Suspect Wearing Muslim Garb Robs Philadelphia Bank

    04/16/2012 7:35:43 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | April 16, 2012 | CBS Philly
    Male Suspect Wearing Muslim Garb Robs Philadelphia Bank PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Philadelphia police are searching for a male suspect who robbed a bank while fully clothed in Muslim garb. The robbery happened at about 11 a.m. on April 13th at the Wells Fargo Bank branch located in the 700 block of Adams Avenue. According to investigators, the suspect, wearing Muslim garb, entered the bank and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect ran out of the bank and fled north on Tabor Road. The suspect is described as a black...
  • Council Resolution to Repeal Castle Doctrine After Trayvon Killing (Philadelphia)

    04/14/2012 3:26:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Philadelphia Weekly ^ | April 13, 2012 | Randy LoBasso
    In light of Trayvon Martins murder making national headlines, and the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman this week, Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. thinks we need to change our states laws so the same sh*t doesnt happen here. And since some of the controversy in the case allegedly revolves around the Florida polices hands being tied by that states Stand your ground law, he wants Pennsylvania to repeal the Castle Doctrine. The Castle Doctrine, a less extreme version of some states Stand Your Ground laws, was signed last year by Gov. Tom Corbett after having been vetoed by former...
  • Rush Limbaugh spokesman: Philly move from AM to FM nothing to do with MoveOn's 'tiny petition'

    04/10/2012 12:26:14 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 10, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    On Monday, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter wrote that Rush Limbaugh would be leaving his Philadelphia affiliate WPHT, a 50,000-watt clear channel AM station, for the WKDN 106.9 FM signal in that market, . Some on the political left had applauded the move as a victory. A press release sent out by Brad Tucker of Fenton Communications on Tuesday suggested the move occurred because of pressure from, whose effort was part of a Get Rush Limbaugh off the air at AM 1210 WPHT petition which had received 3,779 signatures. But Limbaugh spokesman Brian Glicklich disputed that claim, telling...
  • Rumors of Major Syndication Changes in Philadelphia and New York

    04/09/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 17 replies ^ | 4/9/12 | Talkers
    (RUMOR OF...)Smerconish to Bump Limbaugh from WPHT. And possibly more than thatbut first things first. A very hot rumor out of Philadelphia has WYD Media-produced Michael Smerconishs nationally syndicated program airing live 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on CBS Radios news/talk WPHT where Premiere Networks Rush Limbaugh does right now. Smerconish is currently delayed to PM drive on WPHT. Radio-Infos Tom Taylor wrote about the other part of this rumor in his morning blast on 4/6: Merlin Media may be planning to go talk and not all-news on WKDN-FM, Philadelphia its new property which is still airing Christian programming...
  • Philly Mayor: Bad Spinach Gets More National Attention Than Black-on-Black Violence

    04/03/2012 10:23:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/3/12 | Penny Starr Black-on-black violence is a disease that deserves a national investigation, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told a Youth Violence Prevention forum in Washington on Monday. It is a disease, Nutter said. Its a rash, and if there were a rash killing a hundred and some odd young people on a daily basis wed be doing something about it. Nutter said tainted food gets more attention than young people killing each other: If there were five bad bags of spinach on the shelf somewhere, someone would put out a national alert. Every bag would be snatched off the shelves until...
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • Man arrested at Philadelphia Airport after allegedly trying to pass security with homemade bomb

    03/29/2012 7:58:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2012
    <p>A 29-year-old man told authorities he had an oh, s--- moment when he realized he was carrying homemade fireworks on board a San Francisco-bound plane early Thursday morning at Philadelphia International Airport, reported.</p> <p>The Dallas, Pa. man was arrested after he allegedly tried to pass through the security gate with what was described by officials as a homemade bomb, the report said.</p>
  • Testimony Begins in Pa. Trial of Catholic Priests

    03/27/2012 7:04:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP ^ | MaryClaire Dale
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After nine years and two grand jury reports, prosecutors have brought a landmark case to trial that explores how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia dealt with child sex-abuse complaints against scores of Roman Catholic priests. Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged over his handling of abuse complaints. He supervised more than 800 priests as the secretary for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. Prosecutors charge that Lynn kept dangerous priests in parish work around children to protect the church's reputation and avoid scandal. They say the church kept secret files dating to...
  • Philadelphia must pay Scouts, judge rules

    03/22/2012 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM | staff
    Philadelphia owes the Boy Scouts $877,122 after failing to evict the organization from its headquarters over the group's anti-gay policies, a judge ruled... Mayor Michael Nutter called the court order "a significant expense" but stressed the city remains opposed to the Boy Scouts' national policy
  • Philly owes $877,000 for Boy Scouts' eviction case

    03/21/2012 9:43:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 76 replies · 3+ views
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The city must pay nearly $900,000 after a failed effort to evict the Boy Scouts of America because of the group's ban on gays, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The post-trial ruling is just the latest twist in a decade-long legal dispute over the Boy Scout oath, which requires members to be "morally straight." The two sides have sought a compromise that would let the local Boy Scouts chapter keep its rent-free, city-owned headquarters without violating the national Scout policy. However, a tentative deal struck since the city lost a court case last year has fallen apart....
  • PGW, others fight U.S. new-furnace rule

    03/21/2012 8:05:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 4, 2012 | Andrew Maykuth
    With little fanfare, the U.S. Department of Energy enacted a rule last year that will require all new furnaces installed in 30 Northern states including Pennsylvania and New Jersey to be high-efficiency models. Who would object to such a noble effort to conserve energy? Philadelphia Gas Works, for one. The city-owned utility is among several parties that have challenged the Energy Department's rule, saying that some homeowners cannot afford to install costly high-efficiency heating systems and will opt for cheaper electric or kerosene heaters. They say the new rule, which will go into effect nationwide in May 2013, will have...
  • Police: Family chanted, disrobed at Pa. school

    03/16/2012 4:44:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2012
    UPPER DARBY, Pa. - Authorities say four family members were arrested after stripping naked outside a suburban Philadelphia high school and chanting "God is great." Upper Darby police say it happened around 1 p.m. Friday in a parking lot outside school.
  • Fight Over Dog Poop Allegedly Leads to Murder

    02/16/2012 10:00:08 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb. 16th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Neighbors in the active Tuscany block are reeling over an alleged murder committed there. The victim, Franklin Manuel Santana, had just moved from the Miami area a month ago with his wife Raquel and baby daughter. Santana did not know Tyrirk Harris, but he would meet Harris for the first and last time in a quarrel over dog poop.
  • Rising Black Social Pathology

    02/14/2012 7:47:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies ^ | February 15, 2012 | Walter Williams
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there's been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place. The Inquirer's series "Assault on Learning" (March 2011) reported that in the 2010 school year, "690 teachers were assaulted; in the last five years, 4,000 were." The newspaper reported that in Philadelphia's 268 schools, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were...
  • Study shows plaintiff bias in Philly courts

    02/06/2012 6:35:20 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 4 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 2-6-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    For years defendants in tort cases have said that Philadelphia's courts are biased, but little in the way of empirical data was available to substantiate the claims. But, a new study - by Professor Joshua D. Wright for the International Center of Law and Economics (ICLE), Portland, Ore. - indicates that the accusations of structural biases in favor of plaintiffs are justified. Wright is a law professor at George Mason University School of Law School in Arlington, Va. The study, originally published in October 2011, has updated information as of February 2012 that ...
  • Call in the Guard: Retired Judge [Congressional candidate says Philly needs military action...]

    01/31/2012 5:11:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Call in the Guard: Retired Judge Congressional candidate says Philly needs military action to help curb crime By Catherine Brown | Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 | Updated 7:24 PM EST Call in the Guard: Retired Judge Retired Judge Jimmie Moore wants to call in the National Guard to deal with violent crime in Philadelphia. Former Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore wants to call in the National Guard to support Philadelphias crime fighting efforts. Moore announced last year that he is a candidate for the First Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D). In a campaign press...
  • Is nowhere sacred? Graduate beaten to death outside Philadelphia Liberty Bell

    01/21/2012 12:32:21 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    AP via Mail On Line ^ | 1/18/2012 | staff
    A man was fatally beaten near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia when a group of men attacked him, mistakenly thinking that he was yelling at them instead of a cab driver who passed him by. Kevin Kless, 23, recently graduated from college and had left a bar with his girlfriend early Saturday morning when the incident occurred
  • Rewards of $15,000 posted in fatal beating case (Independence Hall

    01/17/2012 3:46:36 PM PST · by South Hawthorne · 17 replies ^ | 01/17/2012 | Staff
    Rewards totaling $15,000 were posted today for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the men who beat Kevin Kless to death in the Historic District over the weekend. After the city announced it was offering $10,000, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents Philadelphia police officers, said today it would put up another $5,000. Police, at the same time, offered a slightly different account of events leading up to the killing early Saturday. In a statement, police said that after leaving an Old City bar with his girlfriend and another woman, Kless tried to flag down...
  • Fox Affiliate Weatherman Fired Over Real-Life 'Hangover' Tale in Playboy

    01/14/2012 7:52:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 12, 2012
    Philadelphia weatherman John Bolaris lost $43,712.25, his job and, arguably, his dignity from one fateful trip to Miami Beach.
  • Realism needed to save (Catholic) school system, Philadelphia archbishop says

    01/07/2012 12:00:33 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | January 6, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 6, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic schools must move forward with hope and realism, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said as his education commission announced school mergers and closings in a Jan. 6 report.We need to honor the great history of Catholic education in our archdiocese. But we must not be constrained by it, the archbishop said in a letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission. Nostalgia for the past is a bad foundation if we want to think clearly and build creatively for the future.He praised the authors...
  • Four Catholic high schools and 44 elementary schools to close (Philadelphia Archdiocese)

    01/06/2012 1:01:27 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 13 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jan. 6, 2011 | Martha Woodall
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to close four Catholic high schools and 44 elementary schools will be closed or partnered with other schools, officials told school administrators and priests at a close-door meeting at Neumann University this morning.
  • Kill-adelphia: Yet again, city tops list of homicide rates

    12/30/2011 6:30:24 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Fri, Dec. 30, 2011 | STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DiFILIPPO
    [SNIP] Murders are up again this year in Philadelphia, and the city still has the highest homicide rate of the nation's 10 most populous cities, according to stats provided by each city's police department. At the same time, fewer murders are getting solved. With a few days left in the year, the city's homicide tally stood at 324 Wednesday, including the eight victims allegedly killed in previous years by West Philly abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Last year, 306 people were killed, and the year before, 302. But despite the jump in homicides this year, city officials prefer to focus on the...

    12/30/2011 6:07:08 AM PST · by DBCJR · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 29, 2011 at 4:19pm
    Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love and, apparently, paying out massive pensions to public employees who will continue working for the city. Marion B. Tasco, who has been described as being politically savvy, will retire from her sixth term as councilwoman, collect $478,057, and then be sworn in on Monday to serve her seventh term, Catherine Lucy and Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News. How does she get away with this? Tasco, along with many of her fellow Council members, is enrolled in Philadelphias Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). DROP allows city workers to collect salary...
  • This Philadelphia Councilwoman Will Collect A $478k Pension Friday And Go Back To Work On Monday

    12/29/2011 7:03:17 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-29-2011 | Robert Johnson
    This Philadelphia Councilwoman Will Collect A $478k Pension Friday And Go Back To Work On Monday Robert Johnson | Dec. 29, 2011, 9:44 AM On her Philadelphia City Council web page, the Honorable Marion B. Tasco is touted "as one of Philadelphia's most influential, politically savvy, and pro-active public officials," in the city and over the next few days Tasco could be proving that claim correct. Catherine Lucy and Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News point out that on Friday, Tasco will retire from her sixth term as councilwoman, collect $478,057 and be sworn in on Monday to serve...
  • Pistol Packin' Mama Kills Man Trying to Rob Her Son: Police(PA)

    12/28/2011 5:57:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 28 December, 2011 | Teresa Masterson
    A Philadelphia man was shot dead Tuesday night after he made the mistake of trying to rob a man who had a pistol packin mama nearby, police say. A 23-year-old man was in the stairwell of his East Oak Lane apartment building with his girlfriend at about 9 p.m. when a 19-year-old man walked up to them, pistol-whipped the man and shot him in the leg while trying to rob him, according to police. The victims 46-year-old mother heard the commotion from her upstairs apartment, grabbed her legally registered gun, went into the stairwell and shot the suspect, police say....
  • Philly booed Santa, but Santa still smiles

    12/22/2011 9:13:00 AM PST · by dirtboy · 6 replies ^ | 12/22/2011 | By Elizabeth Merrill
    PHILADELPHIA -- The old suit fell apart around the same time the old man's body did. There have been a hundred stories written about Frank Olivo's Santa costume, and most of them, he said, have been inaccurate. It was not a frumpy suit; it cost $100, which was big money back in the 1960s. It lasted nearly 40 Christmases... [snip] Frank Olivo, the man who played Santa at a Philadelphia Eagles game on Dec. 15, 1968, remains a devoted Philly sports fan. Frank Olivo is a romantic, but most of all, he is a ham. That's why he used to...
  • Hall Of Fame Philadelphia Sportswriter Bill Conlin Accused Of Child Molestation

    12/21/2011 10:29:21 PM PST · by doug from upland · 6 replies ^ | Pat Loeb, Jim Osman and Dave Huddleston
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Baseball Hall of Fame sports columnist Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News retired abruptly Tuesday after learning that he’s been accused of molesting underage children decades ago. “(The feeling in the newsroom) was an overwhelming sense of shock, a sense of outrage, a sense of sadness,” said Larry Platt, editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Conlin is alleged to have molested at least four children (one man and three women, including Conlin’s niece), in the 1970′s, when the children were then between the ages of seven and 12. George Bochetto, Conlin’s attorney, denounced the accusations Tuesday....
  • Platt: How do we report about our own? (Child molesting sports writer)

    12/21/2011 8:54:22 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Larry Platt Editor Philadelphia Daily News
    (Background provided by Owl_Eagle) Legendary Philadelphia Daily News Sportswriter Bill Conlin retired abruptly yesterday amongst allegations of sex abuse reported by sister paper The Philadelphia Inquirer. Larry Platt is/was Conlin's editor. (Snip)I have known Bill Conlin since 1990, and before that, I knew him as a legendary voice on the page. I simply do not know how to reconcile what I've read with the man I know. I spoke to him Tuesday. He offered to retire and I immediately accepted. I knew I'd never be comfortable running his byline again. For a long time Tuesday, we struggled with how to...
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal: "To My Friends of OWS"

    12/20/2011 6:05:38 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 7 replies
    occupy wall street ^ | Dec. 17, 2011, 5:39 p.m. | OccupyWallSt
    My Friends of OWS, My message will have to be brief. But let not this brevity take from it, its strength. You are the central movement of the hour. You're raising questions that are in the hearts of millions. Your motto, "We are the 99%," has been heard, heeded, and responded to by millions. You can be certain that the 1% have heard you clearest of all.
  • West Virginia again listed as a 'judicial hellhole' (behind Philadelphia, California)

    12/19/2011 7:37:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/11 | Cheryl Caswell
    West Virginia again listed as a 'judicial hellhole'State ranked No. 3 by Cheryl Caswell - Daily Mail staff Charleston Daily Mail Thursday December 15, 2011 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The American Tort Reform Association has again placed West Virginia at the number three spot in its annual list of "judicial hellholes." The group lists Philadelphia in the top (worst) spot, and California as number two. Other states/regions that made the list are Southern Florida, Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois, New York City and Albany, Clark County in Nevada and McLean County in Illinois. The list is put out by...
  • Owner Returns To Looted Store (must see video)

    12/18/2011 3:36:58 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 112 replies · 2+ views
    PHILADELPHIA - A North Philadelphia shop owner said he had no words to describe his emotions upon returning from India, where he had attended his mothers funeral, to discover his store had been looted and vandalized. Bhupinder Cheema had operated a small convenience store near Germantown Avenue and West Cumberland Street, and had invested thousands of dollars into the business. Over the course of trip to Indian, which lasted several weeks, word spread through the neighborhood that the store had been left unattended.
  • Sandusky seems determined for trial in abuse case

    12/11/2011 10:40:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/11 | Ian Simpson
    Sandusky seems determined for trial in abuse caseBy Ian Simpson | Reuters 14 hours ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky appears determined to hold out for a trial on child sexual abuse charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life, legal experts said. **SNIP** Sandusky has already laid out his potential defense, saying in an interview with Bob Costas of NBC television that he engaged in horseplay with alleged victims but stopped short of sexual intercourse or penetration, Mallios said. "Now that he's said that, unless he recants or...
  • Philadelphia goes after pensioners who owe back taxes (owe nearly $13 million)

    12/11/2011 9:55:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Post-Gazette ^ | 11/25/11
    Phila. goes after pensioners who owe back taxesFriday, November 25, 2011 Associated Press Officials in Philadelphia say they will begin withholding pension benefits from municipal retirees who owe taxes to the city. **SNIP** Those who do not make voluntary repayment arrangements could have up to 25 percent of their benefits deducted from their pension checks.
  • Archbishop Chaput's Stunning Letter to Philadelphia

    12/10/2011 1:17:11 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Jimmy Akin ^ | December 9, 2011 | Jimmy Akin
    On December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Charles Chaput, the newly-installed archbishop of Philadelphia, released a pastoral letter to the faithful of his archdiocese. It will be read this weekend at Masses, even as Archbishop Chaput is returning home from his ad limina visit to Rome. A copy of the letter was obtained by Whispers in the Loggia and has now beenpublished online.Pastoral letters from bishops can range from being ho-hum letters to being Wham! letters. Archbishop Chaputs is definitely at the Wham! end of the spectrum.Lets read it together.The letter begins with the kind of gentle,...
  • Ex-Philadelphia School Official Seeks Unemployment After $905,000 Buyout

    11/30/2011 11:31:53 AM PST · by massmike · 12 replies ^ | 11/30/2011 | n/a
    A former Philadelphia school district superintendent who collected a $905,000 contract buyout from the city has reportedly filed for unemployment benefits. Arlene Ackerman was reportedly paid the hefty buyout by the school district with taxpayer funds after a plan to use $405,000 in private funds to pay her was cancelled amid public outrage. The school district cannot contest the filing due to the separation agreement her lawyers negotiated in August, sources told Fox affiliate WTXF-TV. Ackerman was the highest paid government official in Philadelphia during her three-year stay with the school district, which is run by the state, the station...
  • City tells Occupy Philadelphia: Leave Dilworth Plaza by 5 p.m. Sunday (permit runs out)

    11/26/2011 7:27:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Philly ^ | 11/26/11 | Kia Gregory
    City tells Occupy Philadelphia: Leave Dilworth Plaza by 5 p.m. SundayBy Kia Gregory Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Sat, Nov. 26, 2011, 3:01 AM The eviction notice was in: 48 hours. At a news conference Friday afternoon, Mayor Nutter announced that those camping out on the City Hall apron of Dilworth Plaza as part of Occupy Philadelphia had until 5 p.m. Sunday to pack up their tents and leave. The notice was posted on trees and poles, and handed out to about 300 people in Dilworth Plaza. "This announcement today serves as the promise," Nutter said of those encamped. "You must...
  • Malkin: Obama's Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

    11/16/2011 12:10:47 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies ^ | November 16, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    What do you get when you mix Democratic fat-cat donations, Big Labor favors, pharmaceutical lobbying and Beltway business as usual? Answer: another toxic half-billion-dollar Barack Obama-approved crony deal. Move over, Solyndra. Here comes Siga-Gate. This latest Chicago-style payoff on your dime involves a dubious smallpox drug backed by a liberal billionaire investor, along with a former union boss who was one of the White House's most frequent visitors. They're the "1 percent" with 100 percent immunity from the selectively outraged Occupier mobs that purport to oppose partisan government bailouts and handouts to privileged corporations. Ronald Perelman is the New York...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • Philly's Complex Litigation Center is profit center, says reformer

    11/10/2011 12:18:41 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 2 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 11-10-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    In New York, they call it the Bronx Jury Effect. Here, it's called the South Philadelphia Jury Effect, which looks something like a wealth redistribution scheme, according to a legal observer. "Philadelphia's courts have been bad for years," said James Copland, Director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Reform. Copland said the effect is a net result of juries that will award exorbitant amounts to plaintiffs who are suing anyone - such as doctors or large corporations - they perceive as being able to pay and that they believe should pay out large amounts. Empirical data exists that indicates...
  • Teen rowers give up medal dreams to help capsized foes

    11/01/2011 10:49:52 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    Rivals High ^ | Nov. 1, 2011 | Cameron Smith
    As first reported by the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia (Penn.) Episcopal Academy rowers James Konopka and Nick Mead made the ultimate sacrifice during their Under-17 doubles race at the Head of the Schuykill regatta on Sunday when they abandoned a promising start to help rescue two fellow competitors who had capsized. With temperatures unseasonably cold and Philadelphia (Penn.) St. Joseph's Prep rowers Joe Leonard and Andrew Burrichter struggling with their boat and treading water in the icy river, Konopka and Mead made a snap decision to give up a promising start that could have landed them in the medals to...
  • Many cities leaving Wall Street protesters alone

    10/28/2011 3:45:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Google ^ | 10/28/11 | ERIKA NIEDOWSKI, Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) While more U.S. cities are resorting to force to break up the Wall Street protests, many others Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., among them are content to let the demonstrations go on for now.New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for example, said Friday that the several hundred protesters sleeping in Zuccotti Park, the unofficial headquarters of the movement that began in mid-September, can stay as long as they obey the law."I can't talk about other cities," he said. "Our responsibilities are protect your rights and your safety. And I think we're trying to...
  • Workers at House of Horrors abortion clinic plead guilty to murder

    10/28/2011 5:33:44 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    life site news ^ | 27 Oct 2011 | John Jalsevac
    Two former employees of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell have pled guilty to 3rd degree murder charges for their roles in the deaths of an abortion patient and one baby born alive during a failed late-term abortion. This is reportedly the first time that an abortion worker has been found guilty of murder for killing a baby. ..Gosnell, who ran an abortion facility in Philadelphia that has been dubbed a House of Horrors, has been charged with eight counts of murder, including of seven newborn babies and one client, and is awaiting trial. Moton and West may testify against his as...
  • Two Clinic Workers Plead Guilty to Murder in Philadelphia Abortion Case

    10/27/2011 12:36:44 PM PDT · by topher · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 27, 2011 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA A pair of abortion clinic workers pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in two deaths at a Philadelphia clinic where seven babies were allegedly killed with scissors and a woman died from a drug overdose. Andrea Moton admitted her involvement in the death of one baby. Sherry West pleaded guilty in the February 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, a Bhutanese immigrant. Neither women had formal training to work at the clinic in Philadelphia run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell and nine employees, including his wife, were charged earlier this year after a gory grand jury report detailed the...
  • Former Phila. colleagues remember Cain fondly

    10/23/2011 3:29:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/23/11 | Former Phila. colleagues remember Cain fondly
    "The man has something, a natural-born leadership quality," Cerrone said. "He inspires people to get things done." The Burger King regional office was then on Fellowship Road in Mount Laurel, across from NFL Films. Cerrone said Cain lived in Moorestown. "Herman has one of those unusual work habits," Cerrone said. "He used to tell stories that he rarely needed more than four hours of sleep a night." This praise is especially noteworthy insofar as it comes from a man Cain did not promote from his acting position. "We met for drinks at a Mount Laurel hotel bar to discuss my...
  • Police find 6 kids in NE Philly basement case

    10/19/2011 3:46:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    Police say they have taken six juveniles and four young adults into protective custody in connection with the discovery of four mentally disabled adults found locked in a northeast Philadelphia basement last weekend and two of them might be children of one of the victims.
  • Occupy Philadelphia costs hit $230,000 for week one

    10/15/2011 3:54:48 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies (blog) ^ | 10/15/2011 | Catherine Lucey
    We just got the updated numbers from city Budget Director Rebecca Rhynhart on the price tag for the Occupy Philadelphia protest. For the first week, the city shelled out $230,000, mostly in police overtime to man the tent city that sprung up next to City Hall on Oct. 6. The other costs include setting up a police command center, as well as public property and sanitaiton expenses. Rhynhart said that some of those expenses were one-time deals and that the overtime costs have been dropping, so the projected weekly expense going forward is $112,000. These numbers do not include the...
  • Newsman Covers Protests for Paper...and for activist group.

    10/05/2011 4:52:35 PM PDT · by FreeperinRATcage · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/05/2011 | Jana WInter
    A Philadelphia newspaper reporter assigned to cover the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York is moonlighting as a Media Matters activist tweeting in support of the protests while writing about them. Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News whose front page article on Tuesday carried the headline Its About Time! is also, according to his own Twitter feed, a senior fellow at Media Matters, the anti-Fox News media group. was unable to find any mention of Bunchs association with Media Matters on, which hosts content from the Philadelphia Daily News and its rival, the Inquirer....
  • 2-year-old shot in mob brawl in S. Philly

    09/29/2011 2:39:51 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 28, 2011 | Robert Moran
    A critically wounded 2-year-old girl was among four people shot Tuesday night in South Philadelphia when a mob of girls charged a house and gunfire erupted in a dispute stemming from a high school fight, police said. A 10-year-boy and a 59-year-old woman, who live in the same house as the toddler, also were wounded and were hospitalized in stable condition. A 25-year-old man was shot in the finger. Police were called at 7:31 p.m. to the 1200 block of South Bucknell Street in response to a report of a melee and gunfire.
  • 2-year-old shot in mob brawl in S. Philly

    09/28/2011 9:04:35 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 09/28/2011 | Robert Moran
    A critically wounded 2-year-old girl was among four people shot Tuesday night in South Philadelphia when a mob of girls charged a house and gunfire erupted in a dispute stemming from a high school fight, police said. A 10-year-boy and a 59-year-old woman, who live in the same house as the toddler, also were wounded and were hospitalized in stable condition. A 25-year-old man was shot in the finger. The gunman was described as black, 25 to 30 years old, weighing about 210 pounds and standing about six feet tall, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans,...