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Backfired prank fails to amuse

June 3, 2014 There are many adjectives to describe last week’s decision by a Northern Cambria High School senior to bring a 6-foot black snake to school in his backpack. more »»

Gov. decision only following laws of state

June 1, 2014 More than a week has passed since U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III’s May 20 ruling prohibiting further enforcement of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban. With Gov. more »»

Raising suicide awareness

May 29, 2014 A Mirror front-page article of May 5 dealt with the topic of suicide and the pain John and Mary Jo McConnell of Altoona have endured since their 30-year-old son Johnny took his life in 2004. more »»

Staying ahead of weather

May 28, 2014 Altoona’s Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and the Shade-Central City School District in Somerset County merit notice for actions taken in recent weeks, BG deserving a thumbs-up and Shade, a... more »»

Address Highway Trust Fund

May 27, 2014 No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund. more »»

Don’t miss holiday’s significance

May 26, 2014 Memorial Day is regarded by many as the unofficial first day of summer as families break out picnic gear and swimwear, and parks officially open for their annual “march” toward Labor Day. more »»

More support needed for 911

May 25, 2014 Blair County’s 911 Center can’t be the only one in Pennsylvania experiencing a financial crunch due to the state’s failure to keep fees on phone and Internet services in step with the increasing... more »»

Wishing area grads good luck

May 23, 2014 Another year has quickly passed, and we’ve arrived at the beginning of high school graduation season, which begins tonight with Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s ceremony to honor its senior... more »»

VA mess should not be covered

May 22, 2014 No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. more »»

Mounting suspensions troubling

May 21, 2014 Mirror readers can be excused for experiencing a sense of shock over the numbers contained in Sunday’s front-page article “Thousands in Blair struggle with transportatio. more »»

Practice what you preach, DC

May 20, 2014 Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment. more »»

Voters: Don’t shirk obligation

May 18, 2014 Looking ahead to Tuesday’s primary elections, area residents should ask what they can do to help ensure a strong voter turnout. So many times in the past, primary turnouts have been abysmal. more »»

Communication can help put stop to bullying

May 18, 2014 The “no bullying” policy within our schools needs to be a force in which changes are being made. more »»

Parking at UPMC must be priority

May 15, 2014 The expansion of UPMC Altoona’s medical services means that the hospital will continue drawing patients from a wider geographical are. more »»

How much of waste is meddling?

May 14, 2014 As chairman of a special U.S. Senate committee investigating logistical aspects of how the U.S. was conducting World War II, then-Sen. more »»

B-A must address its issues

May 13, 2014 The big projected 2014-15 budget deficit facing the Bellwood-Antis School District isn’t unlike the budget problems other Pennsylvania public school systems are tackling. more »»

Before she died, soldier wrote Memorial Day wish

May 12, 2014 On May 27, 2010, then-U.S. Army Maj. Jaimie Leonard wrote a stirring piece about the meaning of Memorial Day for her hometown newspaper. more »»

State’s jobless rates indicates positive trend

May 12, 2014 This is a political year on the state level, so it’s best to just stick to the numbers when considering Pennsylvania’s unemployment figures. more »»

Election-season promises, all too often, ring hollow

May 11, 2014 Gov. Tom Corbett, in his re-election ads, says he didn’t go to Harrisburg to make friends, but to run Pennsylvania the way most state residents would run it. more »»

‘Kids for cash’ case embarrassing

May 8, 2014 The final chapters of the notorious “kids for cash” scandal are being written, but much of what’s in those new developments is nothing Pennsylvania can point to with pride. more »»

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