Start the New Year With High On Marijuana!

According to CNN News, " Colorado began allowing the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1 to anyone age 21 or older. Residents can now buy marijuana like alcohol - except the cannabis purchase is limited to an
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Fighting for milk

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty D-Lackawanna www.pahouse.com/Haggerty Our elected representatives in Washington will be tasked to regulate the price of a basic part of many Americans’ diet, milk, when they reconvene Jan. 7 to debate the Farm Bill. A stop-gap measure was passed last week to keep milk’s price artificially depressed until the (more...)

FBI Warns Against Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances

Arsenic in your lipstick? Carcinogens in your perfume? Real possibilities, if you buy counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances, warns the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. government agency that has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime. In a January 2 news (more...)

Old and New Traditions Welcome the New Year

In the dark, first minutes of each January 1, the new year is welcomed with the explosions of fireworks in many cities around the United States. The noisemaking stems from an ancient belief that scaring away evil spirits is necessary for a happy new year. A relatively (more...)

New Year’s Day: A Time for Fresh Beginnings

By Jane Morse Staff Writer New Year’s Day in the United States is a time for fresh beginnings, hope for a better future and resolutions to change one’s behavior for the better. Observed January 1, New Year celebrations actually begin the night of December 31 with parties, concerts, fireworks and (more...)

Special Education Report

By Reps. Mike Sturla, Jim Roebuck, Mark Longietti Nearly 270,000 Pennsylvania children -- one out of every 6.5 students – receive special education services in our public schools. While the number has steadily grown over the years, funding for special education has been stagnant since 2009. Many (more...)

Floral Sugar Plum Sculptures Bloom in the Red Room

As a slight twist on traditional White House holiday décor, floral vases handmade entirely of sugar replace the traditional cranberry tree as the prominent display in the Red Room this year. Fashioned petal by petal, the crimson and plum–colored vases contain hundreds of gumpaste roses, ranunculuses, berries, (more...)

AFP: Pennsylvania Should Steer Clear of ObamaCare

WSJ article highlights continued chaos under the law, says PA director Stefano. Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania is citing a recent Wall Street Journal piece detailing problems with state-established ObamaCare exchanges as evidence that the Commonwealth should continue to steer clear of the failed and flailing healthcare law, including (more...)

Gingerbread White House Tells Sweet Stories

In keeping with this year’s White House holiday theme, "Gather Around: Stories of the Season," the traditional gingerbread White House — a detailed, hand-crafted confectionary replica — pays tribute to stories of American and White House traditions. Resting on a full-size reproduction fireplace covered with 1,200 cookies, (more...)

Vast Majority of Americans Make Food Safety Mistakes

NSF International survey reveals kitchen pet peeves during the holidays and offers tips to protect your guests. Americans seem to have a bit of a double standard regarding food preparation and safety, according to a survey by NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. NSF International’s 2013 Kitchen Pet (more...)

Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their (more...)

White House Decorations Tell Stories of the Season

As the showcase of American traditions, the White House has chosen an annual Christmas celebration theme since 1961. This year’s theme is “Gather Around: Stories of the Season.” “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story about who we are and how we (more...)

Best Western Hotel Recognized As Customer Care Champion

The BEST WESTERN Independence Park Hotel in Philadelphia, PA received the Best Western Champion Customer Care Award at Best Western International’s Convention held recently in San Antonio, Texas. The award was presented in front of more than 2,000 industry peers. This select honor is bestowed upon those member properties that demonstrate (more...)

To Win Fight Against AIDS, We Must First Defeat TB

This blog post by Cheri Vincent, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Health Bureau, was published on the USAID website on December 3. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. To Win the Fight Against AIDS, We Must (more...)

State Official Shares Facts on Future U.S. Embassy to Holy See

This blog post by Shaun Casey, special adviser for faith-based community initiatives at the U.S. State Department, was published on the State Department website on November 27. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Just the Facts: The Future U.S. Embassy to the Holy See By (more...)

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