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March 19, 1987
How can Israel maintain the trust of the American people when it continues to defy the United States? We have overlooked many unpleasant acts committed by Israel, such as the illegal use of our cluster bombs, but this last episode - spying on a country that has been an avid supporter since Israel's birth - is the last straw. Yes, Jonathan Jay Pollard has been convicted, but what is hard to swallow is that the Israeli bigwigs involved have received promotions. Unbelievable. What's more appalling about the whole thing is that you don't hear a peep out of Congress.
NEWS
March 29, 2011
By Chris Kelly As a young beat reporter, I covered a Pennsylvania school board that included a member who was opposed to spending money on any educational advance newer than the blackboard. He was especially disdainful of computers, which he characterized as expensive toys that promoted laziness, liberalism, and pornography. "When I was in school, we didn't have no damned computers," he once said at a public meeting. "We had to use our noodle. " It wasn't clear if there was just the one noodle for the whole school, or if each kid got one. What was clear is that this dolt had no business visiting a school district, let alone running one. His statement is a classic example of the "straw man" fallacy, in which a debater creates a caricature of his opponent's argument and attacks it. This way, the dolt was able to sidestep the real problem, which was that the district had fallen behind its peers in acquiring computers.
NEWS
September 3, 1989 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
The mud and straw mortar is more than 225 years old and is falling apart between the large red fieldstones. Joseph Bergmaier holds a piece in his calloused hands and shakes his head. "This place was crumbling, and then it exploded," he said. "When I first got here, it was like a house of cards, the walls were so loose. " Bergmaier sits on a cinder block and surveys the 18-inch walls that were host to George Washington's troops and barely survived a 1984 gasoline explosion.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
A 24-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Monday to two to five years in prison for "straw" purchasing an AK-47 and four pistols, including one used in a February shooting in Frankford. Christian Hall pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler in May to multiple counts of straw-purchasing firearms in 2011, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said. Ceisler also sentenced Hall to two years' probation. Hall purchased the AK-47 and an FNH Five-seveN pistol at a Pennsylvania gun show, prosecutors said.
FOOD
November 21, 2012
"The last straw" is what Barbara Dallap-Schaer said to her husband, Thomas Schaer, when he proposed a "nanodairy" to make raw sheep's milk cheeses at their 45-acre Meadowset Farm in Landenberg. The two, both large-animal surgeons at University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, had already earned a reputation for their sustainably raised lamb, honey, and eggs in Chester County hot spots such as Talula's Table and Vala Vineyards. At the end of their first year of cheese production, though, Meadowset's debut wheel, aptly named the Last Straw, a bright and peppery pecorino-style modeled after traditional examples in Shaer's Swiss birthplace, has been joined by an equally impressive companion.
NEWS
October 21, 2012
A regional Gun Violence Task Force last week arrested a woman with a clean criminal record accused of illegally purchasing six guns for a convicted felon who would have been barred from buying and owning firearms. Agents from the task force also arrested the felon, Michael Gardiner, 31, at his home in the 7000 block of Yocum Street in Philadelphia. He had two of the illegally purchased guns when arrested, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Gardiner has been convicted of several crimes since 2002, authorities said, including robbery and theft.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stacie Dawson has a chance to become a first in Pennsylvania criminal history. Under the new "Brad Fox Law," named for a fallen Plymouth Township police officer, the 21-year-old Chester woman could end up spending the next five years behind bars. The law, which went into effect in the fall, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who purchase guns for convicted felons. Dawson, charged Thursday, could become the first sentenced. In September, Fox was killed in the line of duty while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who had illegally purchased guns from another individual.
NEWS
July 1, 1996 | by Barbara Laker, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Gloria Campisi and Jim Nicholson contributed to this report
For 22 years, they met secretly almost every day. He gave her the good life she'd always wanted - the metallic-blue BMW convertible, the full-length mink coat, the diamond ring, the comfortable Voorhees, N.J., condo. And he promised to leave his wife and marry her. But Sarah Banks, a 45-year-old receptionist for a Center City law firm, knew she'd always have to settle for a part-time lover in Philadelphia estate lawyer James B. Kozloff. What destroyed her was knowing 49-year-old Kozloff, who she affectionately called "James B.," was having an affair with another Center City attorney, Banks' sister Dorcas Banks said last night.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
PEOPLE WHO BUY guns and then hand them over to criminals could soon face a mandatory five-year prison sentence, thanks to a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate Wednesday. The bill would create a five-to-10-year sentence for any offender convicted of making multiple "straw purchases" of guns. It passed overwhelmingly in the state House last year and now goes to Gov. Corbett, who is expected to sign it into law. Straw purchasing - buying a gun for a person who can't legally buy one because of a criminal record - drew attention last month after authorities determined that the gun used to kill Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox had been illegally purchased.
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July 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
An alleged serial bank robber nicknamed by authorities the "Straw Hat Bandit" struck again Saturday in Montgomery County, authorities said. Around 10:10 a.m., the man - who concealed his appearance with a tan hat and a makeshift mask of fabric with eyeholes - robbed the PNC bank at 1216 Welsh Rd. in North Wales, the FBI said in a statement. After brandishing a black semiautomatic handgun and ordering customers to the floor, he demanded money from tellers, then fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash.
NEWS
March 8, 2016
Gov. Christie is now brown nosing Donald Trump ("Blinded by ambition," Thursday). He has turned his back on New Jersey and abandoned his duties for at least another nine months. Instead of backing out of his failed presidential campaign and putting his energies back into the state that elected him governor, he has chosen to place himself behind Donald Trump on his podiums. He is backing the man he had said wasn't fit to be president. I used to respect Christie, though I didn't always agree with him. I tolerated his campaign.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A brutal assault on a teacher at George Washington High School led to the removal Tuesday of the troubled school's principal, Philadelphia School District officials confirmed. Hoping to quiet a culture of violent incidents, district officials reassigned Gene Jones a day after the attack, which occurred during third period Monday morning, midway through a ninth-grade biology lesson. The classroom door - usually locked against intruders - was open, allowing a handful of students to walk paperwork across the hallway, according to someone with firsthand knowledge of the incident.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
First things first: The theater is un-air-conditioned and may be 80 degrees or more. You sit on huge bales of straw, covered with horse blankets if you choose to keep the sharp bits at bay. The second floor of South Philadelphia's Shiloh Baptist Church has become a barn to house Brian Sanders/JUNK's performance of American Standard , the company's Fringe Festival offering this year. The setting may not be comfortable, but it's worth it to see Sanders' wacky Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -type show, which runs through Sept.
NEWS
February 22, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't let the dogs out. At least not without proper attire. Friday marked the coldest day in Philadelphia in 21 years - the high was only 17 degrees - and it's not going to get much better over the weekend. That makes the Animal Care and Control Team's offer of free straw bedding this weekend to city residents not only appealing, but possibly essential. Although some believe that an animal's fur is sufficient in freezing weather, it's still important to provide properly insulated shelter for dogs, cats and other animals, said ACCT spokeswoman Ame Dorminy.
SPORTS
December 26, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sam Morin called it the most annoying injury of his young career. He has been cut, bruised and battered - but this one was different. Not only did it keep him out of his junior team's lineup, but many wondered whether his fractured jaw would keep the 19-year-old defenseman off Canada's prestigious World Junior Championship roster. Morin was injured when he was hit with a slap shot Oct. 12 while playing for his junior team, Rimouski. Subsequent surgery wired his mouth shut.
NEWS
November 17, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I WANT so badly to be angry with Staci Dawson because anger is a lot easier for me to feel than despair. And this foolish mother's story fills me with despair. Not for Dawson, 22, who has made her bed. But for her 3-year-old daughter, who is too young to know that her life just flipped upside down. You might have seen Dawson's pretty, sad face in the news last week as the Delaware County District Attorney's Office trumpeted the length of the sentence Dawson received for her straw purchase of two handguns.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
With staccato bursts of horrifying news of mass shootings coming almost weekly, it's hard to fathom how the U.S. Supreme Court came within a vote of upending a cornerstone of federal gun-trafficking laws. Had one more justice joined the court's conservative bloc last week, it would have become possible for a straw buyer to purchase a firearm and hand it over to just about anybody. Thanks to a 5-4 ruling, though, such transactions will remain illegal - and for good reason. Even if everyone involved in a gun sale has the right to own a weapon, federal lawmakers and authorities understand the need to track gun ownership.
NEWS
June 20, 2014
IN A RARE victory for common sense in the gun debate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal ban on "straw" purchases can be enforced even if the person who eventually gets the gun is legally allowed to have one. The 5-4 decision was written by Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, voted with the majority. Kagan found that any other reading of the statute, which prevents someone from buying a gun for someone else, would gut the federal law. The case involved a Virginia man who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle who lived in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
E RIK LIPSON, 52, of Washington Square West, is owner and CEO of Fun-Time International in Old City. The family-owned company designs and manufactures novelty drinkware, including Krazy Straws, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Krazy Mason Jars. It wholesales to large and small retailers and to individuals at krazystraws.com. Q: Tell me about Fun-Time and your role. A: I started it in 1984 after I graduated from college. I invented Krazy glasses drinking straws, which are like eyeglasses you drink through, and got the founders of the original Krazy Straws in Ohio to manufacture them.
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