Karen Heller: The Pennsylvania House and Senate Appropriations Committees met this week to address modernizing everyone's favorite monopoly, the state Liquor Control Board. Right there, you've got your first problem. Pennsylvania, the land time forgot, doesn't do change.
Sometimes, all it took to fix a parking ticket in this town was a little deodorizer and some shellfish. This was part of the Friends and Family Plan at Traffic Court, as revealed in the federal indictment of nine current and former judges charged with conspiracy and fraud. Also charged: the court fixer, the owner of Number One Translations, and a junk vendor/landlord of two "gentlemen's clubs."
We are finally having a conversation about gun control. President Obama is talking. So are Sens. Joe Manchin and Mark Warner, both with A ratings from the mostly silent NRA. Said Manchin: "Everything should be on the table." Broadcaster and former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough said the murders in Newtown "changed everything."
Karen Heller has interviewed Philip Roth and Zsa Zsa Gabor, spent time with Pink and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the celebrated and the exemplary unsung. She's covered Miss America and political conventions. She's been a provocative voice at The Inquirer for nearly 20 years, garnering awards for criticism, feature writing and investigative reporting, and was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.