July 17, 2015 |
BUBBA MIGHT'VE lost a step or two since leaving the White House in 2001, but the white guy from Arkansas known as America's "first black president" proved yesterday that he can still deliver a speech. Speaking at the NAACP's national convention, former President Bill Clinton touched on the issues of heavy-handed policing and criminal-justice reform raised Tuesday by President Obama, the real first black president. But Clinton, 68, also waded into the voter-ID debate and chided the civil-rights group - and Democrats as a whole - for falling asleep at the wheel in off-year elections.
July 12, 2015 |
Prosecutors say they would take at least a week before they determine whether to charge a Hatboro councilman who chased and shot a suspected bank robber, but a legal expert says state law might be on the councilman's side. Kevin Steele, the Montgomery County first assistant district attorney, said officials have interviewed George Forgeng, who shot an alleged robber in an arm and hand Tuesday. The victim and other witnesses have provided statements. Now, Steele said, investigators need time to review the case.
July 3, 2015 |
ASHLAND, N.H. - Gov. Christie, on his first full day on the presidential campaign trail, said Wednesday that personal objections should not exempt government officials from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. Public officials have a duty to enforce laws even if they don't agree with them, he said amid reports that some clerks in Southern states were refusing to grant licenses after last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling. While "there can always be individual circumstances that need to be examined, I think the general rule has to be, if you have an oath, you need to keep your oath," Christie said when a reporter asked whether clerks with objections to handing out licenses should receive protections.
June 28, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf signed into law Friday a bill expanding access to flu vaccine by allowing children as young as 9 to be immunized at a local pharmacy. The action eliminated a Pennsylvania stipulation that only physicians could administer flu vaccines to school-age children, and granted thousands of pharmacists across the state that same ability. The intention of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove (R., York), is to boost vaccination rates - and curb incidents of the flu - by expanding availability and convenience to families who may be unable to find time to visit a doctor, Grove said.
June 27, 2015 |
Now that the Supreme Court has for the second time declined to dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, one might begin to get the impression that it is the law of the land - not only because it was duly passed by Congress and signed by the eponymous president, but also by virtue of being a reasonable response to one of the country's most pressing domestic policy problems. Of course, the landmark health-care reform has been all those things for more than five years.
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 20, 2015 |
Vince Nicastro, who navigated Villanova through conference-realignment waters and hired Jay Wright as the school's basketball coach, is moving to a new position at the school after 15 years as athletic director. Nicastro said he will stay on until a new athletic director is named. He then will become associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova University School of Law. "It's something I've been talking to our president for a couple of months about, what the next chapter would be," Nicastro said Thursday afternoon.
June 10, 2015 |
After complaints from schools, youth groups, and others, a state House committee voted overwhelmingly Monday to lessen the scope of a new Pennsylvania law that requires background checks for all those who work or volunteer with children. Voting 24-2, the House Children and Youth Committee approved a bill that would make background checks mandatory for those who have regular contact with children, rather than all workers and the vast majority of volunteers. The House could vote on the bill in the next few days.
June 7, 2015 |
As authorities hunted the man charged in the fatal stabbing of a Berlin Township woman, friends of the victim and even a state gun rights group weighed in Friday, saying the system had failed to protect Carol Bowne. "In my opinion, the police failed her," said friend Colette Marino-Quinones, noting that the suspect, a boyfriend from whom Bowne was estranged, had not been effectively pursued after he violated a restraining order a month before Wednesday's attack. "Other people had spotted him but the police never did, and I find that interesting," she said.
June 4, 2015 |
Delaware County officials and a state representative disagree about a key piece of state legislation that may play a crucial role in a lawsuit filed by the county. On Tuesday, county officials publicly announced a $41.4 million lawsuit against 19 telecommunication carriers, alleging that the providers violated state law by undercharging customers - particularly medium-size to large businesses - for the number of phone lines they operate. The under-billings are significant, the county alleges, because 911 fees - charged to customers as $1 per month on every line they operate - are not collected and remitted to fund the county's emergency services.