today’s news … Sunday, June 30

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today“… back to times of the nazi’s where they would shoot you for vagrancy.” – Annabella Blackfox Laws, commenter on this article, “Homelessness could be a crime … ” article at the Huffington Post.

  • Only the good … We noticed the obituary yesterday. Actually, Albert Hershey was a little better than good. He and his brother, Carroll, were the kings of Lancaster County soccer in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He was, in fact, the Lancaster County “most valuable player” in his junior year of high school and both he and his brother matriculated to Elizabethtown College where both were named to the MAC 100 Men’s Soccer Century Teams. He was named to the Elizabethtown All Conference team in 1959, 1961 and 1962. Al was named to Pequea Valley’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. As a non-talented aspirant on a rival team to his Braves, we were in awe of both Al and his brother. Al and Carroll excelled in baseball too. Good bye, Al. We’ll remember you as an exceptional person.
  • Well, at least the officer didn’t shoot the homeless man in Lancaster 46 times as the police did in Saginaw.
  • “Most law enforcement agencies have policies that guide their use of force. These policies describe a escalating series of actions an officer may take to resolve a situation. This continuum generally has many levels, and officers are instructed to respond with a level of force appropriate to the situation at hand, acknowledging that the officer may move from one part of the continuum to another in a matter of seconds.” National Institute of Justice
  • “‘Copperhead’ World premiere showing with special events. Runs June 28 through July 11: 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday; 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. At the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Road, Gettysburg. Ron Maxwell’s newest Civil War film starring Peter Fonda and Billy Campbell. Cost: $7.50. Info:, or 717-337-8200.” – Harrisburg Patriot-News


  • At the DA’s news conference several reporters used the phrase “trigger happy” – the DA bristled and had Ron Harper removed from the press conference. This article, “Why Are So Many Dogs Being Shot by Police?” seems to point out that “trigger happy” may fit more than one might think. How about the case in Cincinnati in which

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