SPECIAL REPORT: RUSK REPORT II - A Challenge to Change Editor's note: The report below was published in December 2002. It is an update of a 1996 community report by urban expert David Rusk. Read the first Rusk Report here. By DAVID RUSK Six years ago, with the support of Better York, the York Daily Record presented "Renewing Our Community: The Rusk Report on the Future of Greater York." Tracing trends through census reports from 1950 to 1990, my report was a study in contrasts. I praised York County's "prosperous farms still covering many gently rolling slopes and valley bottoms," its "country crossroads villages embodying small town America," the "many factories around York City, Hanover, or Red Lion testifying to a strong local economy," and the visual delights of historic York City. But I concluded that "suburban sprawl, concentrated poverty, and fiscal disparities are eroding York County's quality of life. They aren't just York City's problems. They are county-wide … [Read more...] about Rusk Report II: A challenge to change
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What's new in your community? Find out here at the Shopper News blog. We'll have updates on people, places, businesses, schools and sports in your community. Check back throughout the week. HALLS Halls High arts extravaganza spreads cheer Ali James, Shopper News correspondent The holiday spirit filled every corner of Halls High School’s auditorium on Dec. 13. Elizabeth Williams, choral director, said that one of the most impressive aspects of the fine arts showcase is how enormous the event has become. “Everyone has to have a ticket,” she said. “It is completely free, but fire code is an issue. If we don’t regulate the audience size, they will be out the door and into the lobby.” The talented high schoolers performed two evening shows, on Dec. 13 and 14. “We have to do two nights now because the crowd grew so large – it was unsafe,” said Kim Hurst, Halls High English/theatre Teacher and English Department chair. … [Read more...] about Shopper News blog: Halls High arts extravaganza spreads cheer
What's new in your community? Find out here at the Shopper News blog. We'll have updates on people, places, businesses, schools and sports in your community. Check back throughout the week. WORDS OF FAITH Take it from Ecclesiastes: 'Do not be too righteous' John Tirro, Shopper News columnist I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes lately. I’ve always found it to be a funny book. Here we have the wisest and richest of narrators, Solomon, who claims to have pursued all accomplishments, pleasures, knowledge, and wisdom, and it all seems in his estimation to amount to “a striving after wind.” This may refer to humanity’s inability to restrain uncontrollable natural forces. It may refer to passing gas. Arguably, the latter may be an instance of the former. Either way, wisdom here seems to give way to the release of folly. The pressure of life builds up, and a laugh comes forth. In that spirit, I came across a passage I hadn’t noticed before. My … [Read more...] about Shopper News blog: Take it from Ecclesiastes: ‘Do not be too righteous’
An unwanted visitor has shown up for the Christmas holidays. An invasive pest has been found on holiday decorations such as Christmas wreaths, and state regulators are cautioning consumers to burn them or bag the affected material and throw it in the trash after they are no longer used. Inspectors for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection found stock with widespread infestations before Christmas of an insect known as elongate hemlock scale at large retail outlets. The insect was not found on any Christmas trees. The agency issued immediate orders to the retailers that wreaths, swags, boughs and arrangements of evergreen boughs in hanging baskets, pots, mugs and sleighs had to be disposed. The retailers are Menards, Home Depot, Kmart, Stein’s Garden & Home, and Pick ’n Save stores. However, the agency said other retailers that purchased evergreen stock from out of the state might also have been … [Read more...] about Wisconsin officials warn of invasive pest detected in wreaths and other Christmas decorations, prompting disposal warning
SAHARANPUR, India — India’s most influential guru joined thousands of believers four years ago as the temple’s first stone was set in the ground. It was a glorious day for its builders, the Gupta brothers, the sons of a local shopkeeper who had risen, almost magically, to become one of the richest families a world away in South Africa. The three brothers had flown back on their private jet to start work on the temple, a 125-foot monument of pink sandstone and white marble that would tower over the tiny place where their father used to ride his bicycle to pray every day. But one morning last month, as the sun struggled to break through the smog in Saharanpur, their hometown in India’s north, the giant yellow crane raising the temple stood still — in limbo, like the brothers themselves. The Guptas are now in self-imposed exile in Dubai, evading arrest in South Africa, where they stand at the center of a scandal that has already brought down the … [Read more...] about In Gupta Brothers’ Rise and Fall, the Tale of a Sullied A.N.C.