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With gun violence on the rise, one mom fights back

With gun violence on the rise, one mom fights back

In January 2015, Alex Rojas Garcia, a student at Temple University, was shot 15 times and left for dead on a cold and lonely street in Philadelphia. In the six years since, his mother, Aleida Garcia, has taken her tragedy and turned it into fuel for a crusade to fight...

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Wolf Announces Use of J&J Vaccine for Teachers

As part of the priority to safely and quickly get more students back in the classroom, Gov. Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force on March 3 announced that Pennsylvania will use the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for PreK-12 teachers...

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NW Philly coalition advocates for more local vaccinations

NW Philly coalition advocates for more local vaccinations

Elected officials, community organizations and health care providers spoke out about the need for the COVID-19 vaccine in Black and brown communities at a news conference at a West Oak Lane Rite Aid on Friday. More than a dozen officials said Black people should not...

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Local leaders call for end to state ban on local gun regulations

Local leaders call for end to state ban on local gun regulations

In the midst of a gun violence crisis and surging homicides overwhelming Black Philadelphians, elected officials and police brass say now is the time for the Republican-controlled state Legislature to strike down the state’s “pre-emption” law that prohibits local...

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Wolf’s vaccine task force making progress, lawmakers say

Wolf’s vaccine task force making progress, lawmakers say

Pennsylvania's new COVID-19 vaccine task force has been meeting for less than two weeks, but legislative members say the group is already making strides to improve the state's struggling vaccination program. Republican state Sen. Ryan Aument of Lancaster, one of four...

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Hill co-founder’s group helped defeat Trump in PA

Hill co-founder’s group helped defeat Trump in PA

A great many people in Northwest Philadelphia and the adjacent suburbs were undoubtedly delighted over the Biden/Harris victory in Pennsylvania in November, but I doubt if anyone was more exhilarated than Andrea Koplove. That's because Koplove, 45, a Chestnut Hill...

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Pols promise Chew Ave. plans must change to move forward

Pols promise Chew Ave. plans must change to move forward

Stalled negotiations to develop the blighted lot at 6717 Chew Avenue, next to Pleasant Playground in East Mt. Airy, appear ready to re-start following a community meeting Jan. 18 where elected officials voiced support for neighbors, who have rejected initial plans to...

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Address racism on college campuses

Address racism on college campuses

Martin Luther King Jr. was right. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. When racial injustice appears and is allowed to fester on our college campuses, we believe that threat is particularly ominous. When Black students, who are often away from home...

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Pa. GOP Cite Lawsuit To Block State Senator’s Swearing-In

Pa. GOP Cite Lawsuit To Block State Senator’s Swearing-In

Republicans in Pennsylvania's state Senate temporarily evicted the lieutenant governor and refused to seat a Democrat from a suburban Pittsburgh district during the Legislature's first session of the year Tuesday because his opponent was still pursuing a federal...

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The majority who stole Christmas

The majority who stole Christmas

As we enter what should be a time of spiritual reflection of the year about to end, we are reminded of the failure of the majority in the General Assembly to help families across the commonwealth in 2020. In May, a bipartisan proposal to use the Commonwealth’s share...

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Winners and losers of the 2020 election

Winners and losers of the 2020 election

Now that the dust has settled, the results of the 2020 election are clear. High voter engagement and increased mail-in voting led to massive turnout nationwide. While record numbers of Pennsylvanians made their voices heard, their message was less clear. The results...

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$4 billion pandemic business relief plan gets backing

$4 billion pandemic business relief plan gets backing

WEST CHESTER— State Senator-Elect Carolyn Comitta joined more than a dozen state senators Friday in announcing a $4 billion pandemic relief plan to provide direct aid to workers, families, small businesses, the restaurant industry, and others that continue to struggle...

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