August 28, 2014
FORMER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty was into one of her cheerleader-type speeches on the Capitol steps. The subject was women in politics. "Are we fired up?" she asked. "Are we fired up?" I know I was. It was hot in Harrisburg's midday sun. McGinty yesterday stood in front of two dozen women running for Congress or the Legislature and suggested more women in office means more investment in education, pre-schooling and health care and also more jobs.
August 19, 2014
DOES THE FACT that the Legislature runs a shameless system of doling out daily expenses encourage abuse of tax dollars and help line the pockets of pols? As they say in some political quarters, you betcha. So here's another tale from Harrisburg's House of Horrors. This story was brought to light by Harrisburg CBS21 TV's Christopher Papst. Last week, Papst updated a piece he broadcast in February about former state Rep. Jim Wansacz, a Democrat from Lackawanna County, the Scranton area.
August 11, 2014 |
As trees go, black walnuts are the superheroes of Pennsylvania's forests. Strong and resistant to most aggressive insects and sickness, their lumber is among the most valued in the state. But arborists and forestry officials are battling what they say is green kryptonite to that black walnut population: thousand cankers disease, a deadly and incurable illness that has emerged in the region for the second time in recent years, and that some say poses a grave threat to the state's $19 billion hardwoods industry.
August 11, 2014 |
Typically, those who acquire ancestral homes modernize them. Keith and Janet Childs did the reverse, aging his grandparents' mid-20th-century split-level back about 200 years. Except for an attached garage, the Blue Bell house now resembles the historic mansions of Germantown, such as Cliveden, site of a Revolutionary War battle. Gen. Washington lost that fight, but he won the war and the hearts of his countrymen - including Keith Childs. "George Washington is in every room in this house," Janet Childs says.
August 9, 2014 |
When it comes to income and wealth, Pennsylvania is a step behind - once again. A new report analyzing consumer spending in the 50 states and the District of Columbia finds Pennsylvania comfortably ensconced in the second tier. It is behind New Jersey and such high fliers as the nation's capital, New York state, with its Wall Street revenue, and even North Dakota, where a boom in energy development has boosted personal spending. But it is ahead of its Midwestern neighbor, Ohio, and such states as Illinois and Rhode Island, the sick man of New England.
July 28, 2014 |
WILKES-BARRE - The Democrats' candidate for governor spent an hour here Thursday afternoon touring Mountain Productions, builder of stages for rock concerts, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, outdoor papal Masses, and other events. Tom Wolf asked about the company's yellow-pine plywood; admired a massive replica of the Statue of Liberty's arm hanging from the ceiling, a prop from a 1985 Hall & Oates concert; and delved into innovations the company has made in "chain bags" and rigging trunks.
July 25, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet, once a major national dance company, turned 50 this year and was in need of a makeover. It got an immediate jolt Tuesday when it named Angel Corella its new artistic director, effective in September. Corella, 38, a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is an international star who has performed with every major company around the globe. He's modeled for Rolex watches and appeared in ads for champagne with Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently, he ran his own company, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, which became the Barcelona Ballet but which has since folded.
July 24, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet has hired a new artistic director: Ángel Corella, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The Spanish-born Corella, 38, whose appointment was approved Tuesday by the board, is slated to start part-time in September, then full-time in January. He succeeds Roy Kaiser, who announced his retirement in April and will step down in October. A ballet spokeswoman said Corella was not available for an interview. Corella, who was born in Madrid, joined ABT in 1995 and was promoted to principal a year later.
July 18, 2014
BU ZZ: Hey, Marnie, are Pennsylvania wines any good? Everyone is pushing "local" these days, and that makes sense for beer or tomatoes, but when I think of local wine, I think of Chateau Luzerne. It tasted like the street corner it was made on, 3rd and Luzerne. Marnie: Buzz, you need to join the 21st century. Pennsylvania's wines are showing great potential these days. Last week, I helped judge a taste-off at Nectar restaurant, in Berwyn, between wines made in California and Pennsylvania.