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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Many of us patronize benefit events held for certain individuals or certain causes. It's great that there are such compassionate individuals to help each other – both those who host the events and those who attend.

Surely you've seen the posters which state:

"A portion of the proceeds benefits" a particular charity or cause.

How much is a portion? And, what does "proceeds" constitute?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's happening too often in college sports. It happened to Pete Carroll at USC, Gary Barnett at Colorado, Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV, and now Jim Tressel at Ohio State.

They have very successful sports programs, gain national recognition and respect, and then are embarrassed when serious infractions are uncovered.

Tressel, who guided Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years, and has built a virtual Big 10 dynasty, resigned Monday amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal that sullied the image of one of the country's top football programs.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Last weekend as many as 32 students in a Montgomery County school district had to be sent home after showing up drunk at their prom.

At a time when graduating seniors are about to embark on their next step in life, this is not the kind of event that Methacton High School students, parents and district officials want their school or class to be remembered for around the state. Officials said some of the students were so intoxicated they couldn't stand on their own.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thanks to the Internet, we live in a much smaller world and no one knows that more than politicians, some of whom are caught making dumb comments when they thought no one was listening ... or recording.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most defining speeches of John F. Kennedy's presidency – the call for America to land a man on the moon.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It seems a week hasn't gone by this spring when we haven't had to get out a state map to chart the latest natural weather disaster to strike our nation.

On Sunday, Joplin, a city in southwestern Missouri about the size of Wilkes-Barre, was the latest to enter its name on the list of most devastated places. The tornado was the deadliest strike on a U.S. city since 116 died in Flint, Mich., on June 8, 1953.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cigarette smokers know very well the tax burden they shoulder.

In Pennsylvania, the rate is $1.60 per pack, well above the national rate of $1.45 per pack.

It could be worse.

In New York, the tax rate is $4.35 per pack. Rhode Island imposes a $3.46 per pack tax.

When it comes to tobacco, Pennsylvania does have one distinction. It's the only state in the nation that doesn't tax smokeless tobacco.

Friday, May 20, 2011

For some unfortunate people, this week isn't ending soon enough.

It was an especially bad time for the rich and the famous and their sexual indiscretions.

First, we learned that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, was accused of attempted rape by a maid in a penthouse suite at a New York Hotel last weekend. A week ago, the high-flying 62-year-old banker and diplomat had aspirations of becoming the next president of France.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

How many famous Americans have had great enough careers to warrant two statues in marking their final resting place? If anyone deserved that honor, it's Jim Thorpe.

The man proclaimed as the greatest athlete in the first half of the 20th century will have that distinction this weekend when a new statue is unveiled. It comes as no surprise. He was simply the best – a phenomenal athlete who stood as high over his peers as the way he will be looming over the people who visit his grave plot.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Every senior class seems to have a prankster and some of us may still be able to recall an incident or humorous event that left a lasting impression with our school.

One analyst, however, wisely warns that before choosing a prank, students should always be aware of potential consequences which could lead to the cancellation of prom, senior activities, or even the graduation ceremony itself.