Historian: Proclamation Naming Pa. State Gun Gets Facts Wrong

A Maryland historian and author, who used to live in Berks County, fired off an angry letter to a Lancaster newspaper recently, and it ran Monday. Patrick Hornberger — a member of the Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Association, the Kentucky Rifle Association and the Arms and Armor Club — believes the recently signed proclamation naming the Pennsylvania long rifle the official state gun is riddled with errors.

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Pa. House Legislation Would Strip Welfare Benefits from Convicted Drug Dealers

Republican State Rep. Mike Regan, who lives in York County, has introduced legislation that would strip welfare benefits from those convicted of drug distribution.

House Bill 2413, which has 44 co-sponsors of both parties, was referred to the Health committee last week. Earlier this year, Regan sponsored a similar bill that stripped welfare benefits for convicted sex offenders on Megan’s Law registration lists. That bill passed the House unanimously, but the Senate has not taken action yet.

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2 Suspects in Carjacking, Fatal Crash Denied Bail

Jonathan Rosa, left, and Cornelius Crawford.

Jonathan Rosa, left, and Cornelius Crawford.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Rosa and 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford, the two men charged in the carjacking and crash that killed three children in Tioga last Friday, have been arraigned and denied bail.

The Friday morning incident, police say, occurred when the two suspects carjacked and sexually assaulted a real estate agent in North Philadelphia. Fleeing the scene, the two crashed her SUV into a family of four selling fruit on the street. Thomas Reed, 10; Keiearra Williams, 15; and Terrence Moore, 7, all died in the crash. Their mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, was critically injured. The carjacking victim and another woman selling fruit with the family, 69-year-old Thelma Brown, were also hurt.

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GAO: Fracking Could Threaten Clean Drinking Water

A new report from the Government Accountability Office suggests the federal Environmental Protection Agency has fallen somewhat short in its duties to ensure that  gas production in Pennsylvania — using the “fracking” process, particularly — leaves behinds safe, clean drinking water.

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Temple to Make SAT Scores Optional for Admission

“In an effort to cultivate talented students who don’t test well, Temple University says it will become the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional for admission,” the Inquirer reports. “Students who opt not to submit test scores will have to answer written questions designed to assess attributes such as leadership, self-awareness, goal-setting, determination, and ‘grit,’ Temple officials said.”

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William Penn Foundation’s New Leader Quits

Well, that was quick.

Peter Degnan, the managing director of the William Penn Foundation, has resigned his position just six months into the job. He had replaced Jeremy Nowak, who also left the foundation abruptly more than a year before that.

The foundation, in a news release, would say only that Degnan was leaving for “personal reasons” at the end of August. Laura Sparks, the foundation’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, is stepping up to the newly retitled role of “executive director” to replace Degnan.

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Carjacking Suspects Charged With Rape and Murder

Jonathan Rosa, left, and Cornelius Crawford.

Jonathan Rosa, left, and Cornelius Crawford.

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey, district attorney Seth Williams, homicide captain James Clark and deputy mayor Everett Gillison held a press conference at police headquarters in Philadelphia this afternoon to announce the latest in the carjacking and resulting auto accident last Friday that killed three children and left their mother in critical condition.

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