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The picture on her parent's bookshelf shows a tanned and fit Kelly Sherrick holding a certificate honoring her "outstanding and exemplary service to persons with mental disabilities."

Over the past few years, the East End neighborhood of Larimer has seen its fortunes change drastically. After struggling for decades with population flight, housing blight, rising crime rates, geographic boundaries, and lack of development investment, the neighborhood is now cautiously reaping the benefits of growing support from the public and private sectors.

New leads, including possible DNA evidence, are being collected in a 22-year-old homicide investigation into the strangulation death of a teenager in Point Breeze.

For several months, commercials for Gov. Tom Corbett's and Tom Wolf's campaigns have made starkly different claims about the governor's record on education spending.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf left the Jeep at home and arrived for his Thursday PennLive editorial board meeting in a staff-accommodating Dodge minivan.

Energy is the lifeblood of the economy and government needs to be less restrictive with its regulations.

That was the message of former U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and Tom Ridge, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania and the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as Sean Hannity, a conservative political commentator and host of "The Sean Hannity Show," a nationally syndicated talk radio show.

They were the featured speakers Thursday, the final day of the annual Shale Insight conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Gov. Tom Corbett, who is running for re-election, also spoke at the conference. He said he remains “bullish” on the proposed $2.5 billion Shell Chemicals refinery in Potter Township.

Thousands of protesters against fossil fuels—and fracking in particular—took over New York streets this week, while major businesses and investors announced divestments from fossil fuels in tandem with the United Nations Climate Summit. Still, commodities analysts gathered in Manhattan, as well as shale industry officials, continue to predict a rosy future for natural gas development.

As natural gas production continues to spread across the country, some citizens are trying to fend off drilling rigs and waste sites in their backyards. While gas companies say they already face tough state regulations, that oversight doesn’t always ease residents’ fears. As Ohio quickly becomes a go-to destination for the nation's fracking waste, some people worry about earthquakes and water contamination, and argue the state has taken away their authority to decide whether oil and gas waste should be allowed.

Mike Caplan and Terese Caldararo are walking through the rows of their garden, pointing out the different fruits, vegetables and herbs they planted this spring.

“We’ve got 25 tomato plants: Cherokee tomato, German Johnson’s, Rutgers. You name it we got it,” Caplan says. “And up front we’ve got peppers, bell peppers, and a lot of banana peppers.

“Different kinds of squash and zucchini: acorn squash, summer squash. We grew lettuce here. We had cilantro, we had parsley and rosemary.”

This isn’t in a backyard or even a community garden — it’s on patch of lawn at the U.S. Postal Service’s Processing and Distribution Center on the North Side.


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