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Where Pa. gov candidates stand on the issues

In less than two months, Pennsylvania voters will choose a new governor, and the top two candidates have diverging views on many important points.

  • Whether abortion will be banned or supported is a top contention point, with Republican Doug Mastriano calling the former his “No. 1” issue and Democrat Josh Shapiro vowing to veto bills that would do so.

From education spending to election administration, and gun regulation to LGBTQ rights, Spotlight PA breaks down where the two gov hopefuls stand.

Sheryl Lee Ralph shines as ‘Abbott Elementary’ wins at Emmys

“Abbott Elementary,” the hit show about a fictional Philadelphia school, took home two Emmys last night, including best comedy writing for Quinta Brunson.

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph won the first Emmy of her four-decade career, for her portrayal of Barbara Howard, the Jim Gardner-loving kindergarten teacher — and her acceptance brought the crowd to its feet.

“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream … I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” Ralph said, in an inspiring speech for the ages.

Sheryl Lee Ralph accepts her statuette at the 74th annual Emmy Awards Credit: Twitter / @SenatorHughes

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney starts with a groundbreaking at Fotteral Square Park in Glenwood, part of the Rebuild program (10:30 a.m.). He then heads to City Hall to present a Liberty Bell replica to Ryan Long, the Philly resident who had a historic Jeopardy winning streak this spring and will return to the Tournament of Champions this fall (12:30 p.m.).


?️ Catch a preview screening of Ken Burns’ “The U.S. and the Holocaust” at the Weitzman followed by a panel discussion hosted by Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY’s Radio Times. (6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14)

? Halloween pop-up bar Nightmare Before Tinsel opens for the season on Sansom Street in Center City with a decor of pirate skeletons and screens showing old horror movie clips, plus themed drinks and snacks. (4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 through the fall)

? Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park brings a weekend of live music, pumpkin painting, balloon twisting, DJs, and dancing. (Friday to Saturday, Sept. 16-18)