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June 12, 2014 | BY BRUCE FRIEDRICH
A YEAR AGO, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report, accusing the food-safety division of the agency of not fulfilling, or even understanding, its legal obligations where humane slaughter enforcement is concerned. Specifically, the OIG found that the USDA does not meaningfully attempt to stop repeat violations of the Humane Slaughter Act and that many USDA inspectors do not even understand what is required of them. Even when OIG inspectors monitored their actions openly, inspectors still did not understand or carry out their slaughter-oversight mandate.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | BY EDWARD WASSERMAN
ONCE, WE CAME of age under the shadow of something called a "permanent record. " Nobody ever actually saw one, but as youngsters we understood that we had to keep our own clean, since stains could do lasting damage. That permanent record meant somebody was paying attention, which was good, but it was also a dark and oppressive background presence, since it enabled even trivial sins to curse our futures. Good thing it was largely mythic. Back then, actual record-keeping was spotty, and technology had zero ability to corral the manifold tracks that we each left into some all-knowing compendium.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
THERE is no shortness of theories as to why Americans kill other Americans. Some blame mental illness, others the popularity of violent video games and slasher movies. In a recent Daily News opinion piece, two other theories were proposed. Joel Mathis hinted that it is a severe form of male chauvinism and suggests that "men need to try to act better. " His writing partner, Ben Boychuk, wanted to pin the blame on publicity and the media for glorifying acts of mayhem. America leads the world in mass murders (by individuals, not crazed despots)
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 28 months in custody waiting for her murder trial, Padge Victoria Windslowe - the sometime hip-hop performer "Black Madam" and accused purveyor of illegal silicone injections - says she is ready to plead guilty. The Philadelphia Daily News reported Friday that it had received letters from Windslowe, 42, saying she was sorry for the Feb. 11, 2011, death of 20-year-old exotic dancer Claudia Aderotimi, allegedly after a silicone injection, and wanted to plead guilty. Just not to third-degree murder - the offer she said was made by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - but to involuntary manslaughter.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
IN ITS BID to buy Philadelphia Gas Works, Connecticut-based UIL Holdings Corp. keeps promising that Philadelphia will love UIL once we've had the opportunity to examine its proposal. But UIL's public promises stand in stark contrast to the things they say in private, when the public's not paying attention. Those statements make clear that UIL's bid for PGW is a bad deal - bad for workers, bad for customers and bad for the city. Consider the following: * While publicly promising to protect jobs at PGW, UIL can actually cut the current PGW workforce by 300 jobs over the next three years.
NEWS
June 5, 2014
ISSUE | GLORIA STEINEM Disappointing legacy in so many ways Gloria Steinem grew up in a time when women dreamed, as Sally Friedman attests, of marriage, kids, and a home - a path Steinem rejected ("Gratitude to the woman still reshaping womanhood," May 27). Yet how many millions of women (and men) since the '60s have sought therapy, spent millions on reproductive specialists, written to advice columnists, and even tried online dating services in pursuit of the elusive, satisfying relationship or successful pregnancy?
NEWS
June 5, 2014
STU BYKOFSKY'S May 30 column "Memorial Day snafu left flags off graves" is provocative. It is too bad it made assumptions not supported by the facts. The column deals with a claim by Mr. Jim Kane that my office and Montgomery County have insulted veterans by not providing flags for some 1,800 graves of veterans at Forest Hills Cemetery in Huntingdon Valley. I have no doubt that Mr. Kane, of the Jenkintown VFW, is a dedicated advocate for veterans, as are my staff and I. We provided 600 flags for the cemetery, because our records and information indicate that there are only that many veterans' graves.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Warning that jobs - especially those created by small businesses - will be at risk, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and 34 local chambers of commerce sent a letter Tuesday to the General Assembly urging legislators to oppose proposed mandated wage hikes. "Following a historically devastating economic recession and in the midst of an unprecedentedly [sic] sluggish recovery and persistently high unemployment, it is imperative that lawmakers pursue public policy that encourages job retention and creation and avoids impediments to economic growth," the letter says.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY JOEL MATHIS AND BEN BOYCHUK
  IS AMERICAN culture responsible for mass murder? JOEL MATHIS: Hey guys: It's time we stopped being jerks. Elliot Rodger was not a typical man - few of us go on shooting sprees - except that he was: desperate for sex, frustrated by its absence, convinced that he was owed it and seemingly unconcerned about the actual person who might furnish it. The result: All too often we treat women like objects for our lust, instead of the complete,...
NEWS
June 3, 2014
AS I READ in the paper recently that another mentally ill person has managed to obtain a gun to kill other people, I have come to the realization that America is no longer about Americans. America has come to represent something insidious and evil; it is a place where Americans go to die. It is a place where people starve to death, and seven out of 10 Americans are food-challenged, which means that they do not know where their next meal is coming from. America is not about them. It is a place where three million children go to bed hungry in this "great country" every night.
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