| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Americans awoke to the sound of one hand clapping on Tuesday. While local governments were open for business, the other hand, the federal government, was largely unavailable because of a partial shutdown that began at midnight.
The full impact of the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 8:07 AM
As the nation entered Day 2 of a federal government shutdown, national parks in California were clearing out the last of their visitors, with the gates locking behind them.
The National Park Service operates 26 parks and other landmarks in California...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Congratulations to Matt Roath and all involved in the Autumnfest downtown Perryville this past weekend. Everything was terrific. We really enjoyed the beer garden that was hosted by Prost Restaurant. This event will continue to be a big tradition in...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Fake driver's licenses have long been considered the holy grail of underage youth — many have been brazenly handed over to liquor store cashiers in the quest for alcohol.
While that practice persists despite crackdowns, fraudulent IDs can...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 10:08 PM
There's a popcorn shop in downtown Chicago that generates long tourist lines, and most locals, like me, don't get it. I don't think the popcorn is better than at any other place that puts a little effort into its popcorn, and if your time in Chicago is...
| Nov 1, 2013
Voters in the Allentown School District will have five candidates to chose from for the four open seats on the Allentown School Board. They were recently asked what they believe is the major issue in this campaign and how they will address it. MIKE...
| Jun 11, 2013
Yesterday I posted the free family movies. Today the list is focusing on the free arts events and museums that families can enjoy during the summer months. First Friday: On the first Friday of each month, artists at the Banana Factory open their studios,...
| Jul 3, 2013
Allentown’s 4th of July celebration is just hours away, and the city has released additional details about the festivities. A festival, which officials announced last month, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. on July 4 outside Birney Crum Stadium on...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 5:46 AM
LAKE CHELAN, Wash. - Here are three games you can play on a half-day outing aboard a rented motorboat as you explore this fjordlike lake, one of Washington's favorite spots for sun fun:
-Barbie's Dream House: Which classic lakefront cottage - or which...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 6:28 AM
W.C. Fields' gravestone doesn't really read, "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." But the comic actor loved to poke fun at his native city. When I was a student in Philly way back when, I did too. There wasn't much to do. It seemed like every...
| Apr 8, 2012
For me, the egg hunt didn't stop when I became an adult.
Some people hunt eggs, but I prefer to eat them. As a kid, I thrilled more to the feast than the hunt — as in the feast of hard-boiled eggs and leftover egg dishes that remained in the wake...