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.
April 11, 2016 |
Forget the PennDot crews. Over the next two weeks, Pennsylvania needs to brace for roving motorcades of aspiring presidents: black SUVs, panel vans, and press buses. Politics also will clog TVs and Web browsers with candidate ads, and mailboxes will be stuffed with slick appeals. Expect telephone calls, from prerecorded famous people and live volunteers alike, especially if you regularly vote in Democratic or Republican primaries. "Polls show the races in both parties narrowing," said Terry Madonna, pollster and professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
December 5, 2015 |
Council Rock North's Brandon McIlwain, a senior dual-threat quarterback and defensive back, has been selected as Gatorade football player of the year for Pennsylvania. McIlwain completed 147 of 252 passes for 1,720 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading the Indians to a 7-4 record and the Suburban One League Continental Conference title. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, who has committed to play at South Carolina, also carried 227 times for 1,545 yards and 30 TDs. On defense, McIlwain made 62 tackles and had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
November 19, 2010 |
Recurring budget woes aside, California has an economy against which all other states are compared. The state is a magnet for technology talent and an incubator, production line, and even slaughterhouse for industry-changing ideas and products. At $1.7 trillion, its economy is the biggest of the 50 states. So everyone knows that California is the elephant. But who is the mouse? Well, it's not Rhode Island, the smallest state. Its real gross domestic product was $43.2 billion in 2009, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis . Or tiny Delaware, which had real GDP of $54.9 billion last year.
July 28, 2013
In 1712, a farmer from New York sent his 16-year-old son to live with a local Mohawk tribe in the upper Schoharie Valley. This young man, Conrad Weiser, spent the winter of 1712-13 with tribe members and learned about their language and customs. Weiser went on to become an envoy and interpreter between the British colonial government and the Native tribes. Weiser was born in Germany in 1696 as Johann Conrad Weiser Jr., and immigrated to America with his family in the early 1700s. In 1720, Weiser married Anna Eve Feck (or Faeg)
January 19, 1992
As the leading legal organizations readily admit, it certainly won't hurt Pennsylvania's 48,000 lawyers to brush up on legal ethics and professionalism once a year. By requiring such training for the first time, the state Supreme Court isn't accusing any lawyers of seeking to bribe judges, threaten witnesses, filch their clients' funds or even cross against the light. It's just recognizing that there is a general sense that the profession has gotten so crowded and cutthroat that a refresher course in decorum and ethics may well be in order.
December 9, 2003
IF WE could give Pennsylvania's 50 senators and 203 members of the House of Representatives a holiday gift, it would be a dry 120-page report from the Brookings Institution on the economic state of the commonwealth. They may not thank us for this generosity. But you might. For maybe - just maybe - this report will force our back-to-the-past Legislature to finally confront the true state of the state. The report, Back to Prosperity: a Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania, presents a comprehensive - even exhausting - picture of the commonwealth's strengths, weaknesses, promises and missed opportunities.
January 17, 2013 |
Pennsylvania has overtaken Atlantic City as the No. 2 U.S. gaming market after Las Vegas. In 2012, Pennsylvania took in $3.16 billion from both slots and table-games revenue, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Gaming Control Board. Last week, the Shore resort reported $3.05 billion in casino revenue for 2012. All the signs were pointing to a knockdown. Pennsylvania had grossed $3.1 billion in total gaming revenue in 2011 - and that was before the opening of Valley Forge Casino Resort in March.
October 28, 2011
IN WASHINGTON, Congress has under development a federal bill seeking states' reciprocity rules for granting the individual's "right to carry" sidearm guns. In Pennsylvania, any resident who, by legal scrutiny, has forfeited his right to carry concealed sidearm weapons could go to some other state, pass a less-strenuous background check followed by lesser firearm regulations and then return to Pennsylvania's cities legally armed and dangerous. All the while, nationally, city populations are under siege with the growing menace of lethal weapons.
April 24, 2012 |
For University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann, bringing more than 50,000 personal Holocaust testimonials to campus is a personal milestone. The video testimonials were compiled by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by the director Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimony of survivors. Gutmann's father fled Nazi Germany in 1934 and eventually settled in the United States, where she was born. She first talked to Spielberg about the possibility of bringing the collection to Penn about a year ago. "I have spent some hours listening to them, and for me, personally it's just incredibly moving and important," Gutmann said in an interview.