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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.

State Farm Bureaus back proposal for $737M Chesapeake Watershed cleanup initiative

By: - September 21, 2021

Maryland and the five other Bay states are embracing a proposal from the Chesapeake Bay Commission to create a Chesapeake Resilient Farms Initiative, which would tap $737 million in federal funding over the next decade to help clean up nutrient and sediment pollution from farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

10 years after ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a new world for LGBTQ servicemembers

By: - September 19, 2021

Wiskowski, an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, served four tours overseas during her 20 years in the military. She now lives in Montgomery County and works as a senior manager at Comcast NBCUniversal. She credits the end of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” with allowing her to “be a better and more present leader, as I can fully integrate my civilian and military lives.”

Half of LGBTQ workers have faced job discrimination, new report finds

By: - September 16, 2021

The Williams Institute study states that over 8 million workers in the U.S. identify as LGBT. The study stipulates that “Employment discrimination and harassment against LGBT people has been documented in a variety of sources and found to negatively impact employees’ health and well-being and to reduce job commitment and satisfaction.”

Meet Pauli Murray: The civil rights activist you’ve never heard of

By: - September 14, 2021

Pauli Murray worked alongside some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights movement but many have never heard of them. A new film tells their story.

Biden admin announces its ‘comprehensive plan’ to fix high drug prices

By: - September 13, 2021

A new report glosses over some major concerns.

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

By: - September 13, 2021

In 19 of the 32 states with sufficient data, Native women are paid at least $20K less per year than white men.

Poll: Majority of Pa. residents want fracking to end

By: - September 12, 2021

The clean energy industry performed much better, with 69% of voters viewing it favorably, and only 18% viewing it unfavorably.

Democrats, GOP lawmakers in Pa., elsewhere push back against partisan election reviews

By: - September 9, 2021

Inspired by former President Donald Trump’s baseless accusation of widespread voter fraud, the inquiries are taking place in two states won by President Joe Biden. They come as the similarly partisan review wraps up in Arizona, where investigators chased conspiracy theories and accepted millions of dollars from Trump allies.

Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Anthony Hamlet resigns

By: - September 9, 2021

As announced by Pittsburgh Public School district solicitor Ira Weiss, PPS superintendent Anthony Hamlet will resign from his position on Oct. 1. Hamlet served more than five years as the superintendent for the region’s largest public school district, and he was sworn in as PPS superintendent in July 2016.

In Philly, HIV cases remain high among queer and trans people of color | Analysis

By: - September 6, 2021

For many LGBTQ+ people of color, HIV infections are rapidly spiking, according to José de Marco, an organizer for the AIDS activism group ACT UP.

Controversial Allegheny County Jail contractor has criminal history, served time in U.K.

By: - September 3, 2021

The contractor, Joseph Garcia, also once warned of a race war against correctional officers