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News Flash for 9/18/20

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  • City Council approved a resolution on Thursday that is pushing for Mayor Kenney to declare gun violence a citywide emergency in Philadelphia. The motion was brought forward by Councilmember Jamie Guthier and had 14 co-sponsors within the council. Council officials have cited a recent quadruple shooting in the Spring Garden neighborhood of the city as a reason for the resolution going through now. Kenney is now taking the matter “under consideration” and considers the epidemic a public health crisis.
  • A triple shooting in Nicetown left one man dead and two others injured. The victim, 36-year-old Eric Weary, was shot four times in the back on West Bristol Street around 8:15 p.m. last night. Two other men of the same age were taken to the hospital, one being shot in the chest and back and the other in the leg. Police are still in search of the suspect.
  • A Philadelphia police officer, who was fired from his job in December of 2018, has sued the City of Philadelphia for wrongful termination. Bryan Turner was terminated from his position following multiple disputes with fellow officers and higher-ups in the Philadelphia Police Department because of his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which Turner has posted about on his social media sites. After write-ups, which he and his lawyer claim were filed on bogus terms, and alleged threats from fellow officers, Turner is suing the city for racial discrimination and wrongful termination. 
  • Presidential nominee Joe Biden held a CNN-hosted town hall discussion on Thursday afternoon, just two days after President Trump held a town hall discussion at the Nation Convention Center in Philadelphia. In this town hall, Biden discussed what he planned to do as president if elected, as well as the faults and lack of leadership he and many other people see in President Trump, especially in regards to his response to the COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests happening around the country.
  • Former President Barack Obama announced the release of a new memoir, A Promised Land, on Thursday. The 768-page memoir, which the former President is publishing through publishing company Penguin Random House, is due for release on Nov. 17, a little after the presidential elections. The book will cover his presidency from his election in 2008 to the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. The book is planned to be released in 25 different languages. “There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one,” Obama said in a statement.
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