American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference, Tuesday, July 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) by Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.
PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Peter Jackson Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday heaped criticism on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for suggesting that too many residents remain unemployed because they cannot pass drug tests, while his business allies said he was only pointing out a problem that employers have repeatedly cited as serious.
CAGED CHICKENS-The Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation in 2012 at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pa. Kreider cages about seven million egg-laying hens at its four Pennsylvania facilities. (Photo by The Humane Society of the U.S.) by Natasha Khan, PublicSource Chickens crammed into wire cages next to the rotting carcasses of other chickens. The floor of a barn coated with flies. Hens with their heads jammed between cages and feeding machines.
FACING OUSTER– In this May 18, 2012 photo Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, speaks to reporters outside Pittsburgh Municipal Court in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) by Bill Keisling (RealReporting.org)–A public impeachment trial in the state senate is not only desirable in the case of Justice Melvin, but necessary.
SUPRISE RESIGNATION–In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation,…