DAILY GRINDER: Ramsey Wants New Gun Laws in Wake of “Dark Knight Rises” Shooting
Like Mayor Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey believes The Dark Knight Rises massacre should prompt more gun-control measures—but says politicians won’t do anything about it, because they are cowards. And he said all this, and more, on ABC’s This Week yesterday. “Many of our legislators unfortunately on the federal level lack the courage to do anything,” he said. He also noted police have been paying “special attention” to city theaters. On Friday, Nutter said of the shooting: “This truly sad moment should be an occasion to strengthen gun-safety laws, to call for national reform and to better ensure the safety of the public.”
District Attorney Seth Williams wants Monsignor William Lynn to go to prison for seven years. In a statement, Williams noted that, “[T]he protection of children trumps the reputation of abusers and the institution that harbors them.” Last week, Lynn asked for probation instead of incarceration.
Mayor Nutter will go before the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency that oversees Philadelphia’s finances, this week, to deliver a long-term spending plan. PICA is headed by former mayoral candidate Sam Katz.
The Joe Paterno statue has been removed. President Obama says that was a good idea.
The NCAA will unveil its sanctions against Penn State later this morning. Reports say the school could be fined $30 million to $60 million.
Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are set to go up 10 percent on Jan. 6, and 2 percent for those using EZ-Pass.
Sources told the Inquirer that seven Philadelphia groups are exploring bids for the second casino license. The most publicized of which, Bart Blatstein, has said he wants to turn the old Philadelphia Inquirer building into a entertainment/casino/hotel complex.
Here’s an article on a law Gov. Corbett signed earlier this month which will require the state’s school districts to submit full reports on “athletic opportunities” to help achieve equality for young female athletes.
Shock: Sen. Bob Casey “hasn’t decided” on whether to support Obama’s plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. He says he’s working for a compromise.