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Published: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:18:58 GMT


After thousands of bylines, a final column
The empty nest is vastly overrated. Turns out, teenagers, especially when they are yours, are rather fun to have around, and far better conversationalists than toddlers. They make a joyful racket.

Gray may describe station, but don't name it that
What's in a name? Apparently, millions. With such lucre, a medical school or theater would smell as sweet, possibly sweeter.

Another Philadelphia police scandal, right on schedule
Imagine if coworkers allegedly violated rules again and again, not over a year, but sometimes for more than a decade.

One toke over the line
State Sen. Daylin Leach, sponsor of separate bills to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, took a recent trip to the appropriately named Mile High City for a crash course on weed.

A big battle for Little League champs
Saturday proved brutal for the Taney Dragons, a 7-2 flat tire of a contest. The Dragons had not ceded a single game in the fiercely competitive district and sectional rounds, and now this loss. They were one win away from besting more than 300 teams and being crowned state champs.

Traffic Court verdict? It stinks
Time for another installment of Law & Order: Philly Ethics Division. (Queue "doink doink" sound of a cell door slamming.)

Toward a better list of great Pennsylvanians
Almost a century ago, a pair of clever British writers published a send-up of history-as-memory titled 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England, Comprising All the Parts You Can Remember, Including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings, and 2 Genuine Dates. Since then, I'm sorry to report, things have gone precipitously downhill.

Harrisburg borrows a page from Washington - for the worse
Harrisburg is finally getting ambitious. Legislators took a look at Washington and realized they could do better. And by better, I mean so much worse.

At Gesner St., pain of loss in fire burns on
The residents of Gesner Street gathered on the west-side stoop, nursing their beverages, and debated the meaning of community in the welcome shade of the July afternoon.

Send us your nominees for great Pennsylvanians
Ben Franklin is the best. He is a man of firsts for the state and the nation, and he's ours, despite his birth in Boston. Franklin is, by far, the most fun Founding Father, the revolutionary figure with whom you would most want to share that proverbial tankard of ale.