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More Than 70 Pennsylvania Candidates Want To Run For Congress

More than 70 people have submitted paperwork with hours to go until the deadline to run in Pennsylvania’s congressional primary election. Tuesday’s the deadline to submit at least 1,000 voter signatures to get on May 15′s primary ballot. Interest in running for Congress is high. Pennsylvania has its most open seats in decades and more competitive districts after the state Supreme Court redrew a map that it ruled had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans. Congressional primary...

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In Pennsylvania, candidates running in the primaries for U.S. House and Senate had to file their nomination petitions by the end of the day Tuesday. That deadline had been extended because of the legislative redistricting that took place.

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More than 70 people have submitted paperwork with hours to go until the deadline to run in Pennsylvania’s congressional primary election.

Tuesday’s the deadline to submit at least 1,000 voter signatures to get on May 15′s primary ballot.

Interest in running for Congress is high. Pennsylvania has its most open seats in decades and more competitive districts after the state Supreme Court redrew a map that it ruled had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans.

UPDATED Monday, 3/19, 3:41pm:

After the federal judge ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also decided to keep in place a revised map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, turning down a separate request from Republican leaders in the state Legislature. 

A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

This story originally appeared on PlanPhilly.

No one could argue that Olney, in upper North Philadelphia, is gentrifying. But that doesn’t mean the neighborhood isn’t revitalizing. In the afternoon when schools let out, kids weighed down with colorful backpacks fill the sidewalks of tidy rowhome blocks. The neighborhood’s North 5th Street shopping district bustles with Colombian cafes, Jamaican bakeries, and Korean restaurants. Over the last 15 years, neighborhood’s population growth has greatly outstripped city averages no matter how it is measured.

Tonetta Graham on her Strawberry Mansion porch, in philadelphia, PA.
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This story originally appeared on PlanPhilly.

If Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion section gentrifies, Tonetta Graham knows her block is bound to change. She owns a house on 30th Street, right around the corner from her childhood home. It cuts a striking figure. Painted candy apple red with white trim, Graham’s house stands alone, the sole remaining building on this side of the block. Vacant lots surround it, some strewn with tires and old mattresses.


An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on March 17, 2018, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Dr. John, Sam Cooke, ZZ Top, The Black Keys, Rev. Gary Davis with Sonny Terry, Corey Harris, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Yardbirds, Robert Wilkins, and more.

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WPSU Jazz Archive - March 16, 2018

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on March 16, 2018 and hosted by Rana Glick. This week’s show is dedicated to music from Cuba and other latino music. 

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James Earl Davis, a Professor of Urban Education at Temple University and his golden doodle, Baldwin, pictured in his home in East Germantown.
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Temple University education professor James Earl Davis and his partner moved into their stately 150-year-old Victorian home in East Germantown in 2001, at a time when the neighborhood was, well, iffy.

“The car was broken into around 2002 because there was money and CDs on the front seat. They broke the window and got those, but that was kind of an urban novice error,” Davis recalled with a knowing laugh.

Lisa Ko, author of "The Leavers."
Lisa Ko

Author Lisa Ko's debut novel, "The Leavers," won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. The novel explores issues relating to immigration and identity after Polly Guo, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to work one morning and never returns home. Her 11-year-old son, Deming, is placed in foster care and eventually adopted by a white family that changes his name to Daniel.

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Pennsylvanians love their beer. The Brewers Association says that in 2017 more barrels of craft beer were brewed in Pennsylvania than in any other state in the U.S. California came in second.

But it’s not just businesses that are turning-out tasty microbrews.   Local home-brewers in Central Pennsylvania are getting into the act, too.


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