Even though her boyfriend had attacked her repeatedly, Lakisha Briggs of Norristown, Pa., says, she did not want to call the police for help. Even when he went after her with a brick, she did not want to call. When neighbors finally contacted the police during one incident, Briggs’ injuries were so severe she had to be airlifted to a hospital.According to her lawyers, Briggs’ reluctance to call the police is not unusual for victims of domestic violence in Norristown, a northwestern suburb of Philadelphia. The problem, they say, is a local ordinance that ultimately punishes tenants who require repeated police assistance because of domestic violence.Norristown Municipal Code § 245-3 states that landlords are responsible for “disorderly behavior” by tenants currently in their rental units, as well as tenants’ family members and guests. Under the ordinance, disorderly behavior includes “domestic disturbances that do not require that a mandatory … [Read more...] about Ordinance that evicts tenants for seeking police aid is putting abused women out on the street
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World Palestinians Israeli-Palestinian Conflict West Bank Gaza Strip Obada Nawawra was talking to friends at a restaurant in Bethlehem. Outside the window, the terraced hills around the ancient West Bank city rolled into the distance. It was early June, and most restaurants were closed for Ramadan; aside from a table of tourists, the large place was nearly empty. As the conversation shifted to the subject of the Palestinian Authority (PA)—the semi-autonomous government based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank—the idle waiters edged closer to Nawawra’s table.The 25-year-old was staking out a historically mainstream position: The PA is an important institution for keeping peace in Palestinian enclaves. “Without the authority,” he said, there would be lawlessness—“more crime and drugs.” A boyish-looking waiter was incredulous: “How is the authority good? Before it, was there more crime? Another waiter, a woman who looked to be in her … [Read more...] about Middle East Peace? Can Young Palestinians’ Rejection of the PA Lead to a Binational State With Israel?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader PowerPost Madeleine Dean, a candidate for Congress, talks to voter Bisa Bullock in Norristown, Pa. (Photo by David Weigel/The Washington Post) by David Weigel by David Weigel Email the author May 14 at 5:52 PM Email the author NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Pennsylvania was President Trump’s proudest conquest in 2016, a state no Republican had won in a presidential election for nearly three decades and a victory he is still talking about. But in both suburbs and rural areas this year, Democrats are mounting a comeback with implications not only for November’s midterm elections but the 2020 presidential race — just as … [Read more...] about Devastated by Trump’s win, Democrats count on Pennsylvania for a comeback
Bill Cosby, center, leaves the courtroom after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for felony sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)People walk on a tour of the West section of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., June 1, 2018. Bill Cosby spent his first night of his three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault alone in a single cell near the infirmary at the new state lock up outside Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)Inmate dining facilities in the West section of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., June 1, 2018. Bill Cosby spent his first night of his three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault alone in a single cell near the infirmary at the new state lock up outside Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)Stacey Pinkerton, left and Chelan Lasha embrace during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after … [Read more...] about Bill Cosby’s legal team to appeal conviction
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