I know it looks nice outside now, but it could get nasty this afternoon as a storm is expected to bring rain and wind that could impact your evening commute. So pack an umbrella, wear a raincoat, and get prepared for some delays.
In other news, the biggest community college system in Pennsylvania quietly ended its on-campus mental health services. Also, the top federal prosecutor in the region weighed in on the proposed supervised injection site, and the accused Rittenhouse Square stabber testified yesterday.
Harrisburg Area Community College has 17,000 students across five campuses. And it has quietly eliminated its campus mental health services without notifying all the students. It’s a move that college health experts called short-sighted and risky at a time of growing need.
The community college told its counselors to stop individual and group counseling as of mid-September. Counselors will still be able to assist students, but just not with their mental health. Instead, students will be referred to off-campus providers.
This is a story from Spotlight PA, an independent and nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Inquirer in partnership with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and PennLive/The Patriot-News.
On Saturday, a 10-year-old South Jersey girl became at least the fifth rider to be thrown to death since 2000 from the Sizzler, a spinning carnival ride. She wasn’t wearing a seat belt, which some other states require, but New Jersey doesn’t.
State investigators are continuing to look into how the girl was ejected from the ride that has been a staple at traveling carnivals for decades. And despite the fatalities, experts in amusement-ride safety described the Sizzler as safe.
Following the landmark court ruling that could clear the way for the nation’s first supervised injection site to open in Philadelphia, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain vowed to “use all enforcement tools” at his disposal to shut down any facility that opens before the Justice Department’s options for an appeal are exhausted, according to a letter The Inquirer obtained.
Options on the table include possible drug seizures, arrests, and criminal forfeiture proceedings, according to McSwain’s letter to the attorney for Safehouse, the nonprofit hoping to open a facility before the end of the year.
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“But a bullet will pierce even the best façade of security — exposing grim truths. Among them: Change that sticks will come from those living this reality, not those making a living from it.” — columnist Helen Ubiñas writes about how Philadelphia is a city in trauma.
— Correction: An earlier version of this newsletter identified a Burlington County man as a mayoral candidate. He is a township committee candidate.