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For Pa. and N.J. law school graduates, bar exams will be held despite virus and questions about the testing ordeal

Is the Bar Exam a 'rite of passage' or an exercise in 'gate-keeping'? At Penn State's Dickinson Law, the school's dean would prefer an alternative.

Bankrupt Hertz is still wrongly accusing customers of stealing its cars, lawsuit claims

Rent-a-car customers who use debit cards and extend their contracts have been arrested at gunpoint, charged with grand theft auto, and thrown in jail. Hertz says there's no "systematic problem." A Philadelphia-area attorney says dozens of lives have been ruined.

FSD Pharma’s medical marijuana dreams go up in smoke

The company will focus on an anti-inflammatory drug its CEO said will treat COVID-19 patients.

Valley Forge Military Academy faces battle for its soul between entrenched board and upstart alums

“We keep hoping these guys would go away,” said current president Stuart Helgeson. “They’re weakening the brand.” But alums say intransigent board members are making things worse at Pennsylvania's last remaining military school.

Ballard Spahr law firm becomes hub for vital COVID-19 information for businesses

The Philadelphia firm added the fraud tracker to its comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Center for businesses. Its goal is to "proactively partner with clients to help identify trends so we might foresee legal issues, And this is an excellent way to to that.”

Man, 27, shot and killed in West Philadelphia

The victim was not identified by police.

Enthusiasm in N.J. and Pa. as malls open after a long coronavirus shutdown

Shopping malls began to reopen this weekend marking a tentative return to normalcy for the Philadelphia region after months of pandemic restrictions.

Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana player aims to ramp up production and drive down prices

Jushi president Erich Mauff said he will improve quality and quantity of the pharmaceutical grade cannabis

A coronavirus ‘baby bust’ could mean a half-million fewer U.S. births, study says

“Tremendous economic loss, uncertainty, and insecurity” brought on by COVID-19 likely will cause a decrease of between 300,000 to 500,000 births, according to a Brookings report.

Medical marijuana CEOs tout jobs in newly opened dispensaries, count on legalization for adult use

Marijuana CEOs say they're investing millions into Pennsylvania and New Jersey and expect investment and the number of jobs to explode if the states approve legalizing for adult use.