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Pennsylvania among worst states in nation in outdoor economic value, says study

BY: - August 1, 2021

While Pennsylvania ranks 24th in highest percentage of land covered in state parks and national parks, and contains popular outdoor recreation destinations like the Laurel Highlands and the Pocono Mountains, it still falls behind states with comparable percentages of parkland such as New Hampshire, which ranks 20 for state and national parks but has much higher an outdoor recreation dependency index. Pennsylvania also trails states with lower rankings, such as South Carolina, which ranks 35 for state and national parks.

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The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices

BY: - August 1, 2021

AP’s new policy signals a shift in U.S. politics and culture. It takes a small step away from the traditional “tell-all” practice of American crime reporting. It embraces a bit of the empathy toward wrongdoers shown by reporters in some European countries.

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Nurses care for us – it’s time we stand up and do more for them | Opinion

BY: - August 1, 2021

Having worked as a registered nurse in hospital settings for 27 years I can attest a nurse spends about 75 minutes with a patient. A nurse sees the truth behind the diagnosis. A nurse sees the reality of a treatment. A nurse is a caregiver, a counselor, an advocate.

Philly Mayor Kenney rebuffs growing demands to do more to reduce gun violence

BY: - July 31, 2021

In his six-page letter, Kenney said his administration was taking a “whole of government response” to gun violence, which he added was fueled in part by the coronavirus pandemic.

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 31, 2021

During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act, on Aug. 6. That is the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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The good news about that Pa. Turnpike toll hike | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - July 31, 2021

Every year, just like clockwork, tolls go up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Why do they call them ‘the dog days of summer?’ Its origins, explained | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 31, 2021

It all stems from ancient astronomy and Classical literature.

House Dems struggle to extend federal eviction ban through mid-October

BY: - July 30, 2021

A letter circulated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office indicated that the chamber was working on support to extend eviction protections through Oct. 18, the date when the public health emergency declaration issued by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services also expires.

Philadelphia County won’t comply with Mastriano-backed election ‘investigation’

BY: - July 30, 2021

The Philadelphia City Commissioners unanimously voted against Sen. Doug Mastriano’s, R-Franklin, sweeping request for voting equipment and information used in the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections.

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack

BY: - July 30, 2021

The National Governors Association said as a result of Thursday’s votes, states will no longer be faced with tough financial decisions on canceling training sessions or deferring equipment maintenance.

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Poll: Majority of Pa. residents oppose GOP-backed ‘investigation’ of 2020 election | Friday Coffee

BY: - July 30, 2021

A poll by a liberal advocacy group shows most Pa. residents believe Joe Biden won the presidency -- and they're not interested in litigating it again.

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Bob Moses played a critical role in civil rights and math literacy for Black students | Opinion

BY: - July 30, 2021

By Hasan Kwame Jeffries As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s, Bob Moses traveled to the most dangerous parts of Mississippi to help African Americans end segregation and secure the right to vote. But it would be tutoring students in math 20 years later at his daughter’s racially mixed middle […]