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POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:25 PM

Pennsylvania has a state bird (ruffed grouse), tree (hemlock), fish (brook trout), hound (great Dane), even animal (white-tailed deer, because apparently the grouse, trout and Dane don’t qualify).

But, until now, it has not had a state firearm.

Yes, state firearm.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:30 PM
Marcella 'Marcy' Dalsey. Photo provided

I had the pleasure of working with Marcella 'Marcy' Dalsey, who along with Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz perished in a private plane crash May 31.

I never met the five other people on board who also lost their lives (may they rest in peace). But I knew Katz (read my column here) for decades. And as communications director of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley six years ago, I worked on several projects with Dalsey.

The former Eagles cheerleader, mother of four, and Haddonfield entrepreneur was a bright, down-to-earth, and energetic woman whose enthusiasm really was contagious. "She was a real go-getter," says Debbie Brown, who lives in Moorestown and volunteered with Dalsey at charity thrift shops in Camden and elsewhere. "She knew how to get things done."

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 2:35 PM
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer

I can't figure out why the New Jersey legislature is once again considering a change in the venerable -- and, arguably, quaint -- governance structure of Rutgers University, which has a board of governors as well as a (less powerful) board of trustees.

Wasn't it enough that the public resoundingly rejected that horrendous 2012 plan to amputate Rutgers-Camden from the rest of the state university system and turn it into a semi-subsidiary of Rowan University? Could it be that the pesky trustee board threatened to sue if such a plan were executed?

So I ask a spokesman for state Senate President Steve Sweeney, the formidable force behind the latest Rutgers reformation proposal, to help me understand.  Graciously, the Senate president himself responds to my request.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 11:06 AM
Victor Friedman's prized Rutgers relics. His banner from his freshman room. (Courtesy photo)

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has proposed including 12 political appointees on an expanded Rutgers’ board of 19 governors.

Which sounds like a dozen types of trouble.

Big surprise, Sweeney's proposal is gaining traction in Trenton. A legislative panel has backed the plan.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 4:37 PM

Another day, another indictment.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s indictment Wednesday of a nearly $5 million insurance fraud involved a collision center, insurance company adjusters, a city cop, a city official, tow truck drivers.

You know, the usual.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 3:08 PM
McKenzie Jones as Estelle Rigault (left) Lee Kiszonas as Inès Serrano (center) Lane Jackson as Joseph Garcin (right). Photo by Gerald van Wilgen.

Hothouse Theatre, South Jersey's newest stage company, debuts this weekend with a production of 'No Exit.'

The curtain is set to rise at 8 p.m. Friday,  May 30 at the Walt Whitman Arts Center, 2nd and Cooper streets, in Camden. Performances are scheduled to continue with a 3 p.m. matinee June 1;  8 p.m. on June 5, 6 and 7; and a final show at 3 p.m. June 9. 'No Exit' is directed by Connie Norwood.

A group of South Jersey theater devotees established the nonprofit company in 2013 to "bring more quality theater to this side of the Delaware River," producer Gerald van Wilgen says. He describes 'No Exit,' written 70 yeras ago by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, as the sort of  "intriguing, challenging work"  the company hopes to showcase on a regular basis.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9:57 AM
Reflexively protective, if not unabashedly fetishistic, about firearms, fright wing warriors often react to mass murders by suggesting that better mental health programs, rather than saner gun laws, could cut down on the carnage.

But not Erick Erickson, whose astonishing lament about alleged Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger blames "the left" for the malignant misogyny showcased in the suspect's videos.

Erickson sees Rodger himself as a victim -- a casualty of a supposedly feminized culture in which "masculine" values have become passe. Rodger "lived the very lifestyle the cultural left thinks men should live," Erickson fumes, apparently conflating one wealthy young man's delusions with the nerdy leisure world of  Pajama Boy.  "For all the talk of a 'war on women,' there actually has been a war on masculinity...[and]  some young men can't cope."

POSTED: Monday, May 26, 2014, 8:10 AM
A carriage arrives with a flourish into the judging ring at the Devon Horse Show. The four-in- hand carriages, evoking the show's 19th- century roots, remain a favorite at the show, which continues through next Sunday. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

The Devon Horse Show is underway this week.

Here are some photos from Sunday.

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