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June 24, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Is there a polite way to remind easily offended in-laws that I have family, too? I just spent a day with my in-laws, who demanded promises for future major holidays (this year and later years) and will only accept a yes from my husband; no other answers from me are accepted. I'm pretty heartbroken that my in-laws never seemed to even consider that I might want to spend a holiday with my only sibling and her infant.
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June 24, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
In what is likely to be a rigorous cross-disciplinary experience, the University of Pennsylvania will launch a program next year that would offer candidates a chance to earn degrees in law and medicine. It will take students six years to complete, while a medical degree takes four years and a law degree three. The program will be directed primarily at students pursuing medical careers, with the aim of helping future doctors gain skills that could prove valuable in parts of the field where the importance of legal knowledge is growing.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a law that gave groups like the National Rifle Association the right to challenge local gun-control rules in court. Commonwealth Court overturned the law last year on the ground that the legislative process used to make it had violated the state constitution. The gun provision had been added to a bill that addressed the theft of metals. The Supreme Court agreed "that the legislature violated the single-subject rule in an effort to pass an unpopular and irrational bill without being noticed," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
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June 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A partisan divide on Monday blocked the four latest Senate proposals meant to curb gun violence, providing no change in the nation's gun laws but adding to this election year's political fodder. With the Orlando massacre still fresh, the stakes were particularly high in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, where Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has trumpeted his support for expanding background checks on gun buyers and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty has attacked him as failing to take real action.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Before dozens of cheering supporters in City Hall, Mayor Kenney signed the sweetened beverages tax into law Monday. Now comes the tough part: enforcement. The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages is expected to raise about $91 million annually, which will go toward expanding prekindergarten in the city; creating community schools; improving parks, recreation centers, and libraries; and funding various other budget programs. Getting that money will be dependent on the Revenue Department's enforcing the tax on distributors, or, in some cases, the vendors.
NEWS
June 19, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have plans to go to law school in the next two years. I have already taken the entrance exam, and will receive recommendations from two of my college professors. The problem is, my parents are refusing to cosign for my law school loan. Abby, I'm not asking for money; I'm just asking for someone to cosign the loan for me. I plan to pay off the debt myself. I don't want to ask an extended family member for help, because even if they agree, I'd feel horrible if it prevented them from helping their own children with something.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Debate over guns resumed in Trenton on Thursday, as Democrats challenged Gov. Christie and sought to tighten New Jersey's laws. Backed by advocates, Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced plans to try to override the Republican governor's veto of a bill that would require domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms. In light of last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, "if that doesn't send a signal that we need to do more with our gun laws to protect our citizens, I don't know what does," said Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
NEWS
June 17, 2016
By David Whiting While families prepare for 49 funerals in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings, our leaders and nation play blame games. But the tragedy in Florida isn't only about hot-button issues. It's also about mental health. The Orlando gunman's first wife says he was abusive and mentally unstable. His second wife confesses she tried to talk him out of the attack. Yet neither woman went to authorities. Had they done so in a state such as California, they could have employed a little-known new law to have authorities temporarily take away the shooter's guns.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
By Ted Martin The facts are still rolling in about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, and, as they do, each one is more troubling than the last. I can't imagine how the families and friends of the victims must feel. Even without knowing a victim personally, I am numb and deeply saddened. I'm remembering many nights out with some friends to blow off some steam and enjoy a weekend - and imagining how terrifying it would have been to end up in a massacre of this magnitude. However, I would be lying if I failed to note that I didn't always feel safe being myself in a public place.
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