DAILY GRINDER: Philly Police Spokesman in Shore Barfight
Philadelphia Police Lt. and spokesman Ray Evers was allegedly in a barfight in Avalon, New Jersey. He claims he was “assaulted by several people” early on June 17 and taken to a hospital. He says it’s no big deal, but he made a report and police are looking into it.
A Northeast Philly man has been arrested for allegedly starving his elderly father to death. The 83-year-old father was only 79 pounds when paramedics found him.
He’s still at it: Former presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is going to Iowa next month for some “Thank You Iowa” events. If you’ll recall, Santorum came in second in Iowa election night (he’d eventually win the state, after all votes were counted) which launched his national campaign.
President Obama will begin his bus tour throughout the U.S. next week, beginning in Pennsylvania. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Obama leads Romney in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Former Governor Ed Rendell is saying that his message that we’re a national of wusses and Democrats are the worst and Hillary would have been the best president EVER is one people need to hear. He recently noted Pennsylvania is a toss-up state—not that the president will lose it, but that he could. “As a candidate, you never ever want to say it is in the bag for me,” he recently said on his Nation of Wusses book tour.
Now that former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s been found guilty, both Attorney General candidates, Dave Freed and Kathleen Kane, are pushing their credentials on prosecuting child sex abuse. It should be interesting how the case proceeds being how some blame Governor Tom Corbett for not moving faster on the investigation during his time as Attorney General.
A bill moving through the state Legislature and championed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority would put 15 wheelchair accessible cabs on city streets. The bill would also, if you’ll believe this, give the PPA more power. Specifically, it’d free the PPA from the jurisdiction of Commonwealth Court and give them authority over multi-jurisdiction cabs.
And, of course, it’s possible that there will be home heating assistance cuts this winter. According to PA Independent, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program is projected to go from $277 million in 2011 to $166 million in 2013.