York Mayor Charlie Robertson and eight other white men were charged in 2001 in the fatal shooting of a black woman during city race riots in 1969. Two men were convicted; Robertson was acquitted. Today, York has its first black mayor.
Philadelphia prosecutors got a long-awaited victory in 2002.
Former hippie guru Ira Einhorn had spent nearly 17 years on the lam
in Europe after his girlfriend's body was discovered in a trunk in
the couple's apartment. Found in France and extradited to the U.S.,
Einhorn is now serving a life sentence.
Suspected multiple-murderer Hugo Selenski was acquitted of two
killings but still faces trial in two others. Authorities found
between five and 12 sets of human remains found on Selenski's
property outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003.
Authorities have spent years trying untangle a bank robbery plot
in Erie that ended with a pizza deliveryman being killed by a bomb
locked around his neck. So far, one man has pleaded guilty and the
alleged mastermind, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, awaits trial.
Philadelphia-based Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator,
is poised to become a huge player in the entertainment industry as
it announced plans this month to buy a majority stake in NBC
Universal. That would give Comcast control of the TV network, an
array of cable channels and a major movie studio.
Contrast that with Coudersport-based Adelphia. Once the nation's
fifth-biggest cable company, Adelphia collapsed into bankruptcy in
2002 after prosecutors accused its founding family of using it as
their personal piggy bank. Founder John Rigas and son Timothy are
now serving prison sentences.
Erie got good news in 2007 after an anonymous benefactor donated
$100 million to 46 nonprofit groups in the city.
But the future remains unclear for two major newspapers in
Philadelphia. The owner of the Inquirer and Daily News filed for
bankruptcy protection last February.
In entertainment news, reality proved more compelling than
reality TV for Jon and Kate Gosselin, the stars of " Jon & Kate
Plus 8." Their imploding marriage drew more cameras than the TLC
show about their eight children - twins and sextuplets - filmed at
their home in Wernersville.
Scranton became a Mecca for fans of the quirky NBC hit comedy
"The Office." Home to the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company,
the city drew thousands of pilgrims to the inaugural "Office
Convention" in 2007.
And a judge ruled in a years-long battle that the Barnes
Foundation could move its multibillion-dollar art collection to
downtown Philadelphia from suburban Lower Merion.
Philadelphia mother Luzaida Cuevas thought her days-old infant
died in a fire in 1997. But in 2004, she was reunited with her
daughter, Delimar Vera, who had been kidnapped and raised by
another woman in New Jersey.
Tanya Kach resurfaced in 2006 after a 10-year disappearance. She
ran away at 14 to live in McKeesport with Thomas Hose, then a
37-year-old security guard at her school; she says he kept her
against her will. Kach eventually revealed her situation to a local
Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar mysteriously
disappeared in 2005, nine months before he was to retire. Though
his car and laptop have been found, Gricar remains missing.
An FBI bug was discovered in Philadelphia Mayor John Street's
office in 2003. Street was never charged, but prosecutors later
earned a string of City Hall corruption convictions.
And a man behind bars for 14 years in suburban Philadelphia in a
divorce dispute was released. H. Beatty Chadwick, accused of hiding
$2.5 million from his ex-wife, was jailed for not disclosing its
whereabouts. Chadwick maintains he lost the money in bad
The state witnessed a string of mass killings.
Pennsylvania Decade in Review
recap of the most harrowing and tragic events
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