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  • 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 city’s 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 Court’s 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. We’re talking millions of dollars worth of a punch. In case you’ve 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 Pennsylvania’s 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 Pennsylvania’s state capital are dealing with an abysmal issue they can’t 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,...
  • AMERICA’S 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...
  • America’s 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 hasn’t 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 doesn’t do the same herself. About 150 people packed the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for the debt crisis forum organized by the community group Harrisburg Hope. “What’s the deal mayor? You’re defaulting on your loan when you say we shouldn’t default on our loans,” asked Michael L. Clouser, a resident of the city’s uptown section. “And you’re delinquent on your taxes. What’s 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 city’s annual holiday parade because organizers haven’t 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 state’s 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 city’s fate. The same majority who voted down the state-sponsored Act 47 plan and Mayor Linda Thompson’s 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. “I’m 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 he’s conducting a contest for a song about the statue. “Of all the replicas across America, it’s 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 Harrisburg’s government can’t solve the city’s financial problems, maybe God can. That seems to be the thinking in Pennsylvania’s 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 city’s 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 region’s ABC news affiliate. “I depend on Him for guidance. Spiritual guidance. That’s why it’s 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 state’s 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 mayor’s 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 aren’t optimistic. City Controller Daniel C. Miller said Wednesday it’s “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, hasn’t 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 protection—as well as tax hikes and asset sales—to 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...
  • Carmelite nuns 'enclosed' by Harrisburg bishop; chapel and monastery blessed (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2009 8:30:25 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 767+ views
    Republican Herald ^ | 08/25/2009 | Rachel Carta
    An overflow crowd of more than 500 people gathered at the Elysburg Monastery Monday as the bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg blessed the facility's reopened chapel. The most important people of the day, however - the 11 Discalced Carmelite nuns from Nebraska who moved into the Elysburg facility in April - were never seen by the public.... Following the 2 1/2-hour Mass, the bishop, the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, conducted the private "enclosure" ceremony. The diocese said he moved through the building, blessing each room, then locking the door to the sisters' portion of the monastery. While they...
  • Lawmakers pay themselves first But state workers must wait another week to get paid

    08/05/2009 10:27:11 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 2 replies · 359+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | August 06, 2009 | Tracie Mauriello
    Lawmakers pay themselves first But state workers must wait another week to get paid Thursday, August 06, 2009 By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG -- State workers will have to wait another week to be paid for days they have worked since July 1, but House Democratic lawmakers have checks in hand. They paid themselves first. Their paychecks were issued Tuesday as they voted on a $27.3 billion budget, which Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday chopped to $11 billion through line-items vetoes. He left intact funding for such items as public safety, state parks and employees' pay. Some 77,000 state...
  • Harrisburg City Council passes gun law

    05/01/2009 2:15:11 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 17 replies · 932+ views
    The Patriot News ^ | 29 April 2009 | DAN MILLER
    Harrisburg City Council passes gun law by DAN MILLER, Of The Patriot-News Wednesday April 29, 2009, 10:23 PM Harrisburg City Council Wednesday by 7-0 vote passed legislation where gun owners upon learning that their firearm has been lost or stolen would have to tell police of this within 48 hours. Failure to do so could mean a fine of from $50 to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. Supporters say the proposal is to help police prevent a lost or stolen gun from being resold to be used in a crime. Joe Grace, executive director of CeaseFirePA, said...
  • Democrat Vincent Fumo (D) Convicted of 137 Counts of Corruption

    03/16/2009 2:51:37 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 24 replies · 915+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | March 16, 2009 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA -- Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted today of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle. The 65-year-old former state senator was found guilty of all 137 counts against him, which also included obstruction of justice for destroying e-mail evidence. The jury deliberated about the Philadelphia Democrat's fate for about six days after a five-month trial. Prosecutors are expected to seek a sentence of more than 10 years under federal...
  • Tea Party in Harrisburg, PA

    03/07/2009 11:13:03 AM PST · by Savagemom · 58 replies · 2,909+ views
    vanity | March 7, 2009 | Savagemom
    <p>We had a great turnout at the Tea Party in Harrisburg, PA today. Does anyone else have pictures to share?</p> <p>OK, here are some. It has to be close to 1,000.</p> <p>Youtube VERY slow, upload is taking forever!</p>
  • Tea Party Harrisburg, PA March 7th!

    03/02/2009 5:47:53 AM PST · by WakeUpAndVote · 29 replies · 1,563+ views
    Internet ^ | March 02, 2009 | WakeUpAndVote
    I am slowly geting info on a Tea Party being held in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday March 7th. Does anyone else have additional information?
  • Conduct at Chuck E. Cheese described as 'madness'

    01/08/2009 8:09:35 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 98 replies · 3,489+ views
    Pennlive.com ^ | January 7, 2009 | MATTHEW KEMENY
    The wobbly video shows a group of adults mulling inside Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Susquehanna Twp. Suddenly it pans left and captures a fight breaking out. The 22-second clip, uploaded Sunday to YouTube, is the latest example of what police describe as a disturbing and bizarre crime trend: escalating violence among adults at a place designed for children's birthday parties. Susquehanna Township police have been called to the restaurant on Union Deposit Road 12 times in the past year for reports of disorderly conduct, assault and theft. Those calls have resulted in 13 arrests, including six women -- five...
  • Former synod treasurer sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for theft of synod funds

    11/21/2008 2:45:52 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies · 431+ views
    Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA ^ | 21 November AD 2008 | Barbara Myers
    (Harrisburg, PA)…Barry R. Herr, former treasurer of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was sentenced today to serve 30 months in federal prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $799,998 in restitution. Herr, 62, of Lancaster, was arrested on March 13, 2008, and charged with thirty-six (36) counts of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility (electronic transfer of funds) and one (1) count of Theft by Deception in the amount of $1,004,732. Each charge is a felony of the third degree. The charges stem from months of investigation by the synod, the...
  • With McCain, women make more

    09/16/2008 5:45:31 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 17 replies · 203+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | September 16, 2008 | Salena Zito
    The Sen. Barack Obama campaign is under performing with women, especially older white ones. So, it released a list of female surrogates that will be his force on issues that are important to those women voters -- like equal pay. There also will soon be an ad released that will hit Sen. John McCain on the touchy issue of equal pay. According to McCain-Palin spokesman Brian Rogers, that is a problem for Barack Obama, since he is the one that pays his females staffers less than the men. Rogers points to Senate Records showing that women working in Sen. Obama's...
  • How to win Pennsylvania

    09/13/2008 9:10:11 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 74 replies · 962+ views
    The intelligent question thrown out among strategists for both campaigns is, can John McCain really win Pennsylvania? Really win it, not pretend to go for it, as Republicans did in 2004, all the while closing the deal in Ohio when no one was looking. The last Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania was George H.W. Bush, in 1988 -- a win preceded by two Reagans but followed by two Clintons, a Gore and a Kerry. The Kerry win was narrower than the others, however.
  • 'In Cold Blood' ad against Jack Murtha

    09/13/2008 1:07:56 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 93 replies · 2,492+ views
    Rep. Jack Murtha’s (D-Johnstown) opponent in this year’s congressional race -- Lt. Col. William Russell, a decorated Iraq war veteran who was in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 -- has just released an ad titled “In Cold Blood.” So far, it is one of the most powerful campaign spots to hit the airwaves in the down- ballot races this cycle in the Keystone State.
  • Random stories coming out of Pennsylvania

    09/13/2008 9:19:20 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 70 replies · 397+ views
    Perhaps finding out what really is going on in Pennsylvania is for me to look no further than my own backyard, literally.
  • McCain courts state one voter at a time

    08/17/2008 6:33:37 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 14 replies · 303+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | David Brown & Salena Zito
    MANHEIM -- John McCain's last stop on a three-day swing across Pennsylvania provided clues as to how the Republican plans to beat Barack Obama in a battleground state the Democrat is favored to win.
  • McCain goes fishing

    08/11/2008 6:02:45 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 14 replies · 589+ views
    Ridge said he was proud of how McCain has handled the crisis unfolding in Georgia. ...“He has kept a cool head, taken calls from Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili -- and really behaved very presidential in his perspective of this crisis,” said Ridge as McCain shook hands with the crowd that gathered around him. “He has been to Georgia several times,” Ridge added. “He doesn’t need to look for it on a map.”
  • Bitter: the gift that keeps on giving

    04/17/2008 12:34:23 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 11 replies · 140+ views
    Bitter: the gift that keeps on giving TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito John Brabender, a D.C.-based media strategist, put up the first "bitter" ad to be used in a congressional race -- for a Republican. "Barack Obama's statement about the small towns of Pennsylvania and the entire middle America for this cycle is the gift that you can use all year long," Brabender said. He said that you could say it is the gift that keeps on giving. Brabender's client Matt Shaner is in a tight Republican primary race to succeed retiring John Peterson in the biggest piece of congressional geography...