It’s that time of year. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I want to express my dearest thanks to all of you. You — the readers — are why we do this. It’s a privilege to be able to communicate with you each day. I’m grateful for that. We’ll be back in your inbox next week, after the holiday.
In today’s newsletter, we look at why Penn State is one of the priciest public schools in the country. We also offer some tips on saving money if you go shopping after Thanksgiving. And in national politics, we look at what could be coming in the impeachment inquiry next month.
After years of under-investment, Pennsylvania’s tax-supported four-year colleges aren’t doing so well. A combination of high costs and fewer Pennsylvania students are leaving dorm rooms empty.
Pennsylvania’s higher-education support is among the weakest in the United States. Comparing 2008 to 2016, the Keystone State had the biggest decline in higher-education support per $1,000 of personal income. And that has contributed to rising tuition costs that put Penn State’s main campus in State College as the most expensive public school in the Big Ten.
If you’re savvy, you can save big on Black Friday. A consumer analyst shared some tips with The Inquirer to make sure you don’t get tripped up by scams such as purchase minimums to earn free shipping and misleading discounts.
Saturday is dedicated to shopping at small businesses. A number of Philadelphia stores are participating, allowing you to support local businesses and score deals. We’ve got some sales for you to look for as you start to think about holiday gifts.
Earlier this year, an Inquirer investigation detailed decades of violent abuse and cover-ups at the Glen Mills Schools in Delaware County, where Philadelphia judges sent thousands of local boys. These programs have been dubbed “kid jails” by some critics. They house juveniles who have committed crimes and whom judges say should be placed outside of their homes, often after petty violations.
Then, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a sweeping overhaul of state oversight of residential programs and treatment centers. And yesterday, a group of local leaders said residential programs that serve Philadelphia’s children should be required to commit to reducing or eliminating use of physical restraints, along with other changes.
What you need to know today
If you’re traveling for the holiday, you should be fine weather-wise to get out of town today or tomorrow. (Traffic is a different story.) But if you’re planning on coming back this weekend, some cold and wet conditions may await you.
A city report released yesterday encouraged the now-shuttered-and-bankrupt oil refinery in South Philly to be reused as something “cleaner” and “safer for Philadelphians.” But the report also acknowledges that the 1,300-acre complex will likely continue as a petroleum processing facility for the near future.
When lawmakers return to Washington after Thanksgiving, the Trump impeachment push will enter a month-long sprint. Democrats are aiming for a House vote by Christmas that could move the issue to the Senate, which has a Republican majority.
Sheriff-elect Rochelle Bilal knows there’s a “dark cloud” over the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. Yesterday, she promised to remove it as she presented her goals for her four-year term.
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Penn State still has a shot to make the Rose Bowl. But the Nittany Lions are going to need some help this weekend.
A man from Bucks County was indicted for falsely claiming he was a Navy SEAL and prisoner of war. He never served a day in the military, but claimed he injured his left knee and suffered a traumatic brain injury when he jumped out of a window while carrying a dead SEAL on his back.
A comedy/one-man show starts with a short-lived naked intro and ends with everyone feeling a bit more loved. It took a lot for that to happen.
Once that Thanksgiving table is cleared, we are fully into Christmas mode. And some Philly bars are going all-out.
The Large Bathers and The Great Bathers are now clean and ready to strut their stuff.
The Irishman is available to stream on Netflix today. Before you watch director Martin Scorsese’s latest epic, here’s a rundown of some of the real people portrayed in the movie, including a number of Philadelphia mobsters.
“If our adults are feeling this way, how must our students be feeling? For us, it’s a job. For them, it’s their lives. And we are failing them.” — Brian Gallagher writes about why he had to quit his job as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia.
The Inquirer’s Helen Ubiñas writes about why she’s grateful for a basketball game between 10th graders and Philly police.
It’s the season of family fights. And eight locals wrote for The Inquirer about how they changed their minds about something and found resolutions.
What we’re reading
Philly will soon be opening an urban composting facility, according to WHYY.
Have you ever tried to reserve an e-book at a library? They’re huge hits, and that leads to long wait times, worried publishers, and people trying to hack their way into reading, the Washington Post reports.
I have to admit this article feels like it was written for me, but it’s a fun read nonetheless. The Ringer offered an exhaustive ranking of movie journalists, from Peter Parker to Woodward and Bernstein.
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MANNA, formally known as Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, prepares and delivers free meals to people with life-threatening illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and heart disease. Thanksgiving is the nonprofit’s biggest day. It delivers turkey dinners to clients across the region. Here’s how it gets done.