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Custom cleats; winning dog; council candidates: Good Morning, Pennsylvania - FlagSpin

Custom cleats; winning dog; council candidates: Good Morning, Pennsylvania

Good morning, Pennsylvania.

A rare honor

We’re going to brag for a minute: PennLive’s sister site,, received two Pulitzer prizes, one for local reporting and the other for commentary. The Pulitzer, awarded by Columbia University, is considered the most prestigious journalism prize.

The New York Times calls the honor “an astounding feat for a newsroom with roughly 110 journalists.” Other winners of more than one Pulitzer this year, for example, include the much larger Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. (PennLive/The Patriot-News  won one in 2012 for Sara Ganim’s investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.)

Alabama’s prizes were for an investigation about a predatory police force and commentary on the myths Alabama tells itself about the past.

Even sweeter: Two of the five winning journalists are a father and son.

Now, let’s take a look at this morning’s headlines.

Ryan Stevens designed second baseman Bryson Stott a pair of cleats with MLB Philadelphia Phillies throwback colors. (Jimmie Brown |

Fancy cleats: A business marketing major at Central Penn College turns sneakers into works of art. His designs have caught the attention of people on social media – as well as several players with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bankrupt housing owner: The owner of the Residences at Governor’s Square, one of Harrisburg’s largest affordable housing complexes, has filed for bankruptcy. The 222-unit apartment/townhouse development has been plagued with myriad problems. A developer who had tried to buy it recently gave up.

Winning dog: A Pekingese named Rummie, handled and bred by an Adams County man, won the toy group division in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night. Rummie moves on to the finals.

Porter’s House Owner Nadine Graham dishes up oxtail at her Jamaican restaurant on North Sixth Street in Harrisburg, Pa.
(Mark Pynes |, file)

Central Pa. residents craving international food used to have to travel. Now, road trips for Vietnamese pho, Peruvian chicken or Nepalese momos are a thing of the past. Our region is brimming with international eats.

We’re featuring several of them:

Teen motorcylist killed: A 17-year-old riding a motorcycle died yesterday when his bike crashed into a tractor-trailer in Cumberland County, state police said.

Driver charged in fatal crash: A man who ran a red light at a Cumberland County intersection in March, causing a crash that killed another driver, was too high to be behind the wheel, police said.

Dirt bike rider arrested: Lower Paxton police charged a Harrisburg man they say assaulted an officer who was trying to take him into custody for riding a dirt bike illegally on a heavily traveled township road. Three other riders vandalized the officer’s cruiser, police said.

Governor Josh Shapiro visits the West Shore Senior Center in New Cumberland to highlight his plan to expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
(Dan Gleiter |

Rent rebates: Gov. Josh Shapiro says his proposal to expand the state’s property tax and rebate program would reach 175,000 more people, helping the seniors and individuals with disabilities to stay in their homes.

Candidates converse: Despite a campaign that’s been marked by broken relationships, pointed criticisms and negative mailers, the final public forum in the Republican primary for Cumberland County commissioner stayed fairly friendly last night. The primary election is a week away.

Harrisburg council race: Eight candidates, all Democrats, are running for three spots on Harrisburg City Council. They pledge to tackle issues such as affordable housing, transit, blight and public safety.

School safety training: Finding places for educators and law enforcement officers to prepare for dangerous situations in a school setting will become easier with the opening of the Pennsylvania School Safety Institute, with training and simulations starting in July.

Mikell Simpson, founder of the nonprofit Capital Rebirth
(Sean Simmers |, file)

Flag football returns: Former Harrisburg football standout Mikell Simpson will host the third edition of his co-ed youth flag football league starting this week. It’s done through his nonprofit organization.

Deaths around the Derby: Seven horses have died at Churchill Downs since April 27, including Kentucky Derby entrant Wild On Ice. Two were euthanized before Saturday’s Derby, won by Mage. Four sustained catastrophic leg injuries, two died suddenly from causes yet to be determined and another suffered a neck injury.


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