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June 28, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since March, when the 2013 Flower Show had its lowest attendance in more than a decade, layoff rumors have traumatized staff at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show's producer. On Wednesday, the rumor came true - 22 of 133 full- and part-time jobs were cut and two more downgraded to part time. The changes affect almost every level except the top - including communications; development;   Green Scene magazine; human resources; landscape management; library; marketing; programs; and Meadowbrook Farm, the PHS estate garden, greenhouse, and retail operation in Abington Township.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
The nation's most "prejudiced states," according to a recent study, include virtually the entire South and - wait for it - Pennsylvania. And the analysis doesn't even target state legislators. Pennsylvania consistently ranks poorly in surveys when whites are asked their views on the intelligence, trustworthiness, and work ethic of blacks, said University of California, Davis professor Christopher Elmendorf, who relied on National Annenberg Election Survey data. Top-10 bad, Elmendorf said.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Already under scrutiny for taking too long to process unemployment checks and home-energy assistance claims, Pennsylvania is also too slow in approving food-stamp applications, compelling the federal government to order the state to improve its performance. Pennsylvania ranks among the worst in the nation for getting food stamps to the needy within 30 days, as required by federal law, according to an Inquirer examination of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food-stamp program.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's the price tag for a job? State and local governments spent an average of $456,000 per job, or $64 billion, to create and retain jobs and businesses in "megadeals" worth $75 million or more, a Washington-based advocacy group said Wednesday. "That's a long payback period before the state would get that much revenue," said Good Jobs First president Greg LeRoy. Pennsylvania and New Jersey rank high among states awarding "megadeals," according to the group, which has tracked 240 deals nationally since 1976.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Senate Bill 538 just might be one of the oddest pieces of legislation in the Harrisburg hopper this session. Republican leaders say: Move on, there's nothing to see here. Don't worry about it. It's not going anywhere. Democrats, on the other hand, are making noise and campaigning against S.B. 538 as if it were an imminent threat to freedom itself. The measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), would split Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes proportionally in future presidential elections instead of awarding all of them to the winner.
SPORTS
June 16, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HERSHEY, Pa. - When Coatesville wide receiver Chris Jones got to the back of the end zone after a 57-yard touchdown, he pointed both of his index fingers toward the television cameras and patted his chest. He made his mark on the 56th annual Big 33 Classic at Hersheypark Stadium, in a 58-27 win for Pennsylvania against Maryland. "I had to show off," said Jones, who is second in receiving touchdowns in Pennsylvania history. "It's a big stage. Every one nationwide gets to see us. " The Coastal Carolina recruit finished with 96 total yards, 61 receiving, and two TD grabs in the game that televised on the NFL Network.
SPORTS
June 16, 2013
Softball First Team P Lauren Butts, West Chester Henderson P Maggie Balint, Avon Grove C Heidi McCollester, West Chester Henderson IF Miranda Mikelson, West Chester Henderson IF Renea Pertucci, Downingtown East IF Rachel Kelly, West Chester East IF Sara Ercolani, Downingtown East OF Brianna Tredway, Downingtown West OF Kristen Owens, Downingtown East OF Amy Atwell, West Chester East DP Bridgette Magee,...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The Pennsylvania Ballet closes its 2013 spring season with an artistically varied program that is emotionally and intellectually satisfying. At the Academy of Music on Thursday night, the curtain rose on 12 dancers, backs to the audience, walking forward, taking steps back, making half-turns, adding more dance moves until they broke rank. The women in long-sleeved gowns, the men in blouses and straight trousers (by John Macfarlane, who also designed the moody set based on a Munch painting)
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