September 17, 2016 |
When Erin McClelland addressed Pennsylvania's delegates at the Democratic National Convention, she told them that female candidates are plagued by three words: " She . Can't . Win . " McClelland pointed to contests such as hers for the 12th U.S. House District in Western Pennsylvania as races that get overlooked. "We're going to keep working," the 41-year-old health-care consultant told the crowd. "We owe that to rural Pennsylvania, we owe that to the Democratic Party, and we owe that to every woman who has the guts to put her name on the ballot.
September 13, 2016 |
As a retired judge, Lawrence Wood thought he'd seen all the angles, every lie a desperate man could cook up to save himself. Then a letter arrived at Wood's West Chester office, about eight years ago, from a prisoner who'd passed the hat among inmates to help raise money to save his cellmate. It seemed everyone who'd heard about James Kelly's story became obsessed with proving he isn't a murderer. "I told James as long as I had a breath left in my body that I'd try to get him out of jail," Wood said.
August 13, 2016 |
Self-driving vehicles are coming, a top Pennsylvania transportation official said Thursday, and they will change life beyond anyone's wildest imagination. A new state task force that includes industry heavy hitters General Motors and Uber has been meeting with state officials and transit trade groups to prepare Pennsylvania for arrival of the still-experimental twist on transport. The group is working to devise guidelines for how to safely test such vehicles on Pennsylvania roads, said PennDot policy director Roger J. Cohen.
August 12, 2016 |
Robert Rohanna fired a 4-under-par 68 and won the Pennsylvania Open for the second time, capturing a 6-stroke victory Wednesday at the Club at Nevillewood in Western Pennsylvania. Rohanna, a former Penn State player who won the Open in 2010 at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, used an eagle at the par-5 third hole to kick-start his round and was never threatened in posting a 54-hole score of 12-under 204. He also carded five birdies. Four players tied for second at 210, including first-round leader Cole Willcox of Malvern, who closed with a 70. Mike Van Sickle of McKees Rocks shot the day's best round, a 66, to join David Denlinger of Lancaster (70)
July 30, 2016 |
A ticket sold in western Pennsylvania won $1 million in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing. The ticket had the first five numbers - 10, 47, 50, 65 and 68 - but not the red Powerball number, 24. No one had all six numbers and the jackpot for Saturday's drawing climbs to $479 million annuity, or $330.6 million cash. The $1 million Pennsylvania ticket was sold at the Shop 'N Save, 5001 Library Road, Bethel Park, Allegheny County. Tickets sold in Ohio, Virginia and Florida also had the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, with the Florida ticket winning $2 million because the buyer had picked the powerplay option.
June 15, 2016 |
The second of two men accused of robbing and killing a Strawberry Mansion couple two years ago has pleaded guilty in a deal in which he was sentenced to prison for 38 to 76 years. Terry Ballard pleaded guilty Friday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to two counts of third-degree murder, conspiracy, and robbery in the slayings of former neighbors Rufus Perry, 79, and his wife Algladis, 66. Ballard, 28, was scheduled for trial next Monday but asked to plead guilty during Friday's status hearing, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax. Sax said Ballard's boyfriend and accomplice, Justen Smith, 21, pleaded guilty May 2 to the same charges and received an identical sentence from Judge Glenn B. Bronson.
April 29, 2016 |
A 24-year-old Bucks County woman charged with beating her 2-year-old daughter to death told police that she "lost it" when she began kicking the toddler. Kayla Moore was arrested Tuesday night in the death of Athena Wolfe, who underwent emergency surgery to relieve swelling on her brain Sunday but died the next day at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma. Officials said the girl's injuries were so severe, they were more like those of someone involved in a car accident.
April 14, 2016 |
LET'S TAKE a peek at the race for attorney general. It's overshadowed by contests for president and U.S. Senate. But it offers insights into Pennsylvania's geopolitics and Philadelphia's clout. Also, it's about an office that's both stepping-stone and banana peel. Of the five elected A.G.s since 1980 (previously, the post was appointed), three ran for governor (Ernie Preate, Mike Fisher, and Tom Corbett); one, Corbett, became governor; and two were charged with crimes. Preate went to prison; current A.G. Kathleen Kane awaits trial.
March 15, 2016
"I have greatly sinned ... in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. " - From the Confiteor, a prayer said during the Penitential Act during a Roman Catholic Mass By Thomas P. Murt In Western Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown knowingly protected priests who were known child molesters, according to a grand jury report. The diocese, the report continued, through church connections and pathetic public officials, protected the child-molesting priests from law enforcement and prosecution.
March 10, 2016
THE NAME Glen Lyon, a community south of Wilkes-Barre, won't ring any bells. And that surely is true of tiny Crucible, located in Greene County in the southwest corner of the state. These two communities have the distinction - if that's the right word - of being the most distressed in Pennsylvania, according to a recent report from the Economic Interest Group, a Washington think tank. Where's Philadelphia on this list? It's there - right near the top. Of the city's 46 ZIP codes, 16 have distress scores of 80 or above.