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April 24, 2012 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 22, 2011
HATE THE government? Well, here's a shock: There are some things government does well - yes, even in Pennsylvania. Sure, there's too much government, the Legislature's too big and the state's famous for scandal and stupid policies. But this same government, Legislature and some of its policies create and maintain some things of value. After surveying dozens of folks in and out of government and elective office familiar with state workings, here are five things Pennsylvania does well.
NEWS
February 7, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SHAMOKIN, Pa. - The black mountain of coal waste that looms over Route 61 here is both a grimy testament to an ephemeral economy and an apt symbol for this town time has discarded. That anthracite refuse came from long-shuttered mines and collieries, closures that have halved Shamokin's population since the 1930s. Many of the remaining 8,000 residents are as old as the tattered clapboard houses they occupy. (Since 1996 the town, about 70 miles northwest of Allentown and 70 miles northeast of Harrisburg, has issued just four permits for new single-family homes.)
NEWS
December 6, 2002 | By Michael W. Zuckerman
A few weeks ago, Penn State Press published Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth. It is as huge as it is handsome, more than 600 pages long, extravagantly illustrated, on life in the commonwealth over the centuries since King Charles II granted William Penn his charter - indeed, over the many more centuries before. It is the first new history of Pennsylvania in 30 years. I wrote one of the chapters of the book. My assignment in this grand collaboration of scholars was to integrate the other historical essays, to come to some sort of conclusion about the meaning of the state's past.
NEWS
July 8, 2011 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
John "Book" Ksionska is working again - finally, after two years of unemployment. "I lost almost 15 pounds since I went back to work," Ksionska said gleefully. That's what happens when an older guy like Ksionska, 55, of Fairless Hills, once a supervisor, goes back on the line in a factory. But Ksionska isn't complaining. "It's a busy, busy little place," he said of his new employer, Alro Steel in Huntingdon Valley. "We just hired two salespeople. This place has nowhere to go but up. " Ksionska can count himself part of Pennsylvania's statistical success story, as it fits into the national employment crisis.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | Craig LaBan
When the cherry tree blossoms over my city street with a lush canopy of pink, the neighbors reemerge onto the sidewalk after their long hibernation with chairs and wineglasses in hand. It's time again to hang out al fresco with old friends, and to pour something light, bright and affordable. But that doesn't have to mean "boring. " Try this 2010 Mastro Bianco, an excellent entry-level white from one of my favorite southern Italian wineries, venerable Mastroberardino, and it's been marked down 35 percent from list price in Pennsylvania, to $12.99.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1992 | By Susan Q. Stranahan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What appealed most to Mary C. Smith about setting up business in Pennsylvania was its "infrastructure," as she describes the services and resources her customers would require. So far, she's found even more than she counted on. Wayne Braffman's blueberry French toast and homemade yogurt with fresh raspberry sauce, for example. And the giant fungus growing on a tree along the scenic reaches of the Upper Delaware. Smith is delighted with these discoveries, but not surprised.
SPORTS
June 16, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Skyler Mornhinweg still remembers the first team meeting that Gabe Infante held at St. Joseph's Prep. So does the 39-year-old coach. Infante had just taken over after Gil Brooks was fired, and some players had already made arrangements to visit other schools to transfer. So Infante called the meeting. In front of his players, he discussed Xs and Os and the offense he wanted to run. He talked about the unique situation they were in. And, most important, they talked about each other.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania trustees decided earlier this year that Penn's debt load and U.S. interest rates had fallen far enough to make it worthwhile to borrow $300 million through taxable 100-year bonds - and sell them to eager investors at a cheap interest rate just below 4.7 percent, a bit less than MIT and Caltech had to pay on similar recent "century bonds. " What's the attraction? You stretch the payments out, and you don't have to worry about refinancing until everyone who approved the deal is dead.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A DAY after City Council held a four-hour hearing on Ebola, Mayor Nutter and his top safety officials briefed members of the press yesterday on the city's preparedness, in the unlikely event that cases of Ebola appear in Philadelphia. Nutter said the city is prepared to handle infectious diseases, just as it has been in the past when there were concerns over Anthrax, H1N1 and SARS. He said that although the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, using an abundance of caution is a matter of good faith.
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