Saturday, May 25, 2013
Discovery Garden Day
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring the whole family to the Children's Discovery Garden for a day of hands-on, sensory fun. Dig and plant seeds together as you learn about gardens and the critters who call them home. Activities include games, hands-on crafts, storytelling and more — all free with admission. Find more details at phipps.conservatory.org.
On Tuesday, district attorneys from Allegheny, Butler and Washington counties in a joint news conference showed their support for Pa. House Bill 741 which restores mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes involving drugs, children and the elderly. Prosecutors contend that without mandatory minimums, they are unable to leverage defendants to go after large scale traffickers and offenders. Opponents to the bill include the Governor, A.C.L.U. and Department of Corrections who state mandatory sentences have shown not to deter crime, but will refill jail cells while abrogating justice.
Given the budget deficit should the state increase funding to market Pennsylvania tourism?