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by Ron Harper, Jr. Lancaster Post
Someone’s been stealing my Post!
ast Friday, I received notification that our bright red newspaper boxes finally arrived. I was very excited about seeing them filled with Lancaster Posts, and planned on getting them set up in various places throughout the county. Around 10 AM, I started getting phone calls and emails from people who couldn’t find the Post in their favorite Turkey Hill, where we regularly distribute the paper. Many of those who contacted the Post went to multiple Turkey Hill locations only to find our spot on the FREE PUBLICATIONS rack completely empty. I contacted our delivery person and confirmed that the Post had been distributed, as usual, at all Turkey Hill locations. I immediately abandoned plans to set our newspaper boxes and checked on various stores. Without exception, they were all empty. At first, I’d entertained the idea that the story was very popular and that people were telling their friends and families to pick up the newspaper. When I received phone calls and emails that the same Turkey Hills that had been restocked were completely out again – I knew someone was taking them. Since this had never happened before, the lists of suspects was relatively short. The front page cover story was about a couple of a F&M kids that were getting special treatment considering their
felonious behavior. Other than the players involved – who would have an interest in destroying the Post? On Sunday evening, I went out to try and discover – or at least capture on film – the culprit. I stocked the Race Ave Turkey Hill which is right by the college, and then went to the Turkey Hill on Columbia Ave, across from the Watch Tower Apartments. I put a stack of 50 papers and went across the parking lot to the Dominion Pizza shop. From my table in the corner, I had a full view of the parking lot and the door. (By the way, I have done surveillance in Mr. Hines emerges from the store with a large stack of Lancaster Posts. the past, but never as reckless. He was headed in the direction of the comfortably and well fed as I was this time.) Race Avenue Turkey Hill, so that’s where I went. I was there for about 1 ¾ hours when I saw Sure enough, as I pulled into the very busy parking a gray-haired, tall, lanky man get out of a minilot, I spotted this 6 foot-plus man going into the van and saunter across door of the Turkey Hill. the Turkey Hill parking Because of the small parking lot and the lot. Because of his number of cars, there was no place to park and exceptional height, I be discreet. I waited near a car as though waiting thought immediately for the gas pump. But where was my newspaper that this man could thief? After a time, a different man came out of the be connected to F&M door carrying something in his hand – a Lancaster basketball and began Post! Apparently, the thief had to wait until one filming him from my of our readers left the newspaper rack. Shortly seat at Dominion Pizza! thereafter, the thief again, with great deliberation, Just 10 seconds later yet with the ease of someone who had done this the same man exited many times before, walked across the parking lot with a large bundle of and got into his car. the Post, my paper! I don’t know if he saw me and the camera I jumped up pointing at him, but he sped away so quickly that (abandoning my I was unable to follow him. delicious seasoned The following day, through the process of fries and root beer) and elimination and a little detective work, I determined quickly went to my car that the vehicle that I had captured very clearly on to follow him. The man my film was parked in Edward J. Hines’ driveway was driving very fast on 1520 Mission Road, Lancaster. This is exactly At each stop, Mr. Hines repeats his theft of the store’s supply of Posts. and I wasn’t going to be Cover story continues on page 5...
Pummeled for Publishing
Ron Harper brutalized by cops in front of me by Chris Hart Nibbrig Lancaster Post
hey didn’t tell us this was going to happen in journalism school... at least not in the United States of America. On June 3, 2008 at approximately 2:00 p.m., I met Ron Harper, Jr., my business partner and coPublisher of the Lancaster Post newspaper at the southwest corner of Marietta Avenue and School Lane in Lancaster Township, Pennsylvania. Mr. Harper and I were going to install a newspaper box at the northwest corner of Marietta and School Lane on public property. We brought the newspaper box across the street and were securing with a chain lock to the street sign when we were approached by a man approximately 55-60 years of age, white, wearing a shirt with the Franklin & Marshall insignia who said we could not put a box where we were putting it. This man appeared to be the groundskeeper or gardener of the property. Mr. Harper replied, “The Constitution says that I can.” The man asked, “How long are you going to leave it there?” Mr. Harper replied, “As long as I want.” “We’ll see about that,” the man said. I took photographs of the man and Mr. Harper speaking. The man walked back toward 508 N. School Lane. I then walked up School Lane, never
Mr. Harper’s wounds still contain the gravel from the roadway where he was slammed to the ground and kneed in the back by F&M police.
entering the property, and took at least two photographs of the man speaking with a middle aged woman in civilian clothes in the driveway. I walked back down (south) School Lane to return to my car. Mr. Harper had crossed the street and was standing near his car when I heard sirens and saw several official policetype vehicles, lights flashing, approaching us at a high rate of speed. I crossed the street and stood next to Mr. Harper as several (I would estimate six) Franklin & Marshall College security vehicles screeched to a halt surrounding us. We were on the southwest corner of Marietta Ave. and School Lane, a public road, standing next to Mr. Harper’s Sgt. Ed Carroll rips the camera from Mr. Harper’s hands. vehicle. Many uniformed Franklin were spread on the back of one of the vehicles & Marshall uniformed security staff emptied out of the vehicles and immediately went to “cuff him,” referring to me. I was told that for both of us, with most of the uniformed men to protect their safety I was being handcuffed. I had not said a word, had cooperated without any surrounding Mr. Harper. I heard one of them say, “So you are Mr. Harper?” I took a few photographs of the uniformed men; Mr. Harper was videotaping at the time. I took photographs of several of the uniformed men as they closed in on Mr. Harper and grabbed first his camera, then Mr. Harper. One of the men grabbed my camera from my hand as I was taking pictures of the incident and confiscated it. (When my camera was returned, several photographs of the encounter were deleted.) I was told to put my hands on the hood of the car. Mr. Harper was directly in front of me to the right when I saw several of F&M police captain, just before he and the other officers assaulted Mr. Harper. the uniformed men grab Mr. Harper forcefully. I heard Mr. Harper say, “I am resistance, and was wearing sandals and shorts. I not resisting you.” I saw that Mr. Harper was not was a threat to no one and exhibited absolutely no threatening behavior. resisting the men. Sitting in the back of the car handcuffed for Then the uniformed men, four of them, brutally approximately half an hour, I heard on the uniformed slammed Mr. Harper face first onto the public street. The violence of the body slam was shocking men’s radios that “The president is here.” I could see Franklin & Marshall president, John Fry, dark to witness. I heard the “Sergeant” instruct the uniformed suited, on the lawn across the street watching Mr. officer who had his hand on my back as my hands Harper and me being taken into custody.
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John Fry Assaults the Constitution
ranklin & Marshall president John Fry stood across the street looking on as the publishers of this newspaper were taken into custody for practicing our Constitutional rights. We legally put a newspaper box in a public place. This was our “crime.” One of the publishers, Ron Harper, Jr., was roughed up badly by F&M cops on a public road. Both were handcuffed and detained for hours. A Post news story written by Harper last week apparently so bothered Fry that the college’s police force was sicced on the journalists, never mind First Amendment protection and basic rights as citizens of this country. One of the frequent criticisms of John Fry, whose is paid about $30,000 per month, is that he is academically under qualified for the position he holds. Fry is one of very few college presidents in the country without a (non-honorary) doctoral degree. A Ph.D. is an important credential for the titular head of an institution of higher learning. The Post has now seen an example of Fry’s apparent lack of regard and evident contempt for the principles of academia, and, more disturbingly, the United States Constitution. Last week, Harper reported, for the first time by a newspaper, that three local college basketball stars committed burglary and other felonies at an upscale Lancaster city brewery last fall. Two of the students were from Franklin and Marshall College. The Post was tipped by a high-level courthouse source that Fry had contacted the county district attorney, Craig Stedman, and requested Stedman “go easy” on these “good boys.” Naturally, Harper would seek comment from Fry, and made multiple attempts to do so by phone and email at Fry’s business office, on separate days. When no call was returned, not even a “no comment” from Fry, Harper went to Nevonia, the College-owned residence of Fry. This is something a good reporter does in this circumstance. Mr. Fry, born and raised in Brooklyn, and with many years in Philadelphia, knows this. John Fry’s Idea of a Free Press In broad daylight, and without any attempt at stealth, Mr. Harper went to the front door of Fry’s home and knocked. Harper left a business card on a car in the driveway. It was only after attempting to contact Fry at Nevonia that Harper heard from the college (but not from Fry himself). Public relations liaison, Dulcey Antonucci, told Harper “the procedure” that he should use when he wanted information from the college and then she referred him to the legal authorities. Harper, again in broad daylight, knocked on Fry’s door and left another business card. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman had respect enough for the First Amendment and promptly responded to Harper’s inquiry. John Fry is too important to respond by phone or email? Instead of answering legitimate questions in the public interest -- we are talking about interference with the judicial process -- the president of Franklin and Marshall decided to, first, intimidate Harper and the Post by delivering a “Criminal Trespass Warning” against Harper to our business address right before we went to press. When that did not stop the Post publishing the story, they assaulted Harper and took Hart Nibbrig into custody against their will and for no reason. It is twisted that John Fry is the front man for a college named after Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was a publisher, and helped craft a country where the press’ rights were spelled out and guaranteed. Benjamin Franklin would be sickened by the behavior of the man who now heads the college he founded. We certainly are. © Copyright Lancaster Post 2008
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continued from page 2... the same address that appeared on court document related to the felonious bar break-in – none other than Derek Edward Hines! When I contacted the “Senior Product Engineer” at his New Holland North America office about trying to ruin the Post’s business by stealing our papers, Hines said that I should talk to his lawyer and then hung up without providing the lawyer’s name! When two alert Turkey Hill clerks confronted Hines, he told one of them that he was “getting them for his students”! Another clerk challenged Hines and he responded, “It says ‘Free’.” She told him that he was only allowed to take one. Hines ignored her and walked out with a large pile of papers. We had our man. Like father, like son. And, yes, it does appear we will be speaking with his lawyer.
For his ‘students’? Despite being told to take just one, Mr. Hines steals a bundle.
Publisher Pummeled property, including public restaurants on land owned by the college. I was accused of “criminal trespass on Franklin & Marshall properties.” This was verifiably false, as Mr. H a r p e r videotaped the entire incident, and it is clear we were very careful not to enter F&M property at any time. My digital camera was returned, but several photographs I had taken of the incident were deleted. We later recovered some of them using software that could read the memory card. This incident was completely without justification. We committed no crime. We published a newspaper story critical of the college president, and we were assaulted and taken against our will, although we broke no laws. Part of the record of this incident -- pictures that I legally took -- were stolen or destroyed. One of the F&M police cars sent to the scene speeds
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Mr. Harper and I were taken, handcuffed, in separate vehicles to Franklin & Marshall College, where we were detained and interrogated. I was released with a Defiant Trespass Warning, which states that I will be arrested if I step onto any Franklin & Marshall
around the corner and screeches to a stop.
Though he did not resist arrest, Mr. Harper’s injuries bear witness to the treatment he received at the hands of the F&M police.
Ron Harper, Jr. was assaulted because he wrote a story that the man across the street didn’t like.
Side by Side:
Why is a Gay Pride Day Important for Lancaster? Side by Side is a regular feature of the Lancaster Post where our editors ask the same question of two or more parties on different sides of the same issue.
Barry Russell Barry Russell is one of the founders and co-director of Rainbow Rose Community. Visit their website at www.rainbowrosecommunity.org.
hile I do not currently sit on the Lancaster Pride 2008 Planning Committee, I was involved with a group of committed individuals who brought forward the idea of a Lancaster Pride event last year. While several issues prevented us from having what many think of as a “typical” pride event, there were several activities in Lancaster and York County, held last year on June 23rd, to commemorate Lancaster Pride 2007. No doubt, with the countless hours of planning and the support of numerous individuals, businesses, and organizations like Rainbow Rose Community, Lancaster will see a successful Pride 2008. I want to thank and I am humbled to be asked by the publishers of Lancaster Post to contribute to this ‘Side by Side.’ While the opinions expressed in this column are my own, I believe the sentiments are shared by many. Some may ask why there’s a need for a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Pride Celebration. This year’s festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 21st, 2008, in Buchanan Park, will honor and commemorate the 39th Anniversary of Stonewall – the day in 1969 when a group of determined members of the New York City GLBT community had finally had enough of the abuse they were forced to endure and decided they weren’t going to take it anymore. They banded together and began fighting the forces of intolerance and hate. The world we live in today is a far different place for GLBT folks than it was in 1969. In many ways the pace of change has been breathtaking, bringing with it non-discrimination laws in over 20 states, the District of Columbia, and hundreds of cities, towns and counties; the end of sodomy laws nationwide; legal marriage in Massachusetts and California; 8 states allowing civil unions or domestic partnerships; marriage equality or civil unions in Canada, South Africa, the Netherlands, Spain and much of western Europe; a record number of openly GLBT elected officials from coast to coast; and a growing acceptance of GLBT people throughout society. However, this progress continues to go hand in hand with setbacks and tragedies. Over half of all states have amended their constitutions to deny GLBT Americans marriage equality and about 40 have statutes prohibiting same-sex marriage; several countries deny the existence of GLBT people but continue to execute suspected homosexuals; hate crimes against the GLBT community, like the killing in February of Lawrence King, an eighth grader who identified himself as gay, continue to rise; elected officials and other political groups use our community as a scare tactic to turn out voters (the sponsorship of SB1250, the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment by our own local Lancaster County Senators Brubaker, Armstrong, and Folmer is one most recent example); GLBT youth are several times more likely to commit suicide than their peers in the general population, and over 12,000 men and women who have served proudly in uniform have been disenfranchised from the military through the “Don’t Ask- Don’t Tell Policy.” I am proud to say I live in Lancaster, a city that was at the forefront in the early 1990’s to include sexual orientation as a protected class in its non-discrimination policy and at the last meeting, Lancaster City Council passed a resolution honoring June as “Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Pride Month.” Unfortunately, people who identify themselves as part of the GLBT community, but who reside outside the City limits, are not afforded this protection and live daily with the real fear of discrimination, job loss, housing denial, or worse. Despite some great advances made since Stonewall in 1969, we have not yet reached what I believe should be our final destination and goal: full equality under the law and full and equal acceptance into society. But, let me suggest to you, however, that this is not merely about being gay or straight. It’s about each and everyone person being included as full members and active participants in the human family. When there is not equality for everyone, or when there has been equality denied to just one, there has been equality denied for us all. I’d like to close with these thoughts. A Pride event, in whatever form it takes gives everyone a chance to feel the positive spirit, power, and strength of community. Pride events allow us to emerge from the shadows of oppression, hatred, and shame that our opponents continue to try to cover us with. We can be ourselves and realize that there is no shame in who we are, and we can organize to make sure that our advancement toward our final goal is as steady and as rapid as possible. Whether as a volunteer or attendee, a GLBT person or a straight ally, come out and support Lancaster Pride 2008. I hope to see each and everyone of you June 21st, 2008. Take care and God Speed.
RB Campbell R.B. Campbell is a business owner and Lancaster City taxpayer.
y first reaction is to ask the purpose of such an event. The following was found by referencing “Gay pride” at About.com:
“The first gay pride parade in 1969, known as the March on Stonewall, started as a protest against discrimination and violence against gays in New York City. Today, pride events have become an annual ritual and have grown to include thousands of gay and gay-friendly participants, not to mention hundreds of spectators. Many gays and lesbians dress in bright colors, head-to-toe leather or sometimes next to nothing. But regardless of the attire, all of the participants join the festivities to remind the world that gays deserve the same rights as others and people should be free to live their own lifestyle, void of judgment or hate.”
Like most people, I certainly have my own personal opinion regarding homosexuality, and that opinion has evolved over the years. I have just as much right to believe “the gay lifestyle” is unnatural, improper, and immoral as those that that think otherwise. I do not go out of my way to force my beliefs on others, and am very much offended when others attempt to force their beliefs on me. A “gay pride” event appears to be a collective means to do just that. Furthermore, for taxpayer resources to be used to sponsor, promote, or accommodate a “gay pride” event is unacceptable. Such resources need to be spent as prudently as possible and no special interest events of any kind should be allowed. The City of Lancaster with numerous financial needs has many much higher priorities that need to be addressed. I certainly understand the concerns that homosexuals have regarding discrimination and prejudice. These are valid and legitimate concerns. In my opinion, however, having such “gay pride events” may very well worsen this problem in society, not make it better. If a collective group of people act in a way where they are perceived as forcing their viewpoints and lifestyles on others, it is to be expected for them to be characterized in a very negative light.
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the kitchen. - The agreements between the LCCCA and PSP dictate that the LCCCA split 50/50 with the PSP any revenue from the naming rights of the convention center, as well as any additional State grants to the convention center. - The PSP demanded - and got - their choice of the joint manager for both the hotel and convention center. There are no checks-and-balances in place to guarantee that convention center funds will be spent only for the benefit of the convention center. Under these agreements, the LCCCA has practically no control whatsoever over the management and operation of their own convention center. - As joint manager of both the hotel and convention center, Interstate Hotels and Resorts has final say over whether a smaller event or gathering is a revenuegenerating function for the convention center, or for
income and expenditures are overly optimistic, while assuming operational losses will still be covered by excess revenue from the hotel tax. If fewer events are held than anticipated, or if operational costs are higher than expected, the current hotel tax will not provide enough money to keep the convention center in operation while still making construction bond payments. -Each succeeding pro-forma estimate of the convention center’s income and expenditures shows less and less revenue available to help pay for its operation. Amazingly, each one of these documents indicates the convention center’s anticipated operational losses still fit within the same estimated revenue from the hotel tax. - Each pro-forma estimate assumes steady growth of revenue from the hotel tax, in order to pay for increasing bond payments and operational losses. There is no allowance for the effects of a sluggish economy. Taken together, it is likely that the hotel tax will need to be increased. The hotel, which is Lancaster City’s responsibility, presents a lesser, but still very real, possibility of higher taxes. And we haven’t even mentioned how difficult it will be for the project to even begin to live up to its promises of economic development. A wise man once said that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” We write about the hotel and convention center project because, without vigilance on the part of the people of Lancaster, we will all be forced to pay higher taxes to support it.
e are often asked why we continue to oppose the $176 million hotel and convention center project in downtown Lancaster. Currently under construction, this project is scheduled to open in March of 2009. Nearly $64 million in 40year construction bonds have been sold, and must be paid back. Nothing can stop it now; why waste all the time and effort to question the project now? We oppose the hotel and convention center project because the agreements which created and control it are so unfair to taxpayers that they practically guarantee higher taxes for all of us, while the private “partners” stand to earn a windfall profit even if the project does not meet expectations. Space does not permit us to study each of these issues in depth, which we plan to do in future columns. Each one of the following statements is based on information obtained from the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority, and/or from reports published in the media. - The project was sold to the public as a “privatepublic partnership”. Today, out of the currentlyanticipated cost of the hotel and its portion of the “shared space” of about $75 million dollars, over $40 million taxpayer dollars (plus over $5 million in interest) will be spent on the hotel. The only up-front private investment is $11 million in “equity” from the Penn Square Partners. There is also the promise that the PSP will make payments on a $24 million mortgage for the hotel over 20 years. - The “private” hotel is being constructed and guaranteed by the Redevelopment Authority of the City the hotel. Because the ballrooms and meeting rooms of Lancaster. Since RACL has no source of income, are “shared space,” an event and its revenue could be Lancaster City taxpayers are ultimately responsible for assigned to either the hotel or convention center. - The pro-forma estimates of the convention center’s the hotel and its debts. - The ownership of the hotel was transferred to RACL so the Penn Square Partners would not have to pay taxes on their “private” hotel for at least 20 years. This will cost local 2860 Yellow Goose Rd. taxpayers many millions of dollars in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 lost tax revenue. - The agreements between the LCCCA and PSP dictate that the LCCCA - funded by taxpayer dollars www.lancasterpropanegas.com - has primary responsibility for the Wholesale Propane National Service maintenance and upkeep of parts of Propane Delivery Turnkey Propane Systems the “shared space” that will be used Tank Sales Community Gas Systems most of the time by the hotel, such as
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publisher’s note Dear Readers:
This special pull-out section of the Post is printed because several thousand copies of last week’s edition were stolen from many of our distribution points (see cover story).We received many calls and emails from the public saying our paper was unavailable. This was obviously a story people wanted to read about. We have re-printed our cover story about the Franklin & Marshall basketball stars who have been charged with felonies, but are likely to receive very lenient sentences. The leniency is perhaps due to the intervention of Franklin & Marshall president, John Fry. As we note in the story on page 3 of this issue, the First Amendment right to publish has been directly threatened by the theft of our paper and the attempted intimidation of the Franklin & Marshall College police. The Post will not be intimidated by such bully tactics. Ronald P. Harper, Jr. Christiaan A. Hart Nibbrig Publishers, Lancaster Post
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by Ron Harper, Jr. Lancaster Post mM
One law for the rich and connected, another law for the rest of us?
he guard raised the gate to allow passage onto Bent Creek Drive. The long meandering road cut through the exclusive golf club and past one of the highest concentrations of expensive homes in Lancaster County. It was an unlikely location to attempt an interview with a young man accused of three felonies and a misdemeanor: burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, and theft by unlawful taking. The young man in the fancy neighborhood was one of three accused of these crimes. All three were former basketball stars at Manheim Township (including the school’s all-time high scorer), with two of them going on to play for Franklin & Marshall College, and one at Shippensburg University.
investigative work, but rather a comment on effective use of erased from the record - like nothing ever happened – all power and prestige to silence the issue and to attempt to avoid records deleted. The deal is to go down June 20, 2008, subject responsibility for the players’ actions. to the court’s approval. The judge is yet to be determined. The president of F&M, John Fry, has been quoted as saying, “What’s good for F&M is good for Lancaster.” There are some who might disagree. The scene of the crime was the bar in the yet-tobe-opened Iron Hill Brewery on Harrisburg Pike. It was directly below junior F&M basketball star, Clay Scovill’s, student apartment. The banker’s son was partying with teammate and fellow court star, senior Derek Hines. It was November 24, 2007. Casey Snyder, a Shippensburg University student and fellow Manheim Township grad, was partying with them, as well. The F&M basketball team beat Juniata that night, 66 to 57, and the 6’3” Scovill and 6’7” Hines had led the team to victory. The stars were feeling good on this Saturday night. According to court documents, Lancaster City Police Detective Bradley R. Shenk wrote that video surveillance showed that the three, along with an unidentified female, entered The scene of the crime, Iron Hill Brewery. an unlocked employee entrance door to the pub. They spent 31 minutes inside and left through the same The program – Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition door. Fourteen minutes later, at 3:32 a.m., the three (the (ARD)—is designed for first-time offenders to get a fresh female was not with them) entered the bar again, this time start. The question: would anyone who committed these felony carrying out 7 bottles of liquor valued at $171.73. During crimes get the same treatment? the first trip to the brewery, the would-be thieves merely The Post made several attempts to contact John Fry, cased the joint and didn’t bother to hide their faces. On the including showing up at his house (people were clearly home, second trip, they attempted to cover their faces, but with but no one answered the door), but Fry has refused to comment F&M’s new dormitories above the bar crime scene. the earlier video surveillance exposure and their unusual on the matter. height, it was fairly easy to identify the F&M players as the The Post also contacted F&M Vice-President for One would think three local college basketball stars accused thieves. Administrative Services and External Affairs, Keith Orr, who of multiple felonies would warrant a newspaper story or two. On December 13, they were officially charged with three referred all inquirers to Dulcey Antonucci, the media liasion The fact that these are the first words written in a newspaper felonies and a misdemeanor. One week later, the F&Mers for the college. Her response was no response – call the about this subject is not a testament to great newspaper fingered Snyder (the authorities. Shippensburg student) in Lancaster County District attorney, Craig Stedman, would separate interviews with only comment, “If this is a pending case, ethical rules and good the police. Police did sense for all parties would not allow me to comment until the not charge Snyder with plea takes place.” breaking in, because Tom Zeager, President of Justice & Mercy, a non-profit the door was already organization, which focuses on prison reform and re-entry opened. When the three issues, said that he didn’t have a problem with the ball players appeared for their first getting ARD, but wants poor people to get the same deal, even court proceeding, the though they do not have the money and connections the ball arraignment, none had to players do. put up any bail money. “Too often, the poor get abused by the justice system. A courthouse We need to focus on changing people’s lives and not just source, familiar with the punishment.” cases, said that John Fry The Franklin & Marshall basketball coach, Glenn lobbied Craig Stedman Robinson, who suspended the players for two games, said, “I to go easy on these really don’t want to discuss this. Going on the details I knew “good boys.” at the time, it was the appropriate thing.” ‘Go easy’ means The victim in this case – Iron Hill Brewery – seems fine a plea deal where the with letting the kids off. “You got to understand, F&M is our men will plead guilty landlord,” said Clint Wagner, who was the manager at Iron to the crimes, pay a Hill Brewery. “We want to keep good relations. They are good fine, and a year later kids that did something stupid. We got our restitution and they the felonies will be got ARD and will have their record expunged. We’re OK with it.” And what about the role of Lancaster Newspapers, whose Publishers’ Note: staff was aware of the situation and identities of the men? As the Post was going to press, a uniformed guard and the Franklin & Marshall director of public safety showed Why didn’t they cover the story? “We were told it was a minor up at the Post’s business address and delivered a letter threatening legal action if Post News Editor, Ron Harper, thing,” said Harold Ziegler, retired Lancaster New Era Sports Jr. stepped on F&M property. writer. “Someone didn’t pay a bill or something like that.” The letter contained several libelous statements against Mr. Harper. Instead of responding to the Post’s legitimate It was more than not paying a bill. It was burglary and questions in the public interest, Franklin and Marshall, presumably at the behest of college president, John Fry, other felonies, and it is legitimate to ask: would another young attempted to intimidate the Post. Make no mistake, we will not bow to this intimidation, and call on our colleagues man, who didn’t have a good jump shot or live in a palace with of the 4th Estate to pressure president Fry to disclose any involvement he had in lobbying on behalf of these guards and gates, have gotten the same deal? students.
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or those of you considering the purchase of a new computer, last week’s column offered our suggestion that your choose a laptop rather than a desktop – for reasons of portability and convenience. At the end of that column, we promised (why do we say these things?) to help you out with some additional computer shopping tips – be your target a laptop or a desktop. Ready? Here goes.
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First, we’ve had a lot of good experiences with Dell. Despite their subcontracting much of their customer service overseas, they’re prompt, helpful, and if your computer’s still under warranty (do NOT skimp on this), they’ll send you the part or have it fixed, for free, no problem. After the warranty runs out? Service is still good. We’ve gone through many keyboards, monitors, CD drives, etc… over the years, and have never had to haggle or wait for service or replacement parts. But get the on-site service warranty – two or three years minimum. It’s “penny wise, pound foolish” to try to save money by going for the one year warranty, unless you’re absolutely sure you won’t keep the computer for more than a year. As for zther big-name computer manufacturers, if not Dell, try HP, especially for laptops. We don’t know anyone who’s regretted purchasing an HP laptop. Now you may be wondering about smaller manufacturers, the small “mom ‘n’ pop” storefront operations that put computers together for you. Well… they’re not our first choice, based on experience. They rarely offer 24-7 customer service, and they tend to go out of business and/or burn through technicians a lot – so if you’re one year into your three-year warranty and they go belly-up or fire the one guy who knew what he was doing, what do you do? As for the big stores – Circuit City, Staples, and so forth, we recommend giving the stores a pass. The sales help tends to be aggressive and will try to push whatever they’ve got too many of, rather than listening to what you really want or need – or, they’ll ignore you or treat you like a moron when you ask a question. You’re better off purchasing online (through Dell, www.dell. com, or HP, www.hp.com), at least to do your shopping. After making your selection online, if you crave human contact, call their 800 number and have a rep help you with your purchase. But do the homework first, at their site, checking out the prices and specs.
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What about the specs? What should a new computer have? Here are some tips: - Get as big a hard drive as you can afford. It’s not uncommon to find 500 GB drives in desktop computers, as the minimum configuration. Got an extra $100? Go for 750 GB. On laptops, you’re looking at 250 GB minimum, and the possibility to go up to 320 for an extra $50 or so. - Get as much memory as you can afford – do not skimp here. Minimum? 2 GB. Preferred? 4 GB. - Go for the Intel or AMD processor. Duo good, Quad better. What about Celeron? No. No Celeron, even if Brad the smarmy salesrep tells you they’re fine and there’s no difference. They’re not, and there is. - Get the better video card. If they’re offering a 128 MB card with the model you’re looking at, ask for the 256 MB card. It might bump up the price by $100, but if you can afford it, it’s worth it. - When it comes to monitors, it’s personal preference, but generally, you’ll want as big a monitor as you can afford. If you want a laptop but also want a big monitor, you can go as high as 20” on a laptop monitor, which is pretty good. If you want an even bigger monitor, get a separate monitor and use that when you’re computing at home or in the office, and go back to the laptop’s monitor when you’re on the road. A 24” flat screen monitor will set you back anywhere from $275 to $500 these days. Another monitor tip: Don’t be cheap. A good monitor will last you through multiple computers, so the investment is worth it.
What will a computer with all of the above (except for the extra monitor) cost you? You should be able to get all of that for $1200 or less, especially with “back to school” sales over the summer. If you go for a model with all the bells and whistles, you’re looking at $1500 to $2000, especially for laptops, which tend to cost a bit more than desktops with similar configurations. Happy shopping!
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1 The former name of the Columbia Diner on Columbia Ave. 5 A private club that was the focus of a recent Lancaster Post editorial. 6 An upscale clothing store and restaurant in Ephrata. 9 A former Phillie and present Barnstormers manager. 10 A former theater on North Queen St. that later changed its name to the Boyd. 12 The name of a coffee cafe that is located in a local bank’s facilities. 13 A drive-in theater located off of Rte. 283 that operated from 1955-1979. 15 Name of two Lancaster County brothers recently elected to the Susquehanna Valley Sports Hall of Fame. 17 An assistant US Attorney who was found in Denver stabbed 36 times and ruled a suicide in 2003. 20 A home improvement company that advertises in the Lancaster Post. 21 A nightclub in Eden with DJ and dancing. 22 Name of an executed murderer who killed an F & M secretary.
2 In 1975 two Lancaster UCC churches joined to form the present Church of the __________.
3 Former Technical School of watch-making and engraving Simple - you can do it! at corner of Chestnut and Duke Streets. 4 A female Lancaster member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 5 A Lancaster middle school named after a Revolutionary War General. 7 The location of a Christian camp meeting grounds west of the city. 8 A Lancaster Tough one... use a pencil! school named after a former mayor. 9 A ___________ Queen contest amongst various schools in the 1950’s. 11 A former Manheim Central qb. who went on to play for Michigan State. 14 A big box store whose plans have been the center of much controversy. 16 The Manheim Central Barons play in _________ Stadium. 18 Editor of the Sunday News. 19 The Little ______ was a popular eating place for teens on dates in the 1950’s.
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Athlete of the Week Jessica Manchak
he Lancaster Barnstormers’ boast one of the very best play-by-play announcers at any level. Dave Collins, a native or Rochester, New York, calls the best games east of Vin Scully. Collins indulged the Post and answered some random questions.
1 What do you like to do when you’re not at the ballpark? “I read many books and do crossword puzzles.” 2 What kind of music do you listen to? “Christian and oldies.” 3 Favorite movie? “Comedy - Airplane; Drama - Ordinary People.” 4 Last book read? “I’m working on The Innocent Man by John Grisham.” 5 Any unusual hobbies or skills? “I have a fairly freakish, though not unique, ability to work with numbers.”
essica Manchak is one of Lampeter-Strasburg’s most well-rounded student-athletes. The junior is a member of the basketball and soccer teams at L-S, and not only excels in athletics but in the classroom, as
well. Academically, Jess has an astounding 4.60 weighted GPA, which places her 13th in a class of 282. She is a member of the National Honor Society, JETS, varsity club, and student council, in which she chairs the mini-thon. Upon graduation in 2009, she plans to continue her academic and athletic careers at Franklin & Marshall with aspirations of playing on the soccer team and becoming an anesthesiologist. Because she embodies the ideal of a multitalented student-athlete, Jessica Manchak is the Post athlete of the week. Send nominations for Post Athlete of the Week to: Chris@LancasterPost.com
Club Helps Players and the Community by Chris Hart Nibbrig Lancaster Post
he life of a Barnstormers professional baseball player is a grueling one. You are away from your home, family, and friends for five months. You play 140 regular season games in 150 days, and travel by bus up and down the mid-Atlantic states in the middle of the hot, humid summer. Making that life a little bit easier is a group of civic-minded Lancaster County citizens, who attend home games, travel to away games, and provide some home cooking for the players at the ballpark. They are the Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball Booster Club, an independent, not-forprofit organization that works with Lancaster Barnstormers to promote the team and improve the Lancaster community overall. Deb Ranck is the current president of the organization. “I am a fan of the Lancaster Barnstormers, baseball in Lancaster, and the good things it seems to have done for the local community,” she says. Mrs. Ranck, a vivacious woman with an infectious personality, got involved with
husband, Dan. “I thought it would be really good if we could answer questions about the team and the Atlantic League,” Mrs. Ranck says. “We try to promote the Barnstormers, boost the morale of the team, as well as the fans.” The impact on the team is significant, according to Adam Aurand, public relations and marketing director for the club. “The effectiveness of the booster club is a sign of the level of enthusiasm for the team,” Aurand says. “The Booster Club provides a great avenue of dialogue between the front office and the fans. They are built-in focus group in many ways.” Aurand adds, “Just going to a road game or providing a home-cooked meal really means a lot to the players.” Ann Talbot is a stylish, slim Lancaster city resident and has been a member of the Booster Club since its start, just after the 2007 season. “I’ve been a season-ticket holder since the first season,” says the charming Ms.Talbot. “I didn’t like being a partial-season ticket holder, though, and missing games – so our family joined the Diamond Club for fullseason tickets in the second year. I haven’t missed a home game since!” Ms. Talbot, also a fan of catcher Lance Burkhart, often travels to road games, and has been to practically every “War of the Roses” game. These are the games between the Lancaster (the Red Rose City) Barnstormers and the York (the White Rose City) Revolution. The Barnstormers’ Booster Club does more Booster Club president Deb Ranck, presenting her pal Cylo with his than provide meals and honorary Booster Club membership. snacks and cheer for the team. The organization is the Booster Club during the 2007 season, after also involved with many community projects. taking a road trip with the team to Bridgeport, From Christmas fundraisers to feed the hungry Connecticut. “I saw that their booster club was in Lancaster to ‘Spin-a-thons’ to raise money doing a lot of community work, and that is to build a playground, this organization takes something I am interested in,” she said. helping the community beyond the ballpark. The Lititz resident joined the club with her Jim and Kay Nolt of Grandview are both
Booster Club member Ann Talbot with the roses she makes for the Club - to raise funds and help Barnstormers’ fans cheer their team on in the War of the Roses.
active members of the club. Jim, a veteran and graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, says, “We have been Barnstormer season ticket holders since day one of the team arriving in Lancaster, and became Diamond Club members the first year the team offered the membership to the fans. Section 11 is where our seats have been since opening day and where you will find us at nearly all the home games. I love baseball, played in my “younger” days, and now enjoy watching the Barnstormer’s play at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Clipper Stadium is a terrific, fun-filled family-oriented place for baseball and all the other activities that take place there.” “The boosters are here to promote the team,” Mr. Nolt continues. “The players aren’t making big money. We supply help to make ‘em feel at home. We want to promote the family fun at the ballpark. We’re Lancaster fans as well as Barnstormers fans, and we want to promote them both.”
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