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.
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.
January 18, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Bring up Jameel Poteat in conversation and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy breaks into an ear-to-ear smile. "Hey," McCoy exclaimed one day in the Eagles locker room. "He is a heck of a player. He is the next big thing. " McCoy knows whereof he speaks. Not long ago, he was "the next big thing" to come out of Bishop McDevitt High, which has produced such a wealth of fine ballcarriers through the years that it has become known as "Tailback High. " The tradition goes back more than 25 years, beginning with the emergence of none other than former Eagles running back Ricky Watters.
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.
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!
February 21, 2006
IF YOU THINK D.C. politics are dirty, stay away from Harrisburg! Before the only news coming out of Washington was about the vice president's troubles handling a shotgun, the hot-button issue was ethics violations at all levels of the federal government. From ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's indictment, to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's investments that were said to be in a blind trust but really weren't, to a growing number of senators connected with uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, it seemed that each day brought new revelations of questionable behavior.
March 22, 2002 |
The U.S. Postal Service is giving a boost to the sagging travel industry with a pane of 50 special stamps featuring names of each state printed in large letters, reminiscent of the colorful postcards of the 1930s and 1940s. The stamps, to be issued April 4 in every state capital, depict names of the states emblazoned across the design with the salutation "Greetings From . . . " printed above. In the background of each are images and points of interest. The Pennsylvania stamp, for example, depicts the Liberty Bell.