One Liberty Place to Get Observation Deck

Philadelphians and visitors wanting a bird’s-eye view of the city will get their chance: Mayor Nutter on Tuesday announced plans for an observation deck at One Liberty Place. Uwishunu reports:

Today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Montparnasse 56 Group is bringing a brand new observation deck experience to Philadelphia in Summer 2015.

Montparnasse 56 (or M56) — a Parisian-based company that operates observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — will be building the observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia.

There are currently only a few spots around the city that offer sky-high views of Philadelphia, including the City Hall Tower Observation Deck, R2L and Nineteen.

More details, including the deck’s official name, remain to be revealed.

How Do I Cure My Online Rage?

What would I like for Christmas? How about some small bit of my lost humanity?

It was a reader (of course) who accidentally let me understand I’d misplaced some of my soul. I’d co-written a column about last week’s Senate Torture Report — for publication elsewhere — in which I suggested that torture is evil and that the United States has a moral duty to be better than it was in the first frenzied, terrifying days after 9/11.

My reader disagreed.

“Hope the next flight you or your family take is not forced into a building,” she wrote, “but if it is well what goes around comes around.”

Friends, I’ve been insulted so many times through the years, as both a straight reporter and as an opinion writer, that my skin is usually nice and thick. When somebody sends me hate mail, I pick the juiciest quotes and post it to my Facebook page for the amusement of my friends.

This time, I snapped.

“You are a horrible person to wish death on my family,” I wrote. “Kindly go to hell.”

I pressed send. I felt good for about a half-second. Then: Enormous regret.

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Shooting Suspect Bradley Stone Is Dead

[Update 4:30 p.m.] The Montgomery County D.A., Risa Vetri Ferman, confirmed Stone’s death at a press conference just now.

“At approximately 1:38 this afternoon the body of Brad Stone was found in a wooded area in New Hanover Township, just outside of Pennsburg. He was actually found in the rear of the block of 1300 4th Street, at a location approximately a mile from his home in Pennsburg.”

She added: “We believe he died of self-inflicted cutting wounds to the center of the body.” That has not been confirmed by the coroner, she said.
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New Jersey May Allow Assisted Suicide

NewsWorks reports that assisted suicide may soon be legal in New Jersey. A new bill would let doctors prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patents who want it.

The Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee approved the “Death with Dignity Act” Monday. The Assembly passed similar legislation in November amid a heated debate over the issue.

The bill now goes to the full Senate; final approval of the bill would have to take place at a statewide referendum.

D.A. to Charge Two More in Abandoned Sting

Seth Williams

District Attorney Seth Williams

The Inquirer reports that D.A. Seth Williams is expected to bring charges against two more figures from the so-called “abandoned sting” case that Attorney General Kathleen Kane earlier decided not to prosecute.

District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to announce charges against State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ronald G. Waters, both Philadelphia Democrats, for allegedly accepting cash from an undercover operative, according to people familiar with the matter.

According to investigative documents reviewed by The Inquirer, Waters pocketed the most money from the undercover operative of any of the five politicians caught up in the sting – $8,250 in eight payments.

In the documents, Brown is described as having received the second most – $5,000, in six payments.

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Bradley Stone Manhunt Shifts to Bucks County

Bradley Stone

Bradley Stone, the man accused of killing his ex-wife and five other members of her family Monday morning in Montgomery County, remains at large this morning. The hunt for him has shifted to Bucks County after a violent encounter on Monday evening.

The Upper Perkiomen School District is closed today while the manhunt continues.

Lehigh Valley Live reports:

A man resembling mass murder suspect Bradley Stone demanded the car keys of a Doylestown Township, Bucks County, man out walking his dog Monday night, leading the man to pull his gun and fire several rounds, township police confirmed.

The male assailant pulled a knife on the man around 7 p.m. in the area of Burpee and Shady Retreat roads, near Delaware Valley College, according to a posting on the department’s Facebook page. The suspect was described as a white man, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing camouflage.

The victim resisted, fell to the ground, grabbed his gun and fired multiple rounds at the suspect, who was last seen running from the area, police said.

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