Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Danger Management Blog Endorses Raj

Today, the Danger Management Blog officially endorsed Raj Peter Bhakta.

Philly.com: Homicide Quartet

Philly.com details another four fatalities.

Philadelphia stopped short of 300 homicides for the year yesterday, with four fatal shootings occurring in a span of six hours in different parts of the city.

The fatal shootings bring the city's homicide count this year up to 299...

Police said they did not have any suspects or motives in any of the shootings.

Congratulations Eagles (3-1)

Eagles defeat Green Bay Packers 31-9.

Donovan McNabb juked and jived the way he did early in his career. Brett Favre had a throwback night, too -- to his days of erratic interceptions.

McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Favre, who has enjoyed many memorable moments on the national stage throughout his 16-year career, would like to forget this one. Favre misfired badly on several passes, including two interceptions that led to Philadelphia scores.

Raj Rips Mayor Street

From the Northeast Times:

Raj Bhakta, the Republican candidate in the 13th Congressional District, is criticizing Mayor John Street’s approach to crime.

Street has stressed the overall lower crime rate, though murders and shootings are on the rise. To address crime, he said officials need to "understand" children and their families.

"Understand this," Bhakta said. "The people doing the shootings don’t need to be understood. They need to be locked up in prisons."

Bhakta favors hiring more police officers and wants judges to be tougher in sentencing.

The candidate blasted Street for disputing a correlation between the number of police officers and the homicide and shooting rates.

"Then why not fire all the police officers since they have no effect on crime," he suggested in jest. "And the fire department as well, while we’re at it. The fires will go out by themselves . . . eventually."

Daily News: Bull-Street

Philadelphia Daily News questions Mayor’s legacy.

I read a little something about how Mayor Street's office is seeking a consultant to "assist with public and media relations for the city of Philadelphia and documenting key city initiatives over the last seven years."

The People Paper's Clout translated that as a "legacy polisher."

The Street Legacy?

I'm breathless as a schoolgirl. Street is going to pour my heavily taxed dollars onto a Professional Bulls--- Artist (PBA), someone who'll be paid a king's ransom to varnish Street's monster truck of an ego. The Only Question: Which Politically Connected Insider gets the contract to do it? (Calling Frank Keel! Calling Frank Keel!)

Sadly, the "legacy document" is not likely to have the impact of an Oprah book club selection. Future Philadelphians will turn to the data banks of periodicals, such as this one, to read Street's legacy as prepared by someone not paid to lick his boots. (I figure not even Sharif Street will read it - unless he's listed as a "mayoral initiative.")

Northeast Times: Death From Unknown Origin

From the Northeast Times:

Philadelphia police are investigating the shooting death of a Frankford man outside of his home on Friday night.

Officers responding to a report of a person with a gun on the 1500 block of Womrath St. found Lawrence Niesborella, 21, lying in the street just before midnight with multiple gunshot wounds of the head, a police spokeswoman said.

Niesborella, who lived on the same block, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:28 a.m.

Police have not released information about a suspected motive.

An official department news release did not indicate how many shooters may have been involved or if there was an exchange of gunfire.

Northeast Times: “A School Within the School”

Northeast Times profiles saving initiative.

A new technology program coming to Northeast Catholic High School has brought assurances that the school will remain open for another five years, and its organizers hope that the stay will be for much longer.

The school’s new program addition is to be operated by an outside non-profit organization, funded through a $1.5 million donation from an anonymous alumnus.

The program will allow students to graduate with a high school diploma as well as certifications in Microsoft and Cisco systems, and the computer training also will be opened to the larger community.

The plan to save the school came by way of some concerned alumni who didn’t want to see the school close forever.

The group was led by retired businessman John Fries, who graduated from North in 1961.

Fries said he was concerned that his alma mater was on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s short-list of schools to close. He and other alumni met with Bishop Joseph McFadden to see how they could help, Fries said.

"We wanted to know is there anything we can do, we’re alumni, we’re behind the school, is there any way we could save the school," Fries explained.

He said the bishop laid out his vision for the archdiocese and wanted to focus on three areas to create specialized study programs in the city’s Catholic schools.

One area is medical services, another is arts and advanced languages, and the third is technology.

It seemed to Fries that North would be the perfect fit for the last aim, since the school already had an abundance of computers and communications gear.

He and four other alumni formed an advisory board geared toward saving the school by creating the new technology program, he said.

"In essence it will be a school within the school," Fries said of the plan they came up with.

The program will be run by a non-profit organization they’ve created called FONECHS — Friends of Northeast Catholic High School.

Certified teachers will be brought in along with administrators, and courses will be offered in Microsoft and Cisco computer systems.

"We will educate every junior on Microsoft Office products," he said.

The courses will serve as an elective, and for those who wish to pursue the training further, there will be networking engineering classes offered to seniors, Fries said.

"For the kids that want to, they can graduate with a high school degree and can be certified in Microsoft Office products, and they can also be certified in programming from Cisco," he said.

Fries said the program also will be opened to people in North Catholic’s neighborhood. The training will be offered at a reduced rate, all in an effort to improve the surrounding community while bettering the school, he added.

North will then serve as a model for all the city’s Catholic schools, and will standardize their computer systems, he added.

"Our goal is to be the leading technology school in the Catholic archdiocese," he said.

Fries said his group is putting the program plan into action, and the archdiocese has given its blessing.

The first students to benefit from the program, he said, will be the freshman class in 2007.

With the initial donation getting the program on its feet, Fries and his colleagues are aggressively seeking other funding to support North’s new beginning.

"It’s a good story that isn’t finished yet," he said. "Now we have to implement it."

McNabb, Favre Set For Primetime Showdown

Eagles oppose Packers.

Donovan McNabb created his own identity by establishing himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He led the Eagles to four straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, and made five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.

With the Packers (1-2) coming to Philadelphia for a game Monday night, McNabb has to share the national stage with Favre. He has a different perspective now that he doesn't hear daily comparisons.

"It's an honor to be on the field with him," he said. "I remember when we went to Green Bay and won in the two-minute drill, and I heard him say on a highlight or a clip that he got up off the bench and watched me lead the two-minute drill and how I reacted in certain situations, and he was excited about the things I was able to do.

Congratulations Notre Dame (4-1)

Notre Dame defeats Purdue 35-21.

Brady Quinn, Darius Walker and the Notre Dame offense were at their best against one of the nation's worst defenses.

Quinn picked apart Purdue, completing 24 of his first 28 passes to help the 12th-ranked Irish build a three-touchdown lead on their way to a 35-21 victory Saturday.

Congratulations Penn State (3-2)

Penn State defeats Northwestern 33-7.

In a matchup of the oldest and youngest coaches in Division I-A, Joe Paterno and Penn State defeated Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Wildcats 33-7 on Saturday.

Deon Butler set a Penn State record with 216 yards receiving and Tony Hunt ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns.

Congratulations Boston College (4-1)

Raj’s alma mater defeats Maine 22-0.

Andre Callender ran for 76 yards, breaking free for a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter on Saturday as Boston College took out its frustrations over last week's last-minute loss on Division I-AA Maine and beat the Black Bears 22-0.