Fireworks anger residents across Pa., but they may be here to stay

It’s not the Fourth of July yet, but if you visit Allentown, Harrisburg or Erie on some summer evenings, you might understandably think otherwise. Fireworks are routinely set off in neighborhoods around the commonwealth in warm weather, much to the dismay of some people longing for quiet nights. The complaints aren’t stemming from the professional fireworks displays enjoyed at local fairs or ballgames. Some residents are fuming over the fireworks being set off by their neighbors.

Chauvin jury selection process raises questions about impartiality and racism

After several weeks of questioning, 15 jurors have been selected to serve on the trial jury that will determine the fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. With opening statements beginning Monday, the high-profile trial is expected to last several weeks. Jurors will vote to convict or acquit Chauvin on three possible charges: second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder.

Shortened spring break brings student, faculty concerns

Macalester has joined a host of colleges that have cut down on spring break in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Dec. 22, Macalester students, staff and faculty received an email informing them that their spring break has been shortened from five days to three days in order to minimize student travel that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The new dates of spring break this semester will be Sunday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 17.

Police reform push in New Castle County: Too far, or not enough?

Two ordinances introduced to the New Castle County Council on June 23 aim to start a reform process in the New Castle County Police Department by banning chokeholds and knee-holds and establishing a duty-to-intervene policy for officers. However, the measures are facing disapproval on two sides: police officers who want an exception for deadly force and civil rights advocates who believe the measures do not go far enough to reform the Police Department. (subscriber exclusive, linked as PDF)

Banks switch gears for virtual financial literacy initiatives

With the ongoing pandemic, banks’ financial literacy initiatives have switched gears — visiting schools and giving tours of banks are no longer possible as many schools have gone virtual and banks have shut their doors to large groups. Despite the setbacks, banks are finding new avenues to teach financial literacy — a skill that is crucially important at a time when the Fed reports 70 percent of adults would not be able to pay an unexpected $400 expense.
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