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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pennsylvania's proposed package of 23 new child abuse laws is creating confusion.

The laws went into effect this year, but few seem to understand the scope and specifics of the overhaul, something made apparent at a recent session on the topic.

Apparently, the laws are still being tweaked.

"Still a very fluid process," is how state Rep. Doyle Heffley described the situation.

Causing additional confusion is a new requirement that adult volunteers working with children must have a background check through the Pennsylvania State Police.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Happy wife, happy life" is a common phrase we hear when a husband seeks to please his wife, the premise being that he can positively change the atmosphere in his marriage.

The same quote can be applied to corporations that seek to please the consumer or do well with their own employees.

In recent weeks, we've seen two notable enterprises, one a major airline and the other a sports franchise, show the best and the worst involving their people skills.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Debate in Harrisburg will soon begin in earnest to adopt a state budget for fiscal year 2015-16, and education funding will be front and center.

Among the proposals being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf is increased funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, an initiative that recently attracted outspoken support from some unusual kindergarten bedfellows: The law enforcement community.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For older adults and young families the pressing financial issue may be paying off credit card debt or trying to keep up with rising food prices.

The concerns of those two demographic groups, however, pale in comparison to the enormous financial challenges facing today's student graduate as they embark on life's next phase.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We've seen frightening scenarios play out in other Pennsylvania towns.

We figured it could happen here, too.

And now it did.

The FBI spent two days finding and cataloging materials stored inside a Summit Hill basement after the homeowner made a discovery last week which made him feel uncomfortable.

The basement contained hydrochloric and sulfuric acids not illegal to have. But they were stored with unnamed items considered contraband. A volatile combination.

Exactly one year ago, something eerily similar happened near Levittown.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

California has nearly 39 million people, making it the nation's most populous state by a fat 12 million. It has 120 members in its legislature.

Texas is No. 2 on the people meter, with nearly 27 million. Its House and Senate have a combined 181 lawmakers.

Florida, third in the 2014 census with roughly 20 million people, has 140 full-time legislators. No. 4 New York, also with nearly 20 million, has 213 representatives and senators in Albany.

Illinois, fifth on the census chart, has 177 state lawmakers.

And then there's Pennsylvania.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Growing up a Philadelphia sports fan, we spent many hours of summer vacation listening to the Phillies' broadcasting team of Bill Campbell, Byrum Saam and Rich Ashburn on our transistor radio.

Before the dawn of ESPN and 24/7 television sports, Pennsylvania fans in the 1960s and '70s were fortunate to hear some of the legendary play-by-play voices or all time.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Citizens Against Government Waste released its 2015 Congressional Pig Book last Wednesday, and the promising news is that the number of earmarks dropped from 109 in 2014 to 105 in 2015.

The bad news is that the cost jumped 55.6 percent from $2.7 billion in earmarks in 2014 to $4.2 billion in pork for 2015.

CAGW, the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in government, found wasteful pork in at least 12 appropriations bills.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What some consider a harmless, end-of the-school year pranks may seem funny at first but can often cause harm to the innocent, unsuspecting people they target.

Last Friday, four Ohio teenagers were arrested and charged with felony vandalism and disrupting public service after damaging 24 school buses as part of a senior prank. Police in Springfield, just west of Columbus, say the teens removed valve stems from tires on the buses, forcing authorities to cancel all classes in the 2,000-student district.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It was difficult for many local residents to get their heads around details in serious charges filed last week against a part-time Nesquehoning police officer.

Patrolman Steven Homanko, 26, of Beaver Meadows, is accused by Pennsylvania State Police of causing a crash that killed Carola Sauers, a physical therapy assistant, and severely injured her husband Michael, a second-grade teacher.

Police say Homanko's police cruiser soared up to 113 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 209 in Nesquehoning on May 12, 2014.