Pennsylvania needs to seize the exchange of pornographic emails between the state attorney general’s staff and a state Supreme Court justice as a teachable moment (“Pa. Supreme Court justice suspended,” Reading Eagle, Oct. 21).Sometimes sexual harassment is open and direct. Sometimes it is hinted. Always its message is that the victim’s job includes destructive, demeaning […]

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Lance Vaccaro was born with a warrior’s heart and a drive to never quit, his family said. It was those qualities, along with his smarts and strength, that helped get him into the Navy SEALs. He fought enemy troops and terrorists in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Chief Petty Officer Vaccaro’s life ended at 35 when […]

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Berks County commissioners are poised to eliminate the Agricultural Coordinator’s office, as part of a budget cutting process. Former state Rep. Sheila Miller, a Tulpehocken Township cattle farmer, has held the position since it was created by the commissioners in 2007. Miller’s chief role was to be an advocate for the county’s agricultural community and […]

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State lawmakers on Thursday afternoon approved the creation of a vastly expanded database of prescriptions taken by Pennsylvanians in the hopes that it would help curb abuse of prescription drugs and heroin.Gov. Tom Corbett has 10 days to sign the bill into law. A spokeswoman said he was likely to do so. The amended bill […]

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More than 100 supporters of Berks Women in Crisis, families of domestic violence victims, police and case workers marched from the nonprofit agency’s headquarters at 255 Chestnut St. to the Schmidt Training and Technology Center on the campus of Reading Area Community College for the 13th Annual Silent Witness program. Silent Witness is designed to […]

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When fruit grower Jim Richards met Mark “Coach” Smallwood at Richards’ apple orchard in Ruscombmanor Township on Thursday morning, the two just could not stop talking. That’s understandable. Both have the same interest: organic farming. “We do spray our apples and peaches,” Richards said as he showed Smallwood the apple trees on his 3-acre farm, […]

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Recently I had an amazing opportunity to interview State Sen. Judy Schwank, 63, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat. As you can imagine, I was very nervous, since it’s not every day I get to interview a senator. With an anxious feeling in my stomach that no amount of food would take away, I began to ask […]

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Sen. Judy Schwank spoke about pension reform and property tax reform during a recent Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce breakfast Sept. 19. “We do need to look at (pension reform) in Pennsylvania… We definitely need to do something about it,” said Schwank during her update about legislation to chamber members. “Anything worth doing is worth […]

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Reading residents could see new and higher taxes beginning next year, and the city could lose its Act 47 status in as little as three years. Those are some of the ramifications of a bill that would change the Act 47 program to aid distressed cities. The state Senate passed the bill with a unanimous […]

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Lives of heroin users will be saved if friends and others can call for emergency help without fear of prosecution, according to supporters of a bill that unanimously passed the state Senate on Wednesday. The measure, also known as the “Good Samaritan Bill,” moves to Gov. Tom Corbett, who is expected to sign it.The bill […]

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