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Despite a moratorium on executions, Pennsylvania’s death-penalty statute has cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars since 1976, or more than $250 million for each execution. Even more compelling, some of the state’s roughly 150 death-row inmates are, almost certainly, innocent. In a series of occasional editorials and columns this year, The Herald is urging Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to abolish this inhumane, racially unjust, and outdated law, and join 23 other states in ending capital punishment.

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WITH secrecy and uncertainty surrounding the supply of lethal injection drugs, executions have become little more than ghastly experiments. The last one came three weeks ago, when the state of Oklahoma executed John Marion Grant, 60, for the murder of a prison cafeteria worker.

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IN past midterm election cycles an event like Wednesday’s debate featuring candidates for Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Senate would have been held in one of the state’s largest cities — Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie or Harrisburg.

When it comes to prognostication, my favorite philosopher has always been the eminent Lawrence Peter Berra. “It’s tough to make predictions,” Yogi famously said, “especially about the future.”

The May 17 midterm election is 133 days away and the November general election is 308 days from today. Pennsylvania and its voters will be in the political crosshairs for every minute until winners are declared because the commonwealth could be a tipping point.


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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection poked another hole in the pro-Trump conspiracy theory that federal agents orchestrated the attack, confirming on Tuesday that a man at the center of the claims said he’d never been an FBI informant.

Daily case numbers, fueled by the omicron variant, are exceeding levels seen in during last winter’s peak, but deaths are lagging below figures from the same time period.

MERCER – With only half of Mercer Countians fully vaccindated, the county commissioners encouraged residents to get their COVID-19 vaccination after being asked at their meeting last week to come up with incentives for people to do so.


Cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.

Chance of Rain: 15%

Sunrise: 07:43:40 AM

Sunset: 05:21:10 PM

Humidity: 81%

Wind: SW @ 10 mph

UV Index: 1 Low

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy. Some mixed winter precipitation possible late. Low 24F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

An afternoon mix of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the mid teens.

Chance of Rain: 36%

Sunrise: 07:43:06 AM

Sunset: 05:22:21 PM

Humidity: 81%

Wind: SW @ 12 mph

UV Index: 1 Low

Wednesday Night

Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 16F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the low 20s and lows -2 to 2F.

Chance of Rain: 18%

Sunrise: 07:42:30 AM

Sunset: 05:23:33 PM

Humidity: 71%

Wind: N @ 10 mph

UV Index: 1 Low

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy skies. Low near 0F. Winds light and variable.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 20s and lows -3 to 1F.

Chance of Rain: 7%

Sunrise: 07:41:52 AM

Sunset: 05:24:45 PM

Humidity: 74%

Wind: NE @ 5 mph

UV Index: 2 Low

Friday Night

Partly cloudy. Low -1F. Winds light and variable.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s and lows in the mid teens.

Chance of Rain: 13%

Sunrise: 07:41:12 AM

Sunset: 05:25:57 PM

Humidity: 70%

Wind: S @ 5 mph

UV Index: 2 Low

Saturday Night

Cloudy. Low 16F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s and lows in the low teens.

Chance of Rain: 24%

Sunrise: 07:40:30 AM

Sunset: 05:27:11 PM

Humidity: 79%

Wind: WSW @ 10 mph

UV Index: 1 Low

Sunday Night

A few clouds. Low near 10F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

More clouds than sun. Highs in the low 20s and lows in the mid teens.

Chance of Rain: 24%

Sunrise: 07:39:46 AM

Sunset: 05:28:24 PM

Humidity: 77%

Wind: WSW @ 9 mph

UV Index: 1 Low

Monday Night

A few snow showers scattered about the area in the evening, otherwise a good deal of clouds. Low near 15F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.


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