• Education

    Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym detained in Harrisburg calling for education funding

    HARRISBURG — A debate over Pennsylvania’s funding for public schools escalated Wednesday as authorities detained Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym and education activists after they staged a protest inside the state Capitol. Gym and several members of the interfaith group POWER were handcuffed and led out of the Senate gallery by state Capitol police after an officer declared the assembly unlawful. They had been outside the chamber for about 15 minutes, banging on the doors and demanding they be let in. They were taken into custody, cited for trespassing, and released, said Troy A. Thompson, a Capitol police spokesperson. Protest organizers and Gym made their intentions clear ahead of time:…

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  • Science

    Gym owner says Oregon is not following the science in shutting gyms down

    Gym owner believes Oregon’s governor ought to allow limited reopening which he says proved safe and beneficial for five months of the pandemic. PORTLAND, Ore. — The coronavirus pandemic keeps taking lives and the vaccine continues to be our hope for the future. But in the meantime, health safety restrictions have Oregon’s indoor gyms shut down completely. Tony Gracia is on a mission to get gyms reopened, including the one he founded with his wife in 2013. A video Gracia provided KGW for Industrial Strength Gym shows the way it used to be pre-COVID. Since then they bought a building in St. Johns. They gutted and transformed the inside. But…

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