August 18, 2016 |
TRENTON - He's no Donald Trump, but before the swaggering real estate mogul turned presidential nominee reordered politics this year, it was perhaps Gov. Christie who held the distinction for most unpredictable tongue. At an hour-long news conference Tuesday, Christie targeted a trio of groups (and people) he seemed to hold in (seemingly amused) contempt. Of the biggest teachers' union in New Jersey: "I mean, this is a dreadful group of leaders. " In response to a question from a reporter for a TV news program in North Jersey: "It is unbelievable the streak that Chasing New Jersey has of stupid questions.
July 29, 2016 |
Hours after Donald Trump said he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's private server and obtained some of her email correspondence as secretary of state, GOP surrogates sought to reshape Trump's message. "I'm sure what he means is they should be released to the FBI," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at a news conference in South Philadelphia, referring to the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton deleted, which she has said were personal in nature. The State Department had requested Clinton's emails to comply with a House investigation into the 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
July 20, 2016 |
A national spokesman for the Moorish Science Temple of America said his religious group should not be confused with other Moorish groups that some news outlets have linked to Baton Rouge, La., police shooter Gavin Long. "Regarding the shooter in Baton Rouge, he has no affiliation or ties with the Moorish Science Temple of America," Azeem Hopkins-Bey, 36, grand sheik of the temple at 2559 N. Fifth St. in North Philadelphia, said at a news conference Monday outside City Hall. "In fact, his ideologies and his actions are diametrically opposed to [our]
July 15, 2016 |
The stolen memorial flag of Seaman Patrick Corcoran, a 19-year-old from Philadelphia who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War, was returned Monday to the scene of the July Fourth crime - the front porch of a North Wildwood home. On Monday, an unidentified young woman returned the flag, which was taken from a flagpole of a home owned by Tom and Lorraine Schaffer on East 11th Avenue. The woman then got back inside a car that was waiting outside the Schaffers' home and left.
July 14, 2016 |
Drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania jumped more than 23 percent last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported Tuesday, by far the biggest increase in at least a decade and a sign that the addiction epidemic remains out of control. An analysis of drug-related fatalities by the DEA's Philadelphia Field Division found a 5 percent rise in deaths involving heroin, along with an astonishing increase - up 93 percent in one year - in the presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the bodies of people who died of overdoses.
July 3, 2016 |
A SEPTA transit police officer caught on a bystander's video throwing a man to the ground June 4 has been investigated and disciplined, but will remain on the force, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said Friday. Matthew Sinkiewicz, who Nestel said has been an officer with the department for about a year, can be seen in the minute-long clip ordering Anthony Barlow to sit down at SEPTA's Frankford Transportation Center. After Barlow verbally declines to sit several times, Sinkiewicz grabs him and forces him to the ground.
June 29, 2016 |
Saying it was time to address problems created by construction of the Vine Street Expressway, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx joined Philadelphia officials Monday to announce a new initiative to address those problems. The expressway, part of I-676, opened in 1991, connecting I-95 to the Schuylkill Expressway while dividing Chinatown and other neighborhoods, adversely impacting businesses and pedestrians, the officials said. "Here at this very intersection, the expressway has a troubling impact," Mayor Kenney said during a news conference at 10th Street Plaza, which crosses over the expressway and its brisk traffic.
June 27, 2016 |
The leader of a local grassroots pro-Bernie Sanders organization said his group has gotten city permits for four demonstration areas in South Philadelphia's Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park during the Democratic National Convention next month. Billy Taylor, the executive director of Philly.fyi, said he is offering the use of as many as three of the zones to the national Sanders organization. During a news conference in the park Saturday, Taylor, 31, a landscaper and political activist, also invited other organizations and interest groups to apply to Philly.fyi to use its permitted space.
June 18, 2016 |
Debate over guns resumed in Trenton on Thursday, as Democrats challenged Gov. Christie and sought to tighten New Jersey's laws. Backed by advocates, Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced plans to try to override the Republican governor's veto of a bill that would require domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms. In light of last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, "if that doesn't send a signal that we need to do more with our gun laws to protect our citizens, I don't know what does," said Sweeney (D., Gloucester)