Philly’s youngest students will no longer be suspended from school for misbehavior. The School Reform Commission announced today that it has approved revisions to the Student Code of Conduct that will remove suspensions as punishment for Kindergarten students. Read more »
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 Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement recently announced that it is accepting applications for a new committee made up of millennial Philadelphians. The Millennial Advisory Committee, or MAC, will expand on the Millennial Recruitment Advisory Board, founded in September 2015 to recruit and retain talented young people in government.
The number of millennials in Philadelphia is growing rapidly, the announcement notes. And with their rise comes more decision-making power. “The growth of Philly’s young adult population continues to climb, making the millennials the largest generational group in the city,” reads a blog post posted by the Office of Public Engagement. “In other words, millennials will be influencing and leading our city for the next 30 to 40 years.”
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.
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.
SEPTA has had a rough summer. After structural defects took a third of the regional rail fleet out of commission, SEPTA has been working to fill the gaps. On Monday, SEPTA will add two more trains to its Lansdale/Doylestown line and make slight alterations to its West Trenton, Media/Elwyn and Warminster lines. Read more »
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 »
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.
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?
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 »