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(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. High Court Considers Whether Phila. Voting Machines Are Too Unreliable

The machines record ballot selections electronically, but do not produce a paper record of each vote.

09/10/2014

(President Obama meets the with Congressional leaders on September 9, 2014 in the Oval Office.  Shown are Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House speaker John Boehner, R-Oh.  Also in attendance were Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal.  Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Does Obama Need Congress’ OK For Isis Action? It Depends, Says Temple U. Prof

Dr. Sean Yom, who teaches political science at Temple University, says whether or not President Obama needs Congressional approval depends on how he frames the military action.

09/10/2014

(Beware of e-mail messages that might not be from who they appear to be.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Pa. Official Warns of E-Mail Scams That Rely on Home Depot Hacking Fears

Now, Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane says that consumers have to be alert for “phishing” schemes that come in e-mails.

09/10/2014

Michelle Obama And Laura Bush Attend 9/11 Commemoration In Shanksville, PA

National Park Service To Offer Flight 93 Memorial Tour On Eve Of Sept. 11

The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers fought back against hijackers.

09/10/2014

(members of the Institute for the Development of African-American Youth greet Mayor Nutter outside City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dougherty)

Community Group Thanks Mayor Nutter For Backing Pot Decriminalization

It was originally planned as a demonstration to urge the mayor to approve the legislation, but it was recast after Nutter indicated earlier this week he would sign the measure.

09/10/2014

(Netflix added a click-through button to its web site on September 10th to illustrate the impact of a proposed FCC change to “net neutrality” rules. Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Internet Sites Stage Slowdown Campaign For Equal Transmission Rules

You might see a few extra hourglasses or spinning wheels while browsing the web today. It’s not a sign the sites are slower — it’s a protest designed to fight for the Internet rule known as “net neutrality.”

09/10/2014

(DC 33 chief Pete Matthews, in file photo. Credit: Mike Dunn/ KYW)

Phila. Blue-Collar Union Votes To Approve Long-Stalled Contract

District Council 33 — representing nearly 10,000 current and former blue-collar city workers — has overwhelmingly ratified its new contract with the city — a contract that took five contentious years to negotiate.

09/09/2014

(Gov. Corbett cuts a ribbon in front of a natural gas fueling station on Abbottsford Avenue.  The utilities Aqua America and Philadelphia Gas Works already have some vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas, CNG.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Despite Dearth of Customers, a Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens in Phila.

Gov. Corbett was on hand to cut the ribbon. The Marcellus Shale is a major source of natural gas.

09/09/2014

(Photo illustration.  Credit: Thinkstock)

Phila. Parents Sue Pa. Dept. of Education Over Uninvestigated Deficiency Claims

Seven Philadelphia parents say the Pennsylvania Department of Education has violated its duty to look into allegations of “curriculum deficiencies” in Philadelphia schools.

09/09/2014

File photo (credit: Paul Gluck)

Philadelphia Homeowners Try To Stop DA’s Quick Property Seizures

The practice is called “Seize and Seal,” and it allows the Philadelphia DA’s office to get an order from a judge to seize a home that is linked to alleged drug activity.

09/09/2014

(Elementary school students hold signs while standing in Girard Avenue, outside the school.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Phila. Charter School Orchestrates Street Protest Over Disputed Growth

The SRC says the school doubled its student population without permission. Walter Palmer, founder of the school, says the SRC is trying to strangle his school by withholding additional funds.

09/09/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Parents Say State Failed To Probe School Issues

Seven Philadelphia School District parents have alleged in a lawsuit that the Pennsylvania Department of Education violated its obligation to investigate allegations of curriculum deficiencies in the schools.

09/09/2014

(State-operated tow trucks will now be painted red and white, with a State Farm logo, rather than lime green.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

PennDOT Road Patrols Get an Insurance Company Sponsorship

State officials unveiled the new look for the service trucks today.

09/09/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Agrees To Sign Bill Softening Marijuana Laws in Philadelphia

“We’ve gotten to a place where it is out of the criminal realm,” says the Kenney said today.

09/08/2014

File photo of sports gambling.

NJ Lawmaker Says Sports Betting Will Be Good For What Ails Atlantic City

“I’m glad the governor reversed his course, because he vetoed my legislation doing exactly the same thing two months ago,” said state senator Frank Lesniak, of Union County.

09/08/2014

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U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office as first lady Michelle Obama holds the bible in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington

President Obama, VP Biden Sworn-In For Second Term

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