The former chairman of the Montgomery County, Pa., Republican Committee is in police custody, charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a female employee. Prosecutors say Robert Kerns met with the victim and tricked her, giving her wine laced with the sleeping medication Ambien. They say he then sexually assaulted her both in his car and at her home after she passed out.
I'm old. I've been around the block and back. I know how the world works and I've seen and heard about injustices to the little guy from major corporations. People complain. Big Business dose NOT listen. But today, I found out that is not always the case.
A little over a year ago, a new church opened in a place that has gotten used to vanishing houses of worship and dwindling congregants: North Philadelphia. Nestled in a former PECO office near Broad and Dauphin streets, it doesn't look much like a traditional church, and its occupants -- young, trendy and mostly white -- don't look much like traditional churchgoers, particularly in an area where surrounding census tracts are 45 to 94 percent black.
But the new worshipers say they are here to stay: Some have even bought homes and started families on the gap-toothed blocks north of Temple University.
"My car has gotten broken into several times on my block. It's a rough neighborhood. They're people who need things and that's the only way they can get it," said member Jennifer Danforth, who is white and originally from Ohio.
The Gilberton Borough, Pa., town council said Thursday night it plans to fire Mark Kessler, nearly two months after voting to suspend the only full-time member of the town's police force. Kessler, who's active in gun rights circles and started an armed group that critics call a private militia, posted videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others who he said want to erode the constitutional right to bear arms. Constitution Security Force member Bob Gardner traveled from Philadelphia to support Kessler. "Mark has gotten railroaded," said Gardner, who carried a semi-automatic AK-47.