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August 17, 2006
SHRINKING the state Legislature? That's an idea whose time came long ago. Philadelphia is covered by a total of 35 state reps and senators, yet only 17 City Council members. Take the state population, 11 million, divide by 203 state reps and 50 state senators. That's one legislator for each 43,000 residents. Now take the city population of 1.5 million and divide by 16 council members. You get about 94,000. Why not eliminate 15-20 folks from the Harrisburg trough and turn that money back to us in the city?
SPORTS
September 8, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Harrisburg Senators eliminated Trenton from the Eastern League playoffs last night with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Thunder. Jason McCommon outdueled Jared Fernandez as Harrisburg took the best-of-five series by three games to one to win the Southern Division championship. The Senators will face the Portland Sea Dogs for the league championship in a best-of-five series that starts tonight in Harrisburg. Portland won the Northern Division title last night with a 7-3 victory over visiting Binghamton in the fifth game of their series.
NEWS
March 17, 1997
At the Liquor Control Board building in Harrisburg, employees on the second floor figure ways to sell more alcohol, while on the sixth floor, others design programs to prevent irresponsible consumption. Government can't promote alcohol, while at the same time urging folks to guard against its evils. It's hypocritical and counterproductive. It sends a mixed message. And it sends the wrong message. Privatizing the state system will correct this nonsensical situation. It will allow the private sector, under intense regulation, to sell alcohol, while allowing government to focus exclusively on protecting the public through enforcement and education.
SPORTS
July 4, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A four-run sixth led the Senators to a 5-2 win over the Phillies and starting pitcher Darrell Goedhart last night. Rick Hirtensteiner's RBI triple and a two-base error by Reading first baseman Ron Lockett on a grounder by Derrick White were the key blows in the Harrisburg sixth. Tim Laker also had an RBI hit to rout Goedhart, who failed to win for the third straight start. Sam Taylor broke an 0-for-19 slump with an RBI double in the third that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
NEWS
August 28, 2011 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is warning of a takeover of financially troubled Harrisburg if city leaders do not produce a recovery plan. Mayor Linda Thompson spoke to reporters Friday to relay Corbett's comments from her meeting with him earlier in the day as she lobbied the City Council to approve her recovery plan. Corbett, a Republican, took the same position in a Tuesday letter to the Democratic mayor, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported. "If there is no approved plan at this point, then the city is likely to become mired in litigation and financial chaos," Corbett told Thompson in the letter.
SPORTS
July 27, 1999 | By Doug Hadden, FOR THE INQUIRER
Overbrook Golf Club's Stu Ingraham used just 33 strokes on the back nine yesterday en route to a winning score of 4-under-par 68 in the Philadelphia PGA's Izod Club Classic in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Amateur. Overbrook's Christopher Lange and Merion's Craig Cochran each posted a 2-under 70 and shared the first-round lead. Pennsylvania Senior Amateur. Merion Golf Club's Jarrett Kling and Michael Sanger were among the leaders after the first round with a 72 and a 74, respectively.
SPORTS
April 9, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Wendell Magee homered and drove in three runs and Ryan Nye pitched six strong innings in his Eastern League debut as Reading beat Harrisburg, 7-1, last night. Nye (1-0) allowed just three hits over six innings, striking out five, as the Phillies improved to 3-1. Magee drove in a first-inning run with an infield single and a third-inning run with a ground ball. He hit a solo homer, his second homer of the year, in the fifth. Reading took a 3-0 lead in the first off Scott Forster (0-1)
SPORTS
April 6, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Walt McKeel singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the Thunder got past Harrisburg, 2-1, last night in the season opener for both teams. Despite frigid weather, 6,569 fans showed up at Mercer County Waterfront Park. Bryan Eversgerd (1-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing no runs and one hit over the final two innings. Brian Rose pitched seven strong innings for the Thunder, giving up six hits and one run, while striking out two. PORTLAND 13, READING 7 READING - Chris Sheff's three-run double highlighted a seven-run Portland 10th inning that negated a Reading comeback from a five-run deficit as the Sea Dogs beat the Phillies in the Eastern League.
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SPORTS
May 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster. Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on a road trip with the team last week. This is yhe fifth and final story in a series about the Fightin Phils. The trip out of Erie was a difficult one for the writer. After being overexposed to the sun during Aaron Nola's dominating outing against the Seawolves on Sunday afternoon, the tomato-faced writer attempted to leave about 7 p.m. only to find himself alone and locked inside Jerry Uht Park.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police will not face criminal charges or fines for removing road signs near his Harrisburg-area home that were critical of him, a central Pennsylvania prosecutor announced Thursday. But Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed told reporters that everyone involved in the incident - from acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown to the retired trooper who erected the road signs and then videotaped the top cop removing them - "should have known better.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to serve as secretary of state faced resistance Tuesday from Republican lawmakers who said he deserved blame for not stopping Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. After a hearing, the Senate State Government Committee declined to take a position on Pedro Cortes - an unusual step - and instead moved his nomination to the full Senate floor for consideration. The committee chairman, Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), said after the hearing that the panel was split on Cortes, but that he wanted to give all senators the chance "to make the decisions based on their own conscience.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Two measures dealing with issues that are key to any state budget deal - property taxes and pensions - began moving through the legislature Tuesday, with lawmakers pushing for swift action on both. The House began debate on a multibillion-dollar property-tax relief measure whose prospects are uncertain, while the Senate is poised to vote on a Republican-backed proposal to rein in the cost of public-employee pensions. Both bills are up for final passage Wednesday, after which legislators will break until June, when budget talks with Gov. Wolf will begin in earnest.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
State Rep. Joe Hackett's final day in office is not until April 30, but he already has begun collecting another check for a second government job. For 18 days this month, the Delaware County lawmaker will receive checks for two government posts that each pay about $85,000 annually. Democrats and a state watchdog organization say that raises ethical questions about how taxpayer money is spent and how Hackett (R., Delaware) is spending his time. Republicans say the dual employment is legal.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a "national search," Pennsylvania's underfunded Public School Employees' Retirement System , based in Harrisburg, said Wednesday that it has offered its top job to a candidate from close to home: State Rep. Glen R. Grell (R., Cumberland). Grell's predecessor, Jeffrey Clay , who retired a year ago, was paid $237,000 a year, which would be a big raise over the $86,000 Grell earned as a state representative. He is "still negotiating" his pay with PSERS, spokeswoman Evelyn T. Williams told me. In a statement, Grell said he would miss representing his Harrisburg-area district, and thanked the PSERS trustees who selected him. The trustees - aides to the governor, teacher and school board representatives, and lawmakers - are familiar faces to Grell because he was a member of the board until January, when he was replaced by state House leaders with Rep. Stephen Bloom , also a Cumberland County Republican.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday ordered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to prove she did not violate his court order when she fired a top aide this week - and said she would face contempt charges if she did. Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter directed the embattled attorney general to appear at an April 27 hearing before a three-judge panel to review the circumstances of her decision to oust James Barker, a chief deputy attorney general....
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | John Baer
HAPPY Easter Monday and welcome to the season of renewal. Feel it in the air? There's a mayor's race with its wafting aroma of fresh ideas and promises of new strides for the city, especially in public schools. There's a "fresh-start" governor in Harrisburg with bold state plans to invest new money, especially in public schools. There's . . . oh, wait, what am I thinking? Who sees schools on the brink of a blossoming rebirth fed and watered with fresh ideas and new money?
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
If elected mayor, Lynne M. Abraham says, she would take Harrisburg to federal court if necessary to force lawmakers to adequately fund Philadelphia schools. She wants to end the School Reform Commission and replace it with a board of elected and appointed members. And she wants to add city caseworkers to deal with chronic school absenteeism, institute mandatory prekindergarten, and prioritize fixing or replacing the School District's stock of old, crumbling buildings. Abraham articulated her ideas in an education plan released Thursday.
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