Hello. My Name is Paul Ricci, MS MA. I have been a statistician/blogger for 20 years who has written on a variety of topics in and around the Allegheny Mountain Region of Pennsylvania. This project is an expansion of these efforts to further study issues facing the area without fluff. Below is a video introduction to the site. I have imported 20 posts from my old blog, CSI without Dead Bodies, to show examples of my work. This project is funded by a grant from the Leveler Foundation with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies serving as a fiduciary. This project and website is a work in progress. The last 12 years of this blog have been great. Allegheny Independent Media is an expansion of these activities. You're all welcome to join in. An announcement on the launch date is to come.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Thursday, June 9, 2022
I will be there on June 14 and 16th selling my book. These two days are healthcare themed days. On the 16th at 3pm, I will be there presenting on racial health disparities in Cambria County. I hope you all can come.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Certainly the Appalachian Mountains and the people living there have been the target of stereotyping for decades such as in the movie Deliverance. The mountain chain extends all the way from Mississippi all the way into Maine. This conference is a good meeting of the minds to discuss how to move forward.
Speaking of County Health Rankings, the new rankings for each county in the U.S. It should include statistics on the coronavirus pandemic which just reached its second anniversary on the 11th. Cambria County will reach the second anniversary of its first case on March 23.
Also on the horizon are the new annual hate group numbers from the Southern Poverty Law Center. These numbers are expressed by state and ideology. I will also look at the numbers for the state of PA and the U.S.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
After a successful book signing at IUP's homecoming two weeks ago, I reached 100 sales of my book Wuthering Depths in Johnstown: By the Numbers. This weekend coming up I will be selling my book at Rosie's Bookapalooza this weekend at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. It will run from Friday Oct. 22 from 10am-5pm to Sat, Oct 23 and Sun, Oct 24 from 10am-3pm. Five other local authors will be there.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
My Presentation at the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia and the Upcoming Festival of Books in the Alleghenies
Hi all, I know that I have been away. I had my presentation at the virtual Writers Association of Northern Appalachia last Saturday. You can see it above. Also, this Saturday, Sept.18, I will be at the Festival of Books in the Alleghenies in Ebensburg, PA with 40 other local authors from many genres. There will be something for everyone. Come on down!!
Friday, August 27, 2021
(Ebensburg, PA) This year, Ebensburg will be host to The Festival of Books in the Alleghenies which will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9AM until 4PM in Historic Ebensburg. This 4th annual regional festival is free to attend and will feature about 50 authors, local music, a children's area, writing workshops and storytellers. Proceeds from the festival will benefit county literacy initiatives. The Festival is a fund under the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies.
Local author, Paul Ricci, has been selected to be one of the authors at this year’s event. Ricci is a statistician who was born and lives in Johnstown, PA. He tracks coronavirus numbers for Cambria County, loves bicycling, and teaches at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. He also blogs on statistics and a wide variety of issues at CSI without Dead Bodies (https://www.csiwithoutdeadbodies.com/). The title is a pun on the TV Show CSI.
For more information visit the event webpage at https://festivalofbooks.org/
Hope to see you all on Sept. 18
Saturday, June 19, 2021
I Will Be Presenting my Book at Classic Elements and the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia Conference
I will be presenting my book Wuthering Depths in Johnstown: By the Numbers at the annual writers conference of the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia. It will be in Wheeling, WV on September 10-12 at Oglebay Park.
Friday, January 22, 2021
In This Together: Cambria was organized as a response to the skyrocketing case and death rate in the county. They have partnered with The Tribune-Democrat, the 1889 Foundation, Conemaugh Health System, and others. They have held online events to inform the public on COVID-19 and vaccines and a spiritual prayer service for the holidays.
- February 9: Mental Health
- February 23: Specialists Forum
- March 9: Local Leaders
- March 23: Economic Impact
- April 6: Education
Testing Rates are Higher in Johnstown but There Are More Cases of COVID-19 in the Rest of Cambria County
Thursday, September 24, 2020
My book is now out in local bookstores and can be ordered at Made in Somerset County, PA. It is now available to purchase at Classic Elements on Main Street, the Bottle Works in Cambria City, the Chameleon Bookstore next to Central Park in Johnstown, AT Merchant in the Galleria Mall, the Book Nook in Indiana, PA, and IUP's bookstore. I am working on getting it into more book stores. The book tells the story of Johnstown with numbers. It looks at trends in population, politics, health, education, social media, and in non-profits.
The book will not be available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for order. Jeff Bezos has enough money. This blog already shows Amazon Books through their affiliate program.
In addition to my work on the book, the group Put People First will have its annual Medicaid March in Downtown Johnstown on September 29. The flyer is listed below. Next week will be the tenth anniversary post for this blog.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
It is a profile of the city of Johnstown as told by the numbers that are publicly available. Some of it began with posts from this blog that relate to the city of Johnstown (some of which are in the related posts below). The rest of it came from my sources such as the census bureau and other government sources and from other research projects. Its release should come close to the tenth anniversary of this blog which is next month. Further details to come.
Thanks to Eric Luden for the cover and back cover art, to The Johnstown Area Heritage Association, and to Nicholas Brisini, Michael Giazzoni, Jessica Maniccia Smith, and Lloyd Stires for their advice on editing.**Related Posts**
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
This post was on changes in enrollment and in those needing special education services in the Greater Johnstown, Westmont, and Richland School Districts. It was posted in November. Enrollment has decreased in all three districts while African-American enrollment has increased in Johnstown.
This post was made in November 2018 to introduce the poll for the greatest nonfiction book of all time. So far the Origin of Species is leading.
This post from May of this year presents a documentary on the migratin of African Americans to Johnstown.
This post from October looks at the propaganda campaign against the local candidate for Cambria County Commissioner, Jerry Carnicella. He lost.
This post is from May 2011 the oldest post on this list. It talks about how the conflict in the US is reflected in similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan.
This post is a follow up to the second ranked post on this list. It is from November and gives the results up to Nov 24 of this year.
For this list, two of the posts were made before 2019 and six of them were on the City of Johnstown and the surrounding area. Of the eight posts made this year, three were made in the first half of the year. This blog almost completely covers the 2010s. In September I will have the tenth anniversary post looking at it's all time most popular posts.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
I should have more time to elaborate on these posts later this holiday. I'll leave you with this video I took at the Midnight Mass at the Cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Usually for my anniversary posts I look at the web traffic statistics for the site. This year I thought I would take stock of where the blog is and where it will go.
Seven years ago I began the blog by conducting data driven journalism before I had even heard of the term. This year I have been outsourcing my writing skills to the websites Data Driven Journalism, Kolabtree, and The Hill Talk. These opportunities are nice. However it takes a long time to put together data driven posts. Opinion pieces like this one are a lot less time consuming to write.
This blog was created to fulfill three purposes.
- To educate people on how statistics can help people to see patterns that aren't easy to see with the naked eye.
- To keep my statistical skills sharp.
- To showcase my skills when I am not working.
I have had more work this year (though most of it unpaid) and I have less time to post so I will have less time to post here at least until my city council campaign ends on November 7. II did get the above note placed under my windshield wiper recently that I had to share with you all.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Healthcare 4 All PA is an organization advocating for a Single Payer here in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm there will be an organizing meeting at the PRESS Bistro where we will learn about the organization and brainstorm about activities. Anyone in the area is welcome. For more information on the state organization see http://