HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to start a major new scholarship program for students at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities spotlit an uncomfortable truth about Pennsylvania’s ragged performance on higher education funding. By just about every measure there is, Pennsylvania is ranked at the bottom in the level of state support for higher education, student debt and affordability of its colleges. Ken Mash, who is president of the union of faculty members and coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities, says everybody agrees it’s a problem, but nobody has come forward with a solution.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge accused of making racist comments about a juror has been barred from hearing any cases. A court order issued Tuesday says Judge Mark Tranquilli was suspended after being accused of referring to a black female juror as “Aunt Jemima” repeatedly in comments in the chambers following the acquittal of a drug suspect on Jan. 24.
Allegheny County Bar Association says it is also “demanding a complete investigation” by the state’s Judicial Conduct Board. Tranquilli was temporarily reassigned to summary appeals on Tuesday following an interview of the judge by court administration staff. He did not responded to requests for comment this week.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies turned to a proven winner to try to lead them back to the postseason for the first time in nine years. Joe Girardi’s track record and personality made him an instant hit among fans but the biggest question entering spring training is whether the new manager has enough talent on the roster to win in a tough division.After failing to live up to high expectations last year following the arrival of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and other high-profile players, the Phillies fired Gabe Kapler and brought in Girardi.