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July 28, 2016
Somehow the rumor had spread that former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies of Montgomery County would be introducing Hillary Clinton on Thursday night. "Everybody is saying good luck with your speech," she said. A nice thought, but not true. She is, however, the mother-in-law of the person introducing Hillary Clinton: Chelsea Clinton, who married Margolies' son Marc Mezvinsky in 2010. Margolies, who cast the deciding vote in favor of Bill Clinton's 1993 budget, then was defeated in the next election, is busy enough this week.
NEWS
July 28, 2016
THE PARENTS: Maria Laws, 50, and Lynell Laws, 51, of Chadds Ford THE CHILD: Elijah Lynell, 8 months, adopted May 11, 2016 HOW LONG IT TOOK LYNELL TO PERFECT HIS FAMILY'S RECIPE FOR A MODIFIED BRIOCHE: 27 years It was her mother who told Maria to stop pushing so hard. Stop trying - after four miscarriages, one of them life-threatening - to get pregnant, her mother advised. Stop trying - after one birth mother, pregnant with twins, changed her mind - to hurry the adoption process.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | Mary C. Curtis
IN POLITICS, nuance is often a negative, particularly in the middle of a cutthroat presidential campaign. So while Hillary Clinton's position - supporting and sympathizing with both police officers and the mothers of African Americans killed in encounters with police - is a reasonable one, it doesn't quite fit on a bumper sticker. It's about criminal justice and race and trust and perceptions it would take a pile of history books to start to untangle. On the other hand, "law and order," the mantra often repeated by GOP nominee Donald Trump in Cleveland at the Republican convention, fits just fine.
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Starting Saturday, middle and high school students in Pennsylvania can be criminally charged for hazing their peers, as new state regulations go into effect following several high-profile incidents at local schools. The state's anti-hazing law had applied only to college students, but in May, Gov. Wolf signed a bill extending its penalties to seventh through 12th graders. The changes kick in just in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year, and about five months after Chester County officials revealed a culture of hazing at Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Beth Anne Mumford
HOW'S THIS for a head-scratcher: Apparently, out-of-state politicians and activists can be trusted to drink responsibly, but your average Philadelphian can't. For years, our state has endured some of the nation's most needlessly restrictive alcohol regulations, yet well-connected visitors to the Democratic National Convention next week will get special exceptions. State legislators in Harrisburg have implemented temporary "national event permits" for the duration of the convention, allowing select Philadelphia venues to sell alcohol later than 2 a.m., provide happy hour specials, and purchase their stock outside of state stores.
NEWS
July 20, 2016
The Pennsylvania SPCA has named a new director of Humane Law Enforcement. Sgt. Nicole Wilson will immediately take over the role left vacant by the death last month of George Bengal, the shelter's longtime law enforcement director. The unit investigates reports of animal abuse and can charge individuals who mistreat animals with crimes. Wilson began her career in animal welfare in 1998 at the Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md., where she established a behavior hotline to provide a resource for pet owners.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've always had a good relationship with my husband's sister, but a few months ago when she came for a visit, she abruptly left when she found out my daughter and I had flown across the country over the summer to see my brother and didn't visit her adult daughter, who lives nearby. My daughter told her we had visited. My sister-in-law incorrectly assumed that I had asked my daughter not to tell her and that it accidentally slipped out, both untrue.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, STAFF WRITER
Albert Momjian, 82, of Huntingdon Valley, a nationally known expert on family law, a dedicated civic volunteer, and a leader of the Armenian community in America, died Monday, July 11, of an infection at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Mr. Momjian was a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, where he worked for 24 years before retiring in 2012. He led the firm's family law department. Over the years, he attracted many high-profile clients, including the actor Will Smith, the TV and radio host Larry King, the late Phillies relief pitcher Tug McGraw, and the late Flyers owner Ed Snider.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
Republicans summoned FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to question him about his determination that Hillary Clinton did not break the law with her use of a private email server. They termed it an "emergency" hearing, and their questions were correspondingly urgent. "Have you seen the Broadway production Hamilton ?" Rep. John Mica of Florida, the most senior Republican on the House Oversight Committee, asked Comey. The witness looked puzzled at the line of questioning: Was Mica going to challenge him to a duel?
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Legislators recessed Monday without a deal on how to pay for the $31.5 billion state budget, extending the uncertainty amid signs of impact on the state's credit rating and new legal challenges. Passed by legislators but neither signed nor vetoed by Gov. Wolf, the unbalanced spending plan was set to lapse into law at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Budget negotiators said the following day would be critical in determining whether the governor and the Republican-controlled legislature can agree on how to plug the projected $1.3 billion shortfall - possibly from expanded gambling, or taxes on cigarettes.
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