November 22, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - There are no doubt partisan battles ahead, but for now, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is trying to set a positive tone with Republicans who control the state legislature. Wolf, a Democrat, surprised some legislative leaders on the other side of the aisle with a phone call shortly after his election. Then he sent a handwritten introductory note that was read aloud to Republican and Democrats in both chambers during caucus meetings. Then he called some top lawmakers a second time.
July 28, 2014 |
As shade fell Saturday evening on the grassy lot where three siblings were killed by the driver of a carjacked vehicle the day before, a group of 50 people gathered for one purpose - prayer. They prayed for the children, whom many in the crowd had never met; for their mother, clinging to life in a hospital bed; and for themselves. For a half-hour, they cupped their hands around flickering candles, nodded as ministers preached about unfathomable tragedy, and joined in hymns as a guitarist lightly strummed.
July 26, 2014
ISSUE | COUNTY BUDGETS So much money, so little citizen input In early July, Burlington County passed its 2014 budget, with taxes for operations, libraries, and open space set at $170 million, or $500,000 less than in 2013, which drew praise. Combined spending approximates $280 million. Potential spending is a half-billion dollars, including a six-year capital spending projection of $247 million. Out of 400,000 residents, the shrinking, missing-in-action press, and the minority party, only one person at the budget vote questioned the use of $500 million in taxpayers' money.
February 13, 2014 |
HARRISBURG Saying "my heart isn't in it," Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection. His decision sets the stage for jockeying to replace the blunt-talking, cigar-smoking leader sometimes described as "the closer" for pushing through tricky, high-profile legislation. In making his announcement in the Capitol newsroom, Smith, 58, a Republican from Jefferson County, said a number of factors played into his decision. High among them: "The desire to fight the fights as hard as you can has waned, and I have decided it was time to step aside.
June 5, 2013 |
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - After a few errant shots during warm-ups scattered a crowd behind the La Salle goal, an assistant coach joked, "We wish they were more accurate, too. " Once the game began, the Explorers seemed as if they never missed. La Salle routed North Allegheny, 14-1, in the PIAA state boys' lacrosse semifinals Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley. La Salle (22-2), which has won 20 games in a row, will face three-time defending state champion Conestoga at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium in a repeat of last year's title game.
March 24, 2013 |
Before the game and during the second intermission, the volume of the music from La Salle's locker room rivaled that of the public address system at IceWorks in Aston. La Salle, coming off its third straight Flyers Cup, was loose, confident, and expected to win its second straight Class AAA state ice hockey championship, even trailing by a goal entering the third period. Despite being outshot, 13-5, in the final period, North Allegheny pulled away for a 6-2 win Saturday. "There are an awful large number of seniors in there who had the opportunity to win a state championship last year," La Salle coach Walter Muehlbronner said.
December 15, 2012 |
This, Coatesville coach Matt Ortega realizes, is not the same North Allegheny team that captured state gold in 2010. That year, when they closed with a 21-0 blanking of La Salle, the Tigers used a smash-mouth approach on offense. Now, with a Division I-A recruit at quarterback, they run and pass equally well. "That's why they've had so much success this year," Ortega said. "They switch things up, run different personnel groups in there, and keep you guessing. " Coatesville, bidding for the program's first state title, will square off against District 7's North Allegheny, located outside Pittsburgh, in the PIAA Class AAAA final at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.
November 7, 2012
County % of vote Obama Romney Other Adams 100 14,893 26,490 590 Allegheny 98 327,240 238,679 6,790 Armstrong 100 8,694 19,231 397 Beaver 100 36,833 42,118 1,064 Bedford 100 4,696 16,369 202 Berks 100 79,895 80,857 2,501 Blair 100 15,516 31,500 615 ...
March 4, 2012
Employees of Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania will soon be able to extend their health and dental benefits to a gay or lesbian partner. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has signed an executive order allowing county workers to enroll an eligible same-sex domestic partner in benefits starting Monday for coverage beginning April 1. Officials say the new policy makes the county the 187th municipality in the nation to extend health...