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Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 37 min ago
The Philadelphia Inquirer is donating old newspaper boxes to various non-profits to engage local artists to repurpose these boxes into public art installations. The completed boxes will be displayed in downtown Ardmore and also can be entered into a County-wide contest later in the spring. Contact the AI office at 610-645-0540 to join the fun!

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Ardmore Initiative Reauthorization

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 37 min ago
The Ardmore Initiative is a Business District Authority that must be periodically reauthorized by its stakeholders. 2013 is a Reauthorization year for the Ardmore Initiative. Click here for more information on our proposed plan, meeting dates and more.

Video Captures Runaway Horse and Carriage Ride

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 3 hours 54 min ago
Spooked horse races through the streets of Savannah, Ga. towing carriage full of people behind.
Categories: Lower Merion

National Bike Month Rolls into Town

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 4 hours 13 min ago
Pump up your tires and lube your chain - time to spin away those polar vortex pounds.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Coupon Queen' Gets $800 Grocery Bill Down to $7, Gives Savings Away

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 5 hours 18 min ago
A New York woman is so good at bargain shopping that she's used her skills to donate groceries and other goods to charity. Learn how you can follow her lead locally.
Categories: Lower Merion

Guzzardi Will Garner a Significant Chunk of Votes, and Tom Corbett Knows It

Keystone Politics - 5 hours 30 min ago
After narrowly surviving a ballot challenge in Commonwealth Court, right-wing Republican insurgent Bob Guzzardi is further along on his doomed path to defeat in the May 20th GOP primary against...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

#PA13: Liberal Lion is King of the Jungle in Quarter 1

Keystone Politics - 5 hours 40 min ago
Despite some really powerful backers of the other three Democratic candidates, State Senator Daylin Leach (and his top-notch finance team) have risen to the top this quarter. Senator Daylin Leach,...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Why It's Costing Americans Up to 20 Percent More to Bring Home the Bacon

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 6 hours 7 min ago
Deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea has a nearly 100 percent mortality rate in young pigs, causing steep declines in pig populations and steeper inclines in prices at the grocery counter.
Categories: Lower Merion

Latest Homes for Sale Nearby, April 16

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 6 hours 7 min ago
Patch and Zillow team up to bring you local real estate news.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Burglary at fire-damaged Flap Jacks; 2 Harcum students injured in fight

Main Line Times - 7 hours 38 min ago
Lower Merion police received a report that someone cut a lock on a fence surrounding the fire-damaged Flap Jacks Restaurant on City Avenue in Merion that occurred sometime between March 30 at 5 p.m. and April 8 at 9 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Special Needs Teen Convicted of Disorderly Conduct for Recording His Bullies

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 7 hours 49 min ago
The 15-year-old Pennsylvania high school student was accused of violating the bullies' right to privacy. His mom wants the conviction thrown out.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hearings resume on Odd Fellows, Gladwyne Methodist Church reuse

Main Line Times - 8 hours 10 min ago
After nearly nine months on pause, plans to adapt and preserve two of Gladwyne Village’s most historic civic buildings are again moving forward.
Categories: Lower Merion

Giant's In-Store Campaign Raises $600K for Hunger Relief

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 8 hours 11 min ago
The record-breaking effort ran from Feb. 23 through March 8.
Categories: Lower Merion

EXPLAIN THE TARGETING, EXPLAIN THE STING

Did Attorney General Kathleen Kane make the right decision in abandoning a sting that snared Philadelphia officials who accepted unreported gifts?

Did the FBI think she made the right call? Did the U.S. Attorney's Office think so?

Did Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico agree?

Did former Attorney General now-Governor Tom Corbett think she made the right call? What about former Attorney General Bill Ryan?

Did Former Attorney General Linda Kelly's Chief of Staff agree?

And for heaven's sake, what does Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams have to say about all this?

Instead of trying to uncover the facts about exactly where this sting went wrong - so perhaps we all could judge for ourselves - journalists covering the story remain mired in the political judgement of some very conflicted sources.

Kane succinctly has listed the reasons she chose not to pursue the sting:
  • The extraordinary Cooperation Agreement, signed before she took office, dismissing more than 2,000 fraud charges against the Confidential Informant. "It effectively undermined the CI's credibility and that of the OAG for having agreed to it."
  • Lack of corroborating evidence or witnesses to verify the identities of those on the recordings. A prosecutor can't simply waltz into a courtroom, play a recording and allow a jury to decide what it means. The recordings can't be admitted unless someone can verify under oath the identities of the people on the recordings.
  • Failure to establish "quid pro quo." One of the more monumentally dim-witted aspects of the sting was the suggestion that black Democrats from Philadelphia were induced through bribes to vote against a Voter ID bill that Democrats had been fighting tooth-and-nail to defeat.
  • Lack of reasonable suspicion to support targeting the legislators.
  • Possible racial targeting: The OAG Agent who managed the CI "indicated that he was instructed by his supervising OAG Attorney to focus only on members of the General Assembly's Black Caucus and that when he had information of potentially illegal acts by white members of the General Assembly he was specifically told not to pursue it ...Statements about limiting the focus of the investigation to only members of the General Assembly's Black Caucus were also made by the CI to federal law enforcement officials."
No one one disagrees that racial targeting throws the entire investigation into question; the disagreement is whether Kane had reason to believe there was racial targeting. In other words, is Kane lying about the statements she says the investigator and the informant made? No one ever uses the word "lying" when referencing the question of racial targeting, but either they made the statements or they didn't, and someone is lying in either case.

The recordings made during the investigation show that all the targets were people of color, except for one white legislator against whom Corbett had a specific grudge.

"Sources" told the Inquirer financial pitches were made to both Republicans and Democrats. Since there are no black Republican elected officials of note in Philadelphia, that means pitches were made to white Republicans. But there are no white Republicans on the recordings. Why?

The investigator told Fox 29 "No one would, again, ever suggest asking, ordering me to target members of my own race or any race. It just would not happen."

He didn't deny that he was told to target specific officials. Was he told to target certain individuals by name? How did they select the targets? Again, can he explain why are all the targets on the recordings are people of color?

Williams, for his part, is trying to deny the fact and explain it at the same time. He says the reason all the targets are people of color is because those are the people in Ali's "immediate realm." Which is it? Were whites targeted, or were only people of color targeted because they were in Ali's "realm?" (And, honestly, is Philadelphia really that segregated?)

The facts at hand show that Kane was right to drop the sting. The only way to justify continued questioning of her judgement is to show that these aren't the facts. Seth Williams' convoluted "it-isn't-true-but-here's-why-it-is-true" ramblings do not disprove the facts. The investigator denying that he's a racist does not disprove the facts. Corbett and Ryan insisting that they didn't "decide" not to pursue the case (they just ... didn't pursue it) does not disprove the facts.

In fact, Corbett and Ryan declining to say whether they thought Kane made the right decision is evidence that she did, as Corbett never would pass on a chance to attack Kane.

Categories: Philadelphia

The Daily Salvo for April 15, 2014 - "Tina's Question for Jeb"

The Daily Salvo - 8 hours 27 min ago
The Daily Salvo for April 15, 2014 - "Tina's Question for Jeb"
Jeb Bush needs to answer Tina Turner's question, "What's love got to do with it?" From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Homeowner Surprises Burglar in the Act

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 8 hours 51 min ago
The homeowner was threatened by the burglar, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion