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Falls officials: Spring court date likely in Elcon appeal – Bucks County Courier Times

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A hearing between Falls and Elcon Recycling Services likely will take place in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas this spring, a township official said this week.

The battle to build a controversial waste treatment facility in Falls isn’t over yet.

A hearing between Falls and Elcon Recycling Services likely will take place in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas this spring, a township official said this week.

The company filed an appeal last year after township supervisors voted in April to deny Elcon’s land development application.

The company sought to build a plant to…

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Guest Opinion: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s impeachment statement was as bad as his vote – Bucks County Courier Times

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Representative Brian Fitzpatrick’s recent statement regarding the rationale for his impeachment vote was insulting to all informed citizens. He claims that impeachment “should happen only after a formal law enforcement investigation where independent, non-partisan factual findings of criminal activity are presented to Congress.” Historically, according to the Congressional Research Service, Report No. R44260, “Impeachment and Removal,” less than one-third of the articles that the House has adopted have explicitly charged the violation of a criminal statute or used the…

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Like clockwork, new year means higher road tolls on Pa. turnpike | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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The first time he spoke to her, in 1943, by the Auschwitz crematory, David Wisnia realised that Helen Spitzer was no regular inmate. Zippi, as she was known, was clean, always neat. She wore a jacket and smelled good. They were introduced by a fellow inmate, at her request.

Her presence was unusual in itself: a woman outside the women’s quarters, speaking with a male prisoner. Before Wisnia knew it, they were alone, all the prisoners around them gone. This wasn’t a coincidence, he later realised. They made a plan to meet again in a week.

On their set date,…

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LaVO: The ‘Tidy Tombstones’ man – Lifestyle – Bucks County Courier Times

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Jim Davis’ mission is to resurrect old cemeteries and historic gravestones in Bucks County.

One of the great joys in Jim Davis’ life is rediscovering messages from the dearly departed. That is, those who had departed so long ago that their grave markers have lost inspirational messages due to ravages of the centuries.

Jim is the self-described “Tidy Tombstones” man of Bucks County. His passion is to bring stones back to life, so to speak.

When something really memorable emerges, he’s apt to call pal Sally Sondesky of the Bensalem Historical Society with unbridled…

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Note To Readers: Your Donation Can Make Season Bright For Bucks County Tweens & Teens – LevittownNow.com

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Personally speaking, I find the holiday season overwhelming. There’s too much to do – too many events and not enough time. However, when I take a step back, the United Way of Bucks County’s Holiday Gift Card Drive helps me slow things down and gives me focus on what the season is all about.

The drive aims to help 1,200 local tweens and teens whose families are struggling in 2019. This time of year can be tough and even harder if you’re facing difficulty.

This is the sixth season that LevittownNow.com and NewtownPANow.com are working to help the Holiday Gift Card Drive. An…

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How Pittsburgh has seen some success tackling overdoses; Pa.’s primary could actually matter this year | Morni – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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There isn’t one single reason, according to experts in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Allegheny County. Some point to flooding the county with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Others credit drug treatment programs. Doctors are also prescribing fewer opioid painkillers. The area’s hardest-hit locations are being targeted with public health measures, too. In many ways, the plan is similar to Philadelphia’s, but the results, at least so far, have been different.

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Listen: Columnists Phil Gianficaro & JD Mullane on the Sean Kratz trial – The Intelligencer

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In their newest podcast, columnists Phil Gianficaro and JD Mullane are joined by reporter Marion Callahan to talk about the outcome of Sean Kratz’s murder trial, and why Cosmo DiNardo is serving life in a medium-security prison.

Phil and JD welcome reporter Marion Callahan to discuss one of the most notorious murders in living memory in Bucks County — four young men killed by Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz.

Callahan covered the Kratz trial, and discusses…

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Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

The three Republicans running for the party’s nomination for Pennsylvania governor say they will not release copies of their tax returns, documents that can shed important light on a candidate’s personal priorities and financial standing. The man they want to beat, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, will release the first two pages of his 2017 tax return and open the rest of it to inspection by reporters, his campaign said.
Pa. lawmaker apologizes for controversial description of miscarriage – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.
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Pa. lawmaker apologizes for controversial description of miscarriage – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker issued a new apology over a comment she made about miscarriages that provoked an angry reaction."An early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin," Rep. Wendy Ullman said Oct. 29 in a House Health Committee meeting.Ullman, a Democrat from Bucks County, made the remark during a debate that centered on House Bill 1890. The bill would require health facilities to bury or cremate the remains of fetuses that died by abortion or miscarriage.The words drew criticism on social media and from the Harrisburg-based PA Family Institute.
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Op-Ed: ‘Mess on a napkin’ remark stems from abortion ideology – Bucks County Courier Times

There's nothing particularly remarkable about politicians putting their feet in their mouths. It happens all the time, often with impunity. But comments that PA Rep. Wendy Ullman made about miscarriage last week went far beyond the typical gaffe. Ullman represents a district in Bucks County very close to where I grew up, which is just part of why her words hit so close to home, pun not intended.
Companies reach $260M deal to settle opioids lawsuit – Bucks County Courier Times
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Companies reach $260M deal to settle opioids lawsuit – Bucks County Courier Times

Across the country, the drug industry is facing more than 2,600 lawsuits brought by state and local governments seeking to hold it accountable for the crisis that has been linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. over the past two decades. A federal judge in Ohio has been pushing the parties toward a settlement of all the lawsuits for nearly two years.
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State Reports First Death From Vaping-Related Illness – LevittownNow.com

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Pennsylvania has recorded the first known death from a mysterious vaping-related illness. Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said last Friday the department has reported nine known cases and another 12 suspected cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state is monitoring another 63 people who may have the illness.

Though the cause is unknown, Levine said black market THC cartridges have been a factor in most cases. Levine noted, most of…

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Bucshon opposes proposed Medicare rule – Ripon Advance

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U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Ami Bera (D-CA), both physicians, along with 24 Republican colleagues, strongly oppose a provision in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that would not include the adjusted values for the revised office/outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes in the global surgery codes.

“Patients’ access to high-quality care must be at the forefront of all health care policy decisions,” Rep. Bucshon said on Oct. 3. “While I’m pleased that CMS [Centers for…

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Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of first building at Pennridge Airport Business Park – WFMZ Allentown

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PERKASIE, Pa. A ribbon cutting in upper Bucks County marked the opening of a $60 million development that officials say was conceived of way back in the 1960s.

The celebration took place at the first building at the Pennridge Airport Business Park in Perkasie. The park is designed to attract high-tech manufacturing.

Officials say they anticipate the business park-when complete-will add hundreds of full-time jobs.

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