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  • Penn. city of Harrisburg is STILL plowing snow from January blizzard despite it being 70 degrees

    03/11/2016 2:38:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/10/16 | Myriah Towner
    Pennsylvania city of Harrisburg is STILL plowing snow from January blizzard despite it being 70 degrees A Pennsylvania city is still clearing snow left from a record-breaking blizzard that occurred two months ago despite it being 70 degrees. An estimated 15,000 tons of snow from the city of Harrisburg and surrounding municipalities was piled high on City Island following a 30-inch snowfall in January. And for the last three weeks, city employees have been using gas-powered burners to help melt the remaining piles of snow before its baseball team's opening day in April, according to Pennlive.
  • Group protests Civil War Museum exhibit (because of guns)

    02/14/2016 11:57:23 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 64 replies
    HARRISBURG - Dozens of protesters took a stand against the National Civil War Museum Wednesday, saying that an exhibit currently on display and sponsored by the NRA sends the wrong message to young people. “This public institution is highlighting guns when we in fact are trying to get them off the streets and limit their use,” Homer Floyd, a demonstrator, said. Much of the anger is directed at the display of a pistol used by William Quantrill, a Confederate fighter who captured runaway slaves in Kansas and Missouri. In one such raid during the Civil War, Quantrill and his group...
  • Pennsylvania Mayor Pulls Police From NRA Gun Show (demanded a 60% fee increase)

    01/11/2016 4:33:47 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 47 replies
    The mayor of Harrisburg, Penn., ordered his police department on Friday not to provide security for an upcoming NRA-sponsored gun show after the association refused to meet a demand to pay a 60-percent increase in fees for the service. Harrisburg police have provided security for the annual Great American Outdoors Show, scheduled this year for February 6-14, in the past. Mayor Eric Papenfuse said that the decision not to offer the department’s services this year was motivated in part by the NRA’s opposition to the city’s gun control policies. “We have an epidemic of gun violence,” Papenfuse told WHTM. “It’s...
  • In plain sight: Neighbors say teen in ISIS-related arrest went unnoticed, describe couple in home

    12/18/2015 2:31:12 AM PST · by Dad was my hero · 39 replies
    Penn Live.com ^ | 12/17/2015 | Megan Trimble and Eric Veronikis
    HARRISBURG — The midtown home sat quietly Thursday night with two single sheets of white paper posted to the door with a clear message: No Comment No News! No Trespassing. Hours earlier, FBI agents stormed and raided the home in the 1700 block of Fulton Street, where the U.S. District Attorney's Office said 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz lived. Aziz, now held in federal custody, has been charged in supporting the ISIS terrorist organization through various means. Agents said they found a tactical backpack, high-capacity gun magazines, ammunition and a "modified kitchen knife" among his belongings in the home, according...
  • Latest in Porngate: Kane releases some of her twin's emails (DEM DOUBLE STANDARD!)

    12/17/2015 3:42:05 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    HARRISBURG - State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who has castigated prosecutors, judges, and others for exchanging offensive emails, failed to disclose that her twin sister - a top prosecutor on her staff - sent and received emails that mocked African Americans and Asians, joked about domestic abuse, and included photos of scantily clad men and women. Kane made public her sister's emails late Wednesday after coming under pressure from a Philadelphia prosecutor, who asserted that Kane's sister had sent or received 58 troubling emails - and Kane herself had received 11. The 49-year-old Democrat and her sister, Ellen Granahan,...
  • Is the Obama Administration Trafficking in Illegals or Refugees Through UPS Flights? (VIDEO)

    11/20/2015 1:23:22 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 51 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11/201/2015 | Tim Brown
    Is the Obama Administration Trafficking in Illegals or Refugees through UPS Flights & then Moved on Buses? Is the Obama Administration Trafficking in Illegals or Refugees through UPS Flights & then Moved on Buses? In a video that appeared earlier this month, a man is claiming that he videoed several buses that are carrying people who were brought in from a United Parcel Service flight. He discusses what he saw prior to filming which he described as people who came in on a UPS flight into Harrisburg International Airport. He also claims that it was supposed to be a parcel...
  • Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed charged with bribery, theft and dozens more criminal charges

    07/16/2015 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rachel Bunn
    Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed was charged Tuesday with a battery of theft, fraud and bribery charges that, if proven, would stamp corruption in indelible ink on the Reed Era. They would also likely put Reed, who has been out of office since January 2010 and has indicated his intent to fight for vindication, in jail. The 65-year-old Reed was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner Tuesday on charges that go right to the heart of his longtime role as benevolent dictator of Pennsylvania's Capital City.
  • Our letters policy on same-sex marriage - an explanation and an apology: John L. Micek

    06/27/2015 3:40:04 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | John L. Micek
    About 10 or 15 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made gay marriage legal across the country, including the 13 states that up until now had banned it, a colleague of mine walked into the PennLive newsroom. A smile lit up her face and there were tears in her eyes. Up until about 10 a.m. on Friday, my gay colleague sat on pins and needles, waiting to see if nine lawyers were about to throw the life and her and her partner into absolute upheaval. We embraced and I offered...
  • Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges

    06/25/2015 10:02:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 12:18 PM EDT | Peter Jackson
    A court ruling striking down a Pennsylvania law that made it easier for gun-rights advocates like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances is drawing strong reaction from both sides of the issue. A spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says Thursdays Commonwealth Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional will allow municipalities to pursue common-sense gun safety requirements. Sen. Daylin Leach is one of five Democrats who joined in the challenge of the law. He says municipalities that repealed their gun ordinances because of the law can now restore them. An attorney for four pro-gun groups dismisses...
  • Cities on the brink? Municipal pensions causing fiscal frailty

    03/28/2015 7:22:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 56 replies
    abc 27 news ^ | 3-27-2015 | Dennis Owens
    A shocking chart released this week shows that nine of the top ten cities have more retirees collecting pensions than current employees contributing to the fund. Its happening in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Harrisburg. Its a major problem, said Representative Seth Grove (R-York). We have local governments that are on the verge of bankruptcy. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has been raisingalarms across the state about the fiscal frailty of municipal pensions. One-quarter of all the municipal pensions in the United States are in Pennsylvania, DePasquale said. Thats a lot of little communities managing pension plans and DePasquale says nearly half...
  • Nutter proposes hiking property taxes by 9.3 percent Read more at

    Mayor Nutter will ask City Council on Thursday to approve a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes to fund the beleaguered School District. In his final budget address as mayor, Nutter will ask Council - in an election year - to approve a $3.95 billion spending plan that would raise property owners' taxes by hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Currently, the tax bill for a home assessed at the median of $113,000 is $1,112. If Nutter's proposal was approved, it would go up to $1,216. Details of the budget were disclosed to Council members Wednesday morning in...
  • Harrisburg residents freed from school property taxes in Wolf's budget plan

    03/03/2015 8:55:57 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 14 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 3, 2015 | Christine Vendel
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday drastically changes education funding and represents a windfall for Harrisburg residents, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The new governor's proposal completely wipes out school property taxes for Harrisburg homeowners. School taxes currently represent the bulk of homeowners' property taxes. "This is news everyone in Harrisburg needs to hear," said Papenfuse, who could hardly contain his enthusiasm. Harrisburg was among several distressed cities whose residents would get to zero out their school property taxes. Specifically, Harrisburg is in line for a 155-percent property tax reduction. That means the state would provide relief representing...
  • Police: Mechanicsburg woman forced into median by angry driver

    02/02/2015 10:55:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Carlisle Sentinel ^ | February 1, 2015 | Tyler Miles
    HARRISBURG A tractor-trailer driver faces charges after police say he forced a driver into the median in a road rage incident on Friday. State Police at Harrisburg charged Stepan Brezden, 42, of Willowbrook, Illinois, with one count of reckless driving and one count of driving on roadways laned for traffic after a road rage incident on Interstate 81 south near Lemoyne. Police said Brezden was driving his tractor-trailer erratically while engrossed in a bout of road rage with another driver. During the incident, police said Brezden forced the driver, a 22-year-old Mechanicsburg woman, into the center median of the...
  • Harrisburg sued under new Pennsylvania law targeting local gun-control measures

    01/18/2015 10:45:13 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 6 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | January 13, 2015 | MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania's capital is facing a lawsuit believed to be the first filed under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances. Houston-based U.S. Law Shield and two members of its Pennsylvania chapter filed the lawsuit, asking the court to stop Harrisburg from enforcing various firearms ordinances. They include ordinances that ban possession of firearms in parks, allow the mayor to prohibit public possession of weapons in a declared state of emergency and require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to police. The 48-page complaint...
  • Police: Harrisburg Lobbyist Arrested On Rape Charges (Dem War on Women)

    09/20/2014 12:13:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 09/20/2014 | Kim Glovas
    --snip-- Marsico is a high-powered lobbyist with Greenlee Partners in Harrisburg. He is married to Channel 6 reporter Annie McCormick. The two were married by former Governor Ed Rendell last year.
  • Mom: I didn't know boy was dead until smell set in

    08/03/2014 10:16:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 2, 2014
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The mother of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of their home said Saturday she didn't know he had died until noticing the smell. Kimberly Tutko said her husband was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son, and he waited several days to tell her the boy had died, Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/1rXiJbV ) reported. Police were called to the home Friday and found the boy's body.
  • Tenants Upset After E-Cigarettes Banned By Section 8 Housing

    04/07/2014 4:30:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies
    whsv.com ^ | February 21, 2014
    Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Tenants are blowing off steam, after receiving a notice sent out by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. It details its ban on smoking. According to the notice, tenants living in the J.R. Polly Limeweaver Apartment complex are not allowed to use Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. It is apart of the ban on smoking, which will start on July 1, 2014. The policy recently added to tenant's leases gave reasons including an effort to decrease health effects, maintenance costs, the risk of fire and the cost of fire insurance. "The e-cigarettes vapor, it's not...
  • New Harrisburg, Pa. bishop 'stunned' by appointment

    01/25/2014 4:55:28 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | January 24, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Bishop Ronald W. Gainer. Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced that Bishop Ronald Gainer will be leaving his post in Lexington, Ky. to take the helm in the diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. – a transfer which is both a surprise and a joy. “While I was completely surprised and, quite frankly, stunned by the news of my transfer, I willingly and happily accept our Supreme Pastor’s decision as God’s will for us and for me,” Bishop Gainer stated in a Jan. 24 press release announcing the transfer. Bishop Ronald William Gainer, 66, will...
  • Tropical Storm Karen Rain Dumps Official 9.11" on Southcentral PA Area.

    10/12/2013 5:06:35 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 11 replies
    York Daily Record, WGAL-8 ^ | 11/12/2013 | c_h
    Tropical Storm Karen dumped varying amount of rain all over the South Central, tri-county PA area, ranging from 5.6" to 10.2", but the "official" tally is 9.11"; all of it causing widespread flooding and misery. Multi-million-gallon retention ponds and containment areas overflowed quickly, wiping-out travel on roads and streets for much of Friday. I recorded 14.7" at my Condo's Weather Station, in East York, as of Saturday morning, at 6:45am. If you have pics of your area Compared to 2011's TS Lee, which dumped 13" over an even wider area, it's hard to tell much difference from the pictures coming...
  • Pennsylvania Taxpayers Stuck With $4.2 Million Parking Tab for State Employees

    08/08/2013 3:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Harrisburg Patriot-News ^ | August 07, 2013 | Jim Panyard
    Like many northeastern cities, Harrisburg has a severe parking problem unless you are one of about 3,200 state employees whose parking costs are picked up by state taxpayers. The little-known benefit was picked up by the Harrisburg Patriot-News in an article concerning the capital citys manifest financial woes and its attempt to get out of state receivership. The Department of General Services rents 3,200 parking spaces at garages near the Capitol Building for some state employees. There are also 885 parking spots on two levels under the East Wing of the Capitol that are free to 253 state lawmakers,...
  • Same-sex marriage ruling sparks Pa. House dispute

    06/28/2013 6:50:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2013 9:55 PM EDT | Mark Scolforo
    An openly gay Pennsylvania state lawmaker asked his legislative colleagues Thursday to censure an archconservative colleague who a day earlier had prevented him from making floor remarks about the Supreme Courts gay marriage rulings. Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, asked the chamber to reprimand Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, at the close of session because of an interview Metcalfe gave to explain why he exercised his right to prevent him from speaking on the topic during session. His comments did not live up to the standards set by this body, Sims said on the floor.
  • Voters Oust Mayor of Harrisburg, Pa in Democratic Primary

    05/22/2013 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Reuters, via Newsmax ^ | May 22, 2013 | Reuters, via Newsmax
    The embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's financially crippled capital of Harrisburg was ousted on Tuesday when she lost the Democratic primary to the owner of an independent bookstore. Mayor Linda Thompson's loss to Eric Papenfuse comes after a tumultuous term in which her outbursts and statements caused a loss of confidence in her administration. Papenfuse is likely to win the general election in this heavily Democratic city in November, but he must still face off against independent candidate Nevin Mindlin.
  • SEC charges Pennsylvania's capital city with fraud

    05/06/2013 4:41:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2013 | by Lisa Lambert
    The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the Pennsylvania city of Harrisburg, the state's beleaguered capital, with securities fraud on Monday for allegedly releasing misleading public statements and financial information. Harrisburg, which is under state receivership after its finances became mired by a scheme to upgrade a trash incinerator, agreed to settle the charges without admitting or denying the findings, the SEC said.
  • I-81 spill stinks for morning commuters, causes hours-long backup

    04/23/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | David Wenner
    A smelly and slippery spill involving human waste caused traffic to back up for miles along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County on Monday. It further snarled traffic in Carlisle and on other nearby road. The spill occurred before 9 a.m. and caused a motorcyclist to skid out of control and crash in the southbound lanes near the Hanover Street exit in Carlisle. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crew that was doing routine cleanup nearby was called to the scene and determined both southbound lanes needed to be closed, PennDOT spokesman Fritzi Schreffler said. It took several hours to clean up...
  • Anti-Gunners Lose More Money(Eastern Show)

    04/16/2013 2:01:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    pagunblog.com ^ | 16 April, 2013 | Bitter
    NRA just helped deal a one-two economic punch to anti-gunners today. Were talking millions of dollars worth of a punch. In case youve forgotten the story, Reed Exhibitions sponsored the Eastern Sport & Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania every year and managed to generate upwards of $74 million in the local economy and in support of the non-profits that raise money and sign up memberships at the ESOS every year. However, Reed banned the display of modern sporting rifles and the backlash of their attack on our community cost them so many vendors and customer refund requests that they had...
  • Harrisburg City - Amish, Queers, Terrorist and Losers (Vanity)

    02/24/2013 11:05:51 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 22 replies
    Vanity | February 24, 2013 | ConservativeInPA
    I was driving home from work on Friday and I noticed a building that seemed to be the campaign headquarters for Dan Miller who is running for Mayor of Harrisburg. Seeing the campaign headquarters prompted me to think about the upcoming election and the situation in Harrisburg. While I do not live in Harrisburg, plenty of my tax dollars go to Harrisburg and cities like Harrisburg (through state and federal taxes). This is a profile of Harrisburg and the candidates for mayor in the upcoming election. I am certain that there are very similar circumstances in many cities across America.DemographicsPopulation...
  • More than 40 huge sinkholes open up all over Pennsylvanias capital .....

    02/02/2013 6:38:48 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | DAMIAN GHIGLIOTTY
    Officials in Pennsylvanias state capital are dealing with an abysmal issue they cant afford to fix: 41 massive sinkholes throughout the city as wide as 50 feet and as deep as a typical grave. ................ But the city is too broke to replace many of the aging pipes and repave its roads as it deals with ongoing budget woes and the looming threat of bankruptcy, according to media reports. The first of the recent sinkholes perforating Harrisburg was reported on New Year's Eve when a chasm measuring an estimated 50 feet long and eight feet deep, swallowed a neighborhood block,...
  • AMERICAS LARGEST OUTDOOR SPORTS SHOW TO BAN AR-15'S (Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show)

    01/18/2013 10:25:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention, they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that no specific information was available on the type...
  • Americas largest outdoor sports show to ban AR-15s

    01/18/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Godebert · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention, they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that no specific information was available on the type...
  • Harrisburg still waiting for push from 4th Congressional District candidates

    10/22/2012 11:19:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA
    The Patriot News ^ | October 22, 2012 | Jeff Franz
    For the first time since 1983, the race for the congressional seat representing Harrisburg is a wide-open fight without an incumbent. The incumbent-free race comes as the city needs every advocate it can get. Harrisburg is all but broke, and firm answers about who is at fault are not certain. The school system is underperforming and deeply in debt. The proposed federal courthouse could be the biggest government building project in the new 4th Congressional District which includes the West Shore, and York and Adams Counties. But with less than three weeks until Election Day, that hasnt happened.
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tighter oversight of local debt

    10/07/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Mark Shade
    Pennsylvania legislators, grappling with capital city Harrisburg's $340 million of debt, set out on Thursday to tighten the state law that governs how cities and towns win approval for complex, taxpayer-funded projects. In a day-long hearing, members of Pennsylvania's Senate Local Government Committee questioned former local officials publicly for the first time about how Harrisburg could have racked up so much debt tied to renovations of its ill-fated trash incinerator. ... A handful of other U.S. municipalities - in particular, Alabama's Jefferson County, which filed the country's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy last November - were also undone largely by debt...
  • Harrisburg to Run Out of Money in October: Inside America's Labyrinth of Fraud

    09/03/2012 12:30:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Congratulations to Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, for having the highest per capita debt of any city in the country. The town's 50,000 citizens are on the hook for $1.5 billion according to the NPR article Inside America's Most Indebted City. The city has delayed payments to light bulb venders and paper sellers. Restaurants have hired their own security. A local strip club paid to keep the street light on. The city is projected to run out of money entirely in October. A judge has recently ordered a 1% income tax hike on the people still left in Harrisburg. But...
  • Forum crowd chastises Mayor Thompson over unpaid taxes (Rat controlled city)

    12/09/2011 5:06:51 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 10 replies
    The Patriot-News/PennLive.com ^ | December 9, 2011 | Eric Veronikis
    Harrisburg residents sounded off on Mayor Linda Thompson Thursday night for asking them to pay their real estate taxes and mortgages on time when she doesnt do the same herself. About 150 people packed the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for the debt crisis forum organized by the community group Harrisburg Hope. Whats the deal mayor? Youre defaulting on your loan when you say we shouldnt default on our loans, asked Michael L. Clouser, a resident of the citys uptown section. And youre delinquent on your taxes. Whats going on?
  • Facing state takeover, Harrisburg officials talk (Act 47 plan about to be 'incinerated'?)

    10/31/2011 9:51:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/31/11 | Mark Shade - Reuters
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - With the threat of a state-appointed receiver deciding how Harrisburg must deal with more than $300 million in debt, the city council and mayor did something on Monday they have not done in a long time: agree. The city, Pennsylvania's capital, filed for bankruptcy on October 12 in a desperate bid to resolve its debt crisis, setting up a showdown with the state over control of the city. The crisis centers on the struggles of the city of about 50,000 to pay roughly $300 million in debt incurred from an expensive revamp of its incinerator. Under...
  • Harrisburg Nixes Holiday Parade Over Low Cash ( Pa. )

    10/21/2011 8:51:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    AP ^ | October 21, 2011
    Officials in Harrisburg have canceled the citys annual holiday parade because organizers havent raised enough money. Last year, the cash-strapped capital started requiring special events to pay for themselves. Parks and recreation director Brenda Alton says not enough sponsors have ponied up to keep the floats afloat.
  • Harrisburg City Council votes 4-3 in favor of Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection ( PA )

    10/12/2011 5:48:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | October 12, 2011 | ERIC VERONIKIS,
    Harrisburg City Council answered the states takeover threat by voting to seek Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection Tuesday night, essentially adding the courts and more turmoil to the fight over the capital citys fate. The same majority who voted down the state-sponsored Act 47 plan and Mayor Linda Thompsons followup fiscal-recovery plan voted 4-3 to hire Philadelphia-area lawyer Mark Schwartz to fight the takeover and then 4-3 to file for bankruptcy as soon as possible. ... "Wake up, Harrisburg. Wake up and look around, Smith said. Im tired of being bent over and spanked in the corner. We should have...
  • Harrisburg mayor says city could run out of money ( Pa )

    08/12/2011 2:05:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | August 11, 2011
    Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson is warning that the city may run out of money unless a financial recovery plan is approved. Thompson told City Council on Tuesday night that the city must make a $3.3 million bond payment in mid-September. Without a plan in place, she said that would leave the city unable to pay its nearly 500 employees and provide basic services.
  • 'Knuckleheads' celebrate 25th anniversary of miniature Statue of Liberty on Susquehanna River

    07/03/2011 5:56:17 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    Pennlive.com ^ | July 03, 2011 | DAVID WENNER
    Examining a photo from the middle-of-the-night deed, you expect to spot beer cans. The gang of 20-somethings had just hoisted Lady Liberty onto her perch atop an old railroad pier in the middle of the Susquehanna River. Yet no beers were cracked until later. Now Stilp is marking the 25th anniversary of the statue, located on a stretch of river just north of Harrisburg. He arranged a commemorative stamp cancellation and a commemorative coin, and hes conducting a contest for a song about the statue. Of all the replicas across America, its one of the larger ones, says Stilp, 61,...
  • Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson will participate in fasting and prayer {shortened}

    06/23/2011 8:36:14 AM PDT · by jda · 14 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | 20 June 2011 | Mary Klaus
    To help Harrisburg out of its financial crisis, area Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have called for three days of fasting and praying for a more cooperative spirit among Harrisburg government leaders, the business community and residents. The voluntary event will start at midnight on Tuesday and run through 5 p.m. Friday. During that time, various churches and temples will be open to the public. Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson said she will participate in the event.
  • Harrisburg Hoping God Can Help Balance the Books (No...Not Obama)

    06/21/2011 1:40:35 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/21/2011 | Jeff Cox
    If all the brightest minds in Harrisburgs government cant solve the citys financial problems, maybe God can. That seems to be the thinking in Pennsylvanias capital city, where Mayor Linda Thompson and a host of other religious leaders are about to embark on a three-day fast and prayer campaign to cure the citys daunting money woes. Maybe Greece should have thought of this. Things that are above and beyond my control, I need God, Thompson told WHTM TV, the regions ABC news affiliate. I depend on Him for guidance. Spiritual guidance. Thats why its really no struggle for me to...
  • Please Pray for my Cousin and my Family

    02/15/2011 6:34:36 AM PST · by AKA Elena · 98 replies
    Family e-mail | 2/14/11 | AKA Elena
    My cousin Mike Allen's son, Sean, was killed in a single car accident yesterday near Harrisburg, PA. He is survived by his Dad, Mike and his brother Brian and his Mom. We were notified by his Aunt Liz and are requesting prayer for the repose of his soul and for the family, with particular attention to his brother, Brian.
  • Harrisburg Mayor Asks Pennsylvania For Aid Under Act 47 Program

    10/01/2010 12:49:25 PM PDT · by Dogfaced Soldier · 6 replies
    Business Week ^ | October 1, 2010 | Dunstan McNichol
    Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson asked Pennsylvania to determine the city to be in municipal financial distress so it would qualify for help and oversight under the states Act 47 program. The city stands on the precipice of full-blown financial crisis as a looming cash shortfall threatens its ability to pay vendors and meet payroll, a statement from the mayors office said.
  • Harrisburg tense, on edge of bankruptcy

    09/02/2010 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa.- Tension is mounting in Harrisburg, Pa., concerning the city's potential fall into bankruptcy, observers said.Dauphin County, which is a guarantor of Harrisburg bonds, has given permission to a bond trustee, TD Bank, to sue the city over $35 million it owes on bond payments for an incinerator project, the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal reported Thursday.The city has balked at making payments, missing one deadline on Aug. 15, and County Commission Chairman Jeff Haste called city officials in a note to Councilman Brad Koplinski, "a bunch of cowards."
  • America's 7 junkiest cities

    06/01/2010 6:14:48 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 69 replies · 2,798+ views
    CNN ^ | June 1, 2010 | Hibah Yousuf
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Think Greece and Spain are drowning in debt? Look a little closer to home. Seven U.S. cities recently had their municipal bonds downgraded below investment grade. Their debt is now, junk, considered more worthless than that of the so-called PIIGS. "America's short-term budget crises, long-term growth perspectives and needs for austerity are similar [to Greece]," said Matt Fabian, managing director at Concord, Mass.-based consulting firm Municipal Market Advisors. Last quarter, Moody's Investor Services declared the debt issued by Harrisburg, Penn., and Woonsocket, R.I., to be junk, or below-investment grade. Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings currently has four other...
  • Harrisburg, Pa., May Miss Debt Payment

    04/01/2010 12:09:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 673+ views
    wsj ^ | April 1, 2010, | Marie Beaudette
    Thursday is the deadline for Harrisburg, Pa., to make a debt payment tied to a trash incinerator, and city officials arent optimistic. City Controller Daniel C. Miller said Wednesday its very likely that the city will miss the $637,500 payment ... The incinerator debt...threatens to send the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The city is facing a $164 million budget gap... The city is also due to pay $4 million on its own debt and $1 million in payroll expenses Thursday, Miller told Dow Jones. The mayor of Harrisburg, Linda Thompson, hasnt been receptive to the use of Chapter 9...
  • Muni Threat: Cities Weigh Chapter 9

    04/01/2010 12:29:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 769+ views
    wsj ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2010 | IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN AND KRIS MAHER
    Just days after becoming controller of financially strapped Harrisburg, Pa., in January, Daniel Miller began uttering an obscure term that baffled most people who had never heard it and chilled those who had: Chapter 9. The seldom-used part of U.S. bankruptcy law gives municipalities protection from creditors while developing a plan to pay off debts. Created in the wake of the Great Depression, Chapter 9 is widely considered a last resort and filings under it are more taboo than other parts of bankruptcy code because of the resulting uncertainty for everyone from municipal employees to bondholders.
  • Suspensions rile parents

    02/23/2010 11:07:57 AM PST · by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast · 78 replies · 1,203+ views
    The News Item ^ | 2/23/10 | Rob Wheary
    COAL TOWNSHIP - About a dozen Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School students were suspended for a day for what school officials are calling "an act of disobedience and defiance" regarding the clothes they wore to a girls' basketball game earlier this month. The punishment has been met with outrage from some parents, who feel the discipline violates their children's freedom of speech and puts a stain on their conduct records. ... A group of Lourdes students reportedly dressed as farmers for a game at Tri-Valley Feb. 1... The student body was subsequently warned not to dress like that...
  • Harrisburg excludes debt payments from 2010 budget(ready to default?)

    02/15/2010 6:57:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 646+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/14/10 | Jon Hurdle
    Harrisburg excludes debt payments from 2010 budget Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:42pm EST By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, moved a step closer to defaulting on a bond payment when its city council passed a 2010 budget that does not include $68 million in debt repayments on an incinerator. Without the debt provision in the $65 million budget, the state capital may miss a March 1 payment of $2.072 million, a rarity for a municipal bond issuer. Joyce Davis, a spokeswoman for Mayor Linda Thompson, confirmed the council's decision -- taken at a special session on...
  • It Begins: Cash Strapped Cities Begin To Crumble

    02/04/2010 9:45:28 AM PST · by blam · 103 replies · 4,257+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-4-2010 | John Carney
    It Begins: Cash Strapped Cities Begin To Crumble John Carney Feb. 4, 2010, 10:25 AM Our nascent economic recovery may come too late to save many American cities from bankruptcy, which in turn will deal heavy losses to municipal bond investors and the companies that insure munis. The latest fright comes from Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. The city is considering seeking bankruptcy protectionas well as tax hikes and asset salesto address $68 million in debt service payments due this year. Harrisburg does not stand a chance at making its payments. The $68 million in debt service payments is four...
  • Harrisburg ELCA Congregation Gives Building to Coptic Orthodox Church

    01/01/2010 6:38:22 PM PST · by lightman · 32 replies · 1,099+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 31 December AD 2009 | Barbara Myers
    Harrisburg ELCA Congregation Gives Building to Coptic Orthodox Church HARRISBURG, Pa. (ELCA) -- An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation here is breathing new life into its church building by moving out and turning its facilities over to a congregation of another denomination. Following its worship service of carols and a celebration luncheon Dec. 27, Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church gave its building as a gift to St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. This Sunday, Jan. 3, Memorial's members will worship at the James E. Morecraft Christian Education Building, owned by the congregation and directly across the street from the Memorial's...