Ricardo Miguel Muñoz, 27, was fatally shot by a Lancaster city police officer Sunday afternoon outside his parents’ city home. A video released by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police showed Muñoz brandishing a knife at the police officer before the officer fired his weapon several times at M…

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Here is one of the least surprising revelations ever leaked from the federal government: According to an internal Census Bureau document, major, uncorrectable errors may result from forcing the bureau’s enumerators and number-crunchers to rush through the decennial count. House Oversight and…

As Gov. Tom Wolf presses for full legalization of marijuana, it’s worth remembering why Prohibition, which banned alcohol production, sales and consumption for 13 years beginning in January 1920, was such a dismal failure.

As we mark the unofficial end of summer in this most unusual year, it’s a good time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going as a community, state and nation.

For more than six months now, many workers deemed essential have had to strap on face masks for shifts at meatpacking plants, Walmarts, grocery stores, hardware stores and restaurants. It is a necessary sacrifice for the nation’s well-being. But at universities across the country, while scor…

The violent protests of the last three months in Portland, Oregon, escalated on Saturday night into a right-left confrontation that resulted in one man shot dead in the streets. This is what happens when political leaders fail to perform the most basic responsibility of government to protect…

This Labor Day we should celebrate America’s hard working men and women, especially the nurses, supermarket clerks, and other frontline workers who have faced unprecedented challenges this year. But as we recognize and honor them, consider that many in your state can be legally forced to pay…

Miss America and the lead subject of a Netflix documentary visited Shamokin Monday evening to promote Overdose Awareness Day, a national effort aimed at raising awareness that overdose deaths are preventable and reduce the stigma associated with drug-related death.

Last week, Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, addressed inaccurate and misleading remarks he made in a news conference the previous evening. Hahn had initially claimed that plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients — what’s known as convalescent plasma — co…

There are so many disturbing aspects to the shooting deaths of two people Tuesday night during protests in Kenosha, Wis. — allegedly by a self-styled vigilante — that it’s hard to know where to start. How did this 17-year-old get an assault-style semiautomatic rifle? Why does anyone think it…

“The Pennsylvania Farm Show, usually a crowded affair celebrating food, farming and family, will be a virtual event this January to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” LNP ‘ LancasterOnline’s Jeff Hawkes wrote Wednesday, following the official announcement by state Agriculture Secretary Russel…

A school year full of uncertainty begins today as the Dallas School District becomes the first public district in Wyoming Valley to resume classes, with half the student body attending in-person sessions and the other half learning from home.

A woman named Shelly Tolhurst offered a sadly prophetic observation at a Sept. 7, 1920, event in Los Angeles celebrating the passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. “For a thousand years we have had a certain viewpoint,” Tolhurst said. “This celebration ma…

As the coronavirus crisis drags on, even the most sclerotic of lawmakers have conceded to reality, and to 21st-century technology: allowing remote operations of some sort in most states and remote voting in at least 15, in addition to voting by proxy in the House of Representatives. So how g…

A report released Monday by advocates for Pennsylvania nursing home residents offers something sorely needed in the state: a roadmap for overhauling its beleaguered homes, whose mismanagement has created a crisis. The report calls for dozens of immediate operational and regulatory enforcemen…

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed crippling defects in America’s unemployment-insurance system. The most essential short-term fix is to extend and adjust the emergency benefits that expired at the end of July. In due course, though, the system needs more than just the latest in a years-long se…

Pennsylvania taxpayers saddled with state school employees’ pension costs reasonably might wonder why a pension system employee stayed at the ritzy Beverly Hills Hotel while on at least one business trip to Los Angeles. Even more so, they might wonder why they can’t find out what they paid for it.

Every catastrophe comes as a shock, but many shouldn’t come as a surprise. Just as we knew a pandemic was a possibility yet failed to plan for it, power-grid collapse is a threat we should be prepared for — but aren’t.

In choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, Joe Biden checked the essential boxes his party had demanded—a woman, a minority, and a progressive who has moved left as the Democratic Party has. We’ll see how the California Senator plays in the swing-state suburbs that Biden needs…

From the moment former vice president Joe Biden became the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, one qualification has loomed as most important for his running mate: that she or he be prepared to serve as president. Sen. Kamala Harris, the California Democrat whom Biden annou…

Just as Pennsylvania’s education officials are struggling with how to safely reopen schools this fall, so too are high school sports administrators grappling with how to conduct sporting events while adhering to safety protocols.

After an 18-month investigation, New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association seeking to dissolve the nation’s largest gun rights group. Supporters of the NRA immediately criticized the move as unfair and nakedly partisan — a liberal Demo…

After this week, it seems the PIAA might not be in the same ballpark with Pennsylvania’s health experts and school administrators on the question of whether it’s safe to play high school sports this year.

When thinking about some of the toughest jobs in the country, historically, top-level politicians don’t make the list of many blue-collar Americans.

Vaccine optimism is understandable in these days of anxiety about the virus. Almost every day there are upbeat reports about a vaccine starting a new phase of clinical trials, and the worldwide research effort spans technologies old and new. Surely a safe and effective vaccine must arrive be…

Nuclear power remains crucial to Pennsylvania and should become even more so as pressure mounts for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The 31.8 million U.S. workers currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits need that help — and they need clarity about how much help they are going to get, and for how much longer. Too bad neither the Republican majority in the Senate, nor the White House, can get its act together to…

With fewer than 100 days until the November election, officials are scrambling to figure out how to safely conduct an election during a public health crisis. At this point, several key issues are largely the province of government officials, such as ensuring that ballots are sent to voters i…

In Portland, Oregon, where protesters have been active for nearly two months, masked armed federal agents without any identification have been abducting protesters into unmarked vehicles, as well as using tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash-bangs. They were from U.S. Customs and Border Prote…

Any day now, the United States will cross another grim threshold of death from the coronavirus: 150,000 people lost. By contrast, South Korea has lost 299 people, Germany 9,125. Per million population, the United States has lost 423.6, Germany 110 and South Korea 5.8. Behind these statistics…

The White House has made it unmistakably clear that it wants schools to open this year with full in-person instruction, and that nothing — least of all the science — should stand in the way. But the actual decisions on whether to allow children back into the classroom are thankfully being ma…

The novel coronavirus is inflicting global suffering that is likely to persist until scientists produce an effective vaccine. With so much hinging on a vaccine, some are calling for a little-known epidemiological tool to speed testing: human challenge trials. Under certain conditions, human …

It was clear at the outset that healing the COVID-19 pandemic would take more than medicine. It would also require the injection of prodigious sums of cash to shore up an economy that slammed to a halt in the name of safety.

The frustration of monthslong restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has many people desperate for encouraging news, but that information must be based on facts and scientific data.

It’s not every day that big corporations and trade associations lobby the government to deny them regulatory relief. It’s even rarer that such a request should represent a departure from their industries’ previous positions. Yet that is exactly what is happening now in the vital field of fai…

“What do you tell parents, who look at this, who look at Arizona where a schoolteacher recently died teaching summer school; parents who are worried about the safety of their children in public schools?” That was the question posed Monday to President Trump about teacher Kimberley Chavez Lop…

Suspending driver’s licenses as a penalty for non-payment of fines and fees unrelated to public safety is a self-defeating policy. It intensifies pressure on individuals already struggling with job loss and financial hardship, and it adds strain to relations between police officers and the p…

Unemployment benefits provide people who lose jobs with a little help for a little while. The money is not really enough to live on, by design: People are supposed to find a new job.