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1997 Apr 27
President Clinton, along with former presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter, helped polish gritty city streets in Philadelphia as they launched the Summit for America's Future, a three-day gathering on community service.
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1997 Apr 28
In Philadelphia, President Clinton and three predecessors (George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford) began drafting a national army of community service volunteers during the Presidents' Summit for America's Future.
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1997 Jul 21
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Philadelphia voted to require all Episcopal dioceses to ordain women.
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1997 Aug 12
Steel workers in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania ended a 10-month strike at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. with a new contract. It was the longest strike by a major steel company.
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1997 Sep
In Tyrone, Pa., Devon Capital Management under John Gardner Black was shut down by the SEC. Mr. Black was charged with fraud after losing millions in high-risk bonds and derivatives and then trying to cover up the losses. Some $70 million was lost from the investments of 64 cash-strapped school districts in the state.
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1997 Oct 24
In Philadelphia a firebomb killed a grandmother, her daughter and three children in a blighted neighborhood of crack houses.
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1997 Oct 25
The Million Woman March was in Philadelphia to revitalize black families and communities drew an estimated 300,000 to one million people.
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1997 Nov 9
In Lansdowne, Pa., some 200 people picketed in front of the home of Jonas Stelmokas (81) to protest delays to his deportation. He was accused of being a former member of the Lithuanian police force that helped Nazis kill Jews during WW II.
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1997 Dec 21
Johnny Coles (71), jazz trumpeter, died in Philadelphia. His records included "The Warm Sound of Johnny Coles" and "Little Johnny C."
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1997
The Zippo Manufacturing Co. opened a Zippo museum in Bradford, Pa., to celebrate its 65th anniversary.
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1997
In Pennsylvania Ghassan Saleh escaped from a federal prison near Bradford while working on a grounds crew. He had been serving a sentence of almost six years after being convicted of cocaine trafficking in Michigan. In November, 2017, Saleh (66) was arrested after flying into New York City from Lebanon, his native country.
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1998 Jan 6
In Guatemala Danita Gonzalez Plank de Orellana (32) of Philadelphia was kidnapped with her 6-month old daughter near Quezaltenango. the baby was soon found in a cardboard box. The mother’s body was found 8 days later. Police alleged that a gang under Rigoberto Antonio Morales (23) was responsible. Morales was recaptured 4 days after escaping from prison in June.
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1998 Jan 8
At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Philadelphia, Michelle Kwan received seven perfect presentation marks out of nine for her short program.
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1998 Mar 22
In Miles Township, Pa., 11 students were killed in a cabin fire while on a camping trip.
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1998 Apr 13
An Amtrak train collided with Conrail freight cars near Pittsburgh and injured 20 people.
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1998 Apr 24
In Pennsylvania a 14-year-old boy was arrested after he shot a teacher to death and injured 2 others during a dance for 8th graders in Edinboro. Andrew Wurst (14) later pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
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1998 May 10
In Clearfield, Pa., Kimberly Jo Dotts (15) was hanged to death by teenagers who planned to run away to Florida. Seven young people 14-24 were arrested for murder and the trial of Jessica Holtmeyer (16) and Aaron Straw (19) began in 1999. Holtmeyer was convicted Jan 28.
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1998 May 31
Storms tore from Pennsylvania through New England, killing several people and knocking out power for nearly 1 million customers.
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1998 Jun 1
In Philadelphia the largest transit union went on strike and shut down a system that served 435,000 people a day. This followed 3 months of negotiations with the transportation authority (SEPTA).
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1998 Jun 20
Seven people were killed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when a Greyhound bus crashed into a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder. At least 18 people were hurt. The driver was on his last run before retirement. He was among the dead with his wife and boy that they took care of.
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1998 Jun 23
Laboratory grown adult nerve cells were implanted into a human brain for the first time to treat a stroke at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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1998 Aug 5
Marie Noe of Philadelphia (69), was arrested and charged with murdering 8 of 10 children by suffocation over a 19 year period (1949-1968). In 1999 Noe (70) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years probation.
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1998 Sep 17
In Apollo, Pennsylvania, nuclear-processing plant operators were ordered to pay 8 cancer-stricken victims $36.5 million.
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1998 Sep
The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an insect not previously seen in North America, was first collected in Allentown, Pa. It had probably arrived several years earlier. It is known as an agricultural pest in its native range of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
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1998 Dec 17
In Gabon Karen Phillips (37), a US Peace Corps worker from Philadelphia, was raped and stabbed to death in Oyem. 3 people were arrested in connection with her death.
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1999 Feb 19
In Allentown, Pa., An explosion at a chemical processing plant in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park killed 5 people and injured 14.
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1999 Aug 7
In China Song Yongyi, a research librarian at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., was imprisoned while collecting data on the Cultural Revolution. On Dec 12 he was charged with "the purchase and illegal provision of intelligence to foreigners." Yongyi was released on Jan 28, 2000.
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1999 Sep 7
1999 Sep 19
Hurricane Floyd caused one death in Caribbean and 56 in United States. Storm hit Bahamas before striking Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
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1999 Sep 17
Jesse Gelsinger (18) of Tucson died after he participated in a Univ. of Pennsylvania gene therapy experiment. His liver had been injected with a virus carrying a corrective gene 4 days earlier. An FDA investigation showed that Gelsinger should never have participated due to entry criteria. In Jan the FDA halted all human gene therapy experiments at Penn.
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1999 Oct
The plum pox virus made its first appearance in North America in Pennsylvania orchards.
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1999 Dec 30
Sarah "Sadie" Clark Knauss, listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person with a verifiable date of birth, died in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age 119.
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2000 Jan 26
Tennis great Don Budge, who in 1938 became the first Grand Slam winner, died in Scranton, Pennsylvania, at age 84.
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2000 Mar 1
In Pennsylvania Ronald Taylor (39) killed 3 people and wounded 2 at an apart-ment and 2 fast food restaurants in Wilkinsburg. In 2001 Taylor was sentenced to death for the killing of 3 white men.
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2000 Mar 10
Pope John Paul the Second approved sainthood for Katharine Drexel (d.1955), a Philadelphia socialite who had taken a vow of poverty and devoted her fortune to helping poor blacks and American Indians. Drexel was canonized the following October.
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2000 Apr 5
In Russia the FSB arrested a US businessman for suspected espionage after he allegedly bought information on defense technology from Russian scientists. Edmond Pope was later identified as a retired navy captain working for Pennsylvania State Univ. in applied research. The key witness against Pope recanted his testimony in Nov.
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2000 Apr 28
In Pennsylvania Richard Baumhammers (34) shot and killed 5 people in a racially motivated shooting spree in McKees Rocks. He was sentenced to death in 2001.
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2000 May 21
In Pennsylvania a commuter plane, returning from Atlantic City, NJ, crashed in the Pocono Mountains near Wilkes-Barre and all 19 people aboard were killed.
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2000 May 30
Former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey died in Scranton at age 68.
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2000 Jun 18
A US F-14 Tomcat fighter jet crashed during an air show at Willow Grove, Pa. Two naval aviators were killed.
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2000 Jun 26
The new United Religions organization planned a charter signing ceremony at Carnegie Mellon Univ. in Pittsburgh. Episcopal Bishop William Swing first announced his dream June, 1995, at Grace Cathedral in SF. A 41-member Global Council will coordinate activities. 24 members will be chosen by a worldwide membership in 8 regional elections, with a dozen at-large trustees and 5 seats from the current board. The basic unit of the organization will be a group of 7 or more people from a mix of religious traditions.
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2000 Jul 3
A 1970’s steel observation tower that preservationists said had desecrated the battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania was demolished.
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2000 Jul 12
In Philadelphia a WPVI News camera showed city police beat and kick Thomas Jones (30) over nationwide TV.
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2000 Jul 31
The Republican national convention opened in Philadelphia, with George W. Bush’s name put into nomination for president.
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2000 Aug 1
In Philadelphia police arrested at least 280 protesters and raided a warehouse site used as a staging area for passive resistance demonstrations. 15 police officers were injured.
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2000 Aug 2
Republicans awarded Texas Governor George W. Bush their 2000 presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Philadelphia and ratified Dick Cheney as his running mate.
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2000 Aug 3
George W. Bush accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Philadelphia with a 52 minute speech He presented himself as an outsider who would return "civility and respect" to Washington politics.
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2000 Oct 1
Pope John Paul II on China’s national day, canonized as martyrs 87 Chinese believers and 33 European missionaries killed between 1648 and 1930. He also canonized Mother Katherine Drexel (d.1955), a Philadelphia heiress, who became a nun.
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2000 Oct 10
The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Alan Heeger (64) of UC Santa Barbara, Alan MacDiarmed (73) of Univ. of Pennsylvania, and Hideki Shirakawa (64) of the Univ. of Tsukuba for their work in modifying plastics to conduct electricity.
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2000 Dec 31
Flamenco dancer Jose Greco died in Lancaster, Pa., at age 82.
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2001 Feb 11
Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh was demolished to clear the way for new separate baseball and football stadiums nearby.
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2001 Apr 28
It was reported that researchers at the Univ. of Pennsylvania had used gene therapy to reverse a form of congenital blindness in dogs.
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2001 May 11
A jury in Pittsburgh sentenced Richard Baumhammers to death for killing five people in a racially motivated shooting rampage.
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2001 May 13
Jason Miller (62), actor-playwright, died in Scranton, Pa.

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2001 Jun 17
Tropical Strom Allison moved into southeastern Pennsylvania and killed 4 people. This raised the toll from Allison to at least 43.
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2001 Jul 20
Ira Einhorn, convicted in absentia of killing his girlfriend, was flown from France and handed over to Philadelphia police.
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2001 Aug 26
The Tokyo Kitasuna beat Apopka, Fla., 2-1 to win the Little League championship in South Williamsport, Pa.
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2001 Aug 30
It was reported that some 40,000 tax forms were destroyed or concealed at a Pittsburgh processing center run by Mellon Bank.
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2001 Sep 11
8:45 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 carrying 92 people, crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center in NYC. It was enroute from Boston to LA.

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2001 Sep 13
In the Sep 11 terrorist attack, 18 hijackers were identified as ticketed passengers. The data flight recorder for United Flight 93 was found at the Pennsylvania crash site.
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2001 Sep 20
Pres. Bush named Gov. Tom Ridge (56) of Pennsylvania to direct the new office of Homeland Security.
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