June 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Senate, voting along strictly partisan lines, gave preliminary approval early Saturday to a much-revised plan for privatizing the state-run liquor system. The 1:20 a.m. vote sets the stage for two more crucial liquor votes this weekend: the Senate is expected to consider the plan on final passage later Saturday; then, the House of Representatives, which previously approved a more aggressive plan, would weigh in, likely on Sunday. Those expected votes are sure to highlight a frantic weekend in the Capitol as Gov. Corbett and the Republican-controlled legislature race to meet the deadline to pass a state budget by midnight Sunday night, as well as strike a compromise on the governor's three key initiatives — and perhaps help Philadelphia with its school funding crisis, as well.
March 18, 2013
An armed man barricaded himself late Saturday in a Dick's Sporting Goods in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township, Bucks County, police said. The incident, on Commerce Boulevard, began about 7:30 p.m. when a man reportedly went to the store's gun department and pulled a handgun, authorities said. He forced a clerk to give him a shotgun, police said. The man then took the weapon and ammunition and went to the back of the store. The store was quickly evacuated and no injuries were immediately reported.
February 5, 2013 |
More than 75 people gathered Monday night at Our Lady of Grace Church in Penndel for a candlelight vigil to pray for the recovery of Matt Cruz, a Neshaminy High School sophomore who was injured Saturday night in a bus crash in Boston. Cruz, 16, one of 42 Bucks County residents on the bus that struck an overpass after a tour of Harvard University, was in critical condition Monday at Boston Medical Center, according to a hospital representative. The extent of his injuries was not clear.
December 13, 2012 |
A ticket sold in Lancaster County won $1 million in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing. It's the fourth prize of six or more figures in just a week for Southeastern Pennsylvania. Nobody matched all the numbers - 39, 44, 51, 52 and 54, with a Mega Ball of 13 - so the jackpot rolls over to $35 million for Friday's drawing. The Lancaster County ticket was the only one nationwide to match the first five numbers, and the usual $250,000 payout was boosted to $1 million because the player also had the Megaplier prize-multiplying option.
November 23, 2012 |
Herman London Press, 87, a longtime dentist who lived in Northeast Philadelphia, but practiced in Bucks County, died Saturday, Nov. 3, of natural causes at a nursing home in Fayetteville, Ark. The son of Russian immigrants in South Philadelphia, Dr. Press began practicing dentistry in Levittown and Fairless Hills, Bucks County, after World War II when no other practitioner was available. Niece Marlene E. Joseph, a lawyer in Jenkintown, said Dr. Press was beloved by patients because of the lengths to which he went on their behalf.
September 13, 2012 |
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on Thursday will open the region's latest compressed-natural-gas refueling station in Bucks County, part of a growing infrastructure that natural-gas advocates hope will broaden the market for the fuel. The station at 451 Tyburn Rd. in Fairless Hills will be the first public station in Southeastern Pennsylvania, though Peco Energy Co. has five private locations around Philadelphia and South Jersey has four stations, including a Clean Energy public station in Camden.
June 15, 2012 |
IN THE REGION Lawmakers consider relocation penalties New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday considered penalizing companies that move call center jobs overseas by making the companies ineligible for state grants, loans and tax benefits for three years. The Senate Economic Growth Committee discussed the bill but didn't vote on it. The Assembly approved a similar measure in March. The measure would also require call centers to notify the state labor commissioner when relocating overseas.
September 17, 2009
SOLOMON Jones' recent column on the president's school speech and parenting brought back some bad memories of how people treat their children. As an ex-SEPTA rider, I got quite an education into human behavior. I once saw a man with a child of 4 or 5 on the bus. The child was looking out the window, and asked, "What's that, daddy?" The man, holding a phone, yelled, "Can't you see I'm talking to my woman?" I also heard a father yelling at a young child, "Don't you listen? You're stupid.
November 12, 2008
IWAS FLIPPING around the radio dial on Oct. 31, and I heard a station playing Christmas music - not one song an hour but all day and night. This a little too soon. Can we get through Thanksgiving first? There should be a law against playing Christmas music before Thanks- giving, and a station can't go all- Christmas music till a week before Christmas. Craig Hartzell, Fairless Hills
July 20, 2008 |
The year Jim Bauer was born - 1952 - a massive steel mill was rising atop a former asparagus farm in Lower Bucks County. Bauer would spend most of his working life in U.S. Steel's Fairless Works - until he was forced to retire in 2002, marking the end of an era. Now, it's the beginning of another, and Bauer, 56, is part of that, too. It's about wind. Every morning at 6, Bauer is back at work in one of the old U.S. Steel buildings, heading a team that makes giant hubs for wind turbines.