Pa. Trooper Shooting Suspect Added to FBI Most Wanted List as Police Close In

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[Update, 10 a.m. Saturday] The Morning Call reports that the search intensified last night and shots were reported in the area where police are conducting their search.

Shots reportedly were fired Friday night within a mile of the home of Eric Frein, and police reportedly had a house surrounded and were closing in. Northern Monroe County residents were ordered to get indoors and stay away from their windows.

[Original, 9:40 a.m. Friday] The FBI has added Eric Frein to its 10 most wanted list. Frein is accused of killing Pennsylvania state trooper Byron Dickson and wounding trooper Alex Douglass in a random attack.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered by the FBI in the case. If you have any information, the agency asks you contact your local FBI office or the Pennsylvania State Police at (866) 326-7256.

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Panel Recommends L&I Be Split in Two

Photo by Bradley Maule from  June 5, 2013 collapse at 22nd and Market.

Photo by Bradley Maule from June 5, 2013 collapse at 22nd and Market.

The Inquirer reports this morning that a “blue-ribbon panel” is recommending that the Department of Licenses & Inspections be split into two agencies — one focused on construction, the other on the remaining licenses offered by the existing department.

The report comes a year after demolition on a neighboring building caused the deadly collapse of the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets.
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It’s the End of the War on Drugs as We Know It

Kids, gather round. Let me share with you the horrors of my youth.

Behold:

And:

Back in the 1980s, these commercials were on a near-constant loop — especially on Saturday mornings and any other times kids might be watching TV. It was a steady drumbeat: Don’t do drugs. Don’t do drugs. Don’t do drugs. Don’t do drugs. Somehow, people kept doing drugs.

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Chris Christie, Complaining of Leaks, Says “Bridgegate” Investigation Should End

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday it was time for a state legislative committee to end its investigation into the so-called “Bridgegate” controversy, saying the committee had leaked information designed to embarrass him without uncovering information he had committed wrongdoing.

“I’ve known all along that this has been a partisan pursuit,” Christie said, “and the leaking that’s being done by the legislative committee is just further evidence to the fact that this is a partisan pursuit.”
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(UPDATE) Three Injured in Fire at Kensington Warehouse

[Update 5:55 a.m.] 6ABC now says that three people — including two firefighters — have been hurt in the fire:

Three people, including 2 firefighters, have been injured in a massive warehouse fire in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

120 firefighters were on the scene working to control the blaze.

A 45-year-old man was badly burned as he fled the vacant building where the fire originated. He was taken to an area hospital with burns over 80% of his body.

Two firefighters were being treated for minor injuries.

The fire was brought under control at 4:12 a.m., but “multiple” fire units remain on the scene.

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PHOTO: 13 People Already Lined Up Outside the Apple Store for New iPhones

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The latest and greatest iPhone goes on sale tomorrow, and people are excited. It’s a new Apple product! Even if it were a really stupid product no one actually needs (say, a futuristic watch), people will always get excited for a new Apple release. Many have preordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but others have decided to queue up for it. Foobooz editor Arthur Etchells counted 13 people in line already for the new iPhones.

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Pa. State Trooper’s Funeral Held as Hunt For Suspect Continues

dickson A funeral was held Thursday for Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, a state trooper and Marine Corps vet killed in a seemingly random ambush last week in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Dickson was 38.

“His uniform was always crisp and spotless,” fellow state trooper Derek Felsman told The Morning Call. “He’d spend hours upon hours shining leather gear, day after day. A day never went by when Cpl. Bryon Dickson wasn’t ready for his final inspection.”

Meanwhile, the hunt for the suspect continues. Police say Eric Frein, 31, ambushed two state troopers Friday night and is thought to have disappeared somewhere in the Poconos. Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, survived the attack and has been talking with authorities.

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Murder Defendant Wears “Crime Pays” T-Shirt to Court

Jeremiah Jakson, accused of strangling his West Philadelphia housemate for her belongings, arrived in court Wednesday wearing a shirt that says “Crime Pays.” Jakson told the judge he received the shirt in jail because he didn’t have anything else to wear. The Inquirer reports Judge Teresa Carr Deni sarcastically said, “That’s a very interesting choice of shirt” to Jakson.

Prosecutors say Laura Araujo, 23, was murdered by Jakson because he wanted her laptop, camcorder and ATM card. He allegedly stuffed her body in a duffel bag and abandoned it in an empty lot, then set his arms on fire attempting to burn her SUV.

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