February 29, 2016
Contemplating the powerful computers many of us carry around in our pockets these days can be confusing, especially to the law enforcement officials who keep coming to the conclusion that they should have unprecedented access to everything on them. Given the complex technology at hand and the government's efforts to defeat it with a statute dating to the 18th century, perhaps the FBI's standoff with Apple over smartphone security can be clarified by an analogy also set in low-tech early America.
January 6, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School District's outsize war on a whistle-blower appears to be lurching toward a glorious victory - for its lawyers. After spending about $1 million in legal fees and five years defending its indefensible decision to fire Francis X. Dougherty for exposing a questionable contract, the district could settle with the former administrator. All told, the chronically poor system has paid twice as much to Center City's Tucker Law Group and other firms to contest four lawsuits related to the wayward contract, The Inquirer's Martha Woodall reported.
August 7, 2015
I AM INNOCENT and I'm not stepping down. Just how many times are we going to hear this statement from an indicted elected official in this state? We heard it in 2007, when Sen. Vincent Fumo was indicted; he was ultimately convicted. We heard it in 2012 when Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was indicted, and also ultimately convicted. In the past eight days, we've heard it twice; last week from Congressman Chaka Fattah, when the feds announced a 29-count racketeering indictment.
February 16, 2013
Richard Collins, 98, a blacklisted screenwriter who later named names to Communist hunters during the McCarthy era, died Thursday, Feb. 14, of pneumonia in Ventura, Calif., his son, Michael, said. Mr. Collins was one of 19 writers and directors called by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 in a probe of supposed Communist subversion in Hollywood. He wasn't asked to testify, but 10 who refused to answer questions about their beliefs were jailed in what has widely been called a witch hunt.
October 22, 2012
By Kirk Bohls Now that Lance Armstrong has been completely disgraced and his entire cycling career has been trashed because of overwhelming evidence that he cheated, he should take some advice from his former sponsor, Nike, and "Just Do It": He should apologize. To the world. To the international cycling community that revered him. To the millions of Livestrong survivors he inspired and maybe still does. To his family who stood by him. To himself. Armstrong owes everyone that much.
August 24, 2012 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, putting his unprecedented string of seven Tour de France titles at risk along with his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history. The decision sets up a likely lifetime ban from the sport and the possibility that Armstrong will be stripped of his signature achievement - the extraordinary run of Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration - his last option - because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.
November 1, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Denying he ever sexually harassed anyone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain declared yesterday that he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and that the allegations are surfacing now as part of a "witch hunt. " The former pizza-company executive was responding to a Politico report that said that the trade group had given financial settlements to at least two female employees who had accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
June 17, 2011
SO REP. Weiner sent half-naked pics of himself over his phone. If there were investigations into the private lives of pols, Washington would clear out in a heartbeat, starting with the folks who pontificate the most about "morals. " Republicans have learned nothing from their witch hunt of President Clinton. After all, the speaker of the House at that time, Newt Gingrich, was having some extramarital "fun" while blasting Clinton for doing the same - and now he's running for president with the support of the same ones [who called]
October 29, 2010 |
Councilman Bill Green wants to get rid of the phantom "blogger tax. " In August, the city was hammered with negative news reports alleging that it was charging bloggers who make small ad sales on their sites. Although there was no actual city effort to make bloggers pay up, technically anyone generating income is supposed to pay for a business-privilege license - a onetime fee of $300 or $50 annually - as well as any relevant taxes. Green plans to introduce legislation next week to change that.
August 4, 2009 |
When John Roberts and Samuel Alito were nominated to the Supreme Court, Republicans argued that they should be confirmed based on their impeccable qualifications and mainstream jurisprudence. Now, Democrats are in power, and the same standard should apply. After listening to much of Sonia Sotomayor's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and carefully examining her 17-year record as a federal appellate judge, I have come to two conclusions. First, her record is somewhat left of center, and I would likely disagree with many of her rulings if she were a Supreme Court Justice.