Steve Hallock directs the graduate program for the School of Communication at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and is author, most recently, of a novel, “Sweet Cherry Sunday,” and of a two-volume book analysis of newspaper coverage of the Civil Rights Movement.

The View from Erie

Peering out at the choppy waves from the shore of Lake Erie, the businessman sees opportunity. The fisherman envisions a trout dinner. The tourist anticipates a boat ride. The farmer appreciates the plentiful water supply. The environmentalist frets about lake pollution. James Grunke, president of the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, sees all of …

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Taking the Pre-Midterm Election Pulse

A billboard along U.S. route 22 just west of Johnstown offers up to $54,000 and “guaranteed employment” for incoming nursing students at nearby Mount Aloysius College. As the billboard signifies, higher education institutions have taken a lead role in Johnstown’s transition from steel to health care as the primary economic driver. The burgeoning health care …

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