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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – RESIGN, TOM MURSE!

    Posted on April 18th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

     LNP: STEALING
    FROM THE SCHOOLS

          Can you even imagine all the irate phone calls targeted at the schools called in by casual readers of the LNP? Taking precious time away from the kids to hear some armchair blathermouth yell at them?
         The LNP needs to apologize. They won’t. If anything, watch… they will double down. And in the meantime they have stripped properties from the tax rolls that funded education in the city. They’ve demolished buildings and got some of the sweetest tax breaks going that all meant that schools would be losing funding at every turn.
         Guess that the Murry case is ‘eating’ at them. Maybe his attorney should serve a pancake breakfast prior to the trial.
    Part of a comment in today.
         Run these liars and thieves pretending to be the news media out of town!
         Murry’s attorney might have to make LNP pancakes because they won’t have any money left! Murry has an excellent law firm representing him and he is forcing LNP to spend a fortune on lawyers!
         There are developments in former Manheim Township School District Board President William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP and I will try to come to them shortly!

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    **   And further, the Board President told the public that the state has very strict legal mandates involving the testing and monitoring and the District could be fined and punished if those strict standards are not followed.

    *    Further, the School Board President told the public that on the days of the PSSAs, the first period is breakfast. Breakfast for all of the students is not served before school on those dates – it is served during the first period to ensure that all students have been fed and are ready for the testing.

    LNP GOT IT
    ALL WRONG!

          The School District of Lancaster School Board opened their meeting last night stating that a news report was inaccurate and they had a statement correcting the report on their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  That statement is below and click here for their website with the statement.
         LNP should have apologized for making a huge error in their reporting. Instead they danced around the truth and backtracked and never apologized or corrected all of their huge errors that caused an absolute furor on social media.
         Resign Managing Editor Tom Murse! You are a disgrace to journalism!
    —  You can watch the entire school board meeting on Tony Dastra’s “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).
    —  The School District statement is below.
    —  Please see yesterday’s post and check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – AND MUCH MORE!

    Posted on April 17th, 2018 Becky 8 comments

    BREAKING NEWS?

          LNP has had this as “BREAKING” all afternoon. Can you imagine? But LNP almost caused a riot with the false story that the teacher was to be fired. This whole saga of bad reporting is unbelievable. And suddenly the teacher, John Byler, “was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.”
         What a bunch of whole-grain nonsense! Your job during the PSSAs, Mr. Byler, is to be a proctor. Your job is not to cook pancakes on an electric griddle (whether “whole-grain” or  not) and hand them out to students as they take the test. It’s that simple and it’s common sense! Enough said. Tomorrow back to serious news.

    PANCAKEGATE!

    ***  Gee, Alex, maybe as a reporter you should have checked his story before you had half of Lancaster ready to march in and attack the school administration!

    WHOLE-GRAIN!

     **   “There was never any dismissal action on the Board’s agenda,” SDL spokeswoman Kelly Burkholder said in an email Tuesday afternoon.
    From the LNP update on pancakegate, “Teacher who served pancakes during PSSAs won’t be fired, is scheduled to return to classroom,” (click here).
         Uh, oh! So LNP’s whole first story that he would be fired was not factual to begin with. Unbelievable!  
    [The LNP “reporter” states twice in the new article that they were “whole-grain” pancakes! Ridiculous! Does that make it okay?] 

    *     Byler had brought an electric griddle and made one whole-grain pancake for each test-taker to eat during the test, he said.
    From the pancake story.
         I agree that firing this teacher is over-the-top, but you can’t make pancakes during the PSSAs! You are supposed to be monitoring the students!
         And how did he serve them? Were the students given a plate, fork and syrup? Invite them in before the test for pancakes – not during a national, very important test!

    MORE PANCAKES, PLEASE!


         LNP has their latest clickbait story – about pancakes – but they were “whole-grain” pancakes (click here for “Hand Middle School teacher likely to be fired for making pancakes during PSSAs”)! Oh, the outrage! Where’s my electric griddle?


         $750,000 cash bail (click here)? Let’s look at some other cases where people fired guns and killed or could have killed someone.    

           As noted here by a commenter yesterday, Rich Manieri is no longer listed as the LNP Deputy Opinion Editor. And his LNP Twitter account is just gone! Wow! What is going on? He actually had journalism credentials!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the story, “4 arrested Thursday evening in Lancaster city after traffic stop goes awry,” (click here).
         I wish I were “Jai Sai!” He or she went under that story and made mincemeat of all the racist trolls and stupid people posting there! What an outstanding job! And my blog is doing just fine, thank you! Stupid, nasty and arrogant is no way to go through life, Diane!
    Please check back later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * DEMAND AN INVESTIGATION!

    Posted on April 16th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE!

    WHAT IS THE RACIAL
    MAKE-UP OF THE CITY?

         Of all days, this is simply, simply unbelievable. Mayor Sorace is a total fraud. There will be much more tomorrow.

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    **   The Lancaster City Police are holding a press briefing today at 3:30 pm regarding the woman who was shot in the head in the 200 block of East Liberty Street last night. The police reported previously that a 25 year-old male neighbor stated that he accidentally fired his gun inside his home and that it went through the wall, striking the female victim next door (click here for the initial police press release).

    *    Yesterday, LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy had the unmitigated gall to retweet the below. Talk about hypocrisy! Was there a riot in downtown Lancaster on Thursday? Where is LNP’s coverage?

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    OUTRAGEOUS DISPARITY!

    Cordero-Pena

           According to Anelky Cordero-Pena’s docket, the mother of the juvenile who was tased, the charges against her – including riot and aggravated assault – were brought by Officer Timothy Sinnott. I posted the below on this site when he was sworn in as a Lancaster City Police Officer on June 24, 2014 (click here for the original).
         Once again, click here for the Police Press Release that states four people were arrested and charged with “riot” among other charges last Thursday in Lancaster.
    Please see the last two day’s posts immediately below and check back later today.
  • * 4-15-18 UPDATE ** – * WHAT IN THE WORLD?

    Posted on April 14th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    *     Can you imagine one of LNP’s “world-class” journalists rewriting the police press release  and seeing the charge of “riot” four times and not questioning it? Oh, yes, people are charged with “riot” everyday in Lancaster County. Nothing to see or question here. We don’t ever question the police! We’re LNP!
    — (Click here for LNP’s, “4 arrested Thursday evening in Lancaster city after traffic stop goes awry.”)

    4-15-18 UPDATE

    BLATANT RACISM!

         Five people were in a vehicle when they were stopped by the Lancaster City Police for an unknown reason. The police did not find drugs, alcohol or weapons. One juvenile who was not in the car was tasered. His mother who came to the scene was arrested along with the juvenile and two of the car’s occupants.
         They have all been charged with “riot” and in some cases other charges as well (legal definition of “riot” is below and their charge is based on #2).
         Reportedly, there are multiple witnesses and videos of these arrests. The District Judge apparently didn’t think much of this because she released them on unsecured bail.
         This is a blatant case of racism and is outrageous and this site will follow these cases very, very carefully.     

    **   I posted the below on July 1, 2015 when the five men were sworn into the police department (click here for the original).
         And of all days, today the NAACP and SACA and others will be discussing the Lancaster City Police Department (click here for, “Officers to discuss progressive policing at Crispus Attucks Center”)!

    *    Officer Jake (Jacob M.) Bingham when he was sworn in with four other men on June 30, 2015 (click here).

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    CHARGED WITH RIOT?

         What in the world? Goes “awry?” Click here for the police press release.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – DOES LNP REFLECT THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE?

    Posted on April 13th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    I WOULD NOT PAY $11!

        Check out Gracie’s Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese ($11)—grilled sourdough with bacon jam and cheddar and American cheese.
    From the LNP article, “Gracie’s on West Main Cafe named top 10 place in America to get grilled cheese,” (click here).
         Sigh. This has driven me crazy since I had the misfortune to read this article. Eleven dollars for a grilled cheese? There is no possible way I would pay that.
         I have googled the average cost of a homemade grilled cheese sandwich (.48 cents for American cheese on white). I have googled how to make bacon jam and studied the cost of the ingredients (the internet is full of recipes). I only buy good (mostly rye) bread to begin with and almost always have cheddar cheese in my fridge (besides the classic American).
         I checked prices for grilled cheeses from national restaurants, food trucks and my local deli. The top price for fancy cheeses, good bread and including a meat averages around $7.00.
         I would not pay $11.00 for a grilled cheese sandwich – with bacon “jam” and no bacon strips no less! Who would? Would you? I have wasted an 80 degree, glorious afternoon googling grilled cheese sandwiches! Sigh.
    Have a great Friday!
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    COMMON SENSE!

          “Our police departments should be representative of the communities they serve,” he [Mark Temons, a member of the Peace Action Network of Lancaster] said.
    From today’s LNP article by Tom Knapp, “Bridging the gap between police and community: Forum on Saturday aims to open lines of communication,” (click here).     
         Of course! That’s just common sense! In the same way, the staff of a newspaper should be representative of the community they serve. So why doesn’t LNP have a single minority reporter?
         And why do the mayor and the city council members ignore the blatant racism at LNP? Why haven’t they demanded change? Why would they give this racist company millions of dollars in CRIZ money?
    Please check back later today.
  • ** – * LNP: THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY!

    Posted on April 11th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    **   After a very lengthy and contentious debate on the warehouse, and after city council decided to table it, Eugene Aleci stood up again and asked how the Historical Commission could have agreed to its demolition in the first place! That really set James Reichenbach off!
         Aleci posted multiple long, detailed and impassioned comments under the last LNP article about the warehouse to save it (click here).

     

    *    It was Lancaster City Council President James Reichenbach who gave a loud and somewhat angry “No!” last night as council decided to table a vote on the demolition of the Water Street Rescue Mission warehouse. You can watch the entire meeting here.

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    XENOPHOBIC IMPULSES?

          We have only this to say to Wubah: In Lancaster County, you’ll find that most residents welcome people of different backgrounds. Our county is home, after all, to a city known as “America’s refugee capital.” Signs outside of homes in the city, the suburbs and rural communities welcome neighbors in Spanish, Arabic and English. We see diversity as our strength; we see it making the culture here richer. So welcome to Millersville. We wish you and the university well.
    From today’s LNP editorial,It is one thing to question a university president pick; it’s quite another to give in to xenophobic impulses,” (click here).      
           Oh, that is rich! We may welcome you here but we sure as hell will not give you a job at LNP! We like to keep our staff white, white and whiter! Just take a look!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * A PROBLEM ATTORNEY!

    Posted on April 8th, 2018 Becky 12 comments

    STAY OFF MY PROPERTY?

         There has been a lot of talk recently about “No Trespassing” signs and their legal implications – and I’ll be coming to a local court case about alleged “trespassing” shortly. But as background, there is this in-depth look from the Washington Post on “No Trespassing” signs and law enforcement among other topics (click here):

    The court concludes that under this test, a “no trespassing” sign ordinarily doesn’t have much Fourth Amendment significance:

    In short, a homeowner who posts a “No Trespassing” sign is simply making explicit what the law already recognizes: that persons entering onto another person’s land must have a legitimate reason for doing so or risk being held civilly, or perhaps even criminally, liable for trespass. Consequently, as set forth above, a knock-and-talk conducted within constitutional parameters is a legitimate reason for police officers to enter the curtilage of a house via a driveway that is obstructed by nothing more than several “No Trespassing” signs. For this reason, we disagree with the dissent that “a ‘No Trespassing’ sign should be of particular significance to law enforcement officers in communicating that they may need to obtain a warrant before entering the property.” Officers engaging in legitimate police business will conclude, correctly, that they are not engaging in a “trespass” when they approach a front door to conduct a knock-and-talk. We also emphasize that the occupant of a residence is under no obligation to open a door when knocked upon by a police officer who holds no warrant.

    ***

    **   Speaking of politics, this has to be the “best” attack ad ever! Oh, my heavens! Whoever did this has a major movie career coming – or working for Trump! Amazing!

    “ASS-COVERING!”

    From Michael Deibert’s twitter this morning. Click here for the Schmuck’s guest column in today’s LNP, “Constituent contact takes many forms,” (click here).
    *    Deibert beat me to it! Is it any wonder this man no longer works for LNP? Bravo!

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    COUNSEL ME NOT!

         The simple explanation for President Trump’s inability to keep competent counsel is not a legal or ethical one — it is him. He is a problem client.
    From LNP’s guest column in today’s Sunday News, “The not-so-open-and-shut case of Trump’s quest for counsel,” (click here).
        What a hoot and a bunch of nonsense!
        Could LNP just let J. Richard Gray go away quietly? He is a problem attorney!    
        Hey, maybe he and Trump could (gasp!) hook-up?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – DUNCAN RESIGNED *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Posted on April 6th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    THIS CANNOT
    BE CANDY-COATED!

         LNP finally went up with a story at 3:18 pm today (click here for “Elizabethtown District Judge Jayne Duncan resigns; her office may be targeted for merger”).
         This is highly unusual. She resigned yesterday giving one day’s notice after 27 years! According to a source who was correct about her resigning, they report that two of her fulltime employees also resigned although that has not been confirmed.
          She has obviously had bad blood with District Attorney Craig Stedman after he filed a Writ of Mandamus against her over two years ago.
         LIP News will try to get to the bottom of this. This cannot be candy-coated – something very serious happened or is happening.
    Have a safe and fun First Friday.     
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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    DUNCAN RESIGNED

    * 11:56 am – Deputy Court Administrator Russell Glass just confirmed by phone that District Judge Jayne Duncan emailed President Judge Dennis Reinaker and himself yesterday afternoon stating that she was resigning effective April 8th. 

         Glass also stated by phone this morning that Judge Duncan did not give a reason for her sudden resignation yesterday. He did say his office has contingency plans in place and everything should be in order on Monday in terms of the District Judges.
         He said the official process for any Judge in Pennsylvania to resign is to send a letter to the Governor with an original signature (meaning no email or faxes are accepted). Glass said that according to the Governor’s office this morning, that letter has not yet been received but Duncan indicated it has been sent.

    DID DUNCAN RESIGN?

    Jayne F. Duncan

         This site has unconfirmed reports that Elizabethtown District Judge Jayne Duncan has resigned. Again, this is not confirmed.
    Please check back for this developing story.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – SINGING HIS PRAISES!

    Posted on April 5th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

     THANKS, TONY!

         A quick note this afternoon: Tony Dastra live-streamed last night’s City Planning Commission meeting on his “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). I only caught a small portion of it last night and plan on listening to the entire meeting. A huge thanks to Dastra for all he does and live-streaming these very important meetings!

    NOISE, NOISE, NOISE – 2

    Brooks

         LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher makes no mention of the new and vocal Noise Control Board member Christopher Brooks in his article today, “Lancaster to look at updating its noise ordinance,” (click here).
         When I wrote about him, I described him as “incredibly enthusiastic” and he was – in a good way! I also stated he knows a lot about noise – and he does! He is a Senior Associate at Acoustic Distinctions and knows sound proofing and architecture and bass notes and how to control noise. 
          This is the type of expertise and enthusiasm Lancaster needs!

  • ** – * THEIR STAFF DOES NOT REFLECT THE COMMUNITY THEY COVER!

    Posted on April 4th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED – 2

    From the same article linked to below.

    **   What a hoot (kind-of)! Yes, and all of those papers were owned by the racist Steinman family (as the two remaining are to this day) as well as WGAL-TV!  And they still remain Lancaster’s monopoly news source.
         That’s why the Lancaster Independent Press was founded.

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

         From the LNP article, “Assassination and response dominated news in weeks after killing of Martin Luther King Jr.,” (click here).

    LNP: SHEER
    HYPOCRISY & LIES

           I might be impressed with this online only, huge LNP tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. if LNP had a single minority reporter on their staff. They do not.
          As I’ve been stating on this site for over 14 years, racism in Lancaster County begins at LNP. This is nothing but sheer hypocrisy and lies at an unbelievable level.

          Look at the reporters on these seven articles: Kathy Daminger (white), Erin Negley (white), Jennifer Kopf (white), Jenelle Janci (white), Jane Holahan (white), Mary Ellen Wright –  two articles, (white).
         LNP does not have a single minority reporter on their staff.

  • * & PROPOSED CHANGE TO LONG’S PARK

    Posted on April 3rd, 2018 Becky No comments

    *    Due to those dreaded “unforeseen circumstances,” LIP News will not publish this afternoon and posting will be sporadic for the rest of the week. Thank you for your patience.

    NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!

    Brooks

         Noise has Lancaster City residents upset! And Christopher Brooks, an incredibly enthusiastic new member of the Noise Control Board, knows a lot about noise! Owners of the Hagar Arcade Condos showed up in force (including former mayoral candidate Cindy Stewart) as did  restaurant owner Daniel Falcone who has been cited for noise violations there (click here for “The Cellar on Market to open lounge/pub this Friday next to Lancaster Central Market”). Expect to hear a lot more noise about noise shortly!      

         It was a marathon session of a city council committee meeting last night and you can watch it in full here. The potential demolition of a Water Street Rescue Mission warehouse was discussed for close to an hour, the Noise Control Ordinance was a very hot topic (Mayor Danene Sorace suggested Lancaster was a “victim of its success” with all the new restaurants and rooftop bars contributing to noise).
         And the city’s consent decree with the EPA reared its ugly head as Charlotte Katzenmoyer proposed doing away entirely with one of the ball fields at Long’s Park.
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WE’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE…

    Posted on April 2nd, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    CHANGE THE
    POLICE DEPARTMENT!

         So how can Ismail Smith Wade-El truly bring about change? In so many ways. On January 18, 2017, I ran part of a speech given by then mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler and stated it was one of the most sensible things I have read in a long time. His speech is reprinted below (click here for the original on this site). 
        This is one of the many, many things Smith Wade-El can work on if he is serious about bringing real change to Lancaster.
    [I ran out of time today – the update on Delonte Shaw-Cannon will come tomorrow.]
     
          Every single person in this country now knows that there are some serious challenges of law enforcement and within law enforcement. The central problem, though, we should all be able to agree on – and that is easy to define – it is a lack of communication and a lack of interaction between law enforcement and the community.
          It is not helpful when the city is allowing outsiders as far away as the other side of York and the other side of Chester County to patrol our streets. This is a recipe for disaster that has been shown to be a contributor in the tragedies in places like Ferguson and Minneapolis.
         We need to take an exploratory look at different ways of making officers part of this community so that they care about it more than just as the job they wanted to do but as a community that wants to [word not audible] and get further. And if their response is we can’t recruit them, I can tell you in a country with 320 million people, you can find some police officers who want to live in the community they want to patrol. [Sentence not audible]
         Beyond just law enforcement officers though, in general we need to be increasing the number of city employees with city residency, not decreasing them. Why wouldn’t we want the salaries we spend for services to be used for the businesses we developed inside this city? Forty-four percent of the city budget is in the police department. The overwhelming majority of the police officers do not live in the city. This is a failure of economic development – when the thing that you have the strongest control over is the expenditures of your money – are sent immediately into other communities.
    ***
    ***  There is a city council committee meeting tonight at 6:00 pm. We will see if new council member Ismail Smith Wade-El is there. As noted here in early March, he missed two meetings and was only sworn into office in January (click here).
         Other questions of interest:
    —  Will he be wearing moisturizer?
    —  Will he push for the city to live-stream these very important meetings?

    “I’M BEING THE CHANGE?”

        From Wade-El’s Facebook page.

    **   Black men in politics need to moisturize more? Who knew? I’ll tell that to U.S. Representative John Lewis right now!

    ***

    *   King understood, as must we, that sacrifice was at the core of struggle.
         But somewhere he had read that the greatness of America was the right to protest for right. And that right, for the sake of all others, must be defended, because the change we seek — like the change sought by King — may take decades, even generations.
    The ending sentences to Wade-El’s guest column.  
         Oh, please! This is just crap! Do something!     

    DO SOMETHING!

    (Click here)

         Yes, you have written about King before and I have not been impressed and this piece doesn’t impress me either! Do something besides writing banalities for one of the most racist companies in Lancaster County! Are you the only person of color LNP has left that they can turn to?
          You’re on city council now. Do something about the blatant racism in the city and the county led by LNP! Do something!
          Speaking of racism in the courts, Delonte Shaw-Cannon’s case was adjudicated on March 14 with a negotiated guilty plea (click here for “REMEMBER DELONTE SHAW-CANNON?” and there will be more later today).

     

            And when is LNP going to answer these questions posted under their “We the People” series (click here)? When is LNP going to tell the public the truth?
    Please check back later today.

  • 3-29-18 UPDATE – AFTERNOON UPDATE – HORRIFIC PIT BULL ATTACK

    Posted on March 28th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

    3-29-18 UPDATE 
    PLEA POSTPONED

         Luis Colon-Colon’s guilty plea scheduled for today did not occur and was continued. His docket now indicates a trial date of June 4, 2018.
         Have a wonderful Easter. LIP News will be on vacation until Monday, April 2nd.

    GRAY & COLON-COLON

         Former Mayor J. Richard Gray defended Luis Colon-Colon three times in 2002 and 2003 and those cases from his court summary are below (and it looks like he did a “good” job):

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    COLON-COLON SCHEDULED
    TO PLEAD GUILTY TOMORROW

    Luis Colon-Colon

    Ruby & Charlie Warfel

         Luis Colon-Colon (or Colon) is scheduled to plead guilty tomorrow afternoon in the Lancaster County Courthouse before Judge Margaret C. Miller. His pit bull attacked and severely injured young children Charlie and Ruby Warfel on June 19, 2017 (click here for their GoFundMe page where their mother tells the horrific story).
          His charges are below. According to the police press release on the case, in July of 2013 the same dog bit a four-year old grandchild of Colon-Colon (click here).
          Back in 2002 and 2003 he faced serious charges in three unrelated cases and he was represented in each one by former Mayor J. Richard Gray. He is represented in the current case by private attorney Osvaldo Espinosa of Espinosa & Associates, Llc.


    Please check back later today.

  • * A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!

    Posted on March 27th, 2018 Becky No comments

    MAW UPDATE

    *   I spoke to the woman in Lehigh County Judge Edward D. Reibman’s chambers this morning. He is presiding over the PP&L lawsuit against MAW Communications. She stated there was a hearing on Friday that went all day and will resume tomorrow at 1:30 in his courtroom. Apparently at least some of the hearing is regarding Lancaster City’s Motion to Intervene in the case.
         I will stay on top of this and this must be costing the city a very pretty penny in legal fees. I will file a Right to Know request for those fees as this is an entirely different law firm from my previous Right to Know requests. The city hired the Pittsburgh firm of the Cohen Law Group specifically  to file and argue for the Motion to Intervene.

    NOT A RUBBER STAMP! 

    Diaz

         Lancaster City Council meets tonight. On the agenda: “Overview of 2017 Bureau of Police activities” and several Historical Commission applications and recommendations (click here for the full agenda).
         Hopefully, Tony Dastra will be live-streaming it on his “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.
         Under a recent LNP story on the last city council meeting, Tim Gregg, retired Fire Chief and friend of former Mayor Rick Gray, lashed out at new member Janet Diaz under the comments (click here for “Councilwoman urges broader representation on city boards, commissions”). Tony Dastra came back with this excellent response:
         Ms. Diaz is a breath of fresh air to the council. She is unafraid to go against the grain. To point out her unpreparedness is unfair, as someone who is always at council meetings I could point out how many individuals seem to fall short of being prepared at times, but that’s not what this is about.
         Ms. Diaz can vote however she would like, and I appreciate her willingness to hear all people of the city. I think her, and anyone really, voting no makes Council a more legitimate institution because it reveals there is thought going into these decisions, and perhaps also reveals that there is not enough discussion going on. Ms. Diaz motivates me to remain engaged, because I feel someone is actually listening, and won’t just vote for something because that’s the way the crowd will go.

         Dastra also asked the council several weeks ago to re-instate a question and answer session to their meetings. We’ll see if anything comes of that and when Mayor Sorace plans to take over the duties of live-streaming these very important meetings.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * NEIGHBORHOODS V. DOWNTOWN

    Posted on March 26th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

    MAW UPDATE

         I am still trying to find out if a special hearing was held Friday morning in Lehigh County Court regarding a contempt of court hearing by PP&L against MAW Communications as reported by LNP (click here).
         I was in contact with a person with access to the court documents today who stated the last filing in the case was on March 22 and instructed MAW to file a written reply to “preliminary objections” within 30 days.
         I will continue to try to find out if LNP published this in error or if a hearing was held last Friday and the outcome of the hearing if held.
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    NICK, THIS IS THE NORM!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the story, “Lancaster County detective division finalizes rank structure to lead task forces, crime units,” and the accompanying photo shown below (click here).

    *    Nick, Nick, Nick! This is Lancaster County! This is the normal everywhere! You should see the Lancaster City Police force.
         To explain: The monopoly news source here, LNP, is openly racist and you should see a photo of their editorial staff! They like it this way! It would not even occur to someone working there to notice the lack of diversity!
         Sad, but very true!

    ****

    WHICH IS IT, SORACE?

    From today’s special column in LNP, “New Lancaster Square will be by the people, for the people,” by Public Works Director Charlotte Katzenmoyer and Public Art Manager Joanna Davis (click here).

    From Sunday’s special section yesterday, “Lancaster County.”

         So which is it, Mayor Sorace? Are you talking out of both sides of your mouth? 
    Please check back later today.  

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – BE OUTRAGED AT LNP!

    Posted on March 24th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    HOW MUCH MONEY
    HAS MAW GIVEN LNP?

         The incorporation paperwork for “Help Find Sophie” from the Pennsylvania Department of State is below. The Facebook page has been up and down (mostly down) in the last few days but the last time I checked she had over 17,000 followers and her page was the one known place to go when a pet was lost. While I obviously do not support her demanding donations in order for a person to reconnect with their lost pet, at some point this had/has to take up huge amounts of her time and effort.
         And LNP thinks the District Attorney should investigate “Help Find Sophie” but doesn’t say a word or demand an investigation into MAW Communications taking the taxpayers to the bank for the tune of over $5 million dollars? How much money has LNP received from MAW and why? The DA needs to also investigate that. Yes, LNP, I am outraged – at you!
          There will be much more to come.

    *****

    STUPID!

         The latest LNP ad for themselves in today’s print edition.

         The wording begins “Be outraged.” Oh, I am and I am outraged at LNP and their failure to cover very important issues!
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** JANUARY INVOICE

    Posted on March 23rd, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    UPDATE – I have multiple calls in regarding this morning’s court hearing between PP&L and MAW Communications. If I receive any information this afternoon it will be posted.

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    * UNRELATED NEWS *

    **   Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP editorial, “Help Find Sophie reports are disturbing and should be examined before the site gets a second chance [opinion],” (click here).
     
         I pulled that filing this morning and there is no Board of Directors listed and according to “Robert” at the PA Department of State/Corporations by phone today, a board does not have to be listed on the paperwork. The paperwork for the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation status and the Statement of Purpose for “Help Find Sophie” will be published here tomorrow.        
    *****

    *    In a court petition, PPL claims MAW Communications committed “blatant, bad-faith violations” of a Dec. 22 court order.
         PPL is seeking to have MAW held in contempt of court. A hearing on the matter is set for Friday morning in Lehigh County Court.
    From the LNP article, “PPL escalates court battle with MAW over pole usage for LanCity Connect,” (click here).
         That is today. Stay tuned.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    $18,537
    MORE FOR MAW!

         In response to a Right to Know request, below please find the January 2018 invoice from the Washington D.C. law firm of Best Best & Krieger for their work on behalf of the city and MAW Communications regarding their attachments on PP&L poles. This, combined with their previously published charges through December 31, 2017, totals $22,740 paid to Best Best & Krieger to date.

  • AN AX TO GRIND?

    Posted on March 23rd, 2018 Becky No comments

    WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

         From today’s LNP editorial, “A snow response worthy of kudos and the merits of ax throwing,” (click here).

         Isn’t that clever on a Friday? First there was the tuktuk and now we have an “ax range” in a bar! Oh, happy day! 
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * SAFE & WELCOMING?

    Posted on March 22nd, 2018 Becky 12 comments

    YOU CANNOT CALL!

         Why does the City of Lancaster have a link to LanCity Connect’s website prominently on the homepage of their website. The link takes you to the below screenshot of MAW’s site.
         No – no one can call for an installation and it is unknown when and if and for the prices promised if any resident will ever be able to sign up! Heads should be rolling, the public should be demanding answers and there should be a criminal investigation into this over $5 million dollar disaster!
         Why isn’t any of that happening? Because of LNP, your “community, watchdog newspaper!”
    There will be more tomorrow.

    ****

    *     Well, good morning to you too, serial stalkers Steven and Cheryl Dum Markle! Your daily messages are so appreciated – but you heard wrong! Get mental help!

         

    ****

    LANCITY CONNECT?

          Because of yesterday’s snow emergency, I went to the City of Lancaster’s website and this is what greets you (click here):
        
          How truthful is this?
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LIES AND DECEIT FROM EVERYONE!

    Posted on March 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

     THOSE WHO ARE
    TO INFORM US
    ARE LYING TO US!

         I stated yesterday that last week was Sunshine Week in Pennsylvania, and LNP ran a quote with their editorials for most of the days of that week. So, instead of typing over and over again how these LNP editors and reporters are unethical, lying, greedy hypocrites, I will just post the evidence below:

     —  From their editorial on Sunday, March 11:
     —  From their editorial on Monday, March 12:
     —  From their editorial on Wednesday, March 14:
     —  From their editorial on Thursday, March 15:
     —  From their editorial on Friday, March 16:
     —  From their editorial on Saturday, March 17:

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    *     What has been the financial benefit to LNP through this MAW/Lancaster City arrangement?? Follow the money!!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article.
         Yes, why don’t you tell us, LNP? How much money have you made off this arrangement? Why haven’t you told the public the truth?

    OPEN A
    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION!

    (Click here)

          This is simply unbelievable! LNP has repeatedly and consistently failed to inform and lied to the public about this $5 million dollar disaster.
          From the December 12th, 2017 post on this site (click here for the original):

     Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – EIGHT INCHES OF DOCUMENTS!

    Posted on March 19th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    LNP: FIGHTING THE SUNSHINE!

         Following “Sunshine Week” in Pennsylvania, and LNP writing daily editorials about it and the public’s right to know and the importance of the press, they are trying to deny Robert Field of NewsLanc.com documents regarding the over $9 million dollar CRIZ award to them for their for-profit, off the tax-roles Marriott Hotel expansion.
         As previously published here, High Associates filed a Petition to Intervene on behalf of themselves and LNP (the PSP Partners) to keep him from obtaining the information (click here). So the city is paying a law firm on behalf of LNP to keep information from the public! Does it get any more unethical, hypocritical, dishonest or disgusting than that?
         I will be putting in a Right-To-Know request into the city to find out how much they are paying Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert LLP to fight Field in court.
         And speaking of law firms, I have not yet received a response from the city for the January invoices from the Washington D.C. law firm of Best Best & Krieger on behalf of MAW Communications. On March 5th I received the below emailed response and will follow-up shortly.
         There will be more tomorrow and a third Right to Know request for the Cohen Law Group the city has also hired to petition to intervene in PP&L’s lawsuit against MAW Communications!

    ***    

    HOW MUCH IS THE CITY
     PAYING THESE LAWYERS? 

    From NewsLanc.com, “Documents Finally Released,” (click here)

          The below is the latest in the City of Lancaster’s appeal of Robert Field’s Right to Know request for all the documents regarding the over $9 million CRIZ award to LNP and High Industries (the PSP Partners) for the Marriott Hotel expansion.

    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE 3-18-18 – * WHO MADE AND GAVE THE AUDIO TAPE TO LNP?

    Posted on March 17th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

    UPDATE 3-18-2018 – I am not going to get involved in the debate raging on Lancaster Online over Help Find Sophie. What I do see is a lot of wanna-be lawyers posting and not having a clue what they are talking about. I just wanted to note that everyone is stating Facebook is free, etc., etc., etc.
         No one seems to know that she also has a website that is not free and her domain name is not free and it’s actually very well done and visually attractive and she has some good ideas (click here)! Now on to more serious news!

    SOPHIE OR MAW?

    *    Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the Lancaster County district attorney’s office, said the office has received information about the complaints, which are being vetted and reviewed.
    From today’s LNP lead story, “Critics say Help Find Sophie demanded donations before giving information about lost pets,” (click here).
         LNP has found a clickbait story – about animals, of course! What this woman apparently did after years of good service was morally wrong – but illegal?
         Maybe the DA should be looking at MAW Communications and the over $4.7 million they stole from the city and not at Help Find Sophie? Unbelievable!

    ****    

    AWARDED FOR A LIE?

         On September 25, 2016, LNP ran this quote in their print edition (click here for the LNP article online, “LNP coverage of Manheim Twp. school board earns Pa. NewsMedia Association’s top award”).
         Who is that person who “trusted a reporter enough?” Was it an ordinary citizen or was it then Superintendent John Nodecker who was being investigated for improper conduct and was at the center of the whole “controversy” that began LNP’s coverage?
         If it turns out it was Nodecker, will LNP return the G. Richard Dew Award and apologize to the public for this blatant, disgusting lie?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LET THE SUNSHINE IN!

    Posted on March 16th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

    WANNA-BE NEWSPAPER

         Judge David Ashwork has ordered oral arguments for March 29th in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP as he tries to narrow in on who made the illegal recording of the Manheim Township School Board’s Executive Session
         The Judge’s order is immediately below and below that are several screenshots of the deposition of School Board Member Mark Anderson on June 12, 2017. (The full deposition and other depositions are available here – but note that there are 526 pages and it may take some time to load.)
    There will be much more tomorrow.

    ****

    “PISS POOR REPORTING”

    “SAVAGE”

    “WITCH HUNT”

    *********
    *     What a hoot! Thank you for the email with the subject, “From sex educator to sex symbol.” Hmmm…click here for Fig!
    ****

    WHAY SAY YOU, LNP?

                     

         As LNP has been telling us: It is Sunshine Week! And in that vein, there are developments in two local lawsuits: William Murry v. LNP and Robert Field’s Right to Know request for city documents regarding the CRIZ award to LNP and High Industries.
         Let’s let that sunshine in, eh, LNP?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * CONFLICTS EVERYWHERE!

    Posted on March 15th, 2018 Becky 2 comments
    —   Just a reminder that Cassidy and the editorial board had the unbelievable audacity and hypocrisy to publish this on August 31, 2016 (click here):
         Still, there’s a rule of journalistic ethics that we think ought to apply to government officials, too: Avoid not just conflicts of interest, but the appearance of conflicts of interest. Because in the public’s eye, they’re all the same.

     

    ** Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow.

    MORALLY DEFICIENT!

    *    When LNP and the Caucus began running their articles about state Representative Nick Miccarelli, I sent the below email to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Angela Couloumbis who is also being credited in all the articles (the link in the screenshot of the email is here):

         Today, I am sending her and the members of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association the below post (click here for the original of “A TERRIBLY, LYING START…”). I believe that decent editors and reporters find it hard to believe that other supposed editors and reporters can lie like this and be this morally deficient and unethical and disgrace journalism in this manner. And I will continue to let them know that sadly LNP is exactly that and should be thrown out of legitimate news organizations and associations.

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    PATTERSON: FLAT-OUT LIAR!

          Randy Patterson, city director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization, said the state CRIZ law has strict disclosure requirements regarding conflicts.
    From the LNP article, “Councilwoman urges broader representation on city boards, commissions,” (click here).     
         Patterson (pictured left) is a flat-out liar. Thomas Baldrige voted to give his wife’s then employer, LNP, millions of dollars in CRIZ money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. That is as clear a conflict of interest as you can get!
         But of course, LNP, the recipient of the money, doesn’t tell the public that! Where’s your journalism code of ethics, LNP?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * SHE HID AN ABUSER FOR YEARS!

    Posted on March 14th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    * Click here.

    ***

    PROTECT WOMEN
    FROM YOU, CASSIDY!

    A tweet From LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy yesterday.

         It’s time for you to resign, Cassidy! How does LNP find people who are willing to lie like this? 
    Please check back later today.