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Pa. restaurant owner who threatened Nancy Pelosi with hanging during Capitol riot gets over 2 years

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Pennsylvania restaurant owner who screamed death threats directed at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while storming the U.S. Capitol was sentenced on Tuesday to more than two years in prison.

Pauline Bauer was near Pelosi's office suite on Jan. 6, 2021, when she yelled at police officers to bring out the California Democrat so the mob of Donald Trump supporters could hang her.

In January, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden convicted Bauer of riot-related charges after hearing trial testimony without a jury. The judge sentenced her to two years and three months of imprisonment, giving her credit for the several months she already has served in jail, court records show.

Prosecutors had recommended a prison sentence of six years and six months for Bauer, 55, of Kane, McKean County. Bauer was part of the mob that forced police officers on the East Plaza to retreat. After forcing her way into the Capitol, she accosted officers who were trying to secure the Rotunda, shoving one of them, and yelled at police to “bring them out or we’re coming in,” according to federal prosecutors.

Read more: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2023/05/30/nancy-pelosi-hanging-capitol-riot-prison-pauline-bauer-threats-bob-s-trading-post/stories/202305300085

Thank you Judge McFaddon! Judge McFadden convicted Bauer of all five counts in her indictment, including a felony charge that she obstructed the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress that certified President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

Make her apologize to Nancy Pelosi and then ... Lock her up!

Purdue Pharma can protect Sackler owners in opioid bankruptcy, court rules

Reuters link: https://www.reuters.com/legal/purdue-pharma-can-protect-sackler-owners-opioid-bankruptcy-court-rules-2023-05-30/

NEW YORK, May 30 (Reuters) - Bankrupt OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can shield its owners, members of the wealthy Sackler family, from opioid lawsuits in exchange for a $6 billion contribution to the company's broader bankruptcy settlement, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that U.S. bankruptcy law allows legal protections for non-bankrupt parties, like the Sacklers, in extraordinary circumstances. Purdue has sought to use its bankruptcy case to resolve thousands of lawsuits, many filed by state and local governments, alleging that OxyContin helped kickstart an opioid epidemic that caused more than 500,000 U.S. overdose deaths over two decades.

Purdue has pleaded guilty to charges related to its opioid marketing, while its owners have expressed regret but denied wrongdoing. The Sackler family members have agreed to contribute up to $6 billion to a trust that will be used to pay the claims of states, victims of addiction, hospitals and others who have sued Purdue over its misleading marketing of OxyContin. In exchange, the Sacklers will receive broad legal protection from lawsuits related to the opioid crisis.

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Anyone who doubts the guilt and greed of the Sackler family (especially Richard Sackler) should watch the award-winning miniseries "Dopesick" that came out in 2021. It's a depressing but true account of the OxyContin/opioid epidemic that has caused so many needless deaths and opioid addiction in the US. In some lawsuits the over-prescribing doctors have been held responsible. However District Attorneys in states such as Kentucky, Massachusetts and others have gone after Purdue as the main defendant.

The 2nd U.S Circuit Court of Appeals says the assets of Purdue are already depleted through bankruptcy. The company can no longer be sued for damages by the victims' families, because Purdue's profits were whisked off by its owners - the Sacklers - long ago. The profits were invested in off-shore accounts and foreign banks, and the US government has few options to recoup those funds. The Sacklers are billionaires now and several have left the country. So the Court ruled that the Purdue bankruptcy is the end of the line, the Sackler family members cannot be held liable as individuals.

After lifetime of bouncing back, Rocky Bleier to receive Semper Fidelis Award from Marine Corps

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2023/05/29/pittsburgh-steelers-rocky-bleier-us-army-vietnam-marine-scholarship/stories/202305250109

If you don't know the name Rocky Bleier, then maybe you're not a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rocky Bleier has an amazing story to tell, and today's Memorial Day recognition of our military heroes is part of his story.

Grit has been a common theme throughout Rocky Bleier’s life. Whether it was recovering from gunfire and grenade wounds he suffered during the Vietnam War, running through gaps in the Steelers’ offensive line, or speaking to the younger generation, Bleier has always put his best foot forward.

A list of Bleier’s life achievements include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, four Super Bowl rings and being one half of the Steelers’ 1976 backfield, forming the second ball-carrier duo to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season – though, if you ask Bleier, he’ll say he and Franco Harris were the first.

On Sept. 14, Bleier, who served in the United States Army, will add another achievement to his name as the ninth recipient of the Semper Fidelis Award at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Steel City Awards Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Downtown Pittsburgh.

“It’s a great honor to receive the Semper Fi award from the military because I know what [Semper Fidelis, latin for ‘always faithful’] means to the Marine Corps,” Bleier told the Post-Gazette. While Bleier is honored to be on the receiving end of the award, the impact of the ceremony is the greater triumph to him.

All of the proceeds raised from the sold sponsorships and tickets will go toward the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to the children of Marine Corps and Navy veterans. The fund was originally started in 1962 but has ballooned into the country’s largest and oldest military need-based scholarship program. Since its inception, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has handed out more than 50,000 scholarships worth $185 million. The Steel City event alone has raised $3 million in the 10 years of its existence.

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Rocky Bleier is a hero on and off the field. He has always acknowledged the help and encouragement he received from Steeler team owner Art Rooney Sr. and head coach Chuck Noll to recover from his serious leg and foot injuries. He retired as a Steeler in the 1980's and continues to live in Pittsburgh, where he is loved and respected. Read more about Rocky's story in his book "Fighting Back." It's available in most public libraries, or on Amazon.

Brother finds long-lost sibling while visiting Horseshoe Curve in Altoona

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette link) https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2023/05/27/horseshoe-curve-altoona-daniel-moringiello-brothers-jim-adams-adopted/stories/202305280067

ALTOONA, Pa. — Some may call it fate, some luck, others even coincidence. But when Daniel Moringiello found his blood brother after roughly 60 years of wondering and searching, he knew exactly what it was: divine intervention.

Born James Joseph Morrison, Mr. Moringiello was adopted from the now-closed Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1952 at just 7 months old. He was brought into a New York Italian home by, according to Mr. Moringiello, some of the “greatest parents you could ask for.” They were up front with Mr. Moringiello from the beginning about him being adopted, and he always wondered what happened with his birth parents to make them decide to give him up.

“I was content with the parents I had,” Mr. Moringiello said, but “it was always there in the back of your mind: Who were they?”

Mr. Moringiello and his wife, Cynthia, lived in New York until he retired in 2005. The couple decided to move to Blair County — namely Hollidaysburg — due to their love for the Horseshoe Curve. That is a local tourist attraction, a curving railroad track build to get trains over the Allegheny Mountains.

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Remarkable story! I don't want to spoil it, so please take a few minutes to read this.

Kenny Pickett's car stolen with his Steelers' playbook on the back seat

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2023/05/26/kenny-picketts-car-stolen-steelers-playbook/stories/202305260112

If you don't know the name Kenny Pickett, you're probably not a Pittsburgh Steeler fan, so this story might not interest you. Kenny is the new Number 1 quarterback for the Steelers who came in last year to replace the retiring Ben Roethlisberger.

A car belonging to Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett was stolen this week and later recovered by police — along with Pickett's Steelers playbook. Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV reported Friday that Pickett's 2023 Hyundai Genesis was stolen from the Bowser Chevrolet lot in Monroeville while he was inside doing some promotional work.

Christopher Carter, of Murrysville, was charged with receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and theft, KDKA reported.According to a criminal complaint, police were called to Bowser about 4 p.m. Wednesday for a reported car theft -- it turned out to be Pickett's.

The complaint said employees saw a man, later identified as Carter, "walking around in the showroom at the dealership for a while before taking the vehicle," KDKA said. The complaint says the man was seen on surveillance stealing the car after he was spotted arriving at the dealership in his own vehicle. Police tracked his vehicle to his home in Murrysville, where the stolen vehicle was found, KDKA reported.

The Steelers confirmed to KDKA-TV that Pickett's playbook was in the car but it had been recovered.

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Mastriano decides not to run for U.S. Senate (Twitter post)

My apologies for the Twitter post. Someone please post an alternate link if you have it.



(video of Mastriano is embedded in tweet)

This was originally posted on Facebook yesterday - May 25, 2023

Translation: He can't get the big money donations he needs to run for Senate. His sources have dried up.

Progressive Caucus Formed In PA House

(link) https://www.politicspa.com/progressive-caucus-formed-in-pa-house/121745/

On the heels of another victory by progressives in Allegheny County, 34 state representatives have officially formed the Pennsylvania Progressive Caucus in the State House.

“For too long, political corruption and corporate interests have obstructed progress in Harrisburg, resulting in the Pennsylvania General Assembly being one of the least productive legislatures in the United States,” the leadership group said in a press release. “While this lack of progress harms almost everyone in our Commonwealth, our most marginalized communities are hit the hardest.

“As members of the Pennsylvania Progressive Caucus, we will be wielding our collective power as lawmakers to change this status quo by fighting for policies that prioritize working people over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, advance civil liberties, and ensure justice in every aspect of the lives of Pennsylvanians. We are dedicated to building an economy that prioritizes people over profit.”

The Caucus elected state Reps. Emily Kinkead (D-Allegheny), Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Philadelphia), Rick Krajewski (D-Philadelphia), Izzy Smith-Wade-El (D-Lancaster) and Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) to its five-person leadership board.

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Short article here, but encouraging news for PA Dems!

Par Funding probe: Principals indicted in long-running Philly financial fraud

Philadelphia Inquirer link: https://www.inquirer.com/news/par-funding-indictment-joseph-laforte-lisa-mcelhone-charges-20230523.html (paywalled for non-subscribers)

Federal authorities have indicted the founders of Par Funding, the Philadelphia-based cash-advance company at the center of an alleged $500 million financial fraud. In a 63-count indictment prosecutors charged founder Joseph LaForte and his wife, Lisa McElhone, with counts including conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud, tax evasion, obstruction of justice and perjury.

Also indicted with them were LaForte’s brother, Joseph, who was charged earlier this year for attacking a lawyer involved in the case and Par Funding’s chief financial officer, Joseph Cole Barleta. The indictment comes after an SEC lawsuit and an investigation that has already produced two guilty pleas — one from Par Funding’s managing partners, Perry Abbonizio, and another from Renato “Gino” Gioe, an enforcer for the company.

Broadly, the criminal activity alleged resembles the conduct detailed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a civil fraud lawsuit filed in 2020. In that case, a federal judge in Florida ordered the defendants to pay more than $200 million. LaForte, McElhone, and Cole Barletta have appealed.

From its offices in Old City, prosecutors say, the company raised more than half a billion dollars between 2016 and 2021 by making “materially false and fraudulent” statements to investors about the safety of their money, and the true identity of Par Funding’s top management, while they lent it out to small businesses across the country on terms that, if fully paid, would have cost several times what they borrowed. In fact, many of the loans were uncollectible, according to the government. Prosecutors say LaForte and the others also kept investors in the dark about who was running Par Funding day to day.

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Sorry this is paywalled, but I thought the news might be of interest to several DUers in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Back in hoodies and gym shorts, Fetterman tackles Senate life after depression treatment

AP link: https://apnews.com/article/fetterman-depression-senate-return-hoodies-shorts-771886ba8f3caee9be9674d186cd656b

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman checked himself in to the hospital for clinical depression in February, he walked the halls of the Senate stone-faced and dressed in formal suits. These days, he’s back to wearing the hoodies and gym shorts he was known for before he became a senator.

Male senators are expected to wear a jacket and tie on the Senate floor, but Fetterman has a workaround. He votes from the doorway of the Democratic cloakroom or the side entrance, making sure his “yay” or “nay” is recorded before ducking back out. In between votes this past week, Fetterman’s hoodie stayed on for a news conference with four Democratic colleagues in suits, the 6-foot-8 Fetterman towering over his colleagues.

People close to Fetterman say his relaxed, comfortable style is a sign that the senator is making a robust recovery after six weeks of inpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where his clinical depression was treated with medication and he was fitted for hearing aids for hearing loss that had made it harder for him to communicate. His hospitalization came less than a year after he had a stroke during his Senate campaign that he has said nearly killed him, and from which he continues to recover.

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Senators do occasionally vote in casual clothing — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, for example, is known for sometimes arriving in gym clothes. But Fetterman’s regular attire is redefining fashion in the stuffy Senate. He’s turning heads on a daily basis as he walks the halls in his signature baggy Carhartt sweatshirts and saggy gym shorts, his hulking figure surrounded by much more formally dressed Washington types buzzing around the Capitol.

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Good to see you back, Senator!

Pa. is sitting on billions in unclaimed property. This bill would get some of it back to its owners.

Spotlight PA link: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2023/05/pa-unclaimed-money-stacy-garrity-treasury-automatic/

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s treasurer wants the state to start sending unclaimed money directly to the people it belongs to, a proactive system that a dozen other states have adopted.

The state is currently sitting on more than $4 billion in misplaced money: the check you forgot to cash; the gift card you never got around to spending; the tax refund that was sent to your old address.

The money is swept into Pennsylvania’s coffers every year, and represents hundreds of millions of dollars that people have lost track of. But it doesn’t belong to the state: Its rightful owners can come and claim it anytime

The current system for reclaiming that money, however, puts the burden squarely on the roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians whose misplaced dollars the state is holding. To get it back, they must search for their name in a public database, then file a claim. But many likely have no idea there is money waiting for them in the first place.

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The only problem I see with "mailing out the checks" is how do they verify the recipient's current address? Even so, it's a step in the right direction.

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