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One year after an investigating grand jury gave Pennsylvania legislators all the evidence they needed to update laws on child sexual abuse — in fact, Pennsylvania’s groundbreaking work led to reforms in other states, including New Jersey — the response in Harrisburg has been little more than…

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Thought: Patience uses wisdom, it stops, reviews the circumstances and proceeds cautiously, but anger pours fuel on the fire, over and over.

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There are many events like January’s annual March for Life that the national media refuses to cover. Another similar event that is scheduled for next weekend is the second “National Day of Mourning” that will memorialize the murder of 20 million aborted black babies.

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The Hunt’ has hit a shunt and count me among the deeply disappointed. The Hollywood Reporter informs us, “Universal has decided to scrap the release of ‘The Hunt’ — an R-rated satire in which elites hunt “deplorables” for sport — following a series of mass shootings across the country.”

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Thought: Patience uses wisdom, it stops, reviews the circumstances and proceeds cautiously, but anger pours fuel on the fire, over and over.

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He spins like a top, President Donald Trump does. He can get you going one minute, disappoint you the next and leave you wondering whether, in three more minutes, it will be tears or cheers that ultimately await the nation.

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It seems that nearly every week during summer there is news of a tragedy or near-tragedy resulting from children being left alone in hot cars.

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This special lady is turning 80 years old today, August 22. Bertha (Mihalko) Barefoot, who lives in Alum Bank, was born in Windber. She married Nathan R. Barefoot on Oct. 3, 1959. He went on to Heaven on July 4, 2005. She has four children who love her dearly — Kimberly (Daniel), Rick (Brend…

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LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration’s move to postpone the imposition of new tariffs on Chinese consumer goods until December comes as stiff tariffs the U.S. has already levied against China — on hundreds of billions of dollars of other commodities — don’t seem to be working. The go-it-al…

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Thought: Don’t live foolishly, walk always in the fear of God and keep far away from evil things.

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With the deployment of Chinese military police officers to Hong Kong’s outskirts, China seems increasingly likely to use its military to crush the rebellion. This would be a moral disgrace: one that the United States cannot accept, condone, or otherwise excuse. It would also be a mistake, be…

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PHILADELPHIA — On the stand Monday in the federal courthouse, Jeanmarie Perrone told a hushed crowd, minute by minute, what happens to the body during an opioid overdose.

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Eighty-four years ago Wednesday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law. He advised future generations to continue building on the program’s foundation, which he explained “represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but is by no means complete.”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Last week, Roman Catholic leaders all over the U.S. expressed collective shock and outrage at a new Pew Research study finding that the majority of Catholics — a whopping 69% — don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, a teaching central to the …

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Thought: The common bond of God’s people should always be to act in goodwill.

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People don’t go to the library only when they need to borrow a book. Sometimes they go because they need a job or an apartment. Sometimes they just need to get warm.

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HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf took what he claimed is the first step toward curbing gun violence in Pennsylvania by signing an executive order early Friday that, essentially, orders state agencies under his control to develop abatement programs.

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Thought: Do not keep company with foolish people, for they have no knowledge or good to offer.

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The Trump administration’s announcement that it would break with convention in how it interpreted the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to include an evaluation of the economic effects of proposed mitigation efforts was widely — and appropriately — decried by environmental groups. They noted that…

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Took away our native tongue/And taught their English to our young...” — from “Indian Reservation,” by John D. Loudermilk.

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At the dawn of the 2018 football season, no one who broadcasts, reports on, or scouts at the high school level expected the Shamokin Indians to reach the semi-finals of the District 4 Class AAA playoffs.

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This pretty little girl is Sandy Bender Hershberger in 1956. Today, Aug. 14, she celebrates her 64th birthday. The photo was submitted by her mother, JoAnn.

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Thought: The company you keep will determine your destiny.

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It took back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, with 31 people killed and more than 50 others wounded or injured, but some Republican members of Congress are finally coming around on gun control measures.

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As Ohio this fall joins the 17 other states that have raised the age for purchasing all tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21, parents and guardians need to bear in mind something pointed out by Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton.

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It’s been a week since 31 people were murdered in two mass shootings within 24 hours. Despite numerous differences between the two horrific incidents in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, there was a crucial common denominator: hysterical public reaction.

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Thought: Pride is the breeding ground for an argument, so if you have a problem with arguing, examine your heart and life for pride.

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Like many of our most depressing political debates these days, it began on Twitter. Yet the instigator this time was not President Donald Trump.

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This photo of Boyd and Kathleen Ickes was taken on their wedding day, Aug. 25, 1945. Both are deceased but they would have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Boyd would have celebrated his 91st birthday on Aug. 22. Cheryl Lynn and Connie Lynn, their daughters, submitted the photo.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — After last weekend’s tragic mass shooting in El Paso, Roman Catholic Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio lashed out at President Donald Trump.

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Bullet-resistant backpacks are now being sold in major retail stores. The idea is that when the next school shooter opens fire in the hallway, fleeing children who are shot in the back will have a better chance of surviving.

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For various reasons, my graduating class has seen two milestone anniversaries sail by without a class reunion materializing.

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Thought: If you are a promoter of peace, you will be filled with joy.

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When the founding fathers of our remarkable nation wrestled for an astoundingly brief period in 1787 to conceive and compose our Constitution as the outline of our government, they overcame mountainous disagreements to “invent” democracy as we now know it and even take it for granted.

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Temperatures were so oppressive during the heatwave that gripped much of the country recently that many people even found it difficult to breathe. Yet while humans can head for air-conditioned buildings, pools or beaches — or sit in front of a fan — to cool off, countless dogs were left chai…

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Thought: Diligent, hard-working people make use of their possessions while lazy people waste them away.

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The Dayton and El Paso shootings have spurred familiar calls for more gun control, and by all means let’s have a debate. But the focus should be on denying weapons to the potential killers rather than on gun laws that may be politically satisfying but won’t make much difference.

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HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said late Wednesday that he may call Pennsylvania’s General Assembly into a “special session” to deal with the issue of growing gun violence in Pennsylvania.

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These Shimer siblings are descendants of a Quaker woman, Margareta Blackburn, who married Dr. Harry A. Shimer, Bedford’s town doctor in the early Depression years of the 1920s and 1930s. Sally Shimer Coyle, shown in the photo, said she is proud of her Quaker heritage which is celebrated at t…

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Democratic presidential candidates have unanimously embraced the $15 federal minimum wage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw her support behind the wage hike that would more than double the current $7.25 rate. Pelosi claims that not only would the wage increase give Americans more money in th…

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The Bedford County Historical Society has received an inquiry from a woman in Germany looking to identify this photo of a young Bedford County boy who would have been in Germany in 1919 to 1920. If you can identify him, contact the society at 623-2011.