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BC-PA--Exchange, Advisory, PA

February 12, 2019

Here are the stories for this week’s Pennsylvania Member Exchange package. If you have any questions, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133.

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania.

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LANCASTER _ Forty years after the worst nuclear plant accident in U.S. history, the fight to save that facility — and potentially Pennsylvania’s entire nuclear future — is about to pick up steam in the state Capitol. Three Mile Island, still infamous for its partial meltdown in March 1979, is scheduled to begin shutting down in September. Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Beaver County is planned to close in 2021. And in an electric market that pits aging and expensive nuclear plants against cheaper and less labor-intense natural gas, some say Pennsylvania’s three other nuclear plants won’t be far behind. The timeline for lawmakers to intervene — preventing what advocates say would be a devastating loss for the environment, grid reliability and the economy — is unforgiving. Sam Janesch, LNP newspaper.


PITTSBURGH _ Pittsburgh police Officer William P. Mullen didn’t have to wait long for the adrenaline rush of being a cop. Only five minutes into his first shift ever, Officer Mullen and his partner were driving an ambulance when they spotted a man stabbing two others right in front of them on Brighton Road on the North Side. “I jump out and start chasing him. I’m yelling, ‘Stop or I’ll shoot. Stop or I’ll shoot!’ My partner’s screaming, ‘Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! Come back!’ The officers tended to the victims, who survived and gave them the name of their attacker, a juvenile. An hour or so later, the freshly minted rookie had his first arrest. His 50 years in law enforcement have included car chases and gun battles, undercover drug buys and grisly homicides, bad guys and worse, dumb crooks and diligent detectives. Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


PHILADELPHIA _ Floyd Williams, soon to be 82, has no plans to stop roller skating. Neither does one-time roller derby competitor Zia Hiltey, 34. The two, both of West Philadelphia, dance hand-in-hand when they cross paths on skates Tuesday night at the Holiday Skating & Fun Center in Delanco. They’re at the Burlington County rink for the live organ music played for the past 22 years by business executive Ralph Brown, and, most of all, for the thrill of the skate. On any given day in the Philadelphia region, home to at least 11 thriving roller rinks, children of all ages, their parents, and grandparents are lacing up and rolling onto hardwood floors for a perennial pastime. The roller skating revival draws together folks of diverse ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds for hours of fun on wheels. For some, it’s a welcome throwback. Barbara Boyer, The Philadelphia Inquirer.


CARLISLE _ On any given day, dozens of children ages 14-17 are housed in adult jails in counties across Pennsylvania while facing charges in adult court. Most will see their cases dismissed or moved to juvenile proceedings, but not before they spend weeks, months or even years locked up with adults, according to a review of court records conducted by The Sentinel. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 33, which requires people between the ages of 15 and 17 charged with felonies such as robbery or aggravated assault to be charged in adult court in some circumstances, for example use of a weapon. Before, criminal homicide was the only charge ranking above infractions like traffic tickets that automatically pulled people younger than 18 into adult court. Joshua Vaughn The (Carlisle) Sentinel.


YORK _ As Ralph Wagner hops in his truck at daybreak on a Saturday morning to check his animal traps, memories of four decades of trapping rush through his head. “When my boys were younger, I got to be outside with them around 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning, checking our traps,” Wagner said. “Whether we caught anything or not, it was good quality time with my boys. There was no TV or interruptions. It was just me and them being able to talk, and that’s time you’ll always value as a parent.” Trapping is Wagner’s passion, but it was also a tool he used to raise his two sons. If you’re a 10- or 11-year-old kid and you’re checking traps almost every day before school, you learn discipline,” he said. “And if you don’t do well in school, then you don’t get to go trapping with Dad. It’s that simple – and it worked.” John Buffone, York Daily Record.

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