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Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania's forestland, which covers more than half the state, is privately owned. Hundreds of acres of it are lost each day.
But it's not loggers and lethal pests the woodlands have to worry about. It's parcelization — the divvying up of properties into smaller and smaller bits by aging owners. Don't miss reporter Jason Nark's special report on what's next for Pennsylvania's forestland.
Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to deregulate the internet and roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections. The protections had stopped telecom companies (like Comcast and Verizon, which lobbied hard for the repeal) from throttling internet traffic and blocking websites.
So what's next? The decision will likely lead to challenges in federal court (New York's attorney general already plans to lead a multistate lawsuit) and some say Republicans and Democrats may come together to regulate the internet with new legislation.
The decision comes after the FCC's public comment system has been criticized for being flooded with fake comments and emails.
City Council approved a controversial bill yesterday that instructs the Department of Licenses and Inspections to regulate "the use or removal of any physical barrier" like bullet-resistant windows in large food establishments.
Supporters of the bill include African American residents who say beer delis prey on black and brown communities and sow distrust. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the bill.
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