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NEWS
July 25, 2014
THANKS to Signe Wilkinson and the Daily News for the "Butt Ugly" editorial/cartoon. As a better-than-thou moralist from childhood, I have remonstrated dropped-butt perpetrators in public more than once. For example: "Oh, sir - I think you dropped this!" in a loud but respectful tone of voice. More than 50 years ago I was a young smoker and acted like these dropped-butt types. Luckily I quit in five years but would have appreciated receiving such a remonstrance - I'm certain I'd have quit sooner.
NEWS
July 25, 2014
ISRAEL Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, "We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they [Hamas] use their women and children to protect their rockets. " Some time ago, the left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed-minority group, so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be OK with them, except to commit suicide; that is, cease to exist - which is the stated policy of Hamas. Every time Israel refuses the suggestion that it cease to exist, the left becomes inflamed.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | BY GINA BARRECA
I'VE LIVED my life with enthusiasm, courage, raucousness and passion. Why on earth would I want to grow old gracefully? Why would I want to be "Whistler's Mother" when my whole life what I've wanted to be is Mae West? Let's face it: It's about as likely that I'll become calm, serene and dignified as I age as it was that I'd be prim, proper and sweet in my youth. Those were always lovely fantasies - for somebody else. But like charming dresses that would never flatter me, I don't fit into these patterns.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
RE: "FOP prez and reporter's ethics" story: Stop crying, you big baby! You're saying the Daily News reporters brought diapers, food and paid utility bills for their sources. When the cops pay their "confidential informants" - yes, pay them - what do you think they do with the money? I bet most of them buy drugs! You can't do it and then bitch when other people do it to get info. They are doing their jobs, like you cops do yours. Bobby LaVelle Philadelphia No lesson plan Just can't understand how executives, like the school superintendent, can use their knowledge and expertise to to further their careers but develop amnesia when they actually get the position.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | BY KAREN LEVY
  LAST MONTH, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused - briefly - on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers. The truck's driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of comedian James McNair, one of the vehicle's passengers, and prosecutors alleged that Roper hadn't slept in more than 24 hours. But then an initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board said that Roper had been working for 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash, just within the legal limit of 14 hours on duty with no more than 11 hours behind the wheel.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of Eastern University alumni has called on the president of the school to remove his signature from a letter urging President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an order that bans discrimination based on sexual identity. Robert Duffett, president of the Christian university in St. Davids, says Eastern does not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students or employees. He signed the petition, he says, because the school supports the separation of church and state.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 8,000 union letter carriers - members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, or NALC - will arrive in Philadelphia on Sunday for one of the city's largest conventions this year. They, and their families, 12,000 in all, will be everywhere. They will show up at the Convention Center in a sea of colors, with carriers wearing vests color-coded by region. On Tuesday, 4,500 of them will occupy Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants.
SPORTS
July 20, 2014
* Re: Noel dinged again as Sixers lose to Bulls (July 18): Pulled hamstrings and ankle twists don't bother me. They can happen to anyone, especially if they aren't in playing shape. Hopefully, that's what the summer league will straighten out. I'd be more concerned if it was the knee. esesjay, Philly.com
BUSINESS
July 20, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union carpenters shut out of work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center picketed the facility Friday and said they will protest every day next week when the National Association of Letter Carriers union (NALC) holds its convention. The protest will put unionized letter carriers in the position of deciding whether to cross a picket line to attend convention sessions. However, despite overtures from the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, the letter carriers union declined to cancel their convention - one of the city's largest this year, with an expected economic impact of $24.8 million.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
HERE WE go again. Yet another mind-numbing tragedy at the hands of a mentally unstable individual who has access to firearms. Although our country needs to continue to make proactive strides in helping the mentally ill, Congress must act to more strictly regulate gun control for domestic abusers. Enough is enough. The shooting in the suburbs of Houston illustrates how our federal gun laws are woefully insufficient and how easily they can still get their hands on guns. Ron Lee Haskell, the accused shooter, is a domestic abuser who previously had been arrested for assaulting his wife.
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