August 10, 2016 |
Federal prosecutors withdrew their case Monday against four political protesters charged last month after scaling an 8-foot security fence outside the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention. But authorities have given no indication that they intend to do the same for the seven other Bernie Sanders supporters arrested and charged under federal law during the raucous demonstrations outside the four-day event. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not respond to requests to explain the decision.
July 30, 2016 |
A Rhode Island man arrested during protests outside the Democratic National Convention was carrying three "throwing knives" as he breached the eight-foot fence surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Jeremy Graber, 31, of Woonsocket, was among the seven demonstrators arrested Wednesday night by the Secret Service for using bolt cutters to bypass the security perimeter during the tense protests that have erupted nightly outside the convention site. Authorities signaled in court that they would seek to detain him until his trial on charges of entering a restricted zone.
June 25, 2016 |
"This case is not at all about a fence. " So said a Chester County Judge in his decision this week when he dismissed a claim by neighbors who sued to have a gay couple tear down their fence. Judge Jeffrey R. Sommer also gave the go-ahead for the couple to put in a backyard swimming pool which had been denied by a neighborhood association. "The setting for our play is Bucktoe Manor an idyllic vision of suburbia located in New Garden Township," wrote Sommer, who apparently has aspirations of being a writer.
May 9, 2016
ISSUE | FRANKLIN SQUARE Lantern exhibit outshines fence The line to buy tickets for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square curled around Race Street on Saturday, April 30 ("Festival, square worth admission," Tuesday). Within 10 minutes, and $32 lighter, my wife and I walked through the first themed exhibit - a 150-foot-long entrance arcade. The place had a magical feel. There were hundreds of people in the park, possibly a thousand. Giggles and smiles were everywhere, and cellphones were snapping pictures.
May 7, 2016
Given its outsize notoriety, it's worth noting that the cloth-draped chain-link fence corralling Franklin Square for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is not exactly the Great Wall. But it has caused great controversy for some good reasons. For all the suddenness with which the fence separated one of William Penn's five original squares from his "greene country towne," it's the result of a gradual accumulation of private prerogatives in public parks. Historic Philadelphia Inc., the nonprofit to which the then-shabby square was turned over a decade ago, has transformed it into a delightful urban oasis partly by virtue of money-making concessions such as a burger stand, an old-fashioned carousel, and a miniature golf course bearing adorable dollhouse versions of Philadelphia monuments.
November 18, 2015 |
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - At 70, Joe Cohen will admit to the usual aches and pains that come with age. But even suffering something as serious as a detached retina - which would sideline most people at any age - Cohen found himself in Limoges, France, in August, competing in an international tournament in a sport that he has championed for decades. And while he says the eye condition - for which he underwent surgery when he returned from the International Fencing World Championship Tournament - prevented him from doing as well as he would have liked, it was an experience he savors.
November 6, 2015 |
MAMA DESERVED better than this. She and her 12 pups were abandoned on her owner's porch this summer after authorities swooped in and arrested him, but Mama, a 5-year-old pit bull, found her forever home with Latanya Thomas, one of her owner's neighbors in the city's Logan section. But on Wednesday, Thomas made a horrific discovery when she found Mama dead, hanging by her leash on an 8-foot-high fence that separates Thomas' home from her next-door neighbor's. Pennsylvania SPCA officials called Mama's death a "blatant case of animal cruelty" and said they are investigating the incident as a crime.
August 15, 2015 |
City officials released detailed road closure and security fencing plans Thursday for the September papal visit, and said they were working with the U.S. Secret Service to accommodate businesses that need to stay open that weekend. "We, the city, and our many, many partners . . . are working to ensure the World Meeting of Families be held in a safe and secure environment for the Holy Father, and for the hundreds and thousands and millions of faithful who will want to come and see and hear him," Nutter said, flanked by city officials and Secret Service agents based in Philadelphia.
August 7, 2015 |
The security restrictions being placed on Philadelphia for the papal visit invite comparison to the fenced-in "closed cities" of World War II. Or Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Or American cities patrolled by National Guard troops during riots in the 1960s. Rarely has a peacetime event drawn such Draconian security measures across such a broad section of a U.S. city. Overkill is the word being used by some law enforcement and transportation officials for the sweeping shutdown of highways and bridges, and the creation of a Beirut-style "green zone" where most vehicle traffic will be forbidden.
August 6, 2015
YOUR PERSONAL financial information can't be completely protected. With the already immeasurable list of data breaches that seems to grow longer by the day, maybe we should be praying not for protection but for better interventions. Witness the recent news involving the Federal Trade Commission and LifeLock Inc., one of the leading companies in the identity-theft-protection business. The FTC has filed charges alleging that LifeLock violated a 2010 settlement in which the company vowed to stop making deceptive claims about its services and implement stronger measures to safeguard its own customers' personal data, including credit card, Social Security and bank account numbers.