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From Pontoon Boats to Town Halls, Americans Are Sitting In and Calling Up to Stop Trumpcare

Groups across the United States organized sit-ins and protests as Senate Republicans returned to their home states for the recess.

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Bill Cosby’s Trial Ends in a Mistrial, but the District Attorney Will Retry the Case

The jury in Bill Crosby's trial for aggravated indecent assault has deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial. However, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele issued a statement that he will seek a new trial.

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Pittsburgh Does the Right Thing and Bans Conversion Therapy, the First City in PA to Do So

Protect LGBTQIA children and teenagers.

In a move that's sure to upset more than a few right-wing politicians (hi, Mike Pence), Pittsburgh has banned conversion therapy, becoming the first city in Pennsylvania to do so.

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Nine-Year-Old Reporter Criticized for Breaking News of Town Tragedy

9-year-old Hilde Kate Lysiak is the sole journalist of Orange Street News, the only publication devoted exclusively to covering the events of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (population 5,000). Hilde's favorite beat to report on is crime, and she's written extensively about vandalism, drug use, and harassment in Selinsgrove.

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Bill Cosby Appeal Denied, He Will Have to Stand Trial in Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Case

Back in December, the Pennsylvania District Attorney charged Bill Cosby in the 2004 assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee. Since then, Cosby and his lawyer have attempted to appeal, saying that a previous DA promised him he'd never be charged over this encounter. *sigh* Now, a PA judge be like "Are you fucking kidding me?" OK, so those weren't the exact words, but the point is, the appeal was denied.

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Four Dead in Pennsylvania Shooting Just Hours Before NRA Blamed Violent Video Games for Such Things

Following a week of radio silence, NRA head Wayne LaPierre finally addressed last week's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, making his views plain to the nation. The factors behind the shooting the shooting were many, LaPierre claimed, and included the perennial whipping boy of violent video games. In fact, the only thing that could have prevented the shooting was more guns in the hands of armed teachers or guards in schools. LaPierre's case might have carried a little more water if it didn't come just hours after yet another multiple shooting along a stretch of road in Blair County, Pennsylvania that left four people -- including the apparent shooter -- dead and three state troopers injured.

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There’s Nothing Funny About Voter Fraud, Except Maybe This Reddit Thread

When a video purporting to be of  a malfunctioning voting machine in Pennsylvania showed up earlier today, a pair of web-savvy CNN reporters were hot on the case, looking for assistance from the Reddit community in confirming the veracity of the video. That is some well-intentioned, shoe leather journalism...that went about exactly as well as you might expect. It probably didn't help that the two reporters in question go by the handles CNNkyle and CNN_eric, a fact that opened the door to a lot of South Park jokes, and that's just for starters.

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Pennsylvania Paper Pins Local Mugshots to Pinterest, Sees 58% Increase in Arrests

In our ever-increasingly technology dependent world, social media has become a force with which to be reckoned. Our old institutions are still trying to bridge the gap, but the good folks in Pottstown, Pennsylvania certainly seem to understand our evolving world better than most. After a local paper, the Pottstown Mercury, started pinning mugshots to Pinterest, the local police have seen a 58% increase in arrests.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett Subpoenas Twitter Over Criticism of Tom Corbett

Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania's current Attorney General and the state's Republican candidate for governor, has taken a most unusual approach to criticism of himself online: He's subpoenaed Twitter, asking that it hand over the "name, address, contact information, creation date, creation Internet Protocol address and any and all log in Internet Protocol address" associated with two Twitter accounts, @bfbarbie and @casablancaPA, which have only 68 and 123 followers, respectively.


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