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Philly mother shot, killed two daughters and girls’ father in Tacony day after purchasing gun

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Burlington County political candidate shown in photo in blackface, refuses to drop out of race

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Philly Grocery Co-op Day promises community focus

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In a brief ceremony at City Hall on Friday morning, Mayor Jim Kenney declared Saturday the inaugural Philly Grocery Co-op Day. 

Jon Roesser, general manager of Weaver’s Way Co-op, says he hopes Co-op Day brings attention to the benefits of shopping at or being a member of a cooperative business.

“With co-ops, there tends to be a lot less economic leakage where money is going outside of the region,” Roesser said.

He says grocery co-ops greatly support local producers and farmers, and buying local keeps money circulating among small businesses. 

“Weaver’s Way and the four other Philadelphia co-ops combined support over 500 independent local businesses,” he said.

He says there’s a big difference between corporate chains and local businesses.

“Amazon owns Whole Foods, and Acme is a division of the Albertsons Corporation, and Giant is a division of the Ahold Delhaize Corporation. And so, those big corporate chains, they’re here to extract profit from our region, where co-ops and locally owned independent grocers are members of the community,” Roesser said.

Annette Griffin, board president of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, or PACA, says with local money comes local influence.

“When you start having businesses in your community owned by members of the community, you can take control of your community,” Griffin said.

She also says co-ops aid in the fight for social and food justice.

“And co-ops have been a way for Black and brown people throughout history to work together to establish something for themselves.”

Roesser said if you live in a community where there’s no grocery store nearby, and you’re waiting for a for-profit chain to put one in your community, don’t. 

“Instead,” he said, “get organized with your neighbors, pool your resources together and open up your own store.”

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Penn students call to fire professor over offensive remarks

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Minority law student groups at the University of Pennsylvania are calling for the dismissal of a professor who they say is offensive. 

The students claim professor Amy Wax has been delivering remarks that are racist, bigoted and homophobic over the years.

Vox reported in July of this year that, on a National Conservatism Conference panel about immigration, she said “our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites.” And she reportredly said that immigrants are too loud and responsible for an increase in litter. Last year, she came under fire for questioning the academic aptitude of Black students and suggesting that some Black students shouldn’t go to college. And she wrote in a 2017 Inquirer op-ed that “all cultures are not equal,” despite the modern “obsession with race.” 

“Given her consistent history of these statements, I imagine she will continue to espouse them as long as their are no consequences,” said JiLon Li, co-president of Penn’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Several minority law student groups on campus are demanding Wax be fired, and they want the university to work with them so students feel more welcome at the law school.

“And one of the reasons why this is important to us is because I think this allows the law school to communicate that there is a permanent space at Penn Law for students of color and that professor Wax and her idea that people of color don’t belong is outdated and won’t be accepted,” Li said.

Li says discussions with the administration are set for next month. Among the things, students are asking for a designated space for their meetings and additional opportunities in law clerk programs.

A request for a response from the law school has yet to be returned.

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Youth detention worker says she’s barred from wearing hijab

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman has filed federal and state discrimination complaints saying she’s being barred from wearing a hijab at work.

News outlets report 35-year-old Madinah Brown held a news conference Thursday near the New Castle County Detention Center in Wilmington where she works. 

Brown’s complaint says she was forced to clock out early several times for wearing a hijab, a headscarf worn by some Muslim women. Brown is represented by lawyers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families declined to comment on Brown’s complaint. But Cabinet Secretary Josette Manning says a person’s job may require certain actions, such as physically restraining a youth, that makes some religious clothing unsafe. She says the department may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

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Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion hurled 38,000-pound piece of shrapnel across Schuylkill River

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Philly airport to overhaul SEPTA platforms with $1 million grant

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Northeast storm could turn into ‘bomb cyclone,’ forecasters say

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Ex-boyfriend will stand trial for murder in 28-year-old cold case

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What to know about proposed bill that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania

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Tommy Orange’s ‘There There’ selected for 2020 One Book One Philadelphia

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Spirit Airlines adding low-cost flights from Philly to Cancun

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Philly officer arrested, suspended for stalking, harassment allegations

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Philly bike courier found not guilty of most serious charge in fatal Rittenhouse stabbing

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