July 19, 2015 |
For the first time in nearly 50 years, in-state students attending Pennsylvania State University will face no tuition increase for the next academic year. Reversing a proposal announced Thursday that would have raised tuition 2.7 percent, or $450, for in-state students attending the main campus, the university's board of trustees on Friday unanimously approved the tuition freeze. The break will require the board to cut as much as $17 million from the annual budget. The tuition break applies to Pennsylvania residents attending all of the university's 19 undergraduate campuses.
May 16, 2015 |
Not long ago, a father could not cry. He had been diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013, and it had returned last year, and the chemotherapy and radiation treatments had cost him his tear ducts. The fluid backed up, infecting his eyes. So in the middle of April, he underwent surgery. The doctors inserted a temporary tube that ran from his eyeballs to his palate and drained the tears away. "It's always something," Jim Kelly said recently. "But you know what? Oh, well. " He was talking on the phone about the sequence of events, some of them serendipitous, some of them tragic, that would bring him to Philadelphia this weekend, to celebrate good news and a righteous cause.
April 1, 2015 |
Penn National Gaming Inc. said Monday that it wants to withdraw as operator of a proposed $225 million casino in Lawrence County, north of Pittsburgh, that is backed by Philadelphia-area investors. "We are disappointed to be withdrawing from this project," B.J. Fair, chief development officer for Penn National Gaming, said in a statement. "However, given the continued softness in the economy and the level of market saturation - not just in Western Pennsylvania, but across the commonwealth - we are regrettably unable to justify this investment at the statutorily required spending levels," he said.
March 31, 2015
LET'S CONSIDER the complex case of one Marcus Brown. It involves apparel, yard signs, social media, politics and race. It's a stunning example of narrow-minded self interest vs. sane public policy. In January, Brown was nominated by Gov. Wolf to head the Pennsylvania State Police after heading the Maryland State Police. A principal reason he was picked, according to Wolf at the time, was his "recruiting in areas with high minority populations and historically black colleges.
February 18, 2015 |
Princeton University on Monday announced its largest gift in history: a rare book and manuscript collection - including the first six printed editions of the Bible - valued at nearly $300 million. The 2,500-volume collection, which includes an original printing of the Declaration of Independence and Beethoven's autographed music sketchbook, has been housed at Princeton's Firestone Library since 1959. That's when alum and Philadelphia native William H. Scheide moved it there from Titusville in Western Pennsylvania, the town where he was reared.
January 9, 2015 |
Gloria Matthews Butcosk, 93, a former head of the home economics department at Haddon Township High School, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Evergreens, a retirement community in Moorestown, where she had lived for the last nine years. Sandy Rugart Howe, Class of 1972, said Mrs. Butcosk "was a friend of the family and my most influential teacher. " Mrs. Butcosk's classes focused on such necessary skills as proper nutrition, budgeting, and child-rearing. "In this day and age, people go to the Internet to learn things," Howe noted.
December 6, 2014 |
Reported spending in this year's Pennsylvania race for governor hit a record $82.3 million Thursday, as the last two contenders filed their postelection campaign-finance reports. Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and his Republican rival, Gov. Corbett, spent about $9 million between them in the final five weeks of the campaign, the reports show. Wolf spent $4.6 million and Corbett $4.3 million during that period. Overall, Wolf outspent Corbett by $32.5 million to $28 million. Three losing candidates in the Democratic primary raised and spent just under $22 million.
October 30, 2014 |
At a meeting Tuesday of gambling regulators from around the world, Mayor Nutter urged the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to finally vote on the second casino license in Philadelphia. "The record's been closed for some time," said Nutter, referring to public suitability hearings, where applicants made their cases before the board members - which took place eight months ago at the Convention Center. Speaking generally of deliberative bodies, Nutter said, "Taking action is very important.
October 17, 2014 |
A Louisiana oil spill is adding to anxiety for Pennsylvania residents who live near the Mariner East pipeline connecting the Marcellus Shale to Marcus Hook. Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. of Philadelphia on Tuesday supervised cleanup operations in Northwest Louisiana after its Mid-Valley pipeline on Monday leaked thousands of gallons of crude oil into a creek that feeds Lake Caddo, near Shreveport. Monday's incident was the second major spill along the 65-year-old Mid-Valley pipeline this year.
October 10, 2014 |
I COULDN'T DO what Elissa Davey does. My heart couldn't bear it. She claims the bodies or cremated remains of abandoned children. She provides them with a name and a funeral. As she told me this week: "Babies who die deserve more than a toe tag with a number on it. They deserve to have their lives acknowledged, no matter how briefly they lived. " Davey performs these acts of love in donated cemetery space in seven counties in California through her nonprofit, Garden of Innocence, founded in 1999.