Day: July 31, 2010

Webster’s Saga is Not About Dollars and Cents

Well that’s it. The Webster’s of 128 S. Allen St. is no more. Soon, the cafe and bookstore will have a new, albeit temporary, home in 121 S. Fraser St. Of course, as owner, Elaine Meder-Wilgus, noted during one of the community meetings designed to save the downtown cafe: “Webster’s is not the building…it’s the people that fill it.” That remains true, but as Elaine and every Webster’s patron knows, that does not mean that the upheaval is not a big deal. It matters. It matters because Webster’s used to stand in the middle of Allen St. like an immovable rock of local business, the perfect counter-example to the argument that a community-centered establishment cannot stand in this brave new world of globalization. Unfortunately, that sentiment was nothing but a fiction: Webster’s fell behind financially, and the landlord of a very valuable property made a financial decision. Business is business; it has to be about dollars and cents. It is pretty easy to understand, but as a local patron, difficult to take in.

Read on for the rest of my take…

Courts Protect Police, Toss Cop’s Speeding Charge

Last April, State College Police Sergent Bill Muse was driving down Beaver Avenue when Penn State student Kevin Ignatuk jumped out into the street. Sgt. Muse was traveling at 36 miles per hour (in the rain) on Beaver Avenue, which has a speed limit of 25mph, and was unable to stop his police SUV, hitting Ignatuk. Ignatuk had to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Shortly after the crash, Pennsylvania State Police charged Sgt. Muse with driving too fast in poor conditions.

Sgt. Muse was cleared of the charges against him. Read on to find out the reason and why that reason has angered many…

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