DAILY GRINDER: Is Philly Plane Bomb Hoax Just Like the Taliban?
In light of the Facebook/Philadelphia airplane debacle which occurred over the past week (a call was made to Philly airport police warning that a plane headed from Philadelphia to Dallas had explosives on board…the plane turned around, landed, and it turned out to be a hoax…Then the person who was accused of having said fake bombs in the first place got back on the plane and went to Dallas…where he was arrested on unrelated charges…the person calling in the bomb threat was trying to get back at the accused for treating his ex-girlfriend badly on Facebook) Forbes Magazine has decided to look at the whole “Facebook is a blessing and a curse” argument by comparing the angry boyfriend to the Taliban. Because of course. After all, “They both turn to Facebook for strategic info to use against their enemies.”
Saint Joseph’s University has bought the 16-room archbishop mansion owned by the Philadelphia Archdiocese in the religious organization’s most recent “We need to pay off our sex crime lawyer fee” garage sale. We imagine when the keg parties begin, St. Joe’s will shrug and remind the Archdiocese, “Hey, it still in the family, right? Guys?”
Philadelphia’s city commissioners are reporting an increase in voter registration.
According to a complaint in Commonwealth Court, Harrah’s Casino is looking to get $16,000 back from Chaka Fattah, Jr., son of Pennsylvania’s 2nd District U.S. House representative. The casino extended the cash to Fattah in April as credit. He repaid the casino, but the checks bounced. This is not the first time Fattah has been in legal trouble. This year.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is charging blogger Joshua Scott Albert with criminal solicitation to commit murder, terroristic threats and harassment for some ridiculous Facebook pages he created. One of which was called “I support [cop killers] Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones,” but his work extended to titles like “Kill Mitt Romney,” “Kill Seth Williams,” and others. Albert claimed he was trying to make some sort of political point regarding free speech or presumed innocence or something.
Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the Penn State child rape scandal.
Mayor Michael Nutter will appear at a Voter ID Coalition meeting this morning at 11:30 a.m.
The Public Utility Commission says the “impact fee” on natural gas drilling, approved in March, will bring more than $200 million into the state. That’ll come from operators who worked here in 2011.