first_img Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf received praise for several actions he announced last week to create meaningful reform to law enforcement and other areas to end injustice and systemic racism. Several of the actions, which include strengthening oversight, training, and accountability, are based on the 21st Century Policing Task Force, created in 2015 under President Barack Obama.“Our commonwealth was born out of a holy experiment to create a place where all people are equally welcome without fear of persecution,” said Gov. Wolf. “These changes are steps toward fulfilling that vision. I will continue to work with the legislature to identify and take further action to eliminate inequality and injustice.”Congressman Dwight Evans“I appreciate Governor Wolf’s leadership and urgency on vital reforms to policing, something I’ve advocated for a long time. Some reforms will require action from the state legislature, and I hope the recently announced special session will result in real reforms passing and going to the governor’s desk. In Congress, I and several Pennsylvania colleagues will keep pushing for federal-level reforms such as the bold Justice in Policing Act that we unveiled this week.”Rep. Donna Bullock“Governor Wolf understood that our proposals aren’t just about the legislative agenda of our work group. These proposals represent the prayers of Black mothers and fathers, the hopes of our children, and the voices of Pennsylvanians demanding change. He listened, he heard, and he took the first steps to respond.”Rep. Jake Wheatley“I appreciate the governor’s willingness to work with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on several measures related to police reforms, including evaluating the certification and decertification of police officers, providing detailed records related to an officer leaving his or her job, and the appointment of a special prosecutor in deadly force cases. Working together, I am confident we will make significant, lasting changes to make our state fairer and more equal to all of our citizens.”Charles Ramsey, Chair, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency“As the co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, I am excited that Governor Wolf is utilizing our report as a road map for reforms for Pennsylvania. Far too often, good reports languish on shelves and are not used for action. I look forward to working with all stakeholders in taking up the proposed recommendations the governor has put forth and making them a reality.”Donavan S. West, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of PA“Governor Wolf’s proposal is a step in the right direction. We have to assess the recruitment, training, and performance systems in place while also taking inventory of the culture, performance and leadership responsible for a district’s impact on the community. We’re hopeful that with sincere strides towards greater community inclusion and a commitment to continuous improvement; this can be a promising model for reform for others to emulate.”Dr. Hasshan Batts, Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of Allentown“I appreciate that the governor’s reform recommendations enhance officer accountability, departmental support and technical assistance to municipalities while being centered in the voices, experiences, safety and leadership of communities of color.”Brandi S. Fisher, President/CEO, Alliance for Police Accountability“It is great that our governor sees a need to act when it comes to the way policing is conducted in Pennsylvania. Asking the police to police themselves has proven to be an inappropriate measure to prevent abuse. It is pivotal that the governor turns his focus toward supporting independent bodies to review police conduct. This ‘immediate effort’ is a major necessity and very much aligned with what many grassroots advocates are pushing for across the nation.“We have attempted to provide police officers with the adequate training to deliver safe protective services for many years. It has yet to be proven effective in preventing the murder and abuse of citizens. The police do not need more training. We need transformative change: Eradicate qualified immunity, remove police from schools, support HB 1664 to amend the Use of Force Law, reduce funding to many and eliminate funding to other departments, and, lastly, reallocate those funds to decimate the very root cause of most of the social ills today… poverty.”Kevin Harden Jr. Esq., Member, Police Reform Working Group“As a Black person, attorney, parent, and member of a community personally affected by the disparities in the criminal justice system and unchecked police violence, I thank Governor Wolf for his swift endorsement of the Police Reform Working Group’s proposals. The endorsement of these proposals is long overdue, and we look forward to the governor’s continued action on forthcoming proposals related to the protection and support of Black lives and communities.” Gov. Wolf’s Action on Law Enforcement Reform Receives Praise SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 11, 2020last_img read more

first_imgKYLER MURRAY DECISION: Debating pros and cons of NFL vs. MLBThe best example can be seen at the very start of the interview when Murray provides silence after being asked, “How’s that NFL football feel?”The Heisman winner just smiles and sits before Patrick clarifies, “I’m not trying to bait you into making a decision.”Murray did say he was “having fun” with the whole thing, but he clearly didn’t want to say anything that would indicate he chose a sport. Even the innocent question of “who were your idols growing up?” was replied to with “which sport?” Because Murray knew if he gave an answer to an athlete in a specific sport, it might be taken as a hint.Things really hit a standstill at about the midway point in the interview when Murray remained silent for long periods of time (at least in radio/TV time). MORE: Where does Murray go in 2019 NFL Mock Draft? Murray refused to say whether he’d be at the NFL Combine (which starts Feb. 26), have a pro day at Oklahoma or even attend A’s spring training on Feb. 15 (which is just a few weeks away at this point). He’s already announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft, so attending the Combine seems like it’d be a no brainer.Simply saying he’s attending the Combine wouldn’t mean he’s automatically going to play football, just like him entering the draft doesn’t mean he’s automatically going to play football. It’sodd to see him dodging any question that even remotely hints at an NFL or MLB future.Murray did say earlier in the week he plans to make a decision “very soon.” He’ll have some interesting choices to make with so many important dates in each sport coming up soon. Kyler Murray has been making the rounds at radio row during Super Bowl week, but he’s not revealing whether he’s going to play in the NFL or MLB.He’s been asked by almost every place he’s interviewed this week about which way he’s leaning, but Friday morning’s appearance on The Dan Patrick Show was perhaps the most awkward. Patrick was asking Murray fairly harmless questions, and Murray wasn’t about to give him anything.last_img read more

first_imgMERRILL — May is recognized is “Beef Month,” and with Memorial Day approaching — it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season — but the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on things.Cattle feeder Craig Anderson of rural Merrill says the slowdown in production at plants has led to a glut of supply and lower prices. “Last week there were cattle trading at a dollar 12 to a dollar 15 a pound. But it was down to about 95 cents,” Anderson says. “..I’m gonna guess that most people have a break-even of about a dollar 25 a pound.”He says the drop in the prices paid for cattle comes at a time when demand is up among consumers. “There were a lot of cattle that were sold at a loss and probably continue to be sold at a loss. Because of the rush at the meat counter, the retail price has really skyrocketed,” Anderson says.Anderson says the sale of the prime cuts is really hurt by the slow down in processing and the cut back in the operation of restaurants. “The cattlemen always say — you know people eat hamburger and roast at home — but they go out for a steak,” Anderson says. He says those the prime cuts are now probably ended up in homes in a different form.“A lot of those prime cuts are being ground up into hamburger right now trying to meet the demand for people trying to maybe feed people at home — and do it on a cheaper basis,” Anderson says.Anderson estimates the cattle industry is running between 30 and 40 days behind in having cattle marketed on a current basis. He says during that time, cattle may gain around three to four pounds a day, which will add around another 100 to 150 pounds to their market weight.last_img read more