November 19, 2015 |
Lincoln University is tightening security after five shots were fired at a dormitory early Saturday on the rural Chester County campus. No one was hurt in the incident, which followed an altercation at a party Friday evening. University police are investigating with assistance from state police and the Chester County District Attorney's Office. No arrests have been made. Under new procedures, only one of the university's gates - the one on Baltimore Pike facing the gymnasium - will be open to visitors, who will have to show identification to the officer on duty, interim President Richard Green said in a memo to students, faculty, and staff.
November 19, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter said Tuesday that enhanced security measures would be in place for the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, but none that should come as a surprise to runners and spectators who have attended past races. Addressing security concerns in light of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Nutter said that he spoke with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday and that there "is no known threat in the city of Philadelphia. " "At the same time," Nutter said, "we're always cautious.
November 6, 2015 |
A renowned Boston medical center was ordered by a judge Tuesday to stop imposing extraordinary security measures on a Bucks County cancer patient and her husband, who have been sharply critical of Brigham and Women's Hospital. The Massachusetts judge agreed with the couple, Amy Reed and Hooman Noorchashm, that the security was intended to intimidate them, and violated their right to free speech as well as the hospital's own policies. Hospital officials declined to comment. Reed, 42, an anesthesiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Noorchashm, 43, a cardiac surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, have led a highly effective national campaign to ban a gynecological surgical device that Brigham doctors used to perform her hysterectomy two years ago. The tissue-slicing device, an electric morcellator, spread her hidden uterine cancer - a danger that they have since publicized.
November 5, 2015
ISSUE | AIRPORT SECURITY Maddening delay After a nearly 10-hour flight from a wonderful vacation in Italy, my wife and I stood in line Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport for more than an hour. We waited with more than 200 fellow travelers to use the new kiosk system to clear security and customs. Many of the kiosks were not working, and the process was unfamiliar and frustrating. The staff tried to be supportive, but they admitted the system was overwhelmed when two or three flights arrived at the same time.
October 22, 2015 |
Lawyers for a group of China-based scrap-metal recyclers have asked a federal court in New Jersey to return $5.5 million in cash, a Porsche Cayman Coupe, and a Texas warehouse, all seized last winter during a Homeland Security probe of worn coins sold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Federal border control agents acted illegally when they decided the worn coins were fakes and seized the mint's payments to Wealthy Max Ltd., America Naha Inc., and XRacer Sports Co. Ltd., along with the car and warehouse, their lawyer, Bradford L. Geyer wrote in a filing asking a federal judge in Newark to dismiss the case.
October 15, 2015 |
It should be of no surprise that Central Bucks East's soccer team sits atop the Suburban One Continental standings. With a 4-2 win Tuesday at Central Bucks South, the Patriots' clinched their 10th division title in the last 12 years. Tied 1-1 at the half, Evan Vare scored three straight goals for the Patriots in the first 14 minutes of the second half. "South played with a little more urgency in the first half," Central Bucks East coach Mike Gorni said. "In the second half, we had more urgency and worked much harder in the transitional phase and ended up getting our goals from that.
October 13, 2015 |
On a sunny afternoon in August, Camden Mayor Dana Redd led a group of reporters, officials, and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on a walking tour of some of the city's run-down streets, explaining how $30 million in federal funds could transform the neighborhood. It was one of several public events arranged to promote a "Choice" neighborhood grant that the city applied for this year, and which Redd said would pay for new housing, two schools, and better parks along Mount Ephraim Avenue.
October 5, 2015 |
Any doubt regarding which team will pick first in the Major League Baseball draft next June dissipated over six hours on the penultimate day of the regular season. The Phillies, long owners of baseball's worst record, made sure of that with their performances on a chilly, windy Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. In losing both games of their doubleheader against the Miami Marlins, the Phillies clinched the worst record in the majors and locked up the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
October 2, 2015
"L IFE . . . it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. " I had just passed through the metal detectors with a metal key ring, pocket full of change and medal around my neck, on my way to see the pope, as the attendant handed me back my camera, when those words from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" came to mind. I'm sure that I am not the only one that day who made it past the screeners whose checkpoints never triggered a warning. Moreover, I felt a strange success at having foiled detection while my friendly companions, in complete compliance, were "wanded down.
September 30, 2015 |
THE DAY AFTER Pope Francis left Philly, Mayor Nutter had an unholy moment. "I think that in some instances you all scared the s--- out of people," an exasperated Nutter told reporters who pressed him on why the crowd estimates of 1 million to 1.5 million didn't come close to the actual number of people attending the weekend's papal events. Then, as if the Holy Father had whispered in his ear, Nutter apologized. "I want to thank you all very, very much," Nutter said during yesterday's press briefing inside City Hall.