At a public meeting, the township commissioners approved the signing of an agreement between Abington, its former fire marshal, and Old York LLC/Metropolitan Properties of America that will drop a series of state and federal lawsuits filed by the parties against each other. It signaled a resolution to ongoing controversies over the apartment building formerly known as the Colonade, a multi-story complex of more than 500 units that looms over the the intersection of Old York and Township Line Roads.
The evidence says the behavior can be a hazard, and distracted-driving proposals have proliferated during the last several years. But only 16 states have outlawed talking on a handheld cell phone in the car. And Pennsylvania, for another year, is not one of them.
At least 13 cities have proposed new ordinances since a report in January documented the operation of more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses in the U.S. - establishments that are commonly used as fronts for sex trafficking of vulnerable women. Philadelphia might be next to act. Philadelphia could be next to join; on Thursday, Councilman William K. Greenlee introduced a bill to add regulations aimed at making a dent in the number of such businesses here. In several cities, recently enacted measures have success
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has randomly chosen Bucks and Montgomery County residents to have their blood tested for PFAS, chemicals that contaminated local water supplies. 587 people have indicated they will participate in the health department study, though only 92 had returned the required form as of June 8.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is planning to test the blood of 500 residents in the Bucks and Montgomery County areas where drinking water was contaminated by chemicals from nearby military bases. It's part of a pilot study for what federal agencies hope will become a national testing program.
A new study is reported to say that the level of a chemical in local drinking water that is safe to drink is much lower than the EPA previously indicated. Public and private water systems in Bucks and Montgomery County, and nationwide, have been tested based on that level. But the federal report has yet to be released.
Justine McDaniel covers vices on the policy and solutions team, writing about topics such as gambling, liquor control, marijuana legalization, and opioid policy.