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First George Floyd-inspired bills become law in Pennsylvania

July 15, 2020

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first bills passed by Pennsylvania’s Legislature in response to widespread protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd became law Tuesday with Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The two bills, which passed the House and Senate unanimously last month, are designed to prevent problematic officers from…

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Statement from Council President Darrell L. Clarke on gun violence in Philadelphia over the holiday weekend

July 10, 2020

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (D- 5th Dist.) has issued the following statement in response to a violent holiday weekend in Philadelphia, in which over 30 people were shot between Friday evening and Monday morning:  “This weekend’s terrible toll of multiple shootings and deaths from gun violence is shocking, disturbing and requires a comprehensive…

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Dr. Mellissia Zanjani named vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation

July 10, 2020

Community College of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dr. Mellissia Zanjani, CFRE, as the college’s vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation. Dr. Zanjani leads the Institutional Advancement Office team’s efforts to strengthen and enhance alumni engagement, friend and fundraising events, annual giving, major and capital giving,…

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Philadelphia school officials revamping security protocols

July 10, 2020

Philadelphia school officials are making changes regarding how the district handles security. School police will no longer patrol school halls come September. Instead, “school safety officers” clad in less severe uniforms and with different job descriptions will be stationed throughout the public schools, though officials note the policy shift won’t mean the replacement of the…

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Rep. Evans school repair plan passes House in infrastructure package

July 10, 2020

The plan would help Philadelphia schools get rid of asbestos, lead, mold hazards WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D- 3rd Dist.) announced the House has passed his school-repair plan as well as a complementary school-repair plan he has advocated. The legislation passed last Wednesday as part of a sweeping infrastructure package — the Moving…

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Annex West Health Center — fighting COVID-19 one resident at a time

July 10, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Client being tested at Annex West Health Center. By Jim Brown The Mantua community has received the best community gift it could during this COVID-19 pandemic;  a virus testing event. The event  resulted in 155 residents being tested.  Mantua is one of those neighborhoods in West Philadelphia that is going through gentrification, yet…

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A Fearful Leader

July 10, 2020

Just in time for Campaign 2020, President Donald Trump is using his bully pulpit to inspire, and well, bully… By Denise Clay “Has Bubba Wallace apologized to all those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out…

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City waiving all protest-related code violations

July 9, 2020

The City will waive all protest-related code violation notices (CVNs) issued May 30-June 30. This includes disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, and curfew violations. Demonstrators marched to bring awareness to important issues and one vital message: Black lives matter.

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Pence coming to Philly to speak at Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Hall on Thursday

July 7, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel again to Pennsylvania this week, dropping in on an important presidential battleground state on Thursday. Pence will take a bus tour from Lancaster to Philadelphia, including taking part in a roundtable discussion at Rajant Corp., a suburban Philadelphia maker of wireless communication technology, his office…

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Philadelphia Emergency Rental Assistance Program now open (first- come, first-serve)

July 6, 2020

PHDC is now accepting applications for Phase 2 of rental assistance. Renters and landlords may submit their application online, by fax, or by mail. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be Philadelphia residents (renters in other counties must apply to their county’s designated organization). Landlords and renters must each provide…

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