Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hours after Harrisburg police barricaded an uptown street for safety, shots rang out throughout the city’s crime-ridden Allison Hill early Saturday, wounding at least two men and leaving residents shaken.
Residents, some awakened by volleys of bullets, found the sound of gunfire all too familiar.
Gunshot victims bled on the streets, one on South 14th and one on Brookwood.
Police cars, their lights flashing “like Christmas trees” as one resident described it, descended on the neighborhoods.
Balloon artists can’t promise wedding reception displays that float until the last dance. Scuba divers have to cancel expeditions because the gas isn’t available to sustain them. And distributors hustle in secret to suppliers offering the slightest amount in what suddenly feels like a black market.
Why? Helium — second only to hydrogen on the list of the universe’s most common elements, the noble gas that has always occupied top-right real estate on the periodic table — is in short supply.
Business owners who use helium across the region — and it’s about as diverse a group as you can imagine — describe the same events over the past few months: dwindling amounts from suppliers, increased costs that are passed on to the customer and a fear that legislation isn’t leading to a solution anytime soon.
Garrett Reid, the troubled son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University this morning. He was 29 years old.
Garrett Reid, who served a prison sentence on drug charges stemming from a 2007 arrest and later had a relapse, had been working with the team’s strength and conditioning staff as a volunteer, according to a team spokesman.
Andy Reid is not with the team, which kneeled for a prayer before this morning’s practice.
Garrett Reid’s legal problems began with a 2007 arrest following a traffic accident when he was found to be high on heroin at the time.