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September 11, 2014
AH, PENNSYLVANIA. Just when you think the governor's race is shaping up as a staid, boring, G-rated affair, along comes a couple of bizarre, saucy stories of porn. Lord, I love this state. How about the western Pennsylvania lawyer with, um, other acting credits, who appeared in a TV ad promoting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor? Turns out Alan Benyak, of Charleroi, last year played Mr. Cannibal in a flick called "Breeding Farm. " I believe I can state with some confidence that it isn't the best first-date movie.
NEWS
May 23, 2010
Today's quiz salutes Arlen Specter, the state's longest-serving U.S. senator. 1. Arlen Specter is the son of immigrants. From what country did his father emigrate? a. Poland.       b. Romania.       c. Russia.       d. Lithuania. 2. In what state did Specter grow up? a. Pennsylvania.       b. New Jersey.       c. Iowa.       d. Kansas. 3. Specter shared a hometown with this onetime Republican senator and presidential candidate.
NEWS
May 22, 2010
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SPORTS
June 15, 2013
Baseball STATE CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Johnsonburg 5, Canton 0 STATE CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP Loyalsock 5, Beaver 4 STATE CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP West York 2, Upper Moreland 1 STATE CLASS AAAA CHAMPIONSHIP North Penn 6, Lower Dauphin 5 Softball STATE CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Williams Valley 13, Neshannock 0 STATE CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP Brandywine Heights 1, Riverside 0 STATE CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Valley View...
NEWS
November 8, 2005
Supreme Court (Vote "yes" to retain for a 10-year term) Sandra Schultz Newman YES Russell M. Nigro YES Philadelphia Ballot Question Ethics in government City Charter change YES District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham (D.) Common Pleas Court For open seats Leon W. Tucker Charles J. Cunningham Susan I. Schulman Glenn B. Bronson Ann M. Butchart Marilyn Heffley Joyce W. Eubanks For retention Willis W. Berry Jr. YES Gwendolyn N. Bright YES Matthew D. Carrafiello YES Amanda Cooperman YES Idee C. Fox YES Renee Cardwell Hughes YES Marlene F. Lachman YES Patricia A. McInerney YES Lillian Harris Ransom YES Esther R. Sylvester YES John Milton Younge YES Municipal Court Bradley K. Moss Nazario Jimenez Jr. Karen Y. Simmons David C. Shuter (Vote "yes" to retain for a 6-year term)
NEWS
November 7, 2012
(97% of vote) *Bob Casey (D) . . . 2,811,141 Tom Smith (R) . . . 2,323,014 Rayburn Smith (L) . . . 90,045 *Incumbent D-Democratic; L-Libertarian; R-Republican
NEWS
April 27, 2004
(Contested races only.) U.S. Senate Arlen Specter (R.) Congress 13th District Joseph Torsella (D.) Ellen Bard (R.) Eighth District Jim Greenwood (R.) Ginny Schrader (D.) Attorney General David Barasch (D.) Bruce Castor (R.) State Senate First District Vincent J. Fumo (D.) Third District Shirley Kitchen (D.) State House 179th district Rafael P. Collazo (D.) Referendum Authorize borrowing $250 million for water and sewer projects - YES
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Attorney General (97% of vote) Kathleen Kane (D) . . . 2,914,431 David Freed (R) . . . 2,137,603 Marakay Rogers (L) . . . 119,852 Auditor General (97% of vote) Eugene DePasquale (D) . . . 2,544,353 John Maher (R) . . . 2,356,151 Betsy Summers (L) . . . 195,373 Treasurer (97% of vote) *Robert McCord (D) . . . 2,674,609 Diana Vaughan (R) . . . 2,218,910 Patricia Fryman (L) . . . 175,552 *Incumbent D-Democratic; L-Libertarian; R-Republican
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NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE STATE Supreme Court is deciding whether Pennsylvania will add pen and paper to its mainly electronic voting system. Accuracies and constitutionality issues concerning the current voting system in most of the state were brought in front of the high court yesterday in City Hall. The appeal comes from a 2006 case that argued that votes cast using direct recording electronic machines, or DREs, leave opportunity for tampering because they don't create a physical record of a voter's choice, but rather store electronic records that can be printed later.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
AH, PENNSYLVANIA. Just when you think the governor's race is shaping up as a staid, boring, G-rated affair, along comes a couple of bizarre, saucy stories of porn. Lord, I love this state. How about the western Pennsylvania lawyer with, um, other acting credits, who appeared in a TV ad promoting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor? Turns out Alan Benyak, of Charleroi, last year played Mr. Cannibal in a flick called "Breeding Farm. " I believe I can state with some confidence that it isn't the best first-date movie.
SPORTS
September 7, 2014 | For The Inquirer
Parx Racing will play host to the 14th edition of Pennsylvania's Day at the Races on Saturday with a card featuring five stakes with purses totaling $400,000. Topping the racing program is the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes, a one mile and one-sixteenth turf test for fillies and mares 3-and-up. The 2-1 morning line favorite is Waterway Run, a 4 year-old Arch filly racing for owner Martin Schwartz and trained by Chad Brown. A four time winner on the grass, she's also a graded winner, having won the G3 Beaugay Handicap back in May at Belmont Park.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
With a single swing of the ax, the new leadership of Pennsylvania Ballet has cleared out the longtime artistic pillars of the company. Jeffrey Gribler is gone. The energetic personification of the company, who arrived in 1975 as an apprentice and quickly worked his way through the corps to become principal dancer and ballet master, was let go after nearly four decades. Tamara Hadley, who joined the same year and was much loved as principal dancer in the major classical roles, has been dismissed as ballet mistress.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
REAL_ESTATE
August 11, 2014 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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