Baby Hospitalized After Ferret Attack

A one-month-old girl received severe facial injuries after she was attacked by the family’s pet ferrets in Darby Borough, officials say.

“Sources say the child was placed in her car seat and then left on the floor. The mother of the child then went upstairs in her home,” 6ABC reports. “During the time the mother was away, three ferrets escaped their cloth-like cage and then chewed on the girl’s face.”

The parents responded when they heard the child screaming, reports say. Officials indicated the attack may be representative of deeper problems.
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Former Police Detective Ron Dove Indicted in Murder Case

Ronald Dove and Erica Sanchez

Ronald Dove and Erica Sanchez

Ronald Dove, a former detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, has been indicted on charges that he allegedly helped his girlfriend evade investigators who suspected her in a homicide.

Dove, a 16-year veteran of the force, was fired in November 2013. The indictment was announced today by District Attorney Seth Williams.

“Police personnel have the responsibility to uphold the law, protect the rights of all people and to do so with the highest level of integrity, and Ron Dove failed to maintain that oath,” Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in a statement. “He has caused embarrassment to this city, this department and his family because of his shameful actions. Dove’s conduct is simply intolerable and inexcusable.”
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“Unauthorized Alien” Arrested for Child Porn in Philly

Jose Dany Zacarias-Jaramillo worked as a cook at Ed’s Buffalo Wings & Pizza on Lancaster Avenue in University City. And it is there that federal investigators were able to track messages and devices that contained child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Thursday.

Zacarias-Jaramillo, 28, has been charged with possession of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and distribution of child pornography and faces a maximum of fifty years in prison, if convicted. (See the complaint below.)

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New Law Prompts Pa. Cities to Overturn Gun Rules



Remember the new state law that allows the NRA to sue Pennsylvania towns for having gun restrictions at variance with the state’s rules? Well, the law is having the desired effect.

AP reports that Joshua Prince, a pro-gun attorney, estimates that 22 municipalities have struck down their gun laws — or plan to do so — rather than face a lawsuit.
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Edward Snowden’s Father Speaks

Lon Snowden

In the course of reporting on John and Bonnie Raines for our January issue, writer-at-large Steve Volk spoke with a source who had a uniquely personal take on the plight of whistle-blowers — Edward Snowden’s father, retired U.S. Coast Guard chief warrant officer Lon Snowden. Lon appreciated how John and Bonnie’s story parallels his son’s, and agreed to share his perspective with Philadelphia magazine. With his permission, published for the first time here is Lon Snowden’s essay — a father speaking in his own words about the controversial and historic actions of his son; fellow activists separated by decades but united in their belief in a better government; and the price paid for exposing national secrets to the public.

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week


Okay, it was only an inch. A mere dusting, really. But that was enough to turn everyone’s Tuesday-morning commute into the journey from hell. Spinouts, fender-benders, multiple car collisions — people, why are you so flaky about snowflakes? More flurries followed on Friday and Saturday, easing us into winter as we got serious about locating scrapers and brooms (and those curb-guarding sawhorses and chairs). So now we’ve got our initial freak-out under our belts, and a smidgen of practice for the real snowmageddons to come.

Kane’s Future Up for Debate

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

It’s true that there’s been no official confirmation of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s report that a grand jury has recommended charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, but the political process is not so patient: Lawmakers in Harrisburg are already lining up in the debate about her future.

PennLive reports:

Reps Steve Bloom, R-North Middleton Twp., and Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, say with all her baggage, she can no longer effectively do her job as the chief law enforcement officer.

“I don’t think she should continue for the benefit of the people of this commonwealth,” Bloom said.

“I think just the grand jury recommendation that criminal charges be filed really destroys this attorney general’s credibility in the state and in the nation,” said Metcalfe, who accepted Thursday’s news report about Kane as fact.

Metcalfe, of course, has long sought Kane’s impeachment, originally for her refusal to defend the state’s ban on gay marriage.
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