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PSU students mock VT tragedy on Facebook

Sat, 08 Dec 2007 14:45:47 UTC

2007-12-08T17:45:56Z

Two Penn State students incurred the rage of many when they posted Halloween pictures mocking Virginia Tech's shooting victims on Facebook. This comes only eight months after Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on VT's campus. At least one of the photos was publicly available for viewing, and both showed costumes detailed with VT t-shirts and... Two Penn State students incurred the rage of many when they posted Halloween pictures mocking Virginia Tech's shooting victims on Facebook. This comes only eight months after Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on VT's campus. At least one of the photos was publicly available for viewing, and both showed costumes detailed with VT t-shirts and fake gunshot wounds. Virginia Tech and Penn State students alike are appalled at the actions of the students. The Daily Collegian Online posted running back Evan Royster's reaction to the photos: Penn State football player Evan Royster said he feels the same anger. He knew two of the shooting victims from his Chantilly, Va. high school -- also attended by Cho -- and played below the maroon-and-orange "VT Section" students organized for the Blue and White football game last year. "It just kind of makes me mad," the running back said. "I don't get why somebody would make a mockery out of something like this." Virginia Tech students have created a Facebook group against the pictures in retaliation. Unfortunately, it does seem in an interview with one of the costumed students that there is little remorse being felt for his actions, as WSLS captured: "This is a group of college students who now think it's trendy to be upset about their friends being killed," one of the two Penn State students who wore the costume said. "I don't know what they teach people in Virginia Tech, but at Penn State we don't learn to threaten people with murder to teach them that murdering is wrong." Penn State University does maintain that these students were probably at an off-campus function and that their actions most certainly do not represent the views of the entire university. WSLS quotes Penn State officials as saying: "The fact that one of these individuals is actually from Virginia, makes it even more difficult to understand. Just because something is within the bounds of the Constitution and free speech, does not mean it should be undertaken. We certainly condemn these ugly and senseless actions. Most Penn Staters are as offended by this as anyone from Virginia Tech would be-- and rightfully so. These two people do not represent 90,000 Penn State students. They represent themselves." The photos - which may be graphic for some - may be viewed here and here. (Drudge Report) For more information: The Daily Collegian: Va. Tech mockery incites anger WSLS: Students Dress as VT Victims, Cause Outrage WSLS video report: VT Reaction to the costumes Phone interview with one of the two students in the photos Wikipedia: Virginia Tech massacre Post your reactions below. [...]



Rapping 'G-Hog' targets teens with health-care message

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 18:21:36 UTC

2007-11-07T18:54:37Z

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Monica Yant Kinney has stumbled upon one of the more interesting ad campaigns in Pennsylvania. I'm talking about the Department of Labor and Industry promoting Health Careers Week (Nov. 5-9) with an Internet video of a costumed creature named G-Hog rapping about medical transcription, physical therapy and nursing. The video has all the makings of an Internet...

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Monica Yant Kinney has stumbled upon one of the more interesting ad campaigns in Pennsylvania.

I'm talking about the Department of Labor and Industry promoting Health Careers Week (Nov. 5-9) with an Internet video of a costumed creature named G-Hog rapping about medical transcription, physical therapy and nursing.

The video has all the makings of an Internet sensation, including a rapping groundhog, a crew of backup dancers and even an appearance by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (well, it's more of a cardboard cut-out or as Kinney calls it, an "animatronic cameo").

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When Kinney wrote her column, 21 users had clicked the video on YouTube. At 1:30 p.m. that number was up to 215.

A waste of $4,157 in taxpayer money or is it "so-bad-it's-almost-good?" You decide.

Read the full column at philly.com.




Judge strikes down Hazleton's illegal immigrant law

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 17:39:12 UTC

2007-07-26T17:45:17Z

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants, ruling unconstitutional a law that has been emulated by towns and cities around the nation. The Illegal Immigration Relief Act, pushed by the city's Republican mayor last summer after two illegal immigrants were charged in a fatal shooting, was...

(image) Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants, ruling unconstitutional a law that has been emulated by towns and cities around the nation.

The Illegal Immigration Relief Act, pushed by the city's Republican mayor last summer after two illegal immigrants were charged in a fatal shooting, was voided by U.S. District Judge James Munley following a nine-day trial in March.

The decision will almost certainly be appealed by the city.

Hazleton had sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. A companion measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

Mayor Lou Barletta, chief proponent of the crackdown, contends illegal immigrants have brought drugs, crime and gangs to the city of more than 30,000, overwhelming police, schools and hospitals.

Hispanic groups and illegal immigrants sued in federal court to overturn the measures, saying they usurp the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration, deprive residents of their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process, and violate state and federal housing law.

Hazleton's act was copied by dozens of municipalities around the nation that believe the federal government hasn't done enough to stop illegal immigration. Munley's ruling does not affect those measures.

Hispanic immigrants began settling in large numbers in Hazleton several years ago, lured from New York, Philadelphia and other cities by cheap housing, low crime and the availability of work in nearby factories and farms. The city, situated 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia, estimates its population increased by more than 10,000 between 2000 and 2006.

Testimony during the trial pegged the city's illegal immigrant population at between 1,500 and 3,400.

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On the Net:

ACLU of Pennsylvania

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

City of Hazleton Web site

Hazleton's legal defense site




Harrisburg schools hit new low

Wed, 30 May 2007 17:21:46 UTC

2007-05-30T19:28:59Z

Who's listed as the worst performer out of Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts? According to research by the Pittsburgh Business Times, it's the Harrisburg City School District coming in at No. 498. The Times uses its formula to rank every district in the state based on three years of PSSA (Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment) test scores. Also falling near...

Who's listed as the worst performer out of Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts?

According to research by the Pittsburgh Business Times, it's the Harrisburg City School District coming in at No. 498.

The Times uses its formula to rank every district in the state based on three years of PSSA (Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment) test scores.

Also falling near the bottom of the list were Steelton-Highspire School District at No. 491, Lancaster School District at No. 484 and Lebanon School District at No. 480.

The top midstate districts on the list were Camp Hill at No. 22 and Cumberland Valley at No. 24.

Find the complete list of 498 schools at the bottom of the Pittsburgh Business Times' article.

Thanks to havenboy in the Harrisburg forum for finding this link.




Talk back: Violence in schools

Wed, 23 May 2007 19:43:20 UTC

2007-05-30T17:46:33Z

After back to back "hit-list" incidents at Central Dauphin East and Swatara Middle School, both of which resulted in no harm to students, school violence has become a hot topic in the midstate. How should police and school officials handle these situations? The possibility of repercussions is far too great to ignore a threat in today's society. Is it better...

After back to back "hit-list" incidents at Central Dauphin East and Swatara Middle School, both of which resulted in no harm to students, school violence has become a hot topic in the midstate.

How should police and school officials handle these situations? The possibility of repercussions is far too great to ignore a threat in today's society. Is it better safe than sorry? How should the media, students, parents and others react? Add your comments below.

bbarmstrong says...

I have 3 children in the CD East and 1 in the Swatara Middle, I am outraged of how the school handled these two situations. First, if there are threats in the school, why on earth lock them down inside the building, they need to come up with a plan for various types of threats and how to handle them.
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eastgolf1 says...

i am a student at east and the middle school kids are doing an immitation to try and get out of school early. The admin. did the right thing my making them stay and not rewarding them for their stupidity.

caring4u says...

This really needs to be addressed properly and the kids involved deserve the harshest punishment. After all we went through yesterday to hear this was very hard. Something needs to be done NOW! This can not keep going on. School officials need to be more worried about the student body that attends there school district. I am OUTRAGED that now twice in two days this has happened. The only way to keep this from happening again is to punish the ones involved to the fullest to show that this is NOT a game! Read the rest of this comment



Looking for live election updates?

Tue, 15 May 2007 12:50:29 UTC

2007-05-15T12:52:16Z

For updates all day long from The Patriot-News, go to the Election News Blog. Also be sure to visit the Elections home page on PennLive.com.

For updates all day long from The Patriot-News, go to the Election News Blog.

Also be sure to visit the Elections home page on PennLive.com.




Candidates: Dickinson Township Supervisor

Mon, 07 May 2007 13:54:49 UTC

2007-05-10T13:49:35Z

Louise Keckler (R) Allyn Perkins (R) Add your comments below!

Louise Keckler (R)

Allyn Perkins (R)


Add your comments below!




Need information on your local election?

Tue, 01 May 2007 13:38:25 UTC

2007-05-01T14:06:25Z

Simply click on your township or city under 'Categories' on the left side of the screen to see voting information on the tightest races in your area. Don't see your local election info? Dauphin County residents can visit the county Web site for a full list (pdf) of candidates.

Simply click on your township or city under 'Categories' on the left side of the screen to see voting information on the tightest races in your area.

Don't see your local election info? Dauphin County residents can visit the county Web site for a full list (pdf) of candidates.




Harrisburg City Council interviews

Tue, 01 May 2007 13:21:19 UTC

2007-05-01T14:34:56Z

There have been many debates this spring, but few times for the public to ask questions to candidates running for office. The Harrisburg forum has been flooded with questions and concerns, many of which have gone unanswered. In March, PennLive.com invited the public to supply questions and topics they would like addressed before the May 15 primary. We then invited...

There have been many debates this spring, but few times for the public to ask questions to candidates running for office. The Harrisburg forum has been flooded with questions and concerns, many of which have gone unanswered.

In March, PennLive.com invited the public to supply questions and topics they would like addressed before the May 15 primary. We then invited each candidate for Harrisburg City Council to do an interview.

More than a month later, two candidates, Kia Hansard and incumbent Gloria Martin-Roberts, have come forward to answer your questions. Their interview segements, each lasting between 20 and 30 minutes, are available below.

I contacted Brad Koplinski through his Web site. Mr. Koplinski set up an interview but had to cancel for work reasons. Lee Bigelow also set up an interview, but failed to show up for his appointment. Both have not responded to further attempts to reschedule.

The invitation remains open to the remaining candidates. It is our wish to give each candidate an unlimited amount of time to share his/her views and answer questions submitted from the public.

To set up an interview, please e-mail lbaratta@pennlive.com.






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Kia L. Hansard (D)

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Gloria Martin-Roberts (D)


For even more information, you can visit these candidates' Web sites:

Gloria Martin-Roberts | Kia Hansard | Brad Koplinski

Susan Brown Wilson (Coming soon!)


Know of another Web site related to the Harrisburg City Council election? Post it below!




Answers from candidate Gloria Martin-Roberts

Tue, 01 May 2007 13:18:33 UTC

2007-05-01T13:20:20Z

Councilwoman Gloria Martin-Roberts sits down with PennLive.com to answer questions from forum users and e-mails.

Councilwoman Gloria Martin-Roberts sits down with PennLive.com to answer questions from forum users and e-mails.

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Answers from candidate Kia Hansard

Tue, 01 May 2007 13:16:07 UTC

2007-05-01T13:20:42Z

Kia Hansard sits down with PennLive.com to answer questions from forum users and e-mails.

Kia Hansard sits down with PennLive.com to answer questions from forum users and e-mails.

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What's the No. 1 issue?

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:44:08 UTC

2007-04-20T13:47:25Z

Residents of Harrisburg: Council candidates have spoken at numerous debates over the past month. Each has shared views on the major issues facing Harrisburg. But as a voter and city resident, which one ranks number one for you? What's the No. 1 issue facing Harrisburg?* Eugenia Smith: Incinerator/Budget Pat Stringer: Crime Susan Brown Wilson: Budget Lee Bigelow: People leaving the...

Residents of Harrisburg: Council candidates have spoken at numerous debates over the past month. Each has shared views on the major issues facing Harrisburg.

But as a voter and city resident, which one ranks number one for you?

What's the No. 1 issue facing Harrisburg?*
Eugenia Smith: Incinerator/Budget
Pat Stringer: Crime
Susan Brown Wilson: Budget
Lee Bigelow: People leaving the city
Calobe Jackson Jr: Incinerator
Brad Koplinski: Relationship between council and administration
Kia Hansard: Fiscal responsibility
Gloria Martin-Roberts: Fiscal accountability

Who do you agree with? Is there another more-pressing issue? Add your comments below!

*Information from MAC candidates' debate, March 13, 2007




Candidates: Washington Township Supervisor

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:12:38 UTC

2007-03-28T17:14:21Z

Vote for ONE Todd C. RUPP (R) 3930 Rt. 209 Elizabethville, PA 17023 Dewey E. WILBERT (R) 4018 Rt. 209 Elizabethville, PA 17023

Vote for ONE

Todd C. RUPP (R)
3930 Rt. 209
Elizabethville, PA 17023

Dewey E. WILBERT (R)
4018 Rt. 209
Elizabethville, PA 17023




Candidates: Susquehanna Township School Director

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:08:40 UTC

2007-03-28T17:11:34Z

Vote for no more than FIVE Robert T. ADAMS (D, R) 2344 Thornton Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17109 Michael S. FERGUSON (D, R) 3811 Kramer St. Harrisburg, PA 17109 Daniel K. FULLER (D, R) 105 Laurel Glen Ct. Harrisburg, PA 17110 Patricia GARCIA (D, R) 4533 Laurel Wood Dr. Harrisburg, PA 17110 Nick G. GEKAS (R) 3418 Canby St. Harrisburg, PA...

Vote for no more than FIVE

Robert T. ADAMS (D, R)
2344 Thornton Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Michael S. FERGUSON (D, R)
3811 Kramer St.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Daniel K. FULLER (D, R)
105 Laurel Glen Ct.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Patricia GARCIA (D, R)
4533 Laurel Wood Dr.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Nick G. GEKAS (R)
3418 Canby St.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Kevin R. HELM (D, R)
4505 Fargreen Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Ray E. LANDIS (D, R)
4625 Laurel Ridge Dr.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Peter J. SAKOL (D, R)
4212 Jonathan Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Ari D. WEITZMAN (D, R)
4531 Deer Path Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17110




Candidates: Susquehanna Township Commissioner

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:02:53 UTC

2007-03-28T17:07:58Z

The following candidates are running for Susquehanna Township Commissioner.

The following candidates are running for Susquehanna Township Commissioner.

1st Ward: Vote for ONE

Ira SHAPIRO (D)
4006 Green St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

3rd Ward: Vote for ONE

David L. PUGH (D)
2008 Daybreak Circle
Harrisburg, PA 17110


5th Ward: Vote for ONE

Gregory M. PETERS (D)
3118 Earle St.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Jacquelyn PATTON (R)
213 S. 31st St.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

7th Ward: Vote for ONE

Donald STEINMEIER (D)
301 (A-1) N. Progress Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Fred ENGLE (R)
3200 Crest Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

9th Ward: Vote for ONE

Ann FEENEY-McGOVERN (D)
2701 Gateway Ct.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Travis WATERS (D)
3115 Braeburn Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Anthony G. STEELE (R)
2029 Bonita Ct.
Harrisburg, PA 17110