October 25, 1987 |
This is a tidy little town that calls itself a city. It is the state capital, and has two colleges and 23,000 residents. But still, at heart, it's just a tidy little town. The small-town essence of Dover flows from the friendliness of the people, the neat streets and beautiful 18th- and 19th-century homes, and from the fact that just about everything centers, New England-like, on the green in the heart of town. And there are other charming touches. The state museum is housed in a former Presbyterian church built in 1790.
May 11, 1993 |
Heading for Harrisburg - about 115 miles away - 13 striking mushroom workers stride along Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. The marchers, striking Kaolin Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square, started at City Hall yesterday. When they reach the state capital they plan to lobby for legislation that would make it easier for mushroom workers to join a union.
January 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - It was a true baptism by fire. An oil tanker had toppled over just outside the city limits and exploded at the worst possible spot: the middle overpass on a double-deck interchange over one of the busiest highways in the East. No one was killed or seriously injured in the incident last May, but the road structures were badly damaged, forcing the closure of I-81 and restricting access to Route 22/322, the main highway between the state capital and State College. The incident, which would mean travel headaches for hundreds of thousands of motorists, catapulted Pennsylvania's unassuming transportation secretary, Barry Schoch, into the spotlight.
April 7, 2011
David M. French, 86, who helped found an organization of doctors that provided medical care to marchers during the civil rights era and who later organized health-care programs in 20 African nations, died Thursday in Charlottesville, Va. The cause was a pulmonary embolism, his son Howard said. A surgeon, Dr. French was an organizer of the Medical Committee for Human Rights and in March 1965 led more than 120 of its members in the third, and finally successful, attempt by voting-rights advocates to march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, the state capital.
October 8, 2010 |
LANCASTER - We couldn't go home - not yet. We were finished moving our son and daughter into their dorm rooms at Pennsylvania State University, stocking their refrigerators, and taking them out for a goodbye lunch. But we weren't ready to return to our Langhorne house and start a new chapter of our lives, as empty nesters. So my wife, Valerie, and I took a 24-hour detour to this quaint, historic county seat for a romantic transition from parenthood to coupledom. We knew Lancaster for the clusters of outlet stores, Pennsylvania Dutch family-style restaurants, and Dutch Wonderland amusement park along commercial Route 30. But this city, though only a few miles away, is another world, with its picturesque town square and thriving farmers market; 90-plus art galleries, studios, shops, and museums; boutiques and specialty stores; stately churches and Victorian homes.
December 14, 1991
A major bicentennial anniversary takes place tomorrow. Despite its significance, fanfare will be minimal. Two hundred years ago, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. It is this "Bill of Rights" which has made possible the unique liberties Americans have been enjoying (and taking for granted) while oppression and repression have festered around us. In one small way, you can observe this milestone. A document, "The Bicentennial Constitution," is at Independence National Historical Park.
May 4, 1995 |
Mayor Rendell came to the state capital to talk about welfare cuts in the nation's capital and to ask a state Senate committee to hold off enacting cuts of its own. "We say wait. Wait to enact state welfare reform until we see how Congress' welfare reform initiatives will impact Pennsylvania and cities like Philadelphia," Rendell said. He got little attention. With virtually no advance notice and practically no media coverage, the mayor testified before the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee yesterday afternoon.
March 8, 2000 |
Texas Gov. George W. Bush celebrated the greatest day of his political life yesterday, sweeping most presidential primary states, but brother Jeb Bush wasn't having much fun as governor of Florida. About 10,000 demonstrators, one of the largest such groups in state history, marched on the state capital in Tallahassee to protest the governor's "One Florida" plan as an attack on affirmative action. Inside the Capitol, Bush boosted the plan to legislators. It would end racial, ethnic and gender preferences in college admissions, state contracting and some hiring.
May 10, 2011 |
IT WAS a tough way to break into reporting on the state capital. Albert J. Neri had been in Harrisburg to report on the state government for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for only a week when he was summoned to a news conference called by state Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer on Jan. 22, 1987. Dwyer had been convicted of accepting bribes from a California company to land a lucrative state contract. He was to be sentenced the next day and was sure to get prison time. As Neri and the other reporters watched in horror, Dwyer produced a pistol, put it in his mouth and killed himself as press and TV cameras recorded the deed.
October 10, 1989 |
HERE'S ARIZONA 'The Grand Canyon State' Key Physical Features: Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Painted Desert, Gila River, Colorado River, Salt River, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead. SPOTLIGHT ON PHOENIX The Largest State Capital Phoenix is the ninth-largest city in the United States and the only state capital in the top ten. Only Honolulu, Austin, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Montgomery and Tallahassee are farther south than Arizona's capital city. Only four cities west of the Mississippi River are larger than Phoenix - Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and San Diego!