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How Cherelle Parker’s ‘village’ made a path to victory | Analysis

By: - May 18, 2023

Looking at the crowd of orange shirts Tuesday, Democrat Cherelle Parker said 'This right here, these are my people.'

Racial slurs, dress codes, few Black teachers: How Black girls say Philly schools are failing them

By: - May 18, 2023

'We cannot create equitable education spaces without intentionally considering the needs of Black girls,' experts said.

Philly Democratic mayoral nominee Cherelle Parker is resting at home after brief hospital visit

By: - May 17, 2023

The Democratic mayoral nominee said she was grateful for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers she received.

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Study reveals staggering toll of being Black in America: 1.6M excess deaths over 22 years

By: - May 17, 2023

By Liz Szabo Research has long shown that Black people live sicker lives and die younger than white people. Now a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, casts the nation’s racial inequities in stark relief, finding that the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in 1.63 million excess deaths relative to white Americans over […]

Low fertility rates, high housing prices mean fewer children in most states

By: - May 16, 2023

In states where the drop in the number of children is part of a broader population decline, there will be additional fiscal, economic and political ramifications.

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

The Lehigh Valley’s May 16 primary ballot is filled with important contests

By: - May 15, 2023

From Northampton County District Attorney to contentious school board races -- local voters have plenty of decisions to make.

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States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality

By: - May 15, 2023

Some bills would require clergy to disclose knowledge gleaned through religious rites such as confession.

Pa.’s largest coal plant is retiring. Could it transition to renewables?

By: - May 15, 2023

Homer City Generating Station has been used to delay environmental regulations. Could the infamous site become a symbol for the just transition?

The future of youth detention hangs in balance of Pittsburgh election

By: - May 14, 2023

Social workers are pushing the candidates in the Democratic primary for Allegheny County executive to not re-open a local juvenile jail.

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In Philadelphia, local organizations help voters with housing insecurity

By: - May 14, 2023

A significant issue that housing insecure voters face is that a permanent address is required for voter registration.

Lawyer fees draw scrutiny as Camp Lejeune claims stack up

By: - May 12, 2023

Advocates and lawmakers worry high lawyer fees could shortchange those injured.

Civil rights group files ethics complaint against Allegheny Co. DA Stephen Zappala

By: - May 11, 2023

The complaint focuses on whether politics may have influenced charging decisions the Democratic prosecutor made.