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Updates from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh police chief asks city agency to review his DNC speech

Posted: 11:54 AM EDT Aug 03, 2016   Updated: 11:54 AM EDT Aug 03, 2016
PITTSBURGH -

Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay has asked the city's Office of Municipal Investigations to review his Democratic National Convention speech last week.

McLay asked for the investigation because the police union has accused him of violating the city code, which says police aren't supposed to make political statements in uniform or otherwise engage in politics.

McLay has defended his speech in Philadelphia last Tuesday, saying he avoided endorsing any political candidate or viewpoint and, rather, spoke about the need for police to improve their relations with citizens.

"The controversial officer-involved shootings since Ferguson have created great tension between police and our communities. At the same time, throughout this nation, efforts are underway to improve relationships," McLay said in his speech. "In Pittsburgh, we are doing this hard, but critical work. We have open lines of communication with our community partners."

But McLay said he needs to be accountable, so he's asked OMI and the Citizens Police Review Board to investigate the speech.

OMI and the review board each have the power to make non-binding disciplinary recommendations.

Reading native gives DNC benediction

The Rev. Dr. William Shillady a friend of Clinton family

Posted: 2:37 PM EDT Jul 29, 2016

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PHILADELPHIA -

A Berks County native played a key role in the Democratic National Convention, closing out the four-day event with a prayer.

The Rev. Dr. William Shillady, a 1974 graduate of Reading High School, gave the benediction following Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democrats' presidential nomination Thursday night.

"Lord God, give us the courage to leave this place with determination and fortitude to move onward and upward to become a better nation, one that can solve our many problems together, not apart. Help all of the world to see our nation as a shining lamp on a hill," Shillady said.

Shillady, the director of the New York Conference's United Methodist City Society, is a family friend of the Clintons who got to know them while serving as pastor at Park United Methodist Church in Manhattan.

He also officiated at Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding in 2010 and spoke last year at the Reading-Berks Conference of Churches' prayer breakfast at Stokesay Castle in 2015.

Awaiting Hillary

Posted: 8:25 PM EDT Jul 28, 2016

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It's a capacity crowd inside the Democratic National Convention hall as delegates, dignitaries and thousands of other attendees await Hillary Clinton. Introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, she will become the first woman to formally accept a major party's nomination for president, bringing the four-day convention to a close.

You can watch Clinton's speech live on 69-WFMZ-TV and on WFMZ.com.

Also appearing on stage Thursday night were Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty and actor Ted Danson.

Gov. Wolf to address convention

Posted: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 28, 2016   Updated: 2:56 PM EDT Jul 28, 2016

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has had a busy week here in Philadelphia, and it will culminate tonight when the Democratic National Convention's host-state governor takes the stage in prime-time.

Wolf will deliver an address inside the Wells Fargo Center during the 8 p.m. hour, under the theme, "Stronger Together: An Economy That Works For All."

Hillary Clinton will follow in the 10 p.m. hour, with her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president. She'll be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea.

Berks 4 Hillary

Posted: 2:18 PM EDT Jul 28, 2016

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Hillary Clinton is getting some support from Berks County. Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Marcel Groen, on behalf of state Sen. Judy Schwank, asked those in attendance the delegation's breakfast Thursday morning to sign a "Berks 4 Hillary" banner.

The banner, featuring Clinton's campaign logo, proclaims "We're with her."

Schwank is serving as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

"The fact that young girls and young boys can look forward to having a woman president, possibly, that ceiling has finally been broken and that possibility exists for everyone now," Schwank told WFMZ's Karin Mallett.

Local tie to DNC balloon-drop

Posted: 12:43 PM EDT Jul 28, 2016

Matt Roth/69 News

Thousands of red, white and blue balloons are set to fall to the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia tonight, after Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to accept her party's nomination for president.

A Northampton County woman's company happened to have a hand in preparing the big balloon-drop. Karen Ford, owner of Palmer Township-based BalloonWorks, says she provided a team of people to inflate and tie the balloons last week.

Ford says her company, in business for 25 years, has also been involved with the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show, Lafayette College, Easton's Heritage Day and the State Theatre, as well as many school proms and homecomings.

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Berks native gives DNC benediction

A Berks County native played a key role in the Democratic National Convention, closing out the four-day event with a prayer.

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WFMZ's Karin Mallet DNC Day 4: Keeping the momentum going

Dr. Terry Madonna says Clinton needs to come across as likeable in her speech in order to keep the momentum going.

WFMZ s Jamie Stover DNC Day 4 Watch parties

WFMZ's Jamie Stover DNC Day 4: Watch parties

On the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention an outdoor watch party was planned in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

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WFMZ's Karin Mallett: DNC Day 4

Tonight, Hillary Clinton will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention, accepting the nomination.

WFMZ s Jamie Stover DNC Day 3 Protestors

WFMZ's Jamie Stover DNC Day 3: Protesters

A protest and demonstration area is staged outside the security gates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday.

WFMZs Karin Mallett DNC Day 3 Sen Tim Kaine

WFMZ's Karin Mallett DNC Day 3: Sen. Tim Kaine

Karin Mallett takes an in-depth look at the Democratic candidate for vice president.

Radio host by day TV political pundit by night

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Radio host by day, TV political pundit by night

A man with ties to the Lehigh Valley spent the past two weeks covering both political conventions.

Karin Mallett DNC Day 3 Women in Politics

WFMZ's Karin Mallett DNC Day 3: What Clinton's nomaination means for women in politics

WFMZ's Karin Mallett explores what Hillary Clinton's nomination as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate means for other women in politics.

Karin Mallett DNC Day 3 Focus on Inclusion

WFMZ's Karin Mallett DNC Day 3: Focus on inclusion

Karin Mallett speaks with some folks from the Lehigh Valley with added challenges who are in attendance at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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WFMZ's Wendy Davis DNC Day 3: Food trucks

WFMZ's Wendy Davis takes a look at what's to eat at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

WFMZ's Karin Mallett: DNC day 2 wrap

WFMZ's Karin Mallett: DNC day 2 wrap

Hillary's nomination was the highlight of the evening for delegates inside the Wells Fargo Center.

WFMZ s Karin Mallett DNC Day 1 wrap

WFMZ's Karin Mallett: DNC Day 1 wrap

Pennsylvania is playing an important role as the host state of this year's DNC and its delegates are being reminded of that from the start.

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WFMZ's Karin Mallett: DNC Day 1

The Democratic National Convention officially kicks off today and it's already being surrounded by some controversy.

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Democratic convention to feature party stars

Democrats will use the four nights of their national convention to showcase the past, current and future stars of their party.

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Philly airport workers vote to strike during DNC

Workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted to authorize a strike during the Democratic National Convention later this month.

Clinton to hold post-DNC event near Liberty Bell

Hillary Clinton's campaign is planning an event on Independence Mall in Philadelphia the day after the Democratic National Convention ends.

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DNC delegates to be given taste of Lehigh Valley

Thousands of people from across the country who will soon converge on Philadelphia as delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be offered a sweet taste of the Lehigh Valley.

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People with disabilities helping DNC organizers

A unique partnership is providing opportunities for people with disabilities to help organizers of the Democratic National Convention.

Banners go up to welcome DNC guests to Philly

Banners go up to welcome DNC guests to Philly

Preparations are well underway for the Democratic National Convention.

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Photos: 69 News at the Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia plays host to the Democratic National Convention between July 25 and July 28, 2016. The city last hosted a convention in 2000, when the Republicans converged on the City of Brotherly Love.

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