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City: Eagles fans not likely to be allowed at home opener

Aug. 13, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials say Eagles fans shouldn't get their hopes up that they'll be allowed to watch the team's season home opener from the stands at the Linc. City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said he's doubtful the city will be in a place with COVID-19 infections to allow for...

City panel approves temporary storage for Columbus statue

Aug. 12, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia arts panel has cleared the way for the city to remove a 144-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus from a south Philadelphia park after the explorer became a focus of protesters amid nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of...

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, federal officers launch tear gas at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 5, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Representatives should reverse whitewash of political corruption Altoona Mirror Aug. 4 Area representatives should push their new House speaker to quickly reverse a quiet whitewash of corruption made by Mike Turzai on his...

Historical panel votes for removal of Columbus statue

Jul. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A historical panel has advanced plans to remove a 144-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus from south Philadelphia after the explorer became a focus of protesters amid nationwide demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports...

School openings hinge on case counts, health official warns

Jul. 23, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Every region of Pennsylvania has seen an increase in the rate of positive coronavirus cases and failing to stop that could jeopardize the reopening of schools for the fall semester, the state's top health official said Thursday. In addition, Health Secretary Rachel Levine said the...

Commission hears testimony on fate of Columbus statue

Jul. 22, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — City officials told a city commission on Wednesday that a statue of Christopher Columbus in south Philadelphia should be removed because of public safety concerns and community feedback, while supporters strongly disputed any safety issues and called the statue a symbol of Italian...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 22, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: With data switch, Trump delivers another slap to CDC The York Dispatch July 17 Forgive us if we take it with an entire shaker of salt when the Trump administration says it’s making a change to improve a government...

FILEā€”In this file photo from June 1, 2020, protesters march down Interstate 676 in Philadelphia, during a march calling for justice over the death of George Floyd.  The Philadelphia district attorney has announced Wednesday, July 22, charges against a police officer seen on video lowering the masks of protesters to douse them with pepper spray as they knelt on the highway during a protest on June 1.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Officer charged with pepper-spraying kneeling protesters

Jul. 22, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia district attorney announced criminal charges Wednesday against a police officer seen on video lowering the masks of protesters to douse them with pepper spray as they knelt on a city interstate during a protest. Charges were filed against Philadelphia SWAT Officer...

Philly DA warns of charges if federal agents commit crimes

Jul. 21, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor has warned that federal law enforcement officers will be charged criminally if they unlawfully assault or kidnap anyone in the city. District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, issued a statement Monday after President Donald Trump suggested he might...