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At Pennsylvania's Capitol this week, workers set up an outdoor sound system for holiday music. Inside, tourists traipse through the Rotunda snapping selfies with the giant Christmas tree.

It seemed innocuous enough. Wearing a dark-blue tank top and backward baseball cap, Jordan Miles is raising his arms up to his head and flexing his biceps, grinning through a patchy beard and mustache. His father, grasping a cup in his left hand, is standing in the background in an identical stance.

State lawmakers are spending the next month getting ready for the new legislative session beginning this month, lining up committee assignments and preparing the proposals they’ll introduce.

When Christopher Brown first became interested in photographing people who lived on the streets of Philadelphia, he wrote down a list of images he wanted to capture: relationships, loneliness, shelters, addiction, technology, pets, and keepsakes. But after having a few conversations over a cigarette or two with the people he met, Brown quickly realized he needed to scrap the list.

Anyone hesitant to take someone overdosing on heroin to the hospital or cooperate with the police for fear of arrest will now be immune to prosecution on drug use or possession charges.

Starting today, uninsured Pennsylvanians whose annual income is less than 138 percent of the household federal poverty limit may apply for health coverage through the state’s new “Healthy PA” program, which offers subsidized, Medicaid-like insurance plans through private health carriers.

As the saying goes, time is money – and keeping the historic clock collection ticking on time at the state Capitol will cost taxpayers $197 each day – or a little more than $1 a day per clock.

The Capitol Preservation Committee on Tuesday awarded a $360,057 five-year contract to Harrisburg-based Johnson and Griffiths Studio that covers the cost of maintaining and winding the 186 working clocks located throughout the Capitol.

While Pittsburgh’s acting police chief keeps a wary eye on events in Ferguson, Mo., local community organizers have been coordinating with activists in the conflict-stricken city as a grand jury there ponders whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen.

Last year in the city, 1,463 gunshots were reported to 911 — experts say that a multitude of shots are never even called in. That gunfire, says Pittsburgh City Councilor Ricky Burgess, can paralyze a neighborhood.


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