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Week In Review

Supreme Court: Criminal juries must be unanimous to convict

April 24, 2020

By Mark Sherman ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that juries in state criminal trials must be unanimous to convict a defendant, settling a quirk of constitutional law that had allowed divided votes to result in convictions in Louisiana and Oregon. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court that the practice is…

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Millions of taxpaying immigrants won’t get stimulus checks

April 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this March 31, 2020, photo, Maria Zamorano poses for portrait inside of a job placement center in Pasadena, Calif. The relief package that Congress approved to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and…

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Officials want delay in nation’s head count due to virus

April 17, 2020

By Mike Schneider ASSOCIATED PRESS  ORLANDO, Fla.  — The U.S. Census Bureau wants to delay deadlines for the 2020 head count of all U.S. residents because of the coronavirus outbreak, a move that if approved by lawmakers would push back timetables for releasing data used to draw congressional and legislative districts, officials said Monday. Census…

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Virus closes some meat plants, raising fears of shortages

April 17, 2020

By Josh Funk ASSOCIATED PRESS  OMAHA, Neb.  — Some massive meat processing plants have closed at least temporarily because their workers were sickened by the new coronavirus, raising concerns that there could soon be shortages of beef, pork and poultry in supermarkets. The meat supply chain is especially vulnerable since processing is increasingly done at…

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Police: Miami officer handcuffed Black doctor outside home

April 17, 2020

MIAMI — An internal investigation has been launched into why an African American doctor known for testing the homeless for the coronavirus was handcuffed outside his home by a police sergeant, Miami’s police chief said Saturday. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said in a video posted to social media Saturday that his agency doesn’t condone…

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Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine, dies

April 9, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Earl Graves Sr.   (AP photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK  — Earl Graves Sr., who championed Black businesses as the founder of the first African American-owned magazine focusing on Black entrepreneurs, has died. He was 85. Graves died Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his son, Earl “Butch” Graves Jr, said…

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An important announcement from NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson

April 9, 2020

Since our founding, the NAACP has worked to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination and to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons. Right now, with the challenges we face coming from the White House to Congress to statehouses around the country, fulfilling that mission requires more robust engagement in public policy…

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‘Complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus

April 9, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Members of the country’s armed forces, the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), help to distribute foodstuffs to people affected by the lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Bwaise suburb of the capital Kampala, Uganda Saturday, April 4, 2020. Officials on Saturday started distributing food, mostly maize…

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Apr 9: Septa to close select stations, suspend certain regional rail and bus routes under New Lifeline Service

April 8, 2020

New Lifeline service goes into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020 across all modes that focuses on providing access for essential workers traveling to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. Below is a summary of the changes: Market-Frankford Line: Select stations will be closed (Church, Tioga, Somerset, York-Dauphin, 2nd Street, 5th Street, 13th Street,…

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SEPTA rear/center door boarding – effective April 1

April 2, 2020

An “Essential Service Schedule” for Regional Rail is in effect.  Other SEPTA service, including city and suburban bus, trolley, Market Frankford, Broad Street and Norristown High Speed Lines, is operating on a continuous Saturday schedule until further notice.  Rear door boarding on bus, Norristown High Speed Line, and trolley service began April 1. Front door…

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