Lauren Manelius

Lauren Manelius

Lauren Manelius covers Lancaster County for the Capital-Star. Follow her on Twitter @el_manels.

Ismail Smith-Wade-El

Lancaster Co. lawmakers, hopefuls prepare for renewed debate on gun violence reduction bills 

By: - May 26, 2022

'There is no safety as long as any of us lives in fear,' Democratic House candidate Ismail Smith-Wade-El told the Capital-Star.

Lancaster Co. House candidate loses Dem endorsements in confusion over abortion stance

By: - May 16, 2022

Janet Diaz says she supports the right to choose; but the lawmakers had 'no specific recollection of endorsing' her.


As abortion rights come under attack, Lancaster County residents demand action

By: - May 5, 2022

'Most every trained physician agrees that women’s healthcare requires access to safe and legal abortion services,' Dr. Laura Hatchman said.

Brittany Mitchell [L] and David DeVries [R], both residents of Lancaster city at a May Day rally in downtown Lancaster Pa., on Sunday 5/1/22

Lancaster residents call for workers’ rights on May Day

By: - May 2, 2022

The event was 'a launching point for a larger arc of action to demand a fair deal for everyday working people in Lancaster County,' organizers said.

Lancaster Co. residents advocate for citizen input on spending American Rescue Plan Act funds

By: - October 21, 2021

The advocacy group, Lancaster Stands Up, will hold an online town hall on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Lanc. Co. EMS faces funding deficit, the latest in a trend of statewide EMS funding woes

By: - September 23, 2021

The money is needed to hire new employees -- 30 of the positions at LEMSA are currently unfilled -- and provide fund wage increases for its 155 workers.. Ultimately, however, it’s to prevent LEMSA from having to reduce its service area for the first time in its history.

New mass vaccination clinic in Lancaster Co. administers 500 doses on its first day; as officials look for increased supply

By: - March 11, 2021

More than 3,000 people have asked to volunteer or work for the effort, Dr. Ripchinski later told the Capital-Star. 

Protesters seeking justice, reform ask “Where is the love?” on Valentine’s Day in Lancaster

By: - February 15, 2021

Marchers called for reforms to law enforcement and the county's prison system, they also handed out food and winter clothing to people experiencing homelessness.

Amid pandemic, advocacy group wants Wolf, Legislature to extend Medicaid to all

By: - October 5, 2020

“We’re very concerned the upcoming state budget will even include cuts to Medicaid,” an organizer said during a Saturday protest in Lancaster.

In Lancaster, criminal justice reform advocates say $1M bail was meant to ‘punish or deter’ protests

By: - September 17, 2020

The groups, Lancaster Stands Up, SafeHouse Lancaster, Green Dreamz, ACLU PA, and the Lancaster NAACP, denounced what they described as a “broken criminal justice system.” 

‘We’ve seen the devastating effects of gentrification’: Lancaster protest focuses on housing equity

By: - August 6, 2020

The central Pennsylvania city is becoming a hipster maven. But not everyone is sharing in that new prosperity, some are losing their homes.

Berks County needed PPE: How four volunteers came together to help fill the gap

By: - May 11, 2020

The Berks PPE Resource Network is one of the many community groups around the state looking to do its part during the pandemic.