Daily Archives: March 27, 2014
2 Jeannette Men Pistol-Whipped, Shot In Home Invasion
A man was shot and beaten during a home invasion involving three men with their faces covered who burst into his Jeannette home early Thursday morning, city police said.
Faron “Oldman” Stanford, 56, was shot in the shoulder and pistol-whipped, according to Cpl. Chris Mason. He was admitted to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville where he was kept overnight for observation.
Police and paramedics found Stanford lying on the living room floor, his shirt blood-soaked. He suffered a gunshot wound and lacerations to his head.
A second man in the home, Jocquinn Harris, 27, sustained head wounds from being beaten with the handgun, police said. He was taken to Forbes for treatment.
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Warmer Weather Might Be Here To Stay In Lancaster County
It might be time to put away the shovels and to prep the lawn mowers.
Spring-like weather looks to be settling into Lancaster County for the foreseeable forecast.
Starting Friday, AccuWeather’s extended forecast doesn’t show daytime temperatures falling out of the 50s for 10 days.
For today, temperatures should reach the mid-40s. Overnight Thursday, temperatures will fall back into the low-30s with winds around 10 mph.
Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/warmer-weather-might-be-here-to-stay-in-lancaster-county/article_9b92e53e-b59f-11e3-98f2-0017a43b2370.html
Census Figures Show Population Drops In NEPA Across The Board
About 2,000 fewer people lived in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro in 2013 compared to the previous year, as deaths outpaced births and more people fled the area than flocked to it.
All seven counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania lost population between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, according to new annual estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. Unlike the once-a-decade census, the annual estimates are based on records such as birth and death certificates,tax forms and Medicare enrollment.
Gordon De Jong, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of sociology and demography at Penn State, said the aging population, low birth rate and lack of economic opportunity in Northeastern Pennsylvania continue to cost its residents.
“The fundamental underlying trend is continued, if not accelerated,” De Jong said.
Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/census-figures-show-population-drops-in-nepa-across-the-board-1.1657880
More People Moving To Lehigh Valley, More Leaving Northwest New Jersey, Census Data Show
If the latest U.S. Census Bureau data are any indication, the Delaware River is the great divider between growth and decline in this region’s population.
More people are moving out of Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey while more are moving into Northampton and Lehigh counties in Pennsylvania.
The Census Bureau this morning released county-by-county population estimates for last year. The data show both New Jersey counties lost population; both Pennsylvania counties gained population. This pattern has continued for three straight years, the data show.
Births outpaced deaths in all four counties; the population changes are instead tied to people migrating to or emigrating out of the counties, according to the census.
Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/03/more_people_moving_to_lehigh_v.html
Amtrak Boss Stresses Higher Speeds On Northeast Corridor
WASHINGTON – Amtrak’s planned new Acela Express trains will carry more passengers and be more reliable than the current ones, even if they won’t travel much faster, Amtrak president Joseph Boardman said Thursday.
Amtrak is seeking proposals, with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, for new high-speed trains that can run at 220 miles an hour on the West Coast and 160 miles an hour on the Northeast Corridor.
Proposals from train-builders are due by May 17. A builder will be selected by the end of the year, Boardman said.
The first of the new Acela trains are supposed to be in service between Washington and Boston by 2018.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20140328_Amtrak_boss_stresses_higher_speeds_on_Northeast_Corridor.html#v1btxHH7FQXZeq6R.99
Census: Philadelphia Population Grows Again, But Rate Slows
Philadelphia’s population rose again last year, albeit at a slower rate than the city’s growth over the past few years, according to Census data released today.
The city’s population as of July 1, 2013, stood at an estimated 1,553,165 people, an increase of 4,518 residents, or 0.29 percent from the previous year. It marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for the city, according to the Census Bureau’s population estimates. So the turnaround continues, but not as dramatically.
Philadelphia saw steep declines in the latter part of the 20th century as it continued to struggle with the loss of its industrial base. That trend continued into the new millennium. Indeed, the city’s population declined every year between 2000 and 2006, losing nearly 26,000 residents during the span. But since 2006, the city has added more than 64,000 people.
The new census numbers, however, suggest that the population rise has slowed. Philadelphia added only about half as many residents in 2013 as it gained in 2011 and 2012. Between 2010 and 2012, the city’s population grew by more than 1.3 percent.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/032714_Census_Philadelphia_population_grows_again_but_rate_slows.html#x6SWWPYwWoS51Kck.99
These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities
If you’re hoping to escape from big city crime, look elsewhere. These places actually defy the stereotype of smaller cities being safer.
When you see small towns on TV and in movies, they’re almost always idyllic places where the American dream is thriving and neighbors all know each other. That, and unless you’re watching a whodunnit, no one’s ever the victim of a crime.
In reality, small cities are surprisingly similar to all the others, meaning that there are good ones and bad. While the Movoto Real Estate Blog has been writing lately about America’s safest places, we thought we’d switch gears today and look the small cities where crime is a real concern.
After studying more than 200 small cities, we’ve concluded that Wilmington, DE is the most dangerous in terms of crime. It’s joined in this dubious honor by nine other places to comprise our 10 most dangerous small cities in America:
1. Wilmington, DE
2. Canton, OH
3. Jackson, TN
4. Rocky Mount, NC
5. North Little Rock, AR
6. Pensacola, FL
7. Daytona Beach, FL
8. Homestead, FL
8. Lauderhill, FL
10. Warner Robins, GA
Read more: http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/dangerous-small-cities/