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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The news business relies heavily on news tips and up-to-the-minute information.

But we're seeing an evolution in the process.

For example, news media organizations in Pennsylvania are faced with a new challenge as police and other emergency responders switch to encrypted digital technology.

Encryption blocks access to information, preventing the media and public from hearing what's taking place.

It also allows responders to operate with more privacy.

Monday, December 29, 2014

What would prompt someone to rush into a burning building to rescue someone stranded or to shield a person from a gunman's bullets?

Andrew Carnegie, the Pittsburgh steel magnate, was intrigued by stories of heroism, especially after a miner and an engineer died trying to rescue others after a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Although known as "Silent Cal" because of his reputation as a quiet man, Calvin Coolidge is known in history for restoring public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor's administration.

It's true Coolidge was a man of few words and was aware of his stiff reputation.

He once told actress Ethel Barrymore, "I think the American people want a solemn ass as a president, and I think I will go along with them."

He once wrote, "The words of a president have an enormous weight, and ought not to be used indiscriminately."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

There's been a lot in the news about glitches in our education system.

You've probably read that some schools don't meet state testing expectations.

Once in a while a teacher gets in trouble with the law for doing something unprofessional,

The newfangled Common Core teaching system is controversial.

Some districts have labor disputes.

Overall though, most teachers are doing a darn good job and really care about their students.

Monday, December 22, 2014

You'd think that anyone with a basic knowledge of those tough Old Testament retribution stories we learned about in Sunday school would think twice before stealing from a backyard creche or a church during Christmas season.

But thieves will stop at nothing these days, and police have been especially busy again this holiday season investigating "kidnappings" of the baby Jesus. Of the figurines being stolen, it is the most popular target of thieves.

Friday, December 19, 2014

This is the time of season that inspires the best, and unfortunately exposes the worst in our fellow man.

Recent stories about people paying off bills for others in store checkout lines provided some feel-good moments. Other charitable souls, who chose to remain anonymous, made their acts of giving on a larger scale.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Burglaries occur year-round, and they're common even around Christmas.

Recently, Franklin Township Police reported eight burglaries in just one area of the municipality.

They're happening in Lansford.

In fact, whether police report them to the media or not, they're happening all over the place.

The burglaries aren't just happening in the dark of night. Both Franklin and Lansford police tell us they're being done in broad daylight.

It's important you take whatever steps you can from becoming a victim. When a burglary occurs, you not only lose valuables.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advertisers know that in our hero-worshipping society, it's image that sells.

Too many times, however, it's the jet-setting dudes who are idolized and get the endorsements. Joe Namath was one of the first to cultivate that with his Broadway Joe persona.

In our lifetime, we've seen bad boy athletes like Brian Bosworth and Dennis Rodman ride their outrageous acts to the bank. Currently, Johnny Manziel is the latest noncomformist character to cash in.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Once again, it appears a ruthless killer is on the loose not too far from home.

Police say Bradley William Stone, 35, Pennsburg, is the suspect in the killing of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and niece.

The pre-dawn Monday shooting spree brought out SWAT teams to otherwise quiet, rural towns below the Lehigh Valley and had people locking their doors and staying inside.

Bodies were found in homes in Souderton, Lansdale and Harleysville and Stone is on the lam.

Monday, December 15, 2014

As a pro basketball player, Charles Barkley was the type of star athlete who fans quickly learned to love or hate.