May 9, 2014 |
ISRAEL RESENDIZ Hernandez, a Norristown businessman and father of two young girls, is afraid to return to his native Mexico because of "gangster-type" threats against his family, his immigration lawyer said yesterday. Resendiz, 34, passed a "reasonable-fear interview" with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officer. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are keeping him locked up in the Pike County Correctional Facility. Thomas Griffin, Resendiz's lawyer, said at a protest yesterday that Resendiz should be allowed to stay in this country "to protect him from human-rights violations, a threat to his life in Mexico.
May 7, 2014
TO STU Bykofsky: As I fan, I thought you should know that your column on ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and Mayor Nutter's policy reads like the fearmongering and cliche xenophobic drivel I would expect from Fox News. I highly recommend you spend some time with actual immigrants, who are juxtaposed between corporate exploitation of migrant undocumented workers and complex legal policies that serve no one but attorneys and law firms. Our federal and state policies do not go after or apprehend criminals; ICE fills cells at for-profit detention centers similar to how the war on drugs has served as an investment platform for privatized prisons.
May 5, 2014 |
On the morning of what, to that point, would be the most important hockey game of his life, Steve Mason wasn't certain he would play until after they had removed the needles from his head. The headaches had returned the day before, that same dull throbbing that he'd lived with for a week after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12. Only now Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers was less than 12 hours away, and Mason had expected to start in goal.
May 2, 2014
WELCOME TO Wonderland, home of Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection and kowtowing to criminals - alleged, convicted, foreign and domestic. We start with a rogues' gallery of Philly cops who were videotaped with their hands in the cookie jars (or down women's pants) who didn't seem quite guilty enough for our D.A. to prosecute. (After an uproar, he is reviewing claims women were groped.) That's domestic. From abroad, we have "immigrants" (which is what language-abusing apologists call them, foreswearing the precedent "illegal")
April 28, 2014 |
Claude Giroux's struggles have drawn considerable attention. The Flyers captain hasn't scored a goal during the first four games of the opening Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers that is tied at two games apiece. Ending the drought will quiet the critics. Coach Craig Berube thinks that Giroux has been affected by the criticism. "I think he can be more patient," Berube said after practice Saturday and before the Flyers departed for New York and Game 5 at noon Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
April 24, 2014 |
DAN CARCILLO tapped a pass through Ray Emery's five-hole and turned to celebrate in front of the same Sea of Orange at Wells Fargo Center that once swallowed him up after a playoff overtime winner in 2010. Across the ice, on the Flyers' bench, coach Craig Berube was getting ready to wave the white flag - not on this first-round series, just Game 3. He told Steve Mason, surprise backup du jour, to get up and get active. Trailing by three goals, Mason trudged into the net during a television timeout to little fanfare.
April 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia on Wednesday moved to the forefront of a national movement to protect immigrants from deportation over minor and nonviolent crimes. Amid cheers and applause by immigrant-rights groups, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order to end the city's compliance with federal agents' requests to hold arrested immigrants who otherwise would be released pending trial. Advocates at the standing-room-only ceremony at City Hall - some in tears - hailed the order as historic and "one of the most progressive anti-deportation policies" in the country.
April 16, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow that will significantly limit collaboration between Philadelphia police and federal immigration authorities. The order is expected to preclude police from honoring detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases where a person is convicted of a first- or second-degree felony involving violence, and only when ICE secures a warrant to support the detainer. Michael Resnick, the city's director of public safety, had testified about that pending change at a City Council hearing last month.
April 14, 2014 |
Shayne Gostisbehere hopped over the boards and raced to the corner of the rink as the Wells Fargo Center horn sounded. The Union College defender tossed his stick, gloves, and helmet into the air after the Dutchmen knocked off Minnesota, 7-4, in the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four. He scattered his equipment on the ice alongside the gear of his teammates, who had done the same. The Flyers prospect started his week in Philadelphia with a Geno's cheesesteak and ended it with white confetti falling from the rafters of his likely future home.
April 13, 2014 |
The ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in Queen Village, e-mailed me recently, reporting that many customers were asking him how to get ice melt's white residue out of their brick pavers. I don't use anything on my brick pavers, so I can't speak from experience. And when I shovel the sidewalks and the driveway, I remove snow from the lawn in a six-inch strip along both edges, so any that melts stays in the yard and doesn't flow back onto the pavement and freeze - a trick I learned growing up in New England.