Tag: Pennsylvania

Middle School Teacher Placed on Leave After Racist Rant Caught on Video

A Pennsylvania middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after she graciously offered a black parent an n-word-laced parking lot lecture about how “niggers” milk the welfare system and stereotype poor, pickup-driving white women in a viral video. The incident allegedly took place after the unnamed teacher (I’m sure we can think of […]

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3 Babies Die at Pennsylvania Hospital After Bacterial Infection

Three premature babies have died after being infected by bacteria while in a neonatal intensive care unit at a Pennsylvania hospital, where five other babies were also sickened, hospital officials said on Monday. Officials with the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., said they did not yet know the source of the infections, which occurred […]

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This Crazy Eagles Fan is University of Pennsylvania Dean [WATCH]

Getty Eagles WR Mack Hollins had four catches for 52 yards, including a huge drop in the fourth quarter. The FOX TV cameras got this crazy Eagles fan yelling obscenities at the team as the station cut to commercial break. It was hilarious and encapsulated the disappointing team’s performance in a nutshell during Sunday afternoon’s […]

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The New England Patriots Boot Antonio Brown Amid Accusations of Sexual Violence and Intimidation

Antonio Brown playing for the New England Patriots in a game against the Miami Dolphins Sept 15, 2019Photo: Michael Reaves (Getty) To coin terminology from another sport, looks like it was three strikes and Antonio Brown was out. The embattled wide receiver got cut by the New England Patriots Friday days after being accused of […]

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Pennsylvania State Senator Resigns After Arrest on Child Pornography Charges

A Pennsylvania state senator resigned Wednesday, one day after he was charged with having child pornography on his iPhone. The senator, Michael Folmer, 63, was arrested on Tuesday night after investigators searched his home in Lebanon, Penn., and found two images depicting “indecent contact with a minor” on his phone, according to a criminal complaint […]

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‘Squash It! Smash It!’: Pennsylvania Implores Residents to Kill an Invasive Bug on Sight

Pennsylvanians cannot stomp their feet fast enough. They are trying. But no matter how many spotted lanternflies they crush underfoot, they cannot seem to keep the hordes of the invasive insect from flapping in their faces, sucking nutrients from valuable vineyards and lurking in their nightmares. Even after death, they pester commuters when their carcasses […]

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Allegations

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images (Getty Images) With the integrity of the Philadelphia police department crippled by allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, commissioner Richard Ross made the abrupt decision to resign on Tuesday. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released an official statement announcing the shocking news. “Today, Commissioner Ross tendered his resignation,” Kenney said in his […]

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Remember That Trump Speech at the Pennsylvania Plant? Workers Had to Attend, Take Paid Time Off or Lose a Day of Pay

Photo: Jeff Swensen (Getty Images) Turns out that those cheering plant workers behind President Trump at the Pennsylvania petrochemical plant didn’t have many choices when it came to attending the event. In fact, they only had three choices: either attend the event to get paid, use paid time off, or don’t attend and not get […]

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How a Shooting Unnerved Philadelphia: ‘Our Collective Hearts Were in Our Throats’

PHILADELPHIA — Trapped in a bathroom on the second floor of a three-story Philadelphia rowhouse, the two police officers huddled together. They could hear the gunman roaming downstairs, shouting and shooting at them through the ceiling. The officers needed help. But sending more police into the home would be too dangerous. “You will possibly encounter […]

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The Subject Was Supposed to Be Energy, but Trump’s Visit to a Chemical Plant Seemed More Like a Rally

MONACA, Pa. — President Trump’s appearance on Tuesday at the site of a multibillion-dollar chemical plant under construction here was ostensibly about energy policy. Instead, the crowd of mostly white, male workers in bright orange and yellow construction vests was the audience for a 67-minute speech that was nearly indistinguishable from something that Mr. Trump […]

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Fortnite’s Bugha Targeted in ‘Swatting’ Hoax

Two weeks ago, Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million in a Fortnite competition in New York. Over the weekend, his home was the target of a fake crime report to the police, officials said. Kyle, who plays online as “Bugha,” was live-streaming a game of Fortnite on Twitch Saturday when he blurted out that his home […]

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Lawsuit Says Former Boy Scouts Have Named 350 More Abusers

A long-running sexual abuse scandal that has prompted the Boy Scouts of America to consider bankruptcy flared anew this week, when a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia asserted that there were hundreds more possible sexual predators associated with the organization, beyond those already listed in its files. A man now in his 50s who brought the […]

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Innocent Man Released After 21 Years in Prison, Star Witness Confesses to Killing: ‘I Can’t Live With This on My Conscience’

John Miller (center) boards a bus to take him home after being released from prison after 21 years. Screenshot: CNN After 21 years behind bars, one Pennsylvania man will finally resume the life he left behind. CNN reports that 44-year-old John Miller has been released from prison after David Williams, the star witness in a […]

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Trump’s Attacks Are Good Politics — for Democrats

President Trump’s tweet attacks on members of Congress of color, from “The Squad” to Representative Elijah Cummings, have made it clear that fanning the flames of white racial resentment is central to his politics and re-election strategy. For decades, some left-leaning strategists stifled their candidates’ response to dog whistles for fear of alienating whites who […]

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Ahead of Debates, Pennsylvania Democrats Lean More Pragmatic Than Progressive

NEWTOWN, Pa. — Diane LeBas, a 71-year-old substitute teacher attending the Newtown Democrats’ summer picnic on Sunday, recounted how she was tear-gassed protesting the Vietnam War. No one could question her progressivism. “But at the moment, I’m leaving progressivism in the back seat for pragmatism,” Ms. LeBas said about the 2020 presidential race. “We have […]

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Meek Mill’s 2008 Conviction Has Been Thrown Out and He’s Getting a New Trial

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Essence) Meek Mill might be getting a new lease on life. According to the Associated Press, on Wednesday, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned his 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges. A three-judge panel unanimously granted Meek a new trial because of evidence of police corruption. Additionally, the court […]

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The Invisible Hand of Justice Stevens on Abortion

During the days following the death last Tuesday of Justice John Paul Stevens, admirers posted lists of their favorite and not-so-favorite Stevens opinions. Free speech on the internet? A great one. No First Amendment protection for burning an American flag? Not so great. Access to federal court for Guantánamo detainees? Definitely. Upholding an Indiana voter […]

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Children Face Foster Care Over School Meal Debt, District Warns

A school district in eastern Pennsylvania faced criticism after sending letters this month to more than three dozen parents warning that if their debt for school meals was not paid, their child could be placed in foster care. “Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,” […]

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2020 Won’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2016, Whatever They Were

WASHINGTON — Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes. Whatever they were, exactly. Was it the loss of working-class white voters or urban black voters? Too much talk of Donald J. Trump or not enough? And what about those […]

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People in Coal Country Worry About the Climate, Too

Dwayne Thomas, who is 70 years old and president of his local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America in southwestern Pennsylvania, spent 43 years working in Appalachian coal mines. For generations, in mines and the nearby steel mills that coal made possible, his family, like many others, has relied on jobs in the […]

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