|Trump: Drug czar nominee, Pa. congressman Marino, withdrawing his name6abc.com / 1 min. ago more|
President Donald Trump says the Pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job.
|Trump Tweets That Marino Is Out Of Consideration For Drug CzarCBSlocal.com / 2 min. ago more|
By Maegan Vazquez WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the nation’s next drug czar. “Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” Trump tweeted. “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!” Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2017 The congressman’s withdrawal comes after a joint CBS “60 Minutes” and Washington Post report revealed that Marino took nearly $100,000 from the pharmaceutical lobby while sponsoring a bill that made it easier for drug companies to distribute opioids across American communities and thwart the Drug Enforcement Agency. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|325-pound woman charged with killing girl by sitting on her6abc.com / 20 min. ago more|
A 325-pound Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment.
|All lanes reopen after serious crash on Pa. Turnpike in Bensalem6abc.com / 22 min. ago more|
All lanes are back open after a serious crash involving a tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County.
|Some Philly schools have rich arts programs, and others have none. How do you fix it?Philly.com / 22 min. ago more|
"We still face that narrative of, 'There's no arts in the schools,'" said the Philadelphia schools' head of arts education. "But we're the third-largest arts spender in the city, and we have the largest reach. We still see great opportunities to grow and reach more students."
|Cat Helps Couple Escape From Cherry Hill Apartments FireNBC 10 / 23 min. ago more|
A fire ripped through a New Jersey apartment building overnight, leaving several apartments damaged and one person hurt. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has details from the scene in Cherry Hill including how a cat warned...
|At Liberty Medal ceremony, McCain blasts "half-baked" nationalismPhilly.com / 29 min. ago more|
Accepting the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal Monday night, Sen. John McCain blasted "half-baked, spurious nationalism," saying the United States has a moral obligation to act as an international leader.
|Local business, kids hang in the balance as beverage tax battle rages onBizjournals.com / 33 min. ago more|
Bob Brockway ambles past walls of soda cases, a colorful checkerboard of 12-packs stacked 18-feet high, as electric-powered forklifts, about the size of a go-cart, shuttle pallets carrying dozens of 2-liters between industrial shelving and the loading dock. As warehouse staff motor by, Brockway shouts hello over the din created by the distribution and production facility’s machinery, acknowledging each worker by name. “They are pretty discouraged at this point in time,” Brockway, president…
|Crash Slows Traffic on Busy Stretch of Pa. TurnpikeNBC 10 / 33 min. ago more|
A crash snarled traffic along the Pennsylvania Turnpike Tuesday morning as crews worked to free a person from the wreckage.Photo Credit: SkyForce10
|Leaving the war in the woodsPhilly.com / 35 min. ago more|
Veterans, many suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, are trying to get outdoors more, hoping nature can serve as a therapy and escape.
|McCain accepts Liberty Medal in Philly, condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ in speechThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 40 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America’s role as an international leader is “unpatriotic.” The six-term Republican senator from Arizona made the remarks after receiving the award for a lifetime of service and sacrifice to the country. In addition to recalling his more than two decades of Navy service and his imprisonment in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp, McCain took a moment to go a step further than the night’s other speakers, who lamented what many described as a fractured political climate. “To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” he said, “is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” He continued: “We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.” None of the speakers, who included former Vice President Joe Biden, mentioned any current or former government officials during their remarks. But many referenced a time when bipartisanship — namely, the friendship between McCain and the Democrat Biden — wasn’t out of the ordinary. “We often argued — sometimes passionately,” McCain said of himself and the former vice president. “But we believed in each other’s patriotism and the sincerity of each other’s convictions. We believed in the institution we were privileged to serve in.” McCain joined the Navy in 1958 and rose to the rank of captain during his 22 years of service. In 1967, his plane was shot down over Hanoi, Vietnam, during a bombing mission, and he spent years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. He recently revealed that he’s fighting brain cancer. The post McCain accepts Liberty Medal in Philly, condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ in speech appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Liberty Medal Goes To Maverick Of U.S. Senate In PhiladelphiaCBSlocal.com / 41 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Senator John McCain accepted the Constitution Center’s prestigious Liberty Medal, Monday night, with a speech that was both fiery and emotional. The ceremony rose to the challenge of capturing the enormous breath of Senator McCain’s life of service, from a painful recounting of his captivity in Vietnam, to his recent vote to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. ALSO READ: Philadelphia Looks To Land Amazon’s Second Headquarters The Senator looked thin but healthy, a sweater vest under his suit jacket, against the chilly evening, and spoke forcefully about U.S. responsibility. “To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last best hope of earth for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” he said. At other times, his voice broke in emotion, as when he proclaimed himself, “the luckiest guy in the world.” Old private joke between @JoeBiden and @SenJohnMcCain #libertymedal @ConstitutionCtr pic.twitter.com/1yN29f0uY8 — Pat Loeb (@PatLoeb) October 17, 2017
|Evolve IP closes another acquisition, this time of N.J. tech firmBizjournals.com / 42 min. ago more|
The deal to purchase Clearlogin comes just two months after Evolve IP closed its biggest deal yet to expand in Europe.
|Juvenile Department Employee Arrested For Stealing $1.2 Million In Fajitas Over 9 YearsCBSlocal.com / 45 min. ago more|
JENNIFER SHRUM TEXAS (CNN) — A former Texas county employee has been arrested for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escaramilla was fired from his Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department job in August. He was arrested for felony theft after a search warrant turned up packages of county-funded fajitas inside his refrigerator, according to Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz. Google Drones Will Drop Burritos Into People’s Yards Escaramilla has acknowledged stealing packages of the food for nine years. An audit of vendor invoices showed Escaramilla intercepted food deliveries being made to the department. “He would literally, on the day he ordered them, deliver them to customers he already had lined up,” Saenz told The Brownsville Herald. “We’ve been able to uncover two of his purchasers, and they are cooperating with the investigation.” How’d Escaramilla get caught after a nine-year run? He had a medical appointment and missed a day of work in August, and a delivery driver called about the 800 lbs. of fajitas he needed to deliver. McDonald’s Offers To Lock Up Your Smartphone For More Family Time Thing is, the Juvenile Department doesn’t serve Tex-Mex. A woman told the driver they don’t serve fajitas, but the driver insisted he’d been delivering them there for nine years. So…Escaramilla showed up for work the next day, was confronted, and admitted what he’d been doing. “If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit,” Saenz said. “But this is the real thing.” The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|Trinity Tuesday: Eurostyle in Bella Vista for $260K - Philadelphia magazineGoogle News / 49 min. ago more|
Philadelphia magazineTrinity Tuesday: Eurostyle in Bella Vista for $260KPhiladelphia magazineEstablished 1908 Philadelphia Magazine. The Curtis, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 200 East, Philadelphia PA 19106. Copyright © 2017 Metro Corp. All rights reserved. Member, American Society of Magazine Editors and City and Regional Magazine Association.
|Carson Wentz has #1 selling jersey in NFL6abc.com / 53 min. ago more|
The Philadelphia Eagles are number one in a lot of categories these days - including jersey sales!
|5 things to know incl. 20 of the most influential people in the areaBizjournals.com / 54 min. ago more|
Finally this morning it feels like fall is muscling out summer, almost a month since it began. Let's get right into it. Aramark provides some food for thought with two helpings of companies it's acquiring in a couple big-money deals. The food-services-and-more provider is buying Avendra for $1.35 billion and taking over AmeriPride Services for $1 billion. Alison Burdo and Kenneth Hilario set the table together on this one. NeuroFlow, a tech company that does stuff to analyze stress and anxiety…
|Penn State Fraternity Faces Underage Drinking ChargesCBSlocal.com / 57 min. ago more|
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A fraternity at Penn State University is facing charges of furnishing liquor to minors after two underage women were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Court records show Alpha Chi Rho is facing charges after allegedly serving the alcohol at a Sept. 28 fraternity house party. Google Drones Will Drop Burritos Into People’s Yards Police say the women were allowed to enter the party, and at no time were they asked for identification. Medical records show the women were later hospitalized. Tighter enforcement of underage drinking at Penn State frats was one of the changes by the university in the wake of the death of student Timothy Piazza of New Jersey, who fell down the stairs at Beta Theta Pi in February after an alcohol-related hazing ritual. University records show Alpha Chi Rho was already placed on a one-year suspension in July following an alleged hazing. McDonald’s Offers To Lock Up Your Smartphone For More Family Time A preliminary hearing for the most recent charges is scheduled for Nov. 8. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
|Camden undaunted on Amazon headquarters bid, as N.J. backs NewarkPhilly.com / 1 h. 5 min. ago more|
New Jersey plans to offer Amazon a package of incentives that include $7 billion in potential tax credits.
|Multi-vehicle crash on Route 309 in Bucks County6abc.com / 1 h. 8 min. ago more|
A number of injuries have been reported in a multi-vehicle crash in Richland Township, Bucks County.
|Report Says Your Psoriasis Could Be Raising Your Risk Of A Heart AttackCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 9 min. ago more|
KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — So you suffer from psoriasis and you’re wondering why would this put me at greater risk for having a heart attack. According to a new report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, for every year a person suffers from psoriasis there is a one percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the authors of the study this could have any impact similar to that of smoking cigarettes. We have seen in prior studies that cardiovascular risk factors are common in patients with inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and there have been links with psoriasis in the past. The reason why there is this concern is because psoriasis is associated with what is called increased vascular inflammation. So it is not the psoriasis that puts you at risk for heart issues rather the psoriasis is associated with a change in blood vessels that can put you at risk for heart disease. The reason why this is an important study is because if someone who suffers from psoriasis they should use that as a warning sign to speak with a physician and be evaluated for potential cardiovascular disease.
|'Furry Fare Evader': Raccoon Causes Stir on Train PlatformNBC 10 / 1 h. 10 min. ago more|
A "furry fare evader" surprised commuters in a Center City Philadelphia underground train station.Photo Credit: @RidePATCO This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|McDonald’s Offers To Lock Up Your Smartphone For More Family TimeCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
By Maggie Hiufu Wong SINGAPORE (CNN) –– Nothing ruins lunchtime conversations more than a smartphone. And McDonald’s thinks it has a way to combat our modern addiction. The fast food chain has recently introduced mobile phone lockers in one of its branches in Singapore, encouraging diners to take a break from the virtual world and have real conversations over meals. Google Drones Will Drop Burritos Into People’s Yards Named the “Phone off. Fun On.” campaign, the first 100 transparent lockers are installed in the McDonald’s Marine Cove outlet. According to a survey of 302 parents conducted by McDonald’s in Singapore, most (98%) say they use their mobile device whenever they’re with family and more than two-thirds of them admitted using smartphones during meals. Most parents also said their kids use their phone during family time. “This ‘Phone Off, Fun On’ initiative is part of our efforts to advocate family togetherness and encourage families to spend quality time together,” Linda Ming, director of McDonald’s Singapore’s brand communications and customer care, tells CNN. Although the campaign primarily targets families, the service is free for anyone to use. Wi-Fi Network Flaw Could Let Hackers Spy On You According to a survey released earlier this year, about 70% of 12-year-olds in Singapore use a phone. They spend, on average, 6.5 hours daily on electronic devices. It’s not the first time restaurants have tried to discourage mobile phone usage during meals. Earlier this month, a restaurant in southern France made the news by banning diners from using their mobile phones. Waiters would blow a whistle and show a yellow card when someone was caught using a phone. McDonald’s said it was gathering feedback at the Marine Cove branch before deciding whether to expand the service to other outlets. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|Furry fare evader sought at Philly's 8th and Market stationPhilly.com / 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
Animal control is looking for the wily raccoon.
|Google Doodle honors late singer Selena6abc.com / 1 h. 18 min. ago more|
Tuesday's Google Doodle commemorates the debut of Selena's first official album.
|(Updated) Center City restaurant agrees to pay 63 workers $396K in back wages, damagesPhilly.com / 1 h. 20 min. ago more|
The settlement resolves "alleged federal wage violations, including requiring employees to work unpaid hours," the U.S. Department of Labor's local Wage and Hour Division said in a statement Monday.
|Google Drones Will Drop Burritos Into People’s YardsCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 27 min. ago more|
By Michelle Toh AUSTRALIA (CNN) — Drones bearing piping hot burritos are about to start swooping down on the Australian countryside. At least, that’s the plan for Google affiliate Project Wing, which on Tuesday announced new tests of its drone delivery service with two Australian businesses, a Mexican taqueria chain and a drugstore company. Hogwarts Express’ Rescues Stranded Family In Scotland It’s not the first time the Project Wing team has used drones to send people burritos. It did that last year with Chipotle at Virginia Tech University, but that was “in an open field, not to a specific address or location,” said James Ryan Burgess, one of Project Wing’s managers. The Australian tests are taking place in a rural community near Canberra, the national capital, where residents “face a 40-minute round trip in the car for almost anything, whether it’s a carton of milk, veggies for dinner, or a cup of coffee,” Burgess said in a company blog post. Flying goods right into their yards is a great deal more complicated than navigating a field at Virginia Tech. “With each delivery, we encounter a new yard space with its own layout of trees, sheds, fences, and power lines,” Burgess wrote. The issues range from programming the devices to maneuver safely around obstacles like parked cars or outdoor furniture to following customers’ wishes to set down perishable food items close to their kitchens. By bringing in Mexican food chain Guzman y Gomez and drugstore company Chemist Warehouse, Project Wing is adding to the challenges. Its ordering and delivery system will need to handle hot food from Guzman y Gomez and retail goods of all different shapes and sizes from Chemist Warehouse’s extensive catalog of products. Broccoli May Be Key To A Healthy Gut, Study Finds “The information we gather from both of these test partners will help us build a system so that merchants of all kinds can focus on what they’re good at – like making food or helping people feel healthier – rather than being distracted by complex delivery logistics,” Burgess said. Project Wing is the drone delivery unit working out of X, Google parent Alphabet’s so-called “moonshot factory” that explores emerging technologies. Its endeavors in Australia are the latest move in the drone delivery race heating up among big brands. Last year, Domino’s announced it would start using the devices to drop pizza off to customers in New Zealand. Amazon pulled off its first drone delivery in the U.K. last December with an Amazon Fire device and a bag of popcorn. And innovative drone initiatives are also in the works in Rwanda, Tanzania and Reykjavik in Iceland. — Matt McFarland contributed to this report. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|10 Things to Know for TodayThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 37 min. ago more|
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
|2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Faculty List Announced; Includes Leaders From Over 30 Influential ... - GlobeNewswire (press release)Google News / 1 h. 39 min. ago more|
2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Faculty List Announced; Includes Leaders From Over 30 Influential ...GlobeNewswire (press release)Gettysburg, PA, Oct. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS recently announced the faculty list for this year's 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute taking place on November 7-8, 2017 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, ...and more »
|Woman charged with killing girl by sitting on herThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 41 min. ago more|
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 325-pound (150-kilogram) woman is charged with killing a 9-year-old girl by sitting on the child as punishment.
|Loved Ones Mourn Teen Girl Killed by Gunfire Into CrowdNBC 10 / 1 h. 43 min. ago more|
Loved ones are mourning a teen girl who was shot and killed after a gunman fired into a crowd in Willingboro, New Jersey.Photo Credit: NBC10/Family Photo This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|South Carolina deputy kills suspect holding hostageThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 43 min. ago more|
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A man authorities say was holding a woman hostage at a home in South Carolina has been shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.
|Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1The Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 45 min. ago more|
NEW YORK (AP) — Back in the Bronx, the big guys delivered.
|Sheriff: 2 deputies ousted over drug court sex scandalThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 47 min. ago more|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says two of his deputies were forced to leave their jobs after an investigation found they were preying on women in drug court programs.
|McDonald's testing cell phone lockers at restaurants6abc.com / 1 h. 48 min. ago more|
McDonald's has a new way to get families to put down the phone and enjoy a family meal.
|Businesses losing money to soda tax, controller saysPhilly.com / 1 h. 49 min. ago more|
Nearly 60 percent of businesses surveyed say sales are down since city imposed its sweetened-beverage tax.
|10 Complaints a Day: Philly's Perpetual Battle With RatsNBC 10 / 1 h. 50 min. ago more|
Like many of America's older cities, rats aren't hard to find in Philadelphia. But they are hard to control. With over 7,000 citizen complaints of rats in the last two years — about 10 on average each day — it's...
|Singer Ed Sheeran tells fans of bike accident, arm injury6abc.com / 1 h. 54 min. ago more|
British singer Ed Sheeran has told fans via Instagram that he's had a bicycle injury and may have to change some concert dates.
|1 Injured After Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer On Pa. TurnpikeCBSlocal.com / 2 h. 1 min. ago more|
BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – A man was seriously injured after his car ran into the rear-end of a tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Tuesday morning. It happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound near Neshaminy Falls in Bensalem, just after 6 a.m. Police say the man’s car was wedged beneath the tractor-trailer, trapping him in the car for almost an hour before emergency crews were able to free him. He was medivaced to Temple University in serious but stable condition. Both rights lanes are still blocked as crews clear the scene.
|$12M parking, shopping renovations for Grand Ole Opry HouseThe Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 6 min. ago more|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Tennessee's capital city will undergo a $12 million expansion to add parking, larger retail space and an enhanced area for backstage tours.
|Spurs' Popovich labels Trump 'a soulless coward'The Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 7 min. ago more|
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has called President Donald Trump "a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others" in response to Trump's comment Monday that former President Barack Obama…
|This Week in Comcast: Cord-cutting threat grows, but Trump's is emptyBizjournals.com / 2 h. 10 min. ago more|
It’s that time of year. As the rest of the country stockpiles candy and tunes into horror movie marathons, corporate America is getting ready to roll out Q3 earnings results — and it’s looking like pay-TV companies are in for a different type of scare. The telecom world was buzzing last week after AT&T, seeking to get ahead of the game, announced it expected to lose 390,000 traditional subscribers while adding 300,000 lower-value customers on its over-the-top DirecTV Now service, for a net…
|Catch Up Quickly: Mom Charged in Death of 2 BoysNBC 10 / 2 h. 15 min. ago more|
Here are the top news stories you need to know to start your day from your friends at NBC10.Photo Credit: Tim Furlong/NBC10
|Study: Kids who play tackle football have more behavioral, cognitive problems6abc.com / 2 h. 21 min. ago more|
There are new concerns about the long-term impact playing tackle football can have on young children.
|Pennsylvania college offers cut players reinstatementThe Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 21 min. ago more|
READING, Pa. (AP) — Three football players who were cut from the team at Division III Albright College in Pennsylvania for kneeling during the national anthem have been offered reinstatement.
|Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial baseThe Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 21 min. ago more|
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia is pressuring Serbia to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin's spy base in the Balkans.
|Feds to judge: Put Seth Williams away for 5 yearsPhilly.com / 2 h. 24 min. ago more|
In a memo filed with U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond, government lawyers described the city's fallen top prosecutor as a crooked politician who took every opportunity to enrich himself through numerous frauds, thefts from his campaign fund, and bribes accepted from generous donors.
|VIDEO: Strangers rescue couple trapped under burning tanker truck6abc.com / 2 h. 30 min. ago more|
Dramatic video shows strangers rushing to save a couple trapped under a burning tanker truck in New York.
|Get fit doing one-legged lunges - Today's Tip6abc.com / 2 h. 31 min. ago more|
Shoshana shows how one-legged lunges can help you meet your fitness goals!
|1 injured in multi-alarm Cherry Hill apartment complex fire6abc.com / 2 h. 36 min. ago more|
A multi-alarm fire injured one person and caused residents to flee their Cherry Hill apartment complex late Monday night.
|1 Injured In Three-Alarm Apartment Fire In Cherry HillCBSlocal.com / 2 h. 42 min. ago more|
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) –– Investigators in Cherry Hill are looking into the cause of a three-alarm fire that damaged three units at an apartment complex late Monday night. The fire started sometime after 11:30 p.m. at The Colonials apartments on Cooper Landing Road. When firefighters arrived, residents were evacuating from the building. Chief Thomas Kolbe said it started in a fifth floor apartment and spread to two others. Crews got it under control in about 40 minutes. “Under the conditions presented, I think we did a good job, we held the fire to where it started and we were able to get all of the occupants safely evacuated,” he said. Jamie Wallace and other residents told Eyewitness News the smoke alarms in their units did not sound. “All I felt was my cat attaching my face,” she said. “There was no alarm, until you got into the hallway and these walls are paper-thin. So until I got into the hallway, that’s when I heard the alarms going.” All of the residents made it out of the building. Paramedics took one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Everyone was back in their apartments by Tuesday morning, except for those who live in the three damaged units.
|Girl, 3, drowns in grease pit at Alabama ice cream shop6abc.com / 2 h. 45 min. ago more|
Authorities say a 3-year-old girl is dead after she fell into a grease pit at an Alabama ice cream shop and drowned.
|Philadelphia PAC hit with record fine for failing to report $160,000 in campaign spendingBizjournals.com / 2 h. 48 min. ago more|
A political action committee faces a $60,000 fine for failing to file required campaign finance reports for money it spent to sway voters in Philadelphia’s May 2015 primary. City Council members Helen Gym, Mark Squilla and Allan Domb paid thousands of dollars to Citizens Organizing for Pennsylvania’s Security to help influence voters. So did developer Ori Feibush, who sent the PAC more than $65,000 during his failed bid to unseat councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Those payments were totally legal…
|#Phillydelivers: Philadelphia makes final push for Amazon HQ6abc.com / 2 h. 57 min. ago more|
Philadelphia is making the final push to try and convince Amazon to build its second headquarters in the city.
|Veteran-run startup raises $1.25M to change how mental health is measuredBizjournals.com / 3 h. 6 min. ago more|
NeuroFlow combines wearable tech, biometric data and machine-learning algorithms to measure anxiety, stress, focus and relaxation.
|Philly teen dies after being shot in Oxford Circle student meleePhilly.com / 3 h. 22 min. ago more|
Messiah Chiverton was a junior at Frankford High School. Another teen, Muhammed Goode, 18, was arrested last week.
|Black adults 8 times as likely to be arrested for pot in Pa. as whites, study showsPhilly.com / 3 h. 23 min. ago more|
Marijuana possession arrests in Pennsylvania, excluding Philadelphia, have increased by 33 percent since 2010 - and black adults have been arrested at a rate disproportionate to white adults that is rapidly increasing, a new study shows.
|Germantown school reopening delayed again by moldPhilly.com / 3 h. 46 min. ago more|
The Philadelphia School District will keep a Germantown elementary school closed until Wednesday to fix a mold problem discovered last week, the district said Monday.
|McCain repudiates 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' in Liberty Medal remarksBizjournals.com / 10 h. 10 min. ago more|
Sen. John McCain was awarded the Liberty Medal on Oct. 16 by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The text of his acceptance speech for the award, which is given annually by the center, is below: Thank you, Joe (Biden), my old, dear friend, for those mostly undeserved kind words. Vice President Biden and I have known each other for a lot of years now, more than forty, if you’re counting. We knew each other back when we were young and handsome and smarter than everyone else but were…
|Police: Man Throws Hot Coffee Onto Wawa EmployeeCBSlocal.com / 10 h. 30 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are searching for a suspect who threw hot coffee onto a Wawa employee in Northeast Philadelphia. Police are searching for a suspect who threw hot coffee onto a Wawa employee. (credit: Philadelphia Police Department) Police say the suspect was involved with a verbal altercation with the 30-year-old employee at the Wawa on 1300 East Erie Ave. on Oct. 13 around 2 p.m. Philadelphia Restaurant Agrees To Pay Employees Nearly $400,000 To Resolve Alleged Federal Wage Violations Police say that during the dispute, the suspect threw hot coffee onto the man, causing injuries. The entire incident was caught on video. Police say the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a black male, wearing glasses, a dark-colored Yankees cap, gray shirt and gray pants. Broccoli May Be Key To A Healthy Gut, Study Finds Anyone with information is asked to call police.
|Philadelphia Grassroots Effort To Boycott NFL, Plan To Take It NationalCBSlocal.com / 10 h. 30 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick filed a grievance against NFL owners for his inability to work in the league. Now a Coalition of civil rights and grassroots groups in Philadelphia are calling for a national NFL boycott. “All freedom loving people to come out to their local NFL stadium on October 22,” said Supreme Dow is convenor of the 1022 Protest Committee. The 1022 Protest Committee is a coalition of groups that includes the Philadelphia NAACP, Guardian Civic League, Philadelphia National Action Network and others. Dow is calling on these groups to come together for a one day boycott of the NFL this Sunday to support NFL players who protest during the national anthem, especially Colin Kapernick, who many believe has been “blackballed” by the NFL. “We’ don’t know if they’ve met and said they are going to blackball Colin Kapernick,” says Dow, “But what we do know is that he is a championship quarterback who took teams to the Super Bowl and he has not been given an opportunity to play for another team.” Dow says his Coalition has called on their national counterparts to join in the action. Since the Eagles play on Monday, the Committee has asked Philadelphians and others, who support players’ right to “take a knee” as a way to speak out against the killing of African-Americans by law enforcement, to join their protest outside the Linc during the game.
|Wi-Fi Network Flaw Could Let Hackers Spy On YouCBSlocal.com / 10 h. 32 min. ago more|
By Selena Larson PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — The Wi-Fi network you’re using may be susceptible to hacking. A new security flaw, discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef of the University of Leuven in Belgium, appears to be affecting Wi-Fi connections. The issue stems from WPA2, a protocol that secures wireless networks. The flaw, called KRACK (short for Key Reinstallation Attack), could let a hacker within range of your device break encryption and potentially steal and manipulate data. “Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted,” Vanhoef wrote. “This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on.” Broccoli May Be Key To A Healthy Gut, Study Finds This means an attacker could trick someone’s device into connecting to their Wi-Fi access point, instead of the one to which they’re trying to connect. But there’s bit of a silver lining: There are no reports of this flaw being exploited in the wild, and some companies have already issued patches. In his report, Vanhoef listed a number of operating systems at risk, including Google Android, Linux, Apple MacOS, Microsoft Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, and Linksys. Android 6.0 and Linux are the most at risk, the report said. “We’re aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks,” a Google spokesperson told CNN Tech. Meanwhile, Microsoft said customers who have the latest Windows Update, launched last week, and applied the security updates, are automatically protected. Apple confirmed the flaw has been patched on all its products and a fix will be available for everyone in the next few weeks. If you use only secure websites — that is, those that use HTTPS, instead of HTTP with a lock icon in the address bar — you’re protected from this vulnerability, according to the report. However, that can be difficult on mobile apps. United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) issued a warning on Monday that encouraged all Wi-Fi users to install updates when available. The organization is keeping a running list of affected vendors. 6-Year-Old Boy Sets Up Doughnut Stand To Thank His Heroes The Wi-Fi Alliance, a group of companies that defines Wi-Fi standards and certifies products, said it will now test for the vulnerability as part of its certification process and provide a detection tool to any of its members. An attack may also be a challenge for hackers execute. “The good news is that for most home users, the attacks are computationally expensive and not trivial,” said Kenneth White, a Washington D.C.-based security consultant to federal agencies. “But Android owners in particular should be checking for updates and pressing their device maker for a response.” Vanhoef said that home users should make it a priority to update phones and computers. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|Philly Makes ‘Rattiest Cities’ In The US ListCBSlocal.com / 10 h. 32 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The rattiest cities list is in and Philadelphia is sitting near the top. According to pest control company Orkin, Philadelphia ranks 6th when it comes to rattiest cities. “Rats and mice begin looking for warmer, more insulated places to get through the winter, and these too often happen to be our homes or businesses,” said John Kane, entomologist and Technical Director of Orkin’s Midwest Region. “Rodents like to chew on wood and electrical wires, increasing the fire danger behind your walls and potentially damage to your home.” Kane added it’s not hard for rodents to get inside a home or business. Watch: Rat Drags Trash Bag Across New York Sidewalk, Pulls Pizza Out Of It Orkin says the metro regions are ranked by the number of rodent treatments the company performed from September 15th, 2016 – September 15th, 2017. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments. “Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime,” Kane said. “Even if they can’t find an opening, they can often chew their way in.” To help people avoid the health and safety risks that are possible with these pests, Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent rodents around the home: Inspect both inside and outside the home for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. The more quickly rodents are detected, the better. Look for possible entry points outside the home and seal cracks and holes if any are found. Think, “where would YOU hide or enter if you were a rodent?” It’ll be hidden, dark, probably warm, and difficult to reach! Install weather strips around entryways, especially under doors, to help block rodents from sneaking inside. Store food properly by keeping it sealed tightly in rodent-proof containers like plastic bins or metal canisters. Otherwise, rodents may smell food and break into weaker containers. Clean up crumbs and spills as soon as they happen to avoid leaving food residue or sugary substances that can attract rodents. Cut back trees and bushes to at least three feet away from homes to avoid giving rodents a “jumping off” point to access the gutters, roof or other hidden openings. Using the tips above, homes across the nation can be better equipped to keep rodents out. If there is ever a time when a rodent infestation is suspected, contact a local pest management expert as soon as possible. THE FULL LIST INCLUDES: Chicago New York Los Angeles (+1) San Francisco – Oakland (+1) Washington, DC (-2) Philadelphia (+1) Detroit (+2) Baltimore (-2) Seattle – Tacoma Dallas – Ft. Worth (+4) Denver (-1) Minneapolis – St. Paul (-4) Cleveland – Akron (+2) Atlanta (+2) Boston (-3) Hartford – New Haven (+1) Portland, OR (+3) Miami – Ft. Lauderdale (-5) Indianapolis Houston (+1) Milwaukee (+2) Pittsburgh (-4) New Orleans (+15) Cincinnati (+10) Richmond – Petersburg Sacramento – Stockton (+6) Kansas City (+3) Charlotte (-1) Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News (-5) Buffalo (-1) Columbus, OH (+6) St. Louis (-4) Raleigh – Durham (-11) Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo (-1) San Diego (+12) Albany – Schenectady (-10) San Antonio Tampa – St. Petersburg (-7) Rochester, NY (-4) Nashville (-1) Champaign – Springfield – Decatur Greenville – Spartanburg (-2) Memphis Phoenix (+1) Syracuse West Palm Beach (-10) Orlando – Daytona Beach (-1) Madison (+1) Flint – Saginaw (-8) Green Bay – Appleton (-6) 6-Year-Old Boy Sets Up Doughnut Stand To Thank His Heroes
|Sen. John McCain Awarded Liberty Medal In PhiladelphiaCBSlocal.com / 10 h. 44 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Senator John McCain accepted the Constitution Center’s prestigious Liberty Medal on Monday night with a speech that was both fiery and emotional. The ceremony rose to the challenge of capturing the enormous breath of Senator McCain’s life of service, from a painful recounting of his captivity in Vietnam to his recent vote to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. ALSO READ: Philadelphia Looks To Land Amazon’s Second Headquarters The Senator looked thin but healthy, a sweater vest under his suit jacket, against the chilly evening, and spoke forcefully about U.S. responsibility. Old private joke between @JoeBiden and @SenJohnMcCain #libertymedal @ConstitutionCtr pic.twitter.com/1yN29f0uY8 — Pat Loeb (@PatLoeb) October 17, 2017 At other times, his voice broke in emotion, as when he proclaimed himself, “the luckiest guy in the world.” “I’m probably the luckiest person you’ll ever interview,” McCain said in an interview with CBS3’s Jessica Dean. “Because of the life I’ve had. I mean to be able to fly airplanes, to be part of an organization filled with people I loved and respected, the ability to serve in the House of Representatives and the Senate, their presidency. I guarantee you if my old company officer had been told that I would be a candidate for anything other than dog catcher, he would have been surprised.” FULL SPEECH: Sen. John McCain’s Full Speech At Liberty Medal Ceremony McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma but says he’s feeling fine. “I’m feeling fine. I’ve been exercising, I’ve been eating. This is a vicious disease but right now I couldn’t ask for anything better.” McCain, who joined the Navy in 1958 and rose to the rank of captain during his 22 years of service, couldn’t resist going a bit further than everyone else. “To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” he said, “is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
|Even in death, do black men still face bias? Families fighting for victim compensation say yes.Philadelphia News / 10 h. 53 min. ago more|
It is closing in on a year since Thomas Vaughan, 73, watched his grandson Zion step out the front door of his Yeadon home for the last time. Zion, a popular Penn Wood High School senior and a linebacker on the school's football team, was killed less a block from his home by a single gunshot to his back.
|Judge: Corruption case vs. Sen. Bob Menendez will proceedPhilly.com / 11 h. 13 min. ago more|
Ruling that prosecutors had met key thresholds in proving corruption laid out in a landmark Supreme Court decision last year, a federal judge Monday denied a motion to dismiss charges against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. His attorneys began presenting their case after the ruling.
|Jurors could begin weighing charges in 'Jungle Jabbah' warlord trialPhilly.com / 11 h. 27 min. ago more|
Should he be convicted, Jabateh, the East Lansdowne resident, faces up to five years in prison for each of the counts of perjury and immigration fraud with which he is charged.
|How many sexual-assault hashtags does it take to end sexual assault?Philly.com / 11 h. 28 min. ago more|
The hashtag, created in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal to spread awareness about sexual harassment, took off Sunday on social media.
|NBC10 Responds: Family Says They Have Too Much InsuranceNBC 10 / 12 h. 15 min. ago more|
A viewer called Harry Hairston at NBC10 Responds after receiving bills from an insurance company they didn't know they had.
|Albright: Players in Kneeling Controversy Can Rejoin TeamNBC 10 / 12 h. 40 min. ago more|
A Berks County, Pennsylvania college is offering to reinstate three football players; one who was kicked off the team for kneeling during the national anthem, and two who were kicked off for not kneeling during...
|Trailer With Century's Worth of Family's History StolenNBC 10 / 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
A New Jersey man is desperate to find the thieves who stole a trailer that had 100 years’ worth of his family's history inside. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|Driver Hurt in Crash Involving 2 Trucks on I-495 in DelawareNBC 10 / 13 h. 21 min. ago more|
A driver is recovering after a crash involving a tree-trimming truck and a tractor trailer shut down southbound lanes on I-495 in Wilmington, Delaware.
|Sandy Contractor Was 'Deceptive,' $1.3M Sought, N.J. AG SaysNBC 10 / 13 h. 31 min. ago more|
A South Jersey contractor has been named in a civil complaint filed Monday by the state Attorney General's office for allegedly using "deceptive practices" on at least 23 reconstruction jobs following Superstorm... This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|Black adults 8 times as likely to be arrested for pot in Pa. as whites, study shows13 minutes agoPhiladelphia News / 14 h. 21 min. ago more|
Justine McDaniel covers vices on the policy and solutions team, writing about topics such as gambling, liquor control, marijuana legalization, and opioid policy. Black adults in Pennsylvania were eight times more likely than white adults to be arrested for marijuana possession in 2016, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
|Telling the Jewish American story one family at a timePhiladelphia News / 14 h. 21 min. ago more|
David Mink, who is participating in the institution's new Re:collection initiative, is shown with two photos of his mother, Sylvia Pseny with her parents from 1918. Re:collection is a just-launched initiative of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
|Local Kaepernick supporters to stage NFL, Eagles boycottThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 15 h. 30 min. ago more|
CENTER CITY (WPVI) –A Philadelphia group is protesting what it calls an attempt to silence NFL players and their expression of their First Amendment rights. The group, called the 10-22 Protest Committee, is calling on anyone who supports the efforts of Colin Kaepernick to boycott the NFL this coming Sunday. Members of the group gathered outside Philadelphia City Hall Monday morning to announce the boycott and urge Philadelphia Eagles fans to participate. Kaepernick is the former San Francisco quarterback whose decision to take a knee during the national anthem turned into a nationwide movement. He has also filed a grievance against NFL owners, accusing them of blackballing him. Kaepernick has not been picked up by another team since leaving the 49ers. The organizer of the 10-22 protest, Supreme Dow, told Action News he supports Kaepernick’s decision to file the grievance. He also said he loves the fact that so many other athletes support Kaepernick’s efforts. Action News spoke with a few people about this issue outside City Hall Monday. Many said they empathize with the former quarterback and support the movement. The post Local Kaepernick supporters to stage NFL, Eagles boycott appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Inquirer Endorses Republican Beth Grossman for DAPhiladelphia Magazine / 15 h. 36 min. ago more|
In a surprising move, the Inquirer has endorsed Republican District Attorney candidate Beth Grossman. The newspaper’s plug for Grossman has drawn outrage from supporters of Larry Krasner, the progressive firebrand who beat out six other Democratic candidates for the nomination in May and a candidate who vows to turn an embattled D.A.’s office on its head. In its… The post Inquirer Endorses Republican Beth Grossman for DA appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Germantown school to close Tuesday for final day of mold cleanupPhillyVoice / 15 h. 52 min. ago more|
An elementary school in the city's Germantown section will be closed again Tuesday as work continues to remove mold found in several classrooms.
|Philadelphia Elementary School Remains Closed Due to Mold NBC 10 / 15 h. 53 min. ago more|
A Philadelphia elementary school will remain closed until Wednesday after traces of mold were found in classrooms.Photo Credit: NBC10
|Talula's Garden to pay employees $400K in back-pay caseBizjournals.com / 16 h. 2 min. ago more|
The owners of a Philadelphia restaurant will pay employees nearly $400,000 in back pay and damages after a Department of Labor investigation found the owners violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act Washington Square Restaurant Partners, doing business as the popular restaurant Talula's Garden at 210 W. Washington Square, has agreed to pay 63 workers a total of $197,917 in back wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday. The owners will also pay an equal amount in liquidated…
|District Health Center One Added To Philly's Historic Register - Patch.comGoogle News / 16 h. 22 min. ago more|
Patch.comDistrict Health Center One Added To Philly's Historic RegisterPatch.comThe Philadelphia Health Department building has been serving the community since 1960 and stands out with its space-age design. By Max Bennett (Patch Staff) - Updated Oct 16, 2017 4:34 pm ET ...and more »
|Prayers Answered: Tammie Souza's Son Battles Brain Tumor NBC 10 / 17 h. 29 min. ago more|
NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Tammie Souza talks about her son's battle after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and their experience in the hospital.Photo Credit: Tammie Souza This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|Amazon's Treasure Truck to roll into PhiladelphiaBizjournals.com / 18 h. 10 min. ago more|
A new Amazon.com promotional product will roll into Philadelphia. The Amazon Treasure Truck has expanded into Philadelphia, the e-commerce giant announced Monday, providing customers a way to shop for "new, trending, local or delicious items." Launched in 2015, Amazon's Treasure Truck shows up in various locations with a different item every day, purchased through the Amazon app. The day's surprise "treasure" is revealed through notifications. Supplies are limited, so customers have to act fast. After…
|Pa. Insurance Department: Subsidy cut means individual market premium increases will average 30.6% next yearBizjournals.com / 18 h. 12 min. ago more|
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department approved 2018 individual health insurance rates that include premium increases that average 30.6 percent. The state agency had originally projected an increase in the individual market to average 7.6 percent, but that changed when President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that eliminates subsidies to health insurance companies that have been provided for low-income individual and families purchasing coverage through the exchanges set up under…
|Drone crashes into passenger plane in CanadaPHL17.com / 18 h. 13 min. ago more|
QUEBEC CITY, Canada — A drone crashed into a commercial airplane in Canada, the first time such an incident has occurred in the country, the government said Sunday. A plane operated by charter airline Skyjet was approaching Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport on Thursday when a drone struck one of its wings, according to local media reports. There were six passengers and two crew members aboard the plane. “I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely,” Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement Sunday. Based in Quebec, Skyjet operates a fleet of small twin-engine aircraft, according to its website. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours. The rapidly growing use of drones by consumers around the world has led to an upswing in the number of encounters between the remote-controlled devices and planes. Transportation authorities have been trying to come up with rules to avoid a disaster. Earlier this year, Canada announced safety measures making it illegal to fly recreational drones within 5.5 kilometers (3.5 miles) of an airport, and restricting the height of a drone’s flight to 90 meters (about 300 feet). Punishment for breaking the regulations can include a fine of as much as 25,000 Canadian dollars ($20,000) and a prison sentence. The drone that struck the passenger plane last week was following the 3.5-mile restriction, but was flying much higher than legally allowed, hovering some 450 meters (1,500 feet) above the ground. “If a drone were to hit the window of a cockpit and incapacitate the pilot, or were to damage in anyway an engine, this could have catastrophic results,” Garneau said at a news conference. A commercial drone flew dangerously close to a passenger plane in China earlier this year, prompting authorities to detain the drone’s pilot. In the U.K., the pilot of a British Airways flight said a drone struck the front of the aircraft during its approach to Heathrow airport last year. But after an investigation, the British government later concluded what happened probably wasn’t “a drone incident.” Dubai’s airport last year said it was carrying out trials of a “drone hunter” — a remote-controlled aircraft to detect drones that are in danger of straying into the airport’s space — after unauthorized drone activity forced the airport, the third busiest in the world, to shut down several times. In Canada, officials say that of the roughly 1,600 drone incidents reported to authorities so far this year, 131 posed a threat to aviation safety.
|Family dog found alive and well at home destroyed by California wildfirePHL17.com / 18 h. 13 min. ago more|
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- After a lengthy search through the aftermath of a wildfire, a Northern California family found their parents' missing dog alive and well. Beckyjean Widen's parents were asleep when flames started to surround their home and as they escaped, their family dog, Izzy, ran away from them. They could not chase after Izzy without risking their own lives, and feared Izzy didn’t make it after the fire burned through their neighborhood. But when Widen’s brother, Jack Weaver, and her husband, Patrick Widen, hiked three miles to the property, they saw Izzy joyously run up to them. The two men were recording the scene to show Jack and Beckyjean’s parents and captured the heartwarming reunion. The video was posted on Facebook and has gone viral with more than 1.8 million views. “She was very happy to see us,” Weaver told the Associated Press about the 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog. “She’s such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything.” The family told KGO that Izzy is doing fine, but their home is a total loss.
|High school principal shocked by cougar encounter caught on cameraPHL17.com / 18 h. 13 min. ago more|
WOODINVILLE, Wash. -- The principal at a Washington State high school describes a recent encounter with a cougar as "amazing." Bob Hagin says Northwest Liberty School in Woodinville was visited by a cougar three times on Friday. The animal was captured on a surveillance camera once. Hagin told KCPQ he was working in his office when he heard noises coming from the Study Lab area, but was stunned when he saw the source. "I check it out, only to see the cougar pawing at a window," Hagin wrote on Facebook. Hagin said another window had a "lick mark on it." Surveillance video shows a cougar staring at Hagin and someone else inside the classroom. The camera is pointed towards the outside but it also captured the window's reflection of the inside of the classroom, giving the video an eerie look. This was the third time Hagin had come in contact with the cougar. Several hours earlier, the school alerted neighbors and the public of a cougar sighting. "For those who don't know where we are located, we are across from Dairy Queen along the Little Bear Creek in Woodinville, Washington. Unfortunately, when the cougar was an arm's length away, we were too stunned to grab a camera." Hagin said the high school is located in a pretty commercialized area of Woodinville and that there hasn’t been a reported cougar sighting there for a while. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified of the sighting. Hagin said the department reassured the school that the animal would not stick around.
|Bill Murray helps fellow Cubs fans announce pregnancyPHL17.com / 18 h. 13 min. ago more|
CHICAGO — Singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” wasn’t the only thing actor Bill Murray did at Game 3 of the National League Division series. He also helped fellow Cubs fans Robbie Schloss and Kirsten Barrish Schloss announce their pregnancy in a video for the couple’s parents. “I’ve got news for you. You’re gonna be grandparents,” Murray said while pointing to Robbie and Kirsten. “Bill Murray, thank you for making my parents cry,” Robbie later wrote on Instagram. There, he announced that baby Schloss is expected in April 2018. The couple didn’t announce the baby’s gender, but we can hope the family’s new addition will be a devoted Cubs fan too.
|Philly Woman Says Marathon Grill Manager Told Her “We Don’t Serve Your Kind”Philadelphia Magazine / 19 h. 33 min. ago more|
Local talk show host Salima Hakeem says she hasn’t slept a full night since Friday: The soon-to-be 61-year-old is still reeling after she claims she was discriminated against and verbally abused by the manager of Marathon Grill‘s 19th and Market location. As Hakeem tells it, her October 13th experience with Jon Borish was unprofessional and… The post Philly Woman Says Marathon Grill Manager Told Her “We Don’t Serve Your Kind” appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Pa.'s ACA 2018 exchange rate percentage increases quadruple due to loss of federal subsidies - Philly.comGoogle News / 19 h. 35 min. ago more|
Philly.comPa.'s ACA 2018 exchange rate percentage increases quadruple due to loss of federal subsidiesPhilly.comEarlier projections showed that rates would increase 7.6 percent, in a sign that the health-insurance market for ACA plans was settling in Pennsylvania. “It is with great regret that I must announce approved rates that are substantially higher than ...and more »
|OPINION: Why John McCain, an Imperfect Hero, Deserves the Liberty MedalPhiladelphia Magazine / 20 h. 26 min. ago more|
On Monday evening, the National Constitution Center will award U.S. Sen. John McCain the 2017 Liberty Medal. The award ceremony committee probably sensed it had to move fast if it wanted to acknowledge McCain’s contributions to American politics and history: The senator has been diagnosed with malignant glioblastoma and may not have long to live.… The post OPINION: Why John McCain, an Imperfect Hero, Deserves the Liberty Medal appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|In Philly, he wages war on a never-ending tide of ratsPhillyVoice / 21 h. 6 min. ago more|
Philadelphia, like most major cities, especially those on the East Coast, has a rat problem that’s not going away. But is it worse here than New York City?
|Driver killed, passenger injured in Tioga-Nicetown shooting - 6abc.comGoogle News / 21 h. 49 min. ago more|
6abc.comDriver killed, passenger injured in Tioga-Nicetown shooting6abc.comA man was killed and another injured after police said a suspect walked up to an SUV and opened fire in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Police identify the man who was fatally as 27-year-old Brian Gravely. His fiancée Jessica Betts was ...and more »
|Council Moves to Prohibit Offensive Symbols on City PropertyPhiladelphia Magazine / 22 h. 33 min. ago more|
Weeks after a Confederate flag was allegedly discovered on a Philly narcotics officer’s personal vehicle, City Council is moving to prohibit potentially offensive symbols on city property. City Council president Darrell Clarke and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown have introduced a bill that would allow the city to regulate certain symbols, materials, and objects in or on… The post Council Moves to Prohibit Offensive Symbols on City Property appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Missing Teen Spotted In Car That Hit Cop In Philadelphia - Patch.comGoogle News / 23 h. ago more|
Patch.comMissing Teen Spotted In Car That Hit Cop In PhiladelphiaPatch.comMissing Teen Spotted In Car That Hit Cop In Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A 14-year-old South Jersey girl who has been reported missing was seen in a car that ran over a police officer over the weekend. Hannah Rose Jones was reported missing ...Man Arrested, Search Continues For Missing New Jersey Teen ...CBS Phillyall 13 news articles »
|FBI involved in search for missing teenagerPHL17.com / 23 h. 49 min. ago more|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the search for a missing teenager who ran away from her home. 14 year-old Hannah Jones was last seen outside her Burlington County home last Sunday. Her mother now fears that she could be part of a human trafficking ring. You are asked to contact police if you have any information on Jones' whereabouts.
|‘Samurai Jack’ To Be Released as Complete SeriesPHL17.com / 1 d. 1 h. 1 min. ago more|
Adult Swim’s eight-time Emmy award-winning series “Samurai Jack” is being released as a complete set. Fans can get their hands on a special box set with over one thousand minutes of high quality animation. The series creator Gendy Tartakovsky says fans can expect A LOT out of the release. "It's pretty amazing to have it all in one big edition from the very first episode to the very finale that we just finished." Season five's soundtrack is also being released. This marks the first time a season's soundtrack is on the market. "One of the biggest things about the show is the music. It's a big part of the storytelling. We're releasing all the tracks from the new episodes... all the great ones that stood out. We've never done that before so it's pretty exciting for myself as a fan and for other fans of the show." Samurai Jack premiered 16 years ago. Tartakovsky says it's been an incredible journey. "I remember after we finished the show, I was kind of done. Anywhere I traveled, where I lived, where I lectured, where I taught, the very first question was always about Jack. Am I going to finish the stories? Am I going to make a movie? Every year it got more and more popular." "Samurai Jack: The Complete Series" can be found through major retailers like Amazon, Target and Best Buy.
|Adopt A Pet: GottiePHL17.com / 1 d. 1 h. 54 min. ago more|
We bet you won’t meet a more exotic looking Tabby than Gottie! Gottie is a two-year-old Tabby mix. He spent the last two years in a loving home and is looking for that kind of affection again. He's very playful, outgoing and just loves life! Gottie is ready to go and already neutered. He'd love to be adopted into a family that will never let him go. For more information on Gottie visit ACCT PHILLY.
|Officials: John B. Kelly school will remain closed on Monday Oct. 16 due to moldThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 1 d. 2 h. 44 min. ago more|
John B. Kelly school will remain closed on Monday Oct. 16 due to mold. The school was also closed on Thursday and Friday of last week. The School District of Philadelphia issued the following statement: Due to a Facilities issue John B. Kelly will remain closed Monday, October 16. All J.B. Kelly staff are to report to the Hill Freedman World Academy located at 1100 Mt. Pleasant Street, 19150. An additional update to the school community will be provided Monday.” Last week, the School District of Philadelphia received a report of a possible mold issue at John B. Kelly Elementary School and the situation was immediately investigated. Due to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) issues, traces of mold were found in several classrooms and an immediate and comprehensive plan to remediate the mold and investigate the cause was put in place. Working with a highly qualified and experienced environmental remediation contractor, work began to remove the problem at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and should be finished sometime this evening. The safety and health of our students and staff is our highest priority said the school district in a statement. The post Officials: John B. Kelly school will remain closed on Monday Oct. 16 due to mold appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Philly's soda tax facing new challenges in Pa. Senate - Philly.comGoogle News / 1 d. 4 h. 9 min. ago more|
Philly.comPhilly's soda tax facing new challenges in Pa. SenatePhilly.comPhiladelphia's soda tax, which pays for pre-K education and other programs, could face a challenge from the state Senate. by Chris Brennan, Political Columnist @ByChrisBrennan | email@example.com · Email @ByChrisBrennan · cjbphilly ...
|Oversized cellar beneath colonial tavern is a history mysteryPhillyVoice / 1 d. 9 h. 43 min. ago more|
Haddonfield’s Indian King Tavern, where New Jersey declared itself a state and adopted its Great Seal, is no secret. But the basement beneath, well that's retained a bit of mystery.
|Body found in Pennsylvania river identified as 'Shark Tank' entrepreneur - New York Daily NewsGoogle News / 1 d. 17 h. 51 min. ago more|
New York Daily NewsBody found in Pennsylvania river identified as 'Shark Tank' entrepreneurNew York Daily News... a Pennsylvania river appears to have been shot in the head and has been identified as an entrepreneur who appeared on “Shark Tank,” investigators said. The body of Philip Reitnour, 58, was discovered on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia on ...and more »
|Two Firms Awarded Seed Funds to Develop Medical Devices for ChildrenPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 19 h. 14 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium has announced its latest round of seed grants to companies developing medical devices for children. The Consortium chose two companies from eight finalists in a competition to receive seed grants of USD 50,000 each.
|30-Yr-old Man Dies Inside Legendary Philly Recording StudioPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 22 h. 58 min. ago more|
A 30-year-old man was found dead Saturday morning inside Superior Sounds Studio in the Old City section of Philadelphia. The recording studio is well known among Philadelphia musicians, and has even hosted national acts like rapper Meek Mill.
|IN FOCUS: Friedreich’s AtaxiaPHL17.com / 1 d. 23 h. 40 min. ago more|
Friedreich’s Ataxia is a neuromuscular disorder that affects one in 50,000 people in the United States. The 9th annual RIDE ATAXIA Philly Race takes place on Sunday, October 15th at Montgomery County Community College in an effort to raise over $300,000 for research of the disease. Felicia DeRosa, Program Director for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance – also known as FARA – joins host, Jennifer Lewis-Hall, to talk about details regarding the family fun event. Doctor Kimberly Lin from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shares her expertise about the disease, and siblings Abby and Chase Yingling – who both have FA - and their mother Jen Yingling share their personal story. And we highlight the documentary, “The Ataxian,” featuring stellar athlete Kyle Bryant and his journey traveling more than 3,000 miles across country to raise awareness about the disease. “In Focus” is broadcast Saturday mornings at 6:30 PHL17.
|Weekend Philler Episode 204: The Animal Takeover SpecialPHL17.com / 2 d. 1 h. 52 min. ago more|
We call our animal segments on Weekend Philler, “Creature Features.” They are so popular that we decided to make an entire episode out of them. So this one’s for all our fin, feathered and furry friends and the humans that take care of them. Wow, that's an action packed half hour. Thanks for tuning it to PHL17 at 6:30pm and 11:30pm on Saturday nights and letting us "phill" a little of your weekend. Highlights from this episode include, but not limited to: Tri State K-9 Response Team Frogs a Chorus of Color Elmwood Park Zoo Jaguars Wolf Sanctuary Adventure Aquarium Baby Penguins Cape May Zoo Reptile Show Flyball for Dogs If you love “the Philler” let us know! Please follow us on the Weekend Philler Instagram, the Weekend Philler Twitter or WEEKEND PHILLER's FACEBOOK!! (Sorry for the caps, it's new!)
|Reports of neo-Nazi rally in Philly hit social mediaPhillyVoice / 2 d. 2 h. 38 min. ago more|
A group of demonstrators that some were calling neo-Nazis rallied Saturday in Philadelphia, where they were met by counter-protesting ANTIFA activists and a police response.
|Historic log house moving to new homePhiladelphia News / 2 d. 2 h. 45 min. ago more|
Taking apart a home log by log is the task being undertaken by Jeff Pleta of East Washington, under contract with Washington County History and Landmarks.
|Photo: N/A, License: N/APhiladelphia News / 2 d. 6 h. 41 min. ago more|
TRIBUNE ARCHIVES Part of the plant of La Voce Italiana, 116 Franklin Ave., was damaged in a bombing April 20, 1928. The newspaper's editorial policy supporting the Fascist Party aroused resentment.
|Philadelphia Physician Sworn in as 168th President of The Pennsylvania Medical SocietyPhiladelphia News / 2 d. 10 h. 31 min. ago more|
Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP, professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, has been sworn in as the 168th president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society . Swearing Dr. Christopher into office was David A. Talenti, MD, chairman of PAMED's Board of Trustees and a gastroenterologist in Sayre, Pa.
|Trump's speech sparks a new war of words between US, IranPhillyVoice / 2 d. 11 h. 12 min. ago more|
TEHRAN, Iran — President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians.
|Tesla fires hundreds of workers as part of annual reviewsPhillyVoice / 2 d. 11 h. 15 min. ago more|
SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Motors fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the electric automaker is trying to ramp up production to meet the demand for its new Model 3 sedan.
|Meek Mill takes deal after dirt bike arrest in NYCPhillyVoice / 2 d. 12 h. 3 min. ago more|
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill has taken a deal in court this week to drop charges related to a dirt bike joyride that was captured and posted on social media over the summer.
|Report: Body found in Schuylkill identified as 'Shark Tank' entrepreneurPhillyVoice / 2 d. 12 h. 7 min. ago more|
A body found in the Schuylkill River near Walnut Street earlier this week was identified to be that of an entrepreneur featured on an episode of the ABC show Shark Tank, according to a report.
|What the Hell Is Going On at the Pennsylvania Ballet?Philadelphia Magazine / 2 d. 12 h. 9 min. ago more|
To judge by the headlines swirling around the Pennsylvania Ballet in recent years, the company has become a cross between Black Swan and The Hunger Games. News accounts didn’t seem to bode well for a smooth regime change following the July 2014 appointment of new artistic director Angel Corella: “Pennsylvania Ballet fires longtime artistic leaders, administrators” (August 2014). “Nearly 40 percent of… The post What the Hell Is Going On at the Pennsylvania Ballet? appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|A Better Way to Exit a Crowded SEPTA TrainPhiladelphia Magazine / 2 d. 12 h. 11 min. ago more|
We’ve all been there: crowded Regional Rail train, morning rush, and everyone’s getting off in Center City. The de-boarding process can be a hot mess. Why? People in the aisle try to be polite and let seated passengers squeeze into the queue, gumming up the works. What if we told you there’s a better way?… The post A Better Way to Exit a Crowded SEPTA Train appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Dallas Sucks Even MorePhiladelphia Magazine / 2 d. 12 h. 14 min. ago more|
So a few weeks back, the lads at the Weyerbacher Brewery in Easton announced a new beer to go along with their Sunday Morning Stout and Jester’s Choice. The pale ale, created with the help of Weyerbacher’s friends at Jose Pistola’s, was “made for tailgating in parking lots,” “celebrating first downs” and “basking in the thrill of… The post The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Dallas Sucks Even More appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|High winds threaten progress against California wildfiresPhillyVoice / 2 d. 12 h. 23 min. ago more|
SONOMA, Calif. — Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state's fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames behind firebreaks.
|Liberian pop lives in PhillyPhiladelphia News / 2 d. 14 h. 34 min. ago more|
When the Philadelphia Folklore Project hosts the premiere of director Toni Shapiro-Phim's Because of the War , it isn't just a celebration of the organization's stealth , but a study of the strength of five women - Phim and four vocalists from Liberia who live in the Southwest Philly and Upper Darby area. "Each of them was an accomplished touring and recording artist in Liberia for years before moving to the U.S." says Shapiro-Phim.
|Lost In The Neighborhood: Rediscovering the millennium-era rock of Philly's Ruby KeelerPhiladelphia News / 2 d. 18 h. 24 min. ago more|
At the dawn of the millennium, it was clear that mainstream rock was in a state of crisis. Southern-flavored hip hop had emerged as a cultural movement while Lou Pearlman-constructed boy bands like N'SYNC & Backstreet Boys ruled the charts with an iron fist and frosted tips.
|Hillary Clinton says Brexit uncertainty affecting childrenPhillyVoice / 2 d. 19 h. 34 min. ago more|
LONDON — Children are being given "short shrift" in the Brexit process, with some left feeling worried and unsafe, Hillary Clinton said Saturday.
|Pa. woman, family held as hostages now home in Canada, getting medical examsPhillyVoice / 2 d. 19 h. 35 min. ago more|
TORONTO — Former hostage Joshua Boyle returned Saturday to his parents' home in Canada where he said full medical exams were being arranged for him and his family after they were rescued from their captors, the Taliban-linked extremist Haqqani network in Afghanistan.
|A mother takes to the streets, trying to keep her son alive | Helen UbinasPhiladelphia News / 2 d. 22 h. 39 min. ago more|
Carmen Pagan of North Palethorp Street searches the streets of her Fairhill neighborhood for her son when he goes missing to sell drugs on nearby corners. Recently she turned to social media to ask police officers to arrest him up if they saw him.
|FBI says 16-year-old used nude photos to blackmail dozens of classmatesPHL17.com / 3 d. 0 h. 59 min. ago more|
CHEHALIS, Wash. — A 16-year-old Washington state teenager is at the center of an FBI investigation involving dozens of victims and 900 nude and explicit photos, according to KCPQ. Authorities say the teen faces extortion as well as a number of other charges. The teen goes to W.F. West High School in Chehalis, where some of his alleged victims were also his classmates. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told KOMO the teen admitted to extorting more than 100 victims. An eight-month FBI investigation revealed the suspect posed as someone else online to get nude photos, and then would allegedly extort his victims. The Chehalis School District issued a statement to KOMO that indicates the school district first received a complaint last year but was instructed to not take any action for fear of interfering with the investigation. "A year ago, a Chehalis school administrator was contacted by a parent whose child was victimized online. The parent had notified law enforcement. A few weeks later, the FBI and local law enforcement met with school officials informing the district that an investigation was underway here because some WF West students had been victims. Last spring, the FBI reported to the district that a WF West student was the suspected perpetrator. The FBI directed the district to take no action, so as not to interfere with the investigation. We followed the FBI request." The suspect was arrested on charges of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, first-degree dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and second-degree extortion. Authorities say he will likely be tried as an adult. In a statement, Superintendent Ed Rothlin told KCPQ: "The Chehalis School District does not encourage misuse of social media or this type of behavior. In fact, it is part of our curriculum to teach the opposite -- how to be safe online and how to avoid embarrassing and/or potential illegal online activity." "I think the parents don't pay attention enough" It’s the talk of the small town, where it’s also leaving parents wondering how to deal with kids and the internet in the age of social media. “It was surprising,” says Chehalis parent Chad Sandstrom. Sandstrom's kids are home-schooled but they play sports at W.F. West High School. He says his children don’t have smartphones because of all the temptations online. “With Snapchat and everything– when we were kids we didn’t have all that.” Sandstrom says he talks with his kids about what to share online. "Sometimes I think kids have too much freedom," says Sandstrom. "I think the parents don't pay attention enough and I think they should be more involved with what kids do online." Elizabeth, who didn't want us to use her last name, has two teens at W.F. West High School. She says it's critical that parents know what their kids are doing and that kids know the consequences of their actions, especially sharing personal information and photos. "I've had to have some conversations with my children about how to handle things," says Elizabeth. "And they have a lot of access that's hard to watch 24/7, so it is very frightening."
|Life goes on in Northern California city hit hard by firePhillyVoice / 3 d. 2 h. 54 min. ago more|
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — At the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa's downtown, life goes on amid the smoky haze.
|One of world's most remote islands gets commercial flightsPhillyVoice / 3 d. 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
JOHANNESBURG — One of the world's most remote places became a little less isolated on Saturday when the first commercial flight departed for St. Helena, a South Atlantic island that until recently was only accessible by boat and where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last years in exile.
|Freed Pa. woman, family reaches Canada, says kidnappers killed 1 childPhillyVoice / 3 d. 2 h. 59 min. ago more|
TORONTO — Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the five years they were held in captivity.
|Telling the Jewish American story 1 family at a timePhiladelphia News / 3 d. 3 h. 24 min. ago more|
David Mink and Rachel Rothstein are strangers separated by 800 miles, but they've been bound together throughout their lives by the single greatest tragedy in modern Jewish history. Some of their forebears survived the Holocaust, some did not.
|Against Me! brings a sense of community to Union TransferPhiladelphia News / 3 d. 5 h. 39 min. ago more|
During the drum intro of "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" frontwoman and trans hero Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! announced that she feels uncomfortable in her body 99% of the time, but the 1% of the time she feels comfortable "is right up here onstage with all of you." That moment, which was about halfway through the set, was a victory for anyone who had been marginalized, picked on or harassed because of how they look, because of who they love, because of who they are.
|Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week- Victoria’s KitchenThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 7 min. ago more|
We featured one of our clients at the Radio One studios recently and contacted Victoria’s Kitchen, 7304 Ogontz Avenue in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia to provide food. They prepared turkey, tuna, chicken and veggie wraps. THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!! Owners Victoria and Kevin Tyson personally delivered them. The food was so good, Lisa went back within days and ordered lunch and brought it to our offices. To order scrumptious meals and to find out hours and catering information, call 215.927.1066. To support other Black-owned businesses, visit www.buyblackapp.net and PCOL (Philadelphia Community of Leaders) website at www.philadelphiacommunityofleaders.org. Gary Shepherd is President/CEO of 3rd Floor Media www.3fm.fm, A Division of Gary Shepherd Enterprises LLC. The post Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week- Victoria’s Kitchen appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|The 2017 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Carousel BallThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 9 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Kassa Darge MD, PHD Radiologist in Chief & The William Van Allen Endowed Radiology Chair Professor of Radiology & Surgery and his wife Hama Terele. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) Patricia Gilliam Clifford By Patricia Gilliam Clifford On October 7, 2017, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) celebrated its recent breakthroughs and publicly launched “For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: The Campaign for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia” at its spectacular, bi-annual Carousel Ball. The ball dates back to 1957 and has raised tens of millions of dollars, making a major impact on the field of pediatric medicine. Millions of children from around the world are reaping the benefits of this pioneering work. Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC’s “Today Show”, was the evening’s mistress of ceremonies at the black tie-event benefitting cancer immunotherapy. During the course of the program, Guthrie conducted a lighthearted interview with 9-year-old Zion Harvey of Baltimore, who made history at CHOP in 2015 when he became the first child in the world to receive a bilateral hand transplant. He was accompanied by his mother, Pattie Ray. The 2017 Carousel Ball, attended by over 650 beautiful ladies in ball gowns and handsome gentlemen in tuxedos, was held at CHOP’s impressive new Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The state-of-the-art facility — created to advance the Hospital’s knowledge of genetics, foster collaboration between clinical and research teams and create individualized treatment for children with complex diseases — is located on the banks of the Schuylkill River on South Street in Philadelphia. Monica Taylor Lotty, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for CHOP and her husband Brendan Lotty. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) “Now, more than ever, private support is the key to advancing Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s ability to deliver breakthroughs for every child and family,” said Monica Taylor Lotty, CHOP executive vice president and chief development officer. “We are seeking to raise $1 billion by 2020 to fuel CHOP’s ambitions. Every gift, no matter the size, makes tomorrow’s breakthroughs possible. Only with your support can we achieve our vision to make every child healthy.” Other notables attending the hospital’s signature fundraising event were: Madeline Bell, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Stephan Grupp, M.D., PhD., Section Chief, Cellular Therapy and Transplant, Director, Cancer Immunotherapy Frontier Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Aileen and Brian Roberts, Honorary Carousel Ball co-chairs; Lynne and Bill Garbose, Carousel Ball co-chairs; Carol and Jeff Corson, Carousel Ball co-chairs and “For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs” co-chairs; Mark Fishman, Carousel Ball co-chair and “For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs co-chair” and Laurie and Brad Ingerman, Carousel Ball co-chairs and “For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs” co-chairs. Pattie Ray and her son Zion Harvey. Harvey was the first child to have a bilateral hand transplant at CHOP. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is among the crown jewels of our city. According to virtua.org, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 546-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. Congratulations and thank you to all who supported the 2017 Carousel Ball! For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu; and for information about “For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: The Campaign for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” please visit: http://www.chop.edu/giving. The post The 2017 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Carousel Ball appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Philadelphia man files lawsuit against fired DRPA police officer after suffering vicious assault at PATCO train stationThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 12 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: The Delaware River Port Authority fired PATCO Patrolman Michael Fiocca who was involved in a physical altercation with 48-year-old Ryan Patterson of Philadelphia, a PATCO Hi-Speedline passenger, at the Cherry Hill Woodcrest station in May. The image is from a video of the incident provided by the Delaware River Port Authority. (Photo: DRPA) Philadelphia law firm Mincey Fitzpatrick, LLC., has filed a lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Ryan Patterson against former Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) PATCO police officer Michael Fiocca. The suit alleges that Fiocca used excessive force while arresting Mr. Patterson on May 3, 2016, and then filed false criminal charges against Patterson that were ultimately dismissed on October 5, 2016 by a Cherry Hill Municipal Court Judge. The assault was captured by PATCO surveillance video. Fiocca was fired by DRPA months after the incident. Patterson’s attorney, Kevin Mincey, said “Today is another step in obtaining justice on behalf of Mr. Patterson. Mr. Patterson suffered a brutal attack at the hands of PATCO officer Fiocca despite the fact that Mr. Patterson was not breaking any laws and was simply waiting for his train on the platform. It is amazing that Mr. Patterson survived this incident since he fell on to an active train track and landed so close to the electrified rail. Filing suit today is a step in making sure that those responsible for Mr. Patterson’s injuries are held responsible.” Attorney Thomas Fitzpatrick added, “Unfortunately this type of officer misconduct reaches all of our communities with increasing regularity. Watching the video of officer Fiocca spraying Mr. Patterson in the face with pepper spray while he is sitting down and then continually striking him in his legs with the baton is both frightening and infuriating. We will fight for justice for Mr. Patterson and others like him who have their rights violated by those that swear to protect them,” Attorney Thomas Fitzpatrick added The post Philadelphia man files lawsuit against fired DRPA police officer after suffering vicious assault at PATCO train station appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|iHeartMedia Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia launch Breakthrough RadioThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 14 min. ago more|
Uplifting 24/7 music station for kids and their families available on 1480 AM, 105.2 HD2, and on iHeartRadio iHeartMedia Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children, announced the launch of Breakthrough Radio on iHeartRadio, the leading all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. Dedicated to kids and their families, Breakthrough Radio will promote a healthy lifestyle. Listeners can visit iHeartRadio.com/BreakthroughRadio, or tune in to 1480 AM or 105.3 HD2 to enjoy a 24/7 feel good music station for everyone. Breakthrough Radio features health tips for everyday life as well as interviews with doctors, patients and members of the CHOP staff. Listeners will learn how CHOP delivers breakthroughs every day, while providing the highest quality, compassionate, family-centered care available. Breakthrough Radio is hosted by voices familiar to Philadelphia; Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs for iHeartMedia Philadelphia and Michael Tozzi, Program Director for Smooth Jazz WJJZ. “Breakthrough Radio is sure to make you smile and put you in a good mood,” said Brian Check, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “We play fun music from many decades, from Motown, the ‘70s, and ‘80s, to today’s pop artists that families love.” “We are very excited to be partnering with iHeartMedia Philadelphia to launch Breakthrough Radio,” said Lisa Biggs, MD, associate chief medical officer of the CHOP Care Network. “We are always looking for innovative ways to reach families, and Breakthrough Radio gives us the opportunity to engage with our community while providing vital health information.” iHeartMedia Philadelphia is a leading media outlet in the Philadelphia market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, the leading all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with more than 1.4 billion app downloads and 100 million registered users. The post iHeartMedia Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia launch Breakthrough Radio appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Philadelphia leaders to Amtrak: 30th St Station renaming is long overdueThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 15 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Curtis Thomas speaks at the Sept. 29 press conference for the renaming of 30th Street Station to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station. (Photo: Screen grab courtesy PA Gov.) U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D- Pa) and Mayor Jim Kenney joined local elected and community leaders on Friday morning at Philadelphia’s 30th St Station, calling on Amtrak to abide by a federal law renaming the station after the late Congressman Bill Gray. Legislation to rename the station the “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station” was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in August 2014. Since then, Amtrak has taken no action to move forward on the station’s rededication. The effort to push for Amtrak’s compliance with the law is being coordinated by the William H. Gray III Memorial Committee. William H. Gray “Amtrak needs to end the delay and rename 30th Street Station in honor of former Congressman Gray as the law says,” Senator Casey said. “This unacceptable delay is a profound disrespect to former Congressman Gray, his family and the community. Amtrak needs to stop dithering and follow the law.” “Bill Gray stood for justice and equality, and we’re proud to honor his legacy permanently and prominently,” said Mayor Kenney. “30th Street Station is the first impression many people get of Philadelphia. That is why we believe it is appropriate that this building honor a man who fought so hard for our values on Capitol Hill. It’s beyond time for Amtrak to abide by Congress’s ruling and officially make this the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.” “We are here to urge Amtrak, without further delay, to obey the law and change the name of this train station,” said State Rep. Curtis Thomas (D- 181st Dist.), chair of the Urgency of Now Coalition. “Give it a real identity by renaming it the William H. Gray 30th Street Station.” “We should not have this battle,” said Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (D- 3rd Dist.). “All of us are in full agreement, federal, state, and local. Let’s have it done, Amtrak.” “If there is anyone in this city, in this state, in this country that this station deserves to be named after, it is William Herbert Gray III,” said former Philadelphia mayor Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode. “I join with Senator Casey and Mayor Kenney to say, it should have been done already.” Video of the September 29th press conference at 30th Street Station is available at Facebook.com/Gray30thStation. The post Philadelphia leaders to Amtrak: 30th St Station renaming is long overdue appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Jamaica’s 55th Heroes Day tribute to Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey to be held in Philadelphia, Oct. 20The Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 17 min. ago more|
The Jamaica Pennsylvania Association has collaborated with the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities Leagues (UNIA – ACL) in Philadelphia, to conduct the Jamaica’s “55th Heroes Day Celebration – Tribute to Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey ONH,” on Friday October 20th at Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This tribute to the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey ONH is well- deserved, as Jamaica’s first national hero and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities Leagues (UNIA – ACL). The entire city of Philadelphia is in high anticipation of celebrating the legacy of the “Black Messiah”, which makes him the greatest stalwart leader (culturally/politically) from the Caribbean that has shared in five cultures : Jamaica, United States, Canada ,United Kingdom and Africa. His lifetime contribution is part of Jamaica’s historic legacy that is honored and shared throughout the world. It is their solemn duty to reflect his heroic contribution, in its fullest capacity, that will educate and sustain Jamaica’s historic legacy. The celebration festivities will run from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and will feature fireworks and 21- gun salute. Sponsorship, is provided by City Council of Philadelphia; Parks & Recreation; Philadelphia Sunday SUN; WURD Radio; Docucare Copy Service; Brown’s Shop Rite; Green Grocer, Dallas Weekly Newspaper; Black Wall Street USA; Philadelphia Tribune and Diamond Reggae – Jamaica. The post Jamaica’s 55th Heroes Day tribute to Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey to be held in Philadelphia, Oct. 20 appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Obituary: Frank L. Diggs of North PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 9 h. 18 min. ago more|
It is with great sadness that the family of Frank Leslie Diggs, Jr. announces his passing on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the age of 71, after a long illness. Diggs was born on October 16, 1945 to Frank Leslie Diggs, Sr. and Ethel Evangeline Minor-Diggs. He grew up in the Francisville section of North Philadelphia. He attended Bache-Martin Elementary School and Stoddart-Fleisher Junior High School. He graduated from Murrell Dobbins High School in 1963, and joined the United States Marine Corps soon after graduating. He served four years on active duty and two years in the reserves for a total of six years, and was honorably discharged. Like many Marines, Diggs considered himself to be a life-long member of the Corps. It was rare to see him not wearing a Marine cap. Diggs was a machinist, by trade, and worked for a number of years as a machine operator. He was most recently an entrepreneur and successful real estate investor. At a very young age, Diggs loved to draw. His teachers commented that he had a natural artistic talent. He was also an amateur boxer. He started his boxing training at the legendary 23rd PAL center in North Philadelphia, and stayed there for several years. He occasionally sparred with people from various gyms throughout the City. As a young man, he made a point of watching the fights almost every Friday night, even as part of a date with his favorite girl. Diggs was meticulous about his appearance, and especially admired the well-tailored look of the Hollywood stars in the 30s and 40s, incorporating much of that in his own personal style. He was a man of his word and had high expectations of others. Diggs enjoyed listening to the blues, loved keeping up with horse racing and followed tennis. He was an “old-movie” buff and he took great pride in knowing about the lives of most of the old movie stars. He also loved history, studying and reading about it a great deal, including the family’s history. He was an ardent follower of politics and loved to discuss every aspect of it, both domestically and globally. He frequently watched MSNBC, C-SPAN, the Sunday morning talk shows and other political broadcasts. He took pleasure in livening up conversations at family gatherings on holidays and other occasions, whether planned or impromptu. Diggs was preceded in death by parents, Frank Leslie and Ethel Evangeline Diggs, his sister Louise Singleton and his brother Donald Diggs. He is survived by four sisters: Marion Price, Dolores Davis, Wanda Diggs-Manning and Diann Diggs-Brown, and one brother: Walter Diggs. a dear cousin Mary Minor-Glover with whom he talked regularly, a 100-year-old aunt, Grace Stevenson; in-laws Sandy Diggs, Dr. Robert Manning, Melvin Brown, Denise Harris-Diggs, Nathaniel Singleton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. A funeral service in memory of Frank will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Savin Funeral home at 802 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Viewing will be from 9:00 AM-11:00 PM, with the service immediately following, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940. Memorial donations may be made in the name of Frank L. Diggs to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345, Option #2. The post Obituary: Frank L. Diggs of North Philadelphia appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Despite Fears, UNESCO Withdrawal Won’t End Philly’s World Heritage StatusPhiladelphia Magazine / 3 d. 16 h. 27 min. ago more|
On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – a.k.a. UNESCO. The international agency, based in Paris, works to promote global collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural strategies (as the name hints). Independence Hall is one of 23 U.S.-based UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so called for their… The post Despite Fears, UNESCO Withdrawal Won’t End Philly’s World Heritage Status appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Check Out These Halloween Movies on the Big Screen at Schmidt’s CommonsPhiladelphia Magazine / 3 d. 17 h. 14 min. ago more|
Through October 31st, Schmidt’s Commons is showing Halloween movies on their screen at the Piazza to help get Philly in the holiday spirit. Admission is of course free, so just don’t forget to bring a beach chair and your own bag of popcorn! While the weather hasn’t exactly cooled to its brisk fall depths yet… The post Check Out These Halloween Movies on the Big Screen at Schmidt’s Commons appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Philly Sex Offender Sues Big Tobacco for $50 MillionPhiladelphia Magazine / 3 d. 18 h. 25 min. ago more|
We here at Philly Mag see a lot of personal injury lawsuits rolling through the local courts, but we don’t remember the last time we saw somebody suing big tobacco. For $50 million. And then there’s the fact that the guy suing is a registered sex offender. Northeast Philadelphia resident Ted McCracken has filed a… The post Philly Sex Offender Sues Big Tobacco for $50 Million appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Shaping up with Sen. Tony WilliamsPhiladelphia Public Record / 4 d. 21 h. 8 min. ago more|
Fall is a fine season to get in shape, maintains State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.). Every year he sponsors a series of varied exercise programs throughout his 8th Senatorial District, which covers communities in South, Southwest and West Philadelphia as well as parts of Delaware County. All are free. Citizens are invited to sample these “Healthy Awareness Classes” and discover new ways to keep fit. Below is a schedule of classes. Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.: Afro Zumba at Richard Allen Charter School, 2601 S. 58th Street. Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.: Tai Chi at Collingdale Borough Hall, 800 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale. Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: Personal Trainer at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m.: Hip Hop at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Avenue, 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.: Line Dancing at Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker Street. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Jazzmat Pilates at Sharon Hill Borough Hall, 250 Sharon Avenue, Sharon Hill. Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m.: Afro Zumba at Richard Allen Charter School, 2601 S. 58th Street. Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.: Tai Chi at Collingdale Borough Hall, 800 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale. Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.: Personal Trainer at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.: Hip Hop at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Avenue, 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.: Line Dancing at Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker Street. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Jazzmat Pilates at Sharon Hill Borough Hall, 250 Sharon Avenue, Sharon Hill. Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.: Afro Zumba at Richard Allen Charter School, 2601 S. 58th Street. Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.: Tai Chi at Collingdale Borough Hall, 800 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale. Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Personal Trainer at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m.: Hip Hop at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Avenue, 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.: Line Dancing at Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker Street. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Jazzmat Pilates at Sharon Hill Borough Hall, 250 Sharon Avenue, Sharon Hill. Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m.: Afro Zumba at Richard Allen Charter School, 2601 S. 58th Street. Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.: Tai Chi at Collingdale Borough Hall, 800 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale. Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.: Personal Trainer at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.: Hip Hop at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Avenue, 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.: Line Dancing at Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker Street. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.: Jazzmat Pilates at Sharon Hill Borough Hall, 250 Sharon Avenue, Sharon Hill. Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.: Afro Zumba at Richard Allen Charter School, 2601 S. 58th Street. Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.: Tai Chi at Collingdale Borough Hall, 800 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale. Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.: Personal Trainer at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.: Hip Hop at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Avenue, 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.: Line Dancing at Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker Street.
|POLS ON THE STREET: Upstate Republicans Point at Scary PhillyPhiladelphia Public Record / 4 d. 21 h. 14 min. ago more|
BY JOE SHAHEELI Western and midstate Republicans are warming up for the 2018 political season by sharpening their teeth on controversial Philadelphia news. Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 15 Republican members of the House State Government Committee sent a letter to Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortés in response to a report by City Commissioner Al Schmidt that some non-citizens were registered to vote, largely through irregularities in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “motor voter” process. Expressing “dire concerns,” the legislators wrote, “There are numerous unanswered questions relating to this matter. As lawmakers who are charged with enacting laws that protect the integrity of our electoral process, we must have answers. More importantly, Pennsylvania’s qualified and duly registered voters deserve answers, given that votes cast by non-citizens nullify the legal votes cast by citizens.” JOE HOHENSTEIN stopped at Independence National Historical Park in Old City to announce his candidacy and show he is the man for the 177th Legislative Dist. Seat that will be left open by retiring State Rep. John Taylor. Hohenstein, a staunch liberal, ran against Taylor unsuccessfully in 2016. Republicans have not yet decided on a candidate to replace Taylor in his Mayfair district. Photo by Eldon Graham The Republican legislators made several specific demands on Cortés with the aim of investing “all necessary time, effort and money to remove non-citizens from the rolls.” In a surprise move, Gov. Tom Wolf announced yesterday Cortés had resigned under mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) belabored incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who is up for re-election in 2018, for defending Philadelphia’s “sanctuary city” policy on illegal immigrants. The trigger was Casey’s attendance yesterday at a fundraiser with pro-sanctuary cities group Protect & Elect. “Bob Casey is once again threatening the safety of every Pennsylvanian by supporting dangerous sanctuary cities,” Barletta’s spokesman Jon Anzur said. “This time, he’s using his opposition to our nation’s immigration laws to raise money for his re-election campaign. The same group that is hosting Bob Casey’s fundraiser openly associates with a pro-sanctuary-cities organization that protests ICE raids against criminal illegal immigrants. Does Bob Casey support ICE raids meant to keep our communities safe?” Barletta is the best known of several Republicans who are vying to challenge Casey in the May 2018 primary. In the U.S. House of Representatives, the first bill Barletta introduced would have cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities. Both Metcalfe and Barletta are hard-right conservatives with an aggressive brand of anti-foreign sentiment. That predated the rise of Donald Trump. They early embraced his strategy in this area and are betting that Philadelphia-bashing will help the GOP statewide in 2018, as immigrant-bashing did for Trump in 2016. REPUBLICAN candidate for district attorney Beth Grossman toured the room to greet party workers, among them Dawn McCann, Phoebe Heeney, Ward Leader Bill Heeney, Grossman and Ward Leader Ross Feinberg. Who’s Popular in Pa.? Nobody Casey could be in trouble in next year’s election. But so could every other incumbent. A recent finding by Susquehanna Polling & Research suggests the dominant mood among Keystone State voters is hostile to everyone in office, Republican or Democrat. When asked about the job Donald Trump is doing as President, 37% approved, 53% disapproved and 10% were undecided. Pollster Jim Lee noted that during the 2016 campaign, Trump frequently polled poorly, only to succeed at the ballot box. “I guess I’m not surprised (at the low approval number) because I know what Trump’s image was even last year when we polled for you guys. This is what his favorable-unfavorable was and he still won,” Lee said. Casey’s approval numbers are 10 points lower than they were a year before his last reelection. But Lee said if anger toward the current president is strong, that will be to Casey’s advantage. “If the political environment is toxic for the Republicans next year, Casey wins probably a squeaker because you’re not going to vote against Casey if you don’t like what Trump’s doing,” Lee commented. Other state Dem candidates will try to tag their Republican foes with Trump’s unpopularity. But Pennsylvania’s chief executive, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, is also struggling in the commonwealth, according to the poll. The question asked if Wolf deserved reelection or if a new person should get a chance. Only 35% of respondents gave Wolf a thumbs up. Give someone new a chance, said 50%; 15% were undecided. SOUTH PHILADELPHIA legend Frank Rizzo was not controversial at Galdo’s Catering on Oct. 5, as local leaders gathered to celebrate his legacy while preparing for Columbus Day festivities. Distinguished celebrants included, L-R, Vincent Melchiorre, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci and State Sen. Larry Farnese. Photo by Wendell Douglas Lee notes that the numbers can and will change the minute a specific Republican is pitted against Wolf and it’s easier to support the faceless “someone new.” But Lee also suspects erosion among fiscally moderate Democrats who supported Wolf the first time. For perspective, Lee asked the same question at the same time in former Gov. Tom Corbett’s term and his numbers were much worse, with 65% saying someone new should get a chance. Corbett, of course, went on to become the first governor seeking a second term not to get a second term in Pennsylvania history. Casey has work to do ahead of next year’s election, according to the poll. Only 27% say he’s done a good-enough job to deserve reelection, with 46% saying someone new should get a shot and 28% still undecided. Lee notes Casey won’t have the advantage of facing voters in a presidential election year as he did last time, when Barack Obama won a second term. Presidential years create larger turnout, which tends to aid Democrats. Susquehanna Polling & Research is a right-leaning firm based in Harrisburg. Wolf’s PLCB Move Looks Shrewd No incumbent truly wins in Pennsylvania’s appalling budget stalemate. But Wolf may have pulled a sly rabbit out of the hat with his proposal to cover the budget deficit created by Republicans. Wolf now wants to “securitize” (selling investments in future profits) the Liquor Control Board, the state’s enormous liquor monopoly. He aims high – the plan is to sell $1.25 billion of these securities. Many Republicans have long championed the cause of reverting all wine and spirits sales to the private sector, as in most of the rest of America. But it is an inescapable reality that the LCB brings net revenue to the state on an ongoing basis. Since Republicans don’t want either to raise taxes or cut services in 2017, they are in a poor position to dispense with the LCB’s revenue. The liquor policy most often touted by the GOP, selling off the state stores to private companies, would be a one-time fix that would create a permanent new hole in future budgets. Wolf’s plan would have a dramatic consequence: It would make it effectively impossible to sell off the state stores for many years to come, since the state would be committed to rely on LCB revenues to repay investors in its securities. That would be a huge win for United Food & Commercial Workers, which represents line state-store employees and fervently backs the Democrats on this issue. Understandably, then, Senate Republicans are fishing around for ways to prevent Wolf from balancing the budget by this unilateral executive action. Their spokeswoman Jenn Kocher says lawyers for the majority caucus are trying to determine the legality of the Governor’s plan. “We were as shocked as anyone when the governor announced the proposal on Wednesday afternoon,” said Kocher. “It wasn’t something that we had the opportunity to review or weigh in on. So we are curious to see.” FOUR Northeast Democratic Wards gathered under a Burholme Park pavilion to feast at their fall picnic and watch the Eagles game on TV. Present, L-R, were Ward Leaders Janice Sulman and Bill Dolbow; Jonathan Saidel (otherwise known as “Mr. Maria McLaughlin”); Ward Leaders Brian Eddis, Bob Dellavella, Councilman Bobby Henon; and Councilman Derek Green. Kocher perceives that such borrowing would have a major impact on the ability to make changes to the liquor system. She says the plan also raises issues of the balance of power in state government. The governor’s announcement came after the latest effort by lawmakers to approve a plan to fully fund the state budget, which lapsed into law in July, fell apart. Soda Tax Loses a Round Philadelphia’s Sweetened Drinks Tax, which has become a national poster child for municipal revenue enhancement, may rise and fall with the fortunes of similar taxes across the nation. Its most-impressive ally in this cause, Cook County, Ill., which takes in Chicago and the bulk of its suburbs, on Tuesday bagged its own soda tax just two months after it went into effect. Cook County Commissioners voted 15-1 to undo their decision after a firestorm of opposition. Their tax was less than Philadelphia’s, at 1 cent per ounce rather than 1.5 cents. It was also more geographically inclusive, making it harder to evade by crossing a nearby city line. Millions have been spent on lobbying and advertising in Philadelphia, as both sides wait to hear whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will take up a challenge of the tax. Locally, tax opponents are hopeful that a repeal in Illinois would serve as a red flag for officials here, in the handful of cities that approved similar taxes in the wake of Philadelphia’s vote last year, and in other cities that might consider it in the future.
|Updated Oct. 12thPhiladelphia Public Record / 4 d. 23 h. 41 min. ago more|
Oct. 12- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Police Recruitment Drive at 3503 N. B St., Unit 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (215) 291-5643. Oct. 12- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Job & Career fair at Sheet metal Workers Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 employers, résumé clinic, continuing-education programs. For info: (215) 952-3121. Oct. 12- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts “Navigating Life After 545+ Health Fair” at Salvation Army, 3225 Reed St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free health screenings, flu shots, workshops, exercises, info, lunch, giveaways. RSVP for lunch or info: Desaree Jones (215) 492-2980. Oct. 12- Ceisler Media hosts Fundraiser for Commonwealth Ct. candidate Judge Ellen Ceisler at 1525 Locust St., 6th fl., 5:30 p.m. For info: (215) 735-6760. Oct. 12- State Rep. Jared Solomon hosts Public Safety & Criminal Justice Mtg. at St. Thomas Ch., 1009 Unruh Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts “Unlimited Energy Workshop” at Greater Bible Way Temple, 1461 N. 52nd St., 7-8 p.m. Learn how to get unlimited usage at one set price a month. Oct. 13- NAACP Phila. Branch hosts Awards Gala at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 5 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Gala. Guest honorees Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Ron Harper, Zed Smith and Sharon Powell. For info: 215) 455-1011 or www.philadelphianaacp.org. Oct. 13- 57th & 65th Ward Republicans host Fundraiser at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-9 p.m. Draft beer & appetizers. Tickets $40. Payable to “The Elephant Fund” or “65th Republican Ward.” Oct. 14- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown sponsors “Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness” at New Birthing Worship Ctr., 5949 Spruce St., starting 9 a.m., to 12 m. For info: (215) 879-6615. Oct. 14- State Sen. Vincent Hughes hosts neighborhood Fall Festival at H.S. of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Money workshops, health & wellness, kids’ zone, resistance info, seniors pavilion, food, fun, live music. For info:firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 879-7777. Oct. 14- State Rep. Donna Bullock hosts Girard Ave. Street Festival betw. 26th and 29th Sts., 12-6 p.m. Oct. 14- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Fall Harvest festival at Clara Muhammad Sq. Pk., 47th & Lancaster Ave., 1-5 p.m. Help with state programs, Affordable Care Act & drug-abuse prevention. Games, food, moon bounce. For info: (215) 879-6615. Oct. 14- 58th Ward Republican Committee hosts Fundraiser at Harmonia Cl., 2404 Orthodox St., 4-8 p.m. Tickets $40. For info: Joe Giedemann (215) 669-7222. Oct. 15- Congregation Shaare Shamayim hosts “Meet the Candidates Brunch” at 9768 Verree Rd. Free. For info: Paul Kaplan (215) 715-1872 or email@example.com. Oct. 18- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 1-3 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Oct. 18- City & State PA hosts “50 over 50 Reception” at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Honoring 50 seasoned Pa. leaders. Keynote speaker Ed Rendell. Tickets $35. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 490-9314. Oct. 19- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 19- Lisa Deeley is hosted Cocktail Reception at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $100, Bronze $250-, Silver $500, Gold $1,000. Payable to “Deeley15,” P.O. Box 42288, Phila., PA 19101. Oct. 20- N. Phila. organizations host “N. Philly Speaks” Candidate Forum at African American United Fund Conference Ctr., 2231 N. Broad St., 6-8 p.m. For info: Jean Hackney (215) 326-5848. Oct. 20- State Reps. Donna Bullock & Emilio Vázquez host “Golden Life Senior Fair 2017” at Temple U., Mitten Ha., 1913 N. Broad St., 10 a.m. State & city services, free food. Oct. 20- 26th Ward Republican Committee hosts Fall Festival at Waterfall Rm., 2015 S. Water St., 7 p.m. For info: email@example.com. Oct. 21- State Rep. James Roebuck hosts Document Shredding Event at 4712 Baltimore Ave., 9 a.m.-12 m. Free. No digital or electronic media. For info: (215) 724-2227. Oct. 21- Congressman Dwight Evans hosts 2nd Dist.’s “Nat’l Opportunity Resource Fair” at CCP, Winnett Stud. Life Bldg., 1700 Spring Garden St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For middle-schoolers, high-schoolers & college freshmen. Careers in military academies, Army Corps of Engineers, FBI, CIA, Dept. Of State & others. Free. Register: (215) 254-3140. Oct. 21- Phila. Council AFL-CIO hosts “Designer Bingo” at Workers United Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd St., 2nd fl., open 12 m., bingo starts 12:30 p.m. Prizes are designer handbags including Coach, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, Dooney & Burke. 15 games. BYOP & snacks. Donations $50. Proceeds benefit “Holiday Adopt a Family Program.” Payable to “Phila. Council AFL-CIO,” 22 S. 22nd St., Phila., PA 19103. Oct. 21- Philadelphians United for Progress hosts “A Conversation with Krasner & Grossman” at Arch St. United Methodist Ch., 55 N. Broad St., 1-3 p.m. Free. Oct. 21- United Republican Cl. Hosts Candidates’ Fall Happy Hour at 3156 Frankford Ave., 3-5 p.m. Meet Beth Grossman & Mike Tomlinson. Free. Light food. Cash bar. Oct. 25- WaxPAC hosts Fall Fundraiser for state rep candidate Ben Waxman at Judge Roberts Rm., 123 S. Broad St., 28th fl., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Host committee $1,000 per couple; sponsorship levels$500 & $250; general admission $100. Oct. 25- Phila. Republican Committee hosts “Republican Happy Hour & Candidate Open Forum” at Paddy Whack’s, 150 South St., 6-9 p.m. For info: Ross (609) 506-1177. Oct. 26- State Sen. Christine Tartaglione hosts Senior Expo at Fox Chase Rec. Ctr., 7901 Ridgeway St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free health screenings, government services. For info: (215) 533-0440. Oct. 26- SEAMAAC hosts 33rd Anniversary Gala at Univ. of Arts, Solmssen Ct., 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26- State Sen. Art Haywood hosts “Focus on Gun Violence Town hall Mtg. at Woodmere Art Mus., 9201 Germantown Ave., 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27- Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts “Birthday Bash & Celebration of Libras” at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant, 5:30-8:30 p.m. General Admission $50, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Fans $1,000, Phyllis Hyman Fans $500, Lou Rawls Fans $250, Jackson 5 Fans $100. Payable to “Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown,” P.O. Box 22556, Philadelphia, PA19102. For info: Taylor Daukaus (267) 671-7208 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 27- AFSCME DC 47 hosts “Meet & Greet the Candidates Fundraiser at Sonesta Phila., 1800 Market St., 55:30-7:30 p.m. Light refreshments, cash bar. Tickets: AFSCME Members $25, People MVP $20, Supporters $20. For info: (215) 893-3736 or email@example.com. Oct. 28- State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald hosts N. Housing Conference & Job Fair at W. Oak La. Charter Sch., 7115 Stenton Ave., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast & lunch. For info: (215) 549-0220. Oct. 29- Councilwoman Helen Gym hosts Fundraiser at Amalgam Coffee & Comics, 2578 Frankford Ave., 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31- State Sen. Tina Tartaglione & State Rep. Jason Dawkins host Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night at Wissinoming Pk., 5773-5945 Frankford Ave., 5 p.m. Preparing for winter with government programs, free games & candy for children. Nov. 2- 182nd Dist. Progressive Caucus hosts Social at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7- General election day for DA, controller, judges. Nov. 8- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Nov. 9- State Sen. Art Haywood hosts Town Hall Mtg. at Janes United Methodist Ch., 467 E. Haines St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Nov. 16- Phila. Public Record honors Ryan Boyer as “Public Servant of the Year” at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & dinner. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door, tables of 10 for $450.For info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov. 22- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Dec. 6- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 1-3 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726.
|(Pols ) POLS ON THE STREET: Fresh from Vegas, Ciancaglini Eyes S. Philly RacePhiladelphia Public Record / 10 d. 22 h. 27 min. ago more|
CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady joined other city leaders at City Hall to press for expanded federal relief efforts in Puerto Rico. BY JOE SHAHEELI The 184th Legislative District seems to have a magnetic allure for political newcomers this year. This seat, representing the South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Pennsport and Whitman, has been served since 1993 by State Rep. Bill Keller. A longshoreman by trade, Keller has quietly tended his largely blue-collar constituency while keeping a steady eye on its chief economic asset, the properties of PhilaPort. Keller makes no enemies and stands by his friends. At 66, he is still spry enough to run. He does not look like an easy target to topple. Yet challengers are popping up like mushrooms in Keller’s backyard ahead of the 2018 primary election. The first to announce was a former WHYY reporter, Elizabeth Fiedler. On her heels came Nick DiDonato, Jr., a former police detective. Now a third contestant has emerged: attorney Bill Ciancaglini. And he enters the race with a flourish – having just survived the Las Vegas massacre. Ciancaglini, who has a background in the casino industry, was in Las Vegas on vacation Oct. 1. Strolling the Strip three blocks from the Mandalay Bay Resort, he was suddenly faced with a panicked mob fleeing the fairgrounds where a mass shooting had just taken place. “I’ve never had a day go from so good to so bad that quickly,” Ciancaglini mused. “We watched the Eagles win the game … and then I’m literally running for my life.” SOUTH PHILADELPHIA detective Nick DiDonato, Jr. made a formal campaign launch in his bid for the 184th Legislative Dist. Seat in the May 2018 Democratic primary. Ciancaglini knows his way around the Philadelphia Democratic Party process, having run for Common Pleas Court judge. His casino expertise may help him in South Philadelphia’s unending war to establish a second casino in that district – he won a head-turning case against the Philadelphia Turf Club. Now he has a campaign story to tell that few voters will forget when they hear it. Ciancaglini is already weighing how to frame security issues in the Stadium District as a campaign issue. But that makes four in the race, with the primary still more than six months out. What are the odds? It is obvious that if an incumbent is being challenged, he would rather be challenged by three than by one. So Ciancaglini’s entry into the race should be a boon to Keller. Still, the appearance of three foes – where once there were none – could make observers wonder. One possibility is that some people are betting Keller, a staunch ally of union leader and political kingmaker John Dougherty, will become ensnared in the FBI investigation that centers on Dougherty – perhaps creating negative headlines between now and May 2018. But the mills of the FBI grind slow. And the very size of the FBI probe acts to limit its impact. Virtually everyone in South Philly who has ever dealt in public affairs has gotten a letter from the FBI, based on the fact they talked with some subject of the probe at some time. When everyone is under investigation, no one looks particularly bad. 10TH DIST. Councilman Brian O’Neill, L-R, appeared along with Ward Leader Mark Wuller, Commissioner Al Schmidt, and Ward Leaders Bob Barrilli and Linwood Holland. Besides, the FBI took a pass at Keller some years back and got nowhere. Are we looking, then, at ethnic rivalry? For decades, Italian Americans functioned as the de facto elite in this complex, multiethnic community. Their indigenous professional class produced the likes of Tom Foglietta, Frank Rizzo and Vince Fumo. Both DiDonato and Ciancaglini stem from that lineage. Can DiDonato pry labor support away from Keller? Can Ciancaglini loosen the pockets of major donors? Then there’s Fiedler. She represents the new, young, white-collar voters who have been settling in the 184th since 2000, driving up housing values. It’s unlikely they will form a majority in 2018; but in a four-way race, who needs a majority? A highly motivated group that shows up to vote in a primary can beat lightly motivated voting blocs, even those with official party resources. Philadelphia saw this clearly in the May 2017 primary, when DA candidate Larry Krasner and city controller candidate Rebecca Rhynhart cleaned the clocks of their mainstream opponents. If this phenomenon lasts into next spring, all bets are off in Philly politics. State legislative races are the purest form of retail politics in Pennsylvania. The challenge facing challengers is to reach and move 60,000 people in the course of a campaign. Vigorous young door-knockers can unseat sluggish old-timers through sheer foot leather. Thanks, 184th District, for putting on a good show for political observers this year! Muroff Slams Meehan on Drugs Health care is front and center in the national political debate these days. That can mean extra attention for a local candidate who figures out how to surf a national wave. Philadelphia’s Dan Muroff, a former Democratic 9th Ward leader and candidate for the 2nd Congressional seat ultimately won by Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Phila.), is trying to do just that with health care. He is now going after the 7th Congressional District post held by Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Delaware). Big Pharma is a massive player in this suburban district; even more so, perhaps, than Philadelphia proper. Many of its office campuses and professional employees are settled in the 7th District. At first glance, Muroff’s strategy – to slam Meehan for accepting $161,000 from pharmaceutical companies implicated in the opioid epidemic – might seem counterintuitive. But it may be smart. COUNCILMAN Derek Green held his fall fundraiser at Time lounge in Center City. Among many attendees were, L-R, Local 98’s Marita Crawford, Dan Sullivan, David Dunphy, Green and Billy Miller. Nobody likes the opioid epidemic, least of all pharmaceutical pros. Most workers in these companies are proud professionals who view their business superiors with an oft-jaundiced eye. A stand against prescription-drug abuse may entice them to pull the lever for a challenger. Muroff can easily run on this issue because of his personal story. “I lost my sister to the ravages of addiction,” he said. “I understand how devastating the opioid epidemic is to families and communities all across Southeastern Pennsylvania and well beyond. I am encouraged that legal action is being taken against the drug companies, in Delaware County and across the country, who have put their profits over the health of people. Pure greed drove these drug companies to push for increased painkiller prescriptions, resulting in an enormous increase in addictions, and in drug company profits. The drug companies’ pursuit of profit at the expense of thousands of lives is unconscionable. “Sadly, much of these same profits find their way to the campaign coffers of our elected officials,” he continued. “As congressman, I will work tirelessly to ensure increased federal resources are provided at the local level to defeat this epidemic. I will work closely with local and state government as well as service providers, and I will not accept campaign contributions from the Pharma PACs who hope to buy silence from elected officials.” EMILY’s List Backs Rhynhart EMILY’s List, the country’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for controller of the City of Philadelphia. The organization actively works to increase the number of women involved in every level of government. STATE REP. Jim Roebuck enjoyed seeing the Franklin Institute’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit, more than 2,000 years old, at the opening reception. Photo by Bonnie Squires “Rebecca’s experiences as chief administrative officer, city treasurer, and budget director make her beyond qualified to be controller of Philadelphia. She has shown unwavering commitment to making city government work for all residents and businesses,” said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY’s List. “EMILY’s List is confident that she will be a positive force in Philadelphia, not just for women, but for all community members throughout the city.” “I am very grateful to receive the endorsement of EMILY’s List, an organization that embodies the same spirit and drive I believe are needed in city government,” said Rhynhart. “We need more women in public office, and EMILY’s List has been a key supporter of female candidates across the country – I am thrilled to be one of them.” Rhynhart surprised the Philadelphia political establishment in May 2016 by winning the Democratic nomination for controller of the City of Philadelphia with 58% of the vote. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as city treasurer and budget director and then as Mayor Jim Kenney’s chief administrative officer. She resigned from the mayor’s administration at the end of 2016 in order to run for controller.
|Updated October 5thPhiladelphia Public Record / 11 d. 23 h. 2 min. ago more|
Oct. 5- State Sen. Tina Tartaglione hosts Senior Expo at Mayfair Community Ctr., 2990 St. Vincent St., 10 a.m. Free health screenings, exhibits, government services. Oct. 5- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts “Unlimited Energy Workshop” at Greater Bible Way Temple, 1461 N. 52nd St., 7-8 p.m. Learn how to get unlimited usage at one set price a month. Oct. 6- State Sen. John Sabatina hosts Senior Expo at Nat’l Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments. For info: (215) 695-1020. Oct. 6- Sheet Metal Workers Golf Tournament at Northampton Valley C.C., 299 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, Pa., registration 12 m., shotgun start 1 p.m. Lunch, dinner, prizes. Golfers $100, Hole Sponsors $250. Checks payable to “Local 19 Scholarship Fund.” For info: (215) 952-1999. Oct. 6- Councilman David Oh hosts Green Beret Foundation Fundraiser at Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 612 Washington Ave., 6-10 p.m. Guests include Gov. Ed Rendell & House Speaker Mike Turzai. Buffet dinner with live entertainment, auctions & raffles. Platinum $10,000, Gold $5,000, Silver $2,500, Bronze $1,000. Tickets $65, table of 10 $500. Payable to “Green Beret Foundation,” David Oh, City Ha. Rm. 319, Phila., PA 19107. For info: Donald Tippett (215) 686-3452. Oct. 6- St. Casimir Ch. hosts Designer Bag Bingo at EOM, 144 Moore St., 7 p.m. 10 rounds; wine, cheese & desserts. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door. For info: Marge Petronis (215) 462-0464. Oct. 7- State Rep. Jason Dawkins hosts Olney Youth Arts Festival on 500 bl. W. Chew Ave at N. 5th St., 12-4 p.m. Rain location, St. Paul’s Lutheran Ch., 5918 N. 5th St. For info: (215) 744-7901. Oct. 7- United Republican Cl. hosts Shrimp Night at 3156 Frankford Ave., 7-11 p.m. Shrimp, hoagies, meatballs & more. Tickets $30. Oct. 8- 35th, 53rd, 55th & 63rd Ward Democratic Committees host Picnic at Burholme Pk. Pavilion, Cottman & Central Aves. Sponsors $500; Friends $250; Guests $50, Candidates $100. For info: Bob Dellavella (215) 335-4004 or (215) 808-4240. Oct. 8- Americans for Democratic Action S.E. Pa. hosts Awards Celebration at USciences, 45th St. & Woodland Ave., 6-8 p.m. Honoring civic leaders, community advocates and change agents. Gold Partners $1,000, Silver Partners $500, Bronze Partners $250. Payable to “Americans for Democratic Action SEPA,” 1735 Market St., Su. A495, Phila., PA 19103 or www.adasepa.org/partner. For info: (215) 923-6865. Oct. 10- Last day to register to vote. Oct. 12- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Police Recruitment Drive at 3503 N. B St., Unit 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (215) 291-5643. Oct. 12- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Job & Career fair at Sheet metal Workers Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 employers, résumé clinic, continuing-education programs. For info: (215) 952-3121. Oct. 12- State Rep. Jared Solomon hosts Public Safety & Criminal Justice Mtg. at St. Thomas Ch., 1009 Unruh Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts “Unlimited Energy Workshop” at Greater Bible Way Temple, 1461 N. 52nd St., 7-8 p.m. Learn how to get unlimited usage at one set price a month. Oct. 13- NAACP Phila. Branch hosts Awards Gala at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 5 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Gala. Guest honorees Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Ron Harper, Zed Smith and Sharon Powell. For info: 215) 455-1011 or www.philadelphianaacp.org. Oct. 13- 57th & 65th Ward Republicans host Fundraiser at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-9 p.m. Draft beer & appetizers. Tickets $40. Payable to “The Elephant Fund” or “65th Republican Ward.” Oct. 14- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown sponsors “Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness” at New Birthing Worship Ctr., 5949 Spruce St., starting 9 a.m., to 12 m. For info: (215) 879-6615. Oct. 14- State Sen. Vincent Hughes hosts neighborhood Fall Festival at H.S. of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Money workshops, health & wellness, kids’ zone, resistance info, seniors pavilion, food, fun, live music. For info: email@example.com or (215) 879-7777. Oct. 14- State Rep. Donna Bullock hosts Girard Ave. Street Festival betw. 26th and 29th Sts., 12-6 p.m. Oct. 14- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Fall Harvest festival at Clara Muhammad Sq. Pk., 47th & Lancaster Ave., 1-5 p.m. Help with state programs, Affordable Care Act & drug-abuse prevention. Games, food, moon bounce. For info: (215) 879-6615. Oct. 15- Congregation Shaare Shamayim hosts “Meet the Candidates Brunch” at 9768 Verree Rd. Free. For info: Paul Kaplan (215) 715-1872 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 18- City & State PA hosts “50 over 50 Reception” at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Honoring 50 seasoned Pa. leaders. Keynote speaker Ed Rendell. Tickets $35. For info: email@example.com or (215) 490-9314. Oct. 19- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 19- Lisa Deeley is hosted Cocktail Reception at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $100, Bronze $250-, Silver $500, Gold $1,000. Payable to “Deeley15,” P.O. Box 42288, Phila., PA 19101. Oct. 20- 26th Ward Republican Committee hosts Fall Festival at Waterfall Rm., 2015 S. Water St., 7 p.m. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 21- State Rep. James Roebuck hosts Document Shredding Event at 4712 Baltimore Ave., 9 a.m.-12 m. Free. No digital or electronic media. For info: (215) 724-2227. Oct. 21- Congressman Dwight Evans hosts 2nd Dist.’s “Nat’l Opportunity Resource Fair” at CCP, Winnett Stud. Life Bldg., 1700 Spring Garden St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For middle-schoolers, high-schoolers & college freshmen. Careers in military academies, Army Corps of Engineers, FBI, CIA, Dept. Of State & others. Free. Register: (215) 254-3140. Oct. 21- Phila. Council AFL-CIO hosts “Designer Bingo” at Workers United Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd St., 2nd fl., open 12 m., bingo starts 12:30 p.m. Prizes are designer handbags including Coach, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, Dooney & Burke. 15 games. BYOP & snacks. Donations $50. Proceeds benefit “Holiday Adopt a Family Program.” Payable to “Phila. Council AFL-CIO,” 22 S. 22nd St., Phila., PA 19103. Oct. 21- Philadelphians United for Progress hosts “A Conversation with Krasner & Grossman” at Arch St. United Methodist Ch., 55 N. Broad St., 1-3 p.m. Free. Oct. 21- United Republican Cl. Hosts Candidates’ Fall Happy Hour at 3156 Frankford Ave., 3-5 p.m. Meet Beth Grossman & Mike Tomlinson. Free. Light food. Cash bar. Oct. 25- WaxPAC hosts Fall Fundraiser for state rep candidate Ben Waxman at Judge Roberts Rm., 123 S. Broad St., 28th fl., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Host committee $1,000 per couple; sponsorship levels$500 & $250; general admission $100. Oct. 26- SEAMAAC hosts 33rd Anniversary Gala at Univ. of Arts, Solmssen Ct., 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27- Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts “Birthday Bash & Celebration of Libras” at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant, 5:30-8:30 p.m. General Admission $50, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Fans $1,000, Phyllis Hyman Fans $500, Lou Rawls Fans $250, Jackson 5 Fans $100. Payable to “Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown,” P.O. Box 22556, Philadelphia, PA19102. For info: Taylor Daukaus (267) 671-7208 or email@example.com. Oct. 28- State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald hosts N. Housing Conference & Job Fair at W. Oak La. Charter Sch., 7115 Stenton Ave., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast & lunch. For info: (215) 549-0220. Oct. 29- Councilwoman Helen Gym hosts Fundraiser at Amalgam Coffee & Comics, 2578 Frankford Ave., 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31- State Sen. Tina Tartaglione & State Rep. Jason Dawkins host Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night at Wissinoming Pk., 5773-5945 Frankford Ave., 5 p.m. Preparing for winter with government programs, free games & candy for children. Nov. 2- 182nd Dist. Progressive Caucus hosts Social at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7- General election day for DA, controller, judges. Nov. 16- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Nov. 16- Phila. Public Record honors Ryan Boyer as Public Servant of the Year at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & dinner. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door, tables of 10 for $450.For info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Civil Asset Forfeiture: Where Does the Money Go?Philadelphia Public Record / 18 d. 20 h. 33 min. ago more|
BY RYAN BRIGGS AND MAX MARIN On a chilly night in 2014, Nassir Geiger left his house an innocent man with a 2000 Buick LeSabre and $580 cash in his pocket – his paycheck for the week. He drove to a nearby McDonald’s for a late-night snack. By the time he returned home the next morning, Philadelphia police would take all that away. “I was scared,” Geiger recalled. “I had never been to jail before.” Geiger’s only “crime” had been seeing a familiar face in the Northeast Philly McDonald’s parking lot. As he paused to say hello to a co-worker from the City’s Streets Department, he drew the attention of undercover narcotics police. Two plainclothes officers, suspecting the harmless interaction had been a drug deal, followed Geiger on his way home. Brandishing their firearms, they charged his car. After the stop, Geiger watched helplessly as one officer confiscated his wages, while another hopped into his Buick and sped away. Except there were no drugs to be found. And Geiger, a longtime sanitation worker with no criminal record, would never be charged with a crime. But thanks to the city’s controversial civil-asset forfeiture program, he would still go to jail for the night and leave the next morning, penniless and on foot. NASSIR GEIGER: “My daughter is starting to drive. I don’t want her to get pulled over and get harassed by cops, or have them take stuff from her just because they can.” Photo by Max MorinIn the name of ongoing narcotics investigations, civil-asset forfeiture allows Philadelphia police to seize millions in cash, cars and homes each year from ordinary citizens, even when charges aren’t brought. But what happens to these assets after seizure – and eventually funneled into secretive municipal bank accounts – remains one of the biggest mysteries in Philadelphia law enforcement. For more than two decades, the District Attorney’s Office has refused to disclose – even to City Council members – exactly what it does with the millions in sometimes-ill-gotten gains confiscated through civil-asset forfeiture. But now, long-hidden financial documents obtained through a Right-to-Know request filed by City&State PA and Philly Weekly outline nearly $7 million in secretive expenditures, spanning the past five years. The records depict a slush fund for DA and police spending that runs the gamut from the mundane to the downright bizarre, all enabled by laws that empower police to seize property from individuals sometimes merely suspected of criminal activity. In one instance, the forfeiture “bank” helped top off the salary of a former DA staffer who once served as campaign manager to now-jailed former District Attorney Seth Williams. (The office maintains these expenses were appropriate and eventually reimbursed.) Other forfeiture dollars paid for at least one contract that appears to have violated City ethics guidelines – construction work awarded to a company linked to one of the DA’s own staff detectives. (The DAO said it is now conducting an “internal investigation” into these payments.) With little need to concern itself with public scrutiny, the DAO’s clandestine revenue stream also paid for much more: $30,000 worth of submachine guns (equipped with military-grade laser sights valued at $15,000) for police tactical units; a $16,000 website-development contract; custom uniform embroidery; a $76 parking ticket; $1,000 in raccoon-removal services; a push lawn-mower; a pair of outboard motors; and tens of thousands in mysterious cash withdrawals – along with thousands of other expenses. While the DAO liquidates many of the assets it seizes, other records obtained by City&State PA and Philly Weekly reveal the office has long loaned out forfeited cars to its office personnel. Cars – not unlike Geiger’s seized Buick – are routinely doled out to top deputies for work use, as take-home cars and, in one case, even as a plaything for the district attorney himself. These perks are in addition to those that staff already enjoy, like dedicated downtown parking spots, free gas and repair work – all courtesy of Philadelphia taxpayers. Yet even this unprecedented disclosure appears to represent only a fraction of the city’s civil-asset forfeiture proceeds. In reports submitted annually to the Pennsylvania attorney general, the DAO previously claimed to have spent between $2 million and $7 million in forfeiture funds each year – at least $5 million more than shown in the budget documents delivered to City&State PA and Philly Weekly. Officials declined to explain the multimillion-dollar discrepancy, despite multiple requests for comment. Innocent victims of the forfeiture machine are often forced to pursue a complex legal process just to win back their own property – and few have the resources or wherewithal to bother. In the pursuit to reclaim his vehicle, Geiger ended up joining six other victims in a class-action suit against the city with the help of the Institute for Justice. Attorneys at the Virginia-based nonprofit depict civil-asset forfeiture as one of the greatest threats to property rights in the nation today. Under the Trump administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sought to expand the practice’s already-widespread use. In 2014, federal authorities notoriously seized $5 billion – more than was reported stolen in burglaries nationwide, according to a report from the Institute for Justice. Meanwhile, big cities like Philadelphia continue to cultivate their own forfeiture juggernauts with little scrutiny. Critics doubt whether the DAO and police can be trusted to administer the current, opaque bank accounts at all. “There is no democratic check on how law enforcement uses forfeiture funds, and no oversight by any politically accountable body. The current law places very few restrictions on how they can use that money,” said Molly Tack-Hooper, of the Pennsylvania ACLU. The Ouroboros Budget Even top city administrators who oversee key aspects of the Philadelphia District Attorney and Police Department’s budgets have long been kept in the dark about the forfeiture budget. The DA’s Office alone holds the purse strings to this discrete fund, which it splits with the PPD through a “60/40” arrangement. Finance documents show that, in practice, police get far less: about 27% of forfeiture revenues. Asked by City Council during 2016 budget hearings to describe the nature of City forfeiture revenues, then-DA Williams pointedly declined to answer. “The Forfeiture Act of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania really prohibits the district attorney from sharing with municipal funders what those totals are, out of the fear that municipal governments will de-fund prosecutors and law enforcement across the state for that,” he said. It’s a dubious statement, Tack-Hooper says. “There is definitely nothing in Pennsylvania’s forfeiture law – either the new version or the previous version – that requires DAs to keep their forfeiture practices or revenues secret,” she said. There is, however, a statute dictating this money is only supposed to be used for drug enforcement, community policing efforts, witness relocation and blight mitigation. Indeed, a great deal of money appears to be spent on investigative costs: evidence baggies, wiretapping expenses, hundreds of thousands in cellphone and internet bills for staffers. Yet in numerous instances, expense records suggest the Philadelphia DAO bent the limits of these uses and covered its tracks to comply with threadbare regulation – using virtually none of its forfeiture income to bankroll drug and crime-prevention programs, according to its own annual reports. “There is a need for community policing, for drug treatment programs, for safe injection sites. But they weren’t spending it on any of that – they were spending it on machine guns and lawn-mowers. They were spending it on military-style weaponry in a department that should be less militarized,” said Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner, a longtime critic of asset forfeiture, who has suggested that if elected, he would hand over forfeiture proceeds to the city’s general fund. Forfeiture expenditures do not follow the city’s typical contracting guidelines. While officials insist there is a “multi-step approval process for all goods and services purchased with civil-asset forfeiture funds,” they could not provide any other details. Due to its controversial seizure of people’s homes, the DAO has become a major property owner. As a result, it has spent about $184,000 on sealing and maintaining this real-estate portfolio. One of its building contractors, NorthEast Construction Inc., is owned by April Slobodrian, the wife of DA staff detective Joseph Slobodrian – despite city employees being barred from benefiting, directly or indirectly, from city contracting. Joseph Slobodrian joined the DAO in 2012, after spending many years stationed in North Philadelphia’s drug-plagued 25th Police District. Since then, his wife’s company has won at least $14,000 worth of home repair contracts for properties managed by the DAO’s forfeiture unit. On Slobodrian’s own online resume, he lists himself as a manager at NorthEast Construction. He did not respond to a request for comment, although a relative acknowledged Slobodrian’s involvement with both the DAO and NorthEast Construction. “In light of your suggestion that he ‘serves as a manager at Northeast Construction LLC,’ we are now conducting an internal investigation to see if that is true, and if it is, we will take the appropriate action,” DA spokesman Cameron Kline said. However, the Mayor’s Office, the Police Department and the DAO declined to answer specific questions about the unvetted contractors paid through forfeiture accounts. Citing the ongoing class-action lawsuit filed by Geiger and others, the city offered only praise for the oversight purportedly enforced by the two prime beneficiaries of forfeited assets. “Expenditures made during the timeframe you asked about involved a system of checks and balances between the police department and the District Attorney’s Office,” said Andrew Richman, chief of staff for the city solicitor. “Part of this oversight included making sure that expenditures made from the narcotics account had a nexus to narcotics enforcement.” Yet how much went toward actual narcotics work remains unclear. Spending from this stream more closely resembles an ouroboros – a snake eating its own tail – as almost half the money brought in seems to have been funneled back toward costs associated with the forfeiture program itself. Some $2.2 million was paid in salaries between 2012 and 2016 – scarcely enough to cover the costs of nine attorneys who staffed the DA’s two forfeiture offices during those years. Another $217,000 went to car repairs or to maintain or seal the properties it has seized over the years. Another $192,000 went to other law enforcement agencies that assisted with drug raids. Some $120,000 was spent to lease a garage on State Road for the storage of seized but yet-to-be-auctioned vehicles. More than $14,000 was used for cash-counting machines to bundle street money. A suburban courier company called MedEx Logistics was paid $70,000 out of forfeiture accounts to handle related subpoena services – notifying people that their property was being seized by law enforcement. Some $30,000 went to internal “audits.” Still more was paid to Barry Slosberg & Co., an auction house that helps liquidate some of the private property seized by the DA. It billed anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 monthly in unspecified “advertising costs.” “When forfeited property is sold at auction, there are also advertising costs associated with the auction,” Kline said. “The amounts vary as the need and frequency of advertisements in the Philadelphia media market varies.” The Campaign Manager Forfeiture accounts also paid large sums in the form of a salary for lawyer Bryan Lentz between 2011 and 2013. A former state representative and respected attorney specializing in white-collar crime, Lentz had managed Williams’ failed 2004 campaign for the office and remained a loyal supporter throughout the now-disgraced former DA’s political ascent. The relationship may have prompted Williams to select Lentz to fill a lingering vacancy at the city’s Regional Gun Violence Task Force in late 2011. Similar task forces across the state are funded by the state attorney general and administered by county DAs, with the aim of sweeping illegal guns off the streets. For reasons still unclear, Williams directed his finance department to cover Lentz’s salary with money from the forfeiture account – some $275,000 over approximately a year and a half, cutting untaxed biweekly checks that were stamped “Drug Forfeiture Account.” Lentz says he didn’t know where the paychecks were coming from and could not recall his exact salary. The DAO affirmed Lentz’s salary was later reimbursed. Joe Grace, a spokesperson for Attorney General Josh Shapiro, noted the DA is permitted to exercise his own discretion in how to pay for these personnel costs. The DAO also refused to explain why Lentz was compensated in such a manner, but Kline insisted a predecessor had been similarly compensated with forfeiture money. Yet no other task-force employee has been paid in a similar fashion since, or as generously. The current task-force head, criminal prosecutor Caroline Keating-McGlynn, earns $102,000 annually. The Company Car While some DA staffers were, in essence, being paid out of accounts flush with purported drug money, dozens of forfeited vehicles, likewise the former property of accused drug offenders, were being repurposed as de facto company cars. Vehicle logs, expense records and emails show staffers and top deputies at the DAO routinely drove vehicles confiscated through civil-asset forfeiture proceedings. Associated maintenance costs were covered with forfeiture cash. The cars also enjoyed taxpayer-funded gas from municipal refueling stations and assigned private parking spots at the DA’s downtown garage. Former DA Lynne Abraham and Republican DA candidate Beth Grossman, who used to oversee the DA’s forfeiture office during her 21-plus years there, both acknowledged the long-running practice. “The statute permits it – the cars can be used. But the rule of thumb is they must be used for official purposes only,” Grossman said. The DAO refused to answer any questions about the use of seized vehicles. “As described, it’s an outrageous practice,” said State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), who has sponsored legislation to reform forfeiture practices across the state. The DAO confiscated 72 vehicles in 2014, nearly all of which ultimately headed to auction. But about 22 other vehicles confiscated through forfeiture over the years remained directly managed by the DAO, according to city fleet records. Inter-office emails obtained through a right-to-know request captured one exchange between former deputy Tariq El-Shabazz concerning his use of a seized 2012 Toyota Tundra. In one exchange, the former deputy emailed the office asking for the city to fix a flat tire he detected while driving the pickup truck home, on a weekend. A spokesperson for El-Shabazz said he needed 24/7 access to a vehicle to respond to the site of police-involved shootings, per new protocols he helped establish. However, the police department said there were no police-involved shootings during the month he reported the flat tire. A high-level source in the DAO stated it was a long-standing “tradition” for the first assistant and other top officials to have constant access to a vehicle, forfeited or otherwise. The use of the vehicles is clearly widespread: Fuel logs show other forfeited vehicles consumed 2,200 gallons of fuel at municipal gas stations between August 2016 and February 2017. In addition to these forfeiture vehicles, the DAO also has access to a fleet of conventional city-owned cars, as well as a massive rental-car budget that racked up more than $660,000 in leasing expenses from forfeiture accounts over five years. Former DA Lynne Abraham defended the practice of having a flexible supplement of forfeited cars, saying vehicles critical for casework were sometimes tough to come by for tasks like transporting traumatized victims or hesitant witnesses, attending community meetings and the like. “But I don’t know what anyone would need a truck for,” Abraham said, referring to El-Shabazz’s use of the Tundra. “Was he moving?” Internally, some sources stated that Williams had at times attempted to crack down on the too-casual use of forfeited vehicles during his reign, apparently softening his stance in the years leading up to his indictment on felony corruption charges. But among the dozens of wide-ranging corruption charges leveled against Williams, federal prosecutors said the DA had himself misused grants intended for the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Program to acquire vehicles for personal use. These abuses seem to extend to forfeited vehicles as well. Several former DA officials recalled, in 2011, that Williams had ordered the repurposing of a forfeited Harley-Davidson motorcycle emblazoned with a license plate reading “DA-2,” according to Grossman. Reportedly, Williams wanted Chief of County Detectives and former highway patrolman Chris Werner to give him lessons so he could participate in the Hero Thrill Show, an annual police motorcycle rally and fundraiser. Grossman said she objected to the frivolous use of a forfeited bike, at the time. “I don’t know if Seth Williams ever rode it or not, but eventually the motorcycle was auctioned off,” Grossman recalled. He didn’t, according to Jimmy Binns, a lawyer who organizes the Thrill Show. The license plate was pried off the bike and later given to Grossman. The War on Forfeiture The expenses traced here from the city’s forfeiture accounts shed light on but one corner of the vast, shadowy apparatus that is the forfeiture program. In its one-page financial report submitted to the State attorney general for Fiscal Year 2012 – its bare-bones form of transparency – the DAO reported spending $7.3 million in forfeiture proceeds. But expense records from the two forfeiture accounts reviewed in this investigation only account for roughly $1.5 million in spending in that time frame. There were similarly gaping discrepancies in reports for the following years. But the Mayor’s Office, the Law Department and the DAO all declined to offer explanation – once again citing the ongoing lawsuit. This investigation reviewed records from two forfeiture-related bank accounts; it remains unclear if there are additional accounts used to maintain the program. Robert Frommer, an attorney representing Nassir Geiger at the Institute for Justice, noted the city has long safeguarded these forfeiture-expense documents from the eyes of outsiders. Frommer’s team has been seeking discovery of forfeiture expense reports through the lawsuit, but did not obtain the expense records until presented with them by reporters. This summer, Geiger sat at an outdoor café and recounted the Kafkaesque experience of spending months trying to reclaim his cash and his car from police custody. He learned he was not the only falsely accused individual fighting back, and emphasized that if he hadn’t found pro bono legal representation, he might have joined the majority of those who stopped trying to regain their possessions. According to a 2012 City Paper investigation, around 90% of people who have had their property taken away abandon their reclamation efforts during the first stage of the forfeiture process. “In Philadelphia, the overwhelming majority of people who have their property seized give up on trying to get it back,” Frommer said. “Even if they’ve done nothing wrong, it’s simply not worth it. That’s why we’re involved.” Geiger eventually did get his car back – albeit years later and minus some $500 in storage fees. But it was a point of pride for him. As for the $580 in cash he lost that night in 2014, he was never made whole, and assumes his money long ago made its way into the forfeiture coffers. Meanwhile, concerns surrounding the city’s forfeiture program have become a recurring theme of the Philadelphia DA’s race. Democrat Larry Krasner has vowed to end the program altogether, while Republican Beth Grossman remains defensive of her former office, pointing out the program allows law enforcement to get dirty money off the street and quickly seal drug houses. “The forfeiture act remains on the books and has never been declared unconstitutional. It has been used as a tool to prevent drug dealers from ruining neighborhoods,” she said. “What gets lost is the impact a drug house can have on a neighborhood. It decreases property values and quality of life. However, if elected, I’m open to looking at all ways of evaluating the forfeiture process.” The Republican also distanced herself from actual spending decisions made while she worked at the DAO. “I never had any decision-making authority or otherwise participated in how that money was spent,” she said. “The forfeiture statute as written does provide for funds to be used in crime-fighting and community initiatives. Those are the proper uses for the funds I would like to see, if I get elected.” But her opponent, Krasner, said there was no “proper” use of the funds under the current system. Krasner said Grossman herself was to blame. “The bottom line is: it all happened on her watch,” he emphasized. “This is what she did.” If successful, the class-action suit Geiger is involved in may very well change the way the City handles asset forfeiture. Tellingly, the plaintiffs are not seeking damages or compensation for their life-changing encounters with the City’s forfeiture machine. For Geiger, a law-abiding family man, the damage has already been done. But he worries about his children running into police. “My daughter is starting to drive,” he says. “I don’t want her to get pulled over and get harassed by cops, or have them take stuff from her just because they can.”
|POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Sheds Light on Voting by AliensPhiladelphia Public Record / 18 d. 20 h. 55 min. ago more|
CITY Commissioner Al SchmidtBY JOE SHAHEELI City Commissioner Al Schmidt has made a prominent contribution to a hotly debated national controversy over how many aliens vote in U.S. elections. A study conducted by Schmidt’s office found 220 non-citizens “who were registered to vote in Philadelphia at some point between 2006 and 2017,” reported City Commission’s lone Republican member. Of them, 90 “voted in at least one election.” Schmidt further identified the cause of most of these improper votes – 168 of them – as “motor voter” registrations initiated by PennDOT when legal aliens applied for a driver’s license. “I expect that, after conducting a statewide cross-check, a far greater number of voter-registration and voting irregularities of this nature will be identified,” Schmidt concluded. As Philadelphia has one-eighth of the state’s population, one may predict around 1,600 improperly registered aliens in Pennsylvania. Schmidt was careful to distinguish between registration irregularities and voter fraud. There is no evidence that anyone either in PennDOT or among the legal-alien community was organizing a plot. Voter registration is a human activity, subject to human error. Aliens who are told by officials they may register to vote are likely to take the officials’ word for it, Schmidt pointed out. Schmidt found the Philadelphia irregularities peaked in 2008. We are not, then, seeing an uptick in this problem here. SCULPTOR Branly Cadet posed at the unveiling of his monument to civil-rights hero Octavius Catto at City Hall Tuesday, flanked byre-enactors Cpl. Robert Houston and Greg Harris. Photo by Wendell DouglasOnce registered, Philadelphia aliens are about as likely to vote as citizens – not too likely, that is. Their turnout rate was just 41%. Party registrations by aliens don’t show a pattern either. Their distribution as Democrats, Republicans, independents and others roughly matches that of the city as a whole. Regardless, Schmidt called for the Pennsylvania Department of State to undertake a thorough examination of this problem. He said he was “very encouraged by the response he has received to date” by that agency. “The current voter-registration process at PennDOT is both harmful to election integrity and to members of the immigrant community seeking citizenship,” Schmidt affirmed. Butko vs. Kenney: Grudge or Gameplan? City Controller Alan Butkovitz has ramped up his attacks on the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia by asking Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro “to take all appropriate actions” to investigate the $12-million City-run nonprofit. This follows a campaign of several months in which Butkovitz complained that $800,000 of Mayor’s Fund expenditures could not be properly documented. “The unsupported transactions and the obstinate behavior by the Mayor’s Fund to provide essential records have raised several red flags and warrant the review of the State Attorney General,” Butkovitz stated. Mayor Jim Kenney’s spokespersons have consistently denied any wrongdoing or impropriety in the Mayor’s Fund. Many of the items challenged by the controller date back to Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration, with whom Butkovitz also sparred. This is, indeed, the job of the controller. Like the district attorney, the controller is never elected in the same year as the mayor or city council members. This ensures that they never run on the same ticket with other public officials whom they may be charged to investigate. COUNCILWOMAN Blondell Reynolds Brown, C, rallied with a coalition of Pennsylvania environmental activists outside the Environmental Protection Agency’s Philadelphia office to urge President Donald Trump to preserve clean-water standards. She was joined by representatives from PennEnvironment, American Rivers, Trout Unlimited, Appalachian Mountain Club, PennFuture, Clean Water Action, the National Parks Conservation Association and Coalition for the Delaware River Basin. Reynolds Brown chairs City Council’s Environment Committee. Photo by Leona DixonBut Butkovitz will not hold this post for long. He was beaten by Rebecca Rhynhart in last spring’s Democratic primary, so he has only three months left to pursue this cause officially. That raises the question of Butkovitz’s plans for 2018. He shows no inclination to disappear from public life. On another major political hot potato, the Sweetened Drinks Tax, he has staked out a strong position attacking its revenue shortcomings and its impact on city businesses. This has already made him the most-prominent foe of the incumbent mayor in public life. When Butkovitz returns to private life in January 2018, he will have a year the scope out a possible primary challenge in 2019. Alternatively, he could spy an opening in a state office (he once served in the House of Representatives) and launch a campaign in the spring primary. Casey up, Trump down in Latest F&M Poll The latest Franklin & Marshall Poll brings good news for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). His approval rating reached a new high of 45%, with 17% strongly favorable and 28% somewhat favorable. Voters also said that Casey was doing an “excellent” or “good” job, to the tune of 37%, compared to 42% saying he is doing a “fair” or “poor” job. Not stellar numbers, to be sure. But at least voters know who Casey is. The F&M poll found his most-famous potential opponent, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) is little known to 68% of the state’s voters. Barletta is a prominent advocate for President Donald Trump since early in the latter’s campaign. For better or for worse, he will be seen as a stand-in for Trump in 2018. And although Trump carried Pennsylvania in 2016, the F&M poll found his support dipping as of Sept. 18. Of Keystone State voters, 53% said Trump is doing a “poor” job, while only 29% said he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job. Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval rating chugs along at 36% favorable. The good news for the incumbent: His “strongly favorable” rating jumped from 12% to 16%. The bad news: His “strongly unfavorable” rating soared from 19% to 36%. That may become a tool for his Republican adversaries next year, provided the electorate should find out who they are. MORE THAN 250 people danced to Frank Sinatra tunes, played by the Philly POPS 65-piece orchestra at the Sept. 14 Philly POPS Ball, honoring outgoing board chairman Sal DeBunda. Mayor Jim Kenney spoke and praised Frank Giordano, DeBunda and the orchestra for their contribution to hundreds of schoolchildren in Philadelphia, enhancing music education for 2,000 kids each year. L:-R, Tony Ricci, CEO of Parx Casino; Bob Green, chairman of the Parx board; Kenney; Sal DeBunda, outgoing chairman of the Philly POPS board; and Marc Oppenheimer, chief marketing officer of Parx. Parx Casino is the sponsor of the POPS 39th-anniversary season. Photo by Bonnie Squires Woodruff Takes a Ride on Presidential Tweets It’s rare for a statewide judicial candidate to be able to take a free ride on nightly-news sensations. But Pittsburgh Judge Dwayne Woodruff, who is running on the Democratic ticket for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, happens also to be a former Pittsburgh Steeler. As President Trump floods Twitter with posts condemning National Football League players who kneel in protest during the national anthem – stirring entire teams to respond by kneeling or locking arms in solidarity – Judge Woodruff speaks with unusual authority on this subject. And speak he did. “This past Friday, the leader of our country made disparaging comments, which only serve to push our country to become more divided and ultimately penalizes our 1st Amendment rights under the Constitution,” Woodruff said in a statement. Woodruff, an African American, said the NFL players were acting in the tradition of the struggle for civil rights. “The history of our country records the courageous efforts by people we now consider heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks; they endeavored against great opposition, to gain/preserve rights and freedom for current and future generations. We must continue to be a country united in justice and equality for all,” Woodruff said. Last weekend, the Steelers remained in the locker room during the national anthem. Teachers Union Endorses a Green Jules Mermelstein, a Green Party candidate for Superior Court, was endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association in his run. “I am honored and humbled that PSEA, an organization of people serving the public through the education and health fields, has chosen to endorse me as their first third party candidate for a statewide race. As someone dedicated to public service, this endorsement means a great deal to me,” Mermelstein said.
|Hero Thrill Show Thrills for 63rd YearPhiladelphia Public Record / 18 d. 20 h. 55 min. ago more|
Host Jimmy Binns and Police Commissioner Richard Ross honored Highway Patrol Officer Patrick McDonald by inducting his mother, Patricia McDonald, as an honorary captain of the Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol. Here she is surrounded by the Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team. Photos by Eldon Graham By Eldon Graham The 63rd annual Hero Thrill Show fundraiser was a destination of excitement and remembrance at the Wells Fargo Center parking lot in South Philadelphia. Kids and the young at heart got the opportunity to be unofficial firefighters and police officers for a day, while enjoying the sights and sounds of carnival games, Boardwalk food and throw-back music from the 1970s. The 2017 Hero Thrill Show raises funds from ticket sales and donations for the post high school educations of survivors of deceased police officers and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. “The Hero Thrill Show has been a proud tradition in our community for 63 years,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, son of a city firefighter. “The show has paved the way for educational opportunities, allowing police and fire department families to attend trade schools, colleges and universities. The Hero Thrill Show is also a way to show our appreciation to first responders by sharing in a fun day with community.” The Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team made a roaring grand entrance into Lot H to give a sneak preview of its mesmerizing daredevil stunts that they performed. The police motorcade joined an impressive display of fire engines from units citywide. The Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team performing spectacular feats in parking lot H of the Wells Fargo Center. Host and President/CEO of Hero Thrill Show Inc., James “Jimmy” Binns, brought another show to a rousing success. The attorney, Darby Township Highway Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Drill Instructor and patron of police and fire personnel led an all-star lineup in a special day of tribute and tradition The Hero Thrill Show marked the solemn anniversary of Highway Patrol Officer Patrick McDonald death exactly 9 years ago to the day, September 23rd, 2008. The Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Team — led by its commander Capt. John “Jack” Fleming and former Police Officer Rick Bowes paid tribute to McDonald’s legacy and to his family. Bowes shot McDonald’s fleeing assailant in the 2008 incident. During the event the officers and the Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Team led McDonald’s mother, along with other survivors of police slayings, to the center of Parking Lot H to present her with ceremonial flowers and to make her the honorary captain of the Motorcycle Team with their “fire in hole” ritual. McDonald, a Northeast Philly resident, died in 2008 after he was fatally shot in North Philadelphia, following a routine traffic stop and an ensuing police chase. McDonald, an eight-year veteran of the force, was single and is survived by his mother, Patricia (“Patsy”) and father, Lawrence and his sister, Megan. Hero Thrill Show organizer Binns said that all the activities recognize the heroism of our firefighters and police officers who sacrificed their lives for their communities. As a patron of law enforcement, Binns is founder of the Hero Cop Plaque and Hero Firefighters Plague programs throughout the Delaware Valley as well as various initiatives to secure funding for police equipment and vehicles in the Delaware Valley. “This is truly a tribute to the legacy of our fallen police officers and firefighters who place themselves in harm’s way to protect the citizens of Philadelphia every day,” Binns said. “The Hero Thrill Show gives us a chance to honor their memory and extend our gratitude to the families of those brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. We do this each year by raising money to fund the college educations of families of our law-enforcement and firefighting heroes. Opportunities to connect the police and fire departments to the community — while supporting the families of those dedicated individuals who served us bravely — are needed today more than ever.” The students are furthering their educations through the assistance of full funding at mostly local colleges, universities and trade schools. Thousands of dollars have been raised for the educations of more than 20 students from police and fire department families since the Hero Thrill Show was incorporated under Binns’ leadership in 2006. The event began in a spectacular fashion, with the motorcycle procession of Hero Thrill Show participants led by the heralded Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team. The drill team only performs at this show once a year. To help start the event City Representative Sheila Hess spoke on the Mayor’s behalf, who arrived later in the afternoon. “I remember from the time I was young child, how the Hero Thrill Show was such a major spectacle in our community when it came to South Philly,” said Hess. “1 can recall when it was held at the old JFK Stadium. The daredevil police motorcycles use to come thundering down the middle aisles that separated those rickety old bleacher benches. For an 11 year old, it was the best experience of sights and sounds imaginable.” Sheriff Jewell Williams and Deputy Chief at Office of the Sheriff City and County of Philadelphia Paris Washington huddle up with Philadlephia Eagles Mascot, Swoop, at the Hero Thrill Show. City officials from the law-enforcement and firefighting communities, as well as sports cheerleaders and mascots, took part in the festivities. Joining Binns, and City Representative Hess were: Grand Marshal Bob Pantano, Fire Commissioner Adam Theil; Police Commissioner Richard Ross; Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams; Thrill Show Grand Marshal and Boxing announcer Nino DelBuono; youth sports organizer and radio host Sonny Hill; Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team; Police K-9 unit; Police Mounted Unit; Philadelphia Police & Fire Color Guards, and local sports mascots, the Phillie Phanatic and Swoop. Kids got the opportunity to learn about the various functions of Homeland Security/ S.W.AT and engage with equipment, displays of crime-fighting equipment by the Aviation Unit, Bomb Squad, and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Marine Unit, Firearms Instructors, Police Academy and S.W.A.T unit and about the young Fire Explorers (cadets in training). Fans sat at the wheel of police-rescue helicopters, met fire personnel, got to try on gear and take front-seat rides on fire engines. Audiences were impressed by performances showcasing fire apparatus and safety displays and demonstrations by the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Special Operations Units and a live fire-suppression exhibition. In addition, Firefighters performed in the “Firefighter Challenge,” a rescue exercise testing the strength and skills including reclining down ropes, moving through burning objects. Ryder Simms, age 3, participated in the activities in a police uniform in his motorized mini police car. Simms, who has learning challenges, was adopted as an honorary Philadelphia police officer by Police Commissioner Ross recently. Simms greeted and reunited with the commissioner at the annual Thrill Show Pep Rally in Center City last week. Simms is shy, but lights up when he comes in contact with the police, He has gained confidence “to conquer the world,” from his interactions with the law-enforcement community, said his mother Alana. Young Simms’ grandmother, Cherie, gave him the car six months ago. He is on duty nonstop and likes playing in his yard in Swarthmore proudly wearing his uniform and “arresting people,” his mother notes. In the future, the public’s ongoing financial support is encouraged and needed to ensure the stability and success of this worthwhile program, which has served dozens of families of police and fire heroes killed in the line of duty. Some of the fallen police and fire personnel’s children have followed in their parent’s footsteps and joined the ranks of local law enforcement. With Jimmy Binn’s leadership, the years ahead promise to be bigger and better.
|Updated Sept. 18thPhiladelphia Public Record / 18 d. 22 h. 34 min. ago more|
Sep. 28- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts Senior Expo at Roxborough Memorial Hosp., parking lot, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. rain or shine. Sep. 28- State Rep. Joanna McClinton, State Sen. Anthony Williams & Lt. Gov. Mike Stack host “Pathways to Pardons & Expungements” at Myers Rec. Ctr., 5800 Chester Ave., 4-8 p.m. Resource fair on clearing records of minor past convictions. Free. For info: 215)492-2980. Sep. 28- Councilman Derek Green hosts Cocktail Reception at Time, 1315 Sansom St., 5-7 p.m. Tickets $250, Supporters $500, friends $750, Hosts $1,000. Payable to “The Green Fund,” P.O. Box 4984, Philadelphia, PA 19119. RSVP: Kelly Bauer email@example.com. Sep. 28- State Rep. Jordan Harris hosts Town Hall Mtg. at Greater Phila. Health Action, 1401 S. 31st St., 6 p.m. Legislative developments, Q &A For info: (215) 952-3378. Sep. 28- Green Party of Phila. holds Membership Mtg. at Shissler Rec Ctr., 1800 Blair St., 7 p.m. Free a& open to the public. For info: (215) 843-4256. Sep. 28- City Commissioner Al Schmidt hosts Fundraiser at Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Ave., 6-8 p.m. Contributions $40. Payable to “Friends of Al Schmidt,” P.O. Box 18538, Phila., PA 19129. Sep. 30- State Rep. Jason Dawkins hosts Community Health Fair at 4900 bl. N. 5th St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Flu & shingles vaccines, health tests & fitness activities, giveaways. For info: (215) 744-7901. Sep. 30- State Sen. John Sabatina, Jr. hosts Picnic at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 12-4 p.m. Tickets $20, Candidates $100, Sponsors $1,000. RSVP: (215) 821-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 1- St. Nicholas of Tolentine Ch. Hosts Italian Festival & Procession of Saints at 1700 block S. 9th St., 12-9 p.m. Rain or shine. Free parking at Neumann-Goretti H.S., 10th & Moore Sts. For info: Rev. Nicholas Martorano (215) 463-1326. Oct. 1- Councilman Mark Squilla hosts “Eagles vs. Chargers” at Toll Man Joe’s, 26 E. Oregon Ave., 4-7 p.m. Hail Mary Pass $2,500, Touchdown $1,000, Field Goal $500, General Admission $100. Payable to “Squilla for Council,” P.O. Box 37332, Phila., PA 19148 or online MarkSquilla.org. For info: Brittany@lperrygroup.com or (215) 893-4281. Oct. 2- DA candidate Beth Grossman is hosted Olde City Fundraiser with Councilman David Oh at Han Dynasty, 123 Chestnut St., 6-8 p.m. Donations $50. Oct. 3- Pa. Conference for Women features Michelle Obama as Keynote Speaker at Pa. Convention Ctr., Broad & Arch Sts. Oct. 6- State Sen. John Sabatina hosts Senior Expo at Nat’l Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments. For info: (215) 695-1020. Oct. 6- Sheet Metal Workers Golf Tournament at Northampton Valley C.C., 299 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, Pa., registration 12 m., shotgun start 1 p.m. Lunch, dinner, prizes. Golfers $100, Hole Sponsors $250. Checks payable to “Local 19 Scholarship Fund.” For info: (215) 952-1999. Oct. 6- Councilman David Oh hosts Green Beret Foundation Fundraiser at Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 612 Washington Ave., 6-10 p.m. Guests include Gov. Ed Rendell & House Speaker Mike Turzai. Buffet dinner with live entertainment, auctions & raffles. Platinum $10,000, Gold $5,000, Silver $2,500, Bronze $1,000. Tickets $65, table of 10 $500. Payable to “Green Beret Foundation,” David Oh, City Ha. Rm. 319, Phila., PA 19107.For info: Donald Tippett (215) 686-3452. Oct. 6- St. Casimir Ch. hosts Designer Bag Bingo at EOM, 144 Moore St., 7 p.m. 10 rounds; wine, cheese & desserts. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door. For info: Marge Petronis (215) 462-0464. Oct. 7- United Republican Cl. hosts Shrimp Night at 3156 Frankford Ave., 7-11 p.m. Shrimp, hoagies, meatballs & more. Tickets $30. Oct. 8- 35th, 53rd, 55th & 63rd Ward Democratic Committees host Picnic at Burholme Pk. Pavilion, Cottman & Central Aves. Sponsors $500; Friends $250; Guests $50, Candidates $100. For info: Bob Dellavella (215) 335-4004 or (215) 808-4240. Oct. 8- Americans for Democratic Action S.E. Pa. hosts Awards Celebration at USciences, 45th St. & Woodland Ave., 6-8 p.m. Honoring civic leaders, community advocates and change agents. Gold Partners $1,000, Silver Partners $500, Bronze Partners $250. Payable to “Americans for Democratic Action SEPA,” 1735 Market St., Su. A495, Phila., PA 19103 or www.adasepa.org/partner. For info: (215) 923-6865. Oct. 12- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Police Recruitment Drive at 3503 N. B St., Unit 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (215) 291-5643. Oct. 12- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Job & Career fair at Sheet metal Workers Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 employers, résumé clinic, continuing-education programs. For info: (215) 952-3121. Oct. 13- NAACP Phila. Branch hosts Awards Gala at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 5 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Gala. Guest honorees Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Ron Harper, Zed Smith and Sharon Powell. For info: 215) 455-1011 or www.philadelphianaacp.org. Oct. 13- 57th & 65th Ward Republicans host Fundraiser at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-9 p.m. Draft beer & appetizers. Tickets $40. Payable to “The Elephant Fund” or “65th Republican Ward.” Oct. 14- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown sponsors “Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness” at New Birthing Worship Ctr., 5949 Spruce St., starting 9 a.m., to 12 m. For info: (215) 879-6615. Oct. 14- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Fall Harvest festival at Clara Muhammad Sq. Pk., 47th & Lancaster Ave., 1-5 p.m. Help with state programs, Affordable Care Act & drug-abuse prevention. Games, food, moon bounce. For info: (215) 879-6615. Oct. 15- Congregation Shaare Shamayim hosts “Meet the Candidates Brunch” at 9768 Verree Rd. Free. For info: Paul Kaplan (215) 715-1872 or email@example.com. Oct. 19- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 21- State Rep. James Roebuck hosts Document Shredding Event at 4712 Baltimore Ave., 9 a.m.-12 m. Free. No digital or electronic media. For info: (215) 724-2227. Oct. 21- Phila. Council AFL-CIO hosts “Designer Bingo” at Workers United Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd St., 2nd fl., open 12 m., bingo starts 12:30 p.m. Prizes are designer handbags including Coach, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, Dooney & Burke. 15 games. BYOP & snacks. Donations $50. Proceeds benefit “Holiday Adopt a Family Program.” Payable to “Phila. Council AFL-CIO,” 22 S. 22nd St., Phila., PA 19103. Oct. 21- Philadelphians United for Progress hosts “A Conversation with Krasner & Grossman” at Arch St. United Methodist Ch., 55 N. Broad St., 1-3 p.m. Free. Oct. 21- United Republican Cl. Hosts Candidates’ Fall Happy Hour at 3156 Frankford Ave., 3-5 p.m. Meet Beth Grossman & Mike Tomlinson. Free. Light food. Cash bar. Oct. 25- WaxPAC hosts Fall Fundraiser for state rep candidate Ben Waxman at Judge Roberts Rm., 123 S. Broad St., 28th fl., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Host committee $1,000 per couple; sponsorship levels$500 & $250; general admission $100. Oct. 26- SEAMAAC hosts 33rd Anniversary Gala at Univ. of Arts, Solmssen Ct., 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28- State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald hosts N. Housing Conference & Job Fair at W. Oak La. Charter Sch., 7115 Stenton Ave., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast & lunch. For info: (215) 549-0220. Nov. 2- 182nd Dist. Progressive Caucus hosts Social at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7- General election day for DA, controller, judges. Nov. 16- Phila. Public Record honors Ryan Boyer as Public Servant of the Year at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & dinner. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door, tables of 10 for $450.For info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Test scores inch up in Philly, Pa. schools - Philly.comGoogle News / 19 d. 15 h. 1 min. ago more|
Philly.comTest scores inch up in Philly, Pa. schoolsPhilly.comStatewide, 61 percent of students taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams this past spring passed the reading tests, and 43 percent passed the math tests. Students in third through eighth grade take the PSSAs. In Philadelphia ...and more »
|Fiedler Tests S. Philly’s Hunger for ChangePhiladelphia Public Record / 31 d. 18 h. 25 min. ago more|
MEETING people in parks comes naturally to a new mother, says Elizabeth Fiedler, L, who is running for state representative in South Philadelphia’s 184th District. It’s a key to her retail-politics ambitions.BY TONY WEST Elizabeth Fiedler is running for office with a three-month-old baby at her side. “Walking” might be a better way to put it. But it’s not a bad way to meet people. Parents of newborns spend lots of time walking; and meeting lots of people is the key to a successful challenge in a state-rep race. After quitting her job as a WHYY journalist to study the race for a month, Fiedler formally announced this Tuesday that she will take on incumbent State Rep. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) in the 2018 spring primary to represent the 184th District, which runs south from Wharton Street and east from Broad Street in South Philadelphia. Fiedler’s effort will be viewed by many as a test of how far demographics have changed in this part of South Philly, which has become a magnet for educated young newcomers since 2000. Born in Bloomsburg in North Central Pennsylvania, Fiedler moved to Philadelphia 14 years ago. “I had the good fortune of choosing to live in Philadelphia. I wouldn’t live anywhere else,” she said. But Fiedler believes her core passions – education and health care – resonate with working-class families of East Passyunk and Whitman who grew up in the district as well. “Both my parents are union schoolteachers. I saw first-hand how hard they worked for every penny to put food on our table, how they scrimped and saved for their children. I also saw how hard parents work in public schools, fighting for everything their children need,” said Fiedler. She worked for years in restaurant and fast-food jobs. “So I am running for working families, both long-term and brand-new residents. These are issues we all unite behind,” she asserted. Fiedler’s midstate background could prove to be a crucial tool in the State House of Representatives. “I have seen schools out there also struggling,” she said. â€œHaving seen what’s happening in other parts of the state, I know how to relate to them on school issues and understand people with other political views.” That’s an important claim by a Philadelphia state-rep candidate. To begin with, the School District of Philadelphia is controlled by the state-run School Reform Commission, so only state legislators can cast effective votes on SRC policies and decisions. And since the General Assembly is firmly controlled by midstate and western Republicans, only Philadelphians who know how to talk with these decision-makers can expect to deliver much for the home town. Fiedler wants to go there. “Full funding for schools is feasible,” she insists. “They need it as much as we do.” Health care is also on Fiedler’s front burner, and also because she is a mother of two. (In addition to the three-month-old, she also has a toddler.) “My family receives health care through the Affordable Care Act, so I know how to navigate the health-care system,” said Fiedler. But she has found it very frustrating and poorly worked. “You try to afford the best care. But if your child falls and breaks their leg, if they get sick and have a fever, then you need total assurance that they will be well cared for, no matter what your income. Health care is a human right. But it’s important to get the funding streams in place.” Fiedler would support a Pennsylvania single-payer health-insurance system if federal health-care reforms come to naught. Other causes dear to Fiedler’s heart are raising the minimum wage, climate change and affordable housing. The candidate sees her journalistic background as a strength. “I know how to talk to people and listen to people,” she said. Outgoing by nature, she hangs out in stores, on city streets and in city parks. “I have a pair of sneakers and I’ll go door to door,” she said. South Philly’s civic groups are a core pool for Fiedler’s efforts to rally backers. She is a member of Dickinson Square West and has networked with East Passyunk Crossing, Passyunk Square and “LoMo” (Lower Moyamensing). “There is an appetite for change,” said Fiedler, surveying the wreckage of establishment candidates in the May 2017 Democratic primary. “The people of South Philadelphia want change and want people who are not afraid to challenge the system.” She hopes to ride on that thrust. Fiedler’s husband, Adams Rackes, will support her while she runs for office. He started out as a welder; now he runs a small business retrofitting older buildings for energy efficiency. The 184th is emerging as a three-way race between different factions of the community. Incumbent State Rep. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) has represented this district since 1992. He has strong union support from the Whitman community. Still spry at 66, Keller is not ready to hang it up. He will be supported by the powerful 1st Ward Democratic Committee, which heels to Johnny Doc’s word. Nicholas DiDonato, Jr., a former police detective and scion of a South Philadelphia political family, could cut into Kellerâ€™s base. He has shown a gut feel for traditional blue-collar South Philly issues such as Broad Street parking and the Mummers Parade. The mathematics of a three-way race make state-rep contests hard to predict, and exciting as a result. Fiedler won’t talk about her opponents. “It is up to them to talk about their vision, and then it is up to the people,” she said.
|Metro changes iconic logo in support of #MeToo Metro News more|
Over the past two days, thousands of people across ther world joined the #MeToo campaign and shared their personal stories of sexual assault and harassment. To show solidarity with survivors and advocates, Metro on Tuesday changed its iconic logo to "#Metoo." In today's issue, we hear from people who have endured acts of sexual violence and harassment as well as counselors and advocates who aim to heal and empower survivors. Today's Metro pays homage to #MeToo in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment. Pick up a copy or visit metro.us. pic.twitter.com/CkHR3JFiml — Metro US (@Metro_US) October 17, 2017 Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Metro newspaper in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, or explore our website for our coverage of the #MeToo campaign. You can share your thoughts and stories by visiting our Twitter and Facebook accounts using the hashtag #MeToo. Links below. Metro US Twitter Metro New York Twitter Metro Boston Twitter Metro Philly Twitter Metro US Facebook Metro New York Facebook Metro Boston Facebook Metro Philly Facebook
|Homestand comes at perfect time for Bruins Metro News more|
Five games into the slog that is an 82-game regular season in the NHL is way too soon to panic. Every team will have its ups and downs no matter how good they ultimately turn out to be. With that said, the Bruins (2-3-0) and their naturally worried fans have a reason to wonder what is going on with the club. They split the first two games of the campaign at TD Garden which was somewhat expected (although you would have picked them to lose to Nashville and beat Colorado) but they followed that up with a just completed 1-2-0 road trip against teams that frankly will be lucky to sniff a playoff spot next spring in the Western Conference. The easiest explanation for their schizophrenic results thus far is that they have already suffered a rash of injuries: Patrice Bergeron and David Backes-two veterans that they count on in many ways-have yet to see any game action while Noel Acciari has also been out almost the entire time and to top off Sunday’s disappointing 3-1 loss at Las Vegas (4-1-0), Ryan Spooner (lower-body) and Adam McQuaid (lower-body) both left with injuries and the latter’s particularly looked serious after he took a hard slap shot by former teammate Colin Miller off the inside of his right leg and had to be basically carried off the ice to Boston’s dressing room. “We were making it hard on ourselves,” admitted Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (3 goals, 3 assists this season) after the loss to former Boston first-round pick Malcolm Subban (20 saves in his 1st NHL win) and the Golden Knights. “We were trying to do too much with the puck. We weren’t directing enough pucks to the net which makes it tough to get there, you can’t get rebounds.” If there is any good news for this frustrated bunch at the moment it has to be that the October schedule continues to be anything but that fearsome (at least on paper): Boston has four games in the next two weeks and they all happen to be at the Garden. They host Vancouver (1-2-1) on Thursday (7, NESN) and Buffalo (1-4-1) on Saturday night (7, NESN) before San Jose (1-3-0) is here next Thursday and Los Angeles (4-0-1) wraps things up a week from Saturday night (7, NESN). The strange part about the Bruins’ lackluster performance in Vegas was that on Saturday night they played by far their most complete game in 2017-18-a 6-2 romp at lowly Arizona (0-4-1). The team was due to return to Boston on Monday with a much-needed practice set to begin on Tuesday morning. With all the injuries and numerous players that have yet to step up in Bergeron and Backes’ absence, you better believe that a guy or two will probably be making the short trip up 95 North from Providence to temporarily help out the Bruins. It sounds silly a couple weeks before Halloween but the B’s can’t afford to keep giving away points to opponents that are on their level or should be even below them when they are at full strength.
|Yankees Astros ALCS Game 3 score, highlights Metro News more|
We have a series, folks. The New York Yankees blew out the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium 8-1 to halve their series deficit to 2-1. Most of the offense was generated on two big swings as Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge hit three-run home runs to opposite sides of the outfield while CC Sabathia was as steady as ever on the hill. Frazier's blast showed just how strong the New Jersey native is, going down and sending the Charlie Morton second-inning offering 365 feet into the right-field stands with what looked like a flick of the wrists: The three-run shot with two outs provided more runs for the Yankees in one inning than they had scored in the previous 19.2 frames of the ALCS. New York broke the game open in the fourth when they put up a five spot while driving Morton out of the game. With runners on the corner, Chase Headley provided the first hit by a Yankees DH this postseason with a grounder that beat the Houston shift, scoring Greg Bird. After Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Morton was pulled for Will Harris, who was greeted with the imposing Judge. A wild pitch scored Frazier to make it 5-0 and move everyone else up a base. But it didn't matter which base they ended up on as Judge launched a line drive into the right-field seats to put the game away early: Given Judge's struggles this postseason, the long ball couldn't have come at a better time for a Yankees team that was in need of all the momentum it could possibly get while trailing in the series. The Yankees didn't really need all those runs though considering Sabathia cruised through six innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five. However, the large lead did allow manager Joe Girardi to rest his marquee relievers like David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman for another night, which is huge considering there are still another two games to play over the next two nights. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings to bring things into the ninth, but a shaky ninth inning saw the Astros get on the board. Dellin Betances walked the only two batters he faced while Tommy Kahnle allowed a single to Cameron Maybin to load the bases before walking George Springer to force in a run. But he managed to get Jose Altuve to ground into a game-ending double play. Game 4 is slated to begin at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening as the Yankees look to tie this series right back up. Sonny Gray is expected to be on the hill opposite Houston's Lance McCullers.
|Crossword puzzle answers: October 17, 2017 Metro News more|
Here are the answers to the crossword puzzle from our newspaper published on October 17, 2017. ACROSS 1 Gnat 6 In plain view 11 Invisible substance 14 Kermit's color 15 Tomato product 16 Spanish gold 17 Florida's capital 19 Be ill 20 Fracas 21 Major oil hub 23 Majordomos 27 Edgier 28 Open 29 Hibernating animals 31 British school 32 Man in a mask 34 Cried 38 Clementine's shoe size 39 Delaney of "NYPD Blue" 40 Proclaim 41 Bullring yells 42 Spooky noise 44 Harvard rival 45 Entertainment award 47 Sewing kit item 49 Feathers 52 Most embarrassed 53 In a few hours 54 Used a crowbar 56 Hill builder 57 Not very down-to-earth 63 Finish a cake 64 Intended 65 Geologic period 66 "The," to Wolfgang 67 Mead subject 68 Hedda's thanks */ DOWN 1 Execs 2 Rollover subj. 3 Penn. neighbor 4 Hair goop 5 Shiny paint 6 Iridescent gems 7 Flower container 8 Latin I verb 9 I-90 10 Wobble 11 Hockey scores 12 Pop up 13 -- plexus 18 Avis rival 22 Resolute 23 Good, to Juan 24 Before 25 Juicy steak (hyph.) 26 Eager for company 27 Chinese "way" 29 Bramble 30 Humorist -- Bombeck 33 Gumbo veggie 35 Circumvent 36 Votes 37 Bird sound 42 Shot meas. 43 Pay homage 46 Antitoxins 48 Swirled 49 Laird's wear 50 Spear 51 Out-and-out 52 Rodeo noose 54 Wheels for nanny 55 Casino city 58 PBS funder 59 Health resort 60 2,000 pounds 61 Gross! 62 Ernesto Guevara */
|Best of Burger Bash 2017: The 6 Burgers You Need to Know Metro News more|
The burgers were very nearly upstaged at their own biggest event of the year in New York City. Burger Bash 2017 all but came to a halt when Naughty by Nature took the stage at Pier 92, bringing a roof-shaking performance people still managed to groove along to despite having spent the previous two hours sampling 30 burgers. Sprinkle on a few dessert sides like Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches (we’re pretty sure there are still people standing in that line, it was so long all night), and the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s main event made for an amazing final cookout of 2017. The ultimate winner of Burger Bash 2017 was Le Rivage by a judging panel that included event host Rachael Ray and former *NSYNC star Lance Bass. The Theater District’s classic French restaurant earned a unanimous thumbs up with its already low-key famous French Onion Soup Burger. The audience favorite went to Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. Say what you will about their bullhorns and pleas for votes handed out with every burger, marketing only gets you so far — the rest was their crazy juicy Wagyu patty that was so rich, it was almost sweet. Dubbed the Greg Norman, the burger comes with buttermilk-dill dressing and blue cheese for a double hit of funk, and arugula so you can tell mom you ate something green this week. Here are our picks among the other 28 burgers to add to your casual dining agenda. The Baroness Bar + Kitchen Long Island City was already on your radar for its burgeoning beer scene — now, you’ve got a burger destination to hit up, too. Savory upon savory upon savory is a bold move, but the Elvis Presley-loving crew at The Baroness Bar + Kitchen pulled it off. The Priscilla starts with a short rib-blended patty made with a blend of seven spices, topped with double-smoked pepper bacon, New York sharp cheddar and a shmear of their take on the King’s favorite condiment, a spicy Thai peanut sauce on a sea salt pretzel brioche bun. Talk about a hunk’a burnin’ love. 4126 Crescent St., Long Island City, facebook.com/TheBaronessBar Harold’s Meat & Three Working in a three-star Michelin restaurant has led chef Harold Moore to some interesting places with Southern comfort food at Harold’s Meat + Three in the Arlo Hudson Hotel. Of all the classic burgers — that’s beef with fresh lettuce, tomato and raw onions — at Burger Bash, Moore’s cheeseburger stood out. His double Pat Lafreida patties are smashed thin and get a good sear on the griddle before getting a cap of American cheese, the veg, ketchup and mustard. Some things don’t need frills (though the side order of funnel cake was appreciated). 2 Renwick St., Tribeca, haroldsmeatandthree.com The Committed Pig Chef Jerry Rotunno’s blended patty of short rib, hangar steak and brisket already packs its own flavor punch even before he gusses it up in a variety of photogenic burgers that make us yearn to have him closer — The Committed Pig boasts three locations, all in New Jersey. His Baked Brie Burger turns the classic appetizer of brie wrapped in pastry dough with rich, sweet fig jam inside-out. “Then I added bacon to balance it out,” he says. It’s a winning combo: The Baked Brie was voted the second best burger in all of New Jersey. We wouldn’t tell you to cross the Hudson for anything less. thecommittedpig.com Pig Beach The barbecue stars of Gowanus’ Pig Beach — recently expanded with indoor seating for winter — brought a serious challenger to the fast-food knockoff category: Their signature Pig Beach Burger comes slathered in their own proprietary special sauce that should have McDonald’s quaking in its red clown shoes, plus a slice of white American cheese and a hit of half-sour tang from housemade pickles. Talk about taking something #basic and doing them right. 480 Union St., Gowanus
|Now you can buy furniture for your pet at IKEA Metro News more|
Pet furniture: It’s a thing. IKEA has released a new line for the furry dependents in your life, adorably named Lurvig, which is Swedish for “shaggy.” Now, when you go shopping at IKEA for your Billy bookcase, Stockholm rug or Ektorp sofa, you can throw in a piece or two for Fido or Felix, whether it’s a cat scratch mat that wraps around a table leg, or a doggy/cat bed that looks like a mini love seat. According to the press release, head designer Inma Bermudéz wanted to create the products from “a pet’s perspective,” so she consulted with veterinarian Dr. Barbara Schäfer, who has also worked with IKEA on product risk assessment. “Our pets have their own personalities, but they have five things in common: they love sleeping, eating, playing and exercising, and being close to us. So these behaviors have been the first thing on our minds when designing these products,” Bermudez explained. Schafer and Bermudez prioritized safety, making sure that the pieces were made of durable materials that would hold up when subjected to typical pet behaviors, such as chewing and scratching. At the same time, they also sought to make the pet line compatible with the human wares. For example, the Lurvig pet cushion has a removable cover, so owners can fill it with old clothes and the “pets get a comfortable cushion with comfortable, familiar smells, too,” according to Bermudez. Here are the niftiest finds for our furry friends from the new collection (according to our human eyes, that is). You could always ditch the line and repurpose old IKEA furniture to make it pet-friendly, like the IKEA hackers have done. Cat scratching mat, $5.99 Relieve your feline’s cat scratch fever and let her get some stretching in, via this mat that wraps around a table leg, turning into a “scratching tree.” Cat/dog bed, $49.99 This black bed for canines or felines looks like a one-cushioned, mini love seat. It unfolds into a reclining bed in case they want to stretch out their limbs. Cushion, $7.99 It’s a nice idea that your pet might want a body pillow to lounge on. This cushion comes in six different color combinations and has a removable cover, so you can easily wash it once your animal inevitably dirties it up. Slow-feed bowl, $4.99 If your dog is the type that inhales his food, this bowl has a raised area in the center, designed to slow him down and prevent an upset stomach. Cat house on legs, $54.98 You can prop up this cat house on legs, mount it on the wall, or slide it into an IKEA Kallax shelving unit, if you’ve got one. Maybe switch it up to keep your cat entertained.
|The history of Halloween includes matchmaking, spirits and ancient Celtic traditions Metro News more|
Halloween is an annual excuse to gorge on candy, dress up in scandalous costumes or shut our porch lights out and pretend we aren’t home. But how did it all begin? This is the history of Halloween. History of Halloween Halloween is celebrated every year on Oct. 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival Samhain, during which bonfires were lit and costumes donned to warn off spirits. All Saints Day (Nov. 1) was brought into the mix in the eighth century by Pope Gregory III and included some elements of Samhain. Samhain became known as All Hallow Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Today, Halloween is celebrated with parties, costumes, trick-or-treating, sweet treats and jack-o-lanterns. History of Halloween in America As Halloween evolved, it began to lose its religious connections. Rigid Protestant beliefs limited the celebration in colonial New England, according to History, and it was much more common in the southern colonies. Customs from Europe and the American Indians blended, creating an American version of Halloween. Initially, “play parties” were public events celebrating the harvest where people would tell stories of the dead, dance and sing. Mischief also gained popularity. (Tossing eggs at houses isn’t such a new concept.) As immigrants, including millions of Irish escaping the potato famine, flooded America in the second half of the 19th century, Halloween became a national celebration. History of Halloween Matchmaking Your dates might seem like ghosts and ghouls, but there are some rituals that have all but been forgotten, like match matching. Many rituals focused on the future, according to History. Single women would take part in rituals that would (hopefully) result in marriage by the following Halloween. A day celebrating the dead being used to predict future marriages… there’s a big joke in there somewhere. In 18th century Ireland, a cook would bury a ring in the mashed potatoes hoping to bring love to the person who found it. In Scotland, women would name hazelnuts after prospective suitors and toss them into the fire. Depending on whether they popped, burned or roasted, the idea was the prevailing name would be the woman’s betrothed. Women of marrying age would also throw apple peels over their shoulders and decipher the meaning by how the peels fell. The idea was to look for the shape of the future husband’s initials.
|Growing vegetables on Houston Street Metro News more|
Just past six wide lanes of traffic, New York University's Steinhardt School has created an oasis in the middle of NYC's bustling Lower East Side. Over the summer, they have built their new Urban Farm at the base of the Silver Towers apartment complex on Houston Street harvesting free vegetables reserved for both the school’s students and members of the community. On Wednesday, October, 11th, the school unveiled the farm to the public with an official ribbon cutting ceremony with free food made from veggies freshly plucked from the garden beds mere feet away. The one responsible for much of the farm’s success is Melissa Metrick, an Instructor of Introduction to Urban Agriculture at NYU who is also the garden manager of Brooklyn’s wildly hip pizzeria Roberta’s. She sees urban farming as a way of slowing down the city and getting people to truly understand where their food comes from. “It’s nice to remind people how food is grown,” she says with one of her cowboy boots planted firmly in a bed of clover, “It’s not 'out of sight, out of mind' anymore. It’s right here on Houston! You can see food being grown and be a part of the cycle.” Parker Repose, a student studying urban food production, worked closely with Metrick over the summer to make sure make sure they could get the most out of their harvest in an unlikely environment. “There are aspects of an urban farm like this, that you get nowhere else,” he says adding “sometimes there are little bits of trash that will blow through the garden... it definitely keeps you on your toes.” Repose is especially proud of what this year’s harvest and showed me their newly installed metal soil tumbler that will hopefully help the farm become a little more self-reliant and not depend on outsourcing for fresh soil from outside of the city. “We’re going to start cultivating our own compost for the garden,” he said, “it’s going to be a closed loop system.” As a crowd gathered around, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Food Studies Program, Jessica Berg boomed with enthusiasm at the program's accomplishments. “This is not the largest urban farm in the city,” she exclaimed with ribbon-cutting scissors in hand, “but it is arguably the most urban!” Although she was only half joking, looking past the beautiful tomatoes growing out of the lush tilled soil and onto the highway you would be hardpressed to imagine a garden more rooted in the city than this one. */ Berg can only see a bright future for their urban farm and members of the community are already taking notice and becoming curious about what they are growing in their front yard. “Anytime we’re here and someone is walking down the street,” she says “we get someone asking ‘can I eat that?’” It’s hard to believe that fresh vegetables could be grown on the mean streets of New York City, but urban farms like this one are out to change that perception.
|Diversity dust-up: startups networker canned over 'whitesplaining' Metro News more|
A woman who led a network for Philly entrepreneurs has lost her job after being accused of "whitesplaining" and crying during a panel discussion on minorities in tech. Yuval Yarden, the former executive director of the Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) group, a networking organization, has stepped down from her post after her discussion with Tayyib Smith, leader at Little Giant Creative Marketing and the Pipeline coworking space, grew briefly heated last Tuesday. Members of Yarden's former group announced her firing Saturday and called her comments during the panel "disappointing, inappropriate and unacceptable." Yarden and Smith were at a discussion organized by the Black & Brown Founders, a networking group dedicated to helping entrepreneurs of color get funding outside the traditional venture capital system. The two first awkwardly clashed over a 'Diversity Dinner' the PSL hosts, the mere mention of which provoked loud groans from Smith, video of the event shows. "Don't invite me again," he muttered impishly, as Yarden asked aside from the microphone for him to let her discuss it "before you trash it." Later in the conversation (around 2:18:30 in video of the event), when asked by the panel's moderator to share what programs and strategies can boost minority representation in tech, Yarden begins an awkward free-wheeling self-defense: noting that she is not a racial minority, but is a woman and immigrant, before adding, "That doesn't matter because right now in this conversation I feel really uncomfortable." When Smith interrupts her, saying "'I feel uncomfortable about leaving my house in Rittenhouse Square every day," Yarden responds by asking him to "Please just let me speak, it's really not fair," at which point Smith declares, "You're whitesplaining me right now." Yarden, growing emotional, replied, "See that's what's making me uncomfortable. You're actually moving me to tears because of what you're saying." Smith later on elaborated, "See, I'm talking about issues, but you're taking this personally. ... I'm not trying to be your enemy. I see you as an ally." The panel discussion dragged on for another 30 minutes with Yarden and Smith sitting peacefully beside each other before its conclusion. But the reverberations of that talk are still felt days later, with Yarden losing her position. Yarden and Smith did not respond to requests for comment. But Smith seemed to tweet flippantly about the incident later, joking " Everyone texting me about yesterday with that wretched child," with a gif of Kanye West nonchalantly shrugging after snatching the mike from Taylor Swift in 2009. PSL posted a message about Yarden's termination, signed by president Bob Moore, which stated the incident with Yarden was "a reflection of our poor efforts around diversity and inclusion." The group said they hope to change that by adding diverse members to their Board of Directors, firing Yarden, and by continuing the "conversation" at their upcoming Diversity Dinner.
|Krack Attack: New security flaw poses threat to your Wi-Fi network Metro News more|
A recently discovered security flaw called Krack Attack could make your home Wi-Fi network vulnerable and allow hackers to gain access to your passwords, credit numbers and other sensitive information. Mathy Vanhoef, a wireless security expert at KU Leuven in Belgium, discovered the issue with the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) security protocol and posted information about int on Monday. If you’re not familiar with the WPA2 setting, you may have seen it as an option to select when setting up your Wi-Fi network at home. It’s used to protect your network from hackers. The Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK) works against the four-way handshake that takes place when you’re joining a wireless local area network. The four-way handshake generally provides a secure authentication strategy to make it harder for systems to be hacked, but this new security attack is executed when you’re joining a wireless network. All modern protected Wi-Fi networks use the four-way handshake system, making this new security flaw dangerous to just about anyone who uses Wi-Fi. According to Vanhoef, the Krack Attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks and depending on how your network is configured, hackers could manipulate data on your device and inject malware into websites you visit. Researchers were able to replicate the Krack Attack process on an Android smartphone to show how hackers can decrypt encrypted data. According to their research, Linux and Android devices are more likely to get hacked because of the ways their encryption keys are configured. Krack Attack demonstration on Android device How to prevent a Krack Attack At this point it’s probably best to continue to use WPA2 security on your devices, however, it is recommended to make sure all your apps, browsers and other software are updated to the latest versions whenever they become available. If there are any security updates available for your router, now would be the best time to update your device. As for browsing the web, if you’re accessing sites that require you to submit personal information, make sure the site uses HTTPS encryption. You can learn more about this new security flaw and find out about information on how it is being handled at krackattacks.com. Don’t, worry the site is encrypted and safe.
|Frank Grillo's definitive answer on Crossbones' Marvel movie future Metro News more|
Quit playing games with our hearts, Frank Grillo. Marvel movie fans have been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions when it comes to the future of the actor's villainous Crossbones. While the character was seemingly killed off in the 2016 flick "Captain America: Civil War," in recent months, Grillo has teased fans with the HYDRA agent's possible return. The "Captain America" and "Purge" star recently told SYFY at New York Comic Con that he hopes to suit up as the villain again some time in the future. "Hopefully down the road somewhere, Crossbones comes back," Grillo said. "He was blown up, but they're comic book movies." He also hinted at a possible surprise involving his Marvel character in an interview with Forbes. "I was surprised not too long ago because there is some news that nobody knows yet, to do with my character," Grillo said. "That's going to be really interesting and I'm excited about that." The recent remarks seem to contradict what the actor told Collider in January. Drawing comparisons to his "Purge" character, Grillo believed at the time that he was done with Crossbones. If DeMonaco was still involved and they came up with a great idea, then I think I would do [another "Purge" movie]. Otherwise, I think I’m done. Same thing with Captain America. There’s nowhere for it to go, unless you’re Captain America or Iron Man. They were talking about it, but I was like, "You know what? I’d just rather not do it." So what's the deal? Is he coming back to the MCU or not? Luckily, we were able to ask the man behind the mask about the future of Crossbones during a recent chat about his new Netflix film "Wheelman." While Grillo reiterated his love for the character, he thinks people need to chill out a bit, as he has no idea if he'll return to the role. "Look, Marvel’s awesome. I have a long-term contract with them and it’s a superhero movie, you never know," Grillo said. "I don’t have any idea. I said that once before about two weeks ago and people jumped on that and thought I said Crossbones is back. No. That’s ridiculous. But we’ll see what happens. I’m not waiting for the phone to ring." For now, we'll put him down as a maybe. As for his latest butt-kicking character in "Wheelman," Grillo told Metro that it's very likely that he'll return for a sequel. "I think there’s going to be a 'Wheelman 2,'" Grillo said. "I think there’s something down the road where he’s again maybe put in a position where – and I don’t want to go down the “Taken 2” road – but put into a position where it’s not his family, but he’s put into another life or death situation."
|Trump, Ivanka, Melania ignore Tiffany Trump's birthday on Twitter Metro News more|
Poor Tiffany Trump. President Trump's is-she-or-isn't-she-estranged daughter turned 24 on Friday, and her father, stepmother and half-siblings didn't wish her a happy birthday on social media. Newsweek notes that the president has tweeted birthday messages to other family members, and even government agencies, since his term began. He has sent birthday wishes to Ivanka, Melania and Donald Trump Jr. — and the U.S Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Army. Tiffany, Trump's second-youngest child whose mother is Marla Maples, has been subject to other indignities since her father took office, ranging from a missing comma to reports of dirty dealings surrounding her inheritance. In January, he tweeted "At 9:00 P.M. @CNN, of all places, is doing a Special Report on my daughter, Ivanka. Considering it is CNN, can't imagine it will be great!" The comma placement suggested Ivanka was his only daughter. Last month, tapes that surfaced from "The Howard Stern Show" on which Donald Trump suggested that Ivanka and Donald Jr. were trying to "bump" Tiffany out of her share of the Trump estate. On Election Day, Trump told Fox News that he was proud of Tiffany to a "lesser extent" than his other children. "I'm very proud, because Don and Eric and Ivanka and — you know, to a lesser extent 'cause she just got out of school, out of college — but, uh, Tiffany, who has also been so terrific. They work so hard," he said. Aside from exercising a new discretion about personal matters, over the weekend the president used Twitter to brag that health-care stocks had fallen since his executive order terminating key Obamacare subsidies. "Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” the president tweeted. Trump also hailed his order to allow insurers to sell lower-cost, sparser-coverage plans. “Very proud of my Executive Order which will allow greatly expanded access and far lower costs for HealthCare. Millions of people benefit!” he tweeted. The Congressional Budget Office estimated last week that ending the subsidies would lead to 1 million more people becoming uninsured and would add $194 billion to the federal deficit over 10 years.
|Jerry Brown spikes Trump tax return bill Metro News more|
Prior to his election, it was made very clear Trump tax returns would not be released, but Democrats haven’t let go of that bone. A bill, passed by Democratic majorities in the California state legislature, would have required public release of tax returns (like the Trump tax returns) as a prerequisite for getting on the 2020 ballot. Other states have tried this in the past and the bills were vetoed by the states’ governors. The California bill was no different; Democratic Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill in California which would have required any presidential candidate to publicly release five years of tax returns in order to be eligible for the primary ballot. In a veto message, Brown said the tax return requirement goes too far. According to CNN, Brown said: "While I recognize the political attractiveness —even the merits —of getting President Trump's tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner. First, it may not be constitutional. Second, it sets a 'slippery slope' precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power? "A qualified candidate's ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system. For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that well might lead to an ever-escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates." Trump said during his campaign that he would release his tax returns once he was no longer under IRS audit. The details of the audit have not been made public and since his election to office, team Trump’s argument is the taxpayers no longer care. "As you know, I'm under routine audit, so they're not going to be done. But you know, at a certain point, that's something I will consider," Trump told the Economist in May. "But I would never consider it as part of a deal. I think that would be unfair to the deal. It would be disrespectful of the importance of this deal." American might see those Trump tax returns yet; Trump added that he's very proud of his tax returns, and he might release them when he's out of office.
|Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual Metro News more|
It might not be the first conspiracy theory about the Las Vegas shooter who opened fire on concert goers at the Route 91 Festival last month, but it’s sure in the running for the craziest. New conspiracy theories swirling about the tragic Las Vegas shooting claim that Stephen Paddock was carrying out an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual. Though this specific one differs from the conspiracy theory that claims the event was orchestrated in order to force stricter gun control laws in the U.S., both ran rampant on YouTube. The Illuminati conspiracy theory was “revealed” by Sheila Zilinsky of the website Weekend Vigilante (and of no relation to the author) on YouTube and Twitter. Zilinsky claims the shooting was organized by the “deep state” Illuminati. “Folks, this whole thing in Las Vegas. This killing field in front of this sphinx, this pyramid, this obelisk, this is no coincidence…” Zilinsky explains in her YouTube video about the conspiracy theory. “This thing was nothing more than a strategically located blood sacrifice ritual, a death ritual across from a pyramid.” Who are the Illuminati? “Illuminati” is a name given to several groups, both real and fake. The real group of Illuminati, the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret organization that aimed to “put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them” during the Enlightenment, according to the book The Society of Enlightenment by Richard van Dülmen. The society was outlawed, along with the Freemasons, but fought against abuses of state power. (You can understand why it would have been outlawed by the state.) The Illuminati that you’ll hear about in conspiracy theories are purported to belong to any number of secret organizations, and are sometimes claimed to have links back to the Bavarian Illuminati. They’re the group that some people believe are behind the scene, seeking to and sometimes successfully controlling the world in everything from politics to shootings, as seen in the case of the Las Vegas shooting. Why would someone make that up? How do these crazy conspiracy theories spiral so out of control? Three main reasons, Adam Klein, who teaches classes about propaganda at Pace University, told Mother Jones: the absence of a clear motive, politicization of the event and, you guessed it, technology. Zilinsky’s YouTube video and Twitter post clearly prove the last point. So be careful what you see reported about the Las Vegas shooting and Stephen Paddock. Klein explains that since trusted sources and fake news — and everything in between — freely mingle online, a conspiracy theory can easily run rampant because it works its way through a digital ladder. The theory makes its way onto sites like Reddit, fringe websites and (there it is again) Twitter, “which act as incubators, where they allow some of these conspiracies to grow through hashtags, and they graduate onto a mainstream website, a news channel, or a politician who repeats these narratives.” Klein also told Mother Jones that conspiracy theorists don’t need to change people’s minds to profit from their posts. “They win simply by injecting doubt into the system,” he explains. And what are they trying to distract you from? The real issues. Like how gun control laws seem to be working in states that implement them, like Massachusetts. “If we’re talking about conspiracies instead of talking about gun control or mental illness or whatever factor that is a legitimate debate to have around this, then they’re winning,” Klein concluded.