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Coronavirus even closed the Waffle House

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CHAMBERSBURG, Pennsylvania -- It is early Sunday morning along one of the few congested stretches of the Lincoln Highway when an empty parking lot below the familiar cheery yellow sign for the local Waffle House catches the eye.

The 24-hour diner chain, born in the Atlanta suburbs 65 years ago and now spreading across 25 states with nearly 2,...Read more

Veterans running for office put pandemic plight before politics

From the Right / Salena Zito /

ALIQUIPPA, Pennsylvania -- Retired Army Capt. Sean Parnell, a decorated war veteran who served in combat in Afghanistan, found himself doing what he always does when he feels the need to serve.

"My community is struggling right now," he said. "It is sort of not in my nature to stand by and do nothing. One of the things I learned in the Army is ...Read more

Portrait of an American city at the dawn of a pandemic

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PITTSBURGH -- On Friday, James Coen is folding and unfolding, arranging and rearranging the piles of colorful St. Patrick's Day T-shirts he has displayed on folding tables outside one of the three sports retail stores he owns. The stores are all large historic buildings with big, shiny, planked hardwood floors, all snuggled in a three-block ...Read more

What we lose by the closing of community department stores

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PITTSBURGH -- Five years ago, the sad goodbye to an icon began when Macy's decided to close its flagship location in downtown Pittsburgh. The void, alas, still remains.

For most of that building's storied 110-plus-year-old life, until Macy's took it 15 years ago, it was Kaufmann's department store: a place where parents, whether they were ...Read more

Centrists flirt with Democrats, and the party rebuffs them

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PITTSBURGH -- There is a battle going on here within the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, a formidable force of centrist, conservative and liberal Democrats whose backgrounds range from union halls in the city to the businessmen and women who have spread out into the leafy suburbs that hug the city limits.

A key figure in the battle is ...Read more

Trevor Donovan brings his anti-bullying message to Pennsylvania

From the Right / Salena Zito /

RUSSELLTON, Pennsylvania -- The anti-bullying message that Hollywood actor Trevor Donovan delivered at Deer Lakes Middle School in a rural industrial patch of Western Pennsylvania resonated with the 2,400-plus students who attended the program.

It had earlier caught the attention of Hallmark, where Donovan has enjoyed a robust and loyal fan ...Read more

Media silence on voter-registration attack deepens our divide

From the Right / Salena Zito /

In the hours and days after Gregory Timm reportedly plowed his vehicle into a tent of Republican Party volunteers registering voters in the Kernan Village Shopping Center parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida, national coverage of the event has been alarmingly lacking.

Local news channel WJXT reported days later on the arrest report, which ...Read more

The reason they support Trump isn't about Trump

From the Right / Salena Zito /

WESTBY, Wisconsin -- Spend any time with people who supported presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and you quickly find out that the reasons they voted for Trump had very little to do with him.

It is likely one of the most misunderstood threads among this new conservative populist coalition. To get the real reasons for their support for ...Read more

How Appalachia's children highlight the region's best attributes

From the Right / Salena Zito /

MOUNTAIN CITY, Georgia -- Just off U.S. Highway 23, along the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, T.J. Smith spends his days continuing the tradition of the iconic Foxfire Fund: an enterprise driven by young people whose respect for the land and culture, and understanding of the importance of preserving that culture's stories, has ...Read more

Fresh fun for all at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

From the Right / Salena Zito /

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- The first time Mee Cee Baker went to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, she was a 12-year-old 4-H member whose pig got loose during the market show and took off into the center of the massive complex. A chaotic scene emerged as the frightened animal ran haphazardly among the large equipment, tractors and people. Everyone in ...Read more

Where our trust in news lives

From the Right / Salena Zito /

LEXINGTON, Virginia -- Every Wednesday morning, James McDaniel sits along the South Main Street portion of U.S. Highway 11 with a healthy stack of The News-Gazette beside him. He wears a neat white apron with the newspaper's moniker stitched across the top.

He keeps a small, folded tarp tucked away to protect the paper in case of rain, even if ...Read more

PA House races serve as 2020 harbinger

From the Right / Salena Zito /

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- Eugene DePasquale and Sean Parnell couldn't be more different politically. DePasquale is a seasoned statewide-elected official and Democrat from York County, Pennsylvania, while Parnell is a western Pennsylvania Republican newcomer who has never run for office. Yet they share one very important thing this year: They ...Read more

Dollar General is a part of Americana worth saving and celebrating

From the Right / Salena Zito /

TARRS, Pennsylvania -- Five years ago, the plot of land where the Dollar General store sits on Glades Pike was just that: a plot of pastoral greenery located near a row of neatly kept homes in an unincorporated village that once briefly boomed as a coal town.

The store's familiar yellow sign with bold, all-capitalized black letters sits ...Read more

 

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