<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:35:12 -0400 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:35:12 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Voter Registration in Philly]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:56:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008124606_1200x675_329751619563.jpg The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition will hold voter registration sign-ups this week in hopes of getting more immigrant community voters registered.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Corbett's Former Son-in-Law Goes on Trial]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:05:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gerald-gibson-corbett-inauguration.jpg Gerald Gibson, the former son-in-law of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and former Philadelphia Police narcotics officer is due in court Friday to face theft charges.

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<![CDATA[Philly Cigarette Tax Bill Hits Harrisburg]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:05:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tobacco-Cigarettes-generic.jpg The cigarette tax bill aimed to bridge Philadelphia's public education budget gap is before lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.]]> <![CDATA[Chuck Todd on ISIS, US Plans]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:39:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008100747_1200x675_328719427986.jpg NBC10's Keith Jones and Renee Chenault-Fattah speak with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd about ISIS and the United States plans of action.]]> <![CDATA[New Overdose Task Force in Suburbs]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:22:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heroin-New-Generic.jpg

A suburban Philadelphia County is taking on drug overdoses head on. Montgomery County officials plan to announce an Overdose Task Force to help combat growing heroin-use trends throughout the county.

The ultimate goal of the new task force will be to put together preventative strategies against drug and heroin overdoses in hopes of reducing overdose-related deaths in Montco.

County officials will unveil the new task force at noon Friday.

An increase in drug overdoses is a national trend that has made its way into local regions. The issue comes with unique differences from other drug use, making it especially difficult to address.

Other counties throughout the United States have implemented overdose task forces to combat their own local epidemics. Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania currently uses a task force to identify the roots of heroin overdoses in their area. Los Angeles has had an overdose task force since 2006 to establish unity between police, communities and medical responders.

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<![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pen and Paper Voting?]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:49:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008089091_1200x675_328253507535.jpg The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will decide if pen and paper will be added to voting in addition to the commonwealth's vote machine.]]> <![CDATA[New Protection for Working Women]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Working+Women+Law+Breast+Feeding+Pumping+Delaware.jpg Working women in Delaware now have a new layer of protection in the workplace. NBC10's Tim Furlong explains.]]> <![CDATA[20th Anniversary of Biden's Violence Against Women Act]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:55:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP138282095488.jpg

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the United State's commitment to end violence against women.

In September 1994, the Violence Against Women Act, written by Delaware native and current Vice President Joe Biden, was signed into law.

The Act devoted hundreds of millions to protect women and impose harsher penalties for abusers.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie Tours Camden School]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:28:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chris-christie-08182014.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put Camden schools in the spotlight during a visit to the city Tuesday.

Christie joined city leaders including Mayor Dana Redd and Camden School District Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard to tour the Octavius V. Catto Community Family School on Westfield Avenue including a visit with students in the school’s cafeteria.

Following the visit with students, Christie and Redd were expected to make remarks in the school’s cafeteria.

On its website, the Catto School promotes its partnership between families and the community to "provide a safe, academically rigorous, engaging learning environment that will ensure students are college and career ready and fully empowered to succeed in a diverse, ever-changing society."

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<![CDATA[Settlement Reached in Beard-Length Lawsuit]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gavel-shutterstock_120159574.jpg

The U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with the Philadelphia School district over a religious discrimination lawsuit filed earlier this year. The lawsuit, filed by the Justice Department, centered around a rule requiring school district employees to keep their beards at a certain length.

Under the terms of the agreement, the school district agreed to develop and distribute a revised policy on the proper attire and appearance for school police officers in which religious accommodation requests are considered. The district will also engage in an "interactive process" with the school police officers before denying any religious accommodation requests.

The initial lawsuit, filed in March of this year, claimed that the school district discriminated against a school police officer by instituting a policy in October of 2010 that prevented school officers from having beards longer than one-quarter inch. Abu-Bakr, a school police officer since 1987, told district officials that the rule conflicted with his Islamic faith, which prevents him from cutting his beard. Abu-Bakr says he has had an untrimmed beard longer than one-quarter inch for the 27 years he has worked with the district.

According to the lawsuit, Abu-Bakr notified his supervisor that he could not comply with the new rule due to his religious beliefs. Justice Department officials say he was then issued a written reprimand for violating the policy.

The complaint accused the district of failing to consider Abu-Bakr’s request for “reasonable accommodation” to its grooming policy.

“Individuals should not have to choose between maintaining their jobs and practicing their faith when accommodations can be reasonably made,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels. “Federal law requires all employers, even those with grooming and uniform policies, to reasonably accommodate the religious observances and practices of their employees.”

Officials say Abu-Bakr filed a charge of religious discrimination with the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s Philadelphia district office investigated the case and determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred. They then notified the Department of Justice.

“No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living,” said District Director Spencer H. Lewis Jr. of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office. “Modifying a dress or grooming code is a reasonable accommodation that enables employees to keep working without posing an undue hardship on the employer.  We are pleased that the EEOC's collaboration with the Department of Justice protects public employees from religious discrimination.”

The lawsuit required the district to “develop and implement new grooming policies that would prevent its employees from being discriminated against based upon religion.” It also called for monetary damages for Abu-Bakr and other individuals in similar situations.

Under the new settlement, the school district agreed to provide mandatory training on religious accommodation to supervisors, managers and human resources officials. The district will also pay compensatory damages to two other employees who were in situations similar to Abu-Bakr's.

"We are pleased that the school district of Philadelphia has agreed to develop a revised  policy that will allow school police officers to request religious accommodations without posing an undue hardship on the school district," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Molly Moran for the Civil Rights Division.  "Through our partnership with the EEOC, the Civil Rights Division continues the commitment of the United States Department of Justice to vigorous enforcement of the nation's employment discrimination laws."

<![CDATA[The Oval Office Does Not Amuse This Kid]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Obama+Kid+Couch+Faceplant.jpg

Getting to meet the President of the United States in the most sought after office in the nation is probably considered a big deal by many Americans.

But for this little kid, it's as boring as going shoe shopping with mom and dad.

The White House photographer posted this image to President Barack Obama's official Flickr account over the summer, but it's gaining some traction today.

The boy was seemingly uninterested by his parents meeting with the president who was giving best wishes dad, a departing Secret Service agent.

You can hear it now: "Come on, Dad! This place is booorrinnnggg!"

[h/t BuzzFeed]

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<![CDATA[Slain Officer's Widow Sues Gun Dealer Over Husband's Death]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:42:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lynsay+fox+kisses+baby+girl.jpg

The widow of slain Plymouth Township Police Officer Brad Fox is suing the Montgomery County gun dealer who sold the gun that wound up being used to kill her husband in 2012.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed the suit Monday on behalf of Lynsay Fox, claiming that In Site Firearms and its owner, a former police officer, are responsible for Fox’s death because the gun used to kill Fox was sold to a straw purchaser -- someone who buys a gun for a person who can’t purchase one themselves.

In this case, the straw purchaser, Michael Henry bought the gun for Andrew Charles Thomas, who couldn’t buy a gun on his own because of his criminal record.

"Most gun dealers are responsible business people, but unfortunately a few bad apples endanger our communities by putting profits over the lives of people, and choosing to supply the criminal gun market," said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project. He’s also serving as co-counsel for the officer’s widow. "’Bad apple' gun dealers must be held accountable for their irresponsible sales practices in order to make our communities safer," Lowy said.

Officer Brad Fox was killed -- shot in the head -- while responding to a hit-and-run call on Sept. 13, 2012. Andrew Thomas fled from the accident and Fox chased him along the Schuylkill River Trail. Thomas ambushed both Fox and his K-9 partner, Nick, and shot them both. Thomas then killed himself. The 44-year-old ex-con was on probation for forgery. He was also the No. 1 suspect in the cold case disappearance of his fiancee Maria C. Procopio, who went missing in 1999.

Lydsay Fox called her husband a true hero and her best friend. She read a prepared statement Monday at the news conference announcing the suit, explaining that although she believes in Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens,

"I couldn’t believe what had happened to me and my family. Then I learned about how the killer got his gun. I can’t stand the thought that the person who bought the gun that killed my husband was able to purchase 9 guns total in about 14 weeks---6 of those guns from the store that sold the gun used to kill Brad. The other 8 guns have never been recovered and I can’t bear to think about what those guns are being used for and the other families that may be suffering like mine," Fox said.

In 2013, straw purchaser Michael Henry, who admitted buying the guns, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a minimum of 20 and maximum of 66 years in prison.

Fox, who survived two tours of duty in Iraq, left behind his wife Lynsay and two young children. Lynsay was pregnant with the couple’s second child when he was killed, one day before his 35th birthday.

“It is a testament to Lynsay’s courage and strength that while raising their two kids on her own, she is bringing this lawsuit to prevent other families from suffering as she has,” said Hope S. Freiwald, a partner with Dechert LLP, the Philadelphia firm that is providing pro bono counsel for the case.
K9 Nick survived his injuries and now lives with Fox’s family.

The complaint is the first filed after the Brady Center announced its campaign to stop “bad apple” gun dealers. According to the center, five percent of gun dealers account for nearly all of the nation’s gun crimes.

We reached out to In Site Firearms, located in Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania and owner Luke Kelly -- who is named in the suit -- and are awaiting a response to the complaint. Kelly is a retired West Norriton police officer.

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