Good morning, Philadelphia. Today we're focused on a step forward in Philly's fight against the opioid epidemic, plus new statements from U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan about his sexual harassment settlement. Of course, as will be the trend for the next few weeks, there's plenty of Eagles news, too.
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No locations for sites have been announced, but Philly could be the first American city to open one. Columnist Mike Newall writes that the city's announcement demonstrates a bold kind of leadership. The move might also politicize the epidemic, as no one's quite sure how the Trump administration will react.
In Philadelphia approximately 1,200 people died last year of overdoses, most of them from opioids, and Kensington has become the epicenter of the crisis. How would this plan help? Here's everything you need to know about safe-injection sites.
U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan responded Tuesday to a report that the Delaware County Republican quietly used thousands of taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual-harassment claim from a former aide. He said he had a deep "affection" for the woman and told her last year he saw her as "a soul mate."
Despite this, and the settlement, he denied the harassment claim as he did over the weekend. Gov. Tom Wolf asked him to resign in the wake of the allegations and Speaker Paul Ryan removed him from the House Ethics Committee.
Regardless, Meehan will continue his bid for reelection. Top Pennsylvania Republicans have hope he can ride out the political furor.
After donning his now-iconic dog mask, Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson raised $100,000 for the School District of Philadelphia by selling "underdog" themed t-shirts.
Now the NFL is selling their own underdog merch, and Johnson and fellow Eagle Chris Long called on them to donate all proceeds to Philly schools, too. Just a day later, the NFL agreed.
Despite their loss Sunday, Vikings fans have also embraced the giving spirit: they're raising money for the Eagles Charitable Foundation. What good sports, huh?
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