They say all's fair in love and war, but Mary Kane, an 85-year-old widow from Chester Springs, says she can't help but feel scammed by a Philly dating firm that charged her $4,750 (down from the original $7,000 price tag) for a suitor she didn't even ask for, leaving her to question the service's ethics. But ethically dubious baggage won't keep New Jersey voters from casting their ballots along party lines in races that mirror Minnesota's. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, federal prosecutors have launched a probe into the state's Catholic Church in an unprecedented inquiry into whether decades of clergy sex abuse and the ensuing cover-up constituted any federal crimes.
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Dating is hard these days, and many are turning to apps and matchmaking services to help find a spark. But not all Cupids are created equal, leaving some love-seekers feeling set up.
For Mary Kane, an 85-year-old widow from Chester Springs, $4,750 seemed like a steep price to pay to King of Prussia-based Philadelphia Singles, but the firm promised her at least seven "wonderful men" and pressured her into signing a contract, she says.
And while she specifically requested a highly-educated partner, Kane was paired with one man and one man only — an 81-year-old without a college education.
Consumer reporter Christian Hetrick dives into the world of matchmaking services, providing you the pitfalls of paid assistance when it comes to courtship.
In Minnesota's Eighth District — which includes the state's vast mining range — Republicans feel they have their best bet to gain a Democratically-held seat next month and counter punch losses elsewhere. Two and half hours south, though, GOP incumbents in affluent suburbs are running for their political lives, and educated women are leading a Democratic surge that, they hope, changes power in the U.S. House.
What does any of this have to do with our region? All too much.
Reporter Jonathan Tamari said his visit to the two districts last week mirrors races throughout New Jersey and Chester County, providing a look at the geographic polarization that is shaping much of American politics, and already split many states, including Pennsylvania, into deep blue pockets around cities, wide red swaths elsewhere, and little overlap.
Want to stay up-to-date on our area's weird and wild world of politics as we count down to midterms? Let award-winning reporter Holly Otterbein be your guide with the weekly Clout newsletter.
Less than a day after the Pennsylvania Senate failed to take action on allowing victims of sexual abuse to file lawsuits for decades-old damage, U.S. prosecutors are investigating the church whose sweeping scandal prompted the bill.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has subpoenaed every Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania for a trove of records, opening a potentially unprecedented inquiry into whether decades of clergy sex abuse and the ensuing cover-up constituted any federal crimes, from the possession of child pornography to transporting children across state lines for the purposes of engaging in sex.
With the Senate gone until January without resolution on the bill to allow sexual abuse victims to sue their attackers and the institutions that housed them, it's unclear what will happen to the legislation.
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