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  • Lower Salford residents, officials raise concerns with turnpike construction

    01/16/2019 11:12:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Souderton Independent ^ | November 26, 2018 | Bob Keeler
    LOWER SALFORD — There are times when Cassel Road should be closed down because of the mud on the road from the work to widen the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors member Phil Heilman said at the board's Nov. 21 morning work session. He drove on the road on a recent day, he said. "It was solid mud," he said. Heilman said he was driving behind another vehicle. "His car was chocolate, just like mine," Heilman said. "We gotta keep an eye on that." Police Chief Tom Medwid said officers are checking on...
  • Pittsburgh City Council Seeks Ban on AR-15s, BB Guns, Starter Pistols

    01/16/2019 2:10:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/19 | AWR Hawkins
    The Pittsburgh City Council is pushing a ban on AR-15s and other commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles, as well BB guns and starter pistols. The ban would prohibit the possession of some weapons, while limiting the possession of other weapons to one’s own land and/or residence. Regarding “assault weapons,” the City Council says, “It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, purchase, transport, carry, store, or otherwise hold in one’s possession within the City of Pittsburgh an assault weapon.” They define “assault weapons” as weapons that run the gamut between full-auto to semiautomatic. In other words, a machine gun with select-fire switch is...
  • Report: Eagles Fan Attacked Girlfriend, Put Dog in Microwave After Playoff Loss

    01/15/2019 12:02:44 PM PST · by detective · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jan 2019 | Dylan Gwinn
    People cope with disappointment in all kinds of different ways, but what one Eagles fan reportedly did after Sunday’s playoff loss takes things to an entirely different level. According to court records, a 31-year-old Eagles fan became so enraged after Philadelphia’s loss to the Saints on Sunday, that she assaulted her girlfriend and put her dog in a microwave. The incident occurred at a Best Western motel in Hanover Township, Northampton County. As the Daily News reports, “Kirsten Gaskins of Philadelphia was charged with simple assault, harassment, cruelty to animals and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned by District...
  • Council Bill Would Prohibit Bulletproof Glass at Convenience Stores [Philadelphia]

    12/03/2017 5:44:07 AM PST · by grundle · 33 replies ^ | November 29, 2017 | Joe Trinacria
    Earlier this month, Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced a bill to better regulate the hundreds of “stop and go” convenience stores that operate predominantly in Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods. Among its stipulations, the controversial measure would prohibit any physical barrier that separates cashiers from customers at these so-called “nuisance” establishments – including protective bulletproof glass. According to Bass, these storefronts take advantage of the city’s lax restaurant liquor license provision while contributing to a variety of quality-of-life issues in low-income communities. Content to rely solely on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol, along with a bag of Doritos or two, many of...
  • Philadelphia’s Soda War

    01/14/2019 3:03:27 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2019 | KYLE SMITH
    Philadelphia’s outlandish soda tax is what Democratic-party politics looks like when it lets its freak flag fly. So many classic elements are there: (failed) social engineering and “think of the children!” on one side, paid for with a punitive tax on poor people and destroyed businesses, which means destroyed jobs, which in turn means lives upended. What lives? Greedy capitalists with monocles, maybe? No, they’ll be fine. Think of ex-cons trying to regain their footing in society. To review this debacle, in 2017 Philadelphia, seeking to fund a universal pre-K program, slapped mammoth sin taxes on Coke and Pepsi (and...
  • School superintendent under fire for defending child molester at sentencing hearing (New York)

    01/11/2019 2:28:41 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    EAG News ^ | JANUARY 9, 2019 | VICTOR SKINNER
    A New York school superintendent recently testified as a character witness for a neighbor who was convicted last year of fondling an 11-year-old boy. Sweet Home schools superintendent Anthony Day testified at the sentencing hearing for Luiz Pereira in December to help his friend and neighbor avoid jail and defend his character. A jury convicted Pereira, a 54-year-old college administrator, of felony unlawful contact with a minor ... Despite some backlash, school board members have stood firmly behind the superintendent. Six board members signed a statement to district parents and staff defending Day’s testimony ... Judge Anthony Vardaro ultimately sentenced...
  • Man charged with South Philly dog walker’s murder

    01/10/2019 11:17:34 AM PST · by Phillyred · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Police on Thursday charged a man for allegedly throwing the punch to the head that led to the death of a fellow dog walker in a South Philly park last weekend. Matthew Oropeza, of the 1600 block of South Sixth Street, is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, police said. He was also charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person and making terroristic threats in Saturday’s attack on Drew Justice at Gold Star Park, which is bounded by Wharton, Marshall, Manton and Sheridan Streets between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Philly park, question ‘person of interest’ South Philly...
  • Babies will no longer be delivered at UPMC Mercy Hospital

    01/10/2019 9:26:02 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 30 replies ^ | 1/10/2018 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - Babies will no longer be delivered at UPMC Mercy Hospital, with inpatient women’s health, obstetrics and neonatal intensive care transitioning to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. The transition will happen in early March, according to a news release from UPMC. “With the construction of the new UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital set to break ground in coming months -- in addition to many high-quality specialized patient care services including rehabilitation services, a new digestive health center and enhanced treatment for addiction -- UPMC Mercy is poised to significantly grow clinical services,” the news release said. Nearly 9,000 babies are delivered...
  • Ex-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax

    01/07/2019 8:55:11 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/19 | Timothy Cama
    Former GOP Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.) is signing on to work for a group pushing a business-backed proposal to fight climate change with a carbon tax. Costello, less than a week out of the House, announced Monday in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that he’s the new managing director of Americans for Carbon Dividends. The group is the advocacy affiliate of the Climate Leadership Council, pushing a plan by former GOP Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz to tax carbon dioxide emissions and return the money to individuals and families on a quarterly basis. “I understand the...
  • Hundreds gather for open carry rally outside City-County Building (Pittsburgh)

    01/07/2019 11:25:08 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 7, 2019
    PITTSBURGH - Hundreds of people gathered Monday in downtown Pittsburgh for an open carry rally in response to proposed gun control measures introduced by the City Council last month. Part of Grant Street was blocked off, and precautions are in place as gun rights activists from around the region take part in the rally. Open Carry Pennsylvania encouraged gun owners and supporters to demonstrate at noon outside the City-County Building on Grant Street. The rally started with a minutelong moment of silence for the 11 people killed in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting.
  • Protesters, many armed, gather at Pittsburgh city hall to rally against gun restrictions

    01/07/2019 11:02:20 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    TribLIVE ^ | Jan. 7, 2019 | uncredited
    Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday in Pittsburgh's Downtown to rally against proposed restrictions on guns and ammunition. The bills would ban semi-automatic rifles and certain ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits. The crowd carried signs, waived flags and had rifles slung across their shoulders. They chanted "USA" and "We will not comply" and cheered the police officers and other public safety officials monitoring the rally. State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Ellwood City, called the proposed gun legislation a "clear violation" of law by the mayor and "political stunts" by the District Attorney. "Don't go after the Constitution," Bernstine said. "Go...
  • Need suggestions for banks or credit unions friendly to conservative organizations.

    12/29/2018 5:47:35 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 17 replies
    SAR ^ | 29 December 2018 | Me
    Recently, I was elected treasurer of my local SAR chapter, the older male equivalent of the far better known Daughters of the American Revolution.Thus, I was appalled to learn what a partly rate of interest our existing bank paid on a recently matured CD (0.06%!) and refused to renew it, asking them to deposit it into our checking account instead.Accordingly, I am now actually shopping for another bank our credit union willing to offer a fine, patriotic organization such as our better rates and service. My retirement money, for example, is with Charles Schwab, where I can earn 2.3% (annualized)...
  • Judge: Mumia Abu-Jamal can reargue appeal in 1981 Philly police slaying

    12/28/2018 11:22:27 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 56 replies
    WHYY ^ | 12/27/2018 | ByBobby Allyn
    A Philadelphia judge has reinstated appeal rights to Mumia Abu-Jamal — convicted of killing a city police officer more than 30 years ago — who has long maintained his innocence as his case gained international attention. Lawyers for Abu-Jamal praised the decision by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker as a major step toward winning the former Black Panther’s freedom. “This is an unheard of legal victory,” said Rachel Wolkenstein, former lawyer and longtime activist for Abu-Jamal. “This is the best opportunity we have had for Mumia’s freedom in decades.”
  • 45 states looking to pursue Catholic church for documents on abuse by priests

    12/17/2018 1:25:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    USA Today | Dec. 17, 2018 | Kevin Johnson
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  • Marines Testify About the “Antifa Mob” They Say Attacked Them in Philly(White on Latino Violence?)

    12/14/2018 6:03:28 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 48 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 12/13/2018 | VICTOR FIORILLO·
    Nearly one month after we told you that two U.S. Marines Corps reservists said they were attacked in Old City on November 17th near the controversial “We the People” rally, the two suspects and their accusers appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday morning. The marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both testified in uniform ---SNIP--- both marines testified that Keenan, Massey, and approximately ten other people — men and women, some masked and some unmasked — then began attacking them with mace, punches, and kicks, and calling them “nazis” and “white supremacists.” On the stand, Godinez said that he...
  • Suspect sought for multiple attacks on women in Norristown

    12/10/2018 8:11:41 PM PST · by Phillyred · 10 replies
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) -- Police are searching for the man who has attacked multiple women in Norristown this month. It's happened five times over the past two weekends. LOG IN Suspect sought for multiple attacks on women in Norristown SHARE: EMBED MORE VIDEOS Suspect sought for multiple attacks on women in Norristown. Sarah Bloomquist reports during Action News at 5pm on December 10, 2018. By Sarah Bloomquist Monday, December 10, 2018 06:03PM NORRISTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) -- Police are searching for the man who has attacked multiple women in Norristown this month. It's happened five times over the past two weekends....
  • Anti-Semitic pamphlets distributed in Pittsburgh

    12/09/2018 8:12:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 12/10/18 05:12 | Elad Benari
    The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and the Pittsburgh police are investigating the distribution of anti-Semitic pamphlets in the city’s neighborhoods, The Hill reported on Sunday. “The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are aware of and are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including Squirrel Hill,” the department said on Twitter. “Such hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh — not by residents, city officials nor Law enforcement,” the statement added. “The Department of Public Safety assures the community that we are taking this matter very seriously and will follow...
  • Santorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’

    12/09/2018 2:35:34 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) on Sunday said he believes the Democratic Party could win in 2020 if they pick someone "unexpected" as their party's presidential nominee. Santorum, asked if there were any potential Democratic candidates he was afraid of, pointed to previous presidential contests, saying all of the Democratic candidates who won were "not the favorite" at the time. "When the Democrats win, they pick someone unexpected or someone who’s not the favorite," Santorum, a CNN analyst, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "[Former Presidents] Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter," he listed. "When they pick [failed...
  • Trump hosts Holocaust survivors at White House Hanukkah reception

    12/06/2018 4:58:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump marked Hanukkah Thursday evening at a White House reception that included eight survivors of the Holocaust. In an East Room event, Mr. Trump recalled the fatal mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October, calling it a “sinister anti-Semitic attack.” “In the aftermath of that wicked assault, we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere it occurs,” the president said. “We must stamp out this vile hatred from the world.” The president then introduced eight Holocaust survivors, calling the era “history’s darkest hour.” He told the survivors that they inspire the world with their courage,...
  • Prominent liberals demand CNN rehire Marc Lamont Hill: 'Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic'

    12/04/2018 4:31:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    CNN’s decision to drop Marc Lamont Hill has met with resistance on the left, with some prominent progressives calling for the network to rehire him and challenging the widely held view that his comments before a United Nations panel were anti-Semitic. Harvard professor Cornel West, “Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo, Democratic Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib, and a host of journalists were among those who rushed to Mr. Hill’s defense after CNN released the liberal commentator last week following an uproar over his speech. Mr. West said he was in “deep solidarity” with Mr. Hill, while Mr. Ruffalo said that “[c]riticizing Israel is...