November 23, 2015 |
Pennsylvania, in its first year under coach Ray Priore, completed an unlikely season Saturday at Franklin Field, dominating overmatched Cornell, 34-21, to win a share of the 2015 Ivy League championship. The Quakers (7-3, 6-1 Ivy) will share the title with Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1) and Harvard (9-1, 6-1). Dartmouth rallied late to defeat Princeton, 17-10, and Harvard beat Yale, 38-19. The title, Penn's 17th, marks the first time the Quakers have captured the Ivy League crown since 2012.
November 13, 2015 |
WHILE NEW YORK dropped the hammer on daily fantasy sports leagues, Pennsylvania is taking a much more measured approach. "We're holding hearings to determine what, if anything, needs to be done," state Rep. Jamie Santora told the Daily News . The House of Representatives' Gaming Oversight Committee will meet on Dec. 3 to discuss the next step. "Yes, there is skill involved, but is there also luck?" said Santora, a member of the oversight committee who represents Delaware County.
November 9, 2015
As you ponder whether to serve a 15-pound turkey or a 20-pounder for Thanksgiving, brothers Jay and Glenn Bustard are already preparing for Christmas - in 2022. The Bustards are third-generation Christmas tree growers. What they plant as a seedling today takes a good seven years to mature into a respectable 7-footer. Optimists that they are, even they couldn't imagine that a Fraser fir planted in 2001 at their farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, would sprout to a national standout.
October 30, 2015 |
At first, Jason Jarinko and the others didn't believe what a student at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg, Pa., told them. "We just kind of scoffed that he had seen a bird or something," the teacher said. Then they all saw the big white blimp, gliding about 300 feet above the school. The unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke free from its tether in Maryland about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. It floated about 150 miles over Pennsylvania in about 31/2 hours, finally grounding itself in a clump of trees about 80 miles north of Harrisburg.
October 25, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season, the first entirely programed by Angel Corella, Thursday night at the Academy of Music, looking like a very different troupe from a year ago. The company added a new principal dancer, three new soloists, and several new dancers to the corps de ballet. The behind-the-scenes staff is mostly new. The evening included two company premieres, both quite modern - Wayne McGregor's Chroma and Christopher Wheeldon's DVG: Danse a Grande Vitesse . Most different and less tangible is the feel of the company, a lushness, a group confidence.
October 23, 2015 |
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. of Voorhees, closed acquisitions of five water and wastewater systems in Clarion, Northumberland and Butler counties for $3.8 million. In Clarion County, the company acquired the Shippenville Borough Wastewater System and the Paint Township Water System, which combined serve about 700 residents. In Northumberland County, it bought the water and wastewater assets of the McEwensville Municipal Authority, which serves about 400 residents.
October 23, 2015
SURE, STATE Attorney General Kathleen Kane may not be able to practice law these days, now that the Supreme Court has temporarily suspended her law license. Getting arrested has consequences, even for the highest-ranking law-enforcement officer in Pennsylvania. But Kane assured us yesterday - just hours after the suspension went into effect - that she can still dish smutty emails with the best of 'em. Her staff was handing out raunchy discs to reporters in Harrisburg like it was a one-day doorbuster at Venus Video adult superstore.
October 21, 2015 |
Is the Pennsylvania Ballet developing a Latin flavor? Since last year, fans of this 50-year-old institution have wondered what form the company would take under its new artistic director, Angel Corella. It's still early days, but the influence of Spain and of other Spanish-speaking nations is definitely on the rise. Meanwhile, the superstar dancer-turned-administrator-and-teacher already has fulfilled several of his promises. Corella has enlarged the company to 37 dancers, plus four apprentices.
October 20, 2015
By Josh B. McGee and Marcus A. Winters Pension reform is a perennial issue for the Pennsylvania legislature. After years of insufficient contributions and in the face of a ballooning pension debt, the state enacted a significant package of reforms in 2010. These, however, did little to right the ship in the short run, and pension debt continues to grow - even as the state's contributions have more than tripled and markets have recovered from the financial crisis. Now, as the leaves turn and pumpkins dot lawns, Pennsylvania's policymakers are once again considering changes to the state's pension policies with an eye toward modernizing retirement benefits and putting the plans on a sustainable, secure path once and for all. Ensuring affordability for the state's retirement plans is a worthy aim. But the legislature should also consider whether the current benefit design both promotes retirement security for all public workers and helps the state recruit and retain the next generation of high-quality public servants.
October 6, 2015 |
Mercy Suburban Hospital, in East Norriton Township, agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations that one of its physicians violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to treat an HIV-positive patient who sought bariatric surgery, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said. The settlement was based on a complaint brought by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Mercy admitted no wrongdoing in the July 2013 incident. The settlement was dated Sept.