December 11, 2015
ISSUE | FRACKING Industry needs rules The fracking industry has effectively controlled recent Pennsylvania budget negotiations, buying its way out of a severance tax by throwing massive amounts of money at state lawmakers - $17.9 million spent on lobbying and $2.8 million on campaign contributions in the most recent cycle. You can follow the money at marcellusmoney.org as you envision handshake deals in smoke-filled rooms. When will this industry finally be held accountable to the people of the commonwealth?
December 4, 2015 |
I WAS SITTING on a train from D.C. to Philadelphia, coming from a Senate press conference about gun trafficking, when I read about yet another mass shooting - this one in San Bernardino, Calif. I'm reminded of a day almost exactly three years ago, when sitting on the same train coming from a gun-violence prevention conference, I read about a mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn. Predictably, both times, my email blew up and my Facebook feed was full of laments - "no more," "enough," "God, stop this please," "this has to stop.
November 27, 2015
PHILADELPHIA'S suddenly climbing murder rate makes me turn to Mayor Nutter's startling remarks that the "gun violence" we suffer in Philadelphia is "domestic terrorism. " He let his emotions and frustration overrule his intellect. "Domestic terrorism is international terrorism," Nutter said in a Washington interview after meeting with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "Domestic terrorism is international terrorism," he said.
November 20, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER recently did some semantic gymnastics with the word "terrorism. " In an Associated Press interview Monday following a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, he said gun violence in American cities was a form of "domestic terrorism" and comparable to international terrorism. While all gun deaths are unacceptable, it is a serious stretch to equate everyday criminal violence in America with vast international terrorism conspiracies such as ISIS. He is correct that both have the effect of making citizens feel afraid and insecure.
October 12, 2015 |
Since a shooter killed nine people Oct. 1 at an Oregon community college, Republican presidential candidates have sounded variations on one refrain: New gun laws aren't the solution. "I don't think more government is necessarily the answer to this," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said while discussing the Second Amendment and shootings, also saying: "Look, stuff happens. There's always a crisis. " On Facebook, neurosurgeon Ben Carson wrote that he "never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.
September 11, 2015 |
In a recycling twist, Upper Darby Township police are taking more than 150 weapons from their evidence room - seized in domestic-violence incidents, assaults, shootings, drug busts, and suicides - to a trash-to-steam plant. "Our way of addressing the gun issue in America is to destroy them all," said Michael Chitwood, township police superintendent. He said the weapons would be taken to the Delaware Valley Resource Recovery facility, in the City of Chester. "Gun violence is a way of our life," said Chitwood.
July 20, 2015 |
Charles Stone III's name was first up in lights in 2002, when he directed the entirely fun Drumline , about a college drum corps, and launched the career of Nick Cannon. But before that, he was the brains behind Budweiser's "Wassup?" commercials, and even before that, the son of revered Daily News columnist Chuck Stone. Stone is behind the camera again for Lila and Eve , in theaters, a film about two mothers (Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez) and the spree they go on in the wake of their children's murders.
June 27, 2015 |
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws and collect legal fees and other costs if they won. The NRA used the measure to sue Philadelphia. Other municipalities have repealed ordinances to avoid similar suits. In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the law, known as Act 192, violated the state constitution because of the way it was enacted by the General Assembly.
June 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church. But that shooting added a fresh, raw layer of emotion to Tuesday's inaugural Sandy Hook Promise dinner here. Arranged by relatives of victims in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre, family members and lawmakers gathered in the hope of furthering their work to prevent gun violence. Last week's slaughter underscored that mass shootings have failed to change the politics of gun control.
June 2, 2015 |
The group of several dozen marched down Woodcrest Avenue, singing. When they came to the place where James Patrick Stuhlman was gunned down, near a fire hydrant in the middle of a leafy Overbrook block, the people - men and women, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - paused to act out what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called "a vocation of agony. " "We are brothers and sisters who are growing up without seeing what our siblings would become, and we want to end the killing," the Rev. David Brown said.