March 26, 2016 |
Player of the year: Alisha Kebbe, Neumann-Goretti, Sr. Off the court, Alisha Kebbe is shy, quick with a kind smile that consumes her entire face, and not the type that offers to talk about herself. She's soft-spoken and humble - aware of her impact on the Neumann-Goretti program - but you'll have to pry it out of her if you want details. On the court, you won't see that Kebbe. No, on the court the 5-foot-10 senior is tenacious, physical, fiercely competitive, and a relentless hustler.
March 25, 2016 |
What happens in Georgia could be good for Pennsylvania. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Georgia's governor Nathan Deal has been sent a religious liberty bill by the state legislature which some claim would legalize anti-gay discrimination. Georgia has become a popular place to shoot movies over the past few years and you know which industry isn't a big fan of anti-gay discrimination? The movie industry. Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit said it will not shoot future movies in Georgia if the bill is signed into law. Viacom, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, CBS as well as the AMC Networks ( The Walking Dead shoots in Georgia)
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | PA. SUPREME COURT Eakin puts himself above the rules Once again, Pennsylvania stands disgraced on the national stage, and it is again through the actions of a state Supreme Court justice, the "Honorable" J. Michael Eakin. Rather than resign after it was revealed that he had exchanged coarse, crude, and profane emails designed to denigrate women, minorities, and homosexuals, Eakin tried to hang on to his position. There should be no doubt that he ultimately left the court because he concluded that continuing the fight was futile and that he saw that his pension was at risk if he were to fight on and lose.
March 22, 2016 |
Wayne Jacobs, 66, might describe himself as a career criminal gone good, or maybe gone lucky. Once people are convicted, the individual and their families are "committed to poverty," said Jacobs, whose past includes many convictions, including one for involuntary manslaughter, and decades of in-and-out incarceration. His present? Lobbying for big changes to the Philadelphia law governing when and how employers can use criminal records in hiring. The changes went into effect March 14. They make it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs.
March 22, 2016 |
IT REALLY makes you wonder. It makes you want to look into the dull, shortsighted eyes of our lackluster lawmakers and ask, "What exactly is wrong with you?" I'm not talking about heavy lifting on taxing and spending or budgets and pensions. We all know how weak they are in those areas. I'm talking about simple, common-sense stuff to save lives. For example, Pennsylvania is among a minority of states with lousy DUI laws, and repeatedly fails to adopt a law proven to reduce the mayhem that drunken driving causes.
March 13, 2016
On March 3, the Pennsylvania Ballet presented the world premiere of artistic director Angel Corella's Don Quixote . More than 100 attended a special Don Quixote -theme dinner at the Academy of Music. The evening, which raised $99,450, was a Spanish-inspired event featuring cocktails and dinner, followed by the the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of the classic. The company performed the ballet for the first time in its 53-year history.
March 13, 2016 |
The $52-billion-asset Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System lost money last year, trailing the performance of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state worker pension investment returns for 2015, according to a report the system released Friday. PSERS reported losing 1.8 percent for the 12 months ended Dec. 31. SERS , the Pennsylvania state workers' fund, last month reported a gain of 0.5 percent for 2015. NJDI , the New Jersey Division of Investment, reported a gain of 0.6 percent.
March 12, 2016 |
Gov. Wolf on Thursday hailed the departure this week of the first ship containing Marcellus Shale ethane from Sunoco Logistic Partners' terminal in Marcus Hook as a "vital first step" in completing a cross-state pipeline to tap into Pennsylvania's new energy fortunes. "Sunoco Logistics is making a $3 billion investment in Pennsylvania's energy economy by keeping Marcellus Shale resources for manufacturing right here in Pennsylvania, rather than sending this business, revenue, and jobs to other states," Wolf said.
March 11, 2016 |
Two couples from Dimock, Pa., the town featured in the Emmy-winning 2010 anti-fracking documentary " Gasland ," were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found Cabot Oil & Gas, one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, was responsible for the contamination of their well water. The verdict capped a six-year odyssey that turned sleepy, little Dimock into a battleground over the nation's shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom. The verdict in Scranton came at the end of a bitter lawsuit pitting homeowners in Dimock against Houston-based Cabot.
March 11, 2016
I'm a firm believer that there's no better way to discover a new town than from a bar stool, and that was never better illustrated than my trek last weekend to north-central Pennsylvania. This big-city boy has lived in Philadelphia nearly his entire life, never bothering to venture a mere two hours to the small towns that cling to the Susquehanna River and its western branch. Places like Berwick, Shamokin, and Mifflinburg. But offer me a beer and, well . . . That's the idea behind the River Rat Brew Trail linking nine breweries in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Union Counties - the state's midsection, where old coal mines give way to rolling farms and game lands.