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"Oh, like the Billy Joel song!" I have heard these words a thousand times. Everyone from Allentown has. Allentown, Pennsylvania and Bethlehem--its companion city--are steel towns. They are towns responsible for the backbone of the United States. In the era when the words "steel town" evoked images of economic boom and not a bleak Bruce Springsteen song, Allentown was one of the wealthiest cities in the country. But as the industrial revolution faded, so...
Last October, a few months shy of the 30th birthday, I moved back to the area where I was born, grew up, and attended college. Pennsylvania’s Centre County, as the name would suggest, is in the dead middle of the state, roughly equidistant from both Pittsburgh to the west and Philadelphia to the east. It’s most famously the home of the Pennsylvania State University (my alma mater), who I’ve worked for instructing online classes...
Courtesy zazzle.com Look, we're not trying to tell you what to do with your lives, but we have to talk: It's time to tighten your belts and quit the Newtown Creek seafood habit. A new state study from the Department of Health (DOH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) suggests that eating things caught from a Superfund site waterway might not be the best idea—that means no more Channel catfish, no more...
This stretch of E. 23rd St. won't be called Joseph Paterno Way A proposal to rename a street in Sheepshead Bay after Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who retired after one of his former assistants was indicted for raping children, was struck down by the local community board, Brooklyn Daily reports. Paterno grew up on E. 23rd Street between avenues S and T, but the board's chairperson said streets are only renamed after...

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