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Bills target domestic violence

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.

The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.

Bills target domestic violence

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.

The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.

Signs of heroin use

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Your son is behaving a bit oddly as of late. His grades are dropping, he's sleeping more than usual, he's become apathetic about sports and other activities he was once passionate about, and the money from his part-time job vanishes with astonishing speed, with nothing to show for it.

Straightening his room, you find the missing silver teaspoon, its bowl blackened from a flame held underneath.

A multicolored glass pipe turns up in his sock drawer and you find a small plastic bag coated with white powder between the mattress and box spring.

Heroin has many names, forms See related HEROIN stories on page A14

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

What, exactly, is heroin?

Heroin is known on the street as black tar, H, horse, junk, chiva, hell dust, thunder skag or smack. The federal government classifies heroin as a schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning it has no legal use.

It can be in the form of a white or brown powder, or a black, tarry goo. Derived from morphine, extracted from the seeds of the Asian poppy plant, heroin can be ingested by mixing it with water, heating it and injecting it. Or it can be snorted or smoked.

Heroin's effects

Heroin: A growing epidemic

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Heroin use is hitting an all-time high in the United States.

Between 2007 and 2012, the numbers of people using the drug each year rose from 373,000 to 669,000, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

America's addiction to heroin and other opioids has reached tsunami proportions, experts say. And overdose deaths are riding the crest of that wave.

Watch your speed in E-Z Pass lane

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike's electronic toll transponder, or E-ZPass, allows drivers to pay without stopping to hand a collector change.

But not so fast: The Turnpike Commission wants people to remember the speed limit for E-ZPass lanes is 5 mph.

Turnpike Commission spokesman Carl DeFebo says safety is the driving force behind the commission's decision to install more speed limit and pedestrian crossing signs and digital signs showing drivers how fast they are going through E-ZPass lanes.

Refusals blamed for measles outbreak

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

While the vast majority of parents in the United States have their children inoculated against measles, a small but growing number are saying no to vaccines.

Those who refuse the immunization cite concerns about the vaccines causing illness, allergic reactions or neurological problems.

Government agencies and most doctors, however, say the risk is minimal, and is overshadowed by the risks of contracting the disease.

To vax or not to vax Refusals blamed for measles outbreak

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Liz Pinkey and husband Stephen Behun III's decision to vaccinate their three children had its roots in a teacher's remark and babies' headstones.

Pinkey once wrote a paper on childhood diseases her teacher said would educate her classmates about illnesses they had never heard of, like measles, mumps, pertussis and diphtheria.

Pinkey knew about them, from reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories of the old days. Later, classes in immunology and virology prompted her to earn a degree in biology.