In today's news cycle, Hurricane Florence can feel like it was eons ago, but effects of the deadly storm are still being felt in South Carolina. And though the storm wasn't as catastrophic as originally predicted, a group of Philly firefighters fearlessly deployed to the area for three weeks, leaving behind their families and loved ones, assisting in any rescue and recovery they could, and changing at least a few lives for the better. Meanwhile, it's been a little more than a week since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rocked the nation with their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee over sexual assault claims against the judge, and now the Senate is expected to vote on ending the debate over his nomination.
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Though Florence wasn't the catastrophic Category 4 storm that meteorologists predicted, dozens of Philadelphia firefighters and other task-force members dropped everything to deploy to South Carolina for emergency relief, the same group who sifted through the rubble at the World Trade Center after Sept. 11 and boated through the flooded streets of Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
And while the deadly storm's force wasn't what was once expected, for those whom the team was able to assist, PA-Task Force 1's impact won't be forgotten any time soon.
Reporter Jessica Calefati tells of the group of rescuers who abandoned family plans, milestones, and birthdays to answer the call.
A key Kensington-based drug ring has been dismantled after 57 people — ranging from street level dealers to leaders of the enterprise — were arrested, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Thursday.
The arrests, focusing on what is widely considered the geographic epicenter of Philadelphia's drug crisis, were for the sale of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, crack, and other drugs, Krasner said.
Sixteen Alameda drug trafficking organization properties were targeted in the bust, Krasner said, and authorities confiscated about 4.5 pounds of cocaine, nearly 2.5 pounds of crack cocaine, and more than eight pounds of heroin. In addition, investigators seized more than $285,600 in cash, 15 vehicles, and eight firearms.
With the FBI report on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in hand, the Senate is expected to vote this morning on formally ending debate over his nomination, a move that is likely to signal whether he has enough support to win confirmation and establish a conservative majority on the court.
The parliamentary move could force senators to show where they stand, and if 51 vote to stop debate, Kavanaugh could be confirmed as soon as Saturday.
The vote comes after a wrenching national debate that saw Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault and misconduct by three women — charges he angrily denied —and President Trump mock the judge's chief accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
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