Mex­i­can im­mi­grant seeks sanc­tu­ary at Philadel­phia church

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PHILADEL­PHIA >> A Mex­i­can im­mi­grant who had been liv­ing in north­east Philadel­phia has re­lo­cated to a lo­cal church where he is now seek­ing sanc­tu­ary from de­por­ta­tion by fed­eral au­thor­i­ties.

Jun­tos, a south Philadel­phia im­mi­grant sup­port group, says 40-year-old Javier Flores moved into Arch Street United Methodist Church on Sun­day.

The fa­ther of three U.S.born chil­dren is el­i­gi­ble for a “U-Visa,” which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­vides to vic­tims of cer­tain crimes who have suf­fered men­tal or phys­i­cal abuse.

If Flores’ visa ap­pli­ca­tion is de­nied, he will be de­ported after 90 days.

Flores re­cently spent 16 months at the Im­mi­gra­tion and Customs En­force­ment De­ten­tion Cen­ter in Pike County.

He was de­tained be­cause he was pre­vi­ously de­ported but re­turned to the United States to reunite with his fam­ily.

SEPTA rolls out Key Card for se­niors

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Author­ity is rolling out the SEPTA Key card fea­ture to se­nior cit­i­zens.

The photo ID al­lows se­niors to “tap-and-go” for free trips on all SEPTA sub­ways, buses and trol­leys with­out hav­ing to show their ID to a cashier or op­er­a­tor.

SEPTA says the ap­prox­i­mately 40,000 se­niors who have al­ready ap­plied for a SEPTA Key Se­nior Photo ID Card will re­ceive them in the mail over the course of the next month.

Se­niors who have not ap­plied can do so at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing SEPTA Head­quar­ters and at the of­fices of many elected of­fi­cials.

Teach­ers strike in north­east­ern Pa. school district

DAL­LAS >> School’s out for stu­dents in one north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia school district due to a teach­ers’ strike.

Dal­las School District teach­ers hit the picket lines Mon­day. Their last con­tract ex­pired 15 months ago.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas Duffy plans to meet with state education of­fi­cials Mon­day to de­ter­mine how long the strike can last. By law, stu­dents must re­ceive 180 class days of in­struc­tion.

The teach­ers’ union has agreed to let coaches and teach­ers con­tinue to per­form other ex­tracur­ric­u­lar roles, so sports will con­tinue and club ac­tiv­i­ties may on a case-by-case ba­sis de­pend­ing on the wishes of their fac­ulty ad­vis­ers.

Hear­ing set for man charged with killing, dis­mem­ber­ing woman

SAYLORSBURG >> A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is set for a Penn­syl­va­nia man charged with kid­nap­ping and killing a co-worker whose bones were found buried in his yard last month.

Pros­e­cu­tors from Mon­roe and Le­high coun­ties have charged 49-yearold Michael Hor­vath in the kid­nap­ping, death and dis­mem­ber­ment of Holly Grim. The 41-yearold woman was last seen in Lower Ma­cungie Town­ship in Le­high County in Novem­ber 2013. Hor­vath and Grim worked to­gether at a com­pany that makes church or­gans.

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