Phila. Council Moves Toward Tougher Penalties For Selling Realistic Toy Guns


CBS Philly

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A City Council committee today approved two bills aimed at reducing the chance that a police officer might accidently shoot a child holding a fake gun.

One measure restricts the sale of toy guns in the city unless the toy is brightly colored.

Testifying in support was Capt. Francis Healy of the Philadelphia Police Department, who says some toy guns are far too realistic.

“I’ve seen some AR-15-looking type of toys.  I know my guns a little bit, and I have to look twice to see what they are,” he said.


(Capt. Francis Healy testfies.  Image from City of Phila. TV) (Capt. Francis Healy testfies. Image from City of Phila. TV)

Also approved in Council’s public safetey committee was a bill that increases the fines for stores that sell BB guns, whose sale is already banned in the city.

Healy said a BB gun aimed at an officer could lead to tragedy:


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Monochrome Madness Wednesday – A rose by any other name


This week I have chosen a photo that I took quite some time ago to enter for the MM Challenge on Leanne Cole’s blog.

I used to belong to our local camera club however with one thing and another I stopped attending. One day, one of the members (who lives only a few doors around the corner from me) knocked on the door and asked if he could pick some flowers from our garden for use in an workshop that afternoon.
I was more than happy to comply with his request.

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Business Owners Admit To Scamming Texas Schools


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DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana says two former owners of a tutoring business have pleaded guilty to defrauding several Texas school districts.

Saldana announced Tuesday that 42-year-old Flori Mati and 43-year-old David Mbugua each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false, fictitious or fraudulent claims.

Saldana says the two submitted false claims worth about $3.1 million to several school districts for tutoring services that weren’t provided to students. Authorities say they were paid about $1.5 million from the Dallas Independent School District and about $1 million from the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Prosecutors say the two wired some of the money they received to Kenya, where it was beyond the reach of U.S. officials. Their sentencing hearing has been scheduled for February.

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Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt Dies At 88


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DALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died.

His brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said he died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88.

Hunt was among the world’s wealthiest men. His father was legendary Texas oilman H.L. Hunt.

He built on his father’s oil and gas holdings, finding a rich Libyan oil field only to have it nationalized later by Moammar Gadhafi. He owned millions of acres of farm and ranch land in Australia, race horses and an ancient coin collection.

But a huge, soured bet on the silver market by Hunt and his brothers led to legal problems and bankruptcy.

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Kindness is a way of life


Often we read or hear ‘feel good’ stories where a person has gone that little bit further and extended a kindness to those who need it.
This is not a bad thing.
In fact, it is absolutely brilliant.
I have blogged so many times about kindness and its effects not only upon ourselves but on those around us.
However, I believe that in our efforts to point out the kindness of others through the avenue of social media, we often overlook the every day kindness of those around us.

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