Abortion case, safety checks, prostitution plea, count offs, drug deaths, school supplies, and why some Pa. stations are pulling Dr. Oz off the air. It's Thursday.
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GUILTY PLEA: Mercer County's drug task force leader has pleaded guilty to engaging in prostitution after responding to a sex-for-hire ad posted by an openly drug-dependent woman, per the Sharon Herald. William Brown was appointed by the Pennsylvania AG's Office.
GRIM MILESTONE: Philadelphia is on track to see a record overdose death toll in 2021, with a broader swath of the city now being impacted. A city health department spokesperson told The Inquirer the pandemic has only made existing city public health problems worse.
BLIND SPOTS: While school board meetings at the Central Bucks School District focused on mask mandates and teachings on race, employees tell The New York Times that shortages of staff, supplies, and support went overlooked, sometimes with dire consequences.
IN OTHER NEWS
OFF AIR: Dr. Oz's daytime TV show has been removed by some Pennsylvania stations now that he's running for U.S. Senator here. A reporter at WGAL says the move is meant to ensure fairness to all candidates.