Editorials

On Monday, the State Department began requiring all employees to be married in order to receive family benefits and, for overseas staff, diplomatic passports and immunity.

This is a rollback from a policy that permitted full benefits for domestic partners. The next day, State Department officials announced that G-category visas — used for diplomats and employees of international organizations operating in the United States, such as the United Nations — will not be issued to same-sex partners of those employees.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison this week for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, who was 30 years old at the time.

The professional athlete, who came out as a lesbian to refute Cosby’s allegations that he knew how to read women’s desires, describes the assault: “I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn’t speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself.”

There are too many troubling questions relating to the unsolved homicide of Nizah Morris for Philadelphia police to continue stonewalling rather than responding to legitimate questions. As much as they might like the case to go away, it won’t. The Morris case is a challenge to our conscience.

If you’ve walked pretty much anywhere in Center City recently, you’ve probably seen people openly unconscious in the middle of a sidewalk, staggering through the streets or passed out in green spaces.

Covering Mazzoni is a prime example of the challenges of journalism. When there are many people, each with so much conviction, they often refuse to communicate fully, or choose selectively with whom to communicate. It makes it difficult for a journalist to give a full picture. We’ve attempted to give all sides of this story and, from what we can see, there are four: The management, the disgruntled employees, the employees who are tired of the drama and tactics used by the disgruntled employees, and the most important side: the patients. The patients are what Mazzoni is all about. It’s about serving the community and its clients who rely on those services.

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