August 8, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Marcus Brown, whose nomination to lead the Pennsylvania State Police was quashed earlier this year, has been tapped again by Gov. Wolf for a public safety post. Wolf on Thursday appointed Brown director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, where he will lead the state's response to terrorism and infrastructure threats. "The commonwealth must take every step necessary to protect its citizens from terrorist threats, and I am confident that Col. Brown's leadership and experience will be an asset to the commonwealth in this role," Wolf said in a statement.
July 9, 2015
AS A CITY, we've gotten pretty good at attracting and handling crowds, and with the number of visitors growing year after year, we get more and more practice. Thanks in part to the smart management of the city's "Visit Philadelphia" tourism office, the number of visitors has increased every year for the past 18 years, with 39 million domestic visitors in 2013. This provided more than $10 billion in economic impact in that year alone, creating jobs and activity in hospitality and beyond.
June 23, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Along with the pomp and pride that comes with hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there's an underside for Philadelphia: begging Congress for money. Since 9/11, federal lawmakers have set aside $100 million every four years to help cover security costs for the cities hosting the national party conventions, but only after overcoming resistance from those who balk at laying out taxpayer money for lavish political rallies. The wrangling in those fights provides a window into how pet causes creep onto the federal tab - often as footnotes in larger and more pressing bills.
May 30, 2015 |
A Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday his agency was surveying the security vulnerabilities of all Philadelphia buildings and facilities near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where Pope Francis will appear twice in September. William Ryan, protective security adviser in Philadelphia, said his agency was examining building exits, screening employees, and searching for hazardous materials to get ready for the papal visit Sept. 26 and 27. He said the agency would make security recommendations for the hotels and other buildings it surveys.
May 19, 2015
A story Monday wrongly described Michael Chertoff's term as secretary of homeland security. Chertoff succeeded Tom Ridge and served from 2005 to 2009. A caption Friday with a capsule on the movie Where Hope Grows misidentified one of the actors. Pictured were David DeSanctis and Kristoffer Polaha. A "By the Numbers" box with a story on the Williamson Free School of Industrial Trades wrongly described a ratio. The student-to-teacher ratio is 13-1.
May 10, 2015 |
Since Homeland Security agents took Kiyonna Napier's husband, Fidel, into custody this week, her days have been consumed by scrambling to make sure the couple's three children get to school in the mornings - a responsibility her husband always handled. At night, Fidel Napier calls from Newark, N.J., where he is being held as federal authorities prepare to deport him to Jamaica, and talks briefly with her and their children. "I just keep praying, keep hoping something will change," Kiyonna Napier said Friday from her Pennsauken home.
May 7, 2015 |
Fidel Napier left home early Monday to drop off his daughter at school, his wife said. When he returned to his Pennsauken home, agents from the Department of Homeland Security were there to take him into custody. Napier, 37, had been waiting for that moment for months, since learning he would be deported to his native Jamaica because of a 1998 drug conviction. The agents allowed him to call his wife, Kiyonna, who raced home from work to say goodbye. "They wouldn't let me touch him or anything," Kiyonna Napier said Tuesday.
April 29, 2015 |
Fidel Napier spent more than a decade making peace with a crime in his past, until one day it upended his life. At 20, Napier pleaded guilty to selling cocaine on a street corner in Camden, an offense for which he served no time. Since then, Napier has worked, married his high school sweetheart, had three children, and coached youth basketball. The arrest saved him, says Napier, now 37. Then in the fall of 2010, two agents from the Department of Homeland Security showed up at the manufacturing company where Napier worked and took him into custody.
April 18, 2015 |
The subject was one kids don't want to talk about: online predators. On Thursday, the entire student body at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Radnor Township - about 400 in kindergarten through eighth grade - participated in Project iGuardian, an online safety initiative started last year by the Department of Homeland Security. "Law enforcement cannot arrest our way out of this problem," said William S. Walker, assistant special agent in charge. Education is key to warn parents and children of the "perils of the Internet," he said.
April 16, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER is scheduled to meet behind closed doors today with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to discuss preparations for the upcoming papal visit to the city, the mayor's spokesman said yesterday. Nutter and Johnson may also discuss security details related to the next Democratic National Convention that is scheduled to take place here in 2016 after the mayor leaves office, and the city's policy regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, spokesman Mark McDonald said.