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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION NOW!

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    HOW DID LNP GET
    EVEN MORE OF YOUR MONEY?

         This question in today:
         Did you ever get that letter from the state concerning use of CRIZ funds for small businesses?
         I have not gotten it and it’s my fault. I requested it today with a Right to Know request. The holidays caught up with me. I will publish it when received.
         I also put in two other Right to Know requests today: One to see if MAW made their October payment on the $1.5 million dollar loan from the city and a request for the application by Penn Square Partners  (LNP and High Industries) for even more CRIZ money ($531,183) for their Marriott hotel expansion.
         I truly do not understand this. I assume they put in an application – or did they just go to the meeting and say, “Hey guys, if you have any ‘extra’ CRIZ money would you give it to us?”
         How and why would they get even more money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls hotel? As I said this morning, this is sheer corruption and needs to be investigated. I will be writing the PA CRIZ Board for answers! This is an outrage! This is disgusting!

    *******

    LNP: STEALING
    FROM THE PUBLIC!

    Other allocations include:

    • $900,000 for furnishings and fixtures at the convention center, part of the financial rescue package arranged in 2014.
    • $531,183 toward construction of the Marriott hotel expansion.

    From the LNP article, “Lancaster CRIZ authority’s $6.4M goes to Lancaster Square projects, stadium, etc.” (click here).  
         This is simply unbelievable! Why would LNP’s Marriott hotel expansion get another single dime? The corruption in Lancaster is incredible and being led by LNP!
    Please check back later today.

  • THE CURSE OF MURSE?

    Posted on December 2nd, 2018 Becky 14 comments

    WILL LNP BE TRUMPED?

         Oh, happy day! It looks like Knapp is going to sue LNP! Does it get any better than this? No!
         Who do I think fired Knapp? I think it was managing editor Tom Murse. I don’t think anyone else would have the authority to fire a lead reporter of 35 years on the spot. 
         And look at the photograph Murse has on his Facebook page posted in August of 2016. While I have said repeatedly that LNP validates many of Trump’s statements about the press (and they absolutely do), for an editor of a daily newspaper to support this man is beyond all comprehension! Oh, happy day!

  • FIRED ON THE SPOT!

    Posted on December 1st, 2018 Becky 16 comments

    THE DANGERS OF FACEBOOK!

         I can not imagine what Knapp posted on his personal Facebook page that would get him fired on the spot?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHAT IS GOING ON?

    Posted on November 29th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

    WHEN WILL
    CHARGES BE FILED? – 3

        

         Yesterday, it was announced that charges were filed against a RRTA bus driver from an accident the week before in which a pedestrian was injured. There still have not been any charges filed against Debra Slaymaker-Walker for an accident she caused that killed two high school students over a month ago on October 26th.
         The picture on the right is of District Attorney Craig Stedman’s spokesman, Brett Hambright, on the horrific accident scene the day the two students were killed.
          Where are the charges? Where is a follow-up from the DA’s office?
         Will anyone in Lancaster see that justice is applied equally and that justice is done?
    *******

    LNP GOES TO THE DOGS!

        

    ***  LNP – you can not expect people to pay for a subscription when your lead story online is about a pet bakery opening!
           And is this over the top and ridiculous or am I wrong (the picture on the right is from their Instagram page – click here)?  Do dogs and cats really care if their food and snacks looks like human food? A strawberry? Really? I wonder how much they cost…

    **   And a name from the past showed up on Knapp’s Facebook page:

    *    LNP has a new “digital editor” and this was posted on their Facebook page yesterday:

    LNP DUMPS KNAPP

    Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp on his Facebook page yesterday.

    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE *** BREAKING *** – TERRIBLE CITY MANAGEMENT!

    Posted on November 28th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — I am doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow. A note: Two comments came in from the same person last night – one extremely long (a rant!) – arguing that mugshots are unconstitutional to begin with. After some thought I approved them late this afternoon and they are under the post immediately below this one.

    **   It’s one of those days when extremely serious news “conflicts” with a totally different kind of news and because of the confines of this site’s layout they get mashed together.
         Back to the topic of this morning’s first post: The folks on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page are not one bit happy about the tax increases, to put in mildly! But this commenter took an inventive entrepreneurial approach to the bad news:

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    **   The below was just posted on Imir Williams’ Facebook page. I hope the money is for the Lancaster County Court system because you still owe them a lot of money!

     

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    WOMAN BEATER WILLIAMS!

          “Billboard Gee” was formerly known as “Mir Kat” and his real name is Imir Williams. He is a woman beater. He beat “Amish Mafia” actress Esther Schmucker severely several times. This man should not be at the BET Awards!
    Please stay tuned for this developing story.

    ******

    OPEN YOUR WALLETS!

    From page A-5 of today’s LNP print edition (click here to read the story online).

         Yup! Everything is going up! So it begins.
         And once again, LNP was given and “approved” this information prior to last night’s city council meeting where Mayor Sorace announced her budget for 2019 because LNP had their above chart all ready to go.
         Also, Randy Patterson is retiring in June; Councilman Pete Soto was missing again last night; Tony Dastra made a plea and Councilman Chris Ballentine is a joke.
    You can watch last night’s meeting here and please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – TWO CHILDREN DEAD; ONE SEVERELY INJURED – 2

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

         There is a city council meeting tonight. It is also “Giving Tuesday.” Tony Dastra, who live-streams the meetings on his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page, has a GoFundMe account (click here).

     

    STEDMAN: I DON’T
    CARE IF YOU ARE RAPED! – 2

    ***  Just a quick note about yesterday’s post regarding a Right to Know request for a mugshot of Jesus Rosario who is charged with rape.
           I published District Attorney Craig Stedman’s denial letter on this site on October 26th and it is here. I am not appealing the decision because at this point it would require an attorney to do so. Perhaps at a later date I can challenge his ridiculous, preposterous refusal to provide mugshots. 
         If you recall there was this story from LNP also from October 26th, “Office of Open Records rules for LNP in dispute over autopsy & toxicology reports,” (click here):        
        The county has 30 days to appeal to the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, and has indicated it plans the do so. That court is currently handling the county’s appeal on a similar request filed by PennLive.
         LNP is piggybacking on PennLive who is far ahead of LNP in their appeal but it is worth noting that both have hired the same law firm to argue their cases. There will be more on this at a later date.

     

    **     I am well aware of this lie filled debacle going on. Please give me time to adequately address it!

      

    ******

    *    In case you think these two stories on Lancaster Online are the same case and someone made a mistake – no – these are two different women. Mountville is apparently a hotbed for theft!
         I’m not sure why they even bothered to arrest these women. White women can steal in Lancaster County! This site has proven that.
         They will cry; they will get probation and the judge will sternly order them to pay restitution which they will never do.
         But just out of interest, LIP News will follow the cases of these two women.
         Heather Hartman (more than $50k and no mugshot) is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, of course! They haven’t even set bail for Crystal L. Roten (over $75k and a mugshot) so what is going on there? But she did have enough money to hire a private attorney so it’s doubtful she will see a single day in jail!
         It’s good to be white in Lancaster County!    

    WHEN WILL
    CHARGES BE FILED? – 2

         The silence of the entire establishment is both deafening and suspect.
    Part of a comment into this site about Debra Slaymaker-Walker immediately below.
         Exactly. It’s a sure sign something is going down and it is not good.
         And where is LNP? They hire these young reporters straight out of college and then teach them to never question the DA or the police. And as reporters they defy the public trust and don’t go to these public officials and demand answers but wait for them to issue a press release. And if they don’t issue a press release – then they forget about it and move on to the next story.
         It is an absolute disgrace what LNP has done to journalism in Lancaster County.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * TWO CHILDREN DEAD; ONE SEVERELY INJURED

    Posted on November 26th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    STEDMAN: I DON’T
    CARE IF YOU ARE RAPED!

         On November 21st, the District Attorney’s Office posted the above on their Facebook page!
         Yellow Cab, really DA Craig Stedman? That’s where Jesus Rosario, who is charged with raping a passenger worked/works. And remember he’s free on unsecured bail and the public doesn’t know what he looks like because you refused a Right to Know request from me to release his mugshot!
         Do you give a damn about women’s safety and the public’s right to protect themselves, DA Stedman?
         The below was posted on this site on October 22nd (the original is here and the link to the WGAL piece is here).
         There will be much more tomorrow on this and Debra Slaymaker-Walker.

    *****

    **   Of all the irony! This is LNP’s top story online this morning by reporter Lindsey Blest (click here).  Do you think you could ask District Attorney Craig Stedman for an update on the horrific October 26th crash, Lindsey?

     

     

    *     The below was posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under one of the very early reports of this accident. This commenter nailed it. Was proper protocol followed?

    WHEN WILL
    CHARGES BE FILED?

     (Click here for the LNP story shown above.)

         Compassion and forgiveness are wonderful. Stating that anyone could cause an accident that kills two kids seems over-the-top.
         But Debra Slaymaker-Walker did do just that. On October 26th she fled from police who tried to stop her, side-swiped a school bus with kids in it and kept going, and then caused an eight car crash that killed high school students Jack Nicholson and Meghan Keeney and severely injured  Rylan Beebe.
         District Attorney Craig Stedman waited four days to release her name but then stated she was still unconscious and police could not question her.   And in a highly unusual move, he sent his public spokesperson, Brett Hambright, to the scene within just a few hours to “update” the press on all the incidents leading up to the horrific multi-car crash.
         There has not been another word from the District Attorney’s office but on November 8th, her son posted the below on Facebook with a link to a  GoFundMe account for Deb Slaymaker-Walker (click here):


        So what happens now? Will charges be filed? Why hasn’t there been an official update from DA Craig Stedman? Two children are dead. It began with Slaymaker-Walker fleeing and eluding the police and then police calling off the pursuit. Why? And why have there been no updates or charges filed in this horrific story?  

  • * LETTUCE REMAIN CALM…

    Posted on November 25th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    LNP: FAITHLESS TO
    THE PUBLIC TRUST!

         — Knowledge of journalism principles and ethics, among them, clarity, organization, succinctness and story-telling techniques, with knowledge of Associated Press style.
    From LNP’s current ad for a “Site Producer” (click here).
         What a disgrace! I didn’t know that “clarity, organization, succinctness and story-telling techniques” were important parts of journalism principles and ethics codes!
         In fact, they don’t appear anywhere in the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) “Principles of Journalism” (click here). I wonder what ethics code LNP hands their new employees? Do they have a code of journalism ethics? If they do, it must be drastically different from every other one in this country!
         Last week I  published “Article I” of the ASNE principles. Today, I am including Articles II and III. LNP breaks these every single day. Every single day! And I would point out this sentence from Article I:
         Newsmen and women who abuse the power of their professional role for selfish motives or unworthy purposes are faithless to that public trust.
         LNP is faithless to the public trust and that is why this site exists!

    *****

    LIP NEWS IS BACK!

         The above headline was on Lancaster Online for several days. There’s a time  for bad puns and there’s a time for serious headlines.  LNP totally missed the mark on this one!
           But romaine calm: LIP News is back to take them to task!

  • 11-21-18 UPDATE – YOUR STAFF SHOULD REFLECT THE COMMUNITY YOU COVER!

    Posted on November 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments
    UPDATE 11-21-18 – The below email in response to my question of when Raymond  Corll will be sent back to prison to complete his sentence:
    *
    Dear Ms. Holzinger,
     
    Corll has 14 days to seek reargument before the Superior Court and 30 days to seek review before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; so, there is still a wait involved.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Christopher J. Schmidt
    Deputy Attorney General

    WHEN WILL CORLL
    FINISH HIS PRISON SENTENCE?

    Raymond Corll

         Former Lancaster city police Sgt. Ray Corll posted bail Tuesday, allowing him to be released from prison while his case is under appeal.
    From the June 28th, 2017 LNP article, “Former Lancaster city police Sgt. Ray Corll released on bail during appeals process,” (click here).       
         Corll lost that appeal today. When will he be recommitted to prison to finish his sentence? When I receive an answer to that question, I will publish it here.
         The District Attorney’s Office did not address this very important issue in their press release today, and hence LNP has not either (click here for the DA’s release).
         The woman who answered the phone in President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s office late this afternoon said she “is not sure when he will be recommitted.” She put me on hold and then came back and said Corll can now appeal to the Supreme Court of PA.
         That takes time. Will Corll be recommitted and when? Someone has to know! Again, if I get an answer I will publish it when received.
         I will also come back to the LNP story pictured left when this site comes back from Thanksgiving break on Sunday, November 25th (click here for the LNP story).
         Can you even imagine LNP not questioning when Corll will be returned to prison to complete his sentence? Unbelievable!

     

    ***  The beginning of the Superior Court’s 24 page memorandum issued today and affirming Raymond Corll’s conviction and sentence by the Lancaster County Court. When will Corll be taken back to jail to finish his sentence?

    WHEN WILL CORLL
    GO BACK TO JAIL?

         The final page of the Superior Court’s decision in Raymond Corll’s appeal is below. When will he be taken back to jail to finish his sentence?

    CORLL LOSES APPEAL

         The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld former Lancaster City Police Sgt. Raymond Corll’s conviction and sentence by the Lancaster County Court. Corll has lost his appeal.

    CORRECTION

    *    Roxanne of the Superior Court of PA said by phone today that the court has affirmed that they are not changing anything that occurred in Corll’s trial in Lancaster County. It would appear that Corll has lost his appeal.

        She stated the court issued a 24 page memorandum regarding the case and in her brief perusal told me the Superior Court has affirmed the decision of the Lancaster County Court – and thus, once again, it appears Corll has lost. I am working to absolutely confirm this.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

          There has been a decision today in former Lancaster Police Sgt. Raymond Corll’s appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. It appears his appeal of his conviction has been approved regarding simple assault. His docket simply says “Yes” (click here).
         Stay tuned for this developing story.

    WHAT ABOUT YOU, LNP?

    From today’s LNP editorial titled online, “Racist expressions of hate cannot be waved away,” (click here).
     
         Well, isn’t that special? The LNP editorial board gets up on their high horses and talk about race and hate! Why don’t you tell the public the racial and ethnic make-up of your news and editorial staff, LNP? You do not have a single black reporter or editor on your staff and you have one recently hired Hispanic reporter.
         As I’ve been saying on this site for over 14 years now: Racism in Lancaster County begins with the Lancaster Newspapers.
  • ** – * PROTECT YOUR KIDS…

    Posted on November 19th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

     —  Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will publish briefly tomorrow and then go on Thanksgiving break until  Sunday, November 25 when daily publishing will resume.  —

    **   You can’t take the below comments down, LNP managing editor Tom Murse, because they are on the city’s Facebook page and not yours and you have no control over them!
         You are a disgrace to the community and journalism, Murse! I hope when the Attorney General investigates we find out how much money MAW paid LNP for your silence!

    LANCITY DISCONNECT!

    *     Thank you to a commenter for clueing me in on the below post on the city Facebook page. Unbelievable! Over $5 million dollars for nothing!

    ******

    FROM LNP!

    The editorial headline in today’s LNP print edition.

         This should read: Protect your kids from LNP! Seriously.
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * “LANCASTER COUNTY’S BEST VALUES?”

    Posted on November 18th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    LNP & JANESCH
    LIE BY OMISSION – AGAIN!

    **   There is not one mention in today’s glowing front page Sunday News article on Representative Bryan Cutler about him moonlighting as an attorney. Not one, LNP reporter Sam Janesch (pictured left)! Did you forget about LNP’s big investigative story on legislators moonlighting (see the links below)?
         This was published on this site on July 30, 2017 (the original is here):

    —  Click here for Bryan Cutler’s attorney page on Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP’s website.

    —  Click here for Gil Smart’s LNP article from March of 2009, “Cutler hangs a second shingle – Legislator working part time as attorney.”

    —  Click here for LNP’s July 2017 article, “MOONLIGHTING LAWMAKERS – 130 of 253 Pennsylvania House and Senate members earn income from other sources; Does moonlighting create conflict of interest?”

    —  Click here for LNP’s editorial from August of 2017, “Moonlighting lawmakers should be a concern to Pennsylvania taxpayers.”           

     

         A gun target being used as campaign promotional material for Bryan Cutler at the Solanco Fair in September of 2014. This was less than a year after Cutler’s brother-in-law shot his two-month-old daughter dead on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013.

    CAN LNP GO ANY LOWER?

    Today’s LNP editorial (click here).

        When you think LNP can’t go any lower, they do! What an absolute disgrace!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LNP ONLY SERVES THEMSELVES!

    Posted on November 16th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

    THE NEWS AND EVENTS
    THAT SHAPE LIFE

         I am making a list of everything LNP has either not covered or slanted for their own economic gain and to ensure a white and elite leadership in the county and city. They are not a “community newspaper!” That will be coming.
         But besides the lawsuit against the House of Pizza, they have also failed to cover two very significant federal lawsuits in the last month. They are below along with a link to the coverage on this site. Why hasn’t LNP informed the public of these lawsuits? The headline above is from one of LNP’s own ads for themselves.


    (Click here)


    (Click here)

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    **   As a reminder, the “Material Facts” from Benson’s lawsuit against the House of Pizza which settled on November 9th (see immediately below) are republished below. LNP has never mentioned this lawsuit.

    SETTLEMENT REACHED

    *    A settlement was reached in the federal lawsuit of Philip Benson v. the House of Pizza on November 9th (see below and click here for his complaint).
    His attorney, Caroline Hope Miller of the Philadelphia law firm of Derek Smith Law Group PLLC, would only say by phone this morning that the matter has been “resolved.” Asked if Benson was pleased with the outcome she stated, “He is happy he can put the matter behind him and that all parties came to a satisfactory resolution agreement.”

    *******

    NO, NO, NO!

            

  • * LNP SUPPORTS THE CORRUPTION…

    Posted on November 15th, 2018 Becky No comments

    — Wow! This was unexpected! Snow day! —

    BECAUSE THE
    MONEY GOES TO THEM!

         When is LNP going to report this lawsuit????
         Just as importantly……..when is LNP going to become a real newspaper and not just a spin doctor for PSP, the D.A’s office, the Mayor’s office and the Police Department????
         Don’t hold your breath!!!!
    This comment in several days ago.
         They defy everything journalism is supposed to stand for and have been doing so for years. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the corruption in Lancaster County is simply astonishing.
    Please check back later today.

  • & SORACE SNAPS AND NAME RELEASED

    Posted on November 14th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    — Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    DID YOU TELL HIM, TOM?

              

                             Sam Janesch                           Tom Murse
    *
         There was a messy, sloppy city council meeting last night and Mayor Danene Sorace snapped at commenters. She is in over her head! You can watch the video here and there will be more to come.

    Slaymaker-Walker

         Investigators say the Nissan sedan was driven by 56-year-old Donna Woodall from Atlantic City. 

    ABC-6, “21 hurt after car crashes into Egg Harbor Twp., NJ Social Security office,” (click here).
         The driver’s name was released just hours after this horrific accident yesterday. Imagine that? Compare the release of her name to the recent deadly accident that killed two high school students in Lancaster.
         And did LNP managing editor Tom Murse tell his reporter Sam Janesch how LNP lied and covered for Representative Bryan Cutler and District Attorney Craig Stedman when G. Scott Davis shot his two-month-old daughter dead on Christmas Eve several years ago? Did you tell your new reporter, Tom?
    See immediately below and please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LANCASTER IS BECOMING KNOWN…

    Posted on November 12th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

         I am reporting LNP this afternoon. You might want to as well (click here).

     

    FOR IT’S RACIST
    & VIOLENT POLICE FORCE!

         THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN VIEWED IN EXCESS OF 6 MILLION TIMES
         A FEDERAL LAWSUIT WAS FILED FOR SEAN WILLIAMS BY BRIAN R MILDENBERG AND CO-COUNSEL
         IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ON JULY 2, 2018, IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
    From the Mildenberg Law Firm website (click here).
         In fact, the lawsuit is front and center on the home page of their website (see above).
         Brian Mildenberg is also the lead attorney for Ronald Brian Gray’s federal lawsuit against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Tomothy Sinnott (see Saturday’s post below for the “Statement of Facts” from the lawsuit filed on October 24th of this year).
         When is LNP going to report on this lawsuit? When will something be done about the Lancaster City Police Force?

    Please check back later today.

  • WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN…

    Posted on November 11th, 2018 Becky 17 comments

    WHEN THE LANCASTER
    POLICE CHIEF WAS
    A DOMESTIC ABUSER?

        These are the opening sentences to “section 2” of today’s Sunday News editorial about child sexual abuse and domestic violence (click here).
         The hypocrisy of this has me so angry today that I will have to come back to it tomorrow.
         And one of the biggest hypocrites and liars, LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy, goes on a Twitter fest every day! Look at her statistics! Forty or more tweets and retweets a day! Who is she trying to impress? Ain’t nobody gonna hire a liar and hypocrite like you!
         Screenshot of her Twitter account taken at 7:30 am yesterday morning:

     

  • “RACIALLY PROFILED”

    Posted on November 10th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    SHOCKINGLY VIOLENT

       

                          Officers Jake Bingham (left) and Timothy Sinnott

         The “Statement of Facts” from the federal lawsuit filed October 24 by Ronald Brian Gray against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Timothy Sinnott is below.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MORE BLATANT HYPOCRISY FROM LNP!

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    HOW COMPLICIT IS LNP?

         • Heard a report on the annual audit of city government’s financial statements. The city’s books for 2017 are fully in order, and no issues were found, vice president Tracey Rash of accounting firm Maher Duessel said.
         The article to the left is LNP’s coverage of Monday’s city council committee meeting and the above quote is from LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher’s “Other Business” category at the end of the article (click here).
         The audit was several months late and it is 213 pages long. To sum it up in that one ridiculous sentence is outrageous. As stated on this site on Tuesday, MAW Communications was specifically mentioned by Duessel as an expense that unexpectedly went up by $400,000 in the general fund.
         Also as reported here, MAW’s separate legal fees of $83,000 were  mentioned during a different part of the meeting and there was the exchange between councilman Pete Soto and Mayor Sorace in which she stated LanCity Connect is at a “stalemate.”
         LNP’s failure to report and inform the public  on this over $5 million dollar disaster is unconscionable and also raises the question of how much money MAW has paid LNP. How deep is LNP’s collusion and complicity in this fraud and scam? Is that why they do not want the attorney general to investigate?
    To be continued…
    *

    **   Regarding the plans for the new Lancaster Square, the below is the end to an excellent Letter to the Editor of LNP in yesterday’s print edition (click here to read the entire letter online).
          Once again all of the city’s efforts and money are being put into the six-block magazine section of the city. How many residents of the city will be able to afford the retail stores and restaurants proposed for the new Lancaster Square? Does anyone in city government care?

    *     Tonight from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall. The description: 
          “Join the City of Lancaster and Mahan Rykiel for a community meeting regarding Lancaster Square. The project team will present a summary of public outreach and the preliminary design process, and how this effort shaped the preferred design of the public plaza.
           Click here for the Facebook page for this event.

    *******

    I SEE YA!

       From this morning’s LNP editorial online titled, “Chief clerk of Pennsylvania Senate gets new digs, appointed with big-ticket furnishings, on the taxpayer dime,” (click here).        

        The hypocrisy and lies from this LNP editorial board are unbelievable. Are they are going to put IKEA furniture in their Marriott Hotel expansion rooms paid for by the public? Why is the public paying almost $10 million dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls expansion? Could their “watchdog” Caucus investigative reporters investigate and report on that?
    Please check back later today.

  • “A STALEMATE!”

    Posted on November 6th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    MORE MONEY, MAW!

         MAW and LanCity Connect were mentioned several times during last night’s city council committee meeting (click here to watch).
         One was during a review of the city’s 2017 audit talking about expenses and an increase of $400,000 in the general fund for LanCity Connect. MAW was mentioned again when Patrick Hopkins was talking about expenses for the Mayor’s office and a transfer and said there were $83,000 in legal expenses for MAW.
          Finally, with about 5:52 to go in the meeting city councilman Pete Soto and Mayor Sorace had this brief exchange:
    Soto – How soon will we get an update on Lancaster Connect?
    Sorace – LanCity Connect…um…There’s really no update at this point. There’s a little bit of a stalemate because PP&L and MAW… PP&L is waiting on MAW for certain things and so PP&L is not going to move forward with any approvals for pole attachments or any new work until those requirements are met. So… we’re waiting.
    Soto – How far behind schedule are we at this point on that? A year? A year-and-a half?
    Sorace – Significantly.
    Soto – Thank you, mayor.

  • UPDATE – * – 11-5-18 UPDATE – LNP: TOTALLY DISHONEST JOURNALISM!

    Posted on November 4th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    A NOSE FOR VICTORY!

         I will come back to corruption and LNP after the election. It pains me to see what LNP is doing to journalism. It is awful and almost worse, it validates Trump.
         So I’ll leave you with this tweet from former LNP employee Michael Deibert, who is a world class journalist and I believe he left LNP very quickly after learning what a truly corrupt, unethical, racist and greedy company they are.
         You go, Max! Yes, vote for Jess King and get rid of the Schmuck!


    *     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.
         I have printed this unbelievable statement from an LNP editorial in August of 2016 several times before (click here for the editorial).
         But it bears posting again because these people are just such despicable liars. They break every code of journalistic ethics in this country every single day. And every media outlet that thinks LNP and/or the Caucus is a legitimate, honest, watchdog news organization needs to be informed that they are anything but that.
        The millions in public dollars that went/are going into LNP’s for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel ownership and current expansion smashes every journalism code of ethics in this country. And people need to be made aware of that!
         Robert Field of NewsLanc.com also wrote about the unbelievable hypocrisy and lie in LNP’s editorial and said this (click here):
         Shame on LNP. It is bad enough to fleece the community without blatantly insulting its intelligence. And yet again, perhaps the lack of community intelligence is the problem.
         It’s not the community’s fault. It’s because, of course, LNP, the monopoly news outlet in Lancaster County, doesn’t tell them about their own lies, greed and hypocrisy!
         LNP’s Marriott expansion in the heart of downtown is being paid for with your money:
      

    UPDATE 11-5-18

    THE MARRIOTT, CRIZ, MAW,
    THE COALITION CAMERAS,
    THE MARRIOTT EXPANSION,

    BENCHMARK & MORE!

         The corruption in Lancaster is simply shocking. And when it is investigated fully and people are jailed, the bottom line participant and the recipient of the money from the corruption will lead directly back to LNP. 
         Who from LNP will be going to jail?
    Please check back later today.

    — This will come tomorrow. —

    ABSOLUTE HYPOCRISY & LIES!

      

    The top row are two headlines on the front page of today’s Sunday LNP print edition. Below that is one of their top five stories online this morning.

       Can LNP go any lower?
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – CALL THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL!

    Posted on November 2nd, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — I am making phone calls this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    ***   Why does LNP protect Mayor Danene Sorace, Patrick Hopkins and Randy Patterson? Because they gave racist LNP almost ten million dollars of the public’s money to build their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott expansion tower. That’s why! (Pictures taken Monday of this week.)

     

    **   LNP has now taken the comment down from their Facebook page. Resign, Tom Murse!

    *    The same comment is on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page and is easier to read. Everyone has been affected because there are over $5 million dollars missing!

    OVER $5 MILLION
    FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

         Why did LNP remove this comment under the story about Charlotte Katzenmoyer? Call the Pennsylvania Attorney General and ask them what happened to over $5 million dollars of the taxpayer’s money (717-787-9707)! Do it today.
         Why was this comment removed, LNP managing editor Tom Murse? Who are you protecting this time? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * WE’VE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES!

    Posted on October 31st, 2018 Becky 11 comments
         Once again, today’s huge breaking news is that LIP News has learned that Charlotte Katzenmoyer is no longer the Director of Public Works for the city of Lancaster. She has held that position for 17 years and was one of the most powerful and highest paid city employees.
         The details of her departure are not known and LIP News has requested a statement from the city but has not heard back as of 3:55 pm today. There will be more tomorrow.

     

    **  Charlotte Katzenmoyer has been the Public Works Director for the City of Lancaster since May of 2001. According to her LinkedIn account (click here):
          As the Director of Public Works with the City of Lancaster she has responsibility for approximately 200 employees in the Bureau of Engineering, Operations Bureau which includes Streets, Traffic and Parks, Bureau of Public Facilities, Bureau of Water, Bureau of Wastewater. The Water and Wastewater Bureaus serve not only the City proper, but nine municipalities surrounding the City with a population of over 140,000 residents. She is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of $43 million and a capital budget of $50 million.

    *     2:55 pm – I have requested a statement from the city regarding Charlotte Katzenmoyer and am awaiting their response.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    KATZENMOYER OUT!

         LIP News has learned that Charlotte Katzenmoyer will no longer be the Director of Public Works for the city effective yesterday. She held that position for 17 years.
         Please stay tuned for this developing story.

    WHO BECAME AGGRESIVE?

    Attorney Pfursich

         Johnson’s attorney Edwin Pfursich said in statement Tuesday that the story being portrayed on social media is not accurate.
    “This matter is about trespassing. The volunteers from Jess King’s campaign entered private property and became aggressive,” he wrote in an email. “They were asked to leave and refused, so the police were notified.”
    From the WITF story linked to below.

         This is part of Kemp’s story that she posted on Facebook about the incident (click here to read her whole post):

          …  We walked onto her driveway to explain that we were canvassing for Jess King.
    She said, “I hate Jess King. She’s trying to take us to socialism. You can’t do that here.”
    She spoke to us in an aggressive way in a loud voice.
    She said to Michael, “I know you; you look familiar.”
    Michael introduced himself by name and stuck out his hand for a shake.
    The woman stuck out her hand which had a plastic glove and then snatched it back.
    She said “You can’t do that here. You don’t belong here. How did you get in here? I’m going to call the police. I’m going to take your picture.”
    I grabbed Michael’s arm to move from the woman’s driveway
    I said, “Come on Michael; let’s go somewhere else.” We left her driveway.
    The woman then followed us yelling at us on to the street.
    She said, “I’m taking your picture.”
    I said. “That’s fine.” And then I posed with a smile and said “We support Jess King.”
    Then I said to Michael
    “Michael take her picture!”
    Michael pulled out his camera and started to take her photograph.
    The woman then hid her face with her hand.
    She said, “All of this is private property. You can’t be in here at all. I’m calling the police.”
    She then started to dial.
    I said, “We’ll call the police too. let’s go Michael. This is America.”
    We walked to our car, got in, and Michael drove out of Bent Creek.
    After a minute or so, I called the campaign volunteer headquarters in Manheim Township and relayed the incident.

    ******

    **   Bent Creek! Click here to read the story!

    *    Oh, the irony. The DA’s office just released the below news of a big press event this morning at 10:00 am! Who will LNP send?

    ******

    NOT A QUESTION IT’S
    ABOUT BLACK & WHITE!

         Would this alternative to prison for such a violent crime be afforded to teens of color, or those not from a suburban, upper middle class high school. It would be interesting to see some stats on this. This is the type of criminal justice action that leads to segments of the community feeling alienated, disaffected and discriminated. We’ve seen the consequences of this type of systemic stratification by race, ethnicity and class recently in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. This needs to be shared.
         This excellent comment has stayed on my mind since it was posted on Lancaster Online in December of 2014 under the story, “Cop’s son and friend face 9-month stint in ‘motivational boot camp’ for raid of West Hempfield home,” (click here).    
          It just happened again in Lancaster County. A 63-year-old white suburban woman with an influential name was withheld from the public for days following a horrific car crash that killed two high school students and put another in intensive care.      
          If she had been black or Hispanic from the city her name would have been released in a matter of hours. This is not “playing the race card” – this is simply fact.
         And LNP completely ignores it and doesn’t demand answers from District Attorney Craig Stedman. Why has this racist company, with only one new, minority employee among a staff of over 80, been allowed to continue to operate in Lancaster County? Why haven’t any community leaders called out this racist company and told them this is unequivocally not acceptable and further, that they should be charged with employment discrimination and put out of business?
    This needs to be shared! Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHATEVER, WHENEVER?

    Posted on October 30th, 2018 Becky 12 comments

    SLAYING THE TRUTH?

         It is “ironic” that Kyle Slaymaker went on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page early this morning and posted this sarcastic remark. And yet, I think he’s part of the reason it took the DA four days to release her name. It was to make sure she was not related to Kyle (he stated later in the thread that he is not related to the driver, Debra Slaymaker-Walker).
         You see, Kyle Slaymaker is married to Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s daughter. You don’t get much more connected than that!
         And the Slaymaker name is a very prominent, well known name in Lancaster County.
         There will be more tomorrow.

         ******

    DRIVER IDENTIFIED

    *    The female driver involved in the Oct. 26 crash in Lititz is Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63.
    From the DA’s latest press release (click here).

    JOURNALISTS: DO YOUR JOBS!

    A front page headline in today’s print edition of LNP and a comment posted under the story online.

         LNP’s Subheadline: “Says secrecy is essential to ‘integrity’ of investigation.”
         Can you imagine a journalist writing that? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY, STEDMAN?

    Posted on October 29th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

        This has been on the home page of Lancaster Online all day.
         This is not acceptable! This is simply unacceptable behavior by a public servant in the United States who is paid by the public to protect and serve them. It is unconscionable.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    ***  The only thing I’ve seen that makes any possible sense is that this woman is on life support. If that is the case, the DA should report it and release her name. 
    Just to be clear: This “theory” was posted on a social media site and it is not known if there is any truth to this whatsoever.

    NOT ACCEPTABLE!

    **   Yet another unacceptable update from District Attorney Craig Stedman.  

    NOT SATISFACTORY – AGAIN!

    *    The latest press release from the DA’s office at approximately 10:15 am this morning. This is not satisfactory!

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER! – 3

      

    (Click here for the  above full PennLive story.)

         Release the driver’s name, District Attorney Craig Stedman! This is simply an unacceptable outrage. Two students are dead. Identify the driver, Stedman.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * WHO IS SHE?

    Posted on October 28th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    LACKING INTEGRITY!

         We understand the public wants specifics on the incident and we are providing maximum information without jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation.
    From the DA’s latest press release (see the link immediately below).
         “Jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation” is a catchall for we don’t want to release the information! What a bunch of nonsense and an absolute disgrace.
         The police called off a low speed chase knowing full well who was driving, or at the very least, the registered owner of the car. And then DA spokesperson Brett Hambright shows up on the scene! If you want to talk about a lack of integrity, talk about Hambright. And when he actually shows up at a crime scene you know something is up and it’s not good! We shall see… 
        ,

    NOT SATISFACTORY!

         District Attorney Craig Stedman just released this “update” at 1:05 pm (click here). This is not satisfactory!

     

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER! – 2

         LNP has the above “BREAKING” on their website. It is past time for District Attorney Craig Stedman to release the driver’s name and do it now!

    SECOND STUDENT DIES

    (Click here)

     

    IT’S GOOD TO BE
    WHITE IN LANCASTER COUNTY!

    (Click here for the CrimeWatch entry.)

    **  “Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer.” Her bail amount – $50,000 unsecured!
          This woman obviously has anger management problems and she may be mentally ill – but this is her second criminal docket in three years and she has nine non-traffic citations since March of 2015 (see below and there is an additional non-traffic citation on page 2). And she has unsecured bail for a second degree felony!
         Never forget that it’s “good” to be white in Lancaster County!

    *******

    *    A Northern Lancaster County Regional police officer followed the vehicle, a black Hyundai hatchback, which was “driving 5 to 10 mph, extremely slow for the road,” Hambright [DA spokesperson Brett Hambright] said. The woman was the sole occupant.
         When the officer used lights and sirens to pull the driver over, the car sped off, Hambright said. The officer’s patrol supervisor told him to “terminate pursuit.”
    From the same article linked to below.
         No matter the other charges that may be filed against her – the above is fleeing and eluding the police and it is a crime!  Where are the charges?

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER!

    (Click here)

         This horrific accident happened on Friday. We’ve been hearing about the “erratic 63-year-old driver” for two days! Who is she? Why hasn’t her identity been released to the public?