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Legislature

No criminal charges against ex-Pa. legislator accused of sexual assault, jury recommends https://www.inquirer.com/news/no-criminal-charges-brian-ellis-grand-jury-sexual-assault-20190823.html

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit https://www.phillytrib.com/news/state_and_region/pennsylvania-house-wins-appeal-in-atheist-prayer-policy-suit/article_b4a75082-fc7d-578b-a66d-a1c8dc08d237.html

Federal court upholds Pa. House policy that blocks non-believers from offering opening prayer https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/federal-court-upholds-pa-house-policy-that-blocks-non-believers-from-offering-opening-prayer/

Red flag laws prevent gun suicides and mass shootings. Pa. needs this law now | Opinion https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/red-flag-laws-prevent-gun-suicides-and-mass-shootings-pa-needs-this-law-now-opinion/

 

Shootings

Neighbors: Woman shot dead in West Philly house had gone there to pay respects after another woman was slain https://www.inquirer.com/news/dewey-millick-west-philadelphia-police-murder-gunfire–20190823.html

Prosecutor: ‘Stand Your Ground’ shooter was a ‘vigilante’ https://www.phillytrib.com/news/across_america/prosecutor-stand-your-ground-shooter-was-a-vigilante/article_f0f3543e-651d-59c0-b386-eb75598edea1.html

Man suffered leg wound in York shooting: police https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/man-shot-in-the-leg-in-york-police.html

Chester police probe 2 shooting incidents; 4 wounded https://www.delcotimes.com/news/chester-police-probe-shooting-incidents-wounded/article_d3fa676e-c58c-11e9-8873-3b75035df0d3.html

 

Business

Winter is coming: Why gas pump isn’t where you see the impact of Philly refinery closure https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/philadelphia-refinery-closure-gas-prices-real-impact-20190824.html

Retail survivors: How a family-owned hardware store is making it in the Amazon era https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail-amazon-small-business-hardware-guitars-washington-20190820.html

Prosecutor: Vanguard never knew of $2.1 million theft from dead customers until an accomplice confessed https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2019/08/24/Prosecutor-Vanguard-never-knew-of-2-1-million-theft-from-dead-customers-until-an-accomplice-confessed/stories/201908240018

Kraft Heinz put on notice by S&P: cut debt or risk being junked https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/08/23/Kraft-Heinz-notice-S-P-cut-debt-risk-being-junked/stories/201908230132

 

Education

Safe2Say keeps kids safe: Tipline revealed information that demands action https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/08/24/Safe2Say-tipline-child-safety-demands-action/stories/201908100013

MLK Leadership Development Institute to bring back Summer Engineering Experience for Kids in 2020 https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/mlk-leadership-development-institute-to-bring-back-summer-engineering-experience-for-kids-in-2020.html

Crestwood gives St. Jude own bus run, moves controversial stop https://www.timesleader.com/news/753356/crestwood-gives-st-jude-own-bus-run-moves-controversial-stop

Back-to-school journey unique for foster teens https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190823/back-to-school-journey-unique-for-foster-teens

 

Elections/Politics

Serious fundraising kickstarts 2020 Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/serious-fundraising-kickstarts-2020-democratic-primary-in-pennsylvanias-10th-congressional-district.html

 

Health

Shopping abroad for cheaper medication? Here’s what you need to know https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/08/24/Shopping-abroad-for-cheaper-medication-Here-s-what-you-need-to-know/stories/201908240014

 

Local News

4 more gas wells planned for Midas well pad in Plum https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/4-more-gas-wells-planned-for-plums-midas-well-pad/

Luzerne County Transportation Authority NEPTA name change on hold due to inquiries https://www.timesleader.com/news/753347/luzerne-county-transportation-authority-nepta-name-change-on-hold-due-to-inquiries

Volunteers busy as Plymouth prepares to host memorial wall https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/volunteers-busy-as-plymouth-prepares-to-host-memorial-wall-1.2523968

Area’s first ax throwing venue officially opens in Forty Fort https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/area-s-first-ax-throwing-venue-officially-opens-in-forty-fort-1.2523913

First phase of Solomon Creek project wrapping up https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/first-phase-of-solomon-creek-project-wrapping-up-1.2523922

The butterfly effect: Smitten by monarchs, Bucks woman uses her house to save them https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-woman-raises-monarch-butterflies-20190824-hwlqu3ebprfqlhyprrj2mn4e4q-story.html

Clarion’s Somerset nursing facility opens https://www.tribdem.com/news/clarion-s-somerset-nursing-facility-opens/article_b5ec9ee4-c623-11e9-a981-fb86328c9646.html

No Settlement Reached in Erie Coke Case After 5 Hours of Talks https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40957785/no-settlement-reached-in-erie-coke-case-after-5-hours-of-talks

Advocate wants a safe place for the homeless in Reading https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-officials-coalition-tackling-issue-of-homelessness

Groups support lawsuit alleging discrimination at Berks County Prison https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/groups-support-lawsuit-alleging-discrimination-at-berks-county-prison

Hemp farmers in Honey Brook have a new crop problem: Thieves https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/thieves-stealing-hemp-plants-from-honey-brook-farm-fields

 

National News

75 years later, U.S. World War II veterans say: Never forget https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/world-war-ii-us-veterans-75-years-later-paris-20190824.html

N.J. school-lunch policies: Parents must pay delinquent meal fees or face possible state probe for child abuse https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-jersey/school-lunch-tuna-fish-sandwich-new-jersey-fees-shaming-20190824.html

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for pancreatic cancer tumor https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/ruth-bader-ginsburg-pancreatic-cancer-supreme-court-20190823.html

Poet, politicians to mark first enslaved Africans’ arrival https://www.tribdem.com/news/poet-politicians-to-mark-first-enslaved-africans-arrival/article_cd659c2f-6ca8-51ef-ac85-5b013d678a2b.html

 

Philly

Human remains discovered at Schuylkill Yards, but developer has a plan https://www.inquirer.com/arts/brandywine-realty-schuylkill-yards-quaker-cemetery-bones-discovered-20190823.html

Philadelphia has a mysterious critter found nowhere else. Meet the volunteers tracking it. https://www.inquirer.com/science/volunteer-scientists-philadelphia-rare-pennsylvanian-purseweb-spider-mystery-animal-atypus-snetsingeri-20190824.html

Philadelphia’s Wissahickon is slammed with millions of visitors, increasing trash, noise, risks https://www.inquirer.com/health/wissahickon-valley-park-philadelphia-devils-pool-20190824.html

After resigning amid scandal, how will Philly’s former top cop Richard Ross be remembered? https://www.inquirer.com/news/richard-ross-resign-legacy-philadelphia-police-20190823.html

Court rejects FOP suit against Krasner on police ‘misconduct’ list https://www.inquirer.com/news/krasner-fop-lawsuit-police-misconduct-20190824.html

Kicked out of N.J., right-leaning event on ‘ending racism’ is headed to Philly https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/mindscom-philly-pitman-antifa-broadway-theater-tim-pool-no-hate-20190823.html

Soaking up the last bits of summer in the city | Helen Ubiñas https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/helen-ubinas-philadelphia-pools-popup-summer-recreation-centers-parks-rec-20190824.html

Philly’s female cops sue police department over civil rights abuses every other month, records show https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philly-s-female-cops-sue-police-department-over-civil-rights/article_6f2e342a-a1d5-56ac-b0a8-8a1b02579399.html

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh airport travelers bring throwing stars, brass knuckles and knives. Lots of knives. https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/08/23/tsa-pittsburgh-airport-prohibited-items-weapons-knives/stories/201908230112

Post-Gazette wins NLRB ruling https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/08/23/Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette-wins-National-Labor-Relations-Board-ruling-Block-Communications/stories/201908230121

Alabama man charged with stabbing woman in Pittsburgh’s Downtown https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/woman-stabbed-in-downtown-pittsburghs-third-stabbing-this-month/

 

State News

Pa.’s treasurer has two Twitter accounts: one staid, one subversively millennial https://www.inquirer.com/business/pennsylvania-treasurer-joe-torsella-tweets-twitter-20190824.html

It’s still early, but fungus shows promise in killing spotted lanternflies https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-spotted-lanternfly-fungus-early-study-20190823-olomcoido5dmlpjvoucbhec4ka-story.html

Snapshot of Sexual Offenders in Pennsylvania https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40957545/snapshot-of-sexual-offenders-in-pennsylvania

Washington

Trump faces limits of go-it-alone stance at global summit https://www.inquirer.com/politics/trump-global-summit-g7-france-russia-iran-china-tarriffs-20190824.html

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-china-tariffs-trade-war-threat-twitter-20190823.html

Trump calls the Fed chair an ‘enemy’ after Powell said trade war is ‘turbulent’ https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/08/23/Trump-calls-Fed-chair-powell-speech-enemy-trade-war-tariffs/stories/201908230111

Trump’s assault on a landmark legal settlement means immigrant children will face harsher treatment in U.S. custody | Opinion https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/trumps-assault-on-a-landmark-legal-settlement-mean-immigrant-children-will-face-harsher-treatment-in-u-s-custody-opinion/

 

World

Iranian oil tanker pursued by U.S. says it is going to Turkey https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/iran-oil-tanker-us-turkey-adrian-darya-1-20190824.html