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February 13, 2016 | RealTime Desk
Taxi drivers staged another demonstration in Center City on Thursday, protesting the presence of the Uber and Lyft car services in Philadelphia. Using their cars and bodies, drivers blocked traffic at 15th and Market Streets on the west side of City Hall. The protest brought cars to a standstill for more than an hour. Authorities were trying to get traffic moving again mid-afternoon. Some drivers staged a sit-in in middle of the intersection in an apparent attempt to get arrested, though police said no one had been taken into custody.
NEWS
January 31, 2016
At least five protesters were taken into custody Friday by Chester police after they threatened to occupy City Hall and refused to leave unless the city released information on the death of a man involved in a 2014 police shooting. Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland met with representatives of the group and the family of Frank McQueen, 34, the man killed during an exchange of gunfire, said Aigner Cleveland, spokeswoman for the mayor. Plans were in place to formally request information on the police investigation from the District Attorney's office, she said.
NEWS
January 26, 2016
The sight of her aunt's being escorted out of a Donald Trump rally in South Carolina was too much for the celebrity makeup artist from Hatfield, Montgomery County. You may remember that earlier this month, Rose Hamid, 56, stood in silent protest of remarks by the GOP frontrunner that linked refugees to ISIS. Trump supporters began chanting "Trump! Trump! Trump!" Hamid, who is Muslim and covers her hair with a scarf, was removed from the rally. Pinned to her shirt was an eight-pointed yellow star bearing the word "Muslim," similar to the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear throughout Nazi-occupied Europe.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
A drive by federal agents to round up and deport Central Americans who entered the U.S. illegally after 2014 and have exhausted their asylum appeals is rattling immigrant communities nationwide. Representatives from Juntos, the Latino advocacy group with offices in South Philadelphia and Norristown, say they have been fielding "countless phone calls and Facebook messages" from people in "absolute fear" of the new effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "They can't keep going after these families who are coming here as refugees," Juntos executive director Erika Almiron said Friday.
NEWS
January 10, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
The shooting of a police officer the night before did not deter protesters from marching through North Philadelphia on Friday in a demonstration against police brutality and economic inequities in the African American community. Dozens of police on foot, on bicycles, and in squad cars followed scores of predominantly college-age marchers on their peaceful, two-mile walk from Broad Street and Erie Avenue to Temple University. The demonstration, planned several weeks earlier, took place as the nation's attention was focused on the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who detectives said had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | ASScOCIATED PRESS
BURNS, Ore. - The leader of an American Indian tribe that regards an Oregon nature preserve as sacred issued a rebuke yesterday to the armed men who are occupying the property, saying they are not welcome at the snowy bird sanctuary and must leave. The Burns Paiute tribe was the latest group to speak out against the men, who have taken several buildings at the preserve to protest policies governing the use of federal land in the West. "The protesters have no right to this land. It belongs to the native people who live here," tribal leader Charlotte Rodrique said.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
As protesting UberBlack drivers yelled complaints outside Uber's headquarters near the Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday, their lawyers filed a wage-and-hour lawsuit against Uber. The complaint, filed in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia, says the drivers are not receiving overtime pay, or, in some cases, not earning minimum wage. The suit also says they are misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. "Shame on Uber!" about 60 drivers shouted, as some carried signs saying "Limousines Are Endangered Species" and "UberBlack - Everyone's Poverty Driver.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Construction on a controversial natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands may proceed without further review, New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities ruled Wednesday. The board voted 3-0 that South Jersey Gas was not required to submit its plans for review by municipalities along the proposed line's 22-mile route. With the vote, the project appeared to clear the final hurdle in a long approval process, although environmental groups vowed to appeal. In August, the staff of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission approved the project without a vote of the commission's board, which had rejected a nearly identical plan a year and a half before.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Carrying signs reading "Ubernomics Equals Drivers' Poverty" and "Public Safety in Danger," hundreds of limousine and taxi drivers walked or drove their cars around City Hall on Wednesday afternoon in a protest against Uber and Lyft operations here. Dozens of cars filled Market Street from City Hall to 17th Street, while dozens more circled City Hall during the 75-minute protest. SEPTA had to detour buses around blockaded areas. "It's a mess," Police Inspector John Heath said. The protesters are demanding that officials stop UberX and Lyft from working in the city, saying their drivers are taking work away from them.
NEWS
December 17, 2015
Marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown, scores of protesters marched through Center City on Tuesday evening, snarling traffic and surprising shoppers and diners by entering businesses. Tate-Brown, 26, was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop that turned into a violent struggle in Mayfair on Dec. 15, 2014. The protesters marched around City Hall, then along Broad Street and Walnut Street. They entered the Apple Store on Walnut and the Devon Seafood Grill on Rittenhouse Square.
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