Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination – CBS Pittsburgh

Mayor Bill Peduto submitted the CROWN Act earlier this month, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” Act.The bill will now go back to Peduto’s desk for his signature.Peduto’s motivation for introducing the bill was part of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission’s 2019 report that suggested the city is the most inequitable for Black women when it comes to personal, professional, housing and educational outcomes.

Source: Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination – CBS Pittsburgh

Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

The district said it was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday that one additional high school student and one additional middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.

The district said a total of 12 high school students have tested positive since Monday, Oct. 12.

The high school will reopen on Monday, Oct. 26 for students of group “A.”

The district said free meals can continue to be picked up at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. High school athletics are canceled for the remainder of this week.

Click here to read the full letter from the district.

Elementary parents, please follow this link to access a survey indicating if you would like your child to receive a
district-issued Chromebook for remote instruction. Please complete this form no later than Friday, October 23,
2020, by 4:00 PM so that Chromebooks can be prepared for distribution in the event of remote instruction.

Source: Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election | US news | The Guardian

Who elects the US president?

When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state.

Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state’s Senate seats. Washington DC is also assigned three electoral votes, despite having no voting representation in Congress. A majority of 270 of these votes is needed to win the presidency.

The process of nominating electors varies by state and by party, but is generally done one of two ways. Ahead of the election, political parties either choose electors at their national conventions, or they are voted for by the party’s central committee.

The electoral college nearly always operates with a winner-takes-all system, in which the candidate with the highest number of votes in a state claims all of that state’s electoral votes. For example, in 2016, Trump beat Clinton in Florida by a margin of just 2.2%, but that meant he claimed all 29 of Florida’s crucial electoral votes.

Such small margins in a handful of key swing states meant that, regardless of Clinton’s national vote lead, Trump was able to clinch victory in several swing states and therefore win more electoral college votes.

Biden could face the same hurdle in November, meaning he will need to focus his attention on a handful of battleground states to win the presidency.

Under the winner-takes-all system, the margin of victory in a state becomes irrelevant. In 2016, Clinton’s substantial margins in states such as California and New York failed to earn her enough electoral votes, while close races in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan took Trump over the 270 majority.

Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Voting woes continue in Westmoreland County, with the clock ticking. Leaders are now scrambling to figure out a solution as thousands of residents still don’t have their mail-in ballots that they applied for.

A company based out of Ohio, Midwest Direct, has been tasked with getting them sent, but now Channel 11 learned that county officials at the courthouse may take matters into their own hands.

Earlier in October, officials accused Midwest Direct of sending out tens of thousands of ballots later than planned. There are still questions over how many have actually gone out.

In the past, Midwest Direct has blamed the delay on mechanical issues.That confusion is forcing leaders to make some tough decisions. They are considering having county elections staff at the courthouse print and mail out ballots themselves and avoid the third-party company altogether.

Source: Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

Liz Peek: Trump vs. Biden — 5 reasons why a sane person should vote – again – for Trump | Fox News

Today, backing the president is downright risky. People are losing their jobs, children are being kicked out of class and businesses are boycotted because their owners support President Trump. Imagine.

Hitting back at the Democrats’ assault on Candidate Trump in 2016, I wrote a piece for the Fiscal Times titled: “Five Reasons a Sane Person Might Still Vote for Trump.” The arguments I highlighted hold up well, and are perhaps even more persuasive today.

First up: Education.

If you believe in equal opportunity, you want all youngsters to receive a decent education. In many Democrat-led cities, Hispanic and African-American kids do not receive one.

DEROY MURDOCK: TRUMP VS. BIDEN – VOTERS IN 2020 SHOULD THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT POLICY, NOT PERSONALITY

And yet the teachers’ unions and their Democratic Party backers refuse all accountability or reforms, condemning millions of Black and brown children to second-class status.

Source: Liz Peek: Trump vs. Biden — 5 reasons why a sane person should vote – again – for Trump | Fox News

Wendy Bell no longer is affiliated with KDKA-Radio but where will she turn up next? Opinion: 

Wendy Bell no longer is affiliated with KDKA-Radio, an Entercom spokesman said Friday night.

The announcement follows her removal from the air in early September after she suggested on her show that park rangers should “shoot on sight” people vandalizing public monuments.

Entercom, which owns the radio station, said both it and Ms. Bell had mutually agreed to part ways.

In a video segment of her live show, which was posted June 26 to her “Wendy Bell Radio” Facebook page, Ms. Bell said: “My easy solution for the park rangers and hopefully snipers who are going to be watching for this is to shoot on sight. Shoot, done. No more messing with monuments. You want to mess with a monument? Done, get out.”

The question is: where will Wendy Bell show up next? Controversial comments like Bell puts out make people take notice of important issues.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have ripped each other apart with controversial comments in the hopes of getting the public to go their way.  But the voters decide that issue rather than what a large corporation did in Wendy Bell’s case.

Ms. Bell was fired from WTAE-TV in 2016 after 18 years when she made comments deemed racist on her official Facebook page following a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg in which five adults and an unborn child were killed during a backyard cookout. Ms. Bell began working for KDKA-Radio in January 2019.

Wendy Bell’s website tells us:

WendyBell.com is an honest alternative to the biased news pushed by the left-stream media. The information we share is rooted in fact and data. We do the research and back up our findings so you can make informed decisions. It’s as simple as that.

Common sense conservatism. Join us as we share informative, entertaining conversations with fellow patriots all across the United States.

Source: Wendy Bell officially no longer with KDKA-Radio | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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San Francisco archbishop holds exorcism where protesters toppled Junipero Serra statue | Fox News

A Roman Catholic archbishop performed an exorcism in Northern California on Saturday morning at the site where racial injustice protesters toppled a statue of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra days earlier.

Source: San Francisco archbishop holds exorcism where protesters toppled Junipero Serra statue | Fox News

Westmoreland County approves drop box sites for mail-in ballots | TribLIVE.com

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, a drop box will be stationed from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week inside the lobby of the Westmoreland County Courthouse on Main Street in Greensburg. It will remain open through Election Day.

Drop boxes at Westmoreland County Community College on Fifth Avenue in New Kensington, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity and the county’s Adult Probation office on Riverview Drive in Monessen will open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, drop boxes will be available in the Student Achievement Center building at Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood, and the community college building on Mellon Road in Murrysville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collections will resume Saturday, Oct. 31, at the community college sites in Murrysville and Youngwood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the drop boxes will be available at the WCCC building in New Kensington, the airport and the Monessen probation office.

“We tried to pick the four corners of the county (for drop box sites), but it was difficult,” said Commissioner Sean Kertes.

Drop boxes will be anchored to the ground, monitored by two county employees and video surveillance. Voters are only allowed to leave their own ballots. County staff will be on duty to enforce that.

“We wanted the drop boxes on the weekends for people who can’t make it to the courthouse. We thought weekends were best,” said Commissioner Gina Cerilli

Source: Westmoreland County approves drop box sites for mail-in ballots | TribLIVE.com

Biden said it’s ‘absolutely’ OK to raise taxes during economic downturn | Fox News

Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his plan to repeal President Trump’s tax cuts on the wealthy and said it’s “absolutely” appropriate to raise taxes during a struggling economy.

During an ABC town hall Thursday night, Biden said about $1.3 trillion of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cuts went to the top one percent of earners and he only wants to repeal the tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans.

“That’s what I’m talking about eliminating, not all the tax cuts that are out there,” Biden said.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Biden if it was “wise” to raise taxes when the economy is weak right now amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Absolutely,” Biden said and then went on to cite a Moody’s analysis of his tax plan saying it creates jobs and boosts the GDP.

Source: Biden said it’s ‘absolutely’ OK to raise taxes during economic downturn | Fox News