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Listen up, kid: Name something you have to do tomorrow.


I was going to help with berry picking…since it’s about that time now. We’re going to make some special jams…I love jams. Since I’m not allowed to eat sugar. Sugar is made by slave labor you know, it’s against our beliefs as Quakers. 

But yes, yummy jams.

Send me “Listen up, kid” followed by a question and my muse will answer it as his/her ten year old self.

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"We’re From Philadelphia and We Fight"-Chip Kelly

Highlights from yesterday’s thrilling divisional rival game against the Washington Redskins. It was one hell of a game! Video courtesy of the video editing team from


The Apples of Autumn*
*Data according to a Wisconsin orchard.


Pennsylvania police ‘close’ to capture of suspected killer Eric Frein

The survivalist charged in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks 10 days ago will be caught, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett vowed Monday, as a police official said authorities believe they are hot on his trail.

Corbett discussed the manhunt for 31-year-old Eric Frein at a news conference in Blooming Grove, near the barracks where Frein is charged with killing one trooper and seriously wounded another.

“I feel confident that we should be able to apprehend this individual. I am very positive about that,” he said.

The governor thanked the hundreds of law enforcement officials who are methodically searching the rural, rugged north-eastern Pennsylvania terrain.

“They are putting their life on the line for someone who has the intended purpose of killing police officers,” Corbett said.

The Guardian


The Signature Food of Each State

How education funding became Gov. Corbett's big problem.


In his new campaign commercial PA Governor Tom Corbett says that his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf spent millions trying to convince Pennsylvanians that Corbett cut education spending.

The commercial then proceeds to explain how Ed Rendell, Corbettt’s predecessor, cut education spending and that Corbett actually raised education spending to record levels.

However, the truth is that Corbett’s 2011 state budget cut $865 million in K-12 education spending. So who spent millions trying to convince us the other is lying? And who’s actually lying about not cutting education spending?




Marker at the Mason Dixon line separating North from South during Civil War at Pennsylvania and Maryland

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The Mason–Dixon Line was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the resolution of a border dispute between British colonies in Colonial America.

One hundred years after Mason and Dixon began their effort to chart the boundary, soldiers from opposite sides of the line let their blood stain the fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the Southern states’ final and fatal attempt to breach the Mason-Dixon line during the Civil War.


The Pennsylvania Dutch

Among these sturdy folk, who came to America before the Revolution, many quaint customs and express still persist and have become a part of our life and language.


Mychal Kendricks


Bad blood



The view from the mezzanine at Lincoln Financial Field.


Pithole Come and Gone —- The Great Pennsylvania Oil Rush,

As someone born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania I was always fed the legend in school that in 1859 Col. Edwin Drake drilled the first artificial oil well.  While I know now that is not true, there are many who drilled wells in the 19th century, not to mention the Chinese who drilled for oil as far back as ancient times, it was Drake’s accomplishment that would create the birth of the modern oil industry.  As a result of Drake’s discovery, hundreds of thousands of prospectors from around the world flocked to Northwestern Pennsylvania seeking opportunity and riches.  Most settled in the area of Venango and Crawford County, founding towns that exist today such as Oil City, Franklin, and Titusville.  

The cities and towns that were created as a result of the Pennsylvania Oil Rush were much like the gold and silver boom towns of the old west.  Populations exploded rapidly, but when the riches ran out, all that was left was a series of empty ghost towns.  One of the most famous of the PA oil region was Pithole.  Located in between Vengango and Forest Counties, Pithole was a boomtown that was often compared to Dodge City in the West.  In January of 1864 Pithole was founded when an oil prospector named Isiah Frazier struck black gold.  By July 2,000 people settled in Pithole, by Novemeber that number had exploded to 15,000 people.  By Christmas day of 1864, Pithole was home to around 25,000 immigrants.

A bustling boomtown, Pithole was home to 54 hotels, 3 churches, a number of stores, and numerous saloons, gambling dens, and brothels.  In addition, the landscape would have been littered with scores, if not hundreds of oil wells.  Most residents of Pithole were oil prospectors who were there on a temporary basis, moving in to drill a claim, and going home when their either busted out or struck a fortune.  Along with oilers were a number of other people such as merchants, lawyers, land speculators, doctors, craftsmen, and skilled people necessary for a healthy town.  The boom also brought a number of less desirable people such as gamblers, prostitutes, outlaws, gangsters, thieves, and con artists.

The fall of Pithole began when in early 1866, a mere two years after its founding, oil wells in the town hit peak production.  By spring of the same year financiers began to flee pithole in search for greener pastures.  When the financiers left, so did the oilers, and when the oilers left, so did everyone else.   By December of 1866, the population of Pithole dropped to only 2,000.  By 1870 only 237 lived in Pithole, and by 1880, it was an abandoned ghost town.  Unlike western ghost towns, where the town is preserved by dry conditions, Pithole was quickly overrun by forest and foliage.  Today all the remains of Pithole are the foundations of streets and buildings, protected by the state as a part of Oil Creek State Park.  Pithole was not unique among PA Oil Rush boomtowns, as dozens of other boomtowns suffered similar fates and were quickly wiped off the map.  In 1891 Pennsylvania oil production peaked at 31 million barrels.  Soon afterword, other oil regions such as Ohio, California, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, the Gulf Coast, and Alaska would draw oil booms of their own. By 1901, the PA Oil Rush had moved on, leaving dozens of empty boom towns like Pithole with it.