Death of 3-Year-Old May Spark New Gun Rules

Spurred by this month’s death of 3-year-old Tynirah Borum in a shootout, D.A. Seth Williams led a group of local officials this afternoon in calling for new rules requiring a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence for illegal firearm possession.

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Philly Is Putting On Quite a Show for the DNC Site Selectors

The official City Government of Philadelphia Twitter feed is really on board with efforts to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philly in 2016. Whoever runs the feeds has been documenting the site selector visit — replete with actual cheerleaders (and not just the rhetorical, civic kind played by Ed Rendell) — all morning.

Yes, cheesesteaks are already involved.

Some highlights:

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Corbett Calls For Amish Mafia To End

Levi and Alvin are blowing up a car. This makes Gov. Corbett mad.

See, this is a scene from Amish Mafia, a Discovery Channel reality show about … Amish who violently defend their culture and religion. None of them look like Harrison Ford, though, and the whole thing comes off as a kind weird Amish-Fascism that doesn’t really square that well with any of the intentionally gentle people we’ve known.

Which might be why there’s pressure to cancel the show, and maybe why Gov. Corbett is joining the chorus.

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Chaka Fattah Jr. Says He Turned Down Plea Deal, Likes the $16 Rock Shrimp at Pod

We told you yesterday about Chaka Fattah Jr.’s indictment on fraud and tax charges. He’s accused of stealing from the Philadelphia School District and failing to pay federal taxes, among other things. Since then, though, Fattah has been on the offensive.

Yesterday, Fattah Jr. went on 1210 WPHT to talk to Chris Stigall and Dom Giordano, two broadcasters who are traditionally not big fans of Democrats. (Giordano switched his registration to Dem briefly in 2008 so he could vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary, believing her to be an easier target in the general election.) But Fattah Jr. had a Big Talker-friendly angle on this case: Government overreach!

“The people involved in the investigation are, I think — they’re primarily interested in potentially getting a promotion,” he said on air. “Things like that, things that have nothing to do with doing their job. It’s a political thing … I really think it shows the individual Assistant U.S. Attorneys and, in some cases FBI Agents or IRS Agents, have really too much power over people’s lives.”

Fattah also revealed he refused to take a plea deal which would have involved him cooperating against his father, as well as jail time. The government wanted him to cooperate against his dad and go to jail? That’s cold.

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