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2014-04-01 12:25:30

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today reminded residents that April is Earth Month. The theme for Earth Month is "Pick it up PA," encouraging residents to take time to pick up litter around their homes and in public areas. "I believe we can make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work and play by taking the time to clean up litter around our homes, businesses and parks." DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said....

2014-03-27 12:25:51

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Fifty Years of Political History: How Events and Personalities Shaped our Commonwealth" -- six prominent authors look at their reporting and analysis on the great personalities and life-changing events that dominated the past half-century. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Business Council Education Foundation Program and held immediately preceding the PEG PAC Annual Dinner WHO: Larry J. Sabato, Director,...

2014-03-13 08:24:45

Energy supplier adds price protection to its current residential electric variable rates in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The impacts of the recent, unprecedented Polar Vortex have highlighted the potential for improvements so that customers are better protected from extraordinarily high energy bills during short term market events. Direct Energy, North America's largest energy and energy-related services provider, is announcing today that effective April 1, the...

2014-03-12 12:28:33

Representatives available seven days a week to provide assistance HARRISBURG, Pa., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital BlueCross is reminding consumers that March 31 is the deadline to sign up for health insurance. The deadline and the potential penalty for not having coverage are part of the Affordable Care Act that requires all Americans to have health insurance in 2014. Anyone in need of assistance with the purchase of health insurance can connect with Capital BlueCross for information...

2014-02-25 12:27:19

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A survey conducted by the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority shows that all health information organizations (HIO) in the state will be able to electronically send patients' discharge instructions and lab results to their primary care physicians. That's one of the key findings of the third annual survey of 11 HIOs, which the Authority conducted to better understand the current operating environment for HIOs in Pennsylvania....

2014-02-19 12:26:18

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital BlueCross has ascended to No. 3 globally, up from No. 10 last year, on the Training Magazine annual list of Top 125 companies for employee training. Training Magazine is the leading business publication for learning and development professionals and publishes the only report that ranks company employee training programs worldwide. "Earning the ranking of No. 3 this year recognizes that we didn't rest on our laurels after...

2014-02-18 16:26:17

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department received an application filing from Highmark, Inc. which seeks department approval for the merger of Highmark and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. "The highest priority in our review of this application is to see that consumers will be protected and the impacted health insurers remain financially strong and the market competitive," Insurance Commissioner Michael...

2014-02-11 12:25:58

Programs celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital BlueCross is hosting a series of free dental programs at its Capital Blue health and wellness retail store at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley, Pa., to teach children how to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy. The programs are in celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month. "It is important that children learn at an early age how to keep their teeth clean...

2014-02-04 16:23:53

True cost to our public lands still unknown HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2014-2015 budget proposed today by Governor Tom Corbett factors in $75 million in drilling revenue to be accrued via the lifting of a moratorium on further leasing of state park and forest lands for gas development. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130211/DC57616LOGO) "This will place more and more of the budget burden on the backs of public lands," said Cindy Dunn,...

2014-02-04 12:27:22

PinnacleHealth Implants Newly Approved Device to Replace Failing Aortic Valves HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute recently became the first hospital in the country to implant via direct aortic access the Trans Catheter CoreValve® after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Dr. Brijeshwar Maini and Dr. Mubashir Mumtaz, co-directors of the Heart Valve Clinic at PinnacleHealth, were also the first in...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'