February 22, 2016 |
The number of hate groups in Pennsylvania rose to 40 last year, up from 38 the year before, according to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its Spring 2016 Intelligence Report, "The Year in Hate and Extremism," features Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on its cover. In it, a senior fellow at the SPLC called 2015 a year of "horrific political violence. " "The violence arose in a landscape dominated by losses for those on the political far right," senior fellow Mark Potok wrote.
February 9, 2016
You know why they didn't want to do a budget presentation last Tuesday, right? It was Groundhog Day. Too fitting for Harrisburg: same stuff, over and over again. So it's this Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, which is also appropriate: the day before a season of ashes and sacrifice. So here we go. Gov. Wolf - he of optimism absent reason - on Tuesday will address a joint session of the Republican legislature in the House chamber - a.k.a. home of the Flat Earth Society - right around noon.
February 7, 2016 |
The program is called Strength and Longing, but Strength and Lengthening might have been a better name. The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its February season Thursday night with four dances that were all long limbs, rippling muscles, bravado, and control. Three of the pieces presented at the Merriam Theater were company premieres, as artistic director Ángel Corella continues his plan to introduce new work to Philadelphia audiences. The evening opened with "Without Words," a Nacho Duato premiere of chiseled bodies in minimal costumes performing duets and trios that flowed from position to position.
February 6, 2016 |
The table below shows the proportion of children under 7 (under 6 in New Jersey) whose tests showed elevated blood lead levels in selected Pennsylvania and New Jersey cities in 2014. Cities were selected for analysis because of their risk factors for lead poisoning: high proportions of children under 7, families with low income, and older housing. In Flint, Mich., 3,340 children under the age of 6 were tested in 2015. Of those children, 112, or 3.3 percent, had elevated levels of lead.
February 4, 2016
AS GOV. WOLF prepares to go back to the well (or the pit) of the legislature with a new (?) budget plan, it seems a good time to take an independent look at the state of our state. You know Wolf's view: education crisis, fiscal crisis, need new taxes to avoid a "train-wreck" crisis. You know the GOP legislature's view: Things aren't that bad, don't need new taxes, and (for real Republicans) need to cut government spending. As in most things with politicians, truth is somewhere in the middle.
February 3, 2016
Wrestling CATHOLIC LEAGUE SEMIFINALS Archbishop Wood 37, La Salle 33 Bicentennial League Devon Prep 9 12 16 5 - 42 Phil-Mont Christian 9 13 15 17 - 54 DP: Bevilaqua 6, Danny Brace 3, Heater 5, Mcsurdy 12, Shannon 13, Wright 3. PC: David Giuliani 11, Sean Griffin 22, Ethan Steiger 3, Matt Steiger 2, Osaze Thornton 8, Noah Valdez 8. Friends Schools League Shipley 9 19 13 4 - 45 Westtown 17 11 18 18 - 64 S: Kiyon...
January 31, 2016
Thick skin may seem to be a requisite for elected officials. At the turn of the 20th century, however, Pennsylvania Gov. Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker found himself nearly crushed by a cartoon. Born in Phoenixville, Pennypacker (1843-1916) taught himself several languages and served as a judge before winning the governor's office in 1903. Many distinctions attach to his tenure: the passage of the 1905 Child Labor Act, the appointment of the state's first commissioner of forestry, and the establishment of the State Museum of Pennsylvania.