Pennsylvania Has Some of the Most Expensive Weed in the U.S.

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If you want to smoke up in Pennsylvania, it’s going to cost you.

I mean, obviously. Drugs aren’t free. But according to a recent report from Forbes, Pennsylvania has the some of the most expensive marijuana in America.

The magazine used the website Price of Weed, which has been collecting user-submitted reports since 2010, to chart the price of marijuana in every state. Pennsylvania ranked fifth on the Forbes list (tied with two other states): Read more »

Report: Philly Public School Graduation Rates Rising

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Nearly two thirds of ninth-graders entering Philadelphia public high schools in the 2008-2009 school year graduated on time, a new study says — the greatest percentage of graduates in more than a decade of close study.

The report from Project U-Turn shows that 64 percent of 2008’s ninth-graders graduated from high school within four years — up from a low of 43 percent of 2000-01’s ninth-graders.

“This report shows that Philadelphia public schools are graduating considerably more students than in the past,” the study’s authors concluded. “More can be done, however, to ensure that those being left behind receive the support needed before they drop out.” Read more »

Engineer’s Cellphone Examined in Amtrak Accident

Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. |Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek/AP

Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. |Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek/AP

Investigators are trying to determine if the engineer of a doomed Amtrak train was using a cellphone at the time of a Philadelphia derailment that killed eight people, reports say. Read more »

Newspaper Strike Vote Possible Next Week

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Updated at 8:50 p.m. with comment from Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild.

Journalists at the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com could vote as soon as next Wednesday whether to authorize a strike against the company.

Negotiators for the Newspaper Guild, which represents those journalists, said in a Wednesday evening memorandum that an impasse over seniority and health care costs continue, and that they will not extend the guild’s contract with the company when it expires this weekend.

“The company’s offer for main unit employees now stands at: No raises, higher healthcare costs for worse coverage and weakened seniority,” negotiators said.

“If we can’t reach an agreement, please check your email over the weekend regarding what to do Monday should the contract expire Sunday night and be prepared for a Strike Authorization vote on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.”

“Our negotiating team is continuing to work with the mediator and Guild to try to find solutions to the remaining issues,” Amy Buckman, a spokesman for Philadelphia Media Network, said in an email to Philadelphia magazine. PMN owns all three news organizations.

How realistic is a strike threat? “I’ve never seen the membership more mobilized in the 15 years I’ve been here with the guild,” Bill Ross, the guild’s executive director, said Wednesday night.  He said guild members would “never accept” the company’s current health insurance proposal.

“They’re done making any type of concessions,” he said of his membership. “Our members won’t be able to survive if the company gets what it’s looking for.”

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Top 10 Cat Photos From PAWS’ Instagram

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Detective John Munch, a former PAWS cat now living in East Falls.

It’s Philly Loves PAWS Day, which means 10 percent of proceeds from participating businesses is donated to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.

We thought it’d be nice to use Philly Loves PAWS Day as an excuse to run our 10 favorite cat photos from PAWS’ Instagram. We did a version for dogs, too. Enjoy! Read more »

Berlin Abruptly Cancels 4th of July Fireworks, Citing “Public Safety”

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The bombs bursting in the air over Berlin, New Jersey on July 4, 2013, via Facebook.

When I was a kid growing up in South Jersey, it seemed that every other town offered a 4th of July fireworks display. So no matter where you lived, you never had to travel far. Over the years, though, the field has thinned out. But Berlin, New Jersey, has always held strong. Until now. And the residents are none too happy. Read more »

Gov. Wolf Wants to Decriminalize Marijuana

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Good news for N.A. Poe: Gov. Tom Wolf says he is in favor of decriminalizing pot.

“I believe, for a number of reasons, that we ought to decriminalize marijuana use,” Wolf told Pittsburgh TV station WPXI. “I think our prisons are over-crowded as a result of people going to jail for reasons that, you know, we break up families for reasons that we shouldn’t.”

He added: “We destroy lives and we make it hard to find employment. So often right now possession of a small amount is a felony and an employer looks at that and dismisses (the person) automatically.”

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The Lines in This Fox 29 Story About Poop Falling From the Sky, Ranked

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Monday night on Fox 29, reporter Brad Sattin covered quite the story: A Sweet 16 party in Levittown was interrupted by an airplane releasing its bathroom waste overhead. Shortly, the party was covered in poop.

As you might expect with such a story, Sattin delivered multiple poop puns and other similar lines during his report. Here they are, ranked from best to worst: Read more »

John Templeton Jr. Has Died

John Templeton, Jr., left, congratulates 2004 Templeton Prize winner Dr. George F. R. Ellis, a leading theoretical cosmologist and a professor of applied Mathematics at University of Cape Town, South Africa, at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, March 17, 2004.  The Templeton Prize, valued at $1.4 million, is awarded to an individual for "progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities." (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

John Templeton, Jr., left, congratulates 2004 Templeton Prize winner Dr. George F. R. Ellis, a leading theoretical cosmologist and a professor of applied Mathematics at University of Cape Town, South Africa, at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, March 17, 2004. The Templeton Prize, valued at $1.4 million, is awarded to an individual for “progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities.” (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)kl

John Templeton Jr., who led the John Templeton Foundation after his father’s 2008 death, has died. He passed on Saturday, according to reports.

The New York Times says:

John M. Templeton Jr., a former pediatric surgeon who was president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, died on Saturday at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 75.

The foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pa., announced his death on Tuesday, saying the cause was cancer.

Dr. Templeton retired from medicine in 1995 to manage the foundation and became its top executive after the death, in 2008, of his father, Sir John Templeton, who created the Templeton Fund in 1954 and the foundation in 1987. Under Dr. Templeton, the foundation’s endowment grew to $3.34 billion from $28 million.

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