Harrisburg: The lottery’s sordid past helps cement its pristine future

If you’re a longtime Pennsylvania resident, you might remember the great lottery fix of 1980, called the “triple six fix”. Though this scandal cast doubt on the lottery at the time, it actually contributed to the present day security procedures in place today.

Allentown: Transforming a downtown with private security

Lehigh Valley Health Network, which employs and trains thousands in downtown Allentown, has invested in around-the-clock security guards, many unarmed, to ensure the safety of its crew. This might be a draw for those concerned about safety in city life.

Erie: Turning evil to good

Nearly 400 people marched down the streets of Erie last night in silence. The event, titled “All Lives Matter,” was organized after the tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C.

Pittsburgh: We’re watching you

If you’ve ever wondered at the benefits of using your Giant Eagle rewards card to save $0.15 on a bag of potato chips, maybe it’s because you weren’t the one getting the rewards. In addition to food savings and gas perks, rewards cards provide a plethora of information to companies about your buying habits.


Not sure who you are? Facebook will tell you

Facebook wants you to be yourself, share photos of your baby and express your political view. But recently the company has started cracking down on users who try and reserve some anonymity by suspending accounts when the user’s name doesn’t seem authentic. Facebook requires users to upload birth certificates, driver’s licenses and monthly bills in order to re-instate their profiles.

This land is your land, this land is my land

Mineral rights have long been a sticky issue, especially with the rise of shale gas drilling. How the land above is partitioned and how the land below is partitioned do not always line up. In West Virginia, shale gas companies have taken to suing land owners who refuse to sign over their partial mineral rights. 

Baltimore’s new approach to public health

Baltimore has a new health commissioner with some interesting ideas on how to reform the city. But will it be enough?


Human experiments

The Nazis weren’t the only ones doing race experiments during WWII. The U.S. experimented on its own soldiers, and some of them are still alive to tell the tales.

Clinton’s campaign logo deemed a winner

Politics aside, Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo is a design winner.

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