August 12, 2016
Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders tapped a strong current of dissatisfaction with the two-party system that has long dominated American politics. While making surprisingly strong showings in primaries and caucuses, they made legitimate complaints about the convoluted process used to pick presidential nominees. The process is mystifying thanks to arcane rules that favor more traditional party candidates. In many states, primaries give voters some degree of say in the process. But many primaries, including Pennsylvania's, are closed to independents, even though their tax dollars help subsidize the two major parties' way of choosing candidates.
August 5, 2016 |
Bill Cosby says jurors at his coming sex-assault trial in Montgomery County should not be allowed to hear a recording of a phone call he made to his accuser's mother after the alleged attack. In a suppression motion filed Wednesday, Cosby's lawyers contend that Andrea Constand's mother illegally recorded the 2005 phone call because the entertainer did not know it was being taped. His lawyers say he placed the call from his home in Cheltenham. Pennsylvania law requires consent of both parties to record a conversation.
July 20, 2016 |
Standing with others who had been abused by Catholic clergy, State Rep. Mark Rozzi hurled stacks of grand jury reports onto the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Monday, and loudly vowed to continue trying to change Pennsylvania law so victims like himself can file suit in decades-old cases. Stoking a legislative fight over the civil statute of limitations, the Berks County Democrat pledged to rewrite a pending House bill to include a two-year window in which any adult of any age could sue private institutions and individuals for abuse that occurred when they were children.
June 1, 2016
ISSUE | ID THEFT PennDot within law For decades, Pennsylvania law has permitted access to drivers' records by certain entities strictly for lawful purposes, such as vehicle insurance, credit, jobs, and safety checks of drivers who operate school buses and heavy trucks ("ID theft taken too lightly," May 24). Applicants for insurance, jobs, and credit authorize access to their records. Similar programs are in place in many other states. When a state Budget Office audit found problems with one data aggregator with authorized access, the state Department of Transportation cut off its access.
May 12, 2016
By Milad Emam For the past six years, Elizabeth Young has been living an American nightmare. Philadelphia police officers showed up at her house and tried to seize her home and car because her son sold $90 worth of marijuana outside her home. Young was never charged with a crime, yet she was soon caught up in Philadelphia's civil-forfeiture machine. With the deck stacked against her, Young went to Philadelphia's criminal justice center and fought to get her property back, arguing that she was an innocent owner because she did not know her son was dealing drugs, having been hospitalized during that time.
May 2, 2016 |
When the 1849 Gold Rush hit, it wasn't the miners who got rich. The businessmen who sold blue jeans and pickaxes amassed the real fortunes. When Gov. Wolf signed a medical marijuana bill into law on April 17, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis. In Old City on Saturday, about 300 entrepreneurs and venture capitalists gathered at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for what was billed as the "Innovation in the Cannabis Industry" conference. There were heady predictions - euphoric estimates of how large the marijuana industry could grow and the many opportunities for profits it might bring.
April 6, 2016
By Sue A. Fugate The thought of child sexual abuse stirs emotions of fear and anger in me as a mother of two. The more I hear about this problem, the more troubled I am at its prevalence and the lack of consistency among institutions and governments trying to deal with it. The recent grand jury report about crimes that date back as far as the 1950s in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is the latest revelation. I won't pretend to know the pain survivors of abuse experience or the helplessness their families feel, but I do empathize with their suffering and support their need for healing.
March 22, 2016 |
IT REALLY makes you wonder. It makes you want to look into the dull, shortsighted eyes of our lackluster lawmakers and ask, "What exactly is wrong with you?" I'm not talking about heavy lifting on taxing and spending or budgets and pensions. We all know how weak they are in those areas. I'm talking about simple, common-sense stuff to save lives. For example, Pennsylvania is among a minority of states with lousy DUI laws, and repeatedly fails to adopt a law proven to reduce the mayhem that drunken driving causes.
February 25, 2016
After a long illness, Harry Jay Katz died peacefully early Tuesday. He was 75. This is a remembrance. He was generous to a fault, sometimes to the wrong people, capable of the grand gesture and the petty feud. Harry Jay Katz stood above the crowd, sometimes to look down on them, sometimes to lend a helping hand, usually in the form of cash. He was dashing, durable, and diplomatic, and for a half-century he lived in the limelight and spun stories like a spider. In the old days, they would have called him a raconteur.
February 1, 2016
For Immediate Release February 17, 2005 Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr. has announced that a joint investigation by his office and the Cheltenham Township Police Department into allegations against actor and comic Bill Cosby is concluded. Cosby maintains a residence in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. A 31 year old female, a former employee of the Athletic Department of Temple University complained to detectives that Cosby touched her inappropriately during a visit to his home in January of 2004.