October 9, 2013 |
When the Coatesville Area School District's board voted two weeks ago to accept the resignations of two administrators who exchanged racist and sexist text messages, some residents in the packed high school auditorium said the vote wasn't the end. On Monday, a handful of people chartered a bus to Harrisburg to tell the state Department of Education that they would accept nothing less than the firings of former Superintendent Richard Como and former...
August 29, 2005
THE WAY the state legislative pay increase was slammed through shows a leadership that is insensitive to both the desires of their rank and file and, even worse, the people who elected them. Legislators need to remember that they report to the people of their districts, not the legislative leaders or the governor. Demoting 15 Democratic subcommittee chairmen who voted against the raise and promoting 15 who voted for it may be legal and business as usual, but it stinks to high heaven.
August 29, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Less than 24 hours on the job, acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq is already under fire. Dumaresq, named to the state's top education job Monday after her predecessor abruptly stepped down, did not report a source of outside income on her financial disclosure forms for 2009 and 2010. During that time, Dumaresq worked as a consultant for an out-of-state executive recruitment firm, which paid her just shy of $6,000 for a project. Spokesman Tim Eller called the omission an oversight and said Dumaresq would amend her forms to include the information.
May 23, 2013 |
Democratic voters in financially troubled Harrisburg denied Mayor Linda Thompson a second term Tuesday, choosing bookstore owner Eric Papenfuse to try to help the financially strapped capital. Harrisburg is the only Pennsylvania municipality under a state takeover - the result of a multimillion-dollar debt on its trash incinerator that pushed it to the edge of bankruptcy. Harrisburg officials hope to negotiate a bailout that includes the sale of the incinerator. Papenfuse defeated Thompson in the primary, along with other challengers City Controller Dan Miller and former state employee Lewis Butts Jr. No Republican is running this year.
September 14, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - "Police investigate break-in at Democratic Party headquarters. " For those of a certain age that headline may sound familiar. Only this time, almost 40 years after GOP operatives burglarized the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, the target was Pennsylvania state Democratic Party headquarters in Harrisburg. City police say on July 11, party officials reported someone had entered their eighth-floor downtown Harrisburg offices overnight and removed two laptops and a camcorder.
April 20, 2009 |
HARRISBURG - Alex Concepcion and three relief pitchers combined to hold Harrisburg to six hits yesterday as the Reading Phillies beat the Senators, 6-2, in the Eastern League. Josh Shortslef, who replaced Concepcion in the fifth, pitched a scoreless inning to get the win. Trenton 2, Connecticut 1 NORWICH, Conn. - Marcos Vechionacci's leadoff homer in the top of the seventh gave the Thunder a win over the Defenders in the Eastern League. Lehigh Valley 6, Pawtucket 2 PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Jeremy Slayden's RBI double completed a four-run eruption in the top of the eighth as the IronPigs beat the PawSox in the International League.
December 19, 2012
HARRISBURG - A wanted man from Philadelphia killed himself early Tuesday after a nine-hour standoff at a Harrisburg housing complex in which more than 100 shots were fired, authorities said. Officers were trying to serve a warrant on Abel Roman, 24, in the Hall Manor complex when he reportedly fired a shot and threatened suicide, authorities said. Gunfire periodically rang out over the ensuing hours, and one police officer was wounded, authorities said. Roman, whose last known address was in the Hunting Park neighborhood, was found dead in an apartment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
August 7, 2012
HARRISBURG - A street in Pennsylvania's capital that was barricaded last week after a series of gunfights has been reopened. Officials in Harrisburg said the block of uptown's Curtain Street and two adjoining alleys were slated to be closed only through the weekend. But Robert Philbin, spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson, said Monday that the barriers could return or might be used on other streets if warranted. Thompson ordered the 24-hour police barricades put in place Friday after gunfire earlier in the week left bullet holes in cars and homes.
August 21, 2010 |
Accused murderer Omar Roane, who escaped from the back of a prison van last weekend, was captured Friday night in Harrisburg, police said. Philadelphia police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore confirmed that Roane, 22, had been apprehended. John Patrignani, acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said Friday night that deputy U.S. marshals and Dauphin County police, including a SWAT team, arrested Roane at a house in the 3100 block of Hoffer Street in Harrisburg.