It isn't always sunny in Philadelphia, but this week we can count on the heat sticking around. If you're in need of some patience to keep your cool with the summer temps, you might want to check out the breathing exercises of these local roofers who are working to build their emotional intelligence on the construction site. In other news, rapper Meek Mill came face-to-face with the contentious judge who previously sent him prison, while the U.S. Supreme Court looked the other way on ruling on Pennsylvania's partisan gerrymandering.
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They spend most days working on the construction site, but a group of local roofers is putting new emphasis on building its workers' emotional intelligence, too.
Two years ago, Ed DeAngelis decided his construction company, EDA Contractors, was archaic and dominated by "too much testosterone." Workers didn't know how to deal with their emotions on the job, and it was hurting their ability to make smart decisions, ask for help, lead a team, he said.
In search of vulnerability, DeAngelis turned to his Aunt Pat, a former hospital CEO who now aids the 200 roofers in constructive breathing exercises and learning to talk through their feelings. Apparently it's working, and that's something the "rough-and-tumble" crew is raising the roof about.
During the two-hour hearing, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley repeatedly clashed with the rapper's six lawyers, who accused her of acting like a prosecutor and of laughing at their expert witness. Brinkley — who will remain on the case despite Mill's multiple appeals for a new judge — ultimately said she needed more time to decide if the rapper should get a new trial.
Around 300 supporters gathered outside the criminal justice center prior to the courtroom kerfuffle for a "Justice 4 Meek" rally in solidarity with the rapper.
The U.S. Supreme Court ducked the chance to rule on the issue of partisan gerrymandering Monday, deciding not to decide on the re-districting and returning two meaty cases to lower courts on narrow procedural grounds.
By not taking up the broader question of when partisan gerrymandering violates the constitution, the justices left the status quo in place, limiting the cases that can be brought in federal court. Here's what that means for the future of Pennsylvania.
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