Pa. Senate Moves Closer to Kane Removal; Kane Vows Porngate Crusade

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks with members of the media after her arrangement before a district judge, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Collegeville, Pa. Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Kane, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office. The Montgomery County district attorney charged her with felony perjury and two misdemeanors — false swearing and obstruction — based on a signed secrecy oath she signed shortly after taking office in early 2013.


A bipartisan committee has ruled the Pennsylvania Senate does have the power to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, and urged that body to move forward with a hearing investigating the possibility. The committee, which voted 5-2 on the ruling posted on the Senate website earlier today, did not recommend if Kane should be removed from office.

Kane, a Democrat, had her law license suspended in September after she was indicted on perjury and conspiracy charges this summer. Gov. Tom Wolf supported the Senate panel inquiry, and has said in the past he wants Kane to step down from office.

Kane has said she will not resign from office, and that the suspension of her law license does not impede her ability to do her job. Law professors told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette they wondered if Kane could effectively do her job without a license. Read more »

Revealed: The Secret to Governor Wolf’s Family Stuffing Recipe!

So just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a link from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office with his family’s stuffing recipe. Stuffing is something that people tend to be particular about, and I was naturally curious what Wolf’s family would be stuffing in its turkey. The link gave me the answer: butter.

That’s right. Butter is the secret ingredient—and how—in this treasured family recipe. Read more »

76ers Likes and Dislikes: Jahlil Okafor’s Dominance

Jahlil Okafor's been a dominant offensive player so far during his rookie season. Can he co-exist with Nerlens Noel? | Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jahlil Okafor’s been a dominant offensive player so far during his rookie season. Can he coexist with Nerlens Noel? | Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Each week we’ll dive into a couple of observations about the Philadelphia 76ers. You can view previous installments in the Likes and Dislikes series here.

This week we’ll once again focus on Jahlil Okafor‘s offensive brilliance, and whether or not Nerlens Noel is holding him back on that end of the court. No discussion about Okafor would be complete without mentioning the defensive side of the court, however, so we’ll touch on that as well.

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Teen Charged as Adult in Trooper Shooting

Good morning Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

The gunman who wounded a state trooper during a highway shootout on Tuesday is 17 years old — and will be charged as an adult.

6ABC says the suspect, identified as 17-year-old Giovanni Cotto, faces three counts each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, and simple assault, as well as additional charges. Cotto told the station he had “not a thing” to say about the incident. “He’s a good kid. I don’t know. He made a wrong decision today,” his father, Hector, told reporters. The wounded trooper, Patrick R. Casey, was wounded in the shoulder. He was in stable condition, and might go home today. (6ABC) Read more »

PHOTOS: First Look at the One Liberty Observation Deck

Benjamin Franklin - One Liberty Observation Deck

A giant geometric Benjamin Franklin head greets visitors at the new One Liberty Observation Deck. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Philadelphians are going to get to see their city in a new way at the end of the week: From the sky. Eight hundred-and-eighty-three feet above street level, to be precise.

While there has long been an observation tower at Philadelphia City Hall, the city’s taller skyscrapers didn’t have one until now. On Saturday, the One Liberty Observation Deck opens on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with a capacity of 275 people. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children from ages 3 to 11.

“What got me excited about the project was the opportunity to tell a Philadelphia story,” says Evan Evans, general manager of the Observation Deck. “As a hotelier, I realized that there wasn’t one great place to see it all, and learn it all, and give our visitors something to enjoy. And, then, for our locals, we really are unlocking and unveiling Philadelphia in a way they’ve never seen before. And that was as important to me. This is something that most Philadelphians have just never seen.”

Indeed, the observation deck is not just aimed at tourists visiting Philadelphia. Run by Montparnasse 56, which operates several similar decks in Europe, the One Liberty Observation Deck is also looking to capture locals who before now have not been able to see Philly from such a height. Read more »

Pa. Senate Votes to Block Syrian Refugees

State Capitol in Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a resolution today that calls for a ban on Syrian refugees in the state. This is a rebuke to Gov. Tom Wolf, who said after the attacks in Paris that refugees fleeing war-torn Syria were welcome in Pennsylvania.

The vote, which passed by an overwhelming 37-13 margin, is completely symbolic: It requires no action. And since immigration law is federal —according to the Refugee Act of 1980 states do not have the power to reject refugees — even Wolf’s welcoming gesture is symbolic.

Several local lawmakers, including state senators Anthony Williams and Daylin Leach, spoke out against the measure. Williams attempted to table the resolution today, but it failed. “The Home of the Brave should lead the world in accepting refugees,” Leach said. Read more »

Pa. State Trooper in Good Condition After Vine Street Shootout

Captain James P. Raykovitz, Pennsylvania State Police

Captain James P. Raykovitz, commanding officer of Philadelphia’s Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police, speaks with reporters outside Hahnemann University Hospital. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

A traffic stop on the Schuylkill Expressway Tuesday led to a wild shootout on I-676 that left a state trooper wounded by gunfire, a school bus charred to bits, and the alleged shooter in custody.

Patrick R. Casey, the wounded trooper, is in good condition after being shot in the left shoulder. Captain James P. Raykovitz, commanding officer of Philadelphia’s Troop K barracks, said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference that the 31-year-old trooper from Bucks County is with his parents and will remain in the hospital overnight. He could be home by Thanksgiving. The bullet remains lodged in his shoulder; no surgery is currently scheduled. (See videos and pictures from the scene.) Read more »

Ramsey Comes Out Against Cop-Cloaking Bill in Harrisburg

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey poses with other police officers Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey poses with other police officers Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Philadelphia’s top cop is pushing back against a bill that would cloak the identities of officers in “police-involved shootings.”

CBS Philly reports that outgoing Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told KYW Newsradio, “I’m against it. I think it’s a huge mistake.” (His comments came before a Pennsylvania state trooper was wounded during a shootout on I-676 late Tuesday morning.)

The union representing Philadelphia’s police officers has been pushing hard for House Bill 1538, which would generally keep confidential the identity of officers involved in shootings, unless they are charged with a crime after an investigation. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, and the Senate is expected to take it up soon. Read more »

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