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The statue of William Penn atop City Hall is silhouetted by the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
The statue of William Penn atop City Hall is silhouetted by the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

From national protests and natural disasters to the Eagles' stellar season so far, 2017 has been an eye-catching year — and our cameras caught it all.

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Larry Wittig, the chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with two women when they were teens and he was in his late twenties and early thirties.

The Inquirer and Daily News also uncovered a troubling history, including that Wittig was charged with raping a 15-year-old when he was 21 and was found not guilty. Wittig categorically denies the accusations.

The report joins a string of allegations against local officials, including accusations of misconduct by Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach and revelations about an expensively settled sexual harassment complaint against Berks County lawmaker Thomas Caltagirone.

Yesterday the Senate and House passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill that will impact every corner of America. Next year businesses and high earners will see big tax breaks while middle-income taxpayers will see modest ones. Pennsylvania's own Sen. Pat Toomey had a starring role in the bill's creation.

While the GOP celebrated the bill's passing, Democrats think it's a political death wish for Republicans. Tax law scholars say the "haphazard" cuts are a boon to clients who can take advantage of loopholes.

President Trump may not sign the bill until January though, to delay steep automatic spending cuts on popular programs like Medicare until 2019 — after the 2018 midterm elections.

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"Harrisburg is a tough place for women, where fewer than one in five lawmakers is not a man. As cases come to light, she said, there should be swift and equal outrage for offenders of all political stripes."
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Each year an Ambler man creates a winter wonderland light display at his own home to raise money ($108,000 so far) for various charities. Talk about spreading holiday cheer!