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.
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.
September 3, 1989 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2013 |
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.
July 1, 1996 |
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.
October 19, 2012 |
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.