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Philly City councilwoman wants acting police commissioner out over T-shirt mocking Rodney King beating

By: - September 12, 2019

Viewed through a 2019 lens, acting Commissioner Christine Coulter said she wouldn't wear the T-shirt today. That might not be good enough.

At House hearing, Philly students give their take on criminal justice reform

By: - September 11, 2019

By John N. Mitchell PHILADELPHIA — There is a growing movement in education in schools across Philadelphia to prioritize restorative justice over more punitive forms of punishment. On Tuesday, in a first-of-its-kind hearing, at least a dozen students who participate in the Philadelphia Community Youth Court had the opportunity to tell state lawmakers about the […]

Philly Black leaders: More cops fired over alleged racist, violent Facebook postings

By: - September 11, 2019

“More people were involved in that. More people have been fired,” said Solomon Jones, who heads the Rally for Justice Coalition.

Enviros fume as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan downplays rift with Pa. over Chesapeake cleanup

By: - September 5, 2019

Just a week ago, the Republican complained bitterly that Pennsylvania was falling short of its requirements to reduce nitrogen in state waterways and had a $320 million funding gap to meet federally mandated cleanup goals.

Billionaire backer of Marsy’s Law cuts deal on drug trafficking charges

By: - July 31, 2019

Nicholas is the backer of the nationwide push for the victims’ rights measure Marsy’s Law, which seeks to change state laws to enshrine rights for crime victims.

ICE ordered her deportation. Instead she’s spent the last year living in a Va. church

By: - July 22, 2019

Abbie Arevalo-Herrera is one of two women living in Virginia churches to avoid deportation by ICE, which has a policy of not arresting people in locations it deems “sensitive.”

AFL-CIO president will host NAFTA town hall in Pittsburgh

By: - June 12, 2019

By Derek Robertson The president of the nation’s largest labor union announced Tuesday that he will hold a series of town halls about “union members’ struggles under NAFTA, and what working people want to see from the administration’s proposed USMCA [United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement].” The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka will travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan over […]

At town hall, U.S. Rep. Dean says ‘enough is enough,’ calls for Congress to open impeachment inquiry

By: - May 30, 2019

"I think we are faced with the most indecent president of our lifetime,” Dean said on the campus of Montgomery County Community College.

Protesters target Michigan operation of Pennsylvania anti-abortion group

By: - May 29, 2019

By Derek Robertson A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is blanketing this week’s Mackinac Policy Conference with accusations that a family planning group opposed to abortion is misusing state taxpayer dollars. The nonprofit Equity Forward is accusing that group, Harrisburg-based Real Alternatives, of waste and misattribution of funds in its partnership with Michigan, which began in 2013 […]

High stakes for Pa. as Supreme Court grapples with census citizenship question

By: - April 25, 2019

The high court's eventual decision could have significant consequences for Pennsylvania’s federal funding and political representation.

In speech to new U.S. governors, Gov. Tom Wolf shares Pa.’s experience fighting opioid abuse

By: - April 9, 2019

In a speech to governors from 33 states and territories, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf said fighting opioid abuse cuts across party lines.