February 19, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A former Western Pennsylvania prosecutor has been hired to review Pittsburgh police policies and procedures concerning officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the police bureau, the city announced Monday. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's appointment of Steven Toprani, former district attorney of Washington County, follows the FBI's seizure of boxes of documents from police headquarters this month. Officials said records involving secondary employment, training, and travel were taken.
February 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The FBI seized documents Tuesday from the headquarters of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the FBI removed documents, but did not provide details of what was taken. Police Chief Nate Harper has been under scrutiny since a former friend of his was charged last year in connection with a bribery scheme on a contract to install radios and computers in police cars. Last week it emerged that Harper helped form a private security consulting firm with a civilian clerk and three city officers, including one he promoted from sergeant to commander.
February 13, 2013
Star player on '79 Penn team fatally stabbed, reports say * Nether Providence, Delaware County Matt White, the star center of the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 Final Four basketball team, was found stabbed to death Monday, and his wife was being questioned, according to media reports. 6ABC reported that White had been found dead in his Nether Providence home in the afternoon. The Delaware County Daily Times cited police sources as saying that the incident was a fatal domestic dispute at the house on Parkridge Drive near Beatty Road, where White lived, according to public records.
February 4, 2013 |
Jeff Stein walked up amiably to a group of college-age men carrying a pizza and laughing uproariously as they made their way Friday night down West Chester's South Walnut Street. "Hey, guys - try to keep it down, all right?" he said. The men nodded, chastened. "Thanks for the warning, officer," one young man said, smiling. Stein isn't a police officer, but for residents of downtown West Chester, he's the next best thing. The owner of local private security firm ELPS Detective Agency, Stein has been contracted by the borough to provide additional security on weekend nights along its busiest streets - in other words, the route between the bars and the campus of West Chester University.
October 5, 2012 |
BENGHAZI, Libya - More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the wreckage of the U.S. mission on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate information about American operations in Libya. Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's trip, and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday.
September 17, 2012 |
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam film broke through a barricade near the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen were injured. In a move that could escalate tensions around the Arab world, the leader of the Hezbollah militant group on Sunday called for protests against the movie, saying that protesters should not only "express our anger" at U.S. embassies but urge leaders to act. The film, which denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries in recent days, including one in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador was killed.
September 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK - With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year. But all that eye-welling magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the roughly $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate.
August 10, 2012 |
WITH BUDGET CUTS hitting law-enforcement agencies across the country, residents increasingly are taking matters into their own hands by joining town watches or hiring private security firms to help keep their neighborhoods safe. "Municipal services are on the lean because of financial and economic problems," said Robert Stokes, an associate professor at Drexel University who has studied private security in public places. "These neighborhoods feel like they have no other choice. " Stokes said 20 neighborhoods in Atlanta and at least four in Detroit have hired private guards.
July 18, 2012 |
LONDON - More used to patrolling the battlefields of Afghanistan than checking Olympic accreditations, smiling British troops fanned out across London's Olympic Park on Tuesday to fill the void left by the failure of the private security firm G4S to provide enough guards. The government had scramble to call in 3,500 extra soldiers and police to fill the gap after the security firm did not hire enough staff. Unarmed but in combat uniforms, soldiers with suntans acquired far from cloudy London were getting accustomed to their temporary theater of action, a former industrial wasteland transformed into Olympic venues and accommodation.
June 12, 2012 |
ONE OF THE MOST destructive and troubling trends in our nation is the growth of income inequality. The increasing concentration of wealth at the top, the shrinking of our middle class and the growing number of people who are working but still poor threatens our future prosperity and, as research of countries around the world shows, undermines our democracy. Frustration over this state of affairs is strong and palpable among many people I meet in my district. But the problem is so large in scope that many seem to feel unsure how to address it, or even hopeless that it can be solved.