Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross stepped down yesterday amid allegations of sexual harassment and gender and racial discrimination within his department. Ross had been with the city’s police department since 1989, and he had been commissioner since 2016. Also, small-dollar donors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have their favorite 2020 candidates, and, in many cases, they’re giving to more than one.

Mayor Jim Kenney announced the resignation yesterday, saying that it was related to allegations of sexual harassment and gender and racial discrimination within the Police Department.

Kenney said that Ross’ resignation “is in the best interest of the Department," even though Ross isn’t directly accused of harassment. Kenney added he doesn’t believe the Police Department has taken the necessary actions to address underlying cultural issues that affect women, especially women of color.

The commissioner’s ouster came one day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that Ross ignored her complaints of another officer’s sexual harassment because she broke off a two-year affair with Ross in 2011.

Deputy Commissioner Christine M. Coulter will now lead the force on an interim basis. Her elevation to commissioner marks the first time a woman will serve as the city’s top cop.

Small donors play a big role in presidential politics. And both Pennsylvania and New Jersey rank in the top ten states for small-dollar donations.

The Inquirer analyzed data from both to see who these small donors are supporting. And it seems that many of those who are politically engaged in the region haven’t fully committed to one choice.

It’s kind of like a college dorm. Except its populated by women in their 70s. In a Lancaster County town, these four women can live independently, but share a home. Each has their own bed and bathrooms, but they share their common areas.

Affordability is a major problem as a wave of baby boomers enters older age. That has led aging experts to push for solutions for elderly people who have too much money to qualify for government help, but can’t afford the kind of upscale senior housing that is common in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

The model has won an award and will be studied by Kansas State University.

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“It was a worthy lesson for anyone who is invested in saving lives in Philadelphia, regardless of opinion about a supervised injection site. And yet, elected officials who have raised questions and concerns about supervised injection sites did not make the effort to go to the hearing.” The Inquirer Editorial Board writes about Monday’s hearing in federal court in which the Justice Department squared off against the nonprofit that wants to operate a supervised injection site in Philadelphia.

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Ross and Blair Cohen snap photos with the Naked Bike Ride in 2015 on their wedding day.
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Ross and Blair Cohen snap photos with the Naked Bike Ride in 2015 on their wedding day.

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A new Philly wedding tradition: married couples photo-bombing the Naked Bike Ride. That’s one way to remember your wedding day, I guess.