Digital Divide: At least 1.1 million Pennsylvania homes lack Internet access

President Barack Obama called the Internet “one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.” However, for many Americans, like Tracy Emerson of West Philadelphia, full connectivity remains out of reach. Emerson is a 47-year-old single mother of two who canceled her home Internet service when she lost her job at a […]
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Floors a popular budget sleeping option for pope’s Philadelphia visit

PHILADELPHIA >> There aren’t enough beds for the more than 1 million visitors expected to flood Philadelphia when Pope Francis visits in September, particularly for those trying to be frugal. So Belinda Lewis Held had to be creative when it came to sheltering the more than 1,000 young people she’s guiding that weekend: They’ll be […]
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Revolutionary War event set for NY-Pennsylvania border towns

HIGHLAND, N.Y. >> Revolutionary War re-enactors will be participating in a two-state event commemorating the 236th anniversary of a battle fought along the New York-Pennsylvania border. Re-enactors will be setting up an 18th-century encampment Friday at the Minisink Battleground Park in the Sullivan County town of Highland, on the Delaware River On Saturday afternoon, a […]
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Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations. “There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” Obama said. “We don’t have that mechanism.” The president, who was asked about Cosby’s medal at a news conference, declined to address specific allegations against […]
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Mexico drug lord escape tunnel is audacious engineering feat

ALMOLOYA, Mexico >> Mexico’s most prized prisoner paced his cell, first to the latrine, then the shower, then the bed. At every turn around the tiny room, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman checked the shower floor hidden by a half wall, because even jailed criminals get their privacy. In his final sweep, Guzman sat […]
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