Monthly Archives: January 2009

“SARP Chief John Baujan said it would cost [Middle Smithfield] township about $1.64 million…”

Editorial /

Middle Smithfield faces reality of police need

January 31, 2009

The need for a dedicated police presence in fast-growing Middle Smithfield Township should be readily apparently. Less clear is whether taxpayers are better served by a Stroud Area Regional Police proposal to extend service to Middle Smithfield, or if the township should pursue other options. Continue reading

“The 29th District, in addition to Schuylkill, also includes parts of Monroe, Carbon, Lehigh, Berks and Northampton counties.”

29th District gearing up for special March vote


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:11 AM EST

It will be an election with only one race on the ballot. Continue reading

“…state spending increased by 39 percent since Rendell’s first term began.”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Rendell may cut payroll by 2,000

By Brad Bumsted

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

HARRISBURG — The state work force might be reduced by 2,000 employees in an effort to balance a worsening budget crisis, Gov. Ed Rendell’s spokesman said Tuesday. Continue reading

Bailout for Pennsylvania’s largest newspaper?

Possible ‘Inquirer’ Bailout Draws Ire

Elected Officials, Media Watchdog Groups React With Consternation

By Chris Freind, The Bulletin

Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009

On Dec. 29, the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News wrote a column titled “Papers Matter More Than Ever.”   Continue reading

“Ciavarella and Conahan concealed their receipt of more than $2.6 million between January 2003 and April 2007.”

Ciavarella, Conahan plead guilty; will serve 87 months in prison

By Michael R. Sisak and Michael P. Buffer

Staff Writers /

Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 4:13 PM EST

SCRANTON – Federal prosecutors have charged Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Senior Judge Michael T. Conahan with fraud and income tax conspiracy for allegedly collecting more than $2 million in payments to facilitate the development of a juvenile detention facility in Pittston Township. Continue reading

“Since 2002, 65 municipalities have turned over police coverage to the state police.”

Towns cut back, cut out police budgets


Sunday January 25, 2009, 11:44 PM

Homicide and attempted-homicide investigations are no longer a concern for Sunbury’s 12-member police department. Continue reading

“…30 arson incidents between 2008 and today.”

State of Emergency declared in Coatesville under wave or arson fires

Monday, January 26, 2009 9:08 AM EST

By Jennifer Miller, Special to the Times

COATESVILLE — City officials declared a state of emergency Sunday morning after an intentionally set fire destroyed 15 city homes late Saturday night into Sunday morning leaving dozens of people homeless, including a city official. Continue reading

“…Gov. Ed Rendell… tends to blow up at the media when he is trying to defend something that is indefensible.”

Rendell’s stinky cronyism

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG / Sunday, January 25, 2009

A longtime observer of Gov. Ed Rendell says that he tends to blow up at the media when he is trying to defend something that is indefensible. Rendell’s decision to give former Democrat Rep. Dan Surra a $95,000 state job was indefensible. Continue reading

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