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September 4, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie provided more detail Wednesday on his recent call for use of FedEx-style technology to cut down on the number of people who overstay visas, suggesting people could be tracked by their thumbprints. "I'm not saying, 'Put bar codes on people.' That's ridiculous," Christie said on Fox News' Outnumbered , in one of three media appearances he made Wednesday. "But, you know, we need to use technology to secure our border. " Christie drew attacks from Democrats and immigrant groups after suggesting in New Hampshire on Saturday that FedEx's package-tracking system could be a model for tracking people who overstay visas, an analogy he repeated in an interview on Fox News Sunday . Asked on the Fox program Wednesday how his approach would work - "Are people supposed to swipe their thumbprint every time they use an ATM?"
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September 2, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The execution-style slaying of a Texas sheriff's deputy has critics of the Black Lives Matter movement committing the same offense they accuse its proponents of: using a broad brush to indiscriminately accuse both the guilty and the innocent. The Harris County, Texas, deputy, Darren Goforth, 47, was shot repeatedly in the back without any apparent provocation or motive Friday night, just as he finished refueling his police cruiser at a gas station. Surveillance video captured a suspect fleeing in a red pickup truck that police traced to Shannon Jaruay Miles, 30, who was later arrested on capital murder charges.
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August 29, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has rebuffed The Inquirer's attempts to obtain a slew of records pertaining to the six-month investigation into the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce. Judge Yolanda Ciccone in Somerville dismissed the newspaper's lawsuit pursuing the documents - including law enforcement recordings and transcripts, witness interviews, crime scene reports, DNA tests, and warrants - which were previously denied by government agencies under the state's Open Public Records Act and the common-law right of access.
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August 11, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 700-pound robot took a beating as the man with a sledgehammer hacked off its arm and then, in a surprising show of strength, shoved its mangled body off the front porch of the Lindenwold home. The Camden County Sheriff's Office had sent the robot - which has a microphone through which a deputy can speak - to negotiate with the man after he fired gunshots in the neighborhood and barricaded himself. Now, with the robot having drawn the man out of the home after about an hour, authorities realized that he no longer had a gun. The SWAT officers approached and, as the man tried to charge at them, Capt.
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August 11, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the camera attached to its underbelly snapped pictures, the drone glided a few hundred feet above the quiet, tree-lined suburban streets of North Coventry Township. It was tracing the path of a killer, investigators say. Chester County prosecutors are hoping the images captured by the unmanned device, driven by four propellers and weighing less than a half-gallon of milk, will help prove that a man arrested last month carefully planned his fatal attack on a rival who was involved with his ex-girlfriend.
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August 8, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police will face a massive task in screening the 100,000 pedestrians a day expected to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge from New Jersey to see the pope in Philadelphia next month. If 100,000 people are screened, that would be four times as many people as are screened at Philadelphia International Airport on an average day. Law enforcement officials briefed on bridge security plans said all papal visitors would be individually screened before they crossed the bridge. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans.
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June 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Following months of controversy, Gov. Wolf's embattled choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police on Monday withdrew his name from consideration. Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown's decision was announced in a statement from the governor's office. In it, Brown did not state a reason for the decision. But Wolf cited politics. "Marcus Brown is the type of leader that Pennsylvania would be lucky to have," the governor said in the statement. "Despite Marcus' vast and unquestioned qualifications, the Senate wrongfully rejected his nomination in a move that put politics above the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania, and it is now appropriate to select a new nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police.
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June 8, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie hasn't negotiated with other countries or shaped foreign policy. But he does claim one resumé detail to distinguish himself on national security ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run: the Patriot Act. Even as Congress scales back the law, Christie has been arguing forcefully for the tools given to law enforcement and intelligence agencies after 9/11 as crucial to prosecuting terrorists. Yet the importance of the Patriot Act in Christie's tenure as a prosecutor is less clear than he asserts.
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June 5, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday cleared a key hurdle on the path to confirmation, but his future remains in question. Skeptical Republican legislators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee grilled acting Commissioner Marcus Brown about everything from the death penalty and tax breaks to why he chose not to wear a police uniform to the hearing. When it ended, the committee chose not to endorse Brown but forwarded his nomination to the full Senate for a vote next week.
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June 4, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Investments pay off sooner, and later I was happy to see Gov. Wolf and law enforcement officials make the anticrime case for quality, early-childhood education ("Wolf: Invest in preschool, not prison," May 27). Members of the business community see another critical benefit: strengthening our economy and workforce. Research highlighted by the national business-leader group ReadyNation shows that investing in these programs yields up to $26,000 in net long-term economic benefits for every child served.
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