| Feb 13, 2014
| 9:22 PM
It’s often said one of the largest, untapped voting blocks in Pennsylvania, especially the Lehigh Valley, is the Hispanic community. But there is another: school teachers. As of June, there were 267,428 school employees and 209,204 retirees in the...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 1:06 PM
The Coen brothers were struggling to come up with a treatment (Hollywood talk for the outline of a planned production) on their next weird movie.
"How are we ever going to top 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' or 'Miller's Crossing' when it comes to grotesque...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 2:31 PM
My colleague Paul Carpenter beat me to the Chris Christie-Tom Corbett satirical column, which I was going to begin with the two governors walking into a bar.
("What upsets me the most is that this gives people such a distorted idea of my character,"...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:07 AM
A Pennsylvania judge struck down the key portion of the state’s strict voter identification law, saying it unreasonably hinders people from exercising what is a fundamental right.
In a 103-page ruling, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L....
| Jan 17, 2014
| 11:04 PM
WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania judge struck down key parts of the state's tough voter identification law Friday, saying that it created an ordeal for hundreds of thousands of people who wish to vote but lack a driver's license or U.S. passport.
| Jan 18, 2014
| 11:21 AM
In 1793, as blood began to flow in earnest in the French Revolution, royalists made plans to provide a refuge in America for Queen Marie Antoinette, one of the most evil monarchs who ever lived.
They found land inside an oxbow formation of the...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 3:47 PM
The one person who should have been in Hearing Room 8E-A/B of the Pennsylvania Capitol, at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, was not there.
Moments before the start of a hearing held by the state Senate Law & Justice Committee, 10-year-old Hannah Pallas of Butler...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:52 AM
Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers in parts of Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania waited for power to be turned back on as states fought to clean up Thursday from the second major storm this week.
Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of the...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 9:03 AM
Utility workers struggled Friday to continue repairing downed power lines, but hundreds of thousands of people remained without electricity two days after a major storm swept through Pennsylvania and Maryland.
More than a foot of snow fell in many areas...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 3:38 PM
"Welcome to NBC's exclusive coverage of Pennsylvania's first Real Winter Olympics. I'm your host Bob Costas, and with me here is movie and television personality Mr. T, beloved by Pennsylvanians because of his iconic role as boxer Clubber Lang in 'Rocky...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:22 PM
I wrote in my column the other day that Pennsylvania needs redistricting reform and term limits, among other improvements. I also supported the idea of changing to a unicameral legislature instead of our present configuration of a House and a......