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Taxi Driver Killed In Center City Crash

Here is another story: http://cbs3.com/to pstories/Driver.Ta xi.SUV.2.843475.ht ml  (Oct 18, 2008 | post #9)

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'Brady Bunch' Star Reveals Dark Past

"Her mother and grandmother both had syphilis" Dragging her relatives, probably dead by now, through the mud is just disgusting.  (Oct 14, 2008 | post #21)

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Forensic Sculptor Helps To ID Philly Body

Frank Bender is awesome!  (Sep 26, 2008 | post #3)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Woman Trying To Evade Police Killed In High-Speed Crash

I was censored for a dog breed! C O C K a-poo.  (Sep 15, 2008 | post #34)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Woman Trying To Evade Police Killed In High-Speed Crash

The dogs were **** -a-poos. One was unscathed and the other broke a leg bone. They were taken to the local animal hospital.  (Sep 15, 2008 | post #33)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Locals Honor 7th Anniversary Of Sept. 11 Terror Attacks

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson http://video.googl e.com/googleplayer .swf?docid=-915374 1586264750761& hl=en&fs=true "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." by: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President Source: November 13, 1787, letter to William S. Smith, quoted in Padover's Jefferson On Democracy, ed., 1939  (Sep 11, 2008 | post #12)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Jersey Shore Homeowners Face Decade-Old Sewer Charges

Maybe all the medical waste came from a disgruntled citizen flushing it down the unpaid for sewers. Perhaps, whomever was in charge 10 years ago didn't want to pay the costs of new the sewers and forgot to bill the homeowners.  (Sep 2, 2008 | post #3)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Brothers Admit Plundering Corpses In Philadelphia

Families abd taxpayers paid full price for the funerals. The corpses were then bought for $1000 each by a middle-man, and then "flipped " for $4000. It makes you wonder what happens when you donate your body to science. The family can't sell the loved one but as soon as you relinquish the remains, evil, greedy bio-harvesters have customers (hospitals) ready, willing and able to make even more money with the parts. Everyone profits but the bereaved.  (Sep 2, 2008 | post #3)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

5 Killed From Single Family In Camden Murder-Suicide

Horrific and incomprehensible. Clearly this man was under the influence of the Prince of Darkness. Shooting himself in the head after murdering innocent life guarantees him a place in Hades.  (Sep 2, 2008 | post #30)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

5 Killed From Single Family In Camden Murder-Suicide

I would have written the adjective "dead" in front of the noun "bodies" ,for clarity : three dead bodies. Perhaps this is the writers style. Bodies can be alive, dead or busy.  (Sep 2, 2008 | post #8)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Jeweler Charged With Taping Female Employees In Bathroom

If he just installed cameras in the ladies room and not the men's room, he has a lot of explaining to do. This is from workrights.org: Workplace Voyeurism Employer Video Monitoring of Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Electronic monitoring is a rapidly growing phenomenon in American businesses. By recent estimates, 92% of employers were conducting some form of workplace monitoring. This rapid growth in monitoring has virtually destroyed any sense of privacy as we know it in the American workplace. As technology has proliferated in the workplace, it has become ever more penetrating and intrusive. Surreptitious monitoring of the personal habits and lives of employees threatens the very freedoms that we cherish as Americans. Most invasive of all is video monitoring. Some cameras are appropriate. Security cameras in stairwells and parking garages make us all safer without intruding on privacy. But employers often install cameras in areas that are completely indefensible. Many employers have installed hidden video cameras in locker rooms and bathrooms, sometimes inside the stalls. Many of these devices are specifically targeted against women. No one should be required to endure such workplace conditions. Yet across the country employees are being subjected to this very invasive form of monitoring.  (Aug 29, 2008 | post #4)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

State Bans Restraint Technique That Can Cause Death

This is from a Police Chief's Magazine called Policy Review Vol 10 No.1 Spring 1998 The Prone Restraint – Still a Bad Idea For over a decade, experts have been warning law enforcement officers about the danger of employing the four-point restraint, commonly referred to as the "hog-tie " restraint. Now, some are revisiting this policy and suggesting that the fundamental premise upon which it was based is flawed. It is important therefore to reexamine the evidence that supports prohibition of this restraint and the basis of recent discussions that suggests scrapping this policy position. Background Over the years, many deaths have occurred among suspects who, while in the custody of the police, have been restrained in the "hog-tie " restraint: prone with the hands and ankles manacled together from behind. Such deaths inevitably bring criticism of the police and frequently are the basis for lawsuits against the officers and departments involved. Any death involving a person who is in police custody at the time is the subject of scrutiny by the public, the press, and the courts, as well as by the relatives of the deceased. But deaths resulting from this restraint practice are particularly vulnerable to this sort of attention. In part, this is due to the fact that manacling a person's hands and feet to each other and placing the individual in a prone position, particularly a face-down position, often gives the impression of brutality to the public – and to judges and jurors. Over the years, the burden of proof concerning the cause of sudden in-custody deaths has typically fallen upon the arresting and transporting officers. Prior to intensive study of this phenomena, the reputations and even the careers of many officers were sullied or destroyed by a lack of information to adequately explain these tragic events. In addition, large civil damage awards have been paid to persons who have filed lawsuits against arresting officers and their employers. Research Findings The causes of prone restraint deaths have been closely examined. A study of these in-custody death incidents was conducted several years ago by Dr. Donald Reay, the chief medical examiner for King County around Seattle, Washington. The Reay Study indicated that when a suspect is placed in this position, particularly when the suspect is face down on his or her stomach, his or her respiration is impaired, and the result may be "positional asphyxia" – in effect, the suspect dies of suffocation.(1)  (Aug 24, 2008 | post #2)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

'Second Life' Romance Ends With Real-Life Attempted Kidna...

Dolbycakes, I'm smiling! I'm more concerned about the dog than that crazy lady! I wish I could adopt the little guy!  (Aug 24, 2008 | post #38)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

'Second Life' Romance Ends With Real-Life Attempted Kidna...

It is the woman's dog. It is not the man's dog. Dolbycakes was in error. She brought the dog from North Carolina with her.  (Aug 24, 2008 | post #36)

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Police: Cab Kills 5-Year-Old In Hit-And-Run

"The boy's grandmother, Linda Payton, also pleaded for the driver to contact police. "We're just hurting, but we know God gave to us for a little while, and we thank him for giving him to us," she said. "And we ask, mister, if you have children, turn yourself in." ************ This just breaks my heart. Hope there is a reward in this case. Investigators did find an abandoned cab at 6AM Sunday. The mother is still in critical condition.  (Aug 24, 2008 | post #6)

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When I'm Not on Topix:

I write a column for the South Philadelphia Public Record www.phillyrecord.com My column is called Within Walking Distance

Favorite Things:

I'm Philadelphia's top crochet designer. I enjoy creating beautiful items.

On My Mind:

I'd rather die standing than live kneeling.

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