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How Important Is Community Involvement In Violence Intervention?

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After several reports of stalking in Lawrenceville this summer, several groups came together to host a workshop explaining how bystanders can help curb harassment and assault.

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Rachel Webber, business district program coordinator for the Lawrenceville Corporation (left); Dave Breingan, executive director of Lawrenceville United (center); and Will McGinnis, supervisor of prevention at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (right) joined 90.5 WESA's The Confluence on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

Organizers say about 60 people came, sharing stories and talking about best practices trying to spot, intervene and stop harassment and assault.

Will McGinnis of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape helped facilitate and customize the training. He's joined in studio by Rachel Webber, business district program coordinator for the Lawrenceville Corporation, and Dave Breingan, executive director of Lawrenceville United.

Elsewhere in the program, 90.5 WESA's Liz Reid reports that desegregation was the biggest change driver to the Pittsburgh Public Schools feeder pattern over the last 50 years. The piece is part three in WESA's new education series, Dividing Lines.

Republican Lou Barletta and Democrat Bob Casey are sparring over health care with midterm elections less than a month away. Barletta has said he would have supported the attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, while Casey has emphasized that repealing the ACA means taking away protections for preexisting conditions.

And more than 6,500 new voters aged 18-29 have registered to vote ahead of the 2018 midterms. Organizers told the Pittsburgh City Paper's Ryan Deto that worries about affordable health care and climate change are driving youth registration.


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Kiley Koscinski is a general assignment reporter for 90.5 WESA. She previously produced The Confluence and Morning Edition. Before coming to WESA, she worked as an assignment desk editor and producer at 1020 AM KDKA. She can be reached at kkoscinski@wesa.fm.
Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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