June 19, 2012 |
To Chris Kunda, the incredulity is as predictable as it is understandable. "We get 10 people a day who say, 'What do you mean, I have to buy a case!?' " said Kunda, owner of a King of Prussia beer business on Henderson Road, a bustling commuter strip and highway feeder in Montgomery County. For fourscore years, Pennsylvania has been an island among the states, requiring its beer "distributors" to sell beer by the case or keg or not at all. Now, that system may be confronting its most serious challenge to date.
September 26, 2012 |
In a last-minute effort, the state of Pennsylvania is again relaxing requirements for residents to obtain a photo identification card to vote in the forthcoming election. Starting today, all voters should be able to apply for the so-called voting-only picture ID by making one trip to a PennDot licensing center. The move was formally announced in a Commonwealth courtroom Tuesday morning where Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. is being asked to decide whether state officials have an adequate plan in place to insure all voters who need ID can access one. PennDot Deputy Secretary Kurt Meyers said the new policy to obtain a voting-only ID was implemented to address concerns by the state Supreme Court in its review of the controversial new voter ID law. In its opinion earlier this month, the court directed Simpson to block the law before the Nov. 6 election if he finds that the state has not done enough to ensure all voters can get the necessary photo ID to vote.
October 3, 2010
Pennsylvania 245 S. Fourth St. , $965,000. 241 S. Sixth St. unit 1711-L , $850,000. 747 E. Passyunk Ave. , $785,000. 507 S. 24th St. , $650,000. 412-414 S. 47th St. , $627,500. 302 Pelham Rd. , $605,000. 2423 Panama St. , $595,000. 633 Fitzwater St. , $535,000. 1027 S. Seventh St. , $469,900. 2113 Mount Vernon St. , $452,000. 2101 Market St. unit 3105 , $440,000. 1900 Hamilton St. unit D15 , $415,000.
January 31, 2012
THE Pennsylvania House has declared 2012 "The Year of the Bible. " An official government resolution now calls the Bible the "word of God" and defines a "national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures. " The vote: 193-0. If 2012 is the Year of the Bible, that means it can't be the Year of: God, Jesus, America, patriotism, jobs, puppies wearing flag bandanas, babies, and, of course, babies with jobs wearing flag pins. Jokes aside, this sort of pandering is a problem.
June 13, 2012 |
Republicans have lost Pennsylvania in the last five presidential elections. Mitt Romney's pollster did not include it on a list of seven crucial battleground states in a PowerPoint presentation for donors last week. And President Obama has solid leads in recent polls here. Some analysts have gone so far as to argue that Pennsylvania should be labeled "light blue" - leaning Democratic - instead of a true swing state. Yet in the early going, both sides are making major moves to contest Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes.
August 28, 2005
When the federal government won't lead, states have to fill the void. Eventually, a patchwork of ideas creates a groundswell that leads to the policy the country needs. That's the nation's best hope as the Bush administration continues its "wait and see" approach to global warming. Climatologists are ratcheting up warnings that if allowed to continue, rising temperatures will melt glaciers, raise sea levels, and disturb weather patterns. Problems in the mid-Atlantic region could include flooding, insect infestation, disease, and loss of critical species, including brook trout and sugar maples.
January 24, 2013 |
Flu is declining in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. Flu patterns are difficult to predict, and the state is still recommending vaccination against the virus. It is still considered widespread around the state. But for nearly every other measure - outpatient visits due to flulike illness, laboratory samples testing positive for the virus, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths - the week that ended Saturday saw less flu than the previous week.
October 21, 1990 |
Lunchtime in the Bishop Hafey High School cafeteria is spaghetti twirled on plastic plates, milk gulped from pint-size cartons and a common lament: No matter what their field of interest - engineering, pharmacology, international business, communications - students say they have to leave Pennsylvania to pursue their dreams. "I was talking with a pharmacist who said that Pennsylvania is one of the worst states for pharmacists money-wise," Blu Matsell, 17, a senior, said last week at a corner table among friends.