* HERE. FOR BAD?

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SOMEONE TELL MARV!

*     Short of a huge volcano erupting in Pequea Township, that is not going to happen.
Marvelous Marv Adams, former editor of the Sunday News, on the chances the convention center/hotel project might fail (click here).

     Somebody tell Marv! If it can happen in Iceland it can happen in Pequea! Yikes!  Better move, Marv!
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THE POWER OF THE PRESS?

     From an ad for themselves in today’s LNP print edition.
 
     Have you noticed that they use the tagline “Here. For Good.” in their advertising all the time? It’s more than a little scary – as in – we control everything that goes on in this county and we always will. They should change it to “Here. For Bad.”

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM CLEARLY SAYS “NO!”

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FULL OF HOLES!

       There will be hundreds of people who will be living in our downtown and that is something that has a significant economic impact. Just the way that council has been briefed on the economic impact of convention center attendees and what that means to small businesses, and hearing, you know, um, Zack from the bagel shop just say he’s never going to complain about convention center guests coming into the city because he knows that his business is going to do very well on those particular days.
A transcript of Mayor Sorace addressing city council in their March 9th meeting and originally published on this site here.
       Who is “briefing” council members on the economic impact of the convention center? Does anyone believe it? There have been no conventions since the Covid pandemic began a year ago and the “economic benefit” will never come close to what it is costing the taxpayers! Mayor Sorace certainly learned how to lie from her predecessor, former Mayor Rick Gray! What aa absolute lie and disgrace! 

AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHO STOLE $150,000? – 5

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THE CURSE OF MURSE! – 2

     From the LNP editorial linked to in yesterday’s post. 
 
     That is just ridiculous. The below is a screenshot of page 493 of former county commissioner Molly Henderson’s book “Pressed.” The huge “GET OUT” headline is about the commissioners who opposed LNP’s convention center/hotel and one of the bylines on the story is Tom Murse!
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**   The Lancaster Police announced the July 2020 retirement of Philip Bernot on their Facebook page today (see below). His name will forever remind me of when he tased Sean Williams in the back in a video that went viral worldwide.
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AN INSANE VERDICT?

 

*     Speaking of the DA’s office, what in the world went on in this case (click here for the LNP article pictured above)? Google Boyette L. Graham Jr. I was surprised! Are you?

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A COMPLETE FAILURE?

     This comment in under the post below (thank you!):
     LNPs playbook is the same as it has always been. Cover, lie and deny. LNP should be talking about the dozens of Assistant DA’s that have left the DA’s office but LNP is 2 busy with their puff pieces for real journalism. Since Heather Adams is a WHITE woman, LNP won’t touch her incompetence. She hides in her office all day and does nothing. Todd Brown runs the show because Heather is clueless. The best ADAs have left and there have been mass numbers leaving. You would think LNP would care given our county has been reduced to having a prosecution that is truly the worse I have ever seen. It is now the ultimate clown show. Criminals of all stripes would do great in Lancaster. Even the judges know it. Heather Adams created a fake story about someone stealing money from the drug task force to give herself some media cover. Where is the $$$ and why have there been no further mention?? Heather then leaves her office to do press conferences about the missing Amish girl and she has no further leads or evidence. Heather was just trying to give Todd Brown some media attention since he was trying to seek endorsement for judge. These people are sick and everyone in the know understands why good attorneys keep leaving the DA’s office in flocks. Maybe LNP should care about that. It has gotten to such a critical level now. We have no real staff left and no one left that can actually win challenging cases. Heather Adams is a complete failure.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – READ MOLLY HENDERSON’S BOOK “PRESSED!”

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ROLE MODELS?

     Last night on “Live at 5,” Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace had Dr. Damaris Rau, the Superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, as a guest (click here). With 5:24 left on the video, Rau states the following:
    One of the reasons I came to this school district was because I feel that there is an importance in our students, especially our children of color, to see role models – people who look like them who have been successful and often times came from similar backgrounds.
     I bring this up because of the new hire for the Lancaster Police Department (see yesterday’s post). This happens over and over again and no one demands to know why people of color are not being hired. And at the last city council meeting, Sorace stated they have hired the CNA Corporation to tell them how the department is failing people of color.
It is disturbing, expensive and ridiculous and there will be much more to come on this.
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*   The below is from NewsLanc.com (click here). LNP and High Industries (the PSP Partners) actually received almost $10 million public dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel “expansion.” 
     Former Mayor Art Morris took down the website that is linked to in his letter. He has never explained that. But do see the detailed and excellent “Convention Center Series” on NewsLanc (click here) and read the book “Pressed” by former county commissioner Molly Henderson about the incredibly unethical actions of the Lancaster Newspapers and owner Beverly Steinman regarding the original convention center/Marriott Hotel proposal (click here to buy it on Amazon). 
     And send this post to SpotlightPA because that is LNP’s big issue – trying to claim they are ethical and a legitimate news outlet when they are clearly not (click here). Hey, Suzanne Cassidy, why don’t you publish LNP’s code of ethics? 

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AN OUTRIGHT LIE!

From today’s LNP editorial, “Beware partisan websites masquerading as news sites. Newspapers such as LNP | LancasterOnline are far more reliable,” (click here).
 
     That’s an outright lie, LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy. Wow! An outright lie!
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – IS LNP A PARTNER IN SPOTLIGHTPA?

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      Apparently the white man from California below is fluent in Spanish which is nice but they recently hired three men who also speak Spanish! What is the problem with hiring black men and women? This is unconscionable! Someone needs to provide answers.
       I was going to ask where is the NAACP but their Facebook page is down (the Lancaster branch) and Blanding Watson, pictured left, who was the president, now lists his job as a Lancaster City Human Relations Commissioner on LinkedIn and he has no mention of the NAACP. What is going on? I hope to find out in the next several days and report back.
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**   Interesting that hotels come up in the SpotlightPA story linked to below:
      …The report also found the network of sites recently published a series of stories on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the hotel industry without disclosing that Metric Media’s CEO, Bradley Cameron, has ties to hotel owners.
     “When we looked [at those sites] over a period of time, we saw a large number of articles about imposing lockdown restrictions on hotels,” Skibinski said. “Then we looked at the website of an organization [Cameron] is associated with and in his bio on that site it revealed he was basically doing lobbying or consulting work [for members of the hotel industry].”

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ABSOLUTE CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

     Today’s LNP editorial (click here).
 
That’s a nice hotel room, LNP! Does SpotlightPA know that millions in public dollars were spent on your for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel? Do they know?
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LNP THREATENS TRUST!

     A front page headline in this morning’s LNP print edition (click here to read the SpotlightPA story online).
 
     Does LNP fail basic journalistic standards?
Please check back later today.

UPDATED – NOW, WHAT ABOUT THAT MISSING $150,000?

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WHO KILLED
OLGA SANCHEZ-REYES?

       This is just ridiculous and pathetic of LNP and executive editor Tom Murse (click here). LIP News will begin a series on recent unsolved murders in the next several weeks. The family and friends of these victims are still awaiting closure and justice and the killers are walking the streets. 
       One exception to this is the horrific arson murder of Olga Sanchez-Reyes. Over nine years later they arrested her husband and he is currently scheduled to go on trial in June. One of the prosecution’s main witnesses is Detective Nathan Nickel who is named in a federal lawsuit for excessive force and sexual assault. Did then DA Craig Stedman know the lawsuit was coming and race to charge her husband, Carlos Montalvo-Rivera? That is just one of the cases that will be examined.
        Oh, and I will follow up on that missing $150,000 from the District Attorney’s office!

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RECORDS RELEASED!

     Well, DA Heather Adams, I believe the court said you had to release these records (click here for the link in the screenshot above). Now, let’s talk about that missing $150,000 from the drug task force!
Please check back later today.

UPDATED – STREET SAFETY?

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IT’S SUNSHINE WEEK!

         The following three Right-to-Know requests were emailed to the city today:
 
—   A copy of the signed Separation Agreement Between the City of Lancaster and former city police officer Brittany Porreca. Her disability application was approved by city council at their February 23rd meeting and it was stated her disability coverage would begin on March 1, 2021.
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 —  A copy of the signed settlement agreement between the City of Lancaster and MAW Communications regarding LanCity Connect, etal. This was approved by the city council at their February 23rd, 2021 meeting.
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—  A copy of the ledger of all payments made to attorney Barry Handwerger of the law firm of Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert from when he was made the in-house city solicitor in March of 2019 through February 28th, 2021. 
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MORE ARTWORK!

         From today’s LNP editorial, “This week’s good things: Artwork projects and a supercentenarian,” (click here).
       Yes, that’s what Lancaster needs – more artwork! Let’s not talk about crime or unsolved murders. No. Let’s have more artwork!
Please check back later today.

** – * BREAKING EVERY CODE OF JOURNALISM ETHICS!

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**  RON [MARTIN]: AS NEWS 8 REPORTED YESTERDAY, MURRAY HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST LNP MEDIA.
From WGAL, “School board member speaks out after allegations of misconduct,” (click here).    
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RESIGN, MURSE!

 The microphones had been turned down low — so low that many citizens gathered inside the rural eastern Lancaster County municipal building couldn’t hear what their elected officials were deliberating or voting on.
     Justin Stoltzfus remembers this small, but telling, detail about East Earl Township nearly a decade ago.
The opening two paragraphs from LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse’s column today (click here).
        You’re going to go back ten years, Murse? Are you serious? Did you forget about Manheim Township? Remember? You whined and fussed about School Board President William Murry and the board breaking the Sunshine Law. And he is suing LNP and your lying, sorry butt.
          You carried on about executive sessions of the school board for months and demanded Murry’s resignation multiple times. The Lancaster City Council has had two executive sessions in the last month. They were announced after the fact and council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El was evasive about what they concerned. But LNP has not said one word or even stated that council had executive sessions.
      You know what, Murse? You should resign. You are a disgrace to journalism.

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NO WONDER LNP HAS MONEY!

      Do you know what Pennsylvania government officials spent money on – new rooms and a rooftop bar for LNP’s for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel “expansion!” The LNP editorial board (made up of two individuals – Suzanne Cassidy and Chris Otto) are liars!
     And this goes beyond the money for the hotel. No one wants to go to a city and stay in a downtown hotel if they don’t feel safe. So LNP doesn’t report on the crime or the failings of the Lancaster Bureau of Police.
Click here for today’s LNP editorial which includes the paragraph at left and click here to send this post as a tip to SpotlightPA so they can investigate and please check back later today.

68 AND 70 YEARS OLD!

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COVID-19 RELATED?

             

        

      Switching things up today. What in the world is going on? Click here for William Coleman, 68, on the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department CrimeWatch page and here for Bonnie Felker, 70, on the Manheim Township Police Department CrimeWatch page. 

UPDATED – * A GLARING OMISSION!

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BAGELS!

        I am working on transcribing the full comments by Mayor Sorace regarding the project and hope to have them tomorrow (click here and she speaks beginning at 1:34:55 into the video and ends at 1:39:53). I also hope to get to the bottom of exactly who will be paying taxes to the city and school district as a result of this project.
      This is the mayor’s bagel comment regarding the “community benefits” of the proposed project (I do not know the exact spelling of “Zack” and she refers only to “the bagel shop” and I do not know the exact name of the store):
     There will be hundreds of people who will be living in our downtown and that is something that has a significant economic impact. Just the way that council has been briefed on the economic impact of convention center attendees and what that means to small businesses, and hearing, you know, um, Zack from the bagel shop just say he’s never going to complain about convention center guests coming into the city because he knows that his business is going to do very well on those particular days.
     Exactly how many conventions have there been since Covid-19? None?! What an absurd comment by the mayor. If these small businesses can’t survive without convention center attendees they might as well close up shop.
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LNP “PROTECTS”
THE MAYOR – AGAIN!

(Click here) 

      What is missing from this article? Mayor Sorace. As a commenter to this site stated:
      Wow, Is this Willow Valley’s project or is it Mayor Sorace’s project?
     She spoke as an advocate and in support of the project for a longer period of time and with more vigor than Willow Valley’s representative. 
     True! Hmmm….
Please check back later today!

3-11 UPDATE – UPDATED – *** BREAKING NEWS *** POLICE PROMOTION &

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      A quick legal update – as reported on this site, Dwain London, Jr., acting as his own attorney, had filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Lancaster and others. London was found guilty of setting fire to city hall. He has withdrawn his suit per the below.
**  The below is from Detective Nathan Nickel’s Brief in Opposition to Lopez’s use of the video. As noted, it has been on YouTube since I put it on the LIP News channel on November 2, 2019.
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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

     Jessica Lopez wants to use the below video of Detective Nathan Nickel in her lawsuit against him.

3-11-UPDATE

Gray and Sorace

I will put in a Right-to-Know request to the city to find out how much the CNA Corporation is charging Lancaster for their services. This is really unbelievable! And where is LNP? Willow Valley wants to put in a huge apartment complex for wealthy seniors next door to a poverty neighborhood.  Is there any way to stop this? How much money will the city really make in taxes? Did Mayor Sorace learn to lie from former Mayor Rick Gray?
So many questions! Please check back later today.

     You would think the first thing CNA would tell the city is, “Do not promote a bad cop!” There will be much more tomorrow on all of this.
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       Good evening council. Thank you council president. I have three items for tonight. First, as you are all aware, I and my administration are committed to assuring that the City of Lancaster’s Bureau of Police provide professional public safety services that advance our vision of providing a stronger, more equitable Lancaster block by block and align with the city’s core values of quality, teamwork, respect and integrity.
     Further, we are committed to incorporate best practices consistent with 21st century policing pillars related to policy, training and ongoing operations. As a logical next step in assuring these commitments are realized and as a precursor to seeking accreditation through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, the police bureau issued a RFP seeking a qualified individual or entity to undertake an independent, comprehensive review of its policies and procedures.
    In response to that RFP, the City of Lancaster has entered into an agreement with CNA, a non-profit research organization with a strong history of delivering high quality, independent and objective reviews of police policy training, operations and real world instant response to local jurisdictions such as ours. CNA is at the forefront of emerging best practices and policing and is an expert in law enforcement practice, research, reform and community engagement.
         CNA’s work with the city will come in three phases…
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*     Once again, LNP stands to profit from the Willow Valley proposal. When council woman Janet Diaz asked about parking for the 147 apartments, the representative responded that they will be leasing spaces from the LNP garage. LNP has moved their offices from 8 W. King Street, where the garage is located, to 101 N. Queen Street in the new Lancaster Square.

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“WE ARE NOT DEVELOPERS
OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING!”

      Interim police chief John T. Bey told city council last night that police officer Christopher McCormick (pictured left) has been promoted. McCormick is the subject of two federal lawsuits and has been involved in several violent arrests. Not a single council member said a word.
     Further, Mayor Sorace told council the city has hired the CNA company to do a review of all the policies of the Lancaster Bureau of Police. She said an RFP was put out but did not say who bid or how much the city is paying CNA.
    
        Following a heated discussion, two council members, Janet Diaz and Xavier Garcia-Molina, voted no to approving the Historical Commission’s approval of Willow Valley Communities, owner of 17 West Vine Street, who are proposing the demolition of a former newspaper printing plant and rear annex structures and construction of a new apartment building (pictured above). When council member Pete Soto asked how much affordable housing would be included, the Willow Valley representative said, “We are not developers of affordable housing.”
     And Tony Dastra, (pictured left) who first began livestreaming council meetings, showed up and spoke strongly against the Willow Valley proposal.

Click here to watch the video of last night’s meeting and there will be much more later today.   

UPDATED – * HOLD THE POLICE ACCOUNTABLE!

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COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

     City council meets virtually tonight beginning at 6:30 pm. The agenda is here. The meeting should be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). Will LNP cover it?
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SOLVE THE RECENT MURDERS!

       What in the world is this (click here)? This is ridiculous and pathetic. There are over 40 unsolved murders in Lancaster County in the last twenty-five years and all those killers are loose on the street – but LNP goes back to 1935. What a disgrace!
Please check back later today.

* DROPPING BOMB AFTER BOMB

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—  Doing some research this afternoon.  —
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PAY UP, PURYEAR!

      This comment in:
       Becky, think I found your 500.00.
       Yippee! Give it up, Puryear, or I will sic Oprah on you! Put down the Italian Wedding Soup and hand me my $500!

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HOW DARK IS HIS SKIN?

      Wow! Just wow! I should have made two pecan pies for that! Talk about an interview. Even Oprah was startled.


VIABLE SAMPLES OF DNA

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DNA CONUNDRUM?

       On the left is an excerpt from LNP’s coverage of the preliminary hearing for Justo Smoker yesterday in the murder of Linda Stoltzfoos (click here). On the right is an excerpt from PennLive’s coverage of the same court proceeding (click here).
     So basically what we have is that Smoker’s DNA was found on the bra and white stockings but Stoltzfoos’ was not. If, as obviously suggested, she was wearing the bra and stockings, how could her DNA not be on them? And what about in his car?
     This is an interesting, interesting case.

WHOOPIE – IT’S FRIDAY!

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STILL, LNP?

     This ridiculous video is still on Lancaster Online’s home page (click here if you must).
Check back later today for some fresh news!

AFTERNOON UPDATE – 3-4 UPDATE – & AN LNP EDITORIAL ABOUT JUVENILE HOMICIDE CASES

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TAKE RACE OUT OF THE EQUATION!

 

        Rahmir Hopkins was three weeks shy of his 15th birthday when police say he shot Luis A. Perez, 25, in the back as Perez was trying to get up off a sidewalk as two other people were kicking him (click here for the LNP article, “Case of Lancaster boy charged with fatally shooting man in back to stay in adult court”).

     LNP didn’t care that Rahmir Hopkins was being charged as an adult. They didn’t follow his case or report that his attorney’s request that his case be moved to juvenile court was denied. They only finally reported on it when another juvenile, Claire Miller, allegedly killed her sister.
   Claire Miller, a white, 14-year-old girl attending private and pricey Lancaster Country Day School stabbed her sister to death and they write an editorial stating society needs to “rethink” how juvenile cases are handled (click here).
     Stabbing your sister to death in the neck is personal and up-close and is an extremely violent murder. Shooting someone is less personal although just as deadly. 
     But from the scratches on Claire’s neck, it would appear that her disabled 19-year-old sister, Helen Miller, fought for her life. I’m not at all sure that five years in the juvenile system is adequate treatment for such a horrific murder. 
     Maybe we should rethink juvenile cases but we need more than five years of supervision and we have to take race out of the equation and do it now!
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3-4 UPDATE

       Did Claire Miller’s 19-year-old, disabled sister fight for her life as she was being stabbed?
Please check back later today.
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WHITE PRIVILEGE ON DISPLAY

     This comment in about ex-officer Christopher Young (click here).
 
     LNP was full of white privilege this morning. 
Please check back later today.

* UPDATED – & A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISGRACE!

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SKUNK MATING SEASON, REALLY!

        It is skunk mating season. Hey, I wouldn’t lie or make this stuff up! It is too smelly!
     The photo above was taken recently in Lancaster and there are multiple complaints about the smell (click here for, “Skunk mating season coincides with Valentine’s Day and the drama is nauseating”). 
     Luckily, it will be over in mid-April so you only have another month-and-a-half of the smell. It could be worse! Imagine if the mayor or Patrick Hopkins or one of the council members came into your neighborhood. That would really, really smell!
     Speaking of city council, they met last night and please see “baffled’s” excellent comment about it under this post. Patrick Hopkins has been lying for years! Why isn’t he being held accountable?
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COUNCIL MEETS

     City council met last night (click here) and the below article on the former officer is a disgrace (click here). Will LNP call out Judge Thomas Sponaugle?

Please check back later today.

UPDATED – THE HYPOCRISY IS UNBELIEVABLE!

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BLUEBERRY MUFFINS?   

     There are eight photographs of Danielle Woods that accompany the article and everyone of them has her making the same blueberry muffins! Wow! Could they have put her behind a news desk instead of measuring milk?
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REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA!

 

(Click here)
 
     Yes, representation is very important. When has LNP had a black, male reporter? 
Please check back later today.

A CLEANING CROOK?

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WHAT A SHARK?    

     The Manheim Township Police Department wins the pun and alliteration award again this week (click here)! Someone will recognize this man or his car! Who suddenly has a clean carpet? Turn him in!
     There’s a reason I’m talking about cameras and there will be much more to come this week!

 

CLICK ON “WATCH ON YOUTUBE”

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HONOR, COMMUNITY
& PUBLIC SERVICE

DA ADAMS RULED IT JUSTIFIED

     Were you aware that the video of the police shooting death of Ricardo Munez is on the Lancaster Police YouTube channel? 

* HOW DARE SHE?

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LUCK OR INFLUENCE?

 

     Does Mayor Sorace’s husband, Christian Recknagel, have good luck or does he have influence (click here for the LNP article shown above}?
     First he was a vice-president at Benchmark Construction when they got the huge Lancaster Square construction contract (LNP never once mentioned that huge conflict of interest) and now he’s at TAIT/Rock Lititz!
     Does it seem extremely odd to anyone else that Rock Lititz is building a Covid-19 injection site? It’s not quite like building a stage for Taylor Swift!
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SEND SPOTLIGHTPA A TIP!  

   

The headline to today’s LNP editorial in the print edition and Susanne Cassidy, LNP opinion editor.
 
     How dare this woman carry on about the Pennsylvania State Police when her newspaper has completely ignored the Lancaster City Police (click here for the editorial online titled “Pennsylvania State Police should face questions, review during budget hearings”).
     City council held an executive session on Tuesday at 6:00 pm before their public meeting beginning a half-hour later to discuss granting an officer’s disability coverage. Assuming this is the first many of the council members were informed of this by city administrator Patrick Hopkins, they then added it to the agenda for the night and voted to give officer Brittany Porreca disability coverage within an hour of their secret discussion.
     And LNP has not said a word about it. If this were the Manheim Township School Board, LNP would be demanding that Patrick Hopkins and council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El resign.
     Police work is dangerous. How was this young officer injured? What can be done to prevent this in the future? A young public servant is disabled and the public has no information about it.
     And Cassidy goes on and on about the PA State Police and ignores the racist hiring by the Lancaster Police for years and the numerous lawsuits for excessive force and civil rights violations against the department. And LNP doesn’t say a word about all of the unsolved murders in the city.
     The whole point of this editorial seems to be that LNP is a “partner” in SpotlightPA when that media organization doesn’t list LNP as a partner. And they should not. Send a tip to SpotlightPA and have them investigate the millions wasted by the city on MAW Communications. Tell them about the book “Pressed” and that it did not end with the convention center/Marriott Hotel. No, LNP came back again for millions in public money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel “expansion.” And Mayor Danene Sorace was their biggest backer and that is why they treat her and her administration with kid gloves. Tell SpotlightPA that LNP breaks every code of journalism ethics in this country. Tell them that LNP has missed opportunity after opportunity to hold the Lancaster Police accountable.
Click here to send SpotlightPA a tip and check back later today.

UPDATED * CITY HALL ARSON ON MAY 23, 2018

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*    Both of the below cases against the same officers have settled. I will put in a Right-to-Know request to see if the city paid and how much. And what is the status of Officers Timothy Sinnott and Jacob Bingham? 
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LONDON SUES!

       Dwain Stewart London, Jr., acting as his own attorney, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Lancaster Detective Jessica Higgins, former District Judge Janice Jimenez, Lancaster Newspaper Company (LNP), former First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen and Mayor Danene Sorace.
       Click here for the LNP article, “Leader in Lancaster City Hall arson to serve 3+ years in prison,” and check back later today.

UPDATED – COUNCIL VOTES TO PAY MAW TO MAKE THEM GO AWAY!

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IT’S NOT GOING AWAY, MURSE!

     Please see the excellent comments under this post by “baffled” and “Bill.” Thank you very much. 
     Apparently LNP executive editor Tom Murse thinks this whole thing will quietly go away and be swept under the rug. It’s not going away, Murse, and your failure to report on this incredible waste of taxpayer’s money is beyond shocking. You’re a journalism fraud, Murse! There will be more in the next few days.
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     As a strange aside to the whole disability application, there was the below post by the Lancaster City Police Department involving officer Brittany Porreca. Shaki Staten is the former McCaskey sports star who recently sued the Lancaster Police Department and was awarded $40,000 because he was arrested and incarcerated for 10 months for no reason!
*** If you want to listen to council’s brief discussion and approval of [former] Lancaster Police Officer Brittany Porreca’s  disability pension application click here and go to 22:44 into the video when the discussion begins. I will put in several Right-to-Know requests regarding this including requesting a copy of her separation agreement with the City of Lancaster.
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**   I forgot city councilwoman Amanda Bakay worked for a bank. The below is from her LinkedIn Account (click here). It’s not clear what exactly she did for the bank, but she sure should have known that MAW Communications did not qualify for a $1.5 million dollar loan from her bank or any bank. That’s why they had to come to the city! And this woman is backing Patrick Hopkins? Vote her out!
*     Amanda Bakay may be the biggest disappointment in the new council members. If I recall correctly, when she was interviewed by LNP she said she was a money person and would follow every dollar. Oh, she didn’t do that with MAW. 
     And I should have done this before, but a quick search finds her husband on Twitter! Oh, my!
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A FULL INVESTIGATION IS NEEDED!

     The opening sentences from the March 9th, 2017 article on this site titled “SPECIAL REPORT FROM LIP NEWS: MAW IS TAKING LANCASTER TO THE BANK” are above (click here for the original).
       It turns out MAW lied and they had never “rolled out” anywhere before! And yet, the city’s business administrator, Patrick Hopkins, did no research on MAW and said it wasn’t risky to loan them $1.5 million dollars! How is that possible?
       There needs to be a full investigation and all of the council members need to be voted out and replaced! There will be much more later today.
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     Also, what happened to Lancaster City police officer Brittany Porreca (click here)? Following an executive session, council voted last night to give her disability coverage effective this coming March 1st. What happened to this young woman?
Please check back later today.

* – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – LNP: ABDICATING JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS DAILY

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     Once again, city council meets tonight beginning at 6:30 pm. The virtual meeting should be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). The agenda for tonight’s meeting is on this post below the “Breaking News.”
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***   Also, expect Beyer to request and schedule a psychological evaluation as soon as possible.
**    Expect Robert Beyer to file a motion immediately that Claire Miller be tried as a juvenile.

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GOLDBERG & BEYER!

*      When you are charged with a heinous crime and you have money – who do you call? Goldberg & Beyer, of course.
      According to Claire Miller’s docket, she is the 14-year-old charged with killing her 19-year-old sister yesterday – she is being represented by Robert David Beyer (his picture is above and see below).

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UNTOUCHABLE?

      The above excellent comment came into this site yesterday. The answer: Hopkins (pictured left) always supported the convention center/hotel and was instrumental in giving LNP millions of dollars in public money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel and later for their Marriott Hotel “expansion.” That bought him being untouchable. The same applies to Mayor Sorace. LNP breaks every code of journalism ethics in this country every day.
      One note: The city council meeting is tonight beginning at 6:30 pm. The agenda is below. The virtual meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here) and click here for instructions on how to make public comments during these meetings.
Please check back later today.

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** – * UPDATED * OVER $5 MILLION FOR NOTHING!

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**   Former LNP columnist and wonderful person, Carol Evans Petersen, posted the below on LNP’s Facebook page under one of the stories about the horrific murder. Good for you! Some of the comments are shocking and totally out-of-line! 
*  It is believed that the below is Claire Miller, 14, who is charged with killing her sister, Helen Miller, 19.
     
     It is believed that this is Helen Marie Miller, 19, who was killed by her sister, Claire Elaina Miller, 14, on February 22nd. Click here for the horrific story on WGAL
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*   The LNP article is now online and the headline is to the left (click here). “Breakup” and “part ways.” What a bunch of absolute nonsense and disgusting journalism. MAW took Lancaster to the bank!
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$2.7 MILLION TO
MAKE MAW GO AWAY!

A front page headline in today’s LNP print edition.
 
     This story is not yet online. Put it online, LNP! The world is digital today except Lancaster doesn’t have that promised high-speed, low-cost internet because MAW Communications took Lancaster to the bank – literally and figuratively!
     And in their opening paragraph pictured at left, LNP again refers to this as a “breakup.” Don’t get your tissues handy – get your checkbooks handy to pay MAW millions to go away – and check back later today.