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Could Philadelphia City Council block Mayor Kenney’s proposed safe injection sites?

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Philly.com- Does Mayor Kenney need lawmakers to sign off on his plan to make Philadelphia the first U.S. city to open safe injection sites for people addicted to opioids?

The Kenney administration doesn’t think so, but some City Council members beg to differ.

The city announced on Tuesday that it will encourage private groups to create facilities where people can inject drugs under medical supervision and be revived if they overdose. On Wednesday, key members of Council were raising concerns.

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, whose district includes the Kensington neighborhood at the center of the city’s opioid crisis, argued that the sites should be part of several “comprehensive reforms” to fight the epidemic, such as working with police to stop the flow of drugs into the city and close open-air drug markets.

“There’s no plan,” Sánchez said, adding that the city’s official presentation on the proposal looked “like an intern gave it to them.”

Trump: Would ‘love to’ face Mueller questions — under oath

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Philly.com- President Donald Trump declared late Wednesday he’s “looking forward” to being questioned – under oath – in the special counsel’s probe of Russian election interference and possible Trump obstruction in the firing of the FBI director.

Trump said he would be willing to answer questions under oath in the interview, which special counsel Robert Mueller has been seeking but which White House officials had not previously confirmed the president would grant.

“I’m looking forward to it, actually,” Trump said when asked by reporters at the White House. As for timing, he said, “I guess they’re talking about two or three weeks, but I’d love to do it.”

He said, as he has repeatedly, that “there’s no collusion whatsoever” with the Russians, and he added, “There’s no obstruction whatsoever.”

Some white people in Philly are giving away money as reparations. Should you?

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The Atlantic- The concept of paying reparations for America’s troubled heritage of slavery, redlining, and Jim Crow is not new, but, as a governmental solution appears as far off as ever, this more scattershot approach has taken root.

Some who feel that white privilege paved the way for their advantages are giving money away — to people of color, as reparations.

Some do so through Safety Pin Box, a subscription service to support black women (and, some would say, to assuage white guilt) or through reparations-focused Facebook groups.

The idea of donations as a way of chipping away at inequities gained traction around the 2016 presidential election. Michael Eric Dyson, whose book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America came out last year, proposed that white Americans set aside IRAs: individual reparations accounts. Since then, a small but growing number of people in Philadelphia and elsewhere have been taking part — offering services, goods or cash to total strangers who are in need.

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