Tag: Pennsylvania

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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I Shouldn’t Be Forced to Give Birth to a Baby Who Won’t Live

When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I and my husband learned during a routine ultrasound that our baby had not developed a major portion of her brain and never would. The condition, anencephaly, a type of neural tube defect that also stunts the growth of the skull, is terminal. If carried to term, our baby […]

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Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Resigns Amid Sexting Scandal

The chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party abruptly resigned Tuesday after a news report that he sent a sexually explicit photograph of himself to a female candidate who ran unsuccessfully for the Philadelphia City Council. The report, in The Philadelphia Inquirer, said that the chairman, Val DiGiorgio, sent the candidate, Irina Goldstein, a photo of his […]

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Trump Promised a Manufacturing Renaissance. What Happens in 2020 in Places That Lost Those Jobs?

DIMONDALE, Mich. — In August 2016, Donald J. Trump was full of promises when he spoke to a packed crowd at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex here. Predicting that he would carry Michigan, a state that had not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, Mr. Trump said his would be “a victory […]

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Joe Sestak, Former Pennsylvania Congressman, Becomes the 24th Democratic Candidate for President

Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral and congressman from Pennsylvania, said he was joining the crowded field of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020. With an announcement on his website on Saturday, Mr. Sestak became the 24th Democratic candidate running for president. “I wore the cloth of the nation for over 31 years in […]

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Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, had been expected to be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex this month to await trial on a separate state case. But […]

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Army Veteran Everett Palmer Died in Police Custody in 2018. His Family Can’t Find His Heart

Photo: Photo provided by family 41-year-old U.S. Army veteran Everett Palmer called his brother to tell him he was heading to New York to visit their sick mother. Before he left, he needed to make sure an outstanding DUI warrant in Pennsylvania was settled to be sure his license was valid. Two days later, on […]

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