Hello. My real name is Dan Robrish and I live in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where I edit and own the local newspaper, The Elizabethtown Advocate. The user name "Pha telegrapher" comes from Phillips Code, where Pha stands for Philadelphia. At the time I took on the user name, I was a newsman in the Philadelphia bureau of The Associated Press, a job I held from 1998 to 2010. Before that I was a reporter for daily newspapers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; New Ulm, Minnesota, and Ely, Nevada. (The Ely paper was daily when I worked there but is now weekly.) Before that, I studied and worked on the student newspapers at the University of Minnesota and Los Angeles City College. I was born in Washington, D.C., and I am a 1989 graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.
(The following is an article I started that's being considered for deletion. I've pasted it here to make it easier to insert the information in another article if the consensus is that this does not deserve its own article.)
Meleanie Hain was a gun-rights advocate in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, who attracted widespread attention in 2008 when she carried a gun openly at her 5-year-old daughter’s soccer game. She died in 2009 when her husband shot her, then killed himself.
Hain had her gun in plain view at a September 11, 2008, soccer game. In response, the Lebanon County sheriff revoked her permit to carry a concealed gun. She went to court and testified that she carried the gun openly because the clothing she wore during warm weather made it hard to conceal her gun. Lebanon County Judge Robert Eby reinstated her concealed-carry permit but questioned her judgment and said she had "scared the devil" out of those attending the soccer game.
On October 7, 2009, she was speaking with a friend on a video chat when her husband, Scott Hain, shot her several times, then killed himself. The friend with whom she was chatting witnessed him firing several shots via the online video, authorities said. At the time of their murder-suicide, Hain and her husband had a lawsuit pending against Lebanon County Sheriff Michael DeLeo. In the lawsuit, they said they had suffered emotional distress and lost customers for her home baby-sitting service because of the concealed-carry permit revocation. Her estate continued the lawsuit after her death, but a federal judge dismissed it on November 3, 2010.
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