Special to the Capital-Star

Former state Rep. Rick Saccone eyes bid for lieutenant governor

By: - July 19, 2021

Lieutenant governors run on a separate ticket than gubernatorial candidates in Pennsylvania primary elections, and then whoever wins the primary joins their party’s nominee on the ticket for the general election. This generally allows for pretty wide open lieutenant governors in the spring every four years.

In Philly, questions over whether Biden is doing enough to pass federal voting rights standards

By: - July 18, 2021

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District, said voters in Philadelphia, especially voters of color, “can’t take anything for granted.”

Pgh is getting its first drive-thru medical marijuana dispensary

By: - July 17, 2021

The Healing Research Center in Robinson Township is expected to officially open on Fri., July 30 and will operate Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Black and Brown LGBTQ organizers start to formulate a new Philly Pride

By: - July 14, 2021

The group is in the process of establishing committees to take care of logistics, fundraising and all other aspects of running Pride events in the city.

Philly Navy Yard redevelopment: Black-owned firm, partner pledge $1B toward diversity, equity, inclusion

By: - July 13, 2021

The developers expect to break ground on the project’s first building in the fourth quarter of this year. Mayor Jim Kenney said the project will help spur equitable growth in the city.

Allegheny Co. President Judge Kim Clark says systemic racism exists in courts

By: - July 12, 2021

Clark, who has served as a judge since 1999, and as president judge since 2018, is the first Black person to hold the top position in Allegheny County history.

Pittsburgh’s Chinatown receives historic designation, group seeks funds for a plaque

By: - July 12, 2021

OCA Pittsburgh is raising $7,000 on GoFundMe to complete the bronze plaque to commemorate Pittsburgh's Chinatown.

‘We have two options: Do something or do nothing’: New app connects conflict resolution volunteers to those in need

By: - July 11, 2021

Philadelphia Interfaith Coalition has partnered with Philly Truce volunteers to offer its members’ houses of worship as safe spaces to conduct mediations.

Pa. Youth Congress hits Keystone State corporations for lack of LGBTQ support

By: - July 10, 2021

Preston Heldibridle, the group's executive director, said that the organization has seen benefits from its work during Pride month.

If Pgh. and a suburb merge, the Steel City’s controller says it should spur more municipal consolidations

By: - July 8, 2021

Municipal consolidations have seen some success at improving services and regions' competitiveness, but academics are split on whether mergers and annexations should be seen as panaceas.

Chronic unemployment linked to higher risk of early death, Philadelphia report finds

By: - July 8, 2021

Unemployment spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for Black, Hispanic and Latinx workers in Philadelphia.

‘What Homewood can become is limitless,’ Pgh community activist says

By: - July 8, 2021

Despite the shift, Homewood Children’s Village CEO Walter Lewis believes Homewood remains a neighborhood full of creative energy.