Health - August 3, 2012


Voter ID case wraps up

Yesterday, closing arguments were heard in the controversial Voter ID case in Commonwealth Court; meaning a decision on the case is on the horizon.  Testimony continued for six days, with individuals testifying who may be prevented from voting because they lacked the proper identification; plaintiffs also argued that voter fraud is extremely rare.  Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued in closing that the law unfairly burdens certain groups of people and that even with a new ID coming; the state can’t guarantee that all voters that need the ID will be reached.  The defense, Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Cawley, argued in closing that all of the witnesses that testified about their lack the necessary documents have the information they need to obtain an ID from the Department of State and that to stop the law now would be a waste of resources spent on getting voters up to date.  A decision will be presented the week of August 13; plenty of time for Supreme Court appeals before the coming election.

State Museum displays Team USA gymnasts uniforms made in PA

Pennsylvania residents hoping to get an up close and personal view of this summer’s Olympics can do so, without leaving the state.  The State Museum of Pennsylvania is displaying the USA gymnastics team leotards that were manufactured by GK Elite Sportswear, which is based in Reading, Pennsylvania.  The team was featured on the cover of the Olympic preview edition of Sports Illustrated magazine wearing the leotards.  The company manufactures all of their apparel at their facility in Berks County.  They were also tasked with creating the leotards of several other countries competing in the Games; including, Great Britain, Australia, Slovakia, France, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic.  The exhibit will be on display until September 9.  For more information visit www.statemuseumpa.org.

In other news

520 years ago Christopher Columbus set sail on the ocean blue; for the Americas.  Today we all know that he didn’t actually land in the New World we call home, but the Canary Islands.  On the evening of August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail with the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta and continued to sail between the Caribbean islands and Europe until 1503; when he became stranded along with his crew in Jamaica.  They were finally rescued and returned to Spain in 1504.  Columbus died a few short years later in 1506.  Today, thanks to him, we take a break in mid-October and celebrate Columbus Day in observance of his landing in the Americas.