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MISS: Back when the Soviet Union still existed and Joseph Stalin ruled it with an iron fist, officials who fell from favor were airbrushed out of photos, usually after they were put before a firing squad or perished in a gulag. Sure, it’s not as extreme, but the National Archives and Records…

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Smoking is costly, both in terms of money spent and lives that are cut short, and the personal finance website WalletHub deserves a hat tip for tallying the precise costs of lighting up in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is the 10th most expensive state in which to smoke, and smokers who go t…

MISS: Before Act 44 became law in 2007, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) raised tolls on the turnpike only five times in 64 years. Since then, rate increases have become an annual rite, and this year is no exception. As of 12:01 a.m. last Sunday, tolls increased on the highway by 6…

MISS: John Lewis is an authentic American hero. A longtime Atlanta-area congressman and a towering figure in America’s civil rights pantheon, he announced last weekend that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer that is now at an advanced stage. Pancreatic cancer that has reached this poi…

MISS: When he was governor of Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin ruffled a lot of feathers, thanks to behavior that was abrasive and a good bit less than humble. True to form, he continued to antagonize people in the Bluegrass State even as he was exiting the job. In the days before Bevin turne…

Of all the horrors that can befall homeowners, a sewer backup is right near the top of the list. And some North Franklin residents endured that this week when sewage flooded their basements on Spring Valley Drive. One resident reported that up to eight inches of “black, stinking sewage” seep…

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