Tag: Pennsylvania

Officer Who Used Gun Instead of Taser Won’t Face Charges for Shooting Unarmed Man

A police officer in Pennsylvania will not be charged after shooting and wounding an unarmed man in the torso in the “honest but mistaken” belief he was using a Taser, the authorities said. In a letter to the police chief of New Hope, a town about 40 miles northeast of Philadelphia, District Attorney Matthew D. […]

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Pennsylvania DA Declines Charges Against Cop Who Shot Inmate in Holding Cell

Image: iStock According to Bucks County, Pa. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, an officer who shot and wounded an unarmed inmate after accidentally drawing his gun instead of his taser will not be charged. According to findings released by the office Friday, Weintraub determined that the officer who shot the inmate was “neither justified, nor criminal, […]

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Drug Addiction Used to End Political Careers, but That’s Finally Changing

Bethany Hallam, a candidate for local office in Pennsylvania who has freely discussed her struggles with addiction. Photo by author. Two and a half years ago, Bethany Hallam was lying in a cell in the Allegheny County Jail, sick from withdrawal. “I couldn’t eat. I was physically ill,” she recalls. She had swallowed pain pills or […]

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Watch: Pennsylvania Lawmaker Weaponizes Jesus During the Whitest Prayer Before State’s First Muslim Woman Swears In

Rep. Movita Johnson-HarrellScreenshot: YouTube Despite the fact that the Bible describes him as having “skin liken unto the color of Bronze” and “hair liken unto lamb’s wool,” America loves itself some Seasonless Jesus. When he’s not preoccupied with being “the reason for the season” every Christmas morning, you might spot him at your friendly neighborhood […]

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Victim of Clergy Abuse in Pennsylvania Receives $2 Million Settlement

A man who was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest in Pennsylvania received $2 million in a settlement with the Erie diocese that the priest was a member of, the victim’s lawyer said on Tuesday. The priest, David L. Poulson, pleaded guilty in October to two felony charges for sexually assaulting one […]

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Police Kill 29-Year-Old Black Man They Tried to Serve With ‘Mental Health Warrant’

Photo: iStock Police have killed yet another black person in mental health distress, this time in State College, Pa. The most galling part of this tragedy, though, is that the officers were attempting to serve a “mental health warrant.” On Wednesday, State County borough police shot and killed 29-year-old Osaze Osagie in what Centre County […]

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Pennsylvania Democrats Wonder How Far Is Too Far Left in 2020

SHALER, Pa. — This should be an upbeat moment for Pennsylvania Democrats, desperate to deprive President Trump of a second term. In elections last year, two Trump-like Republicans running for governor and senator lost to Democrats by blowout margins. Four Democrats wrestled away Republican-held congressional seats, including Conor Lamb, whose victory here outside Pittsburgh seemed […]

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The Sessions Where Working-Class Democrats Learn to Take Down the GOP

Left: Photo of training session by author. Right: Photo of Darcelle Slappy courtesy of subject Darcelle Slappy got crushed in 2018. Republican incumbent Aaron Bernstine defeated her by 56 points in the Tenth District race for Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives. Slappy, a lifelong Democrat, is a member of the Big Beaver Falls Area School Board, […]

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Victim of Cosby Sexual Assault Settles Suit with Former Prosecutor

Andrea Constand has settled her defamation lawsuit against Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former Pennsylvania district attorney who declined to prosecute Bill Cosby in 2005 for the sexual assault for which Mr. Cosby is now imprisoned. Ms. Constand sued Mr. Castor three years ago, arguing that comments he made to explain his decision not to […]

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Check Out This Dude’s ‘Emotional Support Gator’

Joie Henney didn’t want to take medication for his depression, so he did what he considered the next best thing—register his five-foot pet alligator, Wally, as an emotional support animal. After noticing that his mood lifted whenever the 60-pound animal was around, he got a doctor’s permission to bring him outside on a leash, according […]

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Roe v. Wade Is at Risk. Here’s How to Prepare.

ImageElianna Schiffrik, center, was among a small group of counter-protesters outside the Supreme Court during the March for Life on Friday.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times Abortion opponents have spent decades planning for a Supreme Court with a majority hostile to reproductive rights. So it’s little surprise that, with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh in the […]

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11 Indicted in 2016 Triple Murder to Silence D.E.A. Informant

The crime scene was grisly. Three people, tied up with plastic zip ties, were shot execution style and set on fire inside a barn in a small town in rural Pennsylvania on a summer day two and a half years ago. One clung to life, but died the next day. Now, the authorities say they […]

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How Did the Democrats Do on Tuesday in 2016 Trump Country?

They were the states that broke Democratic hearts the last time — and the ones where any political comeback would have to begin. So how did the Democrats do on Tuesday in 2016 Trump country? They won. They also lost. And both experiences are instructive for the party’s future. This year, The New York Times […]

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What Election Night Was Like for Activists Who Campaigned for 2 Years

HOMESTEAD, Pa. — The night began with giddy eagerness as the crowd trickled into the warren of rooms at the back of a bar just outside Pittsburgh. They were nurses, social workers, professors and retirees who had spent the last two years learning the science of campaigning from scratch and the last few months doing […]

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Trump Was Not Repudiated. He Was Rewarded.

If Donald Trump inaugurated a new era of conflict in American politics, Tuesday’s midterm elections were just another skirmish, not a turning point in the war. Republicans lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than Democrats lost in 1994 or 2010, when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in their first terms as president. […]

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Midterm Elections 2018: Closing Arguments in Pennsylvania and Across the U.S.

On Tuesday, voters will choose the winning candidates for 36 governorships, 435 seats in the House of Representatives and nearly three dozen seats in the Senate, along with thousands of state and local offices. New York Times journalists are reporting from around the country this weekend as candidates make their final pitches to the voters […]

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