Articles by Michael Rubinkam and Marc Levy

Police, Regulators Target Pennsylvania Businesses Flouting Wolf Shutdown

Police and state regulators are cracking down on a handful of Pennsylvania businesses that are supposed to remain shut down during the pandemic but have instead thrown open their doors. Small business owners have protested Governor Tom Wolf’s closure of …

Pennsylvania Governor Places Seven More Counties Under Stay-Home Order

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf added seven more counties to his order to stay at home as the new virus expanded its reach and Pennsylvania reported another big jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Wolf told residents of Lebanon, Franklin, …

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Retrenches on Sweeping Order Amid Complaints, Lawsuits

Under fire from business groups and Republican lawmakers and facing lawsuits over a broad shutdown order designed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration defended its actions as critical to preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, …

False Alarms Shake Confidence in Public Alert System

Weather junkie John Grosso knew it was highly unlikely a monster wave was barreling toward the Connecticut coast. Still, when a tsunami warning appeared out of the blue on his phone Tuesday, he felt a twinge of fear. His co-workers, …

Tour Operator in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country Gets in Tiff Over His Tuk-Tuk

Pennsylvania utility regulators are making a big to-do over Timm Wenger’s tuk-tuk. The 48-year-old entrepreneur wants to use his three-wheeled, open-sided electric shuttle to offer sightseeing tours of Lancaster the urban core of a region best known for its undulating …

Pennsylvania Families Win $4.24M Verdict Against Gas Driller

Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turned their sleepy …

Unmanned Work Zone Trucks Promise Road Safety, Savings

Roving construction crews — the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal — are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier. The crash trucks, …

Judge: Flawed Science Led to Murder-by-Arson Conviction in Pennsylvania Case

The arsonist who killed Ji Yun Lee was especially cruel and calculating, dousing her small cabin in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with more than 60 gallons (230 liters) of gasoline and heating fuel and setting at least eight fires, ending at …

Ice Storm Knocks Out Power for Hundreds of Thousands in Northeast

Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the eastern U.S. that were still in the dark and cold on Thursday after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than …

Lawsuit: Gas Drilling Fluid Ruined Pennsylvania Water Wells

Thirteen families in the heart of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale say their water wells have been contaminated by poisonous fluids blasted deep underground by a drilling company using a technique at the center of a fierce nationwide debate. A faulty …