Montgomery County has fired its top two public defenders

Montgomery County’s top public defenders, chief Dean Beer and deputy chief Keisha Hudson, were fired Wednesday and replaced. Officials said the decision was made by the county’s Board of Commissioners, which oversees all department heads in the county.

The mom arrested by ICE outside a South Philly school is now facing deportation

Verónica del Carmen Lara Márquez, who was released by ICE after the arrest "for humanitarian reasons,” has been told she has 45 days to leave the country.

Penn athletic department placed on two years of NCAA probation in Jerome Allen scandal
The NCAA penalty stems from bribes that former coach Jerome Allen accepted to get the son of a Florida businessman into Penn.

Villanova cancels Italy study-abroad program as coronavirus spreads
The university is calling back its students studying throughout Italy, as the coronavirus continues to spread there.

Multiple people dead in shooting at Milwaukee Molson Coors Brewing, mayor says
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett did not give an exact number of people killed in Wednesday's shooting.

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South Philadelphia’s supervised injection site announcement is good news for a bad crisis. | Editorial.

While supervised injection sites are new to the U.S., they are not a new worldwide.

Philly’s ban on recording bail hearings is unconstitutional, federal judge says

A judge agreed with the Philadelphia Bail Fund, finding that current practices are “unconstitutional under the First Amendment insofar as they prohibit the public to audio-record bail hearings.”

Philadelphia teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan fends off challengers, but progressives make gains

Jordan’s slate, known as the Collective Bargaining Team, appeared to win 62% of the vote, with the early tally 4,453 votes for Jordan's team to 2,761 for the Caucus of Working Educators.

Vetri, Kalaya among 2020 James Beard Awards restaurant semifinalists

The nominees for the Beards, widely regarded as the Oscars of the restaurant business, will be announced on March 25. Awards will be handed out May 4.

Federal commission highlights harms and civil rights violations for women in prison

“Incarcerated women continue to experience physical and psychological safety harms while incarcerated and insufficient satisfaction of their constitutional rights,” the commission noted.

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Afrofuturism is all around us and we don’t even know it | Elizabeth Wellington and Raishad Hardnett

Stories of magic and mystery that also pay homage to the black experience are ubiquitous in pop culture, so much so, some of us are taking it for granted.

Wharton names Erika James first woman dean of University of Pennsylvania’s famed business school

The first woman and first person of color ever to lead Wharton's business school as dean joins effective July 1.
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