There's no Pennsylvania team in the World Series this year, but that doesn't meant that baseball fans here won't be watching to see how the annual Fall Classic plays out. For bar owners across the state, it may be a moment to reinforce in their own minds and those of their employees that they have a responsibility to ensure their patrons don't overindulge and then drive.
It's a common, everyday thing. You climb out of the shower and grab the hair dryer to get your coif in proper shape. The last thing anyone expects is that the device will short out, shoot out an internal part that could injure the user or catch fire and burn a person. It can happen, though, and those who suffer as a result have a right to seek compensation.
The law is clear. The federal government is supposed to keep those workers on the job who are deemed essential for protecting the lives and property of the people. That does not mean that the staffing of various monitoring agencies is being maintained at full capacity during the current partial shutdown of the government.
The whole of Pennsylvania reeled this past June when a building wall being demolished in Philadelphia toppled and crushed a Salvation Army thrift store. Six people died. Fourteen were injured.