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Media bias against Islam proven in violence coverage

While sports fans were focused on the NCAA college basketball rivalries, new research revealed a more somber ranking of eight media sources that link violent extremism to a single religion. The study by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) found the number one source of quotes linking Islam to violence isn’t experts, but other journalists or media outlets. Beth Hallowell, AFSC communications research director, called that a dangerous equation.  “Part of the reason this was so disturbing to us was that we saw articles that even covered Islam when religion was not at stake,” said Hallowell. The study found that Islam is mentioned in media coverage of violent extremism more than 90 percent of the time. According to Hallowell, there is a similar bias in media coverage of the responses to conflict. “There was a five-to-one ratio in coverage of violent responses to conflict, versus nonviolent responses,” she explained. “So, there was a real imbalance in how conflict responses were...

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‘Lunch and Learn’ Officials schooled about EI benefits

Several state legislators recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” session at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s (DCIU) Marple Education Center to hear about preschool early intervention (EI) and the impact the program has on families and school districts. EI provides services to enable children with disabilities or developmental delays to make noticeable progress before entering Kindergarten.  The EI program faces state budget challenges and has been flat-funded since 2008, yet the number of children needing services and the level of those services continue to rise. The legislators, who also visited with some of the children and saw them in...

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Area colleges guarantee local student admissions

Officials at Delaware County Community College (DCCC) and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania signed an agreement Monday that guarantees admission to Cheyney for qualified DCCC students who earn an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate in Science (AS), an Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The agreement also enables students who earn an AA or AS at DCCC to start as juniors at Cheyney, reducing their cost and time to baccalaureate degree completion. The agreement applies to DCCC full and part-time students. Cheyney has also agreed to waive its application fees.  “This agreement...

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SEPTA releases new proposed budget; seeks public reaction

SEPTA has released its proposed Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget and Fiscal Years 2018-2021 financial projections. The Authority will hold a series of public hearings on the spending plan throughout the five-county service region from April 25-29. The proposed spending plan for the 12-month period from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, is $1.4 billion, an increase of approximately three percent over last year. The operating budget provides funding for the everyday costs of running the transit system, such as labor, fuel and power. The proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget maintains current SEPTA service levels, with no increase in fares for riders and reflects SEPTA’s ongoing efforts to control costs. Fuel consumption, for example, has been reduced, thanks in large part to the Authority’s effort to replace aging buses with more fuel efficient diesel-electric hybrids. SEPTA expects fuel consumption to decrease by 2.2 million gallons annually. In addition, costs for injuries and damages are also expected to go down, due in large part to the increased role of video evidence from surveillance cameras. To engage the public in the budget process, SEPTA holds two hearings in each of the five counties in which it operates. Public comments are considered before the budget proposal goes to the SEPTA Board for a vote at its monthly meeting in May....

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