Since their large-scale influx from the homeland in the late 19th century, Italian Americans have rendered their distinct pattern on the cultural fabric with their food, fashions, expressions and mores. Many have gone on to prominence in sports, academia and public service, overcoming perceptions of their limitations along the way, while a select f...

With the recent passing of Allentown icon Lee Iacocca, I was struck by the impact an entrepreneur can make on a city, a country, a world. You see, Lido, as my dad liked to call him, spent his childhood in typical early 20th century humble beginnings, the same neighborhood my dad grew up in. Around Seventh and Allen streets in downtown Allentown,...

Lee A. Iacocca, the visionary automaker who ran the Ford Motor Company and then the Chrysler Corporation and came to personify Detroit as the dream factory of America’s postwar love affair with the automobile, died on Tuesday at his home in Bel Air, Calif. He was 94. He had complications from Parkinson’s disease, a family spokeswoman said. In an in...

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" This is the most famous part of "The New Colossus", the poem engraved on a plaque on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty....

By Claude Brodesser-Akner   Joe Piscopo's not running for governor -- at least, not yet. "I'm not raising money, and I haven't officially declared," said Piscopo in an telephone interview with NJ Advance Media on Thursday afternoon. The former "Saturday Night Live" star, who was raised in North Caldwell and now lives in Lebanon Tow...