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House Lawmakers: Fight for Equality not over with Historic SCOTUS Ruling

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As members of the Pennsylvania House LGBTQ Equality Caucus celebrated today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, lawmakers also noted that while today marks a historic win for the LGBTQ community, work remains to extend civil rights protections to all Pennsylvanians beyond the workplace.

“This is an historic decision that finally allows the LGBTQ community to be protected from discrimination in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. “We have pushed for these protections for years in Harrisburg, but unfortunately our bills have been consistently blocked by Republican leadership from getting even so much as a hearing, much less a vote.

“While this is certainly a win for liberty and justice for everyone, the fight for equality is not over. We need to expand these protections to include housing, education and public accommodations, as well as strengthen our hate crime law to cover LGBTQ individuals as a protected group.”

In a 6-3 vote the justices ruled that the nation’s landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. House Democrats and members of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus have fought for similar protections for years, but House Republicans – who control what bills are brought forward for voting – have refused to advance civil rights legislation. That includes H.B. 1404, which would protect employees, customers, students, patients and residents from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

“We have finally taken the step forward that we so desperately needed with the Supreme Court’s ruling that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees,” said state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and the first out LGBT member of the legislature. “No one should face discrimination at work, or elsewhere for that matter, however, LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians have been waiting for protections at work, in housing and public accommodation for years.

“While I am glad to see the Supreme Court making the right decision on workplace discrimination, we still have work to do to ensure equality for all. I call on Republican leadership to move vital legislation in the commonwealth to protect all Pennsylvanians.”

“Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in where the Pennsylvania legislature has failed LGBTQ+ citizens,” said state Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila., and co-chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. “It’s a landmark victory, but we should still send a message about what kind of state we want to be.”

 

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Nearby: Wellness Check Turns into Homicide Investigation, Son in Custody

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What started as a wellness check of an elderly woman turned into a homicide investigation in Northampton Township  and the victim’s son says he’s responsible , said police.

The woman was identified as Dolores Ingram and lived in a condominium on Beacon Hill Drive in the Holland section of the township.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Northampton Township Police Department are continuing their investigation into the killing of the 82-year-old woman. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday, June 18, authorities said.

Northampton Township Police said they were dispatched to do a wellness check of a resident on Sunday, June 16, 2024, after her son, William Michael Ingram, 49, had been taken into custody in Washington D.C. for allegedly assaulting an officer and damaging a police vehicle. During his arrest, he told several Metro D.C. police officers, he killed his mother.  On Monday, he was charged with stealing his mother’s vehicle, authorities said.

The victim was located inside her home after Bucks County radio dispatchers received a call from the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department to check on her well-being.

Northampton Township police officers responded to the address. From the outside of the first-floor condo, they observed blood on a windowsill and more blood smeared on the walls, window, and floor inside. The furniture inside appeared in disarray. Police forced entry through the locked front door. The living room appeared to have been cleared out, with the exception of a pile of clothes, towels/linens, furniture, and other household items on the far-right side of the living room. One of the officers began to pull items off the pile and move the couch. As he moved the couch, he observed a foot, which felt cold to the touch. The officer noted there appeared to be no signs of life, police said.

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Northampton Township Police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office launched a death investigation. Investigators obtained a search warrant, and the deceased female was identified. authorities said, she appeared to have sustained severe head trauma. She was buried under a pile of household items, including furniture and clothes, in the main living room area

The Bucks County District Attorney’s office said, a witness reported being awakened at 1 a.m. Saturday to the sound of loud banging. While the witness was awake, she reviewed her home camera and at 1:42 a.m., the camera showed William Ingram running out of the condo shirtless. He walked back a minute later. Hours later, at 10:03 a.m., the camera showed him leaving the residence. He was wearing a shirt and carrying a duffel bag. The witness said she had not seen him since.

Police located +Ingram’s vehicle in the complex’s parking lot, but his mother’s white 2015 Honda Civic was missing. Using license plate readers, investigators tracked the vehicle to two locations: at 10:13 a.m. at the 413 Bypass and Route 332 East in Newtown Township, and at 10:21 a.m. on Route 332 and Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield Township. Based on the readings, the vehicle was traveling away from the residence. During a search of the residence, police could not locate the keys to Dolores Ingram’s Honda Civic, but they did locate a key fob for William Ingram’s vehicle next to his mother’s body, said police.

Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Northampton Township Police Department are handling the investigation, with help from the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department. This case is assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Reckner, said Bucks County District Attorney’s Office spokesman, Manuel Gamiz Jr.

Court records show William Ingram is currently charged with two felony counts with the theft of his mother’s car. .

He remains in custody in Washington D.C. Additional charges against him will be filed at the appropriate time, said the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.

 

 

 

 

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PennDOT: Overhead Sign Installation Scheduled Thursday Night U.S. 1

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PennDOT announced overhead sign installation is planned at night Thursday on U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township, under a $116 million project to reconstruct, widen, and improve a three-mile section of U.S. 1 in Bucks County.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

  • Thursday, June 20, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, periodic 15 minute stoppages are planned in both directions on U.S.1 between the Route 132 (Street Road) Interchange and the Bristol Road overpass.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change.

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Bucks County Cooling Centers while Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

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An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect in Bucks County from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday evening.

With an extended stretch of days with temperatures forecast in the 90s, cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks will be open for the duration of the advisory to seniors and people experiencing homelessness who are seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567
*CLOSED WEDNESDAY 6/19 AND SATURDAY 6/22*

Palisades Middle School, Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
HOURS 10 A.M. –  5 P.M.
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726

YMCA of Bucks County – Warminster Branch
624 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
267-387-9622
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

YMCA of Bucks County – Fairless Hills Branch
601 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-949-3400
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

Senior centers throughout Bucks County are also open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

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