Archive: November, 2009
President Obama gave wary gay-rights activists a reason to celebrate when he signed a milestone federal hate-crime bill.
Long overdue, the legislation expands civil rights-era laws by adding violence against people based on sexual orientation, gender, and disability to the list of hate crimes.
Hate-crime laws passed after the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. covered crimes based on race, color, religion, or national origin.
Temple University Professor Laurence Steinberg’s $1 million award for his research on teen behavior is timely recognition for his groundbreaking work.
It comes as the Supreme Court is debating two cases in which Steinberg’s research may help influence the outcome.
The court is considering whether it is unconstitutional for juveniles to be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole for crimes other than homicides.
Last year, as the economy was in meltdown, thousands of residents stepped up to give food and toys to ensure that the less fortunate could celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The economy appears to be stabilizing, but that doesn’t mean the need has gone away. In fact, the unemployment rate is even higher, and thousands of area residents are still struggling.
That’s why your help is needed even more this holiday season.
The indictment yesterday of Rep. John M. Perzel (R., Phila.) and nine other Harrisburg Republican insiders brings a pathetic bipartisanship to the legislature’s cesspool of corruption.
Attorney General Tom Corbett announced the charges, 16 months after he indicted a dozen Democratic House officials in the wide-ranging “Bonusgate” probe.
Critics had accused Republican Corbett, a candidate for governor, of ignoring the GOP in his investigation. But the new round of charges has finally produced an ugly symmetry.