Philadelphia Leaders Work to ‘Future Proof’ the Workforce


(TNS) — Local leaders in business, tech, and workforce development have joined forces to “future proof” the Greater Philadelphia economy, as automation and artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out thousands of jobs.

The Future Works Alliance PHL plans to develop and recommend strategies to prepare the region for rapid changes brought by technology and accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit, founded in June, unveiled its 14-member board and website last week, and seeks 76 founding individuals or groups to contribute ideas and money by the end of the year.

The emerging collaboration comes as the coronavirus speeds up the trend of robots replacing humans in the workplace. Workers whose jobs can be done by machines suffered more layoffs per capita than those with jobs that aren’t as easily automated, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said in September. People of color were especially harmed, possibly because of their concentration

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Opinion | So, Did ‘Bad Things Happen’ With the Election in Philadelphia?

Joe Biden’s lead in the presidential election results in Pennsylvania has now surpassed 81,000 votes, far exceeding Donald Trump’s 44,000-vote victory margin there four years ago. Yet the Trump campaign continues to claim in court huge but incalculable levels of fraud, particularly in Philadelphia.

As with cases filed elsewhere around the country, Mr. Trump will not succeed. Even a cursory examination of the data refutes any notion of substantial voting fraud.

As a threshold matter, it is important to understand how eerily similar the 2020 results in Philadelphia were to 2016. As of Tuesday evening, 743,966 votes for president had been counted in Philadelphia — an increase of 34,348 votes from 2016. This 4.8 percent increase in turnout is less than half of the 11.6 percent increase in turnout seen in the state as a whole.

Not only was the increase in the number of ballots cast in Philadelphia from

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Trump-associated firm tied to unmarked texts urging vote protests in Philadelphia

A Republican firm run by a top aide to President Trump’s 2020 campaign appears to have helped send unmarked text messages on Thursday that urged supporters in Philadelphia to converge outside a building where local election officials were counting votes.



a group of people standing on a stage: Trump supporters Wednesday outside the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes were being counted.


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Trump supporters Wednesday outside the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes were being counted.

“ALERT: Radical Liberals & Dems are trying to steal this election from Trump!” began the short text, sent in the hours before former vice president Joe Biden took the lead in the state. “We need YOU! Show your support at the corner of 12th St. & Arch St. in Philadelphia.”

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The messages were sent from phone numbers that had been leased by Opn Sesame, a company that offers texting services to Republican candidates and causes, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the messages. Opn

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Trump-associated firm helped send unmarked texts urging vote protests in Philadelphia

A Republican firm run by a top aide to President Trump’s 2020 campaign appears to have helped send unmarked text messages on Thursday that urged supporters in Philadelphia to converge outside a building where local election officials counted votes.



a group of people standing on a stage: Trump supporters Wednesday outside the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes were being counted.


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Trump supporters Wednesday outside the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes were being counted.

“ALERT: Radical Liberals & Dems are trying to steal this election from Trump!” began the short text, sent in the hours before former vice President Joe Biden took the lead in the state. “We need YOU! Show your support at the corner of 12th St. & Arch St. in Philadelphia.”

The messages were sent from phone numbers that had been leased by Opn Sesame, a company that offers texting services to Republican candidates and causes, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the messages. Opn Sesame is

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Philadelphia releases police body camera footage in Walter Wallace shooting

Nov. 5 (UPI) — Philadelphia authorities have released body camera footage of last week’s police killing of Walter Wallace Jr., a mentally ill Black man whose death sparked protests in the city.

The graphic footage was released Wednesday night by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, District Attorney Larry Krasner and other officials. It shows two police officers shooting Wallace 14 times as he approached them on a street while holding a knife.

Seconds before the officers started shooting, the footage shows, one tells the other to “shoot him.”

The officers involved were identified as Thomas Munz Jr., 26, and Sean Matarazzo, 25. They have been on Philadelphia’s police force since 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Officials also released audio of 911 tapes and police radio calls that preceded the shooting.

“We truly believe that this is an important step in our commitment to transparency,” Outlaw told reporters.

The

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Philadelphia Releases Police Body-Camera Video of Walter Wallace Shooting

Officials in Philadelphia urged calm on Wednesday as they released body-camera footage from last week of two police officers fatally shooting a Black man with a history of mental illness who was holding a knife. The police also announced new training measures intended to help officers respond to mental health crises.

The man, Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was fatally shot by officers on Oct. 26 in an encounter that was also captured on video by a bystander and shared on social media.

In the bystander’s video and in the police body-cam footage, Mr. Wallace is seen walking into the street in the direction of the officers, who back away and aim their guns at him. The officers yell repeatedly at Mr. Wallace to “put the knife down” and then fire multiple rounds. After Mr. Wallace falls to the ground, his mother screams and rushes to his body.

In the body-cam

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Body camera footage shows ‘graphic’ police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia

Authorities released body camera footage and 911 audio involving Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man fatally shot by officers during what his relatives said was a mental health crisis in Philadelphia last week.

It marks the first time in the Philadelphia Police Department’s history that it has released body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting, Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a press briefing Wednesday.

“This is not a milestone to be celebrated,” Outlaw said. “I truly believe that this is an important step in our commitment to transparency.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned that the footage contained “graphic and violent images,” and may be “intense and traumatic” to watch.

“Transparency is necessary in making meaningful changes in our city, and to keep our offices, institutions and departments accountable,” he said.

The 11-minute video features body camera footage from the two officers involved in the Oct. 26 incident. It shows the

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Philadelphia police release 911 calls, body camera video in fatal shooting of Walter Wallace

Body camera video released Wednesday by Philadelphia police shows the moments leading to the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. and its emotional aftermath.

Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was shot Oct. 26 after officers responded to a call about a man armed with a knife, police said at the time. Wallace’s family has previously said that he struggled with mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, and that they called 911 to request an ambulance in the hopes he would receive medical intervention.

City officials held a news conference Wednesday ahead of the release of body camera video and 911 call audio, warning that it was disturbing and that the family had been consulted prior to its release.

“The video footage contains graphic and violent images, and may be intense and traumatic for some to watch,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. “But greater transparency…is necessary in making meaningful changes in our

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Philadelphia police release body camera video of Walter Wallace killing

Philadelphia police have publicly released body camera footage and 911 recordings of the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr as they named the officers responsible for the shooting and announced a series of reforms.



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The Philadelphia police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, said the release of the footage on Wednesday night marked the first time in the department’s history that it had done so.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, she said the two officers responsible for the shooting were Sean Matarazzo, 25, and Thomas Munz, 26. She said the officers, both of the 18th district, had been with the department since 2018 and 2017, respectively.

“While this is not a milestone to be celebrated, we truly believe that this is an important step in our commitment to transparency,” Outlaw said, speaking alongside the mayor, Jim Kenney, and district attorney, Larry Krasner.

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Biden mistakenly tells Philadelphia rally he’s wearing Eagles jacket



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Joe Biden’s attempt to resonate with a rally crowd in Philadelphia fell flat when he claimed he was wearing Eagles football gear – but his jacket actually bore the logo of his alma mater, the Delaware Blue Hens.  

The Democratic presidential nominee made the gaffe during one of two rainy campaign stops he made in the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday.  

‘I know Philadelphia well. I married a Philly girl, by the way,’ Biden told the crowd who had gathered in their cars outside the Sharon Baptist Church. ‘And by the way, I’ve got my Eagles jacket on.’ 

Eagle-eyed Twitter users were quick to notice that Biden had mixed up his birds, as his jacket actually showed a Blue Hen from University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in history and political science in 1965.  

Among those highlighting the mix-up

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