September 3, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - In one of his first acts as Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Bruce Beemer has fired two of his predecessor's most controversial hires. Jonathan Duecker, the former chief of staff to Kathleen Kane, and Patrick Reese, Kane's onetime security chief and driver, were terminated Thursday morning, said Jeff Johnson, the office's spokesman. Johnson would not say why the two were dismissed. But the move wasn't unexpected after Kane's resignation and conviction last month on perjury and obstruction charges.
June 23, 2016 |
Following an extraordinary spurt in freshman enrollment, Pennsylvania State University expects to admit fewer students next spring. That means getting in could be harder. "I am sure we will probably shoot for a target that is a lower number," said Clark Brigger, executive director of undergraduate admissions. Penn State accepted 57 percent of applicants to its main campus in State College for fall 2016 - up from 51 percent the year before. Officials were trying to attract a larger class this spring than the previous year, but not as large as they ended up getting, Brigger said.
June 15, 2016 |
FLEETWOOD, Pa. - Earned runs? They are hard to come by when Avon Grove's Maggie Balint is on the mound. She has a fastball that is quicker than most, a nasty rise and a screwball that jams batters up. And that's just three of the pitches in her repertoire. So, earned runs? They are few and far between with the senior right hander pitching. Going into Monday's PIAA Class 4A state semifinal at Lyons Park, the Oregon recruit had allowed just 12 runs cross the plate that she was directly responsible for - in more than 180 innings of work.
April 4, 2016 |
With the April 26 Pennsylvania primary near, Donald Trump has picked up the endorsement of a congressman who bears the battle scars of his own war on illegal immigration - one he lost, but does not regret. Rep. Lou Barletta, 56, has represented the 11th District, a swath of counties in the state's conservative center, for five years. But in 2006, he was the Republican mayor of Hazleton, a man both demonized and lionized for trying to bar the city's door against what he saw as an invasion of undocumented Latinos.
April 4, 2016 |
HAZLETON, Pa. - As soon as Aida Gell moved here in 2006 with her two young sons, she wondered if she had made a mistake. Born in the Dominican Republic, she had immigrated in 1987 to Westchester County, N.Y., where she drove a bus. But this old coal city had housing she could afford and a growing Latino presence. As she learned within days of arriving, Hazleton had something else: a seismic new ordinance aimed at keeping out undocumented immigrants. What Gell saw and heard that summer was discomforting for a Latina, even one in America legally.
May 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
June 7, 2014 |
Corey Neel went the distance in Harriton's 2-1 victory over Blackhawk in eight innings in a PIAA Class AAA baseball quarterfinal Thursday at Green Township Park in Scotland, Pa. The senior righthander struck out 11, eight over the last four innings, and drove in the winning run. During the fifth, with the bases loaded and no outs, Neel struck out the side. The Rams will play Erie's Cathedral Prep in the semifinals Monday. PIAA Class AAAA baseball quarterfinals With elimination three outs away, Conestoga rode a six-run seventh inning to a 10-6 victory over Red Land at Muhlenberg.
March 5, 2014 |
Ending a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a controversial 2006 Hazleton, Pa., ordinance that barred undocumented immigrants from renting homes in the Luzerne County city. The ordinance was not being enforced pending the outcome of the legal battle, but it had been among the first in a series of restrictions enacted by municipalities nationwide, and challenged by advocates for immigrants and by the federal government. The ordinance was deemed unconstitutional last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, which held that Hazleton's attempt to regulate immigration "unduly interfered" with a fundamental function of the federal government.
January 26, 2014 |
The temperature was a biting 15 degrees on Thursday morning when John Smulligan Jr. phoned a cousin in Virginia and left an upbeat message. He told her he was going to enter rehab, move to Virginia, and start fresh, with new friends in a new place. Sometime in the next hour, the 30-year-old Philadelphia man, who struggled with anxiety and depression, was found dead in a snow drift near a construction site at Ninth Street and Ridge Avenue. His mother, Diane, of Hazleton, Pa., received a call at 11:21 a.m. alerting her of his death.
July 28, 2013 |
Hazleton, Pa., has lost another round in federal court as it tries to enforce ordinances that crack down on illegal immigrants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday reaffirmed its ruling that the Northeastern Pennsylvania city's 2006 law is unconstitutional because it preempts the federal government's jurisdiction over immigration. The law would penalize landlords who rented to illegal immigrants, and employers who hired them. It was immediately challenged by Hispanic and other groups, and blocked in 2007 by a federal district court.