The news of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago today stunned Philadelphia residents on that chilly afternoon. People gravitated toward City Hall, the Inquirer noted, drawn by an "irresistible urge." On-leave sailors were hustled back to their bases. Thousands lined up at recruitment stations. The Philadelphians who remember that day were just children, teenagers or young adults at the time, but none have forgotten it. "It will never leave me," said Paul Lhulier, 93, who was playing football for West Catholic High School that day. "Three of my teammates, guys I was with when I heard the news, would never come back from the war." Read more
A 19-year-old man has turned himself in to face charges in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in Mayfair. The suspect, whose name has not been released because he has not been processed and charged, surrendered to the homicide unit in connection with the Nov. 28 killing of Ian Wilsey. Wilsey, a ninth-grader at Northeast High School, was fatally shot when he and another teen were ambushed on the 6200 block of Brous Avenue. Read more
The First Amendment's freedom-of-speech protection doesn't extend to the private sector, a lesson some are learning following a divisive presidential campaign. In one high-profile incident, Emily "The Pistachio Girl" Youcis was fired from her job as a food vendor at Citizens Bank Park for involvement in "white identity politics." While some questioned whether her free-speech rights were violated, experts say they weren't. "Private employers don't have to respect your views," said Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of ACLU of Pennsylvania. "You don't get to turn somebody else's company into a platform for something they disagree with." But Charles Glasser, who teaches media law and ethics at New York University graduate school of journalism, said the growing trend of online "social justice warriors" bullying people for their views and pressuring employers to fire them is a concern. "I look at this and say 'What's the connection between this woman's views and what she sells?'" he said. Read more
Federal prosecutors say former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah should receive 17 to nearly 22 years in prison when he is sentenced next week. "Fattah understood the power and trust given to elected officials and that corruption benefits the few at the expense of the many," Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Gibson wrote in a sentencing memo. "He chose to violate the trust of his constituents and the taxpayers to line his pockets and advance his personal and professional goals at their expense." Read more
Mayor Jim Kenney is standing his ground on sanctuary cities. After a brief speech at the Community College of Philadelphia, the mayor went off-script to say it remains unknown what direction President-elect Donald Trump would take the country and Philadelphia would cooperate with the new administration on anything positive. "But we are not walking back on civil rights, we're not walking back on minority rights, we're not walking back on LGBT rights, we're not walking back on sanctuary city, we're not walking back on anything we've established to make our city progressive," Kenney said to loud applause. Read more