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Philly Council resolution supports workers alleging hair discrimination

By: - October 2, 2021

The measure by Councilmember Cherelle Parker backs local federal security officers

Advocates, elected officials call on UPMC to raise wages and improve community outreach

By: - September 30, 2021

'At UPMC, Black workers, particularly Black women workers, are concentrated in the hospital jobs that pay their lowest wages,' one activist said

‘I’m heartbroken and outraged’: Philly Mayor Kenney, cops talk gun violence in Pa.’s biggest city

By: - September 30, 2021

The city has logged 20 homicides and 71 criminal shootings this week, according to Philly P.D. data.

Philly schools superintendent William Hite is leaving

By: - September 28, 2021

“As I continue to serve the students, families and staff of the School District of Philadelphia throughout this next year, I do so with deep pride and humility,” Hite said.

Wolf admin announces $655M in aid to child care providers

By: - September 28, 2021

Licensed providers can submit applications for one-time grants. If approved, they will have 9 months to use the funds and report to DHS.

Philly-based research consortium gets $29M federal grant to search for a cure for HIV

By: - September 27, 2021

'I feel like I’m making history,' one researcher said of the fight for a cure

Alle.Co. Port Authority nabs $216M COVID grant; will use money to recover from pandemic losses

By: - September 26, 2021

'Public transit is vitally important to our region’s recovery from this global pandemic,' a spokesperson said.

Philly City Council urges Congress to end forced labor in prisons

By: - September 25, 2021

'We can’t decarcerate our country unless we eliminate the financial incentive to keep Black and brown, working class and poor people in prison,' Councilmember Kendra Brooks said.

Pgh City Council bill seeks to ban cats from being declawed

By: - September 23, 2021

Violators would be punished with fine of up to $500 for each offense under the proposal sponsored by Councilmember Bobby Wilson

In a city torn by violence, Black Philadelphians are buying guns to respond to crime, racism

By: - September 22, 2021

“Why would you want the racists to be the only ones with knowledge of firearms?” Philadelphia gun advocate and founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, recently asked a reporter.

Allegheny County Jail board ends contract with C-SAU, warden Harper objects

By: - September 22, 2021

With the contract removed, Allegheny County President Judge Kim Clark expressed her concerns during the meeting about the jail’s capacity to comply by Dec. 6 with a ballot referendum which bans solitary condiment, as well as the use of restraints and chemical weapons. Clark said she trusts ACJ warden Orlando Harper to do the right thing and comply with the referendum by Dec. 6.

Allegheny County ran out of pediatric ICU beds and added tents to increase bed capacity

By: - September 21, 2021

On Sept. 17, UPMC announced the opening of a medical tent for the hospital’s Emergency Department in a tweet that called the number of children coming in as “historic.” Children’s hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the Pittsburgh region.