May 9, 2016 |
Rep. Thomas Caltagirone was disgusted. The veteran Democrat from Reading had been one of the Catholic Church's staunchest political allies for years, but by March he had hit a breaking point. A state grand jury had exposed clergy sex abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and a bishop who used an internal payment chart to dole out money, correlating to the degree of the victim's abuse. This, after Jerry Sandusky and two damning grand jury reports in a decade about predator priests in Philadelphia.
March 3, 2016 |
In a scathing report that took aim at Catholic leaders, a Pennsylvania grand jury on Tuesday accused bishops of ignoring or hiding decades of sexual abuse by priests and religious leaders against hundreds of children in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The panel recommended no charges against the 34 priests it named in its 147-page report, one that resembled, in tone and substance, a grand jury report that a decade ago lambasted the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The abuse in Altoona had been so pervasive, the probe found, a bishop created a "payout chart" to guide how much money a victim deserved for offenses ranging from over-the-clothes fondling to sodomy.
February 10, 2016 |
Andrea L. Mengel, 68, of Philadelphia, who rose from humble roots in rural Pennsylvania to become a nurse and educator in the city, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, of kidney cancer at home. Dr. Mengel grew up in the Allegheny Mountains northeast of Altoona, in a house her family built just off a dirt road. The home's foundation consisted of stones scrounged by her parents from the land. Her father, David G., was a paper mill worker; her mother, Helen M., a cafeteria worker at the local high school.
December 18, 2015 |
Brutal fraternity hazing led to the suicide of a Pennsylvania State University student, according to a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia by his father. Marquise Braham, 18, jumped from the roof of an 11-story hotel on Long Island on March 14, 2014, a day before he was to return to Penn State Altoona and rejoin the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Common Pleas Court by his father, Rich, a senior editor at ABC News, alleges that the fraternity's hazing included choosing between snorting a line of cocaine or being sodomized on video; having guns pointed at the pledges' heads; being burned with candle wax; forcing pledges to fight one another; and forcing them to consume alcohol for the purpose of vomiting.
October 28, 2015 |
The scientific expertise of William G. Wolfgang was not confined to the East Falls campus of the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, son Paul said. In January 1967, three astronauts died in a flash fire in their Apollo spacecraft during a launchpad test at the NASA base at Cape Kennedy, Fla. As a consultant for NASA, his son said, Mr. Wolfgang recommended to the agency "how to redesign the space suit so it would be less flammable. " Mr. Wolfgang, 89, of Cherry Hill, who retired in 2002 as professor of textile design at what is now Philadelphia University, died Friday, Oct. 9, at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill of complications from a fall at home.
July 11, 2013
JOHN BAER complained that the state of Pennsylvania should have given more money to Philadelphia public schools. Why should some taxpayer in Altoona or Pittsburgh give any money to Philadelphia's public schools? They have enough trouble funding their own. No one asks Philadelphians to fund Altoona public schools. Throwing money at Philadelphia is like throwing money down a black hole that keeps getting bigger every time you throw money into it. The responsibility lies with Philadelphia voters, who vote for politicians who can't handle Philadelphia's problems.
April 1, 2013
A visit to Wawa and Sheetz stores in Bethlehem, one of the few places in Pennsylvania where the convenience-store chains compete, finds both committed partisans and practical choices. "I use them both," said limo driver Bob Stahley, gassing up at the Sheetz on Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem, across the road and just up the hill from the Wawa. "I like Wawa's soft pretzels. But this side of the road is on the way to New York. " "They copy each other," said Charles Beegle, in a Pirates cap, in his Cable Service Co. truck.
October 17, 2012
Pennsylvania on Monday reported its first case of fungal meningitis amid a national outbreak, a patient who received an epidural injection of a steroid at a clinic in Altoona and is now hospitalized. Federal officials said Monday that two more drugs from the New England Compounding Center are being investigated, and urged doctors to contact patients who got any injections from the Massachusetts company. Fifteen people have died and 214 have been sickened in 15 states. - Don Sapatkin
June 12, 2012 |
Not surprising, considering his lively bat and ability to find the outfield gaps, La Salle's Tyler Kozeniewski received interest from several Division I baseball programs. Georgia Southern offered the hard-slugging rightfielder a partial scholarship. Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth, and St. Joseph's also made inquiries. But as much as Kozeniewski enjoys being on the diamond, he says he wants to concentrate on hitting the books in college. "I'm going to Drexel to study business administration," the 18-year-old said.