Clinton Campaign Announces “Pa. African Americans for Hillary”

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at West Philadelphia High School on Tuesday | Photo: Dan McQuade

After a voter registration drive and policy speech in Philadelphia Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched “Pennsylvania African Americans for Hillary” on Wednesday. Included in the announcement was a list of the leadership council for the initiative, made up of people from across the state.

The group includes a number of Philly-area politicians and activists, including City Council President Darrell Clarke, Council members Cindy Bass, Jannie Blackwell, Derek Green, Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones, Jr., and Blondell Reynolds-Brown; State Reps Jordan Harris and Dwight Evans; Former Mayors John Street and Michael Nutter; and activist/political consultant Malcolm Kenyatta.

The full list can be seen here. Read more »

Clinton Super PAC to Pause TV Ads in Pennsylvania for a Few Weeks

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Hillary Clinton is doing well in Pennsylvania. So well, apparently, that a pro-Clinton super PAC has decided to stop airing television ads in the state from September 2nd through the 20th, according to CNN.

The temporary blackout will also hit Virginia and Colorado, two more key battleground states where Clinton’s polling lead is significant, reported The Hill.  Read more »

Merck Cuts 148 Jobs in North Wales

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Merck and Co. Inc., a New Jersey-based drug company, will be cutting 148 jobs at their North Wales location. According to the company’s WARN filing, the cuts will be effective beginning September 12th.

The company will remove field-based sales and other headquarters-based positions, according to Lainie Keller, a spokesperson for the company, and the company’s call to end promotion for one of its products is the cause.

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Kathleen Kane Opts to Not Testify in Perjury Trial

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Kathleen Kane, the Pennsylvania attorney general currently standing trial for perjury, declined to testify in her own defense today. After calling zero witnesses, her defense rested.

“As I sit here and listen to the commonwealth’s case, I don’t believe it is necessary for me to testify on my own behalf,” said Kane to Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, according to Billy Penn.  Read more »

West Chester Community Split Over Proposed Sunoco Pipeline

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Community hearings for Sunoco Logistics’ major Mariner East II Pipeline (also known as the Pennsylvania Pipeline Project) kicked off at the beginning of the month, and on Wednesday evening, about 250 people packed into the Sykes Student Union at West Chester University to speak for or against the project.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection organized the hearing and told Philadelphia magazine that 40 people signed up to present, with 2 neutral speakers, 19 speakers for the project, and 19 against.

The pipeline, designed to carry liquid fuels from the Marcellus Shale to an endpoint in Marcus Hook, is an expansion of the existing Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline and would begin in eastern Ohio and cover the entire southern stretch Pennsylvania, through 17 counties.

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Olympic Champ the New Spokeswoman for Comcast’s Internet Essentials

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the newly-named spokeswoman for Comcast's Internet Essentials program.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the newly-named spokeswoman for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.

It’s Summer Olympics season, but athletes and longtime champions are being recognized for accomplishments aside from their physical feats, too. Comcast announced today that it has enlisted Jackie Joyner-Kersee as the spokeswoman for its Internet Essentials program. Joyner-Kersee is a six-time Olympic gold medalist and has had a successful philanthropic career since retiring from Olympic competition in 1998.

Joyner-Kersee was the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the heptathlon (that’s the track-and-field competition that combines a whopping seven events: 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run). She is also the first African-American woman to win an Olympic medal in the long jump and the first woman to score 7,000 points in the heptathlon.

So what does this have to do with Comcast and Internet Essentials?

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Philly Schools Are Retesting Their Drinking Water for Lead

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The Philadelphia School District announced Thursday that it will begin retesting the drinking water in 40 schools throughout the city for lead.

The schools that were chosen are located in neighborhoods where children have been tested with high levels of lead in their blood, or where students attend class in older buildings that have not been renovated in more than 20 years, according to Philly.com Read more »

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