Lawsuits, code violations, tenant complaints: Clashes between developers and municipalities aren't uncommon, but the years-long dispute between Abington and the former Colonade apartments has been an especially acrimonious saga.
Accused of paying a 16-year-old girl for sex, Cody Wilson, the 30-year-old man whose distribution of files for 3D-printed guns created a national debate this summer, was sought by police and believed to be in Taiwan.
After an uproar about 3D-printed guns, a federal judge temporarily blocked publication of blueprints to make them. Now, a court battle will ensure, and the man who made the first 3D-printable gun argues that the fight is about the First Amendment.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has won a temporary blockage of the website providing blueprints for 3D-printed guns. He won the stay at an emergency hearing in federal court in Texas on Sunday evening. He filed an amended suit Monday.
At a public meeting, the township commissioners approved the signing of an agreement between Abington, its former fire marshal, and Old York LLC/Metropolitan Properties of America that will drop a series of state and federal lawsuits filed by the parties against each other. It signaled a resolution to ongoing controversies over the apartment building formerly known as the Colonade, a multi-story complex of more than 500 units that looms over the the intersection of Old York and Township Line Roads.
The evidence says the behavior can be a hazard, and distracted-driving proposals have proliferated during the last several years. But only 16 states have outlawed talking on a handheld cell phone in the car. And Pennsylvania, for another year, is not one of them.
Justine McDaniel covers vices on the policy and solutions team, writing about topics such as gambling, liquor control, marijuana legalization, and opioid policy.