Wharton’s Huntsman Hall, by WestCoastivieS via CC0. Donald Trump by Andrew Harnik, AP
Donald Trump often mentions his educational BFF, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He loooooves him some Wharton, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1968 — after having transferred from Fordham University (which gets no shoutouts.)
“I went to the Wharton School of Business,” Trump mentioned in a speech in Arizona last summer — and repeated often. “I’m, like, a really smart person.”
Two of his kids also attended Wharton as undergrads — Donald Jr. and Ivanka. (A third child, Tiffany, graduated from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences in May.)
But does his BFF love him back? At all?
According to individual campaign donations, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an independent research group based in Washington D.C., employees at Wharton donated exactly zero dollars to the Trump campaign. Zero. Read more »
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Police have made three arrests in the June 14th murder of 26-year-old Toy Charda Bryant of Chester, whose body was found handcuffed and stabbed in Fairmount Park, with a gunshot wound to the back of her head. Two of the suspects are boyfriend and girlfriend, and all three were people Bryant called friends.
Two weeks later, homicide Captain James Clark has told Philadelphia magazine that he believes 28-year-old Shintele Smith orchestrated the murder.
“She did all the violence. She beat her, she stabbed her several times, and she ultimately shot her in the head,” said Clark, who described the case as “the most brutal murder that I’ve ever seen in my eight or night years in homicide by a female on a female.”
It is believed that an $800 debt is the reason that Bryant was allegedly tortured at the hands of friends during the final hours of her life. Police believe Keith Bullock drove the vehicle that transported Bryant, Smith and Shavon Armstrong from Chester to Philadelphia. Bryant was allegedly handcuffed and stabbed repeatedly by Smith during the ride over, but was ultimately killed by a gunshot wound in Fairmount Park, near the Mann Performing Arts Center, where her body was found hours later. Defensive wounds on her hands suggest she tried to defend herself.
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L: Courtesy of Senator Daylin Leach
In the wake of yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of an abortion regulation law in Texas, a Pennsylvania senator wants to repeal a law here that works similarly.
In Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court overturned a 2013 Texas law that required abortion facilities to meet the standards of “ambulatory surgical facilities.” Since the law’s enactment, the number of Texas abortion clinics has decreased from 41 to 18. The decision was the most sweeping statement on abortion since 1992, according to the New York Times.
In a memo to lawmakers, state Sen. Daylin Leach compared a Pennsylvania law, Act 122 of 2011, to the overturned Texas law. Act 122 also mandates that abortion clinics follow the rules of ambulatory surgical facilities.
Leach said that by repealing Act 122, Pennsylvania would be up to date with U.S. Constitutional requirements. He plans to introduce legislation to overturn the act in the near future.
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Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5th, 1989. | Photo by Gillian Allen/AP
Buddy Ryan, the Eagles coach who built one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, has died. He was 85.
Ryan coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning one division title and making the playoffs three times. He never won a playoff game, but he is beloved in Philadelphia.
Take the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most hated team of Eagles fans. In 1987, with the Eagles about to win the game, Ryan faked a kneeldown and had Randall Cunningham throw a long pass downfield. On the next play, the last one of the game, the Eagles scored a meaningless touchdown to run up the score. It was in retaliation for Cowboys coach Tom Landry using players who crossed the picket line against the Eagles’ replacements earlier in the season. Read more »
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announces Philadelphia as one of the winners of the “Every Place Counts” design challenge.
Philadelphia is one of four cities to win the U.S. Transportation Department’s “Every Place Counts” design challenge. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was on hand for the announcement at 10th street above the Vine Street Expressway, as was Mayor Jim Kenney and other community leaders.
In addition to Philadelphia, three other cities won the competition: Spokane, WA; Ramsey County, MN; and Nashville, TN. These cities will each get a Department of Transportation-hosted design session that combines the voices of elected officials, urban planners, designers, and members of the affected communities. Philadelphia’s session will focus particularly on issues related to the Vine Street Expressway. Read more »
L: Courtesy of Philadelphia Police Department | R: Courtesy of Dave Connor
A Philly cop has been arrested following a bizarre May incident in which he allegedly robbed a man he had hired to do work on his Levittown home.
Michael Winkler, 36-years-old, is a 16-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the 15th District.
Multiple men, including a contractor Winkler had allegedly hired, said Winkler “lured” them to his Bucks County property on May 5th, promising them “money and pizzas.” According to police, Winkler drove to Levittown while on duty in a city vehicle.
Winkler then demanded one of the men to hand over all his money, police said, and took $38. Read more »
Pro-abortion rights protesters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
A ruling by the Supreme Court today overturning parts of an abortion regulation law in Texas has ties to Pennsylvania.
The Supreme Court specifically cited the case of Philadelphia’s Kermit Gosnell in its ruling today on Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. “Gosnell’s behavior was terribly wrong,” the court wrote in its majority opinion. “But there is no reason to believe that an extra layer of regulation would have affected that behavior.”
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, joined by Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.
“The Court has affirmed what we already knew: strategically over-regulating healthcare facilities that provide abortion care so that they are forced to close does nothing to protect women’s health, despite the disingenuous claims of anti-abortion lawmakers, in Texas and here in Pennsylvania,” said Sue Frietsche, senior staff attorney at the Philadelphia-based Women’s Law Project (which had its amici brief cited in Ginsburg’s concurrence). “These mean-spirited, misguided attacks on women’s health are plainly unconstitutional and they need to stop.”
The Texas law, passed in 2013, required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and mandates all clinics in the state to meet the standards for ambulatory surgical centers — including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and staffing. It shrunk the number of abortion clinics in the state from 41 to 18. The Supreme Court ruled those parts of the Texas law to be unconstitutional. Read more »
Two state representatives want to give Pennsylvania’s parks a makeover.
Pa. Representatives Brian Ellis and Jim Christiana are supporting bills that would allow for Pennsylvania’s award-winning state parks to open up to private golf courses, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks and water slides, among other facilities.
Ellis recently introduced a bill that would amend the 1995 Conservation and Natural Resources Act to allow development of such amenities. The bill would also establish a Public-Private State Park Partnership Board to oversee the projects.
Christiana’s proposed legislation would create the Arnold Palmer Trails Program, which would oversee construction of four in-park golf courses adhering to “the golf course design philosophy of Arnold Palmer.” Christiana wishes to obtain a license for use of the Latrobe golfer’s name.
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Officials at the University of Delaware are considering an alteration to the school’s spring break schedule, according to a report from the Associated Press. The change would make the school’s break align with the breaks of other colleges in the area. The potential scheduling change comes after Willem Golden, a freshman student from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, died at an off-campus party in March. Read more »
A union representing faculty at 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is discussing the possibility of a strike.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union said new contract negotiations with the Pennsylvania State Higher System of Education have been “stagnant.”
The faculty contract expired nearly a year ago.
On August 25th, if the majority of delegates from each of its 14 campuses approve, the APSCUF will decide on whether or not to vote on holding a strike.
The union previously postponed a strike-authorization vote set for April “out of concern for students,” according to a press release.
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