August 31, 2013 |
As violence has risen to new heights in Trenton this year, with a record 32d homicide Thursday, the city has drawn comparisons to Camden. But Gov. Christie's suggestion to look to Camden for a solution - replacing the capital's police force with a county force, as Camden did - again met with resistance Thursday. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D., Trenton) wrote to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, asking that a State Police surge - slated to end in a week or so - remain in place in the city.
June 2, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - It's a warning as familiar as a daily prayer for Tornado Alley residents: When a twister approaches, take shelter in a basement or low-level interior room or closet, away from windows and exterior walls. But with the powerful devastation from the May 20 twister that killed 24 and pummeled the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore still etched in their minds, many Oklahomans instead opted to flee Friday night when a violent tornado developed and headed toward the state's capital city.
March 14, 2013
ANY TIME the Harrisburg Patriot-News reviews salaries of state employees, it creates a nice voyeuristic buzz in the capital city. So it is this week following publication, online and in print, of a series of stories, "The $100,000 Club," about state government's top take-homers. (It's viewable at pennlive.com.) Who doesn't like to know what their neighbor makes? And what's more fun than comparing government pay with government productivity? Gives ranters a chance to rant, "They get HOW much?"
January 16, 2013 |
BROOK LOPEZ had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and the Brooklyn Nets extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 113-106 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season. A .500 team when they fired Avery Johnson late last month, Brooklyn is 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and has pulled within 1 1/2 games of the New York Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead.
January 11, 2013
TRENTON - New Jersey law enforcement authorities are sponsoring a $100,000 gun buyback in Trenton on the heels of a record-setting cash-for-guns program in Camden in December that netted more than 1,100 firearms. State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said the buyback in the state's capital city - financed from criminal-forfeiture funds - will be Jan. 25 and 26 and open to all Mercer County residents. "We'd love to replicate or improve on the success of our Camden buyback," he said in a statement.
December 13, 2012
IMAGINE PHILLY heading toward its own fiscal cliff, awash in debt, under state control, facing bankruptcy and getting global notice for its woes. Now imagine the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce using an awards dinner to unveil a video mocking Mayor Nutter as, let's say, a nasally speaking Steve Urkel overlooking urban ruin asking, "Did I do that?" That's pretty close to what recently happened in Harrisburg. But in the capital city of the state I call "The Land of Low Expectations," it was worse.
July 11, 2012 |
We hope Brewers' fans like seeing Zack Greinke on the mound. It's becoming monotonous. Greinke, who started two consecutive games for Milwaukee on Saturday and Sunday, will also start on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. The last pitcher to start three games in a row in the majors was Cleveland's "Sudden Sam" McDowell, but he had plenty of rest, starting the last game of the 1965 season and then the first two in 1966. The last pitcher to start three straight games in the same season was Red Faber of the Chicago White Sox, who started both games in a doubleheader on Sept.
June 16, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City was once just a temporary stop for the NBA. Needing a home after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets came to play in a city that was desperate for a major sports franchise of its own. The Hornets eventually went back home, but now Kevin Durant and the rest of the young Thunder might make Oklahoma City an annual summer destination. With a young core and smart management providing a chance for lasting success, there's a good chance this isn't the last time the NBA Finals will be here.
March 31, 2012 |
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Corbett will move swiftly to find another financial custodian to restore stability to Pennsylvania's debt-laden capital city after his first appointee said Friday he was resigning, a Corbett spokesman said. The custodian, municipal bond lawyer David Unkovic, had been confirmed to the post in December by a state Commonwealth Court judge. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley called his resignation "unexpected and unfortunate," but said he did not know his reasons for resigning.
February 29, 2012 |
THERE IS NOTHING wrong with Ilya Bryzgalov that a slick interpreter can't cure. Never mind the goalie's early-season lament that he was lost in the woods. What he is, is lost in translation. Too often, the quirky statements he makes are misinterpreted. Take the latest cry for help, that he hopes to "find peace in his soul to play in this city. " That is the way it was reported and it sounded gloomier than a Stalingrad winter. Listen closely and the anguished moaning can be explained in other ways.