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In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, protesters gather at a rally in Washington.
In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, protesters gather at a rally in Washington.Read moreManuel Balce Ceneta, File

Happy Tuesday, folks. Bring an umbrella for your commute home: it looks like rain this afternoon and tonight. Then prepare for it to get chillier as the week goes on. Winter is coming. 

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— Aubrey Nagle

» READ MORE: Supreme Court OKs travel ban enforcement

It isn't a final ruling, but yesterday the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce its latest version of a travel ban into the United States. Residents from six mostly Muslim countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen— will be barred from the country while challenges to the travel ban are tied up in lower courts.

Appellate courts based in California and Virginia are hearing arguments on the ban this week. The Supreme Court justices themselves are expected to eventually rule on the ban's legality, and yesterday's order suggests they might approve it.

» READ MORE: Falling Off the Cliff: Finding good help

When their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities "fall off the cliff" of educational options at age 21, parents often seek Medicaid waivers to pay for daily care. But getting one is like winning the lottery.

And when a waiver does help pay for direct-support professionals, there's still the matter of finding competent workers and agencies to oversee them. Home health care is expected to be one of the country's fastest-growing occupations in the next few years, but pay growth is slow.

The second part of columnist Ronnie Polaneczky's series on children with disabilities aging into adulthood explores the difficulties families face in finding good help. 

Read Part 1: A Crisis for the Disabled

» READ MORE: Trump, RNC endorse senate candidate accused of sexual assault

Yesterday, President Trump formally announced his endorsement of Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate and the Republican National Committee followed suit. Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when she was a teenager and of pursuing relationships with other teenage girls.

Due to the sexual assault and harassment allegations, Moore has kept relatively quiet on the campaign trail, though this weekend his campaign got in an online spat with TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Moore's Democratic rival, Doug Jones, is touting his record of prosecuting one-time Klu Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry, convicted of murder for the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. The election is next Tuesday, Dec. 12.

What you need to know today

  1. A key Pennsylvania House committee passed a bill yesterday to ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy except in medical emergencies. The vote could go to the floor of the House and onto Gov. Wolf, who vowed to veto it, by next week.

  2. Meek Mill is still in prison after Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley denied his motion for bail, calling him a "dangerous" flight risk. Mill's team responded by filing a motion claiming the FBI had investigated the judge's handling of the case.

  3. Could sports betting be coming to New Jersey? The state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate a 1992 federal law that banned sports wagering in most states. Find out how we got here and what might happen next.

  4. Philadelphia Department of Public Health inspectors temporarily closed 23 restaurants, markets and stores at the end of last month. Read our latest Clean Plates report on an empty stomach.

  5. City Council's Committee on Public Health approved an amended bill yesterday which would give the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections authority to ban safety glass windows inside beer delis. Beer deli owners and their advocates are not happy.

  6. Last night the Sixers lost to the Suns 115-101, a game they were expected to win. But at least the Flyers held it down, breaking their 10-game losing streak against the Flames.

  7. Opening arguments were heard yesterday in the federal suit over Pennsylvania's political maps. Since the gerrymandering case could really shake up the 2018 elections, the proceedings will be expedited.

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That’s Interesting

  1. Sunday's Eagles loss still hurts, but it's time to look ahead. As columnist Bob Ford writes, next week's Rams game is now a must-win.

  2. OK, well maybe we'll look back just one more time. That Russell Wilson "lateral" pass that got the Seahawks a crucial first down? It was illegal, according to physics. (Though coach Doug Pederson defends his decision not to challenge it.)

  3. Blind bowlers have found their own lane with a Northeast blind bowling league. It's been bringing bowlers together for nearly 40 years.

  4. You may have heard about Bitcoin's roller coaster of a weekend as values plunged and surged Thursday to Monday. But what's the cryptocurrency all about, anyway? This primer will get you up to speed.

  5. Now that the CVS Health purchase of Aetna is pending, we take a look at how the big deal could affect Pennsylvania, where Aetna has its biggest group of employees.

  6. Could Temple's Quinton Rose be heading to the NBA? Scouts have an eye on the improving sophomore.


"City Council will not turn a blind eye to housing segregation. We believe all Philadelphians have the right to live affordably near good jobs, good transit, and good schools." — City Council members Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Curtis Jones Jr. explain their support of an affordable housing bill that's scheduled for a vote today.
  1. In light of changing language and standards concerning sexual harassment, columnist Stu Bykofsky chats with 10 men about their own pasts.

  2. If the GOP tax bill is passed, St. Joseph's University mathematics professor Greg Manco says CEOs who want to donate their savings should send it right to the U.S. Treasury.

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