Philly Mayor Kenney nixes six City Council bills, giving legislators no time to respond
Kenney’s refusal to act on six bills snookered council members by denying them an opportunity to override him. Some passed with a veto-proof majority.
Protesters take to Capitol steps to oppose Iran escalation
Roughly 30 people gathered on the front steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol building Saturday to protest the threat of war with Iran. “I’m nearly past 30 and we’ve been at war for as long as I can remember,” Chris Thomas, a 28-year old Middletown resident said. Thomas is also a member of the Harrisburg chapter […]
’30 Americans’: New Barnes Foundation exhibit highlights four decades of African-American art
The traveling exhibit, which runs through Jan. 12, highlights the diversity of talents and voices of the African-American artist community.
Mariner East 2 owner fined $30.6 million for western Pa. pipeline explosion
The fine is one of the largest ever brought by the state, but also lifts an 11-month moratorium on state approval for Energy Transfer Partner pipeline construction permits.
How Pa. lawmakers responded to Trump’s airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader
(This rolling list will be updated) Iranian leaders were vowing revenge Friday after a drone strike that killed a top military commander. The leader, Qasem Soleimani, was a “towering figure” in training Iran’s proxies around the Middle East, and was plotting an attack against the United States, the Washington Post reported, citing Trump administration officials. […]
Philly homicides rose again in 2019; Blacks made up majority of the victims, data shows
As of Dec. 27, 2019, 1,445 people were shot in the city, a 2.3 percent increase over last year at that time, according to city data.
Philly Mayor Kenney mum on ‘additional penalties’ for Mummers who wore blackface
The city issued a strongly worded statement condemning the use of blackface by a pair of men in the Froggy Carr Wench Brigade during the 120th annual event.
New Wolf admin plan aims to reduce stigma of mental illness, encourage people to seek help
The goal of the initiative is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, encourage people to seek treatment and analyze the factors that prevent Pennsylvanians from receiving care, Wolf said.
Pa. Farm Show 2020 Butter Sculpture unveiled: Flyers mascot Gritty gets his moment
It’s that time of year again: The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is almost upon us. And in a rite of winter as sure as a ball drop on New Year’s Eve, officials at the state Department of Agriculture unveiled the show’s Butter Sculpture. The sculpture, which usually celebrates some facet of state culture and history, […]
‘A true visionary’: Philly honors Germantown pastor’s community outreach with street renaming
The Rev. Alyn E. Waller has been senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church since 1994. He's extended the church's reach into the community.
The 2020 Census is coming: What it is, how it works
In less than 100 days the 2020 Census will survey Americans across the country, attempting to take a snapshot of America through a statistical lens.
Meet the African American man charged with bringing Glen Mills back from the dead
“There is no doubt about it that we have a long, uphill climb in front of us,” Christopher Spriggs said. “But I think we are headed in the right direction.”