AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA
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HARRISBURG — With Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s second term effectively underway, perhaps the biggest question in Pennsylvania’s Capitol is not how Wolf will govern, but how Republicans who still control the Legislature will re-emerge after suffering losses in the Nov. 6 election. By Marc Levy. SENT: About 660 words.
With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map, in Pennsylvania, was redrawn. The other, in North Carolina, was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in the two states provide a case study on the consequences of partisan gerrymandering. A similar dynamic unfolded for state legislative districts in Michigan and Wisconsin. By David A. Lieb. SENT: About 1400 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state. Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik, a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village more than a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) from the state capital of Juneau. By Rachel D’Oro. SENT: About 710 words.
EXCHANGE-FORGOTTEN PHILADELPHIA STREET GAMES
PHILADELPHIA — Len Davidson is a sucker for lost causes. That might explain why he’s best known as Philadelphia’s chief neon preservationist, the long-suffering champion of a museum that, after decades of work, flickered into existence in pop-up form last year. So no wonder, then, that one of his current obsessions is reviving the nearly extinct game of deadbox — an overly complicated pastime involving the tossing of bottle caps onto a chalked grid in a particular order, or, in Davidson’s vision, on a vinyl game board rolled out in homes and driveways across the region. It’s a quixotic vision, this deadbox revival. But it speaks to something baked deep into this city’s social history. “It was almost a universal thing in Philadelphia,” said Davidson, 71. “I feel bad for new people moving to Philadelphia who don’t know a lot of these traditions. They know about the Mummers Parade or the light show at Wanamakers. But the day-to-day community in Philadelphia evolved around street games and hanging out on rowhouse streets.” Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
EXCHANGE-COAL TOWN STRUGGLES
NANTY GLO — Once a booming coal-mining epicenter, Nanty Glo is now quiet, the silence broken occasionally by the snap of an American flag on a front porch or the creak of a barren playground swing. The Pennsylvania Railroad trains that once rumbled through town are gone. Now motorists driving through on state Route 271 pass a Rite Aid and Shop ’n Save before hitting the town’s main intersection where residents sometimes linger at the fire station or hardware store. There’s little to prompt visitors to stop, except maybe Al’s and Marlene’s, the locally renowned pizza shops. “This is basically a depressed area,” said Janet Louise Llewellyn, assistant librarian at the Nanty Glo Library. “We’ve lost steel and coal, which were two of the major employers around here.” Nanty Glo, which means “streams of coal” in Welsh, has suffered economically like many of the communities around Johnstown, which is 12 miles to its south. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountain range, Nanty Glo has a population of about 2,500 — only 40 percent of what it was in 1940. Minju Park, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
EXCHANGE-SCHOOLS DEALING WITH TRAUMA
EASTON — Broughal Middle School Principal Rick Amato recently encountered a student wearing his jacket inside the school building. That’s a violation of the school rules. Three years ago, Amato might have taken a hard line with the boy, demanding he take the coat off. But that was before Amato knew what trauma -- exposure to abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, drug abuse or mental health issues -- does to a child’s brain. Now, Amato knows that when a child experiences trauma it causes the child’s stress hormones to rise, literally turning off the part of the brain that facilitates learning. This knowledge has led to a school-wide culture transformation at the Bethlehem school as Broughal became the first school in the region to integrate trauma-informed practices. Sara K. Satullo, The (Easton-Express-Times.
EXCHANGE-WWI THROUGH AMERICAN EYES
CHAMBERSBURG — The War to End All Wars ended a century ago. The brash Americans through sheer numbers and individual heroics ended the stalemate of World War I trench warfare in western Europe. “We got there in the nick of time to stave off the attack,” said retired Col. Doug Mastriano, a retired military historian living in Fayetteville. “Even British historians will admit the war could not have been won without the Americans.” The Russians quit the war in 1917 and freed up a million German troops to leave the Eastern Front to fight the French and British. The U.S. entered the war in April 1917. Communities across the U.S. answered President Woodrow Wilson’s call to make the world safe for democracy. Franklin County lost 91 people, including six nurses. More than 160 county residents died of the Spanish flu, which the war had bred. Jim Hook, Chambersburg Public Opinion.
EXCHANGE-DRY LAKE’S REBIRTH
MEADVILLE — If it takes seven minutes to fill an 80-gallon tub with just the cold tap open and eight minutes with just the hot tap open, how long will it take to fill a 562-acre reservoir with the skies open periodically — and if nearby residents run hoses from their backyards to the lake, will that make a difference? It’s a question that will soon move from the dark world of algebra-inspired nightmares into reality. The $9 million rehabilitation of the two dams that form the Tamarack Lake is nearing completion with nearly all of the work expected to be completed by the January deadline for the grant money that is funding the project, according to Mike Parker, communications director for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which oversees the lake. “We know people have been waiting a long time,” Parker said. Mike Crowley, Meadville Tribune.
COURTHOUSE-GUN — A western Pennsylvania man is facing additional weapons counts after authorities say he was caught trying to enter the county courthouse for a hearing with a gun.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets return home after a lengthy road trip to face the 76ers. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.
OTTAWA — The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Ottawa Senators.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Pittsburgh looks to clinch its first ACC Championship Game berth when the Panthers visit Wake Forest. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from noon start.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh tries to stay unbeaten on Saturday when the Panthers host North Alabama. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
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