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Candidates file for Pennsylvania Supreme Court opening

March 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Judge Paula A. Patrick (Photo/ Ballotpedia)  and Judge Maria McLaughlin (Photo/ pacourts.us)  ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — Several candidates made a petition filing deadline Tuesday to appear on the primary ballot for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where a single vacancy is opening. The Department of State website said it had received filings from three Republican candidates, Commonwealth…

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The Pittsburgh Courier chronicled history of Black Americans

March 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Ira Lewis, editor and later president of the Pittsburgh Courier, back row, far left, at the Negro National League annual meeting held in Chicago on January 28, 1922. (Photo/Wikimedia) By Marylynne Pitz Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ASSOCIATED PRESS  PITTSBURGH — As a teenager, Robert Lee Vann plowed fields with an ox under the scorching North…

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Justice for All

March 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTOS: Chad Dion Lassiter (Photo/PHRC)  and Guerline L. Laurore, Esq. (Photo/ llaurorelaw.com) Through its mediation program, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission helps those who have been victims of discrimination find relief. By Denise Clay-Murray To understand just how important the work that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission’s Mediation Division has been to the lives of Commonwealth…

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Wolf commutes life sentences for 13 jailed on murder charges

February 19, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced last Friday he has commuted the life sentences of 13 Pennsylvania inmates, clearing the way for their release to halfway houses. Wolf said they had all been unanimously recommended by the Board of Pardons. All 13 had been convicted of…

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Pennsylvania may need to delay 2022 primary, lawmaker says

February 19, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Pa. Senate Pres. Pro Tempore Jake Corman  (Photo: PA Senate) ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania may need to postpone its primary election next year because of late-arriving data from the U.S. Census Bureau that is necessary to redraw legislative and congressional districts, the state Senate’s ranking member said last Friday. Senate President Pro…

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United Way: People contacting 211 for help jumped in 2020

February 19, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Kristen Rotz (Photo/United Way of Pennsylvania) ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — The number of people seeking help from their local clearinghouse for human and social services jumped by about 50% last year in Pennsylvania as people struggled to pay rent, stay current on utility bills and afford food as a result of the pandemic,…

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‘Obviously a mistake’: Cruz returns from Cancun after uproar

February 19, 2021

By STEVE PEOPLES and JAKE BLEIBERG DALLAS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said his family vacation to Mexico was “obviously a mistake” as he returned stateside Thursday following an uproar over his disappearance during a deadly winter storm. The Republican senator said he began second-guessing the trip since the moment he first got on…

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AP source: Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

February 18, 2021

By STEVE PEOPLES and JAKE BLEIBERG DALLAS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz traveled to Mexico on Wednesday for a family vacation as his home state struggled with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without power or safe drinking water. The high-profile Republican lawmaker went for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was…

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Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

February 18, 2021

By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — By the thousands, U.S. service members are refusing or putting off the COVID-19 vaccine as frustrated commanders scramble to knock down internet rumors and find the right pitch that will persuade troops to get the shot. Some Army units are seeing as few as one-third agree to the…

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