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City now recommending COVID-19 coronavirus testing for anyone regardless of age

May 4, 2020

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now recommending COVID-19 coronavirus testing for anyone regardless of age who has a new cough, is experiencing new shortness of breath, or two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell. The expansion of testing recommendations comes as a…

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Philadelphia police end COVID-19 procedures, begin to arrest for non-violent offenses

May 4, 2020

From Philadelphia Police Department PHILADELPHIA- In mid-March 2020, in tandem with the City of Philadelphia’s enhanced response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Police Department made modifications to several of its protocols. Among them, was a change in the manner in which arrests were processed for a specified number of non-violent offenses. These changes were implemented with…

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Wolf Administration Highlights Comprehensive Food Security Efforts

May 1, 2020

Photo: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf/Flickr As Pennsylvania works to mitigate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Wolf Administration has made it a priority to address food insecurity in the commonwealth by protecting our local supply chain, advocating for necessary waivers and resources, and ensuring equal access to healthy food for all….

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Beech Scholarship Fund now accepting applications

April 30, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Kenneth Scott, CEO/president of The Beech Companies, Inc. (center) congratulates the 2019 recipients of the Beech Scholarship. (Photo Credit: Beech Companies) The Beech Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications from high school seniors  and current undergraduate students that attend Temple University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, and Community College of Philadelphia for the…

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Philadelphia Water Department extends COVID-19 shutoff freeze through June 1

April 30, 2020

In line with other regional utilities, PWD and the Water Revenue Bureau (WRB) have agreed to postpone all water shutoffs for residential and commercial customers who are unable to pay their bills through June 1, 2020. This is a 16-day extension of the original postponement period, which prevented delinquent accounts from being shut off through…

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Obituary: Jesse W. Pearson, Sr., 87

April 30, 2020

Jesse W. Pearson, Sr. died April 22 after a long illness. He was 87. He was an educator with a long and distinguished record as a teacher in the Philadelphia schools and an administrator at Berean Institute, among other roles. Born in Stratford, New Jersey, Jesse was the seventh of 12 children. He was educated…

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Ex-Philadelphia DA leaves prison early in corruption case

April 30, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Seth Williams  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former top prosecutor in Philadelphia has been released from federal prison three years into his five-year sentence. A lawyer for 53-year-old Seth Williams says the former district attorney had about two years cut from his sentence after completing a substance abuse program and other…

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Guest Commentary: The power of transformative change (part one)

April 30, 2020

Including African Americans in the growth of Philadelphia, politically and economically By George Burrell In a powerful scene in the recent movie about Harriet Tubman she confronts abolitionists who were debating the Underground Railroad’s future.  The Fugitive Slave Act had made sheltering slaves in sanctuary cities unsafe. Tubman declared no matter the distance or difficulty,…

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