May 14, 2013 |
With the U.S. Open coming to the Merion Golf Club in less than five weeks, public safety officials are more worried about road congestion and lost drivers than crime or terrorism. "Our biggest concern is traffic," said Haverford Township Deputy Police Chief John Viola. "If we have traffic issues, it ties everything up and then it becomes a security issue on top of that. " The township, home to the club hosting the tournament June 10-16, has published road closures and detours, and held town hall meetings to answer residents' questions.
May 14, 2013
By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with family and a plan for treatment for comfort, rather than unlimited care in an intensive care unit (ICU). Does that surprise anyone? Nearly 40 years ago, the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan, distraught as they watched machines keep their daughter alive, launched a court battle in New Jersey to discontinue care they believed only prolonged their family agony.
May 10, 2013 |
The sentence imposed Tuesday on Joan Orie Melvin likely was meant to humiliate the former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. And experts agree that it will. But it also requires her to apologize to former staffers and colleagues even though she has repeatedly proclaimed her innocence and said she intends to appeal her conviction. Some wonder whether such a caveat can be enforced. Melvin was found guilty in February of six criminal charges, including three felonies, for using her judicial staff on Superior Court to work on her two statewide campaigns for the high court, in 2003 and 2009.
May 3, 2013 |
Gov. Christie came to Camden Wednesday to hail the advent of a new county-run police force in the city as "a transformational moment for both the city of Camden and Camden County - most importantly for the people, the children, the families, and the neighborhoods that they live in. " Christie, an early supporter of the new Camden County Police, which Wednesday replaced the nearly 184-year-old city police department, said it would lead to "better, stronger,...
April 24, 2013 |
Penn's top public safety official said Monday that the university is continuing to meet with law enforcement personnel at the city, state, and federal levels to make sure that fans are "totally comfortable" while attending this week's Penn Relays. Maureen Rush, vice president of public safety and superintendent of the University of Pennsylvania police, reiterated the ban on backpacks, large bags, and large coolers for spectators. She said that there will be stricter and more rigorous enforcement of regulations that have been in place "probably since 9/11," and that bomb-sniffing dogs and bomb-disposal units will be on site.
April 21, 2013 |
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Deanna Finn now knows what a gunshot sounds like. She knows it doesn't sound the way it does on TV - it's quieter, somehow, "more like a pellet gun. " She knows what it's like to have SWAT teams running through the front yard, to hear helicopters overhead, to peer outside only to have a frantic police officer yell at her to get back into the house. She knows what it's like to crouch, terrified, on the bathroom floor, and to listen to a firefight down the street.
April 18, 2013 |
BOSTON - Investigators poring over photos and video from the Boston Marathon have an image of a potential suspect in the deadly bombing but do not know his name and have not questioned him, a law enforcement official said Wednesday. The news came with Boston in a state of high excitement over a possible breakthrough in the case and conflicting information over whether a suspect was in custody. Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in the afternoon. Several news organizations reported earlier in the day that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a department store midway between the sites of Monday's two bomb blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 170. A law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to discuss the case publicly confirmed only that investigators had an image of a potential suspect and had not established his identity.
April 17, 2013 |
Educators are well acquainted with tests. But at a conference Monday, the toughest question was for them. The hypothetical situation: A man carrying a rifle and backpack was just seen in the parking lot walking toward the school. What are the first three things you are going to do? This was not an essay question. About 450 officials from schools, universities, and law enforcement agencies attended the one-day seminar in Upper Darby, hosted by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, to discuss preventing and preparing for crises.
April 8, 2013 |
On Aug. 25, 1991, I started the transition from child victim to adult survivor of sexual abuse. Just after my 22d birthday, I walked into my hometown police station to disclose my sexual abuse and name the perpetrator: a trusted family friend. Like many survivors, I was pushed - without warning or a sufficient safety net - into confronting this abuse. An event in college, when I was a resident assistant, unexpectedly triggered painful memories and left me immobilized. In the course of disclosing the abuse to family and close family friends, I discovered that many people had strong suspicions - and some even direct knowledge - of the abuse.
April 3, 2013 |
Max Talbot's injury and the team's mini-surge apparently have changed the Flyers' plans: They now could be a buyer as Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline approaches. They made a minor move Monday, acquiring enforcer Jay Rosehill from Anaheim for speedy winger Harry Zolnierczyk. Rosehill, a left winger, is expected to be at the Flyers' practice Tuesday in Voorhees. The Flyers announced that Talbot suffered a broken left leg in Sunday's wild 5-4 overtime win over Washington and that he would be sidelined indefinitely.