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  • As goes Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, so goes Congress

    10/16/2017 11:32:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 15, 2017 | Salena Zito
    TURKEYTOWN, Pa. — Just as you crest the hill along the Glades Pike highway heading east, a red-white-and-blue "Drain the Swamp" sign sits on the well-manicured lawn of a sprawling home in this western Pennsylvania town likely named for the abundance of the wild game that flourish in the region. A year ago, a Trump-Pence sign sat in just about the same place at the same house in the same lawn. A few miles down the road, a tri-colored sign in green, blue, and orange sits in front of a shuttered business bearing a simple message in three languages: "No...
  • Philly eased police residency requirements. Then the exodus began

    10/07/2017 12:58:52 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 10/06/2017 | Claudia Vargas & Chris Palmer
    More than 1,000 Philadelphia police officers have abandoned city living since the department’s residency rules were softened five years ago — many lured to the suburbs by the prospect of better schools, cleaner streets, and safer neighborhoods. ---SNIP-- “They should hang in the neighborhoods and help make the schools better,” said Mayor Kenney, a lifelong city resident who now lives in Old City. “All of our residents need to pitch in and help with our schools.”
  • This die-hard Democratic city is about to turn Republican

    10/07/2017 10:55:59 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    If John Persinger wins the mayoral race in Erie, Pa., next month, it just might be the greatest local political upset in America this century. A Republican candidate has not been elected mayor here since 1961, when JFK was president.
  • Cracker plant creates controversy (Ethane cracking, not saltines) [600 jobs in Pennsylvania]

    10/05/2017 12:28:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Pitt News ^ | October 5, 2017 | Remy Samuels
    Despite the promise of creating 600 permanent jobs, the ethane cracker plant being built about 40 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh by car continues to face scrutiny from environmental groups. Shell Chemical Appalachia decided in 2012 that Beaver County would be the site of a new $6 billion plant to manufacture plastics. Shell chose the Beaver County location because of its proximity to natural gas supplies and because the majority of North American polyethylene — the most common plastic — customers are in a 700-mile radius of Pittsburgh. In a statement published on its website, Shell said it expects to employ...
  • Candidate admits US rep's campaign paid him for leaving race

    10/03/2017 9:11:38 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3-Oct-2017 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA— A onetime challenger to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady pleaded guilty Monday to hiding a $90,000 payment from the powerful Philadelphia Democrat’s campaign in exchange for dropping out of a 2012 primary. Jimmie Moore, a 66-year-old former city judge, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of filing a false campaign finance report, and agreed to cooperate with any investigations related to the primary campaign. “I don’t disagree with what the government said I did,” Moore told Judge Jan DuBois.
  • Man Gets 18 to 36 Years in Wrong-Way DUI Crash That Killed 5

    09/30/2017 8:12:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    A Pennsylvania man who acknowledged he was driving drunk before a wrong-way crash that killed five people apologized to the victims' families before he was sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison. Thirty-year-old Gennadiy Manannikov, of Lake Ariel, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in July to five counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the January 2016 crash. Before sentencing, he said poor judgment put him behind the wheel. "I'm not a bad person," Manannikov said. "I made a bad choice that night." State police say Manannikov drove the wrong way on Interstate 81...
  • Federal judge tells Pennsylvania county to drop the Christian cross from its seal

    09/30/2017 9:46:53 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/29/2017 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania county to remove the cross from its seal, saying it violated the Constitution. Lehigh Valley County, which is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, will have to redesign its seal after U.S. District Judge Edward Smith ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization that promotes separation of church and state and which filed the lawsuit against the county, according to The Morning Call. Smith made it known in his ruling that he was not happy about the decision he had to make but was following the...
  • Maurkice Pouncey: Steelers will stand during national anthem

    09/28/2017 11:07:32 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 58 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 28 Sept 2017 | Joe Rutter
    Maurkice Pouncey, his voice crackling with emotion, apologized to Steelers fans for the team's handling of the national anthem in Chicago and said every player will be standing on the sideline when the “Star-Spangled Banner” is performed Sunday in Baltimore. “We have to make it right,” Pouncey said Wednesday afternoon. “I honestly think we will go out there and make it right.” Pouncey, an eight-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowl selection, was the first Steelers player to say the entire roster will be standing for the anthem. On Monday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the team would be on the field...
  • Meet the Army’s Second Lieutenant Joseph Stalin

    09/27/2017 8:24:57 PM PDT · by pboyington · 32 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 27, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    It’s not your father’s army anymore. It’s certainly not your grandfather’s army, nor is it your older brother’s. Whose army is it in 2017: feminists, communists, radical leftists, moral cowards, and perfumed princes and princesses – that’s whose army it is. The lean green machine is in dire straits and for all intents and purposes is about ready to flat line without any chances of resuscitation. Bury the United States Army at Arlington, and engrave on its tombstone, “Killed by cultural Marxists, feminists, feather merchants and moral cowards.” The latest crisis to engulf the army, and for that matter, the...
  • ‘Goodbye Pittsburgh Steelers, Burn In Hell’: Angry Fans Burn Gear Over National Anthem Protest

    09/25/2017 3:30:29 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 96 replies
    CBS pittsburgh ^ | September 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh Steelers fans are taking to social media to show how upset they are that the team stayed inside during the national anthem. “I’m a lifelong Steelers fan, not anymore. Not a fan of you, the NFL, any of it,” says Jim Heaney on YouTube. Heaney posted the video of himself setting all of his Steelers gear on fire following the team’s decision to decide to stay inside the locker room/tunnel during the national anthem. “And I hope all your ignorance burns too,” Heaney says as he throws his Steelers gear on the fire. Heaney ends his video by saying,...
  • Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Steelers Boycotting Anthem; Trump Supports Fan Boos

    09/25/2017 3:59:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 33 replies
    The Hollywood Journal ^ | September 25,2017 | Ryan Parker
    "I personally don’t believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest," the Super Bowl-winning QB says. Ben Roethlisberger on Monday afternoon released a statement saying he regretted his Pittsburgh Steelers boycotting the national anthem on Sunday. The NFL team was the first of three to not come out for the pregame ritual. "I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday," the Super Bowl-winning QB said in a statement. "The idea was to be unified...
  • Uncertainty over Trump infrastructure plan jeopardizes transit projects, jobs

    09/22/2017 10:14:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 9, 2017 | Damian Paletta and Mike Debonis (WaPost)
    Dozens of public transit projects around the country are in danger of stalling as the White House's plan to boost U.S. infrastructure fails to gain momentum - with thousands of jobs at risk. The uncertainty over these projects has worsened in recent days as President Donald Trump - who had vowed to make the week's focus infrastructure - faced a series of distractions, including a congressional hearing featuring former FBI director James Comey. The president, who had called for $1 trillion in new infrastructure programs to create millions of jobs, now faces an increasing probability that not only will his...
  • Jacobs Engineering wins 10-year PA traffic management contract

    09/20/2017 11:09:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | June 27, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a 10-year, multimillion dollar contract to design an active traffic management (ATM) system for Interstate 76 through Philadelphia, according to Traffic Technology Today. Jacobs' services for the Schuylkill Expressway will include preliminary and system engineering, design, analysis of alternatives, right-of-way acquisition and construction consultancy.The final ATM system could include occasional use of the shoulder, connected vehicle technology, variable speed limit signage and traffic jam detection and alerts. PennDOT could also implement features like ramp metering, junction control, dynamic lane assignments, and multimodal strategies in tandem with shoulder use....
  • Immigrants from Middle East reviving lamb and goat market

    09/17/2017 3:27:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Berks Country ^ | September 13, 2017 | Lisa Scheid
    Shumaila Shah knows how to cook her husband's favorite dish the way one might say the Pledge of Allegiance. "Cook onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger crushed together," she said, articulating something so familiar it didn't need words, English or Punjabi. "Salt, pepper, garam masala. Put meat in and add water to make a gravy. Cook until the meat is soft, not tough." How long? She thinks for a moment. "A half-hour; it depends on the meat," she said. "Then add the potatoes, because they take a shorter time to cook. We eat it with naan." The recipe for her aloo...
  • PA's first diverging diamond interchange finished

    09/16/2017 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | August 24, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced the completion of the state's first-ever diverging diamond interchange (DDI), located on Interstate 70, according to Equipment World. The DDI design eliminates left turns across oncoming traffic, improving vehicle flow and decreasing the chance of accidents. The agency also chose the DDI configuration because it could use the former interchange's cloverleaf footprint, reducing the impact of construction on the area. PennDOT said it modified the traditional DDI design slightly. Dive Insight: Design is one way transportation agencies are combating gridlock resulting from increased traffic. Other tools in DOT arsenals are...
  • Jeffrey Sandusky pleads guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse

    09/16/2017 12:06:04 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/16/17 | Kwegyirba Croffie
    (CNN)Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of convicted sex abuser and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, pleaded guilty Friday to all 14 counts of child sexual abuse against him. The Centre Country district attorney's office said the younger Sandusky, 41, entered the guilty pleas a week before his trial was scheduled to begin. The 14 counts included soliciting sex from a child younger than 16 and soliciting child pornography. According to the district attorney's office, Sandusky will become a Tier III sex offender, the highest level in Pennsylvania. The charges involve incidents with two girls, one in 2013 and one...
  • Pennsylvania on edge of missing payments in budget stalemate

    09/14/2017 6:39:12 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | September 14, 2017 | Marc Levy
    The state government appeared on the edge, for the first known time, of missing a payment as a result of not having enough cash on hand amid a feud over how to patch a $2.2 billion budget gap. Gov. Tom Wolf's office has not revealed how the Democrat will manage through a cash crunch that he has said will leave his administration unable to pay every bill on time, three months into the fiscal year. Beginning Friday, the state's main bank account was projected to go below zero.
  • PA Turnpike Commission Approves Six Percent Toll Increase for 2018

    09/14/2017 4:13:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ^ | July 18, 2017 | Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
    HARRISBURG, PA. (July 18, 2017) — At its bimonthly meeting today, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) approved a six percent toll increase for both E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2018. Because of today’s action, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers. The most common toll for a Class-5 vehicle — a prevalent tractor-trailer class — will increase from $10.17 to 10.78 for E-ZPass and from $14.45 to $15.35...
  • In this part of the US, people are rooting for Trump more than ever

    09/03/2017 8:39:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 2, 2017 | Salena Zito
    Ruffs Dale, Pa. — Hunched over in his workshop, Leon Moyer slices through a board with a miter saw, its hum piercing the air. It’s the sound of business for Moyer, who has run a sign making company in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, since 1984. A few feet away lies a stack of signs blaring “President Donald Trump” and a pile of bumper stickers bearing the legend “CNN Sucks.” Almost a year after America sent The Donald to the White House, Moyer is still selling pro-Trump signage. Homes and businesses all over this county, which is mostly registered Democrat, continue to...
  • Police Union President Calls BLM Protesters Outside Philly Officer's House 'Pack of Rabid Animals'

    09/01/2017 11:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WCAU-TV ^ | September 1, 2017 | Brian X. McCrone
    Philadelphia cops held a rally of their own Thursday night in response to a protest last week by local Black Lives Matter activists outside the home of a cop identified in a fatal civilian shooting. The rally was held at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 headquarters and featured several speakers. Emotions quickly escalated and FOP President John McNesby made one jarring statement. "When you go to work each day, you shouldn't have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family," he told the gathered crowd of...