Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary

Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary


Certain traditions in Philadelphia are hard to properly explain to outsiders. Grown men dressing in skirts, carrying parasols, and dancing around on New Year’s Day. Parking in the flat median of the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Anyone ordering or buying scrapple.

Wednesday saw another bizarre but beloved practice play out in City Hall. Dozens of citizens from all walks of life came out to draw for ballot position for this year’s May primary. Pulling numbered ping pong balls from an old Horn and Hardart coffee can, a tradition that goes back decades, candidates learned their fate for one of the largest ballots in memory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Williams launches mayoral race with promises of action and advocacy

Sen. Williams launches mayoral race with promises of action and advocacy

Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Philadelphia) officially launched his mayoral campaign Monday night in a crowded art gallery in West Philadelphia.

Williams filed his nominating petition before last week’s deadline. This creates a re-match of the 2015 Democratic primary, where Williams lost handily to now-Mayor Jim Kenney.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Joint City Council Committee discusses reducing gun violence in Philadelphia

Joint City Council Committee discusses reducing gun violence in Philadelphia

“How much does good cost?”

That question asked by Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr (D-District 4) Monday at a joint committee hearing in Philadelphia framed the discussion around fighting the city’s vicious cycle of gun violence.

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes two referendum questions, laud Meek Mill

City Council passes two referendum questions, laud Meek Mill

One week after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) visited City Council to offer his budget address, the body received another well-known Philadelphian. Rapper Robert “Meek Mill” Williams attended the weekly session, as council gave him a proclamation of “Meek Mill Weekend”.

Meek Mill has been a focal point of cultural and political conversation in the state. While the Philadelphia Eagles and fans celebrated the Super Bowl last year with his song “Dreams and Nightmares”, Mill sat in prison after a local judge jailed him for a parole violation. His release on bail in April drew national attention, and he has since become a powerful voice for criminal justice reform.

Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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