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4:58 PM / Monday September 28, 2020

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We demand better from the Philadelphia Inquirer

September 4, 2020

To the boards of the Lenfest Institute and the Philadelphia Inquirer, to the publisher and executive leadership of the Inquirer and to the leadership at the Lenfest Institute: Three months ago, amid nationwide protests for racial justice, the Inquirer was justly condemned for publishing a headline that read “Buildings Matter, Too.” This was not an…

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Pennsylvania high court takes up another election lawsuit

September 4, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Chelsea Balulis, of Pottsville, front, and Ashlee Reick, of Auburn, make signs at a rally hosted by Todd Zimmerman and Schuylkill Democratic Action Group to support the United States Postal Service along Progress Avenue, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Pottsville, Pa., in front of U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser’s, R-Penn., office. Attendees were encouraged…

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Watchdog: Census lacks door knockers needed for 2020 count

August 28, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven’t yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)…

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Pennsylvania school athletics board greenlights fall season

August 28, 2020

By Michael Rubinkam ASSOCIATED PRESS  High school athletes across Pennsylvania will be taking the field this fall, after all. Ending weeks of uncertainty, the governing body for Pennsylvania interscholastic sports voted Friday to move forward with the fall season, rejecting the governor’s recommendation that all youth sports be postponed until 2021 to help stop the…

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Fixing Pennsylvania mail-in vote glitches goes down to wire

August 28, 2020

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With barely three weeks to go before counties can begin mailing out ballots, lawsuits are filling the vacuum of action to fix problems or ambiguities with Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting laws after a primary election that saw record-smashing numbers of mailed-in votes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Closed-door…

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Pennsylvania investigates sex abuse claims at care facility

August 21, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has stopped sending local children to facilities operated by a nonprofit health organization where at least 41 intellectually disabled children have reported sexual assaults over the past quarter-century. Several City Council members have also demanded that officials remove all 62 local children from campuses of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health facilities and…

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Pennsylvania asks court to extend mail-in voting deadlines

August 20, 2020

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — Citing a warning by the U.S. Postal Service about its delivery times, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is asking the state Supreme Court to extend deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received in the November election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. The filing, submitted after…

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Census officials face subpoenas if they refuse interviews

August 20, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham wears a mask with the words “2020 Census” as he arrives to testify before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the 2020 Census​ on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) By Mike Schneider ASSOCIATED PRESS  ORLANDO, Fla. — House Democrats…

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Amid outcry, postmaster general to testify before House

August 20, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Rosemary King, right, holds a sign as a few dozen people gather in front of the United States Post Office to protest recent changes to the USPS under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP) By Matthew Daly And Lisa Mascaro ASSOCIATED…

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Thousands of chicks arrive dead to farmers amid USPS turmoil

August 20, 2020

Above photos: Turkeys, credit BPT PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least 4,800 chicks shipped to Maine farmers through the U.S. Postal Service have arrived dead in recent weeks after rapid cuts hit the federal mail carrier’s operations, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said. Pingree, a Maine Democrat, is raising the issue of the dead chicks and…

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