Health - May 24, 2013


Bill of Rights to be displayed in Philadelphia

A handwritten copy of the Bill of Rights is set to be displayed at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia beginning in the fall of 2014.  The three year exhibit is a result of an agreement between the Commonwealth and New York State.  Pennsylvania and New York have “shared” a copy of the Bill of Rights since the New York Public Library obtained a copy via donation in 1896.  The origin of that copy has been debated for a long time.  Each of the original thirteen colonies, along with the federal government, received a handwritten copy of the Bill of Rights in 1789.  Since then twelve copies are known to have survived and the one New York is in possession of is rarely displayed for public view.  New York’s original copy is thought to have been lost to a fire; while Pennsylvania, along with Maryland and Georgia, misplaced their copies.  The 100 year agreement has the document eventually returning to New York where it will be displayed sixty percent of the time for the next 94 years.  The last time this copy was displayed for public viewing was 1976.

 

Governor Corbett to write for Philly.com

Governor Corbett has a new gig, he’ll be writing a column for Philly.com.  Interstate General Media CEO Robert Hall said there was no political bias involved; simply giving readers “content that is interesting.”  Interstate is the parent company of Philly.com, The Inquirer, and Philadelphia Daily News.  Philly.com was quick to note that while it posts articles from both the Inquirer and Daily News, the website itself is not a newspaper or newspaper website.  Both of those papers actually have their own websites and are “editorially independent of one another.” 

Considering Corbett is running for re-election as Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014, the column is raising some eyebrows.  Philly.com reports that several of Corbett’s Democratic challengers were irked by not being offered the same opportunity.  Hall noted that an offer has been extended to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and she has said she’s looking forward to the opportunity.  The first column, in question and answer format, was posted just a day after his re-election website went up.  There is no word on how often or when exactly the column will run and the governor is not being paid.