September 16, 2007 |
Solar energy. Ethanol plants. Biodiesel fuel. Smart meters. For Gov. Rendell, these things have become a passion, if not a part of his potential legacy. But as the legislature prepares to convene a special fall session tomorrow on Rendell's sweeping plan for alternative-energy projects across Pennsylvania, serious questions remain about how much the governor can get past lawmakers who already have fought him on it once - to the brink of a government shutdown. Many issues still divide the two sides, with the central disagreement remaining: how much to spend and where to get the money.
July 11, 2007 |
A ray of sunlight for solar energy in Pennsylvania, a hopeful forecast for investment in other alternative sources of power, and continuing clouds over conservation. That, in a nutshell, was the outcome of last-minute negotiations between Gov. Rendell and Republican leaders over a package of proposals Rendell had touted as his "Energy Independence Strategy. " Rendell had pushed past the traditional budget deadline and helped force a daylong furlough of state workers, partly on behalf of the energy package.
November 18, 2002 |
Melanie Sellers fed quarters - one after another after another - into the new "smart" parking meter on Chestnut Street overlooking the Schuylkill. After the 11th quarter, the digital display read "3:23" for three hours and 23 minutes, which included a bit of time left from an earlier feeding. After the 12th quarter, "3:38. " After the 13th quarter, "3:38. " Sellers gave the rock-solid meter a few swift smacks of her palm. Nothing. Less than an hour later, the time was erased and the meter was flashing "Out of Order.
March 3, 1999 |
Three years ago, when borough officials brought computerized parking meters to town, they were counting on the "smart meters" to bring in more revenue and generate traffic-pattern reports by keeping track of cars as they parked and pulled away from Main Street curbs. Now, saying the meters have not worked as advertised, borough officials have exiled them to the far reaches of North Main Street, where tourists and shoppers park only after the rest of the street is filled up. Residents and parking officials had complained that the 55 high-tech meters broke down frequently and often reset themselves at random intervals.
November 6, 1998 |
It was just a handful of dimes and nickels . . . that added up to 50 grand. It took Robert C. Morris Jr. about eight years to collect the $50,000 nest egg that Bucks County authorities say he stole - pocketful by pocketful - from Doylestown parking meters. Morris, the guy in Doylestown Borough who collected the change from the town's 600 meters, has been charged with theft, misappropriation of government property and related offenses. He admitted to lifting nearly $50,000 worth of coins, said Bucks County District Attorney Alan Rubenstein.