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Jersey Shore approves budget; taxes stay level

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JERSEY SHORE — For the third year in a row, Jersey Shore residents will see no increase in their tax rate as borough council passed the final 2019 budget Monday night through a unanimous vote. According to Joseph Hamm, borough manager, the tax rate will remain at 7.966 mills for the ...

Apartment building fire controlled; dozens displaced

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fire department officials say a large-scale fire at a Philadelphia apartment building has been brought under control. Nearly 200 firefighters have spent more than six hours battling the blaze that caused the building’s roof to collapse. The blaze was reported shortly ...

Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative ...

Drawing a contrast

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President George H.W. Bush: Honesty-Integrity-Dignity – Suma Cum Laude President Donald J. Trump: Honesty-Integrity-Dignity – Flunked Out John Young Williamsport Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

Macron needs a dictionary

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Emmanuel Macron, the leader of France, has a lot of “Gaul.” The United States saved France from the Germans in World War II. Sure, Lafayette became friends with George Washington and helped us win our independence during the Revolutionary War, but what has France done for us lately? Oh, ...

A tale of 2 malls: Williamsport once was site of competing retail

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Despite Mayor Jessie L. Bloom’s hopes, her idea of building a mall in downtown Williamsport was on its last legs, according to a Sun-Gazette article published on Dec. 14, 1988. The headline “Mayor Still Confident Mall Project Downtown Will Become Reality” portrayed a much more ...

Terminated city police corporal reinstated, but as patrolman

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A veteran city police officer who was terminated by City Council earlier this year will start working again today, city police and city adminstration said Sunday. Eric Housknecht, a former city police corporal, will return as a patrolman. The decision is a result of a settlement reached ...

Cold and dry before rain moves in Friday

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A blustery start of the week will turn warmer and likely rainy by Friday and Saturday, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in State College said. Craig Evanego, meteorologist, said the main trend heading into the week is relatively quiet weather starting out a little chillier, ...

Immigration confusion

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There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding immigration to the US. The liberals and a few misguided libertarians can't differentiate between legal and illegal immigration. Lumping both groups together, they like to tell us that we're racists, haters, and un-Christian because of our ...

About the brownstone

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The fine exterior photo of the Heurich Mansion in Washington D.C. appearing in the Sunday edition shows the splendid use of Hummelstown brownstone in its construction. Hummelstown brownstone, Pennsylvania's premier brownstone, was sold from New York to Florida and as far west as Chicago and ...

Reckless driving

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Regarding traffic on West Fourth Street near Roosevelt School, cars go very fast and motorists don’t pay attention to what they are doing. My neighbor had a little dog who got out of the yard. Someone hit him and did not stop. Would you have stopped? I know I would. I don’t know how you ...

Drug epidemic changing family dynamics

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One of the benefits of being a grandparent, so it’s said, is you can spoil your grandchildren and then send them home to their parents. Unfortunately — for a growing number of grandparents — home for those children might be the second floor or extra bedroom of their own home due to ...

Local doctor remembers former president George H.W. Bush

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Dr. Grace Shu, of the U.S. Public Health Service Advisor and Chairman for Asian American Voters Coalition, smiles as she remembers her friend, President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday. “President Bush 41 was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” Shu said.  “At the same ...

City couple among grandparents raising grandchildren

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For grandparents Harry and Krista Rogers, stepping in to care for their grandson Aaiden was one stop on a journey that began years before when their daughter was kicked out of pre-school for her rebellious attitude. “Her behavior issues have been lifelong. In fact, I had a judge laugh at ...

Mayor: Hard look at services needed to spare taxpayers

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Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he must evaluate professional services to save money in the year ahead. Such services under microscope will be health insurance cooperative, insurance brokerage firms, consulting companies, legal advisers and construction management teams. “It has been a few ...

Councilwoman lauds workers’ dedication

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A veteran city councilwoman made it clear she is not upset with city employees, many of whom she said are tightening their fiscal belts on behalf of taxpayers. Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said those working at City Hall are putting their hearts and souls into their jobs. “We are the core, ...

Working while they wait, migrants seek jobs at US border

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TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Before dawn each morning, migrants slip away from a Tijuana shelter within sight of the U.S. border to head to jobs across this sprawling city. Moving solo or in pairs, they are easily recognized by their determined strides as people with someplace to be. By sunrise, ...

Goofy

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There was recently an article that said the right seeks a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. Please, don’t give the radical left-wing wackos anymore goofy ideas than they already have. The original U.S. Constitution was derived in part from the Articles of Confederation, the Magna ...

A stage magician

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A stage magician uses a technique called misdirection to facilitate many of his tricks. His right hand does something interesting and the audience watches it. Meanwhile, the left hand is doing the important work of the trick. That’s how the Trump administration and Republican legislature ...

Gun rights wisdom

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Our Founders sacrificed their honor, fortunes, and lives to provide Americans with a Constitution, a Bill of Rights which gave us our Second Amendment that reads the people, not the Militia, have a right to keep and bear arms "which shall not be infringed", for they understood only the threat ...