Philly Police Commissioner Now Open To Safe-Injection Sites
Philly.com- A year ago, if you’d talked to Police Commissioner Richard Ross about safe-injection sites, he would have told you he was “adamantly opposed,” writes Inquirer columnist Mike Newall.
But in October, as the city hosted the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Ross cornered his Vancouver counterpart, Chief Constable Adam Palmer, who polices the first city in North America to have opened a safe-injection site.
Palmer told Ross he’d been skeptical at first, too. And the sites where people can use drugs under the eye of medical staff and social workers, he said, are not a cure-all.
But they didn’t increase crime in the neighborhood. And they were saving lives.
That conversation with Palmer, and the death toll in Philadelphia have left Ross “open-minded,” to the possibility of a site in this city.
It’s up to the city to decide whether or not to make it happen.
Talk Of Oprah Candidacy Draws White House Response
“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,”
he told reporters in the the White House Cabinet Room during a meeting with Congress.
Winfrey is “intrigued by the idea” of a presidential bid, best friend and CBS “This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King said Tuesday, and is taking the idea seriously, per friends of the former talk show host. Her speech on the #MeToo movement at Sunday’s Golden Globes propelled Winfrey to the forefront of political conversation on Monday, with the potential to disrupt the Democratic primary process and pose a strong challenge to Trump in 2020.
Bannon Forced Out At Breitbart News After Drawing Fire From Trump
On Tuesday the right-wing website Breitbart News reported that executive chairman Steve Bannon has stepped down, after the former White House chief strategist drew fire from President Donald Trump for harshly criticizing his eldest son.
Bannon was quoted in a new book about the Trump White House as calling Donald Trump Jr. “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” for meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign with a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The comments drew a furious response from President Trump, who said Bannon “had lost his mind.”
Their public fight ended an alliance that began when Bannon joined the Trump campaign and helped the political novice defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.