May 21, 2013
RE: Ronnie Polaneczky's column: At no time did Warden John Delaney "mishandle" or convert to his personal use any monies entrusted to him. At the hearing on this matter, the city "investigator" was asked a series of questions on this issue and specifically stated that it was not his belief that Warden Delaney stole any of the money entrusted to him or that he used it for other than authorized purposes. After a three-year investigation costing the city likely thousands of dollars, the presenting of more than 15 witnesses by the city's deputy chief integrity officer and a recognition by the commissioner of prisons that this problem could have been resolved three years ago, Warden Delaney was reprimanded.
May 19, 2013 |
LOWELL, Mass. - Boston's police department and mayor's office will conduct twin reviews of the response to last month's bombing of the Boston Marathon, Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Saturday. Davis said the aim of the reviews is to learn from the experience and prepare for the future. "We are very anxious to get those reviews underway and learn lessons from anything that might pop up as an issue of concern," Davis said. "I expect that this whole year will be a time of review and reflection on what happened.
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Citing problems exposed by the Boston Marathon bombings, senators weighing amendments to a sweeping immigration bill agreed Tuesday to boost security provisions around student visas. The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed by voice vote to an amendment by Republican Sen. Charles F. Grassley of Iowa meant to ensure that border patrol agents at U.S. ports of entry have access to information on the status of student visas. The committee action follows recent revelations that a student from Kazakhstan accused of hiding evidence for one of the Boston bombing suspects was allowed to return to the United States in January without a valid student visa.
May 14, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service has found itself at the other end of an audit, and rightly so. The recent revelation that the agency targeted conservative groups for heightened scrutiny raises the specter of misuse of one of government's greatest powers - taxation - for political purposes. Starting in early 2010, as a conservative backlash against the Obama administration was growing, IRS officials began paying special attention to applications for tax-exempt status from groups with names including the words "tea party" and "patriot," according to documents from an internal investigation obtained by the Washington Post.
May 10, 2013
I'M THE marina owner featured in the cover story in the Daily News on Friday, May 3. I didn't come across as I wanted, so I'd like for your readers to hear my own words about progress we've made since Superstorm Sandy. I am fully insured, and have been since 1996, however the contents - including all of the inventory in the store, the garage and sheds, along with tools, diagnostic tools, power tools, etc. - were not covered because there was an exclusion for rising water. If the roof blew off, I would have been covered.
May 5, 2013 |
KARACHI, Pakistan - Two blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi killed three people near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban, a police officer said, heightening tensions ahead of the country's historic election next Saturday. Police officer Aamir Farooqi said the explosions late Saturday wounded 22 people. A spokesman for the Taliban, Ahsanullah Ahsan, claimed responsibility. Pakistan has been experiencing a wave of violence connected to the elections, mostly at the hands of Taliban extremists targeting various political parties and their candidates.
May 3, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie made regulatory oversight - especially safeguards for those who are underage and additional funding for treatment of compulsive gamblers - key to his signing off on the bill that legalized Internet gaming in New Jersey. On Wednesday, a forum on "Responsible Gambling for the Future" at the Statehouse Annex, far from the glamour and glitz of Atlantic City, addressed those issues and others. The forum's goal, said Donald Weinbaum, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, was to come up with a tenable five-year work plan among all sectors involved as gaming options proliferate - a process that "will ultimately lead to an expanded system of prevention, awareness, early intervention, and treatment services for persons at risk of gambling addiction.
May 2, 2013
I WANT TO commend the Daily News on its editorial, "Hite and Sink," which accurately captures the challenges facing the Philadelphia School District. My Council colleagues and I understand that Philadelphia schools are in a funding crisis, and we understand that Harrisburg (which has overseen Philadelphia schools for over a decade) is the party most responsible for that crisis. City Council has been working closely with our state delegation to support their efforts to convince the governor to stand up for our schoolchildren.
April 26, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombings have reminded Americans that we can never let down our guard against terrorism. But Mayor Nutter has rightly pointed out that the daily carnage from violent crime in the nation's cities also demands attention. Nutter wants to see violent crime, like terrorism, attacked from a national as well as a local perspective, opening the door for more federal aid for municipal police. America hasn't done much at the federal level to address violence since President Bill Clinton won congressional approval of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. The bill was passed with support from law-and-order Republicans before Clinton was crippled by the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
April 23, 2013 |
LUSHAN, China - The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China's full range of disaster response is on display: Trucks with X-ray equipment, phone-charging stations, bank tellers-on-wheels - even a tent for insurance claims. The efforts under way Monday in mountainous Sichuan province after a quake Saturday that killed at least 188 people showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction - long considered a crucial leadership test in China - since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu.