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October 1, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Legislation clearing the way for an additional "Renaissance" school operator to come to Camden and expanding the powers of the three already approved in the city is now law. The bill, which passed easily in the Senate but squeaked by in the Assembly, extends the application deadline for Renaissance school projects, and permits the use of reconstructed facilities and temporary space while the organizations build new schools. It was fiercely opposed by the teachers' union and community members who traveled to Trenton Monday, the day of the Assembly vote.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 300 people gathered at LOVE Park on Thursday to call for an expansion of the state's hate-crimes law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation. The rally, spurred by the Sept. 11 assault of a gay couple near Rittenhouse Square, drew a slew of local and state leaders, who expressed sympathy for the victims and stressed the need to expand current legislation. State Rep. Brian Sims (D., Phila.) organized the rally. Speakers also drew attention to issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including violence against transgender individuals and bullying in schools.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE ROLLER COASTER week for Philadelphia public schools continued yesterday with some good and bad news. Gov. Corbett signed a bill authorizing a Philadelphia cigarette tax to provide key funds for the distressed district, ending months of uncertainty and suspense. The tax will be implemented Oct. 1 and is expected to generate approximately $49 million this school year. Less than an hour later, the district announced that scores declined on the 2014 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for the third straight year.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The measure was approved by 43-7, the first time such a proposal has passed either chamber of the legislature. But its fate was uncertain at best. GOP leaders in the House, where the bill heads next for consideration, have said the federal government, not state government, ought to take the lead on drug policy. And Gov. Corbett has said he is opposed to legalizing marijuana in any form.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Upper Darby Township man has been charged under the state's brand-new law aimed at combatting human trafficking, the District Attorney's office announced Wednesday. Renell C. Quire, 21, was arrested on Sept. 5 -- three days after the law took effect -- by state police in Skippack for allegedly transporting and having sex with two minors he met using a social media website. He is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor and trafficking of individuals, statutory sexual assault, and related crimes.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY RUE LANDAU
  LEAVES changing colors. School bells ringing. Footballs spiraling. Clearly, it's fall, a season filled with ribbons and walks to bring greater focus on health issues such as diabetes, HIV and breast cancer. Domestic-violence prevention is another cause that gets an autumn spotlight. This year it's burning brighter. Recent headlines from the NFL certainly have helped thrust the matter even further into our consciousness. With high-profile cases involving players such as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald, intimate-partner violence again has become public fodder, for men and women, boys and girls.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Thompson Eisenhower Foltz, 88, former wife of the military historian John S.D. Eisenhower and daughter-in-law of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died Friday, Sept. 19, at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. The cause of death was not immediately available. Mrs. Foltz was born in Fort Knox, Ky., into an Army family. Her father, Col. Percy W. Thompson, was stationed in the American Zone of occupied Austria after World War II. It was there that she met John Eisenhower, whose father was commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drinker Biddle & Reath L.L.P. said Monday that CEO and chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. will be succeeded by Andrew C. Kassner, effective Feb. 1. Kassner, who has been serving as executive partner at the firm and who has been deeply involved in its management for years, is one of Drinker's top bankruptcy and restructuring partners. "Andy was the natural choice," said Putnam. "He has been our executive partner, with extensive management responsibilities, for almost a decade, and our partners see him as an effective leader with the experience and expertise to guide the firm going forward.
NEWS
September 23, 2014
OVER THE PAST 15 years in the U.S. Congress, I have been representing the citizens of the city of Philadelphia with pride and honor. I have been fortunate to see how our city has grown to respect and promote diversity. The LGBT community in our city has worked hard and been very lucky to have some great political leaders to ensure their acceptance and a place at the table. This recent gay bashing in downtown Philadelphia, in what I consider to be a hate crime, has no place in our fine City of Brotherly Love.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MORE THAN a week later, the story of two gay men savagely beaten in Center City continues to spread. Yesterday, as police sources said detectives were nearing the end of their investigation, word reached Harrisburg, where state legislators are calling their colleagues to action. "The gay guy in me and the Philly guy in me are pissed," said state Rep. Brian Sims, "but I'm a legislator, and my job is to change policy. "If we can do anything to draw enough attention to this to give the hate-crime bill some buoyancy, we need to do it. " Sims, a Democrat whose district includes the site of the attack, is organizing a rally Thursday in LOVE Park, at which officials and members of the city's LGBT community will push for change in Pennsylvania's hate-crime law. He's joined in his efforts by state Sen. Larry Farnese - a Democrat whose district serves parts of North Philly, Center City and South Philly - who will hold a news conference inside the Capitol on Tuesday.
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